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Ben Swann: FBI Whistleblower and Teacher Expose Islamic Gülen Movement Infiltrating U.S. Through Charter Schools

In rural Pennsylvania, a Turkish-born Muslim imam lives in self-imposed exile.

The imam, Fethullah Gülen, came to the United States in 1999 due to cited health problems and has stayed in the United States after gaining his visa with help from former CIA officials. The FBI previously resisted granting permanent residency status to Gülen. According to leaked cables, parts of the U.S. government believe that Gülen “is a ‘radical Islamist’ whose moderate message cloaks a more sinister and radical agenda.”

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W. James Antle: Will Michigan elect the next Justin Amash – article about Tom McMillin on rare.us

There’s a liberty candidate running for Congress in Michigan.

Not just Justin Amash, who seems poised to win the Republican primary on his way to a third term in the House.

Not just Kerry Bentovolio, the Ron Paul Republican who succeeded Thaddeus McCotter.

Tom McMillin is a Republican candidate in Michigan’s 8th district. The retiring incumbent, Mike Rogers, has been described as one the NSA’s biggest defenders. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is a hawk who has an antagonistic relationship with Justin Amash.

25 votes

AP: Members of Congress fall over each other to support Israel

Democratic and Republican members of Congress scrambled Tuesday to seal a $225 million boost to Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess.

As the Gaza war escalates, Israel is proving to be among the few subjects uniting lawmakers. Members of both parties have introduced legislation backing the Jewish state, condemning the Palestinian militant group Hamas and seeking a tougher Iran policy. Iron Dome is the priority, but the House and Senate are at odds over process.

7 votes

By Passing the Supreme Court?

There is a bill making it's way through the Senate that makes sure that women that want their birth control can not be stopped. The bill is called "Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference".

Is this bill an attempt to bypass the Supreme Court decision?

Read the bill here:

http://thedailyfed.com/protect-womens-health-corporate-inter...

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Republicans’ Senate Chances Rise Slightly to 60 Percent

Summing up the possible outcomes, our model gives the Republicans a 60 percent chance of taking control, up from 54 percent on April 1.

Polls are only one part of the model. (And we adjust polls from partisan firms according to our best estimates of how Republican- or Democratic-leaning the pollster has been this cycle.) The model also includes the candidates’ political experience, fund-raising, a state’s past election results and national polling.

6 votes

Who Is a Statist?

One of the most common epithets that libertarians will use to decry those who advocate for this or that government policy is that of a “Statist.” This term carries a certain meaning within libertarian circles, and is typically used to point out those who specifically call for the violations of individual rights, justified by the mere fact that “government” is the body carrying them out.

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Rutherford Institute: The Absurd, Bureaucratic Hell That Is the American Police State

By John W. Whitehead | The Rutherford Institute
July 28, 2014

“The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern.”—C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

Whether it’s the working mother arrested for letting her 9-year-old play unsupervised at a playground, the teenager forced to have his genitals photographed by police, the underage burglar sentenced to 23 years for shooting a retired police dog, or the 43-year-old man who died of a heart attack after being put in a chokehold by NYPD officers allegedly over the sale of untaxed cigarettes, the theater of the absurd that passes for life in the American police state grows more tragic and incomprehensible by the day.

Debra Harrell, a 46-year-old South Carolina working mother, was arrested, charged with abandonment and had her child placed in state custody after allowing the 9-year-old to spend unsupervised time at a neighborhood playground while the mom worked a shift at McDonald’s. Mind you, the child asked to play outside, was given a cell phone in case she needed to reach someone, and the park—a stone’s throw from the mom’s place of work—was overrun with kids enjoying its swings, splash pad, and shade.

A Connecticut mother was charged with leaving her 11-year-old daughter in the car unsupervised while she ran inside a store—despite the fact that the child asked to stay in the car and was not overheated or in distress. A few states away, a New Jersey man was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of his children after leaving them in a car parked in a police station parking lot, windows rolled down, while he ran inside to pay a ticket.

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You've Got Mail: Judge Grants Feds Unrestricted Access to Gmail Account (7/28/2014)

Via Infowars.com, 7/28/2014 :

"Privacy advocates were dealt a major blow on July 18, when a federal judge in New York ruled that law enforcement has the legal authority to search the entire email account of an unnamed individual who police believe was involved in a money laundering scheme.

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Interview: Justin Amash has a lot of things to say about NSA reform & John Boehner

In this week's episode, Slate political reporter David Weigel speaks to Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican from Michigan. Weigel joined Amash while at a parade in a small town in the congressman’s home state. They talk about Amash’s upcoming primary against businessman Brian Ellis, his push for national surveillance reform, and what he thinks about being called al-Qaida's “best friend” by his opponent.

Interview:

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What? Newsweek: The government owns your DNA. What are they doing with it?

The bad news is that we may not be aware that many states have created biobanks funded by genetic material left over from our screening tests, and, even more surprising, our specimens may be used for purposes we do not fully understand or for which we have not granted informed consent.

Blood Spots

10 votes

Let the States Decide on Marihuana

By David Firestone | July 26, 2014

In 1970, at the height of his white-hot war on crime, President Richard Nixon demanded that Congress pass the Controlled Substances Act to crack down on drug abuse. During the debate, Senator Thomas Dodd of Connecticut held up a package wrapped in light-green paper that he said contained $3,000 worth of marijuana. This substance, he said, caused such “dreadful hallucinations” in an Army sergeant in Vietnam that he called down a mortar strike on his own troops. A few minutes later, the Senate unanimously passed the bill.

That law, so antique that it uses the spelling “marihuana,is still on the books, and is the principal reason that possessing the substance in Senator Dodd’s package is considered illegal by the United States government. Changing it wouldn’t even require an act of Congress — the attorney general or the secretary of Health and Human Services could each do so — although the law should be changed to make sure that future administrations could not reimpose the ban.

Repealing it would allow the states to decide whether to permit marijuana use and under what conditions. Nearly three-fourths of them have already begun to do so, liberalizing their laws in defiance of the federal ban. Two have legalized recreational use outright, and if the federal government also recognized the growing public sentiment to legalize and regulate marijuana, that would almost certainly prompt more states to follow along.

7 votes

Rand Paul in NRO: A More Just America

Bold reforms are needed for our criminal-justice and education systems.
By Rand Paul | National Review

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following remarks were delivered before the Urban League on Friday, July 25.

I would like to thank the Urban League, and specifically Marc Morial and Donna Jones Baker, for your hospitality and warm reception.

All Clyde Kennard wanted was an education, but being black in Mississippi in the 1950s, nothing came easy. Instead of getting into college, Clyde got into trouble. Clyde was released from prison a few months after I was born. He was imprisoned for the crime of wanting an education.

The first time he tried to enroll at Mississippi Southern, the police planted liquor on him, jailed and fined him $600.

After his second attempt to enroll at Mississippi Southern, he was arrested on trumped-up charges of stealing $25 of chicken feed from his repossessed farm.

He was sentenced to seven years in prison — seven years! — for a crime that he didn’t commit.

5 votes

Israel Murders IDF Soldier to Prevent His Capture

Richard Silverstein — Tikum Olam July 26, 2014

Tonight, my Israeli source informed me that Sgt. Guy Levy, serving in the armored corps, was captured by Hamas fighters. He had been part of a joint engineering-armored-combat unit searching for tunnels. Troops entered a structure and discovered a tunnel. Suddenly, out of the shaft sprang two militants who dragged one of the soldiers into it. By return fire, one of the Palestinians was killed, while the other fled, presumably with the soldier.

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