Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity All Blogs 2017 http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/rss.aspx?blogid=5 Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:09:28 GMT Bill of Rights Protections Are for Terrorists Too Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/december/15/bill-of-rights-protections-are-for-terrorists-too/ detonated a bomb in a pedestrian tunnel of the New York City subway system, people were saying the alleged bomber should not be afforded respect for his constitutional rights and should be shipped off to the United States military’s Guantanamo prison in Cuba. Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Andrew Napolitano, however, argues in a new video commentary that it is important that the US government respect alleged bomber Akayed Ullah’s rights guaranteed under the US Constitution — including rights to be represented by a lawyer and to have a jury trial.

“We have hired a government to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution,” says Napolitano. “If it begins cutting corners for people it hates and fears,” he asks, “what will stop it from cutting corners for the rest of us?”

Watch Napolitano’s video commentary here:



Napolitano, who is a member of the Ron Paul Institute Advisory Board, wrote in more detail about the matter in a Wednesday editorial.]]>
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Tucker Carlson: Peter Strzok messages makes FBI agent look like a 'drunk guy on Facebook' Alex Christoforou http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/december/15/tucker-carlson-peter-strzok-messages-makes-fbi-agent-look-like-a-drunk-guy-on-facebook/

These are the very same agents in the FBI who assured all of America that Russia “meddled” in the US election.

Nine out of fifteen members of Robert Mueller’s team are Hillary Clinton donors. At least one worked for Hillary personally.

Why did Robert Mueller hide the reason for Peter Strzok’s demotion for so many months?

Why has Mueller consistently stonewalled, when asked to hand over information on Strzok’s text messages and his demotion?

Strzok’s text messages to his mistress, Lisa Page, are as Tucker Carlson notes, “devastating!”

The FBI’s top investigators look like a bunch of little children texting each other back and forth with “OMG” text messages.

New York Times once described Peter Strzok as “one of the most experienced and trusted FBI counter intelligence investigators.” More NYT fake news.

Tucker Carlson sums it up perfectly:
When you read his texts, Peter Strzok sounds a lot like like the sixth host of The View.
The entire Russia election meddling story is an FBI cover up.

The agency is trying to hide its partisan bias, and its plot to prevent a Trump election victory. The real election collusion is the FBI actively working to stop Trump.

This all started with an FBI refusal to look into the DNC’s “hacked” server, and simply rely on the word of private contractor CrowdStrike.

The entire surveillance and subsequent investigation into “Russia and Trump”, that has ruined the lives of Paul Manafort and General Flynn, is based on a debunked “dossier” compiled by a British spy, paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC.

The FBI has been actively working against Trump and against American democracy, fabricating false narratives to avoid scrutiny into its own partisan efforts to thwart a Trump presidency.

Reprinted with permission from The Duran.]]>
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Ron Paul Describes the Foreign Policy Mission of the Ron Paul Institute Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/december/14/ron-paul-describes-the-foreign-policy-mission-of-the-ron-paul-institute/
“[A]t the institute,” says Paul, “we believe that our role should be to develop friendships and trade with countries.” Paul continues:
Most every country in the world is imperfect, including ours. But, our immediate goal should be to improve ourselves and not pretend that we can tell other people how to live and who should run their countries.
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Ron Paul is Optimistic Philosophic Changes Will Lead to Greater Respect for Liberty Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/december/11/ron-paul-is-optimistic-philosophic-changes-will-lead-to-greater-respect-for-liberty/

Libertarian communicator and former presidential candidate Ron Paul says he is optimistic that philosophic changes taking place in America will lead to greater government respect for liberty. Paul made the assessment in a recent interview with host Marc Clair at the Lions of Liberty podcast regarding Paul’s new book The Revolution at Ten Years. “The philosophy comes first, and I think that’s where we excel,” says Paul.

Paul, in the interview, challenges “the propaganda” belittling the status of the libertarian revolution. While Paul notes that libertarians “don’t control the Congress, the presidency, or anything else” in Washington, DC, he argues that libertarians appear to be making good progress now to be in position to reshape government in the future.

Listen to Paul’s complete interview here.

Purchase Paul’s book, in which he discusses the libertarian revolution in more detail, here.]]>
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Yemen Blockade, Israelgate, Cop Sentenced, Military Spending, Execution Capital Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/december/10/five-minutes-five-issues-yemen-blockade-israelgate-cop-sentenced-military-spending-execution-capital/ Stitcher, iTunesYouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

On Wednesday, United States President Donald Trump issued the following written statement:
I have directed officials in my Administration to call the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to request that they completely allow food, fuel, water, and medicine to reach the Yemeni people who desperately need it. This must be done for humanitarian reasons immediately.
Hopefully the action described in Trump’s statement will help improve conditions in Yemen.

But what Trump did not say is as important as what he did say. He did not say that he will take action to ensure the US government discontinues the significant role it plays in providing military assistance for the Saudi Arabia coalition’s war on Yemen — a war that has created the terrible conditions in Yemen.

Issue two.

Many people excited about so-called Russiagate are concerned that Donald Trump and his presidential campaign or transition team may have colluded with Russia. The rather nebulous collusion allegation seems often to suggest either working with the Russian government to ensure Trump was elected president or acting as an agent of the Russian government. While Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russiagate investigation has not revealed evidence of such conduct, the investigation did present an allegation in its indictment of Michael Flynn that seems to deal with the Trump transition team, upon the request of the Israel government, seeking to encourage several governments to oppose in the United Nations a resolution critical of Israel.

Considering this development, antiwar.com writer Justin Raimondo asked in an article this week, “Has Russia-gate morphed into Israel-gate?”

Issue three.

On Thursday, a US judge in South Carolina sentenced Michael Slager to 20 years in prison for, in 2015, killing Walter Scott. Slager shot Scott in the back as Scott was fleeing from Slager who had attempted to physically restrain Scott.

The punishment does not sound unusual until the fact is thrown in that Slager was a cop who had pulled over Scott’s vehicle for a broken tail light.

The shooting was caught on video as also was Slager afterward placing his stun gun by Scott in an apparent attempt to bolster Slager’s claim that Scott had tried to use it against Slager.

Issue four.

Interviewed Thursday by host Neil Cavuto at Fox Business, Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) pointed to the over 20 trillion-dollars national debt and the 666 billion-dollars deficit for the last fiscal year before saying he thinks the US government needs “some fiscal conservatism in every department, even in the defense department.” Duncan, who is a member of the Ron Paul Institute Advisory Board as well as a US House of Representatives member, explains that, while he believes that “national defense is probably the most legitimate function of our national government,” he also thinks the Department of Defense should operate frugally. Duncan indicates the US has gone “ridiculously overboard” with defense spending more than doubling since the year 2000.

One way Duncan often suggests cutting military spending is by ending wars. For example, Duncan in a June House floor speech called for ending what he termed the “permanent, forever, endless war in the Middle East.”

Issue five.

