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The NSA admitted last October that its monitoring of Americans was far more widespread than believed. Even the normally compliant FISA Court was shocked. Will "reform" do the job? Or should the authority to spy on us without a warrant be totally removed? Join us in today's Liberty Report:
The latest terrorist attack in England, which has killed or injured dozens of teenagers, raises questions for every British, French, and American parents: Is continued interventionism in the Middle East and Afghanistan worth it? Is interventionism worth the deaths of children who are killed as a result of terrorist retaliation? These retaliatory attacks are evil, cowardly and inexcusable. But they are preventable. These blowback attacks began after the U.S. national-security establishment lost its old official enemy, communism. Instead of adopting a foreign policy of strictly defending the U.S. homeland, America began military interventions in the Middle East, creating a new official enemy. A serious discussion on American foreign policy is necessary. More below:
It's well known that the United Kingdom is the number one surveillance state in the West. Virtually everything is monitored in the U.K. Yet, despite this extraordinary surveillance: 1) The UK police and intelligence services both knew about the suicide bomber. 2) Family members in the UK warned officials that he was dangerous. 3) He traveled to both Libya and Syria. These trips had to have been known to intelligence services. 4) The suicide bomber flew a terrorist flag from the roof of his house. All individuals in the UK gave up their liberty for security, and as Ben Franklin warned, they ended up with neither. More below:
The Manchester bomber greatly benefitted from the chaos and Islamist extremism that resulted from the US/UK "liberation" of Libya and destabilization of Syria using proxy Islamist forces. He travelled to both countries and reportedly even trained in Syria. Blowback?
Yesterday, President Trump held a telephone conversation with the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte’s government has been gunning down drug suspects in the streets, by the thousands. No arrests. No trials. While affairs in the Philippines are not the business of the U.S. federal government, it is nevertheless very degrading to us Americans to find out that our President actually heaps praise on such ruthless brutality. More below:
Did you know that the Manchester bomber was a Libyan who returned after Gaddafi was overthrown by the US and UK to train for the attack?? Or that he went to Syria to fight jihad against the Assad government? In other words, he was on "our" side in both interventions. More proof that interventionism kills.
IT'S THE LAW! Undermining the Federal Reserve received a major boost yesterday! Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law a bill that eliminates capital gains taxes on gold and silver, thus allowing Arizona residents to use precious metals as currency instead of Federal Reserve notes. Currency competition against the monopolist Fed is starting to unfold! Let's hope that other states follow in Arizona's heroic footsteps. There's no reason to wait for another severe financial crisis to act. More below:
George Washington said that "Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force." Basic questions: What types of people do you think are attracted to such an institution? Those who believe in "live and let live"? Or those who have a lust to dominate others? It's pretty self-evident. More below:
We should be angry after the horrible attack on young people at a pop concert in Manchester. Angry at those who perpetrated such an act...and angry at US and UK government policies that almost guarantee that more will follow. Tune in to today's Liberty Report: Manchester Tragedy: Understanding The Big Picture https://youtu.be/wLdbHWja6jM
Presidential budgets are pure hocus-pocus. Government has teams of "economists" who, instead of pointing out that economic laws cannot be violated, concoct formulas that seek to justify government expansion. That's really the only thing that bureaucrats care about ... expansion. The "economists" come up with the justifications, and thus get to keep their plush jobs of exonerating the state. Because estimates don't hold the same importance that they do in the private sector, you can always count on government to underestimate expenses and overestimate tax revenues. The politically-connected get their share of the loot, and the mainstream media gets to scream and shout about "cuts" that aren't really cuts at all. More below:
President Trump's speech in Saudi Arabia over the weekend was essentially a declaration of war on Iran, Syria...and possibly Russia. He promised peace, but his actions will deliver war. Tune in to today's Liberty Report: Trump In Saudi Arabia - 'Peace In Our Time?' https://youtu.be/tiO_La3yuKc
