Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity All Blogs 2019 http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/rss.aspx?blogid=5 Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:00:00 GMT Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:06:28 GMT Five Minutes Five Issues: National Emergency, Foreign Bases, Marijuana Noncrackdown, Oligarchs, Roving Patrols Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/january/13/five-minutes-five-issues-national-emergency-foreign-bases-marijuana-noncrackdown-oligarchs-roving-patrols/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, 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.

In a Tuesday editorial, Rutherford Institute President John W. Whitehead discussed in detail dangers from presidents declaring national emergencies. Here is one intriguing fact Whitehead notes: The Constitution “allows for only one emergency power;” it does so when it states “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the Public Safety may require it.’”

Issue two.

In a Tuesday TomDispatch article, Nick Turse writes that the official listing of 514 Department of Defense sites overseas fails to include any bases in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cameroon, or Somalia “where such military outposts are known to exist.” Unlisted bases, Turse suggests, number in the hundreds.

You might guess other nations also have hundreds of military bases abroad. However, that is not the case. Turse writes:
The Overseas Base Realignment and Closure Coalition notes that the United States possesses up to 95% of the world’s foreign military bases, while countries like France, Russia, and the United Kingdom have perhaps 10-20 foreign outposts each. China has just one.
Issue three.

One year ago this month, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded prior Justice Department guidance that had advised restraint in US prosecutions of some people complying with liberalized state marijuana laws. Sessions replaced it with his own new memorandum.

In response, many advocates of rolling back marijuana prohibition warned a big marijuana crackdown was likely coming. However, a few days after Sessions issued his memorandum, I noted in an article at the Ron Paul Institute website that Sessions did not “direct or even suggest any increase in marijuana prosecutions whatsoever” and that his memorandum “so far has amounted to all bluster and no action.” Continuing, I wrote: “Maybe that is how he wants it — an opportunity to state as policy his anti-marijuana views for all to see without directing actions that would meet head-on the growing majority public support for marijuana legalization, the strong momentum for legalization’s expansion across the country, and the growing rejection among Congress members of US government marijuana law enforcement efforts.”

This week, Kyle Jaeger reports at Marijuana Moment that “in the year since” Sessions issued his replacement memo, “the government has not launched a crackdown, five more states legalized cannabis in some form—with Vermont lawmakers voting to do so on the very same day Sessions made his move—and federal prosecutions for marijuana-related offenses during the 2018 fiscal year, which ended in September, declined by almost a fifth.”

Issue four.

In a Wednesday post at Twitter, the writer Glenn Greenwald made an insightful comment regarding language used in American media. Greenwald wrote that “the way the US media calls every rich Russian an ‘oligarch’ but never uses that term for US billionaires is extremely revealing about how they propagandize for nationalistic purposes.”

Issue five.

Roving patrols of the United States Border Patrol were instructed to use a list of 21 “actionable facts,” with any one fact serving as a basis for stopping cars within 100 miles of a US border. The list, included among Border Patrol training material received by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and reported Monday by Max Rivlin-Nadler at The Intercept, includes as bases to stop a vehicle the mere fact that a vehicle is “close to the border,” is “from out of the area,” or “appears to be heavily laden.” Such broad categories make many people having nothing to do with, say, illegal immigration or illegal drugs, subjectable to Border Patrol harassment. The list even includes two contradictory facts that together could justify stopping just about any vehicle: A stop can be based on people inside the vehicle either avoiding looking a Border Patrol agent or “paying undue attention to the agent’s presence.”

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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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Ron Paul: The Warmongering in DC is Bipartisan http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/january/11/ron-paul-the-warmongering-in-dc-is-bipartisan/
Watch the complete report, in which Paul also recommends that President Donald Trump fire National Security Advisor John Bolton, here:



For more analysis of the rise in pro-war sentiment among Democrats, from the “Democratic policy elite in Washington” to Democratic voters across America, read Glenn Greenwald’s Friday The Intercept article “As Democratic Elites Reunite With Neocons, The Party’s Voters Are Becoming Far More Militaristic and Pro-War than Republicans.”]]>
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Ron Paul to President Trump and Congress: Don’t Fence — or Wall — Us In Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/january/08/ron-paul-to-president-trump-and-congress-don-t-fence-or-wall-us-in/ spoke passionately from the debate stage against the US government having a fence at the US-Mexico border. “I think this fence business,” said Paul at a debate held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, “is designed, and may well be used, against us and keep us in.” “In economic turmoil, the people want to leave with their capital and there’s capital controls and there’s people control,” continued Paul, “so, every time you think of a fence keeping all those bad people out, think about those fences maybe being used against us.”

With President Donald Trump saying the United States government will remain partially shut down until Congress delivers to him money to pay for wall building at the US-Mexico border, Paul has again been asked about his thoughts regarding such a wall or fence, this time in a Tuesday CNBC television interview. Again, Paul offered a strong rebuke of the idea, with an emphasis on the potential of the barrier — be it a fence or a wall — being used against Americans.

Paul declares in the Tuesday interview, much like he did on the debate stage years earlier, “I don’t want to wall people in, and I don’t want to wall people out.” Instead of a wall, Paul proposes, to deal with immigration concerns, removing both welfare incentives and an “easy road to citizenship” for people who come to America.

Watch Paul’s wall comments in the CNBC interview here:



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Fed Up WikiLeaks Emails Media List of 140 ‘False and Defamatory’ Claims Not To Report as True Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/january/07/fed-up-wikileaks-emails-media-list-of-140-false-and-defamatory-claims-not-to-report-as-true/

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have not just been targeted by the United States government in response to their publishing of US government secrets. They have also been subjected to false reporting in the media.

In an email sent to media organizations on Sunday, WikiLeaks details that, due to “a pervasive climate of inaccurate claims about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, including purposeful fabrications planted in large and otherwise ‘reputable’ media outlets,” Wikileaks is providing in the email a list of false and defamatory claims about WikiLeaks and Assange for journalists and publishers “to ensure they do not spread and have not spread falsehoods about WikiLeaks or Julian Assange.” A Reuters report counts a total of 140 items in the email’s “Defamation List.”

The email, which is marked at its beginning as a “confidential legal communication” and “not for publication,” has been posted online — something people associated with WikiLeaks, which specializes in publishing information sought to be kept secret, would seem likely to have anticipated.

Included in the email’s Defamation List are claims you may have seen in multiple media reports regarding WikiLeaks or Assange. The list advises that it is “false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange is, or has ever been,” for example, “charged with an offence by the United Kingdom or Sweden” or “an agent or officer of any intelligence service.” Also declared “false and defamatory” are suggesting that Assange “has been accused by any person of raping them” or “has ever met or communicated with [former Donald Trump presidential campaign Chairman] Paul Manafort.”

The list also includes many “false and defamatory” suggestions in regard to and Assange and WikiLeaks together, including that either of them has ever “directed, conspired, or colluded in a criminal manner with its sources;” “colluded with or conspired with, or compromised the integrity of its journalism for, any political campaign or State;” or “suppressed materials critical of Israel, Russia or any other State.”

Notably, the email’s Defamation List also terms as “false and defamatory” claims denying the status of WikiLeaks as a media organization and Assange as an “editor, journalist, publisher, author and documentary maker.” Indeed, the email further notes that WikiLeaks and Assange have won awards for their journalistic efforts, as well as that WikiLeaks has “a perfect record of accurately verifying its publications.” Such information may be helpful in defending Assange and WikiLeaks against any charges in America, where journalists and media organizations have substantial basis for arguing they are protected from prosecution for publishing the secret government information they receive.

