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More Judicial Deference on National-Security State Murder

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Continuing the long tradition of deference to the national-security state by the U.S. federal judiciary, a federal judge recently dismissed a lawsuit by the sons of a man named Frank Olson seeking damages for the CIA’s murder of their father. The excuses that the judge used to dismiss the case were the statute of limitations and a previous ...

Egypt and the Corruption of American Values

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An article on U.S. foreign aid to Egypt by Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank goes a long way in showing how conservative and liberal statists continue to lead our nation down a road of corrupted morals and values. The article, entitled “Rand Paul Rebuked by Fellow Republicans on Foreign Aid,” mocks Paul for the overwhelming 83-13 defeat by ...

Truth as Treason

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If I were to use the phrase “When Truth Was Treason,” you might think that I was referring to the cases of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. Your assumption, of course, would be entirely reasonable given that that’s what they did — they disclosed the truth about the U.S. national-security state’s lies, crimes, and secret surveillance schemes, for which ...

The Real Criminals Under Our National-Security State System

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Let’s recap the situation regarding criminal conduct within the U.S. national-security state, just to see how the national-security state has succeeded in corrupting the morals and values of our nation. People Who Are Considered Heroes by the National-Security State 1. The officials who devised the scheme that plunged America into the illegal world of torture. 2. The officials who actually ...

Why Not Just Abolish the NSA?

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Notice that all the public discussion about the NSA’s super-secret, massive surveillance scheme assumes that the NSA has become a permanent part of American life. The debate revolves around what restrictions, if any, should be placed on the NSA’s authority to spy on people. But the real question that Americans should be debating is: Why not simply abolish the NSA? The ...

The Feds versus the Fourth Amendment

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The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads as follows: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the ...

Detroit, Greece, and Excessive Federal Debt

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Detroit is another reminder of the danger of excessive government debt. It leads to bankruptcy. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out how a government gets to that point. The government begins spending more than what it is bringing in with taxes. To cover the difference, it borrows the money. As the process continues, year after year, the amount ...

Let’s Do Some Separating

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The standard approach toward the never-ceasing crises that arise from socialistic and interventionist programs is “reform.” The idea is that such programs are a given — that is, that Americans should just consider them a permanent part of American life (under the false guise of “freedom and free enterprise”) and devote their efforts to refining, improving, and modifying them ...

Why No Oswald Treatment for the Leakers?

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I’ll bet that not one single American is surprised about the U.S. government’s actions against leakers Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and John Kiriakou. What the U.S. national-security state is doing to them is exactly what all of us would expect them to do. They’re aiming to lock Manning up for the rest of his life for leaking information that, at ...

Michael Gerson’s Nasty Attack on Rand Paul and Jack Hunter

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Last week Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson leveled a nasty attack against Rand Paul for hiring longtime conservative-libertarian activist Jack Hunter as a staffer. The ostensible reason for the attack was some “neo-Confederate radio rants” that Hunter had made as a radio talk-show host when he was in his 20s. The title of Gerson’s piece was, “Rand Paul ...
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