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Mueller Appointed 'Chief Prosecutor' -- 'Russiagate' Crisis Over...Or Just Beginning?

In a surprise move, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to look into whether the Russian government interfered in the 2016 US presidential election and whether the Trump election team colluded with the Russians. Mueller is also granted sweeping and unspecified power to look into many related issues around the general topic. Many questions have arisen over the move. How will this affect President Trump's foreign policy, particularly as the timing is suspiciously close to the recent successful meeting between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. What does it mean for the rest of Trump's agenda? Have the chances risen for his removal from office? If so, how and by whom? We take a look at all the disparate threads on the issue in today's Liberty Report...
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The 'Giuliani Moment' 10 Years On: What Does It Mean Today?

Ron Paul shocked the GOP at the May 15, 2007 South Carolina presidential debate. Our foreign policy of interventionism is the reason people overseas are angry with us and would like to attack us -- and why they attacked us on 9/11. Frontrunner Rudy Giuliani exploded at Paul, demanding he take back his words. Paul stood firm. People expected it to be the end of the Paul candidacy, but a funny thing happened: the post-debate polls began to favor him. It was the beginning of the end of Giuliani...and the beginning of the beginning of Ron Paul's worldwide peace movement. In today's Liberty Report, Dr. Paul tells us how he felt at the time...and what can be done to continue the momentum...
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America’s Reign of Terror: A Nation Reaps What It Sows

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Who designed the malware worm that is now wreaking havoc on tens of thousands of computers internationally by hackers demanding a king’s ransom? The US government.

Who is the biggest black market buyer and stockpiler of cyberweapons (weaponized malware that can be used to hack into computer systems, spy on citizens, and destabilize vast computer networks)? The US government.

What country has one the deadliest arsenals of weapons of mass destruction? The US government.

Who is the largest weapons manufacturer and exporter in the world, such that they are literally arming the world? The US government.

Which is the only country to ever use a nuclear weapon in wartime? The United States.

How did Saddam Hussein build Iraq’s massive arsenal of tanks, planes, missiles, and chemical weapons during the 1980s? With help from the US government.

Who gave Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida “access to a fortune in covert funding and top-level combat weaponry”? The US government.

What country has a pattern and practice of entrapment that involves targeting vulnerable individuals, feeding them with the propaganda, know-how and weapons intended to turn them into terrorists, and then arresting them as part of an elaborately orchestrated counterterrorism sting? The US government.
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'Russiagate' -- National Security Threat...Or Just Politics?

The latest "Russiagate" breathless revelation is that President Trump revealed secret information to the Russians in the Oval office. The Washington Post cites unnamed "former and current" intelligence sources for the leaked information. The leakers were obviously not in the room, but National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster who was in the room and refuted the claims was buried in the eighth paragraph. What's behind frenzy? Differences in policy? Do the Democrats and their new neocon allies oppose Trump's plans for military escalation in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere? Or is it really about power? We pick it apart in today's Liberty Report...
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Israel Minister: 'The Time Has Come To Assassinate Bashar Assad'

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Israel's Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Galant called for the assassination of Syrian President Bashar Assad following yesterday's US State Department report that the Syrian regime was using a prison crematorium to hide mass killings outside Damascus, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Speaking at a conference outside Jerusalem, Galant, a retired Israeli Defence Forces general, said that in light of recent allegations that Assad’s regime carried out mass executions and burned the bodies of the victims, he had to be killed.

"The reality in which people are executed in Syria, being hit deliberately by chemical weapons, their bodies being burned, something we haven’t seen in 70 years. In my view, we are crossing a red line. And in my view, the time has come to assassinate Assad. It’s as simple as that,” said Galant, who previously served as the head of the IDF’s Southern Command. The minister said Assad’s actions in Syria amount to nothing less than a “genocide,” with “hundreds of thousands killed."
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The 'Giuliani Moment'

MR. GOLER: Congressman Paul, I believe you are the only man on the stage who opposes the war in Iraq, who would bring the troops home as quickly as -- almost immediately, sir. Are you out of step with your party? Is your party out of step with the rest of the world? If either of those is the case, why are you seeking its nomination?