Read the WikiLeaks email, including links to supporting materials, here.
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Taxing and Regulating the Hell out of Marijuana in California Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/january/06/taxing-and-regulating-the-hell-out-of-marijuana-in-california/

A year into legal recreational marijuana sales in California, the volume of sales is far less than many people, and the state government, expected. The reason for low sales numbers is not that people stopped liking marijuana. The missing expected sales are still being made, but in the black market. Because “California is regulating and taxing the hell out of cannabis” in the legal market, it is hard “for legal suppliers to compete with the state's longstanding, extensive, and highly developed black market,” writes Jacob Sullum in a Friday Reason article.

Read here Sullum’s informative article exploring why the inclusion of restraints on market freedom has made recreational marijuana legalization a bit of a flop in California.]]>
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Paul Advice, Graham Reassured, American Influence, NH Marijuana, White Marchers Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/january/05/five-minutes-five-issues-paul-advice-graham-reassured-american-influence-nh-marijuana-white-marchers/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, 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.

Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin wrote last week about unnamed United States government officials telling him “frequent phone conversations” between President Donald Trump and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) “are having an outsize influence on the president’s recent foreign policy decisions,” including Trump’s decision to remove US military members from Syria. Rogin writes that “[h]awks such as Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.)” advising Trump is alright, but Trump following advice from Paul, who is inclined to recommend reducing US intervention overseas, is “dangerous for our national security.”

In response to Rogin’s editorial, Cato Institute Executive Vice President David Boaz wrote: “If Paul did in fact persuade the president to withdraw US troops from one of the seven military conflicts we’re currently engaged in, Bravo.” To Boaz’s comment I’ll add, hopefully Paul also persuades Trump to end all the military conflicts and to start no new ones.

Issue two.

It is heartening to hear President Trump announce all US troops will leave Syria. It is also smart to have a wait-and-see perspective. Will the promise be fulfilled? If troops are withdrawn, will other means of US intervention be used, from CIA agents to missile strikes to aid to insurgents? Wait and see.

One disturbing development is uber-interventionist Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who was originally very critical of Trump’s announcement, saying this week that the president “told me some things I didn’t know that made me feel a lot better about where we’re headed in Syria.” What makes Graham feel a lot better would likely have the opposite affect for supporters of nonintervention and peace.

Issue three.

Before retiring from the Army, Stanley McChrystal was as one of the nine successive US generals who oversaw the Afghanistan War. In that position, McChrystal pushed for a big increase in US troops for the war.

Asked Sunday by host Martha Raddatz at the ABC TV show This Week about President Trump’s announcement that US troops will be leaving Syria, McChrystal stated in-part, “If you pull American influence out, you’re likely to have greater instability and of course it’ll be much more difficult for the United States to try to push events in any direction.”

Let’s consider this comment in two parts. First, McChrystal asserts that “American influence,” largely military force, creates stability. However, both Iraq and Afghanistan are much more instable after many years of such American influence. Second, making it “much more difficult for the United States to try to push events in any direction” is, in fact, desirable. The US government trying to dictate what happens in Afghanistan, Iraq, et cetera created America’s expansive and destructive foreign intervention morass.

Issue four.

Recreational marijuana legalization appears likely to occur in several states in 2019 via state legislature-passed and governor-approved legislation. Vermont, last year, was the first state to legalize this way instead of by a voters-approved ballot measure.

Also in 2019, the first state may legalize recreational marijuana via a legislature overriding a governor’s veto. New Hampshire Governor Chris Sonunu has said he would veto any legalization bill. However, Naomi Martin reported last week at the Boston Globe that state House of Representatives Speaker Steve Shurtleff believes there is sufficient support for legalization in the state House and Senate to override a veto.

All New Hampshire’s neighbors — Canada, plus Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont — have legalized recreational marijuana.

Issue five.

You have probably heard of universities adopting racial quotas and racial preferences for student admissions and businesses adopting such for hiring and promoting employees.

Political demonstrations can also have racial quotas. Marissa Papanek reported last week at KRCR-TV that organizers of the annual Women’s March in Eureka, California decided to cancel the event scheduled for January 19. In a press release, the local march organizers offer this reason for the cancelation: “Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community.”

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Hey Mitt Romney: Autocracy, Corruption, and Brutality Are Hallmarks of US World Leadership Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/january/02/hey-mitt-romney-autocracy-corruption-and-brutality-are-hallmarks-of-us-world-leadership/

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee who will be sworn in as a United States Senate member from Utah on Thursday, wrote a Tuesday Washington Post editorial very critical of President Donald Trump. Romney warns in his anti-Trump torrent, “The alternative to US world leadership offered by China and Russia is autocratic, corrupt and brutal."

Hold on and think about that for a moment.

If Romney’s supposition is correct, then the alternative to US world leadership is much like US world leadership. You need look no further than US wars in the last few decades, from Korea and Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq, to see that autocracy, corruption, and brutality are hallmarks of US world leadership.
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President Trump’s Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Says Do Not Prosecute Julian Assange Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/january/01/president-trump-s-lawyer-rudy-giuliani-says-do-not-prosecute-julian-assange/
Here is Giuliani’s discussion of the matter in the interview:
It’s a First Amendment issue, right? It isn’t stolen property. I mean, it is stolen property, but it has a different nature when it’s information. So, let’s take the Pentagon Papers. The Pentagon Papers were stolen property, weren’t they? They were stolen from the Pentagon — given to the New York Times and the Washington Post. Nobody went to jail in the New York Times and the Washington Post. We’ve had revelations during the [George W.] Bush administration — Abu Ghraib, all of that. It’s stolen property, taken from the government against the law. Once it gets to a media publication, they can publish it. They can publish it for the purpose of informing people. You can’t put Assange in a different position than that. He was a guy that communicated. We may not like what he communicates, but he was a media facility, he was putting that information out. Every newspaper, station grabbed it and published it.
Watch Giuliani’s complete interview here:



Giuliani’s reasoning in the interview is similar to the reasoning New York Times Deputy General Counsel David McCraw offered when he told judges at the US Ninth Circuit’s annual judicial conference in July that he thought Assange is “sort of in a classic publisher’s position” and that “the law would have a very hard time drawing a distinction between The New York Times and WikiLeaks.”

Hopefully, the president will hear this sound, liberty-advancing reasoning, whether from Giuliani or someone else, and make a public and binding assurance that the US government will not seek the arrest, prosecution, or punishment of Assange.]]>
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Leaving Syria: Will Trump Hold Fast? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/december/31/leaving-syria-will-trump-hold-fast/
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Ron Paul: Trump Presidency is a ‘Mixed Bag’ Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/december/28/ron-paul-trump-presidency-is-a-mixed-bag/ Donald Trump’s presidency is a “mixed bag.” That is the assessment of libertarian communicator and former presidential candidate Ron Paul in a recent interview with Larry King at King’s Ora TV show Politicking.

Asked by King what he thinks overall about the Trump presidency, Paul says he cannot praise Trump as a libertarian or condemn him as a “socialist-authoritarian.” So what then is Trump’s political philosophy? “I can’t figure him out,” declares Paul regarding Trump, who Paul says does not appear to be “worried about following a consistent pattern.” With Trump’s political views being rather indecipherable, his presidency, concludes Paul, is a “mixed bag.”

In contrast to Trump’s approach to government, Paul discusses in the interview the libertarian approach. “Libertarians don’t intervene other than [for] the protection of liberty,” Paul explains. While Trump intervenes here and there, sometimes in line with conservatives and sometimes in line with liberals, Paul says a libertarian would follow clear guidelines: “Stay out of the business of regulating the economy; stay out of the business of telling how people should live; stay out of the business of telling other countries how they should run their countries.”

