Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement Reply

Article by Paul Gottfried.

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A book of mine, Leo Strauss and Conservative Movement in America: A Critical Appraisal,is about to come out with Cambridge University Press; and it has a special connection to the Mises Institute. Much of the critical thrust comes from attending conferences sponsored by the Mises Institute and from getting to know my fellow- participants and their writings. Although I harbored strong doubts about my latest subjects even before these encounters, my conversations with David Gordon, Murray Rothbard, Robert Higgs and Thomas DiLorenzo and later, discovering Mises’s comments about Strass gave additional substance to my suspicions. My project became a way of calling attention to a significant body of criticism that the liberal-neoconservative press and most scholarly organizations wouldn’t deign to present. I was upset in particular by the inability of David Gordon (and Lew Rockwell) to find a suitable publisher for a long, incisive work that David had produced about Harry Jaffa’s reading of American history. It was one of the most cerebral “value critiques” by a living thinker that I had seen.

Why, asks David, should Jaffa, a cult figure who is wined and dined by GOP benefactors, be immune from the type of assessment that other authors of scholarly works should have to accept? Why do Straussians like Jaffa, Allan Bloom, Thomas Pangle, and Charles Kesler achieve canonical status as “conservative” thinkers without having their ideas rigorously examined in widely accessible forums? It seems that the only appraisals such figures have to deal with are puff pieces in neoconservative publications and the scribbling of inflamed leftists attacking them as rightwing extremists.

 

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More Useful Idiocy from the 53 Percenters Reply

Article by Kevin Carson.

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There’s some good in the Tea Party, but as far as I can see no good in the 53% movement at all. The Tea Partiers — some of them, some of the time — talk as if the Wall Street banksters were at least part of the enemy, and some of them at least pay lip service to opposing corporatism. Despite the movement having been so heavily coopted and bought out by Dick Armey and Rick Scott, there’s still some genuine populist outrage at the plutocracy — some “there” there.

The 53%’s defining feature, on the other hand, is its explicit indemnification of the plutocracts of any blame for average Americans’ current economic pain: “I don’t blame Wall Street.” The whole theme of the movement is that people who complain about corporate power and concentrated wealth are just a bunch of whiners — the word “whining” is right there in their sidebar. It’s positively painful to watch 53 percenters embarrass themselves with their lickspittle sycophancy toward the super-rich. What do they expect? A doggie biscuit?

Take, for instance, a letter to the editor in Sunday’s newspaper. It describes Occupy Wall Street as a “sweeping movement … protesting against those that have earned but won’t give to those who haven’t.” Other recurring talking points that appeared in the letter were “something for nothing,” “entitlement mindset,” and “nothing is free but comes through hard work.”  Finally, the author announces himself as “the 53 percent. The ones who actually pay taxes.”

Where do we start?

What Occupy Wall Street protests is the fact that so much wealth has been concentrated in the hands of those who haven’t earned it. The income of the CEOs and banksters who ran the economy into the ground has exploded by several hundred percent, while the wealth of those who’ve done the “hard work” has remained stagnant for forty years. The “entitlement mindset” of the one percent, of the one-tenth of one percent, comes through loud and clear every time you see one of their shills on the CNBC business shows or read the Wall Street Journal editorial page.

The author of that letter may consider himself a defender of “rugged individualism” and “free enterprise,” but in fact corporate capitalism is about as far as you can get — short of Stalin or Pol Pot — from genuine free enterprise.

Never mind, for the moment, prior stuff like the Enclosures, the slave trade, and all the other assorted atrocities on which historic capitalism — as opposed to a free market — was founded. For the past 150 years, we’ve had a corporate economy defined by the marriage of big business to big government. And the main function of big government in that system has been to protect the 1% from the market, and guarantee they keep right on getting something for nothing.

At least the writer didn’t use the “take a bath” witticism so common to his ilk. Every time I see someone drag out that one, I think of a quote from C.S. Lewis: “The greatest evil … is conceived and ordered … in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice.”

And let me tell you something about the 47% who allegedly don’t pay taxes, Mr. 53%. If you’ve worked for wages or a salary any time since the ’80s, you paid a greatly increased Social Security payroll tax — the most regressive tax there is — whose only real effect was to conceal the nominal deficit and offset tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.

As politicians today are the first to tell you, all that SS surplus that went into the “trust fund” over the past twenty-odd years is represented by nothing but U.S. government bonds that can only be repaid by raising additional revenue somewhere. It’s a stack of IOUs. So, they’ll gleefully tell you, the only realistic response is to raise the retirement age and write off all that extra payroll tax we paid as bad debt.

