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Orlando: The New 9/11?

Ron Paul Jun 20, 2016

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Last week America was rocked by the cold-blooded murder of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Unlike the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Orlando shooter appears to be a lone gunman who, while claiming allegiance to ISIS, was not actually working with a terrorist group. About the only thing Orlando has in common with 9/11 is the way power-hungry politicians and federal officials wasted no time using it to justify expanding government and restricting liberty.

Immediately following the shooting, we began to hear renewed calls for increased government surveillance of Muslims, including spying on Muslim religious services. Although the Orlando shooter was born in the US, some are using the shooting to renew the debate over Muslim immigration. While the government certainly should prevent terrorists from entering the country, singling out individuals for government surveillance and other violations of their rights because of religious faith violates the First Amendment and establishes a dangerous precedent that will be used against other groups. In addition, scapegoating all Muslims because of the act of one deranged individual strengthens groups like ISIS by making it appear that the US government is at war with Islam.
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The Brexit Vote - What Does it Mean?

Paul Craig Roberts Jun 24, 2016

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What does it mean?

Hopefully, a breakup of the EU and NATO and, thereby, the avoidance of World War III.

The EU and NATO are evil institutions. These two institutions are mechanisms created by Washington in order to destroy the sovereignty of European peoples. These two institutions give Washington control over the Western world and serve both as cover and enabler of Washington’s aggression. Without the EU and NATO, Washington could not force Europe and the UK into conflict with Russia, and Washington could not have destroyed seven Muslim countries in 15 years without being isolated as a hated war criminal government, no member of whom could have travelled abroad without being arrested and put on trial.

Clearly, the presstitute media lied about the polls in order to discourage the leave vote. But it did not work. The British people have always been the font of liberty. It was the the historic achievements of the British that transformed law into a shield of the people from a weapon in the hands of the state and gave accountable government to the world. The British, or a majority of them, understood that the EU is a dictatorial governing mechanism in which power is in the hands of unaccountable people and in which law can easily be used as a weapon in the hands of unaccountable government.
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Do We Really Want War With Russia?

Eric Margolis Jun 25, 2016

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War with Russia appears increasingly likely as the US and its NATO satraps continue their military provocations of Moscow.

As dangers mount, our foolish politicians should all be forced to read, and then re-read, Prof. Christopher Clark’s magisterial book, ‘The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914.’ What is past increasingly appears prologue.

Prof. Clark carefully details how small cabals of anti-German senior officials in France, Britain and Russia engineered World War I, a dire conflict that was unnecessary, idiotic, and illogical. Germany and Austria-Hungary of course share some the blame, but to a much lesser degree than the bellicose French, Serbs, Russians and British.

We are seeing the same process at work today. The war party in Washington, backed by the military-industrial complex, the tame media, and the neocons, are agitating hard for war.
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'Peace and Prosperity 2016' Update: Tickets Selling Fast

Just over a week after tickets went on sale at a super early bird rate, we are happy to report that the room is already filling up. So don't delay: Join Ron Paul and the Ron Paul Institute on Saturday, September 10th, for a one of a kind event making an uncompromising case for a foreign policy of peace and non-intervention. Come visit with Ron Paul, the Institute for Peace and Prosperity, and our close collaborators, as we challenge the warfare state in its own backyard. 

Here's a conference update from Ron Paul and RPI Director Daniel McAdams:

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Five Minutes Five Issues: House Sit-In, Naloxone, Pulse Deaths, Michèle Flournoy, RPI Conference
A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Thursday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.
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Chaos In Congress: Are Guns The Issue?
House Democrats held an unprecedented "sit-in" on the House Floor last night, protesting not being able to vote on new gun restriction measures. House Republicans nearly came to blows with their counterparts, as many of them blame recent gun violence on "radical Islam." Legislation to prohibit anyone on the "terror watch list" from purchasing a firearm was already defeated (for now) in the Senate this week, but House Democrats want their own vote on the measure. Both sides miss the real point, however. Neither will consider the real cause of the violence and therefore both sides seek harmful solutions. More on these dramatic events in today's Liberty Report...
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Israeli Intel Chief: We Don’t Want ISIS Defeated in Syria
In a speech at the Herzliya Conference, Israel’s military intelligence chief, Major General Herzi Halevy, took Israel’s long-standing position that it “prefers ISIS” over the Syrian government to a whole ‘nother level, declaring openly that Israel does not want to see ISIS defeated in the war.
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Clinton Foundation Hack: Amazing Revelations
The recent hack into the computers of the Clinton Foundation has revealed tens of millions of foreign government dollars sent in "donations" while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. Could the millions in Saudi donations have influenced Hillary's Middle East foreign policy? Will we ever know? Is this all an acceptable way to conduct foreign policy? More today in the Liberty Report...
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Ron Paul Speaks Up for Individual Rights on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal
In the last three minutes of his 45-minute Tuesday interview on the C-SPAN Washington Journal call-in show, Ron Paul Institute Chairman Ron Paul made a brief and resolute statement regarding individual rights. The statement underlies much of Paul’s discussion during the program of matters ranging from the United States governments’ foreign interventions to the Federal Reserve to search and seizure abuses.
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