Watch Paul’s complete interview, in which Paul also talks in detail about the American economy, here:


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Five Minutes Five Issues: National Emergency, Foreign Bases, Marijuana Noncrackdown, Oligarchs, Roving Patrols Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/january/13/five-minutes-five-issues-national-emergency-foreign-bases-marijuana-noncrackdown-oligarchs-roving-patrols/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, 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.

In a Tuesday editorial, Rutherford Institute President John W. Whitehead discussed in detail dangers from presidents declaring national emergencies. Here is one intriguing fact Whitehead notes: The Constitution “allows for only one emergency power;” it does so when it states “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the Public Safety may require it.’”

Issue two.

In a Tuesday TomDispatch article, Nick Turse writes that the official listing of 514 Department of Defense sites overseas fails to include any bases in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cameroon, or Somalia “where such military outposts are known to exist.” Unlisted bases, Turse suggests, number in the hundreds.

You might guess other nations also have hundreds of military bases abroad. However, that is not the case. Turse writes:
The Overseas Base Realignment and Closure Coalition notes that the United States possesses up to 95% of the world’s foreign military bases, while countries like France, Russia, and the United Kingdom have perhaps 10-20 foreign outposts each. China has just one.
Issue three.

One year ago this month, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded prior Justice Department guidance that had advised restraint in US prosecutions of some people complying with liberalized state marijuana laws. Sessions replaced it with his own new memorandum.

In response, many advocates of rolling back marijuana prohibition warned a big marijuana crackdown was likely coming. However, a few days after Sessions issued his memorandum, I noted in an article at the Ron Paul Institute website that Sessions did not “direct or even suggest any increase in marijuana prosecutions whatsoever” and that his memorandum “so far has amounted to all bluster and no action.” Continuing, I wrote: “Maybe that is how he wants it — an opportunity to state as policy his anti-marijuana views for all to see without directing actions that would meet head-on the growing majority public support for marijuana legalization, the strong momentum for legalization’s expansion across the country, and the growing rejection among Congress members of US government marijuana law enforcement efforts.”

This week, Kyle Jaeger reports at Marijuana Moment that “in the year since” Sessions issued his replacement memo, “the government has not launched a crackdown, five more states legalized cannabis in some form—with Vermont lawmakers voting to do so on the very same day Sessions made his move—and federal prosecutions for marijuana-related offenses during the 2018 fiscal year, which ended in September, declined by almost a fifth.”

Issue four.

In a Wednesday post at Twitter, the writer Glenn Greenwald made an insightful comment regarding language used in American media. Greenwald wrote that “the way the US media calls every rich Russian an ‘oligarch’ but never uses that term for US billionaires is extremely revealing about how they propagandize for nationalistic purposes.”

Issue five.

Roving patrols of the United States Border Patrol were instructed to use a list of 21 “actionable facts,” with any one fact serving as a basis for stopping cars within 100 miles of a US border. The list, included among Border Patrol training material received by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and reported Monday by Max Rivlin-Nadler at The Intercept, includes as bases to stop a vehicle the mere fact that a vehicle is “close to the border,” is “from out of the area,” or “appears to be heavily laden.” Such broad categories make many people having nothing to do with, say, illegal immigration or illegal drugs, subjectable to Border Patrol harassment. The list even includes two contradictory facts that together could justify stopping just about any vehicle: A stop can be based on people inside the vehicle either avoiding looking a Border Patrol agent or “paying undue attention to the agent’s presence.”

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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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Ron Paul: The Warmongering in DC is Bipartisan http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/january/11/ron-paul-the-warmongering-in-dc-is-bipartisan/
Watch the complete report, in which Paul also recommends that President Donald Trump fire National Security Advisor John Bolton, here:



For more analysis of the rise in pro-war sentiment among Democrats, from the “Democratic policy elite in Washington” to Democratic voters across America, read Glenn Greenwald’s Friday The Intercept article “As Democratic Elites Reunite With Neocons, The Party’s Voters Are Becoming Far More Militaristic and Pro-War than Republicans.”]]>
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Ron Paul to President Trump and Congress: Don’t Fence — or Wall — Us In Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/january/08/ron-paul-to-president-trump-and-congress-don-t-fence-or-wall-us-in/ spoke passionately from the debate stage against the US government having a fence at the US-Mexico border. “I think this fence business,” said Paul at a debate held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, “is designed, and may well be used, against us and keep us in.” “In economic turmoil, the people want to leave with their capital and there’s capital controls and there’s people control,” continued Paul, “so, every time you think of a fence keeping all those bad people out, think about those fences maybe being used against us.”

With President Donald Trump saying the United States government will remain partially shut down until Congress delivers to him money to pay for wall building at the US-Mexico border, Paul has again been asked about his thoughts regarding such a wall or fence, this time in a Tuesday CNBC television interview. Again, Paul offered a strong rebuke of the idea, with an emphasis on the potential of the barrier — be it a fence or a wall — being used against Americans.

Paul declares in the Tuesday interview, much like he did on the debate stage years earlier, “I don’t want to wall people in, and I don’t want to wall people out.” Instead of a wall, Paul proposes, to deal with immigration concerns, removing both welfare incentives and an “easy road to citizenship” for people who come to America.

Watch Paul’s wall comments in the CNBC interview here:



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Fed Up WikiLeaks Emails Media List of 140 ‘False and Defamatory’ Claims Not To Report as True Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/january/07/fed-up-wikileaks-emails-media-list-of-140-false-and-defamatory-claims-not-to-report-as-true/

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have not just been targeted by the United States government in response to their publishing of US government secrets. They have also been subjected to false reporting in the media.

In an email sent to media organizations on Sunday, WikiLeaks details that, due to “a pervasive climate of inaccurate claims about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, including purposeful fabrications planted in large and otherwise ‘reputable’ media outlets,” Wikileaks is providing in the email a list of false and defamatory claims about WikiLeaks and Assange for journalists and publishers “to ensure they do not spread and have not spread falsehoods about WikiLeaks or Julian Assange.” A Reuters report counts a total of 140 items in the email’s “Defamation List.”

The email, which is marked at its beginning as a “confidential legal communication” and “not for publication,” has been posted online — something people associated with WikiLeaks, which specializes in publishing information sought to be kept secret, would seem likely to have anticipated.

Included in the email’s Defamation List are claims you may have seen in multiple media reports regarding WikiLeaks or Assange. The list advises that it is “false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange is, or has ever been,” for example, “charged with an offence by the United Kingdom or Sweden” or “an agent or officer of any intelligence service.” Also declared “false and defamatory” are suggesting that Assange “has been accused by any person of raping them” or “has ever met or communicated with [former Donald Trump presidential campaign Chairman] Paul Manafort.”

The list also includes many “false and defamatory” suggestions in regard to and Assange and WikiLeaks together, including that either of them has ever “directed, conspired, or colluded in a criminal manner with its sources;” “colluded with or conspired with, or compromised the integrity of its journalism for, any political campaign or State;” or “suppressed materials critical of Israel, Russia or any other State.”

Notably, the email’s Defamation List also terms as “false and defamatory” claims denying the status of WikiLeaks as a media organization and Assange as an “editor, journalist, publisher, author and documentary maker.” Indeed, the email further notes that WikiLeaks and Assange have won awards for their journalistic efforts, as well as that WikiLeaks has “a perfect record of accurately verifying its publications.” Such information may be helpful in defending Assange and WikiLeaks against any charges in America, where journalists and media organizations have substantial basis for arguing they are protected from prosecution for publishing the secret government information they receive.

