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RPI Board Members Speak Out Against US Attack on Syria

RPI Advisory Board Members Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. and former Rep. Dennis Kucinich are speaking out in opposition to a US military attack on Syria.

US Rep. Duncan, in a television interview in his home state of Tennessee, engages the issue with clear, straightforward comments as he often engages legislation on the House of Representatives floor. Among other comments in the short interview, Duncan notes that "We don't need to be getting involved in a civil war in Syria. We don't have a vital national interest over there," and "We seemingly are almost in a state of permanent war, and I don't believe that our people want us to be in a state of permanent war, and I don't believe we can afford it."
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NYPD Muslim Surveillance and Mosque Infiltration Exposed

On the heels of a court deciding the New York City police department's stop-and-frisk program violates constitutional search and seizure limitations, the Associated Press reports the NYPD has for years engaged in the infiltration of mosques and and the large-scale, dragnet surveillance of Muslims. It appears this Muslim surveillance program, like the stop-and-frisk program, does not require a credible determination of probable cause that the people targeted are engaged in unlawful activities. The AP story begins with the following revelation of the scope of the surveillance program:
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For the Back to School List—Military Recruiter Opt Out Form

While shopping for pens, notebooks, or a backpack, don't forget to consider adding one more item to your back to school list—a military recruiter opt out form. All government school systems and most private schools that receive education funding from the United Stated government are required to provide to military recruiters high school students' names, addresses, and telephone numbers, plus any additional information about the students provided to colleges or prospective employers. The only way to prevent the sharing of this information is for a student or parent to opt out of the disclosure.
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John Whitehead and Lew Rockwell Discuss the Electronic Concentration Camp

Listen here to an enlightening—and frightening—discussion between Rutherford Institute President John W. Whitehead and RPI Advisory Board Member Lew Rockwell. In the 15 minutes discussion, Whitehead backs with evidence his claim that Americans are living in an "electronic concentration camp."

As Whitehead says in the interview, "Education precedes action." For more education, read here Whitehead's articles featured on the RPI website.
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Hundreds Protest NH Police Chief's Tank Request

The Concord Monitor reports that hundreds of people came to the Concord, New Hampshire city council meeting Monday night to protest Concord Police Chief John Duval's ongoing effort to obtain a Lenco BearCat G3 armored vehicle for the town's police department.

BearCat opposition at the meeting was overwhelming. The Concord Monitor notes that most of the dozens of people speaking during two hours of public testimony opposed acquisition of the tank-like armored vehicle, while outside hundreds of people, including Free State Project and Occupy New Hampshire supporters, "played drums, chanted and held signs identifying themselves as citizens, neighbors and taxpayers." To justify the need for the armored vehicle, Duval's initial grant application suggested Free State Project and Occupy New Hampshire supporters are terrorists.”
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Washington Gay Policy Push Counterproductive in Russia

Americans upset over a new Russian law banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors" should think twice before calling on the United States government to help their cause. That is the message of Stephen F. Cohen, a professor emeritus of Russian studies at New York University and Princeton University who expresses sympathy with gay rights movements but skepticism of US government action to advance such movements in Russia. As a guest on National Public Radio's Diane Rehm Show on Monday, Cohen made astute comments regarding the situation. Here is my transcription of Cohen's comments, which you can hear him present in the discussion that starts at 33:40 in the show:
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NH Police Chief: I Need Tanks to Fight the Free State Project!

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Mother Jones reports that Concord, NH Police Chief John Duval has backed off his outlandish suggestion that his police department needs a Lenco Bearcat G3 to fend off the terrorism threat posed by the Free State Project and Occupy New Hampshire. Duval had made the claim in his application for a $250,000-plus grant to purchase the armored vehicle that Free State Project President Carla Gericke simply calls a tank.

Of course, Duval still wants his Bearcat nonetheless—even if he does have to amend his application. You see, several other New Hampshire police departments already have the armored vehicle, the Bearcat looks really neat in the advert video with AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" playing. And, somebody else is willing to pay for it! Nothing moves the demand curve like “it’s free”.
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James Comey Won't Improve the FBI

Expect business as usual at the FBI after Monday’s Senate confirmation of James B. Comey, Jr. to be the Bureau's new director. Comey had previously served as George W. Bush’s Deputy Attorney General. Every indication is that Comey will lead the FBI in the same trajectory it has traveled under Director Robert S. Mueller's leadership since September 2001—a trajectory the American Civil Liberties Union outlines as dangerous to liberty in the succinct report "The Ten Most Disturbing Things You Should Know About the FBI Since 9/11."
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The Rise of SWAT

In a KERA Radio interview this week, investigative reporter Radley Balko provides an informative overview of the the history of police SWAT teams in the United States. Balko addresses factors that have contributed to the rise of SWAT including the war on drugs, civil asset forfeiture, joint task forces, and the providing of US government grants and surplus military equipment to state and local police.
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DC Politics Commentators Express High Expectations for Ron Paul Channel

DC politics commentators are expressing high expectations for Ron Paul Institute Chairman and Founder Ron Paul's next project, the Ron Paul Channel. In The Hill, Brent Budowsky predicts the Ron Paul Channel will be "a very huge hit" through which "Paul will make a profound contribution to American and even global discourse." Meanwhile, at the Washington Times, Jennifer Harper writes regarding the new channel that Paul "has become a media mogul of sorts" who "is tapping into the vast audience disenchanted by news coverage tainted with partisan bias and tabloid flourishes."
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