In the January 7 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about there being less executions in America in 2016 than in any year since 1991.

Harris County, the Texas county in which the city of Houston is located, has been referred to as the “capital of capital punishment” due to the many people convicted in the county who have been executed over the last few decades. But, Keri Blakinger reported Monday at the Houston Chronicle that 2017 is the first year since 1985 in which nobody convicted of murder in Harris County has been executed.

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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44,000 US Troops on ‘Unknown’ Deployments Worldwide Jason Ditz http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/december/09/44-000-us-troops-on-unknown-deployments-worldwide/

When the Pentagon wants to mislead the public about where US troops are, generally speaking, they just lie. Yet sometimes the number of troops is just too big to claim as a rounding error, and questions start happening.

This week, the focus is on over 44,000 US military personnel deployed to “unknown,” which immediately raises red flags, because that’s not a place. Pentagon officials, however, say there is “no good way” to describe where they are.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning, on the one hand, presented this as an “operational security” and “denying the enemy any advantage,” including, it seems providing any specifics on who “the enemy” at this point even is.

At the same time, Manning presented this as simply a limitation of the Pentagon’s current capabilities, and that there is literally “no personnel system” in the Pentagon that tracks where everyone is, and they just stick everyone else in “unknown” so the number of troops they officially have balances out with the number of troops deployed in actual, real places.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon went a step further, saying that the figures are flat out fiction, and were “not meant to represent an accurate accounting of troops currently deployed to any location. They should not be relied upon for a current picture of what is going on.”

Secretary of Defense James Mattis suggested that the situation was complicated, but also that he wasn’t entirely comfortable with the lack of accounting for troops abroad, saying at some point he was going to try to put everything together and figure out where everyone really is.

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Vermont Government May Approve Marijuana Legalization as Soon as January Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/december/08/vermont-government-may-approve-marijuana-legalization-as-soon-as-january/

Vermont may next year become the first state to legalize marijuana through legislation passed by a state legislature and signed by the governor. It may happen as soon as January.

The eight states and District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana so far have all done so through voters-approved ballot measures.

Tom Angell has the full story at Marijuana Moment about the legalization legislation that has already been approved in the Vermont Senate, that incudes changes suggested by Governor Phil Scott when he vetoed another legalization bill this year, and that House Speaker Mitzi Johnson said on Friday she expects the House “likely will pass in early January.”]]>
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Ron Paul, Peace Envoy to North Korea? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/december/06/ron-paul-peace-envoy-to-north-korea/
The barrier, Paul says, to him being able to work effectively with Trump on North Korea relations is that Paul’s “ideas about North Korea contradict how we are treating North Korea now.” If Trump were serious in wanting Paul’s assistance, Paul says, “let me write him a one page memo telling him what I think needs to be done.” The memo, Paul indicates, would include the US “backing off” and North Korea sorting things out with governments of nearby countries, with Paul mentioning South Korea, Japan, Russia, and China. Without securing Trump’s agreement on such a memo, Paul indicates any peace effort Paul undertook would be undermined by the conflict between Paul’s “noninterventionist approach to foreign policy” and the policies the US has now.

Watch Paul’s interview here:



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Ron Paul Discusses the Libertarian Revolution Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/december/04/ron-paul-discusses-the-libertarian-revolution/

Ron Paul returned to the Scott Horton Show on Friday to discuss Paul’s new book The Revolution at Ten Years. As Paul explains in the interview, the revolution mentioned in the book title is the “libertarian revolution” that “came to light” in Paul’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. While Paul acknowledges that “Washington hasn’t changed” since then, he also comments that the revolution continues with people “laying the groundwork for the necessary changes that will come” after the political system in America “falls apart.”

In addition to Paul’s book, Paul and host Scott Horton discuss topics including United States foreign policy and the Federal Reserve.

Listen to Paul’s interview here.

Purchase Paul’s book here.]]>
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Facial Recognition, WI Hemp, Lauer’s Button, Pennies Payment, Drug War Games Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/december/04/five-minutes-five-issues-facial-recognition-wi-hemp-lauer-s-button-pennies-payment-drug-war-games/ StitcheriTunesYouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

The United States government is not content with its current facial recognition technology capabilities. It is amassing a huge database of photos of people’s faces and appears to desire to identify everyone, just about always and everywhere. For example, Lee Fang and Ali Winston reported Wednesday at The Intercept regarding the Department of Homeland Security seeking technology that will allow the identifying of three people in a car, two up front and one in back, driving through a light rain at 25 miles per hour with the windows up.

Issue two.

In the October 14 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker expressing reservations about legislation being considered in the state legislature that would legalize hemp farming.

On Thursday, Walker signed the hemp farming legalization bill into law.

Even if Walker had vetoed the bill, the veto could have been easily overridden given the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate had approved the bill in unanimous recorded votes.

As in other states that have legalized hemp farming, the new law requires farmers to jump through bureaucratic hoops to legally grow the crop. Still, such laws do end a prohibition.

Issue three.

Some people are pointing to the fact that former NBC television host Matt Lauer had a button at his desk that he could push to lock his office door as somehow incriminating him for assault or harassment or even indicating his employer knew of, and sought to aid, Lauer’s assaulting or harassing of people.

What nonsense. Such a button is a smart security feature. What is disconcerting is that people view having such a security feature as suspicious.

Years back, I worked in a law firm where each lawyer had at his desk a button he could push to close his office door. There I figured the primary purposes included easily and quickly ensuring greater privacy or quiet. Maybe that system could lock and unlock the door from the desk too; I don’t remember.

A button like the ones Lauer and I had is a great feature for an office.

Issue four.

Anthony Sevy had had enough after being told at the Royal Oak, Michigan courthouse that he would have to pay a $1.75 fee if he used his credit card to pay a ten-dollar parking ticket. So he came back to pay the fine with rolls of pennies.

People across America have paid much larger government fines and taxes with change. But, the court refused to accept Sevy’s pennies.

That was not the end of the story. Taryn Asher reported at WJBK-TV this week that Sevy claims in a lawsuit that, as he attempted to leave the building, courthouse police choked Sevy and forced Sevy to the ground. Courthouse video appears to back up Sevy’s claim of rough treatment. As is often the case in instances of police misconduct, it is Sevy, the apparent victim, who was charged with law-breaking, in this case, disturbing the peace and obstructing a police officer.

Issue five.

The Drug Policy Alliance states its mission is “to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies.” Yet, it seems DPA wants to protect our minds from some games sold on the internet.

On Thursday, Hannah Hetzer, who is the senior international policy manager at DPA, wrote at the DPA website that the previous day Apple had removed from its store a series of games she characterizes as glorifying murders in the Philippines government’s war on drugs. Hetzer writes that DPA has called on Google to take down the games, and her article is accompanied by a message encouraging people to sign a DPA petition urging the removal of the games.

