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Judge Napolitano: NSA Is Doing What American Colonists Fought Britain to End
Judge Andrew Napolitano provides a brief and excellent introduction to the US government’s mass spying program in a new video monologue this week at Fox News. In less than a minute and a half, Napolitano explains that the mass spying program of the National Security Agency (NSA) and other US agencies is a reincarnation, with a huge technological boost, of Britain’s use of general warrants in colonial America. Those despised general warrants helped drive Americans to fight for independence. After the war, Americans then demanded the protection of the Fourth Amendment in the US Constitution to ensure that such arbitrary and unjust government actions would not occur again.

27 February 2015read on...

Former NSA and CIA Boss Michael Hayden Calls Himself an ‘Unrelenting Libertarian’
Michael Hayden, who served in turn as director of the National Security Agency (NSA), principal deputy director of National Intelligence, and director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from 1999 through 2009, elicited laughs and a loud jeer of “No you’re not!” in response to his assertion Friday morning during a Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) debate that he is an “unrelenting libertarian.”

27 February 2015read on...

The Origins of ISIS
RPI Director Daniel McAdams appears on Ben Swann's excellent documentary on the real origins of ISIS, everybody's favorite enemy. Don't miss the cameos by Barack Obama, John McCain, and Antiwar.Com's Angela Keaton. How many billions of dollars did the US Intelligence Community spend and somehow they totally missed the rise of ISIS, asked McAdams.

27 February 2015read on...

Internet, RIP?
Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a non-elected federal government agency, voted three-to-two to reclassify broadband Internet as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act. This means that – without the vote of Congress, the peoples’ branch of government – a federal agency now claims the power to regulate the Internet. I am surprised that even among civil liberties groups, some claim the federal government increasing regulation of the Internet somehow increases our freedom and liberty.

26 February 2015read on...

NATO's Russia Border Games
When a Russian bomber flew over international waters some 25 miles off the southwest tip of England last week, UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon called Russia "a real and present danger." The UK government scrambled jet fighters to meet the Russian aircraft as a show of force.

25 February 2015read on...

The Chris Kyle Verdict and The Mistreatment of Our Veterans
If Eddie Ray Routh had never served in the military, I'm of the opinion that he would probably not have killed anybody. He would not be imprisoned for life and Chris Kyle would be alive today. Much of the blame should lie with our foreign policy of interventionism and the VA's faulty reliance on psychotropic drugs for treating the guilt associated with preemptive wars.

25 February 2015read on...

US, UK, Kiev in Violation of Minsk Agreement?
Since the Minsk II Agreement went into effect earlier this month, there have been many claims and counter-claims that both the Kiev government and the separatists in east Ukraine have violated the terms of the agreement. Both sides accuse each other, and the Kiev side accuses Russia of yet another invasion of Ukraine which Russia denies.

24 February 2015read on...

Ukraine's Very Suspicious Weapons 'Purchase' Defense News, a defense industry trade publication, just released a report entitled, Ukraine Signs Defense Deal with UAE. An arms deal between Ukraine and the UAE — what gives?

24 February 2015read on...

State Department's Jen Psaki as Baghdad Bob
RPI Director Daniel McAdams takes aim at State Department Spokesman Jen Psaki in this interview with RT. Why is the US determined to continue down the path of conflict while the Germans and French look for a political solution? The interventionists are incapable of admitting that their projects have only produced disaster...

21 February 2015read on...

Ukraine Year One, Syria Rebel Booster Changes Tune and More - RPI's McAdams and Jay Taylor Week in Review
US-backed coup in Ukraine turns one year old. The destruction speaks to the folly of interventionism. Also, US ambassador to Syria and father of regime change policy admits training rebels totally futile. And Italy's sudden fears of ISIS in Libya after backing NATO attack that led to ISIS establishing itself in Libya! RPI's Daniel McAdams and Jay Taylor chew on the main foreign policy stories of the week...

21 February 2015read on...

Peace and Prosperity

US and Russia Reach Agreement on Syria Weapons -- Can The US Stop Arming the Jihadists Now?


Kerry Lavrov

The US and Russia yesterday reached what looks to be a solid agreement on how to proceed with the dismantling of the chemical weapons stores of the Syrian government as well as destruction of Syria's production capabilities. Syria agreed to the Russian-proposed deal (with a little inspiration from US Secretary of State John Kerry) with the understanding that giving up its chemical weapons would avert a US military attack.

The agreement seems full enough of ambiguities regarding the consequences of less than full Syrian compliance to allow the US government some face-saving saber rattling about retaining the option to strike unilaterally, while being vague enough in defining what exactly constitutes non-compliance to make difficult a clear cut case for a UN Chapter 7 use of force resolution. In other words, seemingly win-win.

The process of identifying and destroying the Syrian cache of chemical weapons is supposed to be completed by next year, but adhering to such a timeline can be difficult. In 1997, the US promised to destroy its vast stores of chemical and biological weapons in ten years. Thirteen years later, the US retains some 2,611 tons of mustard gas and 524 tons of other chemical weapons, including sarin gas.

The US and Russian side have both indicated a new determination to bring the Syrian government and the insurgents fighting to overthrow it to a new round of talks in Geneva, optimistically by October. This is unlikely, however, as although the Russian side had managed to secure agreement to attend on the part of the Syrian government, with which it maintains cordial relations, the US has been completely unable to secure any agreement with the various insurgent factions it is supporting.

Western media and governments claimed that the armed Syrian rebellion started because the Syrian government fired on peaceful demonstrators. That has been proven false many times over, as it became clear that the Islamist extremist struggle against the secular Assad regime had been planned well in advance by forces outside Syria and had been armed from the start.

That Assad retains a level of popularity among the Syrian population -- particularly the Christian minority that has come under attack by the insurgents -- has been confirmed by polls and by the simple fact that two years into an insurgency heavily supported by outside powers he has managed to retain his position. If his government were as unpopular as was claimed, it would have been impossible to withstand the internal and external pressure.

The US/Russia agreement takes the WMD issue off the table for the US and its regime change allies in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel, and elsewhere. US action is required, it has been claimed, because the Syrian government's chemical weapons stores are a threat to the region and beyond. Those are to be secured by the UN.

So by what justification does the United States continue to arm and train, in violation of international law, the insurgents that seek to overthrow the Syrian government?

The answer is that there is no justification, as should be obvious at this point. Will the media begin asking these questions? Don't hold your breath, but there is a sense that a profound shift in the "unipolar moment" that has categorized the post-Cold War period has taken place. There is a sense that the tectonic plates of the existing world order have shifted slightly. History shows us that when a shift occurs, in plate tectonics and in world balance of power, the resulting earthquake can be sudden and profound.

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