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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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RPI Director Interviewed in RIA Novosti (Russia)

Russian media interview with RPI Director Daniel McAdams on US foreign policy. RPI has several hundred readers in Russia according to Google Analytics. In the interview, McAdams discusses US interventionism in the "color revolutions" and "Arab spring" phenomena. Russian speakers can read the interview here.
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Greenwald Previews New Blockbuster NSA Story

Guardian newspaper journalist Glenn Greenwald appeared on ABC News "This Week" program yesterday to preview a story he will be publishing this week on just how widespread is the NSA spying on Americans. His revelations may shock you.
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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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Chilling Development: NSA Takes on Amash Amendment

The Huffington Post reports today that NSA director General Keith Alexander called an emergency Top Secret/SCI-level meeting on Capitol Hill to urge Members to vote against Rep. Justin Amash's (R-MI) amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill which would end blanket collection authority under the Patriot Act and stop the NSA and other agencies "from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records, including telephone call records, that pertain to persons who are not subject to an investigation under Section 215."
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Navalny Reporting Shows Western Media Clueless on Russia

Ron Paul Institute Academic Board Member John Laughland appeared on France 24 recently to discuss the Alexei Navalny trial in Russia. Dr. Laughland was outnumbered on the panel, but his main point was that the Western mainstream media continues to completely misunderstand and mis-report events in Russia. In the vast majority, the US and European media continues to report on Russia as if it were still 1991 -- or earlier.

Watch this very interesting and confrontational segment here:

Part One
Part Two
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Who Needs Prison Time: Greenwald or Hayden?

Former director of the CIA and NSA, General Michael Hayden, oversaw the early construction of the NSA's warrantless wiretapping database of the telephone conversations of American citizens. He demonstrated his ignorance by arguing in a 2006 interview that the 4th Amendment of the Constitution did not mention "probable cause." While Director of Central Intelligence he fought for a new rules of engagement for US drone operators that allowed them to shoot at vehicles based solely on the behavior of the drivers rather than any suspected association with terrorism. It is not known how many innocent people were murdered based on Hayden's directions.
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