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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Bill of Rights Protections Are for Terrorists Too Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/december/15/bill-of-rights-protections-are-for-terrorists-too/ detonated a bomb in a pedestrian tunnel of the New York City subway system, people were saying the alleged bomber should not be afforded respect for his constitutional rights and should be shipped off to the United States military’s Guantanamo prison in Cuba. Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Andrew Napolitano, however, argues in a new video commentary that it is important that the US government respect alleged bomber Akayed Ullah’s rights guaranteed under the US Constitution — including rights to be represented by a lawyer and to have a jury trial.

“We have hired a government to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution,” says Napolitano. “If it begins cutting corners for people it hates and fears,” he asks, “what will stop it from cutting corners for the rest of us?”

Watch Napolitano’s video commentary here:



Napolitano, who is a member of the Ron Paul Institute Advisory Board, wrote in more detail about the matter in a Wednesday editorial.]]>
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Tucker Carlson: Peter Strzok messages makes FBI agent look like a 'drunk guy on Facebook' Alex Christoforou http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/december/15/tucker-carlson-peter-strzok-messages-makes-fbi-agent-look-like-a-drunk-guy-on-facebook/

These are the very same agents in the FBI who assured all of America that Russia “meddled” in the US election.

Nine out of fifteen members of Robert Mueller’s team are Hillary Clinton donors. At least one worked for Hillary personally.

Why did Robert Mueller hide the reason for Peter Strzok’s demotion for so many months?

Why has Mueller consistently stonewalled, when asked to hand over information on Strzok’s text messages and his demotion?

Strzok’s text messages to his mistress, Lisa Page, are as Tucker Carlson notes, “devastating!”

The FBI’s top investigators look like a bunch of little children texting each other back and forth with “OMG” text messages.

New York Times once described Peter Strzok as “one of the most experienced and trusted FBI counter intelligence investigators.” More NYT fake news.

Tucker Carlson sums it up perfectly:
When you read his texts, Peter Strzok sounds a lot like like the sixth host of The View.
The entire Russia election meddling story is an FBI cover up.

The agency is trying to hide its partisan bias, and its plot to prevent a Trump election victory. The real election collusion is the FBI actively working to stop Trump.

This all started with an FBI refusal to look into the DNC’s “hacked” server, and simply rely on the word of private contractor CrowdStrike.

The entire surveillance and subsequent investigation into “Russia and Trump”, that has ruined the lives of Paul Manafort and General Flynn, is based on a debunked “dossier” compiled by a British spy, paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC.

The FBI has been actively working against Trump and against American democracy, fabricating false narratives to avoid scrutiny into its own partisan efforts to thwart a Trump presidency.

Reprinted with permission from The Duran.]]>
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Ron Paul Describes the Foreign Policy Mission of the Ron Paul Institute Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/december/14/ron-paul-describes-the-foreign-policy-mission-of-the-ron-paul-institute/
“[A]t the institute,” says Paul, “we believe that our role should be to develop friendships and trade with countries.” Paul continues:
Most every country in the world is imperfect, including ours. But, our immediate goal should be to improve ourselves and not pretend that we can tell other people how to live and who should run their countries.
Watch here Paul’s complete interview, in which Paul also discusses the deployment of US military members around the world:


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Ron Paul is Optimistic Philosophic Changes Will Lead to Greater Respect for Liberty Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/december/11/ron-paul-is-optimistic-philosophic-changes-will-lead-to-greater-respect-for-liberty/

Libertarian communicator and former presidential candidate Ron Paul says he is optimistic that philosophic changes taking place in America will lead to greater government respect for liberty. Paul made the assessment in a recent interview with host Marc Clair at the Lions of Liberty podcast regarding Paul’s new book The Revolution at Ten Years. “The philosophy comes first, and I think that’s where we excel,” says Paul.

Paul, in the interview, challenges “the propaganda” belittling the status of the libertarian revolution. While Paul notes that libertarians “don’t control the Congress, the presidency, or anything else” in Washington, DC, he argues that libertarians appear to be making good progress now to be in position to reshape government in the future.

Listen to Paul’s complete interview here.

Purchase Paul’s book, in which he discusses the libertarian revolution in more detail, here.]]>
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Yemen Blockade, Israelgate, Cop Sentenced, Military Spending, Execution Capital Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/december/10/five-minutes-five-issues-yemen-blockade-israelgate-cop-sentenced-military-spending-execution-capital/ Stitcher, iTunesYouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

On Wednesday, United States President Donald Trump issued the following written statement:
I have directed officials in my Administration to call the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to request that they completely allow food, fuel, water, and medicine to reach the Yemeni people who desperately need it. This must be done for humanitarian reasons immediately.
Hopefully the action described in Trump’s statement will help improve conditions in Yemen.

But what Trump did not say is as important as what he did say. He did not say that he will take action to ensure the US government discontinues the significant role it plays in providing military assistance for the Saudi Arabia coalition’s war on Yemen — a war that has created the terrible conditions in Yemen.

Issue two.

Many people excited about so-called Russiagate are concerned that Donald Trump and his presidential campaign or transition team may have colluded with Russia. The rather nebulous collusion allegation seems often to suggest either working with the Russian government to ensure Trump was elected president or acting as an agent of the Russian government. While Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russiagate investigation has not revealed evidence of such conduct, the investigation did present an allegation in its indictment of Michael Flynn that seems to deal with the Trump transition team, upon the request of the Israel government, seeking to encourage several governments to oppose in the United Nations a resolution critical of Israel.

Considering this development, antiwar.com writer Justin Raimondo asked in an article this week, “Has Russia-gate morphed into Israel-gate?”

Issue three.

On Thursday, a US judge in South Carolina sentenced Michael Slager to 20 years in prison for, in 2015, killing Walter Scott. Slager shot Scott in the back as Scott was fleeing from Slager who had attempted to physically restrain Scott.

The punishment does not sound unusual until the fact is thrown in that Slager was a cop who had pulled over Scott’s vehicle for a broken tail light.

The shooting was caught on video as also was Slager afterward placing his stun gun by Scott in an apparent attempt to bolster Slager’s claim that Scott had tried to use it against Slager.

Issue four.

Interviewed Thursday by host Neil Cavuto at Fox Business, Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) pointed to the over 20 trillion-dollars national debt and the 666 billion-dollars deficit for the last fiscal year before saying he thinks the US government needs “some fiscal conservatism in every department, even in the defense department.” Duncan, who is a member of the Ron Paul Institute Advisory Board as well as a US House of Representatives member, explains that, while he believes that “national defense is probably the most legitimate function of our national government,” he also thinks the Department of Defense should operate frugally. Duncan indicates the US has gone “ridiculously overboard” with defense spending more than doubling since the year 2000.

One way Duncan often suggests cutting military spending is by ending wars. For example, Duncan in a June House floor speech called for ending what he termed the “permanent, forever, endless war in the Middle East.”

Issue five.

In the January 7 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about there being less executions in America in 2016 than in any year since 1991.