Read the WikiLeaks email, including links to supporting materials, here.
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Taxing and Regulating the Hell out of Marijuana in California Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/january/06/taxing-and-regulating-the-hell-out-of-marijuana-in-california/

A year into legal recreational marijuana sales in California, the volume of sales is far less than many people, and the state government, expected. The reason for low sales numbers is not that people stopped liking marijuana. The missing expected sales are still being made, but in the black market. Because “California is regulating and taxing the hell out of cannabis” in the legal market, it is hard “for legal suppliers to compete with the state's longstanding, extensive, and highly developed black market,” writes Jacob Sullum in a Friday Reason article.

Read here Sullum’s informative article exploring why the inclusion of restraints on market freedom has made recreational marijuana legalization a bit of a flop in California.]]>
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Paul Advice, Graham Reassured, American Influence, NH Marijuana, White Marchers Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/january/05/five-minutes-five-issues-paul-advice-graham-reassured-american-influence-nh-marijuana-white-marchers/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, 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.

Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin wrote last week about unnamed United States government officials telling him “frequent phone conversations” between President Donald Trump and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) “are having an outsize influence on the president’s recent foreign policy decisions,” including Trump’s decision to remove US military members from Syria. Rogin writes that “[h]awks such as Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.)” advising Trump is alright, but Trump following advice from Paul, who is inclined to recommend reducing US intervention overseas, is “dangerous for our national security.”

In response to Rogin’s editorial, Cato Institute Executive Vice President David Boaz wrote: “If Paul did in fact persuade the president to withdraw US troops from one of the seven military conflicts we’re currently engaged in, Bravo.” To Boaz’s comment I’ll add, hopefully Paul also persuades Trump to end all the military conflicts and to start no new ones.

Issue two.

It is heartening to hear President Trump announce all US troops will leave Syria. It is also smart to have a wait-and-see perspective. Will the promise be fulfilled? If troops are withdrawn, will other means of US intervention be used, from CIA agents to missile strikes to aid to insurgents? Wait and see.

One disturbing development is uber-interventionist Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who was originally very critical of Trump’s announcement, saying this week that the president “told me some things I didn’t know that made me feel a lot better about where we’re headed in Syria.” What makes Graham feel a lot better would likely have the opposite affect for supporters of nonintervention and peace.

Issue three.

Before retiring from the Army, Stanley McChrystal was as one of the nine successive US generals who oversaw the Afghanistan War. In that position, McChrystal pushed for a big increase in US troops for the war.

Asked Sunday by host Martha Raddatz at the ABC TV show This Week about President Trump’s announcement that US troops will be leaving Syria, McChrystal stated in-part, “If you pull American influence out, you’re likely to have greater instability and of course it’ll be much more difficult for the United States to try to push events in any direction.”

Let’s consider this comment in two parts. First, McChrystal asserts that “American influence,” largely military force, creates stability. However, both Iraq and Afghanistan are much more instable after many years of such American influence. Second, making it “much more difficult for the United States to try to push events in any direction” is, in fact, desirable. The US government trying to dictate what happens in Afghanistan, Iraq, et cetera created America’s expansive and destructive foreign intervention morass.

Issue four.

Recreational marijuana legalization appears likely to occur in several states in 2019 via state legislature-passed and governor-approved legislation. Vermont, last year, was the first state to legalize this way instead of by a voters-approved ballot measure.

Also in 2019, the first state may legalize recreational marijuana via a legislature overriding a governor’s veto. New Hampshire Governor Chris Sonunu has said he would veto any legalization bill. However, Naomi Martin reported last week at the Boston Globe that state House of Representatives Speaker Steve Shurtleff believes there is sufficient support for legalization in the state House and Senate to override a veto.

All New Hampshire’s neighbors — Canada, plus Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont — have legalized recreational marijuana.

Issue five.

You have probably heard of universities adopting racial quotas and racial preferences for student admissions and businesses adopting such for hiring and promoting employees.

Political demonstrations can also have racial quotas. Marissa Papanek reported last week at KRCR-TV that organizers of the annual Women’s March in Eureka, California decided to cancel the event scheduled for January 19. In a press release, the local march organizers offer this reason for the cancelation: “Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community.”

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Hey Mitt Romney: Autocracy, Corruption, and Brutality Are Hallmarks of US World Leadership Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/january/02/hey-mitt-romney-autocracy-corruption-and-brutality-are-hallmarks-of-us-world-leadership/

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee who will be sworn in as a United States Senate member from Utah on Thursday, wrote a Tuesday Washington Post editorial very critical of President Donald Trump. Romney warns in his anti-Trump torrent, “The alternative to US world leadership offered by China and Russia is autocratic, corrupt and brutal."

Hold on and think about that for a moment.

If Romney’s supposition is correct, then the alternative to US world leadership is much like US world leadership. You need look no further than US wars in the last few decades, from Korea and Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq, to see that autocracy, corruption, and brutality are hallmarks of US world leadership.
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President Trump’s Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Says Do Not Prosecute Julian Assange Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/january/01/president-trump-s-lawyer-rudy-giuliani-says-do-not-prosecute-julian-assange/
Here is Giuliani’s discussion of the matter in the interview:
It’s a First Amendment issue, right? It isn’t stolen property. I mean, it is stolen property, but it has a different nature when it’s information. So, let’s take the Pentagon Papers. The Pentagon Papers were stolen property, weren’t they? They were stolen from the Pentagon — given to the New York Times and the Washington Post. Nobody went to jail in the New York Times and the Washington Post. We’ve had revelations during the [George W.] Bush administration — Abu Ghraib, all of that. It’s stolen property, taken from the government against the law. Once it gets to a media publication, they can publish it. They can publish it for the purpose of informing people. You can’t put Assange in a different position than that. He was a guy that communicated. We may not like what he communicates, but he was a media facility, he was putting that information out. Every newspaper, station grabbed it and published it.
Watch Giuliani’s complete interview here:



Giuliani’s reasoning in the interview is similar to the reasoning New York Times Deputy General Counsel David McCraw offered when he told judges at the US Ninth Circuit’s annual judicial conference in July that he thought Assange is “sort of in a classic publisher’s position” and that “the law would have a very hard time drawing a distinction between The New York Times and WikiLeaks.”

Hopefully, the president will hear this sound, liberty-advancing reasoning, whether from Giuliani or someone else, and make a public and binding assurance that the US government will not seek the arrest, prosecution, or punishment of Assange.]]>
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Leaving Syria: Will Trump Hold Fast? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/december/31/leaving-syria-will-trump-hold-fast/
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Ron Paul: Trump Presidency is a ‘Mixed Bag’ Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/december/28/ron-paul-trump-presidency-is-a-mixed-bag/ Donald Trump’s presidency is a “mixed bag.” That is the assessment of libertarian communicator and former presidential candidate Ron Paul in a recent interview with Larry King at King’s Ora TV show Politicking.

Asked by King what he thinks overall about the Trump presidency, Paul says he cannot praise Trump as a libertarian or condemn him as a “socialist-authoritarian.” So what then is Trump’s political philosophy? “I can’t figure him out,” declares Paul regarding Trump, who Paul says does not appear to be “worried about following a consistent pattern.” With Trump’s political views being rather indecipherable, his presidency, concludes Paul, is a “mixed bag.”

In contrast to Trump’s approach to government, Paul discusses in the interview the libertarian approach. “Libertarians don’t intervene other than [for] the protection of liberty,” Paul explains. While Trump intervenes here and there, sometimes in line with conservatives and sometimes in line with liberals, Paul says a libertarian would follow clear guidelines: “Stay out of the business of regulating the economy; stay out of the business of telling how people should live; stay out of the business of telling other countries how they should run their countries.”