So what happened, essentially, was a shift of the tax burden from millionaires and onto the backs of people paying payroll taxes. And it happened to a heckuva lot more than 53% of the population.

So write that on your little sheet of notebook paper and post it at “We Are The 53%,” you pathetic useful fool. Maybe your master will give you a pat on the head.

C4SS Research Associate Kevin Carson is a contemporary mutualist author and individualist anarchist whose written work includes Studies in Mutualist Political EconomyOrganization Theory: A Libertarian Perspective, andThe Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead Manifesto, all of which are freely available online. Carson has also written for such print publications as The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty and a variety of internet-based journals and blogs, including Just Things, The Art of the Possible, the P2P Foundation and his own Mutualist Blog.

Regulated to Death 4

Article by Mo Karn.

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Shockoe Bottom, despite big plans to transform the area into a creative arts and culture district, continues to make news for violence outside of nightclubs. On Oct. 8, Justin R. Morgan was shot in the face and killed outside of Have a Nice Day Café, just the latest in a string of high-profile killings in the area.

In the spotlight of this shooting and other recent violence, Mayor Dwight Jones continues to use such tragedies to increase local regulations on area nightclubs. His solution to the problem is to beef up Richmond’s ridiculous and puritanical dance-hall ordinance in the hope that this will somehow curtail violence.

Dancing has no connection to violence in the streets. The public dance hall ordinance requires businesses to pay a yearly fee, hire security and off-duty police officers if more than 10 percent of the club’s floor space is used for dancing. Passed a year ago, the law simply requires businesses to spend more money, and do more paperwork, to continue doing the same things they’ve been doing for years.

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Irish frozen out of a new green card bill in Congress Reply

Article by Niall O’Dowd.

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A green card bill that will be a bonanza for Indian, Chinese, Latino and Filipino immigrants is making its way through Congress and has passed the House of Representatives.

It will have the impact of  denying green cards to other countries, including Ireland,as a new quota will give more to the countries listed above.

This is from The New York Times last week: “The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill that tweaks the visa system to allow more highly skilled immigrants from India and China to become legal permanent residents.

“The legislation also includes a measure that will more than double the green cards based on family ties available for Mexicans and Filipinos, the two national groups facing the longest backlogs on the family side of the system. It raises the country limit for 226,000 family green cards each year to 15 percent from the current seven percent.

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Babbitt resigns as FAA chief after weekend arrest Reply

From CNN.

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In a statement, Randy Babbitt said he didn't want to
In a statement, Randy Babbitt said he didn’t want to “cast a shadow” on the work of colleagues at the FAA.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: FAA head Randy Babbitt resigns after a weekend charge of drunk driving
  • NEW: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood accepts Babbitt’s resignation
  • Police allegedly saw Babbitt driving on the wrong side of the road

Washington (CNN) — Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned Tuesday, three days after he was arrested on a drunk driving charge near his suburban Washington home.

In a brief statement released to the media, Babbitt said he had submitted his resignation to his boss, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and that LaHood had accepted it.

Babbitt, 65, a former airline pilot and president of a major pilots’ union, said serving as FAA administrator had been “the highlight of my professional career,” adding, “But I am unwilling to let anything cast a shadow on the outstanding work done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by my colleagues at the FAA.”

His statement made no mention of his arrest, although it was clearly the event that precipitated his action.

Earlier in the day, Secretary LaHood told reporters he was “very disappointed” that he had learned about Babbitt’s Saturday night arrest only after the Fairfax City, Virginia, police department issued a news release about the incident.

In a statement released just minutes after Babbitt announced his resignation, LaHood called Babbitt a “dedicated public servant and outstanding leader.”

“I’m proud to say that we have the safest aviation system in the world, and thanks to Randy’s stewardship, it became safer and stronger,” LaHood said. “He worked tirelessly to improve relations with the labor community and bolstered employee engagement among his 49,000 colleagues at the FAA.”

Fairfax City police arrested Babbitt late Saturday night after they allegedly saw Babbitt driving on the wrong side of the road. The police put out a news release on Monday morning detailing the incident. Babbitt was alone in the car, and was cooperative, police said. He was released on personal recognizance, meaning no bail was required.

The police department said Babbitt failed a sobriety test, but they did not release the results of any blood-alcohol test.

On Monday, DOT officials appeared to be caught off-guard when the police department, in accordance with its policies, issued a news release saying Babbitt had been arrested. DOT officials Monday afternoon issued a statement saying that Babbitt had asked for a leave of absence, and it had been granted.

A court date for Babbitt has been set for February 2 in Virginia.

Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta is serving as acting administrator.