Harris County, the Texas county in which the city of Houston is located, has been referred to as the “capital of capital punishment” due to the many people convicted in the county who have been executed over the last few decades. But, Keri Blakinger reported Monday at the Houston Chronicle that 2017 is the first year since 1985 in which nobody convicted of murder in Harris County has been executed.

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Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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44,000 US Troops on ‘Unknown’ Deployments Worldwide Jason Ditz http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/december/09/44-000-us-troops-on-unknown-deployments-worldwide/

When the Pentagon wants to mislead the public about where US troops are, generally speaking, they just lie. Yet sometimes the number of troops is just too big to claim as a rounding error, and questions start happening.

This week, the focus is on over 44,000 US military personnel deployed to “unknown,” which immediately raises red flags, because that’s not a place. Pentagon officials, however, say there is “no good way” to describe where they are.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning, on the one hand, presented this as an “operational security” and “denying the enemy any advantage,” including, it seems providing any specifics on who “the enemy” at this point even is.

At the same time, Manning presented this as simply a limitation of the Pentagon’s current capabilities, and that there is literally “no personnel system” in the Pentagon that tracks where everyone is, and they just stick everyone else in “unknown” so the number of troops they officially have balances out with the number of troops deployed in actual, real places.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon went a step further, saying that the figures are flat out fiction, and were “not meant to represent an accurate accounting of troops currently deployed to any location. They should not be relied upon for a current picture of what is going on.”

Secretary of Defense James Mattis suggested that the situation was complicated, but also that he wasn’t entirely comfortable with the lack of accounting for troops abroad, saying at some point he was going to try to put everything together and figure out where everyone really is.

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Vermont Government May Approve Marijuana Legalization as Soon as January Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/december/08/vermont-government-may-approve-marijuana-legalization-as-soon-as-january/

Vermont may next year become the first state to legalize marijuana through legislation passed by a state legislature and signed by the governor. It may happen as soon as January.

The eight states and District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana so far have all done so through voters-approved ballot measures.

Tom Angell has the full story at Marijuana Moment about the legalization legislation that has already been approved in the Vermont Senate, that incudes changes suggested by Governor Phil Scott when he vetoed another legalization bill this year, and that House Speaker Mitzi Johnson said on Friday she expects the House “likely will pass in early January.”]]>
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Ron Paul, Peace Envoy to North Korea? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/december/06/ron-paul-peace-envoy-to-north-korea/
The barrier, Paul says, to him being able to work effectively with Trump on North Korea relations is that Paul’s “ideas about North Korea contradict how we are treating North Korea now.” If Trump were serious in wanting Paul’s assistance, Paul says, “let me write him a one page memo telling him what I think needs to be done.” The memo, Paul indicates, would include the US “backing off” and North Korea sorting things out with governments of nearby countries, with Paul mentioning South Korea, Japan, Russia, and China. Without securing Trump’s agreement on such a memo, Paul indicates any peace effort Paul undertook would be undermined by the conflict between Paul’s “noninterventionist approach to foreign policy” and the policies the US has now.

Watch Paul’s interview here:



Paul discussed further his recommendations for US policy toward North Korea in his September 25 editorial “How to End the Korea Crisis.”]]>
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Ron Paul Discusses the Libertarian Revolution Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/december/04/ron-paul-discusses-the-libertarian-revolution/

Ron Paul returned to the Scott Horton Show on Friday to discuss Paul’s new book The Revolution at Ten Years. As Paul explains in the interview, the revolution mentioned in the book title is the “libertarian revolution” that “came to light” in Paul’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. While Paul acknowledges that “Washington hasn’t changed” since then, he also comments that the revolution continues with people “laying the groundwork for the necessary changes that will come” after the political system in America “falls apart.”

In addition to Paul’s book, Paul and host Scott Horton discuss topics including United States foreign policy and the Federal Reserve.

Listen to Paul’s interview here.

Purchase Paul’s book here.]]>
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Facial Recognition, WI Hemp, Lauer’s Button, Pennies Payment, Drug War Games Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/december/04/five-minutes-five-issues-facial-recognition-wi-hemp-lauer-s-button-pennies-payment-drug-war-games/ StitcheriTunesYouTube, and SoundCloud.

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Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

The United States government is not content with its current facial recognition technology capabilities. It is amassing a huge database of photos of people’s faces and appears to desire to identify everyone, just about always and everywhere. For example, Lee Fang and Ali Winston reported Wednesday at The Intercept regarding the Department of Homeland Security seeking technology that will allow the identifying of three people in a car, two up front and one in back, driving through a light rain at 25 miles per hour with the windows up.

Issue two.

In the October 14 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker expressing reservations about legislation being considered in the state legislature that would legalize hemp farming.

On Thursday, Walker signed the hemp farming legalization bill into law.

Even if Walker had vetoed the bill, the veto could have been easily overridden given the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate had approved the bill in unanimous recorded votes.

As in other states that have legalized hemp farming, the new law requires farmers to jump through bureaucratic hoops to legally grow the crop. Still, such laws do end a prohibition.

Issue three.

Some people are pointing to the fact that former NBC television host Matt Lauer had a button at his desk that he could push to lock his office door as somehow incriminating him for assault or harassment or even indicating his employer knew of, and sought to aid, Lauer’s assaulting or harassing of people.

What nonsense. Such a button is a smart security feature. What is disconcerting is that people view having such a security feature as suspicious.

Years back, I worked in a law firm where each lawyer had at his desk a button he could push to close his office door. There I figured the primary purposes included easily and quickly ensuring greater privacy or quiet. Maybe that system could lock and unlock the door from the desk too; I don’t remember.

A button like the ones Lauer and I had is a great feature for an office.

Issue four.

Anthony Sevy had had enough after being told at the Royal Oak, Michigan courthouse that he would have to pay a $1.75 fee if he used his credit card to pay a ten-dollar parking ticket. So he came back to pay the fine with rolls of pennies.

People across America have paid much larger government fines and taxes with change. But, the court refused to accept Sevy’s pennies.

That was not the end of the story. Taryn Asher reported at WJBK-TV this week that Sevy claims in a lawsuit that, as he attempted to leave the building, courthouse police choked Sevy and forced Sevy to the ground. Courthouse video appears to back up Sevy’s claim of rough treatment. As is often the case in instances of police misconduct, it is Sevy, the apparent victim, who was charged with law-breaking, in this case, disturbing the peace and obstructing a police officer.

Issue five.

The Drug Policy Alliance states its mission is “to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies.” Yet, it seems DPA wants to protect our minds from some games sold on the internet.

On Thursday, Hannah Hetzer, who is the senior international policy manager at DPA, wrote at the DPA website that the previous day Apple had removed from its store a series of games she characterizes as glorifying murders in the Philippines government’s war on drugs. Hetzer writes that DPA has called on Google to take down the games, and her article is accompanied by a message encouraging people to sign a DPA petition urging the removal of the games.

