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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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Seizure, Detention, Torture, and Assassination

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In todays blog, I thought I would share with you a deeply insightful quote by Alan Barth (1906-1979), who served on the Washington Posts editorial board for 30 years. The quote is from his book The Rights of Free Men, which was published posthumously in 1984. As you read the quote, keep in mind that we now live in a ...

Blaming America for Terrorism

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Yesterday, the would-be plane bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab pled guilty to terrorism in federal district court in Detroit. Hes the guy who was charged with trying to explode a bomb on an international flight coming into Detroit. Federal court, you ask? Isnt terrorism an act of war, you say? Isnt he an enemy combatant? Doesnt he belong in a POW ...

The Danger of Egypt’s Standing Army

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The Egyptian military is denying having killed 26 Egyptian citizens who were protesting on the streets of Cairo, even though witnesses claim to have seen Egyptian troops shooting the protestors and running them down with tanks. One thing is clear though: the military has no intention of relinquishing its dominate role in Egyptian society. Like here in the United States, ...

You’re Either With Us or Against Us

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Yesterday, I described one of the principal dangers of a ruler having the omnipotent, non-reviewable power to assassinate his own citizens (and, for that matter, foreigners as well). All too often rulers, along with their armies and intelligence forces, come to place citizens who oppose their policies through speech in the same category as those who are opposing it ...

Murder Inc.

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Lyndon Johnson once remarked, We had been operating a damned Murder Inc. in the Caribbean. What Johnson was referring to was the CIA's assassination program during the 1960s in which the agency targeted Latin American leaders for assassination. Johnson's statement is a reminder that the CIA, which recently assassinated American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, has been in the assassination business for ...

The Assassination Decider

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Statists are continuing to say that President Obama's assassination of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki (through his CIA and military forces) was justified because Awlaki was supposedly exhorting Muslims to resist U.S. foreign policy with force and that he was also supposedly engaged in operational activities to bring this about. For his part, Obama is remaining mum on the subject, ...

Barack Hussein Pinochet

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Yes, I fully realize that some conservatives will claim that I'm smearing the reputation of Chile's former military dictator Augusto Pinochet by comparing him to President Obama, but since Obama's assassination program is so similar to Pinochet's, the comparison is worth exploring, if for no other reason than to show how the U.S. government has become the worlds premier ...

Assassinating with Impunity

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Statist supporters of President Obamas assassination of an American citizen overseas, Anwar al-Awlaki, are convinced that Awlakis actions warranted his assassination. There is at least one big problem, however, with their convictions: How do they know what Awlaki did to warrant his assassination? Moreover, how do they know that the law permits an assassination under such circumstances? The press is ...

Empire and the Destruction of America

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If there's a bright side to the national security states assassination of one of its citizens, its this: At least the statists are not saying that the dead man, Anwar al-Awlaki, hated America for its freedom and values. Most every statist is acknowledging that Awlaki's anger toward the United States was driven by his hatred for what the U.S. ...

We Were Warned

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In a Fourth of July message to Congress, John Quincy Adams suggested that if America were ever to embrace the principles of empire and militarism, she would become a dictatress of the world. What better evidence of Adams wisdom than President Obama's assassination of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, a state-sanctioned murder, one without any judicial process whatsoever? Look at what ...

Hornberger’s Blog, October 2011

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Monday, October 31, 2011 Greek Bailout Delays the Inevitable The European Union’s bailout of Greece will only delay the inevitable because it doesn’t get to the root of the problem — Greece’s welfare state, along with the fierce refusal of the Greek citizenry to abandon the welfare-state way of life. It’s amusing to watch Greek citizens protest so vehemently against Germany, whose ...

A Nonsense Debate at the New York Times

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The New York Times is hosting a online debate entitled “Should the School Day Be Longer?” Wow, how exciting is that? Not! Well, at least not for libertarians. It’s the same old statist nonsense over how to fix and reform a socialist program, one that has been a mess for decades. That’s the trouble with people of the statist mindset — ...
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