Mother Died Today or, Maybe, Yesterday Reply

Article by Tom Naylor.

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The euro is going down and will most likely take the 17 nation euro zone with it, if not the entire 27 nation European Union.  Or maybe it will be the other way around?  Does it really matter?

Having never recovered from the 2008 recession, the collapse of the euro will drive the U.S. economy deeper into the quagmire of more unemployment, negative economic growth, schizophrenic fiscal policy, Congressional gridlock, inflationary monetary policy, double-digit interest rates, and the rout of the dollar.  Is it possible that whatever the White House, the Congress, or the Fed may do will make not one whit of a difference?

To deflect public opinion away from their incompetence and corruption the White House, the Congress, the Fed, the European Central Bank, and all of the political leaders of Europe need an international scapegoat.  What could be better than a war against some unpopular rogue state such as Cuba, Iran, North Korea, or Venezuela whose leader is considered by many Americans to be demonic.

Enter Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bearing gifts for American and European political leaders. “Have I got a deal for you,” says Netanyahu.  “Why don’t NATO and its Arab allies take out the nuclear weapons program of the terrorist state of Iran?  It would divert the attention of the American and European people away from their economic woes.  Everyone (except the Iranians) would gain.”

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Arrest War Criminal George Bush! Reply

From American Front.

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Amnesty International has urged African nations to arrest former US President George W. Bush during his visit to the continent this month.

“International law requires that there be no safe haven for those responsible for torture; Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia must seize this opportunity to fulfill their obligations and end the impunity George W. Bush has so far enjoyed,” senior legal advisor for Amnesty International, Matt Pollard said.

According to the international rights group, African nations have the obligation to bring Bush to justice for his role in war crimes, Reuters reported.

This is while Bush’s stay in Africa is aimed at raising awareness of cervical and breast cancers, as well as HIV/AIDS.

Last month, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal found Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair guilty of committing crimes against humanity during the Iraq war.

Earlier this year, Bush canceled a trip to Switzerland due to fears of being arrested over allegations of ordering the torture of prisoners held in overseas military bases.

President from 2001 to 2009, Bush authorized the use of waterboarding, as well as other interrogation techniques, considered to be torture by human rights groups.

 

10 Reasons America Will Be Judged as the Most Brutal Empire in History 4

From the Activist Post.

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Good and evil doesn’t have a grey zone.  Killing and stealing is bad.  Violence is never “good” or necessary unless it is used to defend against killers and thieves. Indeed, that is the morality behind the “just war” principle as defined by international laws and treaties.

Yet, this simple concept of right and wrong gets muddled by differing ideas about religion, patriotism, economics and many other divisions.  The “just war” rule has crumbled under the ambitions of empires throughout history.  The American-led Anglo Saxon empire is no different.

This empire has been brutally conquering and colonizing territory since the fall of Rome.  However, it has only gained an American face in the last century.  The United States quickly emerged as the world’s “superpower” primarily through its economic might.  For some time, many believed the U.S. to be a shining example of economic freedom for other nations to emulate.  Indeed, America was eager to promote “economic freedom” globally to open new markets for U.S.-based corporations.

When foreign leaders refused to allow these corporate interests into their country, those leaders were replaced through a variety of covert actions.  The form of government that would be installed did not matter to the empire makers so long as the corporate interests were served.  In most cases these nations simply surrendered to the seemingly unlimited power of the almighty dollar, thus camouflaging the traditional method of forceful empire building.
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The Obama Regime Has No Constitutional Scruples Reply

Article by Paul Craig Roberts.

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During an interview with RT on December 1, I said that the US Constitution had been shredded by the failure of the US Senate to protect American citizens from the detainee amendment sponsored by Republican John McCain and Democrat Carl Levin to the Defense Authorization Bill. The amendment permits indefinite detention of US citizens by the US military. I also gave my opinion that the fact that all but two Republican members of the Senate had voted to strip American citizens of their constitutional protections and of the protection of the Posse Comitatus Act indicated that the Republican Party had degenerated into a Gestapo Party.

These conclusions are self-evident, and I stand by them.

However, I jumped to conclusions when I implied that the Obama regime opposes military detention on constitutional grounds. Ray McGovern and Glenn Greenwald might have jumped to the same conclusions.

 

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The War on You 1

Article by Kevin Carson.

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Shills for the War on Terror say al Qaeda is motivated by hatred for “our freedoms.”  The good folks in Congress, taking that message to heart, are acting to protect us by ensuring al Qaeda no longer has anything to complain about.

William Sumner argued the Spanish-American War, despite the military victory, was actually a “Conquest of the United States by Spain” because it marked America’s adoption of the authoritarian character of a European empire.