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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Bill of Rights Protections Are for Terrorists Too Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/december/15/bill-of-rights-protections-are-for-terrorists-too/ detonated a bomb in a pedestrian tunnel of the New York City subway system, people were saying the alleged bomber should not be afforded respect for his constitutional rights and should be shipped off to the United States military’s Guantanamo prison in Cuba. Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Andrew Napolitano, however, argues in a new video commentary that it is important that the US government respect alleged bomber Akayed Ullah’s rights guaranteed under the US Constitution — including rights to be represented by a lawyer and to have a jury trial.

“We have hired a government to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution,” says Napolitano. “If it begins cutting corners for people it hates and fears,” he asks, “what will stop it from cutting corners for the rest of us?”

Watch Napolitano’s video commentary here:



Napolitano, who is a member of the Ron Paul Institute Advisory Board, wrote in more detail about the matter in a Wednesday editorial.]]>
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Tucker Carlson: Peter Strzok messages makes FBI agent look like a 'drunk guy on Facebook' Alex Christoforou http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/december/15/tucker-carlson-peter-strzok-messages-makes-fbi-agent-look-like-a-drunk-guy-on-facebook/

These are the very same agents in the FBI who assured all of America that Russia “meddled” in the US election.

Nine out of fifteen members of Robert Mueller’s team are Hillary Clinton donors. At least one worked for Hillary personally.

Why did Robert Mueller hide the reason for Peter Strzok’s demotion for so many months?

Why has Mueller consistently stonewalled, when asked to hand over information on Strzok’s text messages and his demotion?

Strzok’s text messages to his mistress, Lisa Page, are as Tucker Carlson notes, “devastating!”

The FBI’s top investigators look like a bunch of little children texting each other back and forth with “OMG” text messages.

New York Times once described Peter Strzok as “one of the most experienced and trusted FBI counter intelligence investigators.” More NYT fake news.

Tucker Carlson sums it up perfectly:
When you read his texts, Peter Strzok sounds a lot like like the sixth host of The View.
The entire Russia election meddling story is an FBI cover up.

The agency is trying to hide its partisan bias, and its plot to prevent a Trump election victory. The real election collusion is the FBI actively working to stop Trump.

This all started with an FBI refusal to look into the DNC’s “hacked” server, and simply rely on the word of private contractor CrowdStrike.

The entire surveillance and subsequent investigation into “Russia and Trump”, that has ruined the lives of Paul Manafort and General Flynn, is based on a debunked “dossier” compiled by a British spy, paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC.

The FBI has been actively working against Trump and against American democracy, fabricating false narratives to avoid scrutiny into its own partisan efforts to thwart a Trump presidency.

Reprinted with permission from The Duran.]]>
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Ron Paul Describes the Foreign Policy Mission of the Ron Paul Institute Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/december/14/ron-paul-describes-the-foreign-policy-mission-of-the-ron-paul-institute/
“[A]t the institute,” says Paul, “we believe that our role should be to develop friendships and trade with countries.” Paul continues:
Most every country in the world is imperfect, including ours. But, our immediate goal should be to improve ourselves and not pretend that we can tell other people how to live and who should run their countries.
Watch here Paul’s complete interview, in which Paul also discusses the deployment of US military members around the world:


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Ron Paul is Optimistic Philosophic Changes Will Lead to Greater Respect for Liberty Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/december/11/ron-paul-is-optimistic-philosophic-changes-will-lead-to-greater-respect-for-liberty/

Libertarian communicator and former presidential candidate Ron Paul says he is optimistic that philosophic changes taking place in America will lead to greater government respect for liberty. Paul made the assessment in a recent interview with host Marc Clair at the Lions of Liberty podcast regarding Paul’s new book The Revolution at Ten Years. “The philosophy comes first, and I think that’s where we excel,” says Paul.

Paul, in the interview, challenges “the propaganda” belittling the status of the libertarian revolution. While Paul notes that libertarians “don’t control the Congress, the presidency, or anything else” in Washington, DC, he argues that libertarians appear to be making good progress now to be in position to reshape government in the future.

Listen to Paul’s complete interview here.

Purchase Paul’s book, in which he discusses the libertarian revolution in more detail, here.]]>
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Yemen Blockade, Israelgate, Cop Sentenced, Military Spending, Execution Capital Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/december/10/five-minutes-five-issues-yemen-blockade-israelgate-cop-sentenced-military-spending-execution-capital/ Stitcher, iTunesYouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:

 

Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

On Wednesday, United States President Donald Trump issued the following written statement:
I have directed officials in my Administration to call the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to request that they completely allow food, fuel, water, and medicine to reach the Yemeni people who desperately need it. This must be done for humanitarian reasons immediately.
Hopefully the action described in Trump’s statement will help improve conditions in Yemen.

But what Trump did not say is as important as what he did say. He did not say that he will take action to ensure the US government discontinues the significant role it plays in providing military assistance for the Saudi Arabia coalition’s war on Yemen — a war that has created the terrible conditions in Yemen.

Issue two.

Many people excited about so-called Russiagate are concerned that Donald Trump and his presidential campaign or transition team may have colluded with Russia. The rather nebulous collusion allegation seems often to suggest either working with the Russian government to ensure Trump was elected president or acting as an agent of the Russian government. While Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russiagate investigation has not revealed evidence of such conduct, the investigation did present an allegation in its indictment of Michael Flynn that seems to deal with the Trump transition team, upon the request of the Israel government, seeking to encourage several governments to oppose in the United Nations a resolution critical of Israel.

Considering this development, antiwar.com writer Justin Raimondo asked in an article this week, “Has Russia-gate morphed into Israel-gate?”

Issue three.

On Thursday, a US judge in South Carolina sentenced Michael Slager to 20 years in prison for, in 2015, killing Walter Scott. Slager shot Scott in the back as Scott was fleeing from Slager who had attempted to physically restrain Scott.

The punishment does not sound unusual until the fact is thrown in that Slager was a cop who had pulled over Scott’s vehicle for a broken tail light.

The shooting was caught on video as also was Slager afterward placing his stun gun by Scott in an apparent attempt to bolster Slager’s claim that Scott had tried to use it against Slager.

Issue four.

Interviewed Thursday by host Neil Cavuto at Fox Business, Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) pointed to the over 20 trillion-dollars national debt and the 666 billion-dollars deficit for the last fiscal year before saying he thinks the US government needs “some fiscal conservatism in every department, even in the defense department.” Duncan, who is a member of the Ron Paul Institute Advisory Board as well as a US House of Representatives member, explains that, while he believes that “national defense is probably the most legitimate function of our national government,” he also thinks the Department of Defense should operate frugally. Duncan indicates the US has gone “ridiculously overboard” with defense spending more than doubling since the year 2000.

One way Duncan often suggests cutting military spending is by ending wars. For example, Duncan in a June House floor speech called for ending what he termed the “permanent, forever, endless war in the Middle East.”

Issue five.

