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Small Victory: Decades-Old Database of Nevada Handgun Owners to be Destroyed

In this age of mass surveillance, it is uncommon to hear of the destroying of a government’s surveillance database — even if in just one American county. Yet, that is what the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is preparing to do.

As required by Senate Bill 175 that the Nevada governor signed into law on June 2, the police department appears set to destroy, within a year, all physical and digital records of handgun owners that the police department has accumulated under a Clark County registration requirement implemented in 1948.
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US Joint Chief Dempsey to Israel: We Will Defend You

The United States is more than $18 trillion dollars in debt, but like a teenager with a credit card it continues to take on financial obligations seemingly without a care in the world. Maintaining a world empire requires the US to hemorrhage wealth to defend its dominant position against any real or perceived upstart nation-threat. Even if that "threat" comes from the world's second largest economy, China, it seems.

Last month President Obama promised to put the US military at the disposal of the despotic, head-chopping Saudi regime. As the Saudi-Iranian cold war heats up, this commitment if honored could run up incalculable costs in dollars and American lives. The US already backs Saudi aggression against Yemen and the Saudi financing of al-Qaeda and ISIS to take down Assad in Syria. Will the US join in a potential global war that may emerge from a Shia-Sunni conflagration?
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Judge Napolitano: Prosecute ‘Hothead’ McKinney Pool Party Cop

The resignation on Tuesday of McKinney, Texas policeman Eric Casebolt after the widespread viewing of a video showing Casebolt drawing his gun and brutalizing a teenager outside a pool party may not be enough to bring justice, suggests Judge Andrew Napolitano. Napolitano, in a Fox Business interview, argues that it would be proper to prosecute Casebolt.
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Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Campaign

When thinking about the protection of human rights, Saudi Arabia doesn't immediately come to mind. After all, this year the Saudis are on course to break their own record of 87 decapitations in 2014. It is only June and the Saudi leaders have already chopped off their 84th head. Religious apostasy is a leading offense resulting in decapitation and last year half of all such killings were carried out for non-lethal offenses. According to a news report last year, bringing Christian bibles into the country is considered a capital offense.
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CIA Director: Blowback is Real

CIA Director John Brennan is not known as a big defender of the Constitution. He is regarded as a chief proponent of the CIA's torture program and as " Obama's drone warrior ." He also  lied > to the American people with claims that not "a single collateral death" occurred in the CIA's drone program because of the "exceptional proficiency [and] precision" of the targeting.  

However even a professional obfuscator can sometimes inadvertently reveal some of the truth. As reported in the Intercept , in a recent appearance on "Face the Nation" the CIA boss admitted that US foreign policy can feed terrorism.
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Judge Napolitano: Why the NSA Loves the USA FREEDOM Act

Why did the National Security Agency (NSA) dispatch hundreds of agents to the US Congress to lobby for the USA FREEDOM Act if the legislation would, as many of the bill’s advocates in the Congress assert, greatly restrain the US government’s mass surveillance program? Judge Andrew Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst at Fox News, answers in a new video commentary that the NSA lobbied for the USA FREEDOM Act because the bill actually provides absolutely no “savings of civil liberties” and does not in any way change the “volume or nature” of the information the US government obtains via mass surveillance.
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Here We Go: FBI Probes Awarding of Russia World Cup

The FBI is investigating how Russia and Qatar were awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments as part of its expanding probe into corruption at Fifa, people with knowledge of the investigation said, reports FT.

In Moscow Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian president Vladimir Putin, refused to respond to threats of stripping the country of the tournament. “The main thing is that Russia continues its preparations for the 2018 World Cup. All the plans are being implemented and the work is being carried out.”
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Walter Jones Targeted by Neocons

If the neocons hate you, it’s a good character reference. And they want to destroy Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC).  Why? Because after supporting Bush II’s aggression against Iraq, and even renaming French fries “freedom fries”–the French being insufficiently warlike–Walter did something almost unheard of among politicians. He examined the horror and evil of the war, and changed his mind. Sometimes politicians change their minds, though it’s unusual. But to change it in a way that is politically damaging? There is an honest man. 

Walter has become an eloquent spokesman on war and other forms of tyranny, and even changed his mind on weapons welfare for Israel. So Boehner targeted him as well, tossing him off the financial services committee. The neocons primaried him last time with vast dough, and he won, though by a small margin. Now they are recruiting a life-long Army bureaucrat and war-wronger. But Walter’s previous opponent may run, too, which would be great; two war-lovers vs. a man of peace. I can’t wait to see the neocons stamp their handmade shoes again in anger and frustration.
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US Gives ISIS a Billion Dollars In Mosul

Whenever there is a problem anywhere in the world, the first thing US lawmakers and Beltway foreign policy experts do is urge the US to send weapons. Libyan "freedom fighters" want to overthrow Gaddafi? Send weapons. Eastern Ukraine wants to break away from US-backed government in Kiev? Send Kiev weapons. Jihadists want to overthrow Assad in Syria? Send them weapons. Kurds promise to fight ISIS in Iraq? Send weapons

The track record of such a policy is obvious for all to see. If anyone is still confused, ask a Libyan or a Syrian Christian about it. Yet the failed approach continues to be the cornerstone of US foreign policy.
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Speaker John Boehner’s Endless Excuses for Blocking an ISIS War Debate and Vote

US Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) is like the fellow you ask over for dinner time and again who always has a reason to decline the invitation. He says, in turn, that he has to work late, has to deal with a family emergency, needs to feed the neighbor’s cat, and is too tired. The excuses pile up, and you finally get the message: The guy won’t come over, but he lacks the backbone to just say “no.”

For nearly a year, Boehner has been proclaiming his desire for the House to debate and vote on the Islamic State (ISIS) War that the executive branch has been pursuing. But, instead of scheduling a vote, something the House Republican leadership does regularly for all kinds of legislation, Boehner keeps coming up with new excuses for letting the war proceed without any House consideration.
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