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After US Bombers Wipe Out Syrian Village, US Will Investigate Itself

Just days after what looks to have been a terror attack in San Bernardino, it is worth remembering that while thankfully rare in the US, such attacks are commonplace in the countries the US seeks to "liberate." Just yesterday, in the Syrian village of al-Khan, US bombers wiped out at least 36 civilians as they hit the center of the village.
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Sometimes the Only Thing to Do is Nothing

When libertarians (or simply people with common sense) argue against proposals to solve a certain class of perceived problems (e.g., mass murders by odd-ball lunatics or crazed zealots) by imposing more stringent government controls, closer surveillance, and so forth, the proponents often reply: well, if you don't think my idea for government action will work, what do you propose instead to solve the problem? They are never happy when told that a better idea is to do nothing to solve it.
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Searching for the ‘Lone Wolf’

The post incident analysis of events in San Bernardino is quite amazing to behold. Rather than admit that so-called terrorists might just be products of Washington’s follies overseas, the American media, government and chattering class all seem to be in search of new labels to explain away their inability to understand, anticipate and possibly even stop terrorist attacks. 

Today’s spin is that we are now going through a phase of “lone wolf,” which is an insult to wolves everywhere, though one quickly discovers that “lone wolf” is somewhat interchangeable with another heavyweight academic concept called “leaderless resistance.” By alleging that there is a new type of enemy out there operating under a couple of serious sounding labels requiring adjustments in counter-terrorist procedures it is possible for those in charge to avoid any blame for innocent civilians being massacred.
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Asset Forfeiture and Police Corruption

The Alabama Justice Project recently accused a state police department of systematic corruption. They claim around a dozen members of a police narcotics team planted drugs, weapons, and other evidence against black suspects. Moreover, it’s been alleged that the district attorney covered up these crimes.

The documents they published show that, beginning in 1996, the Dothan Police Department received its first complaints regarding false evidence. Complaints were filed by a group of officers in 1998. By late 1999, more than 12 officers had complaints lodged again them for planting evidence.
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Dennis Kucinich: ‘Stay Tuned’ … ‘I’ll Probably Be Back in Elected Office’

Last year there was speculation that Dennis Kucinich would run for governor of Ohio, the state from which he served eight terms as a Democratic member of the US House of Representatives and in which he served previously as a state senator, Cleveland mayor, and Cleveland city council member. That governor run did not materialize. But, in a new interview with Truthdig Editor-In Chief Robert Scheer, Kucinich says he thinks he “will probably be back in elected office” in the future. “Stay tuned” is what Kucinich tells people wondering what he will do next.
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Judge Andrew Napolitano: A ‘Farce’ to Say Mass Surveillance Ended; ‘Nothing Has Changed’

Judge Andrew Napolitano has followed up on his recent declaration at Fox News that the United States government can continue to conduct mass surveillance despite the expiration this week of PATRIOT Act Section 215 authority. Interview by Kennedy at Fox Business, Napolitano declares that, while “politicians who are in favor of destroying privacy would have you believe” that the mass surveillance program has ended, “the reality is there’s another section of the PATRIOT Act and there’s a President George W. Bush executive order, both still intact, both of which permit the collection of bulk metadata.”
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Despite What You May Have Heard, Mass Surveillance Continues

Many news reports are heralding that the expiration this week of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act authority has ended the United States government’s mass surveillance program. Meanwhile, in a Fox News interview, Judge Andrew Napolitano throws cold water on such claims.

Napolitano bluntly declares that the expiration of Section 215 authorization in no way prevents the US government from continuing its mass surveillance program. Napolitano explains that the National Security Agency (NSA) can continue to “gather phone calls, transcripts of phone calls, transcripts of emails, in real time” from all or nearly all Americans irrespective of the expiration of Section 215 authorization.
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UAE Sends ‘Blackwater’ Colombian Mercenaries to Yemen

So file this one under “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” subcategory, “Everything.”

American ally the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has dispatched hundreds of Colombian mercenaries to Yemen to fight in that country’s raging conflict, adding a volatile new element in a complex proxy war that has drawn in the United States and Iran, reports the New York Times.
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President Ventura?

May former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura announce in March his candidacy for president of the United States? According to a new discussion of Ventura and Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst and former New Jersey Judge Andrew Napolitano on Ora TV, Ventura’s decision regarding a presidential run will largely depend on what happens in the early primaries and caucuses of the Republican and Democratic Parties.

Talk of a potential Ventura presidential run arose from Ventura and Napolitano’s discussion of their agreement, as Napolitano states, that “these wars that we have been involved in and the ones that are contemplated are profoundly unjust, immoral, and unlawful” as well as their mutual admiration for War is a Racket author General Smedley Bulter.
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US Census Bureau Has Your Ticket to Internment Camp

Beware the United States Census Bureau. While it may seem innocuous, this government agency, which asks Americans questions and publishes demographic statistics, can quickly be turned into an instrument for mass rights abuse.

James Bovard warns in his Monday USA Today column that, should the US government pursue a “mass roundup of unpopular minorities,” the Census Bureau will likely “serve up the names and addresses on a silver platter.” After all, that is just what Bovard explains the bureau did in the 1940s to aid the US military in rounding up Japanese Americans for internment camps.
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