In the January 7 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about there being less executions in America in 2016 than in any year since 1991.

Harris County, the Texas county in which the city of Houston is located, has been referred to as the “capital of capital punishment” due to the many people convicted in the county who have been executed over the last few decades. But, Keri Blakinger reported Monday at the Houston Chronicle that 2017 is the first year since 1985 in which nobody convicted of murder in Harris County has been executed.

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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44,000 US Troops on ‘Unknown’ Deployments Worldwide Jason Ditz http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/december/09/44-000-us-troops-on-unknown-deployments-worldwide/

When the Pentagon wants to mislead the public about where US troops are, generally speaking, they just lie. Yet sometimes the number of troops is just too big to claim as a rounding error, and questions start happening.

This week, the focus is on over 44,000 US military personnel deployed to “unknown,” which immediately raises red flags, because that’s not a place. Pentagon officials, however, say there is “no good way” to describe where they are.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning, on the one hand, presented this as an “operational security” and “denying the enemy any advantage,” including, it seems providing any specifics on who “the enemy” at this point even is.

At the same time, Manning presented this as simply a limitation of the Pentagon’s current capabilities, and that there is literally “no personnel system” in the Pentagon that tracks where everyone is, and they just stick everyone else in “unknown” so the number of troops they officially have balances out with the number of troops deployed in actual, real places.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon went a step further, saying that the figures are flat out fiction, and were “not meant to represent an accurate accounting of troops currently deployed to any location. They should not be relied upon for a current picture of what is going on.”

Secretary of Defense James Mattis suggested that the situation was complicated, but also that he wasn’t entirely comfortable with the lack of accounting for troops abroad, saying at some point he was going to try to put everything together and figure out where everyone really is.

Reprinted with permission from Antiwar.com.]]>
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Vermont Government May Approve Marijuana Legalization as Soon as January Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/december/08/vermont-government-may-approve-marijuana-legalization-as-soon-as-january/

Vermont may next year become the first state to legalize marijuana through legislation passed by a state legislature and signed by the governor. It may happen as soon as January.

The eight states and District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana so far have all done so through voters-approved ballot measures.

Tom Angell has the full story at Marijuana Moment about the legalization legislation that has already been approved in the Vermont Senate, that incudes changes suggested by Governor Phil Scott when he vetoed another legalization bill this year, and that House Speaker Mitzi Johnson said on Friday she expects the House “likely will pass in early January.”]]>
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Ron Paul, Peace Envoy to North Korea? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/december/06/ron-paul-peace-envoy-to-north-korea/
The barrier, Paul says, to him being able to work effectively with Trump on North Korea relations is that Paul’s “ideas about North Korea contradict how we are treating North Korea now.” If Trump were serious in wanting Paul’s assistance, Paul says, “let me write him a one page memo telling him what I think needs to be done.” The memo, Paul indicates, would include the US “backing off” and North Korea sorting things out with governments of nearby countries, with Paul mentioning South Korea, Japan, Russia, and China. Without securing Trump’s agreement on such a memo, Paul indicates any peace effort Paul undertook would be undermined by the conflict between Paul’s “noninterventionist approach to foreign policy” and the policies the US has now.

Watch Paul’s interview here:



Paul discussed further his recommendations for US policy toward North Korea in his September 25 editorial “How to End the Korea Crisis.”]]>
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Ron Paul Discusses the Libertarian Revolution Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/december/04/ron-paul-discusses-the-libertarian-revolution/

Ron Paul returned to the Scott Horton Show on Friday to discuss Paul’s new book The Revolution at Ten Years. As Paul explains in the interview, the revolution mentioned in the book title is the “libertarian revolution” that “came to light” in Paul’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. While Paul acknowledges that “Washington hasn’t changed” since then, he also comments that the revolution continues with people “laying the groundwork for the necessary changes that will come” after the political system in America “falls apart.”

In addition to Paul’s book, Paul and host Scott Horton discuss topics including United States foreign policy and the Federal Reserve.

Listen to Paul’s interview here.

Purchase Paul’s book here.]]>
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Facial Recognition, WI Hemp, Lauer’s Button, Pennies Payment, Drug War Games Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/december/04/five-minutes-five-issues-facial-recognition-wi-hemp-lauer-s-button-pennies-payment-drug-war-games/ StitcheriTunesYouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

The United States government is not content with its current facial recognition technology capabilities. It is amassing a huge database of photos of people’s faces and appears to desire to identify everyone, just about always and everywhere. For example, Lee Fang and Ali Winston reported Wednesday at The Intercept regarding the Department of Homeland Security seeking technology that will allow the identifying of three people in a car, two up front and one in back, driving through a light rain at 25 miles per hour with the windows up.

Issue two.

In the October 14 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker expressing reservations about legislation being considered in the state legislature that would legalize hemp farming.

On Thursday, Walker signed the hemp farming legalization bill into law.

Even if Walker had vetoed the bill, the veto could have been easily overridden given the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate had approved the bill in unanimous recorded votes.

As in other states that have legalized hemp farming, the new law requires farmers to jump through bureaucratic hoops to legally grow the crop. Still, such laws do end a prohibition.

Issue three.

Some people are pointing to the fact that former NBC television host Matt Lauer had a button at his desk that he could push to lock his office door as somehow incriminating him for assault or harassment or even indicating his employer knew of, and sought to aid, Lauer’s assaulting or harassing of people.

What nonsense. Such a button is a smart security feature. What is disconcerting is that people view having such a security feature as suspicious.

Years back, I worked in a law firm where each lawyer had at his desk a button he could push to close his office door. There I figured the primary purposes included easily and quickly ensuring greater privacy or quiet. Maybe that system could lock and unlock the door from the desk too; I don’t remember.

A button like the ones Lauer and I had is a great feature for an office.

Issue four.

Anthony Sevy had had enough after being told at the Royal Oak, Michigan courthouse that he would have to pay a $1.75 fee if he used his credit card to pay a ten-dollar parking ticket. So he came back to pay the fine with rolls of pennies.

People across America have paid much larger government fines and taxes with change. But, the court refused to accept Sevy’s pennies.

That was not the end of the story. Taryn Asher reported at WJBK-TV this week that Sevy claims in a lawsuit that, as he attempted to leave the building, courthouse police choked Sevy and forced Sevy to the ground. Courthouse video appears to back up Sevy’s claim of rough treatment. As is often the case in instances of police misconduct, it is Sevy, the apparent victim, who was charged with law-breaking, in this case, disturbing the peace and obstructing a police officer.

Issue five.

The Drug Policy Alliance states its mission is “to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies.” Yet, it seems DPA wants to protect our minds from some games sold on the internet.

On Thursday, Hannah Hetzer, who is the senior international policy manager at DPA, wrote at the DPA website that the previous day Apple had removed from its store a series of games she characterizes as glorifying murders in the Philippines government’s war on drugs. Hetzer writes that DPA has called on Google to take down the games, and her article is accompanied by a message encouraging people to sign a DPA petition urging the removal of the games.

