The American Civil Liberties Union called newly released Bush-era legal memos “deeply disturbing” Friday night, after obtaining the documents from the Department of Justice through an open records request.
The decade-old memos offer the fullest public account of the Bush administration’s legal justification for the warrantless wiretapping of Americans, the Washington Post reported. The Justice Department released the documents to the ACLU Friday night.
By Brent Budowsky, contributor
Months ago, the isolationism of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was so extreme that I said he might as well be President Bashar Assad's man in Washington, referring to the Syrian dictator and murderer at a time when Rand Paul was following the policy of Ron Paul of extreme non-intervention. Times have changed, or shall I say Rand Paul's calculations have changed, so his positions have changed.
Now Sen. Paul mocks President Obama over the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and vows to be a super-hawk going after ISIS. I guess when it's time to raise campaign money for a presidential campaign, and time to court neoconservatives, and time to appeal to a GOP that does not favor extreme isolationism, the new Rand Paul now debates the old Rand Paul, while he throws under the bus the principled stand of the only true Ron Paul.
Written by Stephen Lendman
Date: September 6, 2014
Irresponsibly Blaming Russia for US-Led Western Crimes
Washington is public enemy No. 1. It's the real evil empire. It's a longstanding serial aggressor. Rogue Western partners share blame. … Behind the scenes US manipulation controls things. Kiev is infested with CIA and FBI operatives. Blackwater USA (now Academi) type mercenaries operate in Southeastern Ukraine. Perhaps alongside covert US special forces.
Since conflict erupted in April, Russia went all-out for diplomatic resolution. It has no ongoing military campaign. It didn't invade Ukraine. It's not shelling cross-border. Or from inside Ukrainian territory. Its troops aren't involved in fighting. It's not out to seize Ukrainian territory. Western sources lie claiming otherwise. … They ignored multiple examples of post-9/11 US-led, instigated, and/or supported Western aggression. From Afghanistan to Iraq to Libya to Syria to Ukraine, again Iraq, and perhaps planned confrontation with Russia. …
by Nebojsa Malic, September 06, 2014
Events of the past two weeks have demonstrated once again that the Atlantic Empire regards humanity as nothing more than pieces on the game board. Wars in the Ukraine, Iraq and Syria, the ongoing meltdown of "liberated" Libya, the barbarous actions of ISIS – all consequences of imperial meddling, to greater or lesser extent – have all been invoked as excuses for more Empire: the "perpetual war for perpetual peace", …
NASA: Asteroid Will Pass ‘Very Close’ To Earth On Sunday
September 4, 2014 2:05 PM
AMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — NASA announced that a small asteroid will safely pass “very close” to Earth on Sept. 7.
The asteroid, designated 2014 RC, will be roughly over New Zealand at the time of closest approach, which will be about 2:18 pm EDT based on current calculations. Astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about 60 feet in size.
Jennifer Sullivan, a student at Liberty University, lives at home with her parents and now represents over 150,000 people.
“I admit that I don’t have all the answers,” Sullivan said, “what I do know is that it doesn’t take a 40 year business owner to know that big government is bad, little government is good, we need less taxes, less regulations, and we need someone who is going to be a fighter for the people.”
Will the Real Rand Paul Please Stand Up?
The Kentucky senator is trying to tell us he’s not an isolationist. That dog won’t hunt.
By RICK SANTORUM
September 05, 2014
Rand Paul insists he’s not an “isolationist.” Writing this week in TIME, he says, “I look at the world, and consider war, realistically and constitutionally.”
W. James Antle III
September 6, 2014
The word that should terrify Rand Paul is not “isolationist,” despite reams of conventional wisdom to the contrary. It is “flip-flopper.”
Paul’s many critics are trying to affix the label that bedeviled Mitt Romney to the Kentucky senator’s evolving position on U.S. military intervention against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Before you get knee-jerky about who this man was and what he did, EDUCATE YOURSELF. Anyone who gets this thoroughly trashed by the media deserves your careful consideration.
This was an uncommonly brave man, one willing to offer legal services to people with no other hope of representation. What happened to him is one of the most horrific examples I know of a legal system that not only fails to render justice, but makes its own victims.
Many libertarians often hail Elon Musk and his company, Tesla, as a shining example of a great free market man and organization. There are indeed many reasons to praise Musk and Tesla, such as their recent decision to release all of their patents. But Tesla should not be beyond a discerning eye any more than other corporations should when it comes to calling out crony capitalist tendencies. Fox Business is reporting that Tesla is seeking up to $3 billion in tax breaks from the State of Nevada in order to build a new battery factory there:
Update: September 4, 2014
Health Impact News Daily
As we have previously reported, CNN so far is the only mainstream media (MSM) outlet to report on the CDC whistleblower story regarding CDC senior vaccine scientist Dr. William Thompson, who has come forward to confess that the CDC has withheld key information linking vaccines to autism. This is the one story the MSM does not want to cover, because they have repeated the CDC’s mantra for years now that there is no evidence that vaccines cause autism.
"When I was a youngster, my dad told me, “Son, a policeman is your friend.” Through his jail and prison ministry, Dad became a personal friend of our county sheriff (two of them, as a matter of fact)–as well as scores of deputies and city police officers. For all of my life, I have taken Dad’s maxim to heart. In fact, for all of my teen years, law enforcement was my chosen profession. I wanted to go into law enforcement real bad. It took a divine call to Gospel ministry to change my plans."
"The Hunger Games, The Giver and Divergent all depict rebellions against the state, and promote a tacit...Submitted by Allegory on Fri, 09/05/2014 - 13:39
Nick Gillespie | Sep. 2, 2014
Over at the Guardian, Ewan Morrison is pissed off that young-adult novels don't preach a left-wing, progressive vision. In fact, he writes, many of the most popular titles actually undermine the collectivism at the heart of so many utopias-gone-bad:
Books such as The Giver, Divergent and the Hunger Games trilogy are, whether intentionally or not, substantial attacks on many of the foundational projects and aims of the left: big government, the welfare state, progress, social planning and equality. They support one of the key ideologies that the left has been battling against for a century: the idea that human nature, rather than nurture, determines how we act and live. These books propose a laissez-faire existence, with heroic individuals who are guided by the innate forces of human nature against evil social planners....
Jeebus, the sourness runs strong in this one. Morrison is in such a rush to denounce the neoliberalism of the books that he manages to misrepresent them. Far from being anti-community, these books are anti-collectivist, at least when the group is based on involuntary servitude, perceived mental and physical capacities (mostly the result of genetics in these books), or accidents of geography. To the extent that they—like virtually all novels—rely on individual protagonists, those heroes are all about political and social equality rather than any sort of elevation of the great man or woman at the expense of others. None of the books he cites is against community per se. They are against reactionary states that rule by dictate rather than democracy (whether in a the voting booth or the marketplace).
Lawsuits filed against Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Entire Pennsylvania judicial system alleged to be unconstitutionalSubmitted by muckraker on Fri, 09/05/2014 - 13:17
Two separate lawsuits were leveled against the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and other defendants Thursday, September 4.
Congressional candidate for Pennsylvania's Eleventh District, Andy Ostrowski, was the first to file against the courts, in the United States Middle District of the Third Circuit. The second to file is Ed Bogan, who submitted his case in the United States Eastern District Court. He also named the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel as defendants, among others.
At the reference desk, we are frequently asked to estimate the number of federal laws in force. However, trying to tally this number is nearly impossible.