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Scream! Top Ten Government Things to Be Afraid of for Halloween
The government’s main function these days is to promote fear among Americans.

31 October 2014read on...

RPI: Still Lean and Mean...But Growing!
Readers of the Ron Paul Institute's work over the past year or so will most likely recognize the frequent appearance of Adam Dick on the website. Adam has written more than 200 articles and blog posts for the Institute as a part-time contractor.

30 October 2014read on...

What Putin Said -- RPI's McAdams and Jay Taylor Discuss
RPI director Daniel McAdams is back with Jay Taylor this week to discuss the big issues in the world. The fallout and western reaction to Putin's big speech at the Valdai Club; the western media reaction to the speech; who is telling the truth? Also Turkey's game in Syria, elections in Ukraine, do the foreign policy elites really speak for America, and more...

28 October 2014read on...

Ron Paul on the Selective Service System’s Psychological Manipulation
RPI Chairman and Founder Ron Paul, speaking with Charles Goyette during their most recent weekly podcast, addresses the military draft, which Paul refers to as “slavery,” and the psychological manipulation involved in requiring 18-year-old American men to register in the Selective Service System. The discussion complements Paul’s Sunday column analyzing the anti-liberty nature of conscription as well as other forms of mandatory “national service.”

25 October 2014read on...

John Stossel Demolishes Old Saw about Libertarians as ‘Spoilers’ for Republican Candidates
John Stossel, in a conversation Thursday with fellow Fox Business host Stuart Varney, demolished with three arguments the old saw that Libertarian Party candidates are “spoilers” for Republican candidates.

25 October 2014read on...

Will 'Indispensable' West Consider Putin's Latest Speech?
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a forceful speech today at the Valdai Club's annual meeting held in Sochi, Russia. The Russian president criticized the US for destabilizing countries like Ukraine, Libya, and Syria though its practice of "regime change." He also criticized the US government for its sponsorship of extremists in Syria and elsewhere in pursuit of regime change, warning of blowback from such practices.

24 October 2014read on...

Eric Margolis: Formerly ‘Liked Everywhere’ Canada Has Moved ‘Into the Gun Sights’
International affairs writer Eric Margolis, interviewed Wednesday on the Scott Horton Show, commented that he would not be surprised if the killers of Canada soldiers in Ontario and Quebec this week were motivated to react to the Canada government’s adoption of “a very, very hostile policy toward Muslims in general.” Margolis pins the responsibility for the adoption of this policy largely on Stephen Harper, who has been the nation’s prime minister since February of 2006, and some of the groups supporting Harper.

23 October 2014read on...

35,000 People and Counting on New York’s New ‘No Guns List’
The US government has demonstrated with its No Fly and Selectee Lists, in operation for over a decade, how to deny respect for tens of thousands of individuals’ travel and privacy rights without even the slightest nod to due process protections. Over the last 19 months, the New York government has followed a similar course, using a new “No Guns List” to deny respect for tens of thousands of individuals’ right to keep and bear arms.

23 October 2014read on...

Ebola, Putin, German Spooks, NATO, etc. — Daniel McAdams With Jay Taylor
Again RPI's Daniel McAdams looks at the news of the week on the Jay Taylor Show. This week Jay and Daniel look at Rep. Walter Jones and US troops in harm's way in Ebolaland, the new German intelligence claim to know who shot down the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over east Ukraine, NATO's claims that Russia is on NATO's doorstep when it was NATO expansion that has moved to Russia's border, ISIS, and more....

22 October 2014read on...

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...

Peace and Prosperity

Why No One Backs Washington's Push for Syria War


Kerry Hagel

McClatchy is among the last objective mainstream media sources. The news service actually bothers to question conventional wisdom and do actual reporting. Yesterday it published a devastating deconstruction of the Obama administration's "evidence" animating its push to war on Syria. 

Clearly, the Obama "evidence" is far, far more flimsy than the Bush administration's dog and pony show in the lead up to Iraq. 

Writes the McClatchy report:
The Obama administration’s public case for attacking Syria is riddled with inconsistencies and hinges mainly on circumstantial evidence...

The case Secretary of State John Kerry laid out last Friday contained claims that were disputed by the United Nations, inconsistent in some details with British and French intelligence reports or lacking sufficient transparency for international chemical weapons experts to accept at face value.
The McClatchy report takes down the administration's claims one-by-one, starting with its dismissal of the UN inspection team's mission to collect and securely transport evidence at the scene of the August 21 incident. Kerry dismissed the UN collection effort in favor of his own undisclosed collection methods (read: samples from the Syrian opposition) because "too much time had elapsed" from the date of the incident for accurate samples to be collected. 

But, notes the report, "two human rights groups dispatched a forensics team to northern Iraq in 1992 and found trace evidence of sarin as well as mustard gas – four years after a chemical attack."

Others, including UK and US experts also dismiss Kerry's claim as absurd.

And what of the US claim that it had seen the Syrian government preparing to launch the attack days before it occurred? Either this was another fabricated claim, or the US decided to sit idly by and watch 1,400 innocent Syrians (by US numbers) be slaughtered by their government. To get a war omelet a few eggs needed cracked? It seems almost like accessory to the crime.

The McClatchy report points out that the US had issued warnings in previous similar situations but somehow decided to sit this one out. Perhaps it was as explained in the late 2011 Wikileaks STRATFOR document, where an employee of that organization recounted a discussion with US military officials agreeing that they "don't believe air intervention would happen unless there was enough media attention on a massacre, like the Ghadafi move against Benghazi."

Like magic, it seems the administration has gotten its Banghazi!

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has repeatedly asked Washington to share its evidence that the attack came from Syrian government sources. Conclusions and "trust us" are not enough; the Russian government understandably wants to see the facts. But, said Lavrov, “when we ask for further clarification, we receive the following response: ‘you are aware that this is classified information, therefore we cannot show it to you.’”

Is it unreasonable to be skeptical in this situation?

The reason Washington finds itself without allies (save for the French government, which lately puffs up with confidence when big brother Washington provides back-up) in its push for war on Syria is that all of its allies are genuinely embarrassed at how flimsy the case for war really is. Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz claims that the US actually has "dozens" of allies in its coalition of the willing to attack Syria. But the reason we have not heard from any of them? They are secret. Like the US government evidence.

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