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Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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Bill of Rights Protections Are for Terrorists Too Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/december/15/bill-of-rights-protections-are-for-terrorists-too/ detonated a bomb in a pedestrian tunnel of the New York City subway system, people were saying the alleged bomber should not be afforded respect for his constitutional rights and should be shipped off to the United States military’s Guantanamo prison in Cuba. Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Andrew Napolitano, however, argues in a new video commentary that it is important that the US government respect alleged bomber Akayed Ullah’s rights guaranteed under the US Constitution — including rights to be represented by a lawyer and to have a jury trial.

“We have hired a government to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution,” says Napolitano. “If it begins cutting corners for people it hates and fears,” he asks, “what will stop it from cutting corners for the rest of us?”

Watch Napolitano’s video commentary here:



Napolitano, who is a member of the Ron Paul Institute Advisory Board, wrote in more detail about the matter in a Wednesday editorial.]]>
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Tucker Carlson: Peter Strzok messages makes FBI agent look like a 'drunk guy on Facebook' Alex Christoforou http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/december/15/tucker-carlson-peter-strzok-messages-makes-fbi-agent-look-like-a-drunk-guy-on-facebook/

These are the very same agents in the FBI who assured all of America that Russia “meddled” in the US election.

Nine out of fifteen members of Robert Mueller’s team are Hillary Clinton donors. At least one worked for Hillary personally.

Why did Robert Mueller hide the reason for Peter Strzok’s demotion for so many months?

Why has Mueller consistently stonewalled, when asked to hand over information on Strzok’s text messages and his demotion?

Strzok’s text messages to his mistress, Lisa Page, are as Tucker Carlson notes, “devastating!”

The FBI’s top investigators look like a bunch of little children texting each other back and forth with “OMG” text messages.

New York Times once described Peter Strzok as “one of the most experienced and trusted FBI counter intelligence investigators.” More NYT fake news.

Tucker Carlson sums it up perfectly:
When you read his texts, Peter Strzok sounds a lot like like the sixth host of The View.
The entire Russia election meddling story is an FBI cover up.

The agency is trying to hide its partisan bias, and its plot to prevent a Trump election victory. The real election collusion is the FBI actively working to stop Trump.

This all started with an FBI refusal to look into the DNC’s “hacked” server, and simply rely on the word of private contractor CrowdStrike.

The entire surveillance and subsequent investigation into “Russia and Trump”, that has ruined the lives of Paul Manafort and General Flynn, is based on a debunked “dossier” compiled by a British spy, paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC.

The FBI has been actively working against Trump and against American democracy, fabricating false narratives to avoid scrutiny into its own partisan efforts to thwart a Trump presidency.

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Ron Paul Describes the Foreign Policy Mission of the Ron Paul Institute Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/december/14/ron-paul-describes-the-foreign-policy-mission-of-the-ron-paul-institute/
“[A]t the institute,” says Paul, “we believe that our role should be to develop friendships and trade with countries.” Paul continues:
Most every country in the world is imperfect, including ours. But, our immediate goal should be to improve ourselves and not pretend that we can tell other people how to live and who should run their countries.
Watch here Paul’s complete interview, in which Paul also discusses the deployment of US military members around the world:


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Ron Paul is Optimistic Philosophic Changes Will Lead to Greater Respect for Liberty Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/december/11/ron-paul-is-optimistic-philosophic-changes-will-lead-to-greater-respect-for-liberty/

Libertarian communicator and former presidential candidate Ron Paul says he is optimistic that philosophic changes taking place in America will lead to greater government respect for liberty. Paul made the assessment in a recent interview with host Marc Clair at the Lions of Liberty podcast regarding Paul’s new book The Revolution at Ten Years. “The philosophy comes first, and I think that’s where we excel,” says Paul.

Paul, in the interview, challenges “the propaganda” belittling the status of the libertarian revolution. While Paul notes that libertarians “don’t control the Congress, the presidency, or anything else” in Washington, DC, he argues that libertarians appear to be making good progress now to be in position to reshape government in the future.

Listen to Paul’s complete interview here.

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Five Minutes Five Issues: Yemen Blockade, Israelgate, Cop Sentenced, Military Spending, Execution Capital Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/december/10/five-minutes-five-issues-yemen-blockade-israelgate-cop-sentenced-military-spending-execution-capital/ Stitcher, iTunesYouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:

 

Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

On Wednesday, United States President Donald Trump issued the following written statement:
I have directed officials in my Administration to call the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to request that they completely allow food, fuel, water, and medicine to reach the Yemeni people who desperately need it. This must be done for humanitarian reasons immediately.
Hopefully the action described in Trump’s statement will help improve conditions in Yemen.

But what Trump did not say is as important as what he did say. He did not say that he will take action to ensure the US government discontinues the significant role it plays in providing military assistance for the Saudi Arabia coalition’s war on Yemen — a war that has created the terrible conditions in Yemen.

Issue two.

Many people excited about so-called Russiagate are concerned that Donald Trump and his presidential campaign or transition team may have colluded with Russia. The rather nebulous collusion allegation seems often to suggest either working with the Russian government to ensure Trump was elected president or acting as an agent of the Russian government. While Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russiagate investigation has not revealed evidence of such conduct, the investigation did present an allegation in its indictment of Michael Flynn that seems to deal with the Trump transition team, upon the request of the Israel government, seeking to encourage several governments to oppose in the United Nations a resolution critical of Israel.

Considering this development, antiwar.com writer Justin Raimondo asked in an article this week, “Has Russia-gate morphed into Israel-gate?”

Issue three.

On Thursday, a US judge in South Carolina sentenced Michael Slager to 20 years in prison for, in 2015, killing Walter Scott. Slager shot Scott in the back as Scott was fleeing from Slager who had attempted to physically restrain Scott.

The punishment does not sound unusual until the fact is thrown in that Slager was a cop who had pulled over Scott’s vehicle for a broken tail light.

The shooting was caught on video as also was Slager afterward placing his stun gun by Scott in an apparent attempt to bolster Slager’s claim that Scott had tried to use it against Slager.

Issue four.

Interviewed Thursday by host Neil Cavuto at Fox Business, Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) pointed to the over 20 trillion-dollars national debt and the 666 billion-dollars deficit for the last fiscal year before saying he thinks the US government needs “some fiscal conservatism in every department, even in the defense department.” Duncan, who is a member of the Ron Paul Institute Advisory Board as well as a US House of Representatives member, explains that, while he believes that “national defense is probably the most legitimate function of our national government,” he also thinks the Department of Defense should operate frugally. Duncan indicates the US has gone “ridiculously overboard” with defense spending more than doubling since the year 2000.

One way Duncan often suggests cutting military spending is by ending wars. For example, Duncan in a June House floor speech called for ending what he termed the “permanent, forever, endless war in the Middle East.”

Issue five.

In the January 7 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about there being less executions in America in 2016 than in any year since 1991.