By that standard, every time TSA moves closer to an internal passport system, every time Joe Biden’s buddies at the RIAA and MPAA add another brick to the American version of the Great Firewall of China, every time the Drug War puts another shovel of dirt on the Fourth Amendment, we’re one step closer to being conquered by al Qaeda.

Just look at the news:

The US House Intelligence Committee just drafted a bill (bipartisan! With strong telecomm industry support!) exempting corporations from liability for sharing user data with the government. So next time your ISP or Google rolls over and opens your email to illegal inspection by Homeland Security, you can’t sue them for breach of confidence.

The US Senate’s “Defense” Reauthorization bill includes a provision requiring the President to indefinitely detain without trial suspected terrorists arrested on American soil. See, the Global War on Terror encompasses the entire planet — including the “Homeland.”

But don’t worry — it only applies to people suspected of terrorism, right? Congressional supporters of the Sedition and Espionage Acts during World War One promised those laws wouldn’t apply to the expression of ordinary political opinion about the War. Tell that to Eugene Debs.

Take a look also at how the USA PATRIOT Act — originally sold as a grant of extraordinary powers for fighting the extraordinary threat of terrorism — has been put to use. It’s a routine tool in the Drug War, with “Sneak and Peek” searches used roughly a hundred times as often for drug cases as for suspected terrorism cases.

Homeland Security has also played a major role in shutting down torrent sites suspected of violating “intellectual property” rights.

Government claims about the real motivation behind some “extraordinary” grant of power “for the duration” are as worthless as used toilet paper. The people running the government, pure and simple, are liars who’ll say anything to get power, and then do whatever they want with that power.

Consider, also, recent legislation like the SOPA (House) and PIPA (Senate) bills, which would authorize the government to shut down websites on the mere allegation of a content “owner” that it was infringing “intellectual property” rights. That’s right: A bare accusation by the MPAA or Microsoft that you’re hosting their “property” will be enough to get you shut down, without warning or hearing. It’s a violation of common law due process rights going back to the Magna Carta’s “nullus liber homo” (no free man) phrase.

In the interest of efficiency, I suggest the government consolidate the Wars on Drugs, Terror, and Piracy into a single war: The War on You. That would make things a lot simpler — and a lot more honest.

All these different wars amount to a War on You, because they’re aimed at preventing what the state and its corporate masters regard as the ultimate horror: A world where you’re free to produce and trade peacefully with others, living off the full fruit of your own labor, without having to work twice as hard to feed a gaggle of bureaucrats, usurers, landlords, and other parasitic rentiers in addition to yourself.

The real function of the War on Drugs is to prop up black market drug prices so banks have cartel money to launder and the CIA — the biggest drug cartel of all — has a funding source for black ops when Congress balks at bankrolling a death squad somewhere. And it keeps local police forces rolling in civil forfeiture loot and military surplus weaponry to use against the local population.

The War on Piracy ensures you pay $200 for software on a disk that took $10 to print out and ship, $100 for a prescription that cost $5 to produce, and a price for consumer electronics that’s nine-tenths embedded “intellectual property” rents rather than actual parts and labor.

The War on Terror ensures you can be kept under surveillance whenever you say, do or write anything, so the state and its corporate masters can be absolutely sure you’re not conspiring to threaten the system of power that enables them to feed off you.

Despite what the state tells you, in all these wars, you’re not the customer … you’re the enemy.

A New Meaning for “Bank Robbers” Reply

Article by David D’Amato.

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BBC News reports that the world’s “big central banks launched plans for co-ordinated action aimed to support the financial system.” Noting that “[b]anks were particular beneficiaries,” the story details the market boost and investor cheers accompanying the news.

The world’s political classes have also largely hailed the move as a sensible step toward avoiding another credit crunch. Again governments and banks operate from “behind closed doors,” making decisions for all of us lowly peasants who just happen to live in their markets.

The big investment banks are usually portrayed as not just representative of, but coextensive with, a free market system. The pair, with all of their glaring grotesqueries and attending crises, are invariably tied to one another, representing greed, exploitation and — quite contradictorily — freedom.

When we erroneously hold too much free market, as typified by Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan, responsible for present economic inequalities and calamities, the solution naturally seems to be more government, more strictures on this apparent state of unbridled freedom.

Hidden within this narrative, however, is a great inconsistency that, though obscured by a powerful elite, summarily dispatches arguments for more coercive authority. The truth is that the financial ruling class operates in nothing even remotely resembling a genuine free market.

