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Blair's Iraq 'Apology': Sincere Or Spin?

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair over the weekend offered an apology of sorts over the disaster produced by the 2003 US/UK invasion of Iraq. He's "sorry" that the intelligence was wrong, he said, but he's not at all sorry that Saddam Hussein was overthrown. This "apology" comes on the heels of the White House leaked document showing that while Blair was claiming to the British public that he was dedicated to diplomacy with Iraq, he was making deals with President George W. Bush to push the war option. Today's Liberty Report takes a look at  Tony "Phony" Blair...
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Israeli Nuclear Panel Supports Iran Deal

Israel's Atomic Energy Commission has endorsed the Iran nuclear agreement, concluding that it would prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The Commission joins dozens of former high-ranking security and intelligence personnel in Israel who agree that the deal is a net positive for Israel. Back in the US the neocons have dominated the debate, joining their ally Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in predicting doom and gloom if the world backs off its war footing against Iran. Of course Netanyahu has been predicting an Iranian atomic weapon is imminent since at least 1992, so like the neocons his credibility is low. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is beating down Iran's door for trade opportunities now that the sanctions regime is effectively over. Everywhere but the US, that is. More on the other side of the Iran debate in today's Liberty Report...
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Benghazi Questions No One Dares Ask

Today's Benghazi Committee hearings will not focus on the central issue: US interventionist foreign policy which set the stage for the inevitable attack that followed. Hillary Clinton made the point in her opening statement that US embassies have been attacked many times in the past and she is right. But no one wants to question why they attack. Here's a hint: it's not because we are rich and free. Democrats and Republicans are out to score political points from the hearings. Both agree on the policies. Both agree on interventionism. Without major changes, neither will do a thing to change the root cause of such events: US interventionism. Today's Liberty Report explores questions you will not hear in today's hearing...
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Our Syria War Is Over - Time To Come Home

Four years into a pointless intervention in Syria -- with several more years of US "regime change" planning beforehand -- the utter disaster that the neocons and interventionists have produced is laid bare before the world. Assad is in power, al-Qaeda and ISIS are strengthened, Syria is devastated, the US is billions of dollars poorer. The Russian entry into the fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda should be a clear signal to the Obama Administration that this is not our war. The message of today's Liberty Report is clear: Run, don't walk from this neocon misadventure.
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Irwin Schiff - A 'Most Dangerous Man'

Tax protester Irwin Schiff was sentenced to 13 years in prison for talking about his book, which the government had banned. He died of cancer on Saturday at age 87, chained to a prison hospital bed. Appeals for him to spend his last days with his family were denied by the government. Today's Liberty Report pays tribute to Schiff and to all the other truth-tellers and whistleblowers who find themselves in the government's crosshairs and end up denied life, liberty, and happiness...
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Assassinations: Is This 'American Exceptionalism'?

A new US government whistleblower has come forward to share highly disturbing information about the US worldwide assassination program, deceptively called "targeted killing." Most of those killed with bombs fired from drones were not the intended targets, we learn, but they were classified as "enemies killed in action" anyway. Today's Liberty Report takes a look at this major new exposé of the US assassination policy -- is America losing its moral compass?
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Obama's New War In Africa: Do We Need It?

The Obama Administration's disastrous invasion of Libya scattered well-armed jihadists throughout Africa and the Middle East, including to Syria and Cameroon. After emptying out Gaddafi's arsenals, these groups proceeded to spread their mayhem. Yesterday, President Obama announced that he was sending US troops into Cameroon to help defeat one of the groups who benefitted from the US-led intervention in Libya, the ISIS-affiliated Boko Haram. Today's Liberty Report look at whether another US intervention can solve the problems created by intervention in the first place...
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MH-17 Final Report: Who Shot Down The Plane?

The long-awaited final report of the Dutch Safety Board on the 2014 shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17 over Ukraine came out yesterday, but it offered very little in terms of what actually happened. With the most powerful intelligence apparatus on earth, how is it that the US cannot bring forth evidence to back its claims about Russian responsibility? As Liberty Report guest, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern says today, it's not that the US does not have the information but rather that the evidence it has does not match the US propaganda line...
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Syria Quagmire? Copyright Tyranny. Weird Politics. Around the World With Lew Rockwell

Why is the US trying to destroy Syria, the bulwark against jihadists and protector of the Middle East's Christians? Because, says Lew Rockwell in today's Liberty Report, like all empires the US pursues a divide and conquer strategy. More on Lew's take on Syria events as well as a look at the GOP presidential race thus far in today's Liberty Report...
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Global Freedom Index: We're Number 20!

The Cato Institute and partners have released a new survey of global economic and civic freedom. The results are not too good for those who adhere to the philosophy of American Exceptionalism: the US is not even in the top 10 when it comes to economic and personal freedom. Despite the many problems with indexes of this kind -- we cannot agree with many of the criteria and others are skewed in one or another direction -- it is healthy to pause and look at our own deficiencies. Today's Ron Paul Liberty Report does just that...
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