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ISIS: Mortal Threat Or Paper Tiger?

If ISIS is such a mortal threat to the United States, why has US military action in Iraq and Syria been proceeding at such a leisurely pace? Is it possible that ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria are being used -- or even supported -- by the US and its allies as a "regime change" weapon against Syria's Assad government? The US pursued this policy before, when it used Saudi-trained radicals to fight a Soviet-backed government in Afghanistan. Those radicals became al-Qaeda...
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New Poll: Americans Feel Less Safe After 15 Years Of War

We were told that we had to attack Iraq because the Saddam Hussein government made us less safe. We were told we had to bomb and kill Gaddafi in Libya because his regime made us less safe. Ditto with the Taliban in Afghanistan and Assad in Syria. Now. 15 years after 9/11, Americans are seeing through the endless wars that have lasted through the Bush and Obama Administrations. Trillions spent, untold thousands killed, societies destroyed, people displaced. A new poll sponsored by the Center for the National Interest and the Charles Koch Institute has found that Americans feel less, not more safe after a decade and a half of war. We are reaching the critical mass where Americans begin to demand a change in our interventionist foreign policy. More on the encouraging poll in today's Liberty Report
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Will The Deep State Win The Election?

Most of the country is on the edge of its seat over next week's presidential election. Will it be Hillary? Trump? We don't know. One thing we do know is that the real winner will be a public/private hybrid known as the "deep state" that ensures Washington's policies do not significantly shift out of its favor. They will come out on top regardless of who wins next week. There are more "private" contractors with top secret clearances than government employees. A recently released FBI memo referenced the "7th Floor Group" or "Shadow Government" made up of very high-ranking State Department officials and perhaps others. This not conspiracy, it is conspiracy fact. What can be done about it? Plenty. We are joined by Rutherford Institute president John Whitehead to discuss in today's Liberty Report...
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PATRIOT Act At 15: Do You Feel Safer?


Yesterday was the 15th anniversary of President George W. Bush signing the PATRIOT Act into law. It was supposed to be only a temporary measure to address the emergency situation caused by the attacks of 9/11. Fifteen years later it has been re-authorized many times and last year some of its worst parts were codified into law in the USA FREEDOM Act. From the War Powers Resolution, to the FISA Court, to the "reform" USA FREEDOM Act, bills that were designed to rein in government abuses end up just giving government more power. Is there anything we can do about it? RPI Senior Fellow Adam Dick joins today's Liberty Report to discuss...
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What Did Sen. Richard Black Learn In Syria?

Virginia State Senator Richard Black was curious about why the US seemed to be attacking only secular countries in the Middle East. Why attack Libya? Why Syria? So he decided to go over to Syria and see for himself. After meeting Syrian president Assad and speaking favorably about the situation with Christians under his rule, Sen. Black earned himself a place on ISIS's "enemy list." For not taking the Washington line that "Assad must go" he also earned a place on the Washington Post's "enemy list." Are we on the wrong side in Syria? Today, with Sen. Black, on the Liberty Report...
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The Battle For Mosul: Who Benefits?

The compliant mainstream western media are playing the US/Iraqi assault on ISIS-held Mosul as a great liberation of the people. Atrocity stories of life under two years o fISIS control are all over the media. But what of life under five years of al-Qaeda rule over east Aleppo? Not a word. The media only reports US government tales of Syria and Russia targeting hospitals and schools and aiming for civilians. The hypocrisy is incredible. But what of the battle for Mosul? Will it finally give the US interventionists the victory they have found elusive thus far in the 13 year war? Don't hold your breath. More in today's Liberty Report...
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Philippine Pivot To China: What Does It Mean?

If you do what Washington says, they send you money. If you don't, they send you bombs. Now that Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has claimed he wants to pivot away from the US and toward China, can he expect some of those bombs? Or perhaps just a CIA-sponsored coup? What if this realignment could serve to end the foolish mutual defense treaty the US has had with the Philippines since the 1950s? Wouldn't it be better if young Americans didn't face the possibility of being killed while fighting for Philippine fishing rights in the South China Sea? More on the shift and what it means in today's Liberty Report...
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Former Hungarian Communist Party Paper Goes Bankrupt, Washington Panics

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Everywhere in the western world, printed newspapers are struggling to stay afloat. The old advertising-based model is no longer sustainable as more people turn to the Internet and alternative sources for their news and analysis. Hungary is no different. But some newspapers are more equal than others, and sometimes when market forces determine that a Washington-favored newspaper overseas goes out of business it becomes a matter of "human rights" and "free expression." That is the case in Hungary, where the former Communist Party paper's demise has earned strong words of scorn from the US State Department.

The newspaper Nepszabadsag (Liberty of the People) was founded by the Hungarian Communist Party in the midst of the 1956 revolution, a revolt where Hungarians rose up in attempt to pull themselves out from behind the iron curtain.  For the next 30 plus years Nepszabadsag was the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, until shortly after the Berlin Wall fell. It was subsequently acquired by Bertelsmann AG, a German media conglomerate, in the early 1990s. But while there was a "system-change" in communist monopoly rule in Hungary, there was never a "system-change" in Hungary's former Communist Party mouthpiece. 

The Communists renamed themselves "Socialists" and continued to play a leading role in Hungarian political life, winning the second post-communist election in 1994. Their newspaper Nepszabadsag remained at their side, lock-step loyal to the renamed communists and their allies. German businessmen who owned the paper did very little, as loyal former party members kept their subscriptions up and circulation high.
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Obama and Hillary's Two-Minutes of Hate for Russia

President Obama claimed that Donald Trump's "flattery" of Russian president Putin is "unprecedented in American politics." But as RPI Board Member Lew Rockwell tells RT, there is nothing new about it. During the Cold War Americans were told they had to hate the Russians and the Chinese, that the Russians were coming. The latest bashing, however, is "despicable, warmongering, narcissistic, and dangerous, says Lew Rockwell. Now Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Barack Obama are "actually threatening nuclear war," he said. We are supposed to hate the guts of Russia and China, he added, but "it's not a good idea from a religious, or political, or foreign policy standpoint to hate the guts of other countries. Like George Washington said in his farewell speech, we want to be friends with everyone who wants to be friends with us, trade with everyone, not be belligerent," he said.
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Are The Russians Rigging Our Elections?

In last night's presidential debate, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton accused the Russians of manipulating the US electoral system to get Republican candidate Donald Trump elected president. She claimed:
We have 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military, who have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyberattacks, come from the highest levels of the Kremlin, and they are designed to influence our election.
She went on to say that if elected, Trump would be "Putin's puppet." In other words, that the president of the United States would be an agent of a foreign power. Is there any truth to the claim? You might be surprised how much we learn when delving into foreign manipulation of elections. Join us in today's Liberty Report...
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