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Stop Meddling in Pakistan

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In the wake of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the New York Times is calling on the Bush administration to intervene in the Pakistani crisis to “fortify Pakistan’s badly battered democratic institutions.” I’ve got a better idea: the U.S. government should butt out of Pakistani affairs — as well as the affairs of Iraq, Iran, Korea, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba, and ...

The New York Times “Retracts” Its Ron Paul Smear

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The New York Times is now admitting that Virginia Heffernan’s article about Ron Paul, which I blogged about yesterday, “contained several errors.” The Times also says, “The original post should not have been published with these unverified assertions and without any response from Paul.” See the Times’ retraction here. Wrong! The problem is not just that the article “contains errors” or that Paul ...

Shame on the New York Times for Its Smear of Ron Paul

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I couldn’t help but be struck by the vicious smear of Ron Paul by a Virginia Heffernan in the New York Times. You can read it here. Sure, politics is a nasty business but I just couldn’t help but wonder why the New York Times would publish garbage like this. Here’s the thrust of Heffernan’s attack: that Ron Paul has ...

Nothing Can Morally Justify the Killing of Even One Iraqi

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Neo-con supporters of the U.S. government’s war of aggression against Iraq are undoubtedly holding their collective breath in the hope that U.S. military forces have finally smashed any further violent opposition to their conquest of Iraq. The attitude would then be, “You see, this shows that we were right after all to invade and occupy ...

The Widening CIA Torture Scandal

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CIA torture-tape scandal is becoming more interesting. It now turns out that White House personnel played a major role in the decision on whether to destroy the tapes. While it is still unclear what everybody’s position was on the matter, according to the New York Times, the White House people who took part in the discussions ...

U.S. Soldiers Might Pay the Price for Torture

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Amidst all the debate in which President Bush and his neo-con supporters are trying to convince people that waterboarding, forced isolation, sex abuse, sleep deprivation, stress positions, freezing temperatures, and other “harsh alternative interrogation methods” do not constitute torture, there is one group of people who might well wish that U.S. officials had taken ...

Putin, Roosevelt, and Conservatives

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In its weekend edition, the Wall Street Journal carried an editorial criticizing Russian President Putin’s attempt to extend his power in Russia. Putin has rigged things so that one of his younger lackies will replace Putin as president, while Putin will assume the post of prime minister. However, to ensure that the real power remains ...

Immigration Controls and the Police State

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One of the things that fascinate me about the immigration debate is those people who say that they favor closed borders but simultaneously oppose the police-state programs that are necessary to enforce such a policy. For example, some in the anti-immigrant crowd say that they vehemently oppose a national ID card, a type of program that ...

Terrorist Suspects Belong in Federal Court

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The new chief judge of the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Marine Col. Ralph H. Kohlman, is being confronted with a paper that was written back in 2002 at the Naval War College criticizing President Bush’s and the Pentagon’s plan to use military tribunals to try suspected terrorists. The paper said that it would be better ...

Don’t Reform the CIA — Abolish It

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The latest CIA scandal will once again teach Americans a valuable lesson: It is the CIA, not the Congress, that is the ultimate governing authority in this nation. No one messes with the CIA, and the CIA knows it. That’s why it knew that it could destroy CIA’s torture tapes without asking anyone’s permission. And, ...

Gun Control Protects Murderers

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Let’s compare the two recent murder rampages in the Omaha, Nebraska, shopping mall and the Colorado Springs church camp. The shopping mall was a “gun-free zone,” a place where people, including murderers, are prohibited from carrying weapons. As we have long pointed out here at The Future of Freedom Foundation, there is one great big fallacy about rules, regulations, or laws ...

Tortures, Tapes, and Lies

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CIA Director Michael Hayden is saying that the reason that the CIA destroyed the videotapes of the CIA’s harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists was because he wanted to protect the identity of CIA agents from possible retaliation from al-Qaeda. That almost certainly has to be a lie. The more likely reason is that Hayden was trying ...
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