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'We Tortured Some Folks...And Thinking About Torturing Some More Folks'
The New York Times reports that the Obama Administration is considering a return to the Bush-era interpretation of the UN Convention Against Torture, which is that it does not apply to torture conducted outside US borders. This would mean that those conducting what would be considered torture in the US would not be legally liable for such actions in CIA facilities or US military prisons overseas.

20 October 2014read on...

Germany Knows Who Shot Down Flight MH-17?
That is the claim of the head of German intelligence, BND, writes German newsmagazine Der Spiegel over the weekend. On RT, RPI's Daniel McAdams remains skeptical of these supposed German claims and criticizes the secrecy and lack of transparency in the investigation....

20 October 2014read on...

Only One US Congressman Cares About US Military?
US Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC), a Ron Paul Institute Board Member, expressed his concerns yesterday over the Obama Administration's decision to deploy thousands of US military personnel to Africa without Congressional authorization.

19 October 2014read on...

'Revisionist' Russia Has Moved to the 'Doorstep of NATO'?
Senior members of the Obama administration appear to be hopelessly unschooled in basic geography and history. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday, attempting to ratchet up his government's revisionist anti-Russia rhetoric, told the Association of the United States Army that the United States military "must deal with a revisionist Russia — with its modern and capable army — on NATO's doorstep.”

18 October 2014read on...

With Us Or With the Terrorists?
Immediately after the 9/11 attacks on the United States, then-President George W. Bush told a joint session of Congress that “either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.”

17 October 2014read on...

White House 'Inherently Resolved' to Defeat ISIS
Sometimes it takes a while for the PR folks to come up with a branding scheme for another US war.

16 October 2014read on...

Phony ISIS Fight and Ukraine's Gas Problems — McAdams and Taylor on Real News of Week
What is Obama's war on ISIS going to cost? Well is the US really at war with ISIS? Or is it a war for regime change in Syria? RPI Director Daniel McAdams again visits with Jay Taylor to go over the real news of the week.

14 October 2014read on...

Khorasan Group: Anatomy of Propaganda
Remember the Khorasan Group? It was only three weeks ago, when the Obama Administration was desperate for any kind of legal justification for its plan to begin bombing Syria, that we began hearing about a horrifically dangerous group that was worse than ISIS and was in the final stages of planning an attack on the United States.

14 October 2014read on...

New Post
Is Baghdad about to fall to ISIS, a group which the US media has told us is more evil than evil itself (except, of course, for the Khorasan Group, which is far more terrifying)?

12 October 2014read on...

Crimes and Hope: Ron Paul's Conversation With Lew Rockwell
Two legendary voices for peace and liberty are at the top of their game in this historic conversation between Ron Paul and his first Congressional chief of staff, Lew Rockwell. Having worked so long for Dr. Paul I can say it sounds in many ways like the conversations we would have in his Congressional office in the 2000s-2010s. I imagine Lew Rockwell, who went before my colleagues and me, in Dr. Paul's Congressional office sitting down and bouncing ideas off of him. Listening to Dr. Paul's perspectives and latest thinking. Taking that as inspiration for further research. It brings back so many memories.

11 October 2014read on...

Peace and Prosperity

Color Revolution for Venezuela?


After an unexpectedly tight vote in Venezuela over the weekend, heir to Hugo Chavez’s legacy Nicolas Maduro squeaked by with 50.7 percent of the result. His opponent, US-favored Henrique Capriles Radonski lost by some 1.7 percent of the vote and, although he has not provided any evidence of fraud, has refused to recognize the result and called his supporters to the street.
Not surprisingly, considering the history of very active US intervention in the internal politics of Venezuela, the US has joined the battle on Capriles side, refusing to recognize the newly-elected government and demanding a recount.
The intervention calls to mind the US orchestrated “color revolutions” of recent memory, as the Moon of Alabama blog points out:

Doubting election results without evidence of fraud, demanding recounts, riots in the street are all signs of a typical "color revolution" like attempt to overthrow a legal government. As the U.S. has in the past actively supported a coup against Chavez and, even after that failed, worked hard to create an anti-Chavismo "civil society" with the aim to overthrow Chavez, we can assume that similar schemes are behind the current disturbances.

We should recall that in 2002 the Bush Administration helped organize a coup against the democratically elected government of Venezuela. US government funded International Republican Institute’s president George Folsom at that time sent out a press release celebrating a coup against a democratically-elected government, stating “The Institute has served as a bridge between the nation’s political parties and all civil society groups to help Venezuelans forge a new democratic future…”

The coup was quickly dissolved, but, as we discover in a Wikileaks document dating just four years later, US government attempts to undermine and overthrow the Venezuelan government had not slowed down in the slightest. As RT reports on the Wikileaks document, the newly dispatched US Ambassador to Venezuela, William Brownfield, had a full menu of interventionism in front him:

Dispatched in November of 2006 by Brownfield -- now an Assistant Secretary of State -- the document outlined his embassy’s five core objectives in Venezuela since 2004, which included: “penetrating Chavez’ political base,” “dividing Chavismo,” “protecting vital US business” and “isolating Chavez internationally.”

The US efforts to overthrow duly and democratically elected president, Hugo Chavez – through its ill-named cut-outs such as the National Endowment for Democracy -- proceeded apace, with an estimated $20 million in US tax dollars sent to the political opposition in the year 2012 alone.

One need not be an adherent of the socialist approach of the Chavez movement to strongly oppose the US role in fomenting destabilization and coup for at least the past eleven years in Venezuela, illegally undermining an elected government while preaching democracy.

With seven already killed by the violence in Venezuela’s streets, provoked to a large degree by the losing Capriles camp, the potential for a rapid and potentially far more deadly escalation remains high. Further US involvement in or support for the opposition carries with it the enormous potential to add fuel to the fire and will likely backfire. Caution is in order, but every indication from the current US administration is that they are dusting off the old Ukraine playbooks from 2005.


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