28 votes

The Supreme Court Exposes Obama’s Circular Logic on Wiretapping

The New Republic - At the Supreme Court on Monday, as Hurricane Sandy approached, Chief Justice John Roberts kept the Court open to hear Clapper v. Amnesty International, the most important wiretapping case of the term. Judging from his reception during the oral arguments, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli may have wished that the storm had closed the Court a day early.

As part of its concerted campaign to prosecute whistleblowers and to classify state secrets, the Obama administration has taken a position in Clapper that makes the Bush administration pro-secrecy campaign seem pale in comparison: namely, that no one can challenge warrantless surveillance unless the government tells you in advance that you’re being surveilled—which national security interests prevent it from doing. When Bush administration offered milder versions of the same arguments, the civil liberties community rose up in protest. Verrilli, for his part, was met by vigorous skepticism from the Supreme Court’s liberal justices.

15 votes

Sandy financial cost put at $20bn. (Funny how $20bn seems like nothing anymore)

It used to be that $20bn dollars would be shocking. No more.

The U.S. Military Spends $20 Billion on Air Conditioning for Troops.
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2011/06/us-military-sp...

Interest on national debt 2012 over $359bn dollars.
http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/ir/ir_expense.htm

Afghan $12 billion training cost
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/29/us-afghanistan-fin...

America spent nearly $700 billion on military expenditures in 2010
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/howard-steven-friedman/militar...

45 votes

Ron Paul Warned Us: United States, Not China, Is Biggest Currency Manipulator

During the presidential debates and on the campaign trail, former Governor Mitt Romney has focused many of his attacks on China. Accusing them of "manipulating their currency" to gain and unfair trade advantage against the U.S., Romney has promised to isolate China on his first day in his office in part of a broader hawkish policy towards China. But not only is Romney wrong to demonize China, he completely ignores the real currency manipulators: the U.S. Federal Reserve.

In classic politician doublespeak, Romney's accusations against China are a few truths mixed in with a lot of lies, pandering and propaganda. While it is true that China has been keeping the value of its currency artificially low over the last decade, this has been largely in response to the U.S. doing essentially the exact same thing for four decades now.

34 votes

CNN channels Ron Paul: Reduce our overseas military commitments.

Romney's other 47% problem
By Harvey Sapolsky and Benjamin Friedman, Special to CNN

Editor's note: Harvey Sapolsky is a professor emeritus of public policy and organization at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Benjamin Friedman is a research fellow in defense and homeland security studies at the Cato Institute.

(CNN) -- A fixture of the presidential race has been Mitt Romney's 47% problem: Those Americans who don't pay federal income tax that Romney has described as freeloaders. Of course, Romney has retracted his remark. But if he still wants to attack those who freeload off of U.S. taxpayers, there is a better target: Our wealthy overseas allies.

99 votes

Who will you be without Ron Paul? (Different paths to our common ground.)

Ron Paul deserves to go down in history as "the man who inspired a r3volution." He brought together people who were diametrically opposed on many "issues" but who agreed in general on the basic concept of "liberty." Bible thumpers stood side by side with atheists to fight the Patriot Act, the NDAA, the "police state" in all its manifestations. Then Ron Paul ended his campaign for President - this was in 2008. The group that had become like family began to drift apart. Those of us who had joined the GOP stayed and tried to make changes from within. For me, that goal was abandoned when Lt. Gov. Brad Little announced to a group of County Chairmen that the Tea Party had been successfully taken over. Understand that I was at a "Tea Party" on November 11, 2007 - with about 6 other people. When Boise's Tea Party held their first event, there were thousands of people, and a stage and rock-concert sized speakers.... My husband's first comment was "Where did this money come from?" Now we know.

Many Ron Paul supporters took the lead in other battles; "We The People," fighting for their Sovereign Rights, becoming video-journalists, engaging in "Cop Watch," joining Chuck Baldwin's "Liberty Fellowship." Many of them just disappeared into the woodwork, their willingness to stand and be counted evaporated under the increasing incidence of police violence against political activists. Had Ron Paul said in 2008 that he would run again in 2012, perhaps some of them may have stuck around, but we will never know. What we do know is that CFL failed to keep the Ron Paul supporters together in a cohesive group, and that in 2012 Idaho handed Ron Paul some embarrassing numbers.

Now it is a week before the next faux election. Ron Paul is not in the running, but the "faithful" are still vowing to write him in. Some will be supporting a third party candidate. I do not consent to any of it - I was created sovereign and that is how I will live and die. To participate in the rigged election of corrupt men is tacit approval, and I do not approve. So who is doing "the right thing?"

Every one of us.

62 votes

'How to Make Money Selling Drugs' Official Trailer

How to Make Money Selling Drugs Official Trailer #1 (2012) - Documentary Movie HD
Ten easy steps show you how to make money from drugs, featuring a series of interviews with drug dealers, prison employees, and lobbyists arguing for tougher drug laws.

http://youtu.be/AxRVhgbVN9o

See also: Director Matthew Cooke reveals how he came up with the idea for his documentary 'How to Make Money Selling Drugs'.

131 votes

URGENT: It Appears Ben Swann Needs Our Help

Daily Paul Members,

It has become very clear over the past few days that something has happened with Ben Swann. All of his Reality Check videos have been taken down from YouTube. I don't think it takes much of an imagination to reach the likely conclusion he is being shut down. I could be wrong but that's what appears to be happening.

This is the same guy that actually asked Obama and Romney some very tough questions recently and those vids went big-time viral. In addition to this, Mr. Swann has made well over 100 videos that covered important political topics. Many of us have shared his videos and have felt very proud to have him be part of our Liberty movement.

We need to fight what appears to be fire......with fire.

34 votes

Young Millennials Are Becoming More Fiscally Conservative

CHICAGO (AP) — This generation of young Americans has been called many things, from civic-minded to "entitled." But fiscally conservative?

That's a new one, and it just might have an impact on the presidential election.

For some young people, an interest in individual freedom has sent them to the Libertarian party. Rachel Palermo, a 19-year-old in Northfield, Minn., is one of them.

"Our loss of trust may be why we have the mentality that the economy would be best with less intervention" says Palermo, a sophomore at St. Olaf College. She plans to vote for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.

99 votes

Hurricane Sandy Open Thread

We're battening down the hatches here in Boston Town, getting ready to wait it out. Hopefully everyone here will make it through the storm ok. The DP's servers are in North Carolina, which is also in the storm path.

Everyone take care of yourselves! Stay safe and warm. Be grateful that you have a roof over your head. Keep us updated from your neck of the woods. Because of my inherently apocalyptic view of the world (I think it is a generational thing), if the power goes out and never comes back on, like in that soap opera Revolution on NBC, I want everyone to know that is has been a pleasure serving with you. And if it comes to that, perhaps we'll meet out in the PAW (the Post Apocalyptic World) as part of the resistance.

Thank you everyone and Godspeed! Post any news, observations and insights that you would like to share with us below.

NYC Live feed below (thanks SteveMT)

71 votes

Where's Ron Paul these days? At the 30th Anniversary of Mises Institute!

As the Ludwig von Mises Institute celebrated 30 years of promoting Austrian economics and classical liberalism, Congressman Ron Paul had some words to say on the importance of it.

http://youtu.be/k5d4Chc_KeY

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