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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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Are the Basra Deserters Bad Guys Too?

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According to a front-page article in today’s New York Times, more than 1,000 Iraqi soldiers and policemen, including military officers as high as colonel, refused orders to participate in the Iraqi government’s assault on Basra. The deserters either had no stomach for killing fellow Iraqis or they feared the later consequences (i.e., deadly retaliation) for doing so. Not surprisingly, the refusal ...

Was Killing Iraqi Children Worth It?

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A snapshot of the opening scene in the U.S. invasion of Iraq provides an excellent insight into the immorality and horror of the entire operation, from start to whenever it finally finishes. According to an article in yesterday’s New York Times, at the outset of the invasion the U.S. military dropped bombs on a palatial compound in which Saddam Hussein ...

Immigrants, Work, and Welfare

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One of the common laments of the anti-immigration crowd is that illegal immigrants are coming to the United States just to get on welfare. I suppose the idea is that illegal immigrants are willing to pay hundreds of dollars to an illegal guide to take them on a dangerous trek across the desert or have them ...

The Abandonment of the Rule of Law

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Ahmed Khalfan Ghailana, a citizen of Tanzania, is learning first-hand what it’s like to be the victim of the U.S. government’s post-9/11 regime of the “rule of men,” as compared to the “rule of law.” Some people believe, incorrectly, that the term “rule of law” means that people are expected to obey the law. What it actually ...

Hornberger’s Blog, April 2008

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008 The Heroes at Guantanamo by Jacob G. Hornberger Just as Eastern European and Russian dissidents who opposed the Soviet Empire’s tyrannical system are today celebrated as heroes, so it will be with those Americans who have opposed the Pentagon’s system at Guantanamo Bay. Among the heroes will be Air Force Col. Morris Davis, who formerly served as the ...

Attacking Basra on the Way to Iran?

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As most everyone knows, since last week the Iraqi government, supported by U.S. troops and warplanes, has been engaged in fierce battles for control of Basra. The question, of course, is: Why now, and why is control over Basra so important? We can only hope that the answer does not lie in any plans that President ...

A Problem with Conservatives

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Two new articles in the mainstream press demonstrate a problem that afflicts conservatives. The two articles are “Tax Tyrannies” by Richard Rahn, which appears in today’s Washington Times, and “Stop Those Checks” by Bruce Bartlett, which appeared in the March 24 issue of the New York Times. Rahn makes some good points about taxation. He ...

The Deadly Sanctions on Iraq

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The federal government has indicted an American man from Detroit, Muthanna al-Hanooti, for working on behalf of the Saddam Hussein government to help get the brutal sanctions. lifted that the U.S. government was enforcing against Iraq for more than a decade. While working for a Detroit-based charity whose mission was to fund humanitarian work in Iraq after the first ...

Free to Ask Permission to Conduct Business

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The Justice Department has consented to the proposed merger between satellite radio providers XM and Sirius. Well, isn’t that nice — government officials giving private businesses permission to combine their operations? I suppose that’s what government officials mean by the term “free enterprise” — the freedom to seek government permission to do what you want with ...

The Capacity of Ordinary Citizens to Do Evil

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In his Washington Post column today, “The Ultimate Casualty,” Richard Cohen makes a reference to a fascinating book entitled “Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland” by Christopher R. Browning, published in 1992. The book is about ordinary German citizens who loyally and obediently followed orders to murder people while serving as soldiers ...

Killing and Dying in Iraq for Nothing

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At the five-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, the U.S. government has hit another milestone — 4,000 U.S. soldiers dead. And what have those soldiers died for? They died for the same thing that 58,000 soldiers died for in Vietnam — nothing. Well, okay, not exactly nothing: (1) They died to oust a dictator from office that U.S. officials ...

Immigration Enforcement and Sex

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U.S. officials often look down their noses at the corruption in the Mexican government, especially with respect to the war on drugs, where drug laws have long enriched the coffers of Mexican officials through bribery, extortion, and blackmail. U.S. officials behave as if somehow they are above such things. Not so. The beauty of economic regulations, ...
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