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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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Hornberger’s Blog, January 2006

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 Quietly, Congress has once again bowed to the Pentagon and taken another fateful step toward military rule in America. The Washington Post reports that in a “little notice provision of the National Defense Authorization Act passed last month,” the Congress authorized the Pentagon to dispense foreign aid to foreign militaries directly rather than the ...

Hornberger’s Blog, December 2005

Saturday, December 31, 2005 Our government is mired in such wrongful conduct as torture, denial of due process, denial of jury trials, spying on Americans, warrantless recording of citizens’ telephone calls, military interference with the criminal justice system, military denigration of the Constitution, brutal sanctions on overseas people, wars of aggression, military occupations, secret Soviet-era torture centers overseas, kidnapping of ...

Hornberger’s Blog, November 2005

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 Sen. Hillary Clinton is among the growing number of congressional Democrats who are having second thoughts about the president’s war on Iraq. In a 1600-word email to her constituents, Clinton said, ''I take responsibility for my vote, and I, along with a majority of Americans, expect the president and his administration to take responsibility ...

Hornberger’s Blog, October 2005

Monday, October 31, 2005 Some people are suggesting that Scooter Libby’s allegedly false testimony to a federal grand jury was no big deal and possibly shouldn’t even be charged, at least since the grand jury didn’t charge an underlying crime. They’re missing two important points, however. One is that truth under oath is essential to a properly governing criminal-justice system. The other is ...

Hornberger’s Blog, September 2005

Friday, September 30, 2005 Over the Pentagon’s objections, a federal district judge has ordered the release of Abu Ghraib photographs and videotapes that the Pentagon has been keeping secret from the American people. U.S. Senators who have viewed the material expressed shock and disgust at what they saw, which is saying a lot. The government ...

Hornberger’s Blog, August 2005

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 Maybe it’s too much to hope for rational economic thinking among Louisiana and Mississippi government officials, but residents in those hurricane-stricken areas ought to hope that their politicians don’t follow the lead of Hawaii politicians and bureaucrats, who recently imposed price controls on gasoline, which will inevitably produce shortages, long lines, angry tempers, and ...

Hornberger’s Blog, July 2005

Saturday, July 30, 2005 I wonder if Martha Stewart, whom the feds convicted and punished for lying to a federal bureaucrat even though she wasn’t under oath at the time she supposedly lied, noticed the latest news about President Bush’s nominee to be the U.S. ambassador to the UN, John Bolton. In conjunction with his ratification hearings, Bolton was ...

Hornberger’s Blog, June 2005

Thursday, June 30, 2005 Have you ever noticed that the august members of the U.S. House of Representatives, who are forever proposing a flag-burning amendment to the Constitution, never propose a Constitution-burning amendment along the same lines? You know — as in making it illegal to burn your own private copy of the Constitution, just as they want to make ...

Hornberger’s Blog, May 2005

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 U.S. officials might be prematurely celebrating the death of Musab al Zarqawi, given a tape on which Zarqawi describes his wounds as minor. The Zarqawi saga evidences the ease by which federal officials can mold the minds of people to adopt new official enemies whose death would supposedly bring “victory” in Iraq and in the ...

Hornberger’s Blog, April 2005

Saturday, April 30, 2005 One of the interesting twists of fate in Iraq involves Bush versus Bush with respect to the regime that would rule Iraq. After U.S. military forces under Bush I ousted Saddams forces from Kuwait in the Persian Gulf intervention, Bush I encouraged the Shiites and the Kurds to revolt. However, U.S. officials ultimately decided to stand aside ...

Hornberger’s Blog, March 2005

Thursday, March 31, 2005 According to the Pioneer Press, Dan Gartrell, a former Head Start teacher at Red Lake High School in Minnesota, said public-school student killer Jeff Weise “would have been just fine if teachers ‘had time to greet students in the morning, easing them through conflicts since the previous day that may be getting them down.’ He ...

Hornberger’s Blog, February 2005

Monday, February 28, 2005 U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty, who is representing the government in the Abu Ali case (the case in which U.S. officials kept U.S. citizen Abu Ali in a Saudi jail for 20 months), should be given a special federal medal for audaciousness. Responding to Abu Ali’s claims of torture, McNulty stated in official court ...
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