Harris County, the Texas county in which the city of Houston is located, has been referred to as the “capital of capital punishment” due to the many people convicted in the county who have been executed over the last few decades. But, Keri Blakinger reported Monday at the Houston Chronicle that 2017 is the first year since 1985 in which nobody convicted of murder in Harris County has been executed.

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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44,000 US Troops on ‘Unknown’ Deployments Worldwide Jason Ditz http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/december/09/44-000-us-troops-on-unknown-deployments-worldwide/

When the Pentagon wants to mislead the public about where US troops are, generally speaking, they just lie. Yet sometimes the number of troops is just too big to claim as a rounding error, and questions start happening.

This week, the focus is on over 44,000 US military personnel deployed to “unknown,” which immediately raises red flags, because that’s not a place. Pentagon officials, however, say there is “no good way” to describe where they are.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning, on the one hand, presented this as an “operational security” and “denying the enemy any advantage,” including, it seems providing any specifics on who “the enemy” at this point even is.

At the same time, Manning presented this as simply a limitation of the Pentagon’s current capabilities, and that there is literally “no personnel system” in the Pentagon that tracks where everyone is, and they just stick everyone else in “unknown” so the number of troops they officially have balances out with the number of troops deployed in actual, real places.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon went a step further, saying that the figures are flat out fiction, and were “not meant to represent an accurate accounting of troops currently deployed to any location. They should not be relied upon for a current picture of what is going on.”

Secretary of Defense James Mattis suggested that the situation was complicated, but also that he wasn’t entirely comfortable with the lack of accounting for troops abroad, saying at some point he was going to try to put everything together and figure out where everyone really is.

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Vermont Government May Approve Marijuana Legalization as Soon as January Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/december/08/vermont-government-may-approve-marijuana-legalization-as-soon-as-january/

Vermont may next year become the first state to legalize marijuana through legislation passed by a state legislature and signed by the governor. It may happen as soon as January.

The eight states and District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana so far have all done so through voters-approved ballot measures.

Tom Angell has the full story at Marijuana Moment about the legalization legislation that has already been approved in the Vermont Senate, that incudes changes suggested by Governor Phil Scott when he vetoed another legalization bill this year, and that House Speaker Mitzi Johnson said on Friday she expects the House “likely will pass in early January.”]]>
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Ron Paul, Peace Envoy to North Korea? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/december/06/ron-paul-peace-envoy-to-north-korea/
The barrier, Paul says, to him being able to work effectively with Trump on North Korea relations is that Paul’s “ideas about North Korea contradict how we are treating North Korea now.” If Trump were serious in wanting Paul’s assistance, Paul says, “let me write him a one page memo telling him what I think needs to be done.” The memo, Paul indicates, would include the US “backing off” and North Korea sorting things out with governments of nearby countries, with Paul mentioning South Korea, Japan, Russia, and China. Without securing Trump’s agreement on such a memo, Paul indicates any peace effort Paul undertook would be undermined by the conflict between Paul’s “noninterventionist approach to foreign policy” and the policies the US has now.

Watch Paul’s interview here:



Paul discussed further his recommendations for US policy toward North Korea in his September 25 editorial “How to End the Korea Crisis.”]]>
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Ron Paul Discusses the Libertarian Revolution Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/december/04/ron-paul-discusses-the-libertarian-revolution/

Ron Paul returned to the Scott Horton Show on Friday to discuss Paul’s new book The Revolution at Ten Years. As Paul explains in the interview, the revolution mentioned in the book title is the “libertarian revolution” that “came to light” in Paul’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. While Paul acknowledges that “Washington hasn’t changed” since then, he also comments that the revolution continues with people “laying the groundwork for the necessary changes that will come” after the political system in America “falls apart.”

In addition to Paul’s book, Paul and host Scott Horton discuss topics including United States foreign policy and the Federal Reserve.

Listen to Paul’s interview here.

Purchase Paul’s book here.]]>
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Facial Recognition, WI Hemp, Lauer’s Button, Pennies Payment, Drug War Games Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/december/04/five-minutes-five-issues-facial-recognition-wi-hemp-lauer-s-button-pennies-payment-drug-war-games/ StitcheriTunesYouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

The United States government is not content with its current facial recognition technology capabilities. It is amassing a huge database of photos of people’s faces and appears to desire to identify everyone, just about always and everywhere. For example, Lee Fang and Ali Winston reported Wednesday at The Intercept regarding the Department of Homeland Security seeking technology that will allow the identifying of three people in a car, two up front and one in back, driving through a light rain at 25 miles per hour with the windows up.

Issue two.

In the October 14 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker expressing reservations about legislation being considered in the state legislature that would legalize hemp farming.

On Thursday, Walker signed the hemp farming legalization bill into law.

Even if Walker had vetoed the bill, the veto could have been easily overridden given the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate had approved the bill in unanimous recorded votes.

As in other states that have legalized hemp farming, the new law requires farmers to jump through bureaucratic hoops to legally grow the crop. Still, such laws do end a prohibition.

Issue three.

Some people are pointing to the fact that former NBC television host Matt Lauer had a button at his desk that he could push to lock his office door as somehow incriminating him for assault or harassment or even indicating his employer knew of, and sought to aid, Lauer’s assaulting or harassing of people.

What nonsense. Such a button is a smart security feature. What is disconcerting is that people view having such a security feature as suspicious.

Years back, I worked in a law firm where each lawyer had at his desk a button he could push to close his office door. There I figured the primary purposes included easily and quickly ensuring greater privacy or quiet. Maybe that system could lock and unlock the door from the desk too; I don’t remember.

A button like the ones Lauer and I had is a great feature for an office.

Issue four.

Anthony Sevy had had enough after being told at the Royal Oak, Michigan courthouse that he would have to pay a $1.75 fee if he used his credit card to pay a ten-dollar parking ticket. So he came back to pay the fine with rolls of pennies.

People across America have paid much larger government fines and taxes with change. But, the court refused to accept Sevy’s pennies.

That was not the end of the story. Taryn Asher reported at WJBK-TV this week that Sevy claims in a lawsuit that, as he attempted to leave the building, courthouse police choked Sevy and forced Sevy to the ground. Courthouse video appears to back up Sevy’s claim of rough treatment. As is often the case in instances of police misconduct, it is Sevy, the apparent victim, who was charged with law-breaking, in this case, disturbing the peace and obstructing a police officer.

Issue five.

The Drug Policy Alliance states its mission is “to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies.” Yet, it seems DPA wants to protect our minds from some games sold on the internet.

On Thursday, Hannah Hetzer, who is the senior international policy manager at DPA, wrote at the DPA website that the previous day Apple had removed from its store a series of games she characterizes as glorifying murders in the Philippines government’s war on drugs. Hetzer writes that DPA has called on Google to take down the games, and her article is accompanied by a message encouraging people to sign a DPA petition urging the removal of the games.

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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