Watch Paul’s complete interview, in which Paul also talks in detail about the American economy, here:


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Five Minutes Five Issues: National Emergency, Foreign Bases, Marijuana Noncrackdown, Oligarchs, Roving Patrols Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/january/13/five-minutes-five-issues-national-emergency-foreign-bases-marijuana-noncrackdown-oligarchs-roving-patrols/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, 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.

In a Tuesday editorial, Rutherford Institute President John W. Whitehead discussed in detail dangers from presidents declaring national emergencies. Here is one intriguing fact Whitehead notes: The Constitution “allows for only one emergency power;” it does so when it states “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the Public Safety may require it.’”

Issue two.

In a Tuesday TomDispatch article, Nick Turse writes that the official listing of 514 Department of Defense sites overseas fails to include any bases in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cameroon, or Somalia “where such military outposts are known to exist.” Unlisted bases, Turse suggests, number in the hundreds.

You might guess other nations also have hundreds of military bases abroad. However, that is not the case. Turse writes:
The Overseas Base Realignment and Closure Coalition notes that the United States possesses up to 95% of the world’s foreign military bases, while countries like France, Russia, and the United Kingdom have perhaps 10-20 foreign outposts each. China has just one.
Issue three.

One year ago this month, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded prior Justice Department guidance that had advised restraint in US prosecutions of some people complying with liberalized state marijuana laws. Sessions replaced it with his own new memorandum.

In response, many advocates of rolling back marijuana prohibition warned a big marijuana crackdown was likely coming. However, a few days after Sessions issued his memorandum, I noted in an article at the Ron Paul Institute website that Sessions did not “direct or even suggest any increase in marijuana prosecutions whatsoever” and that his memorandum “so far has amounted to all bluster and no action.” Continuing, I wrote: “Maybe that is how he wants it — an opportunity to state as policy his anti-marijuana views for all to see without directing actions that would meet head-on the growing majority public support for marijuana legalization, the strong momentum for legalization’s expansion across the country, and the growing rejection among Congress members of US government marijuana law enforcement efforts.”

This week, Kyle Jaeger reports at Marijuana Moment that “in the year since” Sessions issued his replacement memo, “the government has not launched a crackdown, five more states legalized cannabis in some form—with Vermont lawmakers voting to do so on the very same day Sessions made his move—and federal prosecutions for marijuana-related offenses during the 2018 fiscal year, which ended in September, declined by almost a fifth.”

Issue four.

In a Wednesday post at Twitter, the writer Glenn Greenwald made an insightful comment regarding language used in American media. Greenwald wrote that “the way the US media calls every rich Russian an ‘oligarch’ but never uses that term for US billionaires is extremely revealing about how they propagandize for nationalistic purposes.”

Issue five.

Roving patrols of the United States Border Patrol were instructed to use a list of 21 “actionable facts,” with any one fact serving as a basis for stopping cars within 100 miles of a US border. The list, included among Border Patrol training material received by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and reported Monday by Max Rivlin-Nadler at The Intercept, includes as bases to stop a vehicle the mere fact that a vehicle is “close to the border,” is “from out of the area,” or “appears to be heavily laden.” Such broad categories make many people having nothing to do with, say, illegal immigration or illegal drugs, subjectable to Border Patrol harassment. The list even includes two contradictory facts that together could justify stopping just about any vehicle: A stop can be based on people inside the vehicle either avoiding looking a Border Patrol agent or “paying undue attention to the agent’s presence.”

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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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Ron Paul: The Warmongering in DC is Bipartisan http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/january/11/ron-paul-the-warmongering-in-dc-is-bipartisan/
Watch the complete report, in which Paul also recommends that President Donald Trump fire National Security Advisor John Bolton, here:



For more analysis of the rise in pro-war sentiment among Democrats, from the “Democratic policy elite in Washington” to Democratic voters across America, read Glenn Greenwald’s Friday The Intercept article “As Democratic Elites Reunite With Neocons, The Party’s Voters Are Becoming Far More Militaristic and Pro-War than Republicans.”]]>
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Ron Paul to President Trump and Congress: Don’t Fence — or Wall — Us In Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/january/08/ron-paul-to-president-trump-and-congress-don-t-fence-or-wall-us-in/ spoke passionately from the debate stage against the US government having a fence at the US-Mexico border. “I think this fence business,” said Paul at a debate held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, “is designed, and may well be used, against us and keep us in.” “In economic turmoil, the people want to leave with their capital and there’s capital controls and there’s people control,” continued Paul, “so, every time you think of a fence keeping all those bad people out, think about those fences maybe being used against us.”

With President Donald Trump saying the United States government will remain partially shut down until Congress delivers to him money to pay for wall building at the US-Mexico border, Paul has again been asked about his thoughts regarding such a wall or fence, this time in a Tuesday CNBC television interview. Again, Paul offered a strong rebuke of the idea, with an emphasis on the potential of the barrier — be it a fence or a wall — being used against Americans.

Paul declares in the Tuesday interview, much like he did on the debate stage years earlier, “I don’t want to wall people in, and I don’t want to wall people out.” Instead of a wall, Paul proposes, to deal with immigration concerns, removing both welfare incentives and an “easy road to citizenship” for people who come to America.

Watch Paul’s wall comments in the CNBC interview here:



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Fed Up WikiLeaks Emails Media List of 140 ‘False and Defamatory’ Claims Not To Report as True Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/january/07/fed-up-wikileaks-emails-media-list-of-140-false-and-defamatory-claims-not-to-report-as-true/

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have not just been targeted by the United States government in response to their publishing of US government secrets. They have also been subjected to false reporting in the media.

In an email sent to media organizations on Sunday, WikiLeaks details that, due to “a pervasive climate of inaccurate claims about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, including purposeful fabrications planted in large and otherwise ‘reputable’ media outlets,” Wikileaks is providing in the email a list of false and defamatory claims about WikiLeaks and Assange for journalists and publishers “to ensure they do not spread and have not spread falsehoods about WikiLeaks or Julian Assange.” A Reuters report counts a total of 140 items in the email’s “Defamation List.”

The email, which is marked at its beginning as a “confidential legal communication” and “not for publication,” has been posted online — something people associated with WikiLeaks, which specializes in publishing information sought to be kept secret, would seem likely to have anticipated.

Included in the email’s Defamation List are claims you may have seen in multiple media reports regarding WikiLeaks or Assange. The list advises that it is “false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange is, or has ever been,” for example, “charged with an offence by the United Kingdom or Sweden” or “an agent or officer of any intelligence service.” Also declared “false and defamatory” are suggesting that Assange “has been accused by any person of raping them” or “has ever met or communicated with [former Donald Trump presidential campaign Chairman] Paul Manafort.”

The list also includes many “false and defamatory” suggestions in regard to and Assange and WikiLeaks together, including that either of them has ever “directed, conspired, or colluded in a criminal manner with its sources;” “colluded with or conspired with, or compromised the integrity of its journalism for, any political campaign or State;” or “suppressed materials critical of Israel, Russia or any other State.”

Notably, the email’s Defamation List also terms as “false and defamatory” claims denying the status of WikiLeaks as a media organization and Assange as an “editor, journalist, publisher, author and documentary maker.” Indeed, the email further notes that WikiLeaks and Assange have won awards for their journalistic efforts, as well as that WikiLeaks has “a perfect record of accurately verifying its publications.” Such information may be helpful in defending Assange and WikiLeaks against any charges in America, where journalists and media organizations have substantial basis for arguing they are protected from prosecution for publishing the secret government information they receive.