REP. PAUL: Well, I think the party has lost its way, because the conservative wing of the Republican Party always advocated a noninterventionist foreign policy.

Senator Robert Taft didn't even want to be in NATO. George Bush won the election in the year 2000 campaigning on a humble foreign policy -- no nation-building, no policing of the world. Republicans were elected to end the Korean War. The Republicans were elected to end the Vietnam War. There's a strong tradition of being anti-war in the Republican party. It is the constitutional position. It is the advice of the Founders to follow a non-interventionist foreign policy, stay out of entangling alliances, be friends with countries, negotiate and talk with them and trade with them.

Just think of the tremendous improvement -- relationships with Vietnam. We lost 60,000 men. We came home in defeat. Now we go over there and invest in Vietnam. So there's a lot of merit to the advice of the Founders and following the Constitution.
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Are They Really Out to Get Trump?

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President Donald Trump is not exactly known for his self-restraint. The recent firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey was not handled with any delicacy and has unleashed a firestorm of criticism coming from across the political spectrum. And since Comey’s abrupt dismissal the backstabbing has become even worse, with many coming around to the view that Trump is actually crudely threatening Comey over the issue of what might or might not have been said at dinners and meetings between the two men.

What exactly drove the firing at this time remains somewhat of a mystery though the media has been quick to link it directly to Trump’s reported anger at the seemingly endless investigation into his Administration’s possible ties to Russia, an investigation that nominally Comey headed as FBI Director. But that explanation somehow makes no sense as even a white-hot Trump would have realized that getting rid of Comey would only make the Russiagate problem worse as everyone would assume cover-up and would come after the White House with even greater intensity, which is precisely what has happened. Was Trump dumb enough to dig himself into a deeper hole? Possibly, but it seems unlikely.

What is real, however, is that constant innuendo means that anti-Russian hysteria has been mounting, including completely speculative pieces wondering whether the entourage of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had sought to sneak a recording device into the White House during last week’s visit.

And what if there really is a conspiracy against Donald Trump being orchestrated within the various national security agencies that are part of the United States government? The president has been complaining for months about damaging leaks emanating from the intelligence community and the failure of Congress to pay any attention to the illegal dissemination of classified information. It is quite possible that Trump has become aware that there is actually something going on and that something just might be a conspiracy to delegitimize and somehow remove him from office.
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Jeff Sessions' Authoritarian Drug Crackdown Won't Work

Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a memo to Federal Prosecutors on Friday to reverse his predecessor's directive to, when appropriate, seek less severe sentences for some drug offenses. This return to much more robust prosecution of drug offenses will lead to many more and much longer prison sentences. We already spend some $40 billion per year to prosecute and house the approximately 300,000 drug offenders in the US, many of whom non-violent. The one trillion dollar, nearly half-century war on drugs has bee an utter failure and a return to harsher penalties will do nothing to solve the problem. Why will it fail? Tune in to today's Liberty Report...
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President Trump: Toss Your Generals’ War Escalation Plans In the Trash

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By the end of this month, Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Advisor HR McMaster will deliver to President Trump their plans for military escalations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. President Trump would be wise to rip the plans up and send his national security team back to the drawing board – or replace them. There is no way another “surge” in Afghanistan and Iraq (plus a new one in Syria) puts America first. There is no way doing the same thing over again will succeed any better than it did the last time.
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Ron Paul Rewind (2010): 'End the War in Afghanistan Now!'

As the tenth anniversary of the US war in Afghanistan approached, Rep. Ron Paul took to the Floor of Congress to demand an end to that unwinnable war. "It was said that it's hard to quit a war, and we shouldn't be quitting. But the real problem is that it's too easy to start a war," he said. In his speech, given some seven years ago, he pointed out the central problem of US intervention in Afghanistan and elsewhere: "The enemy is said to be the Taliban. Well the Taliban certainly don't like us and we don't like them. And the more we kill, the more Taliban we get." But, as he points out, the original military authorization was to retaliate against those who attacked us and the Taliban did not attack us. So here we are, seven years after this speech, and we are talking about yet another major "surge" into Afghanistan. Even though those who did attack us are long gone. When will it all end -- and where might we be if they had listened to what Ron Paul said in this speech...
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