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Turkey Coup - Is It Over?

Three days after the mysterious Turkish coup that was put down almost instantly, Turkish president Erdogan has conducted massive purges of the judiciary and the military. He even referred to the coup as a "godsend" that would allow him to rid the government of those who are disloyal. The purges have focused attention in Washington and Brussels, where he is being warned that talks for EU membership -- and even existing NATO membership -- may be at risk if the government crackdown gets more serious. Is the US and EU bluffing? After all, Erdogan currently has nearly three million Syrian refugees on Turkish soil that he could send to Europe at any time. And closing the US base at Incirlik would create havoc for US "power projection" in the region. We examine these and more in today's Liberty Report...
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Great News: Turks Closed US Incirlik Base

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In the aftermath of the suspiciously ill-planned and ill-executed coup attempt in Turkey, the government of President Erdogan has shut down the US military base in Incirlik. According to Stars and Stripes, the Turkish government, after putting down the partial military revolt, has closed the airspace over the US base at Incirlik and has even turned off the power to the base. In response, the US has placed troops on base at the "highest force protection level."

The Turkish government has said that normal operations at Incirlik will resume once the "anti-coup operations end." Part of those "anti-coup operations," however, include a demand that the US turn over exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, currently living in Pennsylvania...
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After Nice Attack - Round Up Usual Suspects?

Who benefits from attacks like we saw in Nice, France yesterday? The authoritarians never waste a minute exploiting these events to call for more restrictions on our liberties. Take away guns, monitor our phone calls, restrict our movement, censor the Internet. But the one thing they will never do is look at our foreign policy, to look at our unfair central banking system, to consider the damage of the drug war. Whether on the Right or the Left, authoritarians are hammers and all they see are nails. We are the nails. More on Nice attack and its aftermath in today's Liberty Report...
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How Disinformation Feeds The War Machine

According to recent polls by both Pew and Gallup, when Americans understand the actual level of US military spending they by a large margin back a decrease. That is why we hear the constant refrain of politicians screeching about the need to "rebuild" the military and to spend a trillion dollars updating our nuclear weapons program. The media plays its part as well, broadcasting endless segments meant to ratchet up the fear factor. The "think tanks" funded by the military-industrial complex come out with papers laying out the case for US global domination. The US national security state is maintained through fear and propaganda, just like in the Soviet Union. Are we headed for a similar collapse? More today in the Liberty Report...
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State Department Stonewalls On Syria Weapons

Why can't the State Department spokespersons give a straight answer when asked a clear and direct question by the media? And when they do give an answer why is it often such a bold-faced lie? Either it's "I cannot comment on that because there is an ongoing investigation" or "'no boots on the ground' in syria has never been our policy." When it comes to US transfers of weapons in Syria that are ending up in the hands of ISIS -- particularly when some have possibly been used recently to shoot down a Russian helicopter -- the US government needs to do more than cover up. We must demand the truth! That is what we are doing in today's Liberty Report...
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Brexit: A Win For Localism?

Will UK leaders ignore the recent Brexit vote and go ahead with business as usual? European Parliament Member and leading voice in the "leave the EU" movement Daniel Hannan tells today's Liberty Report that he does not think so. He is confident that the move toward localism and away from the centralism of Brussels will be good for the UK and for its friends and partners around the world. For more on what to expect next, tune in to today's Liberty Report...
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NATO's Warsaw War Plans

The big NATO 2016 Summit begins in Warsaw today. On the agenda is approving a NATO force of up to 4,000 troops to be stationed on Russia's borders in the Baltic. It will be the first regular troop deployment aimed at Moscow since the fall of the Berlin Wall more than a quarter-century ago. How would the US feel if a reconstituted Warsaw Pact expanded to include Cuba and Mexico decided to station thousands of troops on the US border with Mexico? Threatened? Yet Russia is not supposed to feel threatened? Also on NATO's agenda will be prodding European governments to begin spending more money on defense. Though Russia has been declared an "existential threat" by NATO, those countries directly in the line of Russia's fire do not spend money on defense. Is that odd? Today's Liberty Report is joined by Future of Freedom Foundation President Jacob Hornberger....
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UK's Chilcot Report Exposes Iraq War Lies

The Iraq war was a war of choice, not of necessity. That was the conclusion of the Chilcot Report today, the culmination of a seven year long investigation by the UK's Sir John Chilcot. In one sentence the horror of the US/UK attack on Iraq is laid bare. According to the respected British medical journal The Lancet, one million Iraqis died in the war that would not have died had the US/UK not attacked. That means more than a million died due to the lies of then-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, then-President George W. Bush and the coterie of neocons who egged them on. A cakewalk? More like a death march. What are the chances of a real investigation here in the US of the lies used to get to attack Iraq? Ron Paul points out in today's Liberty Report that it is very unlikely. After all, the political elites in the US still believe in these kinds of interventions.
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Conspiracy Fact: NATO's Russia War Push

Recently hacked emails show that NATO's then-Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, Gen. Philip Breedlove (USAF) was actively seeking to promote a conflict with Russia over Ukraine. He was also actively seeking to undermine President Obama's position opposing actions that could lead to war with Russia. Breedlove declared his own war on multiple fronts, secretly manipulating US public opinion using false stories of Russian tanks in Ukraine. He conspired with NATO-funded think tanks to propagandize the public through the use of military "information war" techniques. A glimpse into the deep state's conspiracy fact in today's Liberty Report...
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RPI Conference Announcement: Paul and Rockwell Together Again in DC!

Here's one great reason to visit the US capital this September: Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell will be back together again in Washington, D.C., speaking at the RPI "Peace and Prosperity 2016" conference! Lew Rockwell, the founder and CEO of the Mises Institute and editor of LewRockwell.com, was also Dr. Ron Paul's first Congressional chief of staff (1978-1982). We are so honored that Lew has agreed to return to what we know is not one of his favorite places -- the "belly of the beast" -- to speak on the importance of a pro-peace, non-interventionist foreign policy. 
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