Read the WikiLeaks email, including links to supporting materials, here.
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Taxing and Regulating the Hell out of Marijuana in California Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/january/06/taxing-and-regulating-the-hell-out-of-marijuana-in-california/

A year into legal recreational marijuana sales in California, the volume of sales is far less than many people, and the state government, expected. The reason for low sales numbers is not that people stopped liking marijuana. The missing expected sales are still being made, but in the black market. Because “California is regulating and taxing the hell out of cannabis” in the legal market, it is hard “for legal suppliers to compete with the state's longstanding, extensive, and highly developed black market,” writes Jacob Sullum in a Friday Reason article.

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Five Minutes Five Issues: Paul Advice, Graham Reassured, American Influence, NH Marijuana, White Marchers Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/january/05/five-minutes-five-issues-paul-advice-graham-reassured-american-influence-nh-marijuana-white-marchers/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, 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.

Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin wrote last week about unnamed United States government officials telling him “frequent phone conversations” between President Donald Trump and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) “are having an outsize influence on the president’s recent foreign policy decisions,” including Trump’s decision to remove US military members from Syria. Rogin writes that “[h]awks such as Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.)” advising Trump is alright, but Trump following advice from Paul, who is inclined to recommend reducing US intervention overseas, is “dangerous for our national security.”

In response to Rogin’s editorial, Cato Institute Executive Vice President David Boaz wrote: “If Paul did in fact persuade the president to withdraw US troops from one of the seven military conflicts we’re currently engaged in, Bravo.” To Boaz’s comment I’ll add, hopefully Paul also persuades Trump to end all the military conflicts and to start no new ones.

Issue two.

It is heartening to hear President Trump announce all US troops will leave Syria. It is also smart to have a wait-and-see perspective. Will the promise be fulfilled? If troops are withdrawn, will other means of US intervention be used, from CIA agents to missile strikes to aid to insurgents? Wait and see.

One disturbing development is uber-interventionist Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who was originally very critical of Trump’s announcement, saying this week that the president “told me some things I didn’t know that made me feel a lot better about where we’re headed in Syria.” What makes Graham feel a lot better would likely have the opposite affect for supporters of nonintervention and peace.

Issue three.

Before retiring from the Army, Stanley McChrystal was as one of the nine successive US generals who oversaw the Afghanistan War. In that position, McChrystal pushed for a big increase in US troops for the war.

Asked Sunday by host Martha Raddatz at the ABC TV show This Week about President Trump’s announcement that US troops will be leaving Syria, McChrystal stated in-part, “If you pull American influence out, you’re likely to have greater instability and of course it’ll be much more difficult for the United States to try to push events in any direction.”

Let’s consider this comment in two parts. First, McChrystal asserts that “American influence,” largely military force, creates stability. However, both Iraq and Afghanistan are much more instable after many years of such American influence. Second, making it “much more difficult for the United States to try to push events in any direction” is, in fact, desirable. The US government trying to dictate what happens in Afghanistan, Iraq, et cetera created America’s expansive and destructive foreign intervention morass.

Issue four.

Recreational marijuana legalization appears likely to occur in several states in 2019 via state legislature-passed and governor-approved legislation. Vermont, last year, was the first state to legalize this way instead of by a voters-approved ballot measure.

Also in 2019, the first state may legalize recreational marijuana via a legislature overriding a governor’s veto. New Hampshire Governor Chris Sonunu has said he would veto any legalization bill. However, Naomi Martin reported last week at the Boston Globe that state House of Representatives Speaker Steve Shurtleff believes there is sufficient support for legalization in the state House and Senate to override a veto.

All New Hampshire’s neighbors — Canada, plus Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont — have legalized recreational marijuana.

Issue five.

You have probably heard of universities adopting racial quotas and racial preferences for student admissions and businesses adopting such for hiring and promoting employees.

Political demonstrations can also have racial quotas. Marissa Papanek reported last week at KRCR-TV that organizers of the annual Women’s March in Eureka, California decided to cancel the event scheduled for January 19. In a press release, the local march organizers offer this reason for the cancelation: “Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community.”

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Hey Mitt Romney: Autocracy, Corruption, and Brutality Are Hallmarks of US World Leadership Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/january/02/hey-mitt-romney-autocracy-corruption-and-brutality-are-hallmarks-of-us-world-leadership/

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee who will be sworn in as a United States Senate member from Utah on Thursday, wrote a Tuesday Washington Post editorial very critical of President Donald Trump. Romney warns in his anti-Trump torrent, “The alternative to US world leadership offered by China and Russia is autocratic, corrupt and brutal."

Hold on and think about that for a moment.

If Romney’s supposition is correct, then the alternative to US world leadership is much like US world leadership. You need look no further than US wars in the last few decades, from Korea and Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq, to see that autocracy, corruption, and brutality are hallmarks of US world leadership.
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President Trump’s Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Says Do Not Prosecute Julian Assange Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/january/01/president-trump-s-lawyer-rudy-giuliani-says-do-not-prosecute-julian-assange/
Here is Giuliani’s discussion of the matter in the interview:
It’s a First Amendment issue, right? It isn’t stolen property. I mean, it is stolen property, but it has a different nature when it’s information. So, let’s take the Pentagon Papers. The Pentagon Papers were stolen property, weren’t they? They were stolen from the Pentagon — given to the New York Times and the Washington Post. Nobody went to jail in the New York Times and the Washington Post. We’ve had revelations during the [George W.] Bush administration — Abu Ghraib, all of that. It’s stolen property, taken from the government against the law. Once it gets to a media publication, they can publish it. They can publish it for the purpose of informing people. You can’t put Assange in a different position than that. He was a guy that communicated. We may not like what he communicates, but he was a media facility, he was putting that information out. Every newspaper, station grabbed it and published it.
Watch Giuliani’s complete interview here:



Giuliani’s reasoning in the interview is similar to the reasoning New York Times Deputy General Counsel David McCraw offered when he told judges at the US Ninth Circuit’s annual judicial conference in July that he thought Assange is “sort of in a classic publisher’s position” and that “the law would have a very hard time drawing a distinction between The New York Times and WikiLeaks.”

Hopefully, the president will hear this sound, liberty-advancing reasoning, whether from Giuliani or someone else, and make a public and binding assurance that the US government will not seek the arrest, prosecution, or punishment of Assange.]]>
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Leaving Syria: Will Trump Hold Fast? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/december/31/leaving-syria-will-trump-hold-fast/
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Ron Paul: Trump Presidency is a ‘Mixed Bag’ Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/december/28/ron-paul-trump-presidency-is-a-mixed-bag/ Donald Trump’s presidency is a “mixed bag.” That is the assessment of libertarian communicator and former presidential candidate Ron Paul in a recent interview with Larry King at King’s Ora TV show Politicking.

Asked by King what he thinks overall about the Trump presidency, Paul says he cannot praise Trump as a libertarian or condemn him as a “socialist-authoritarian.” So what then is Trump’s political philosophy? “I can’t figure him out,” declares Paul regarding Trump, who Paul says does not appear to be “worried about following a consistent pattern.” With Trump’s political views being rather indecipherable, his presidency, concludes Paul, is a “mixed bag.”

In contrast to Trump’s approach to government, Paul discusses in the interview the libertarian approach. “Libertarians don’t intervene other than [for] the protection of liberty,” Paul explains. While Trump intervenes here and there, sometimes in line with conservatives and sometimes in line with liberals, Paul says a libertarian would follow clear guidelines: “Stay out of the business of regulating the economy; stay out of the business of telling how people should live; stay out of the business of telling other countries how they should run their countries.”