Jeff Sessions says he wants to ramp up the drug war. Again. Why won't it work? Read my weekly column: Will the Trump Administration Overdose on Authoritarianism? http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/may/22/will-the-trump-administration-overdose-on-authoritarianism/
Iran has been in neocon crosshairs for a very long time. U.S. Presidential Administrations come and go, Democrat and Republican, but the neocon script has remained the same. President Trump, voted in as an "outsider," has adopted the insider script. Today's speech provided the most recent example. More below:
When non-president Donald Trump declared Saudi Arabia "the world's biggest funder of terrorism," and responsible for 9/11, one must presume that he understood thoughts and opinions of the American people. Americans (even the mainstream media) have sympathy for the people of Saudi Arabia, specifically the persecuted women, gays, and Christians. The American people also sympathize with the suffering people of Yemen, who are being slaughtered en masse by the Saudis. Yet the U.S. government itself is practically bragging about arming the Saudis even further to the tune of $350 billion! The U.S. government and President Trump are painfully out of touch, and are hardly acting as representatives of the American people. This, unfortunately, is nothing new. More below:
Donald Trump ran on a platform of improving relations with Russia. However, after months of leaks coming from the intelligence agencies, who bitterly oppose the new policy, the Deep State has the last word. Trump’s goal of “getting along with Russia” will surely not be implemented now that the regime of the special counsel has trumped him. No matter what you think of Trump, this is an ominous development for all those who care about the future of our republic. The warning to our politicians could not be clearer: You want to effect a fundamental change in US foreign policy? You dare to question the permanence of NATO? Let this be a lesson to you. More below:
There's a lot of chatter comparing President Trump's current headaches to President Nixon's Watergate debacle. The comparisons are pretty weak for sure, but there may be one common thread between the two men that the mainstream media won't dare cover. As we pointed out yesterday, President John F. Kennedy was hysterically branded a traitor who was committing treason for trying to befriend Russia. Well, Nixon too eased tensions between the U.S. and Russia (as well as China). This is where the real comparison with Trump comes in. More below:
In eight years, President Obama signed about $200 billion in arms deals. Obama brokered more weapons sales than any other president since World War II. Well ... President Trump is about to dwarf that with a single sale ... to Saudi Arabia!! America First? Please... More below:
It is a great treat for us to have author, philosopher, investor, and true intellectual Nassim Nicholas Taleb join us on today's Liberty Report. Why do the neocons and the mainstream media keep getting away with promoting war? They have no skin in the game -- no personal downside for their bellicosity. Are we headed for another 2008-style crash...or something far worse? What can be done? Please join us for this very special episode: Black Swans And Interventionistas...With Special Guest Nassim Nicholas Taleb https://youtu.be/vjVPQUv6xm4
As Socialist Venezuela continues to spiral into the abyss, one must wonder why the comfortable socialist peddlers in America are so quiet... We all remember how Bernie Sanders refused to even discuss how his ideas produce the chaos that we see in Venezuela. He wanted no part of that conversation. And while Catholic Bishops that actually *live* in Venezuela have denounced the utter failure of Socialism, Pope Francis has also remained silent on the mass starvation that the "something for nothing" philosophy has produced. Thus, for many Venezuelans, the question is: "Where is Pope Francis?" More below:
When Benjamin Franklin was asked about the new government that was formed at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, he replied that it was: "a republic, if you can keep it." Well, it hasn't been kept, to say the least. The Constitution is systematically ignored, unless one of the political parties believe they can benefit from bringing it up. Otherwise, a vast majority of what occurs in Washington is unconstitutional. By far, the most important part of the U.S. Constitution is the Bill of Rights. How have they faired? Again, not so good at all. More below:
Which President had the following accusations cast against him: 1) He has betrayed the Constitution, which he swore to uphold. 2) He has committed treason by befriending Russia and other enemies of America. 3) He has subjugated America’s interests to Moscow. 4) He has been caught in fantastic lies to the American people, including personal ones, like his previous marriage and divorce. President Trump? No, it was President Kennedy. More below: