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Hornberger's Blog is a daily libertarian blog written by Jacob G. Hornberger, founder and president of FFF.
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Who Are They Protecting?

The Pentagon and the CIA are opposing the release of photographs that depict the torture and sex abuse of prisoners and detainees while in their custody. The basis for their objection is “national security.” Their argument goes like this: “Our personnel have done some horrendous things to people in our custody, so horrendous that we ...

Boumediene Confirms the Wisdom of Our Ancestors

In the debates leading up to the enactment of the U.S. Constitution, our American ancestors made a demand. If we accept the Constitution and the federal government it is calling into existence, they said, then we demand passage of a Bill of Rights immediately after the Constitution is adopted. The reason they made that demand ...

Pull Medicare and Medicaid Out by the Root

When I was kid growing up on a farm outside Laredo, Texas, I had the rather unfortunate experience of having to rid our lawn of weeds. The important thing I learned about weeds is that to get rid of them permanently, you have to pull them out by the root. If you simply cut off the branches or the ...

Obama, Like Bush, Just Doesn’t Get It

President Obama is in Cairo to deliver a major address to the Muslim world, which no doubt will explain that the U.S. government loves the people of the Middle East and is doing all sorts of good things to them. Alas, President Obama, like his predecessor, just doesn’t get it. The reason that people in the Middle East are angry ...

Consumer Sovereignty vs. Government Sovereignty

Hope springs eternal, at least for the socialists. Despite the fact that socialism has failed all over the world to raise people’s standard of living, socialists continue to hope that someone will finally prove that socialism will work. The latest hope arises with the U.S. government’s decision to become the majority owner of General ...

Hornberger’s Blog, June 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 Seven Days in May by Jacob G. Hornberger The military coup in Honduras, which some U.S. conservatives are already hailing as a pro-democracy coup, as they did after military strongman Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s military coup in Chile, brings to mind a fantastic movie — Seven Days in May, starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and ...

Loving Freedom While Destroying It

A few days after 9/11, a friend of mine at the conservative Heritage Foundation proudly exclaimed to me that Heritage had immediately jumped out in favor of the Bush administration’s war on terrorism, with positions papers and articles. At the same time, Heritage continued to carry the same mission statement on its website: “to ...

The Sotomayor Nomination Is another Yawner for Libertarians

As a libertarian, it’s hard for me to get all worked up over President Barack Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, as conservatives and liberals are now doing. The only time I’d ever get excited about a Supreme Court nomination is if someone with a libertarian philosophy were nominated, such as ...

China’s Internet Control Gives Hope to Libertarians

The Chinese government’s strict control over the Internet will come in handy during the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, when Chinese troops, faithfully following orders of their superiors, opened fire on tens of thousands of peaceful demonstrators. Ironically, the tight control that the Chinese communist regime maintains on the Internet provides ...

Criminal Proceedings against the Torture-Memo Lawyers

U.S. defenders of the war on terrorism are agog over the fact that a Spanish judge, Baltasar Garzon, has initiated a criminal investigation of the Justice Department lawyers who prepared the infamous torture memos. Garzon is the same judge who initiated criminal proceedings in Spain against Chilean military strongman Augusto Pinochet for torture, murder, ...

Was Rape an Enhanced Interrogation Technique?

There are those who argue that U.S. officials who authorized waterboarding and who performed waterboarding should not be held criminally accountable, notwithstanding the fact that the U.S. government prosecuted Japanese military personnel who waterboarded U.S. POWs during World War II. Their reasoning goes as follows: Since the president’s attorneys redefined torture to mean ...
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