Watch Paul’s complete interview, in which Paul also talks in detail about the American economy, here:


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Five Minutes Five Issues: National Emergency, Foreign Bases, Marijuana Noncrackdown, Oligarchs, Roving Patrols Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/january/13/five-minutes-five-issues-national-emergency-foreign-bases-marijuana-noncrackdown-oligarchs-roving-patrols/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, 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.

In a Tuesday editorial, Rutherford Institute President John W. Whitehead discussed in detail dangers from presidents declaring national emergencies. Here is one intriguing fact Whitehead notes: The Constitution “allows for only one emergency power;” it does so when it states “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the Public Safety may require it.’”

Issue two.

In a Tuesday TomDispatch article, Nick Turse writes that the official listing of 514 Department of Defense sites overseas fails to include any bases in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cameroon, or Somalia “where such military outposts are known to exist.” Unlisted bases, Turse suggests, number in the hundreds.

You might guess other nations also have hundreds of military bases abroad. However, that is not the case. Turse writes:
The Overseas Base Realignment and Closure Coalition notes that the United States possesses up to 95% of the world’s foreign military bases, while countries like France, Russia, and the United Kingdom have perhaps 10-20 foreign outposts each. China has just one.
Issue three.

One year ago this month, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded prior Justice Department guidance that had advised restraint in US prosecutions of some people complying with liberalized state marijuana laws. Sessions replaced it with his own new memorandum.

In response, many advocates of rolling back marijuana prohibition warned a big marijuana crackdown was likely coming. However, a few days after Sessions issued his memorandum, I noted in an article at the Ron Paul Institute website that Sessions did not “direct or even suggest any increase in marijuana prosecutions whatsoever” and that his memorandum “so far has amounted to all bluster and no action.” Continuing, I wrote: “Maybe that is how he wants it — an opportunity to state as policy his anti-marijuana views for all to see without directing actions that would meet head-on the growing majority public support for marijuana legalization, the strong momentum for legalization’s expansion across the country, and the growing rejection among Congress members of US government marijuana law enforcement efforts.”

This week, Kyle Jaeger reports at Marijuana Moment that “in the year since” Sessions issued his replacement memo, “the government has not launched a crackdown, five more states legalized cannabis in some form—with Vermont lawmakers voting to do so on the very same day Sessions made his move—and federal prosecutions for marijuana-related offenses during the 2018 fiscal year, which ended in September, declined by almost a fifth.”

Issue four.

In a Wednesday post at Twitter, the writer Glenn Greenwald made an insightful comment regarding language used in American media. Greenwald wrote that “the way the US media calls every rich Russian an ‘oligarch’ but never uses that term for US billionaires is extremely revealing about how they propagandize for nationalistic purposes.”

Issue five.

Roving patrols of the United States Border Patrol were instructed to use a list of 21 “actionable facts,” with any one fact serving as a basis for stopping cars within 100 miles of a US border. The list, included among Border Patrol training material received by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and reported Monday by Max Rivlin-Nadler at The Intercept, includes as bases to stop a vehicle the mere fact that a vehicle is “close to the border,” is “from out of the area,” or “appears to be heavily laden.” Such broad categories make many people having nothing to do with, say, illegal immigration or illegal drugs, subjectable to Border Patrol harassment. The list even includes two contradictory facts that together could justify stopping just about any vehicle: A stop can be based on people inside the vehicle either avoiding looking a Border Patrol agent or “paying undue attention to the agent’s presence.”

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Ron Paul: The Warmongering in DC is Bipartisan http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/january/11/ron-paul-the-warmongering-in-dc-is-bipartisan/
Watch the complete report, in which Paul also recommends that President Donald Trump fire National Security Advisor John Bolton, here:



For more analysis of the rise in pro-war sentiment among Democrats, from the “Democratic policy elite in Washington” to Democratic voters across America, read Glenn Greenwald’s Friday The Intercept article “As Democratic Elites Reunite With Neocons, The Party’s Voters Are Becoming Far More Militaristic and Pro-War than Republicans.”]]>
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Ron Paul to President Trump and Congress: Don’t Fence — or Wall — Us In Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/january/08/ron-paul-to-president-trump-and-congress-don-t-fence-or-wall-us-in/ spoke passionately from the debate stage against the US government having a fence at the US-Mexico border. “I think this fence business,” said Paul at a debate held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, “is designed, and may well be used, against us and keep us in.” “In economic turmoil, the people want to leave with their capital and there’s capital controls and there’s people control,” continued Paul, “so, every time you think of a fence keeping all those bad people out, think about those fences maybe being used against us.”

With President Donald Trump saying the United States government will remain partially shut down until Congress delivers to him money to pay for wall building at the US-Mexico border, Paul has again been asked about his thoughts regarding such a wall or fence, this time in a Tuesday CNBC television interview. Again, Paul offered a strong rebuke of the idea, with an emphasis on the potential of the barrier — be it a fence or a wall — being used against Americans.

Paul declares in the Tuesday interview, much like he did on the debate stage years earlier, “I don’t want to wall people in, and I don’t want to wall people out.” Instead of a wall, Paul proposes, to deal with immigration concerns, removing both welfare incentives and an “easy road to citizenship” for people who come to America.

Watch Paul’s wall comments in the CNBC interview here:



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Fed Up WikiLeaks Emails Media List of 140 ‘False and Defamatory’ Claims Not To Report as True Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/january/07/fed-up-wikileaks-emails-media-list-of-140-false-and-defamatory-claims-not-to-report-as-true/

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have not just been targeted by the United States government in response to their publishing of US government secrets. They have also been subjected to false reporting in the media.

In an email sent to media organizations on Sunday, WikiLeaks details that, due to “a pervasive climate of inaccurate claims about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, including purposeful fabrications planted in large and otherwise ‘reputable’ media outlets,” Wikileaks is providing in the email a list of false and defamatory claims about WikiLeaks and Assange for journalists and publishers “to ensure they do not spread and have not spread falsehoods about WikiLeaks or Julian Assange.” A Reuters report counts a total of 140 items in the email’s “Defamation List.”

The email, which is marked at its beginning as a “confidential legal communication” and “not for publication,” has been posted online — something people associated with WikiLeaks, which specializes in publishing information sought to be kept secret, would seem likely to have anticipated.

Included in the email’s Defamation List are claims you may have seen in multiple media reports regarding WikiLeaks or Assange. The list advises that it is “false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange is, or has ever been,” for example, “charged with an offence by the United Kingdom or Sweden” or “an agent or officer of any intelligence service.” Also declared “false and defamatory” are suggesting that Assange “has been accused by any person of raping them” or “has ever met or communicated with [former Donald Trump presidential campaign Chairman] Paul Manafort.”

The list also includes many “false and defamatory” suggestions in regard to and Assange and WikiLeaks together, including that either of them has ever “directed, conspired, or colluded in a criminal manner with its sources;” “colluded with or conspired with, or compromised the integrity of its journalism for, any political campaign or State;” or “suppressed materials critical of Israel, Russia or any other State.”

Notably, the email’s Defamation List also terms as “false and defamatory” claims denying the status of WikiLeaks as a media organization and Assange as an “editor, journalist, publisher, author and documentary maker.” Indeed, the email further notes that WikiLeaks and Assange have won awards for their journalistic efforts, as well as that WikiLeaks has “a perfect record of accurately verifying its publications.” Such information may be helpful in defending Assange and WikiLeaks against any charges in America, where journalists and media organizations have substantial basis for arguing they are protected from prosecution for publishing the secret government information they receive.

Read the WikiLeaks email, including links to supporting materials, here.
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Taxing and Regulating the Hell out of Marijuana in California Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/january/06/taxing-and-regulating-the-hell-out-of-marijuana-in-california/

A year into legal recreational marijuana sales in California, the volume of sales is far less than many people, and the state government, expected. The reason for low sales numbers is not that people stopped liking marijuana. The missing expected sales are still being made, but in the black market. Because “California is regulating and taxing the hell out of cannabis” in the legal market, it is hard “for legal suppliers to compete with the state's longstanding, extensive, and highly developed black market,” writes Jacob Sullum in a Friday Reason article.

Read here Sullum’s informative article exploring why the inclusion of restraints on market freedom has made recreational marijuana legalization a bit of a flop in California.]]>
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Paul Advice, Graham Reassured, American Influence, NH Marijuana, White Marchers Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/january/05/five-minutes-five-issues-paul-advice-graham-reassured-american-influence-nh-marijuana-white-marchers/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, 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.

Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin wrote last week about unnamed United States government officials telling him “frequent phone conversations” between President Donald Trump and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) “are having an outsize influence on the president’s recent foreign policy decisions,” including Trump’s decision to remove US military members from Syria. Rogin writes that “[h]awks such as Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.)” advising Trump is alright, but Trump following advice from Paul, who is inclined to recommend reducing US intervention overseas, is “dangerous for our national security.”

In response to Rogin’s editorial, Cato Institute Executive Vice President David Boaz wrote: “If Paul did in fact persuade the president to withdraw US troops from one of the seven military conflicts we’re currently engaged in, Bravo.” To Boaz’s comment I’ll add, hopefully Paul also persuades Trump to end all the military conflicts and to start no new ones.

Issue two.

It is heartening to hear President Trump announce all US troops will leave Syria. It is also smart to have a wait-and-see perspective. Will the promise be fulfilled? If troops are withdrawn, will other means of US intervention be used, from CIA agents to missile strikes to aid to insurgents? Wait and see.

One disturbing development is uber-interventionist Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who was originally very critical of Trump’s announcement, saying this week that the president “told me some things I didn’t know that made me feel a lot better about where we’re headed in Syria.” What makes Graham feel a lot better would likely have the opposite affect for supporters of nonintervention and peace.

Issue three.

Before retiring from the Army, Stanley McChrystal was as one of the nine successive US generals who oversaw the Afghanistan War. In that position, McChrystal pushed for a big increase in US troops for the war.

Asked Sunday by host Martha Raddatz at the ABC TV show This Week about President Trump’s announcement that US troops will be leaving Syria, McChrystal stated in-part, “If you pull American influence out, you’re likely to have greater instability and of course it’ll be much more difficult for the United States to try to push events in any direction.”

Let’s consider this comment in two parts. First, McChrystal asserts that “American influence,” largely military force, creates stability. However, both Iraq and Afghanistan are much more instable after many years of such American influence. Second, making it “much more difficult for the United States to try to push events in any direction” is, in fact, desirable. The US government trying to dictate what happens in Afghanistan, Iraq, et cetera created America’s expansive and destructive foreign intervention morass.

Issue four.

Recreational marijuana legalization appears likely to occur in several states in 2019 via state legislature-passed and governor-approved legislation. Vermont, last year, was the first state to legalize this way instead of by a voters-approved ballot measure.

Also in 2019, the first state may legalize recreational marijuana via a legislature overriding a governor’s veto. New Hampshire Governor Chris Sonunu has said he would veto any legalization bill. However, Naomi Martin reported last week at the Boston Globe that state House of Representatives Speaker Steve Shurtleff believes there is sufficient support for legalization in the state House and Senate to override a veto.

All New Hampshire’s neighbors — Canada, plus Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont — have legalized recreational marijuana.

Issue five.

You have probably heard of universities adopting racial quotas and racial preferences for student admissions and businesses adopting such for hiring and promoting employees.

Political demonstrations can also have racial quotas. Marissa Papanek reported last week at KRCR-TV that organizers of the annual Women’s March in Eureka, California decided to cancel the event scheduled for January 19. In a press release, the local march organizers offer this reason for the cancelation: “Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community.”

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Hey Mitt Romney: Autocracy, Corruption, and Brutality Are Hallmarks of US World Leadership Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/january/02/hey-mitt-romney-autocracy-corruption-and-brutality-are-hallmarks-of-us-world-leadership/

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee who will be sworn in as a United States Senate member from Utah on Thursday, wrote a Tuesday Washington Post editorial very critical of President Donald Trump. Romney warns in his anti-Trump torrent, “The alternative to US world leadership offered by China and Russia is autocratic, corrupt and brutal."

Hold on and think about that for a moment.

If Romney’s supposition is correct, then the alternative to US world leadership is much like US world leadership. You need look no further than US wars in the last few decades, from Korea and Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq, to see that autocracy, corruption, and brutality are hallmarks of US world leadership.
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President Trump’s Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Says Do Not Prosecute Julian Assange Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/january/01/president-trump-s-lawyer-rudy-giuliani-says-do-not-prosecute-julian-assange/
Here is Giuliani’s discussion of the matter in the interview:
It’s a First Amendment issue, right? It isn’t stolen property. I mean, it is stolen property, but it has a different nature when it’s information. So, let’s take the Pentagon Papers. The Pentagon Papers were stolen property, weren’t they? They were stolen from the Pentagon — given to the New York Times and the Washington Post. Nobody went to jail in the New York Times and the Washington Post. We’ve had revelations during the [George W.] Bush administration — Abu Ghraib, all of that. It’s stolen property, taken from the government against the law. Once it gets to a media publication, they can publish it. They can publish it for the purpose of informing people. You can’t put Assange in a different position than that. He was a guy that communicated. We may not like what he communicates, but he was a media facility, he was putting that information out. Every newspaper, station grabbed it and published it.
Watch Giuliani’s complete interview here:



Giuliani’s reasoning in the interview is similar to the reasoning New York Times Deputy General Counsel David McCraw offered when he told judges at the US Ninth Circuit’s annual judicial conference in July that he thought Assange is “sort of in a classic publisher’s position” and that “the law would have a very hard time drawing a distinction between The New York Times and WikiLeaks.”

Hopefully, the president will hear this sound, liberty-advancing reasoning, whether from Giuliani or someone else, and make a public and binding assurance that the US government will not seek the arrest, prosecution, or punishment of Assange.]]>
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Leaving Syria: Will Trump Hold Fast? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/december/31/leaving-syria-will-trump-hold-fast/
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Ron Paul: Trump Presidency is a ‘Mixed Bag’ Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/december/28/ron-paul-trump-presidency-is-a-mixed-bag/ Donald Trump’s presidency is a “mixed bag.” That is the assessment of libertarian communicator and former presidential candidate Ron Paul in a recent interview with Larry King at King’s Ora TV show Politicking.

Asked by King what he thinks overall about the Trump presidency, Paul says he cannot praise Trump as a libertarian or condemn him as a “socialist-authoritarian.” So what then is Trump’s political philosophy? “I can’t figure him out,” declares Paul regarding Trump, who Paul says does not appear to be “worried about following a consistent pattern.” With Trump’s political views being rather indecipherable, his presidency, concludes Paul, is a “mixed bag.”

In contrast to Trump’s approach to government, Paul discusses in the interview the libertarian approach. “Libertarians don’t intervene other than [for] the protection of liberty,” Paul explains. While Trump intervenes here and there, sometimes in line with conservatives and sometimes in line with liberals, Paul says a libertarian would follow clear guidelines: “Stay out of the business of regulating the economy; stay out of the business of telling how people should live; stay out of the business of telling other countries how they should run their countries.”

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