In 1885, individualist anarchist Lysander Spooner wrote of “the extent of the robbery practised  in this country, by the holders of this monopoly of money,” describing the state as “simply their tool.”

Spooner argued that absent statist intervention on behalf of the banks (“in violation of men’s natural right to make their own contracts”), plutocrats would no longer be able to charge tolls on all productive activity. It was privilege, born of aggression against the individual, that granted the banks their dominant position and made “all the lesser robberies” possible.

Then, as today, those privileges numbered many, ranging from legal tender laws, to licensing and regulatory barriers to competition, all the way to central banks that offer counterfeit money to political favorites. Taken together, these desecrations of peaceful, voluntary society and economies amount to the system we have today, where entire economic systems are ransacked and ruined for the benefit of a tiny elite.

On a fundamental level, the state exists to buttress this machinery of privilege and unfair advantage. For the anarchists who call for one, a “free market” is no more than a phrase used to stand in for the millions of consensual trades and cooperative endeavors that truly free individuals would undertake. This kind of a system couldn’t be more different from the global capitalism that fraudulently passes for a “free market” at present.

One is for equality in rights and authority, the other, for violently forged favoritism, deprivation and extortion. We can neither repair the damage of bankster capitalism nor establish a just and thriving society by entreating the very forces that manufactured this disaster. The answer is a real free market, something that would mean the final extinction of today’s “Too Big to Fail.”

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Thoughts on Emma West: How to Argue with the Ruling Class Reply

Article by Sean Gabb.

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One of the ways in which a ruling class keeps control is its insistence on rules of debate that place opposition at a regular disadvantage. I cannot think of any time or place where opposition voices have been listened to on fully equal terms. In modern England, however, the ruling class and its various clients and useful idiots are particularly rigid in their shepherding of debate. This is so not only because England is an increasingly totalitarian place, but also because the main legitimation ideologies are all obviously false and cannot be exposed to open criticism. Therefore, while speech mostly remains free in the legal sense, it will only be listened to when expressed in terms that privilege the ruling class.

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10 Signs You Might Be a Slave Reply

From the Activist Post.

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The definition of slavery is not nearly as clear as it used to be when we could see the physical chains and whips that shackled human laborers.  Therefore, it’s more vital than ever to identify the abstract ways in which humanity is confined.  Here are ten signs you might be a modern-day slave:

You might be a slave if…

1. You hate when your alarm clock buzzes: If you don’t wake up everyday with fantastic anticipation to be alive, you might be living under someone else’s command. In fact, if you have to wake up at the same time every day, you’re probably someone’s slave.

2. You’re forced to pay for causes you vehemently oppose: If you’re a peaceful person but are forced to pay for wars done in your name, you might be a slave.  Likewise, if you’re forced to pay for corporate welfare of failed institutions while you struggle to stay healthy, you’re surely a slave.

3. You expect someone else to take care of you: If someone other than yourself takes care of you, then you’re likely beholden to them in countless ways. Be careful, you might be a slave if you demand that the government give you something other than freedom.
4. You must follow laws that your Master may break:  If the rule of law only applies to you and your lowly peers, while the Masters get away with murder, you’re clearly a slave in an unjust system.

5. You think mob rule is better than personal freedom:  If you believe that majority rule is always better for you than free will, then you’re most certainly a slave.“Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.” — Mahatma Gandhi.

6. You condemn beliefs of others: If you’re taught to hate the beliefs of others who have never harmed you, then your mind has been thoroughly confined by your Master’s implanted beliefs.

7. You believe people should be caged for consuming a product: If you believe that it’s okay to cage humans for consuming a product in private, then you probably love your enslavement.

8. You sit in traffic for more than one hour a day:  If you waste over 360 hours a year (10,800 hours over a 30-year career, that’s 450 days) commuting to a job you despise, your time and life belongs to someone else.

9. You’re forced to wear a uniform: If you’re forced into a dress code of any kind, including a suit and tie, you’re a show clown with someone to impress in order to receive your daily bread.

10. You watch over 20 hours of TV per week: If you occupy your amazing mind in front of a glowing box in the room for 1,040 hours a year (43 days), then your unlimited creativity is impossibly chained to a lifetime of mindlessness.

BOMBSHELL: US Caught Meddling in Russian Elections! 1

From the Activist Post.

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What would Americans say if they found their polling stations and certain political parties entirely infiltrated by Chinese money, Chinese observers, and Chinese-backed candidates promoting China’s interests in an AMERICAN election? The answer ranges from incarceration, to trials featuring charges ranging from fraud, to sedition and even treason with sentences ranging from decades to life in prison, perhaps even death, as well as possible military action for what could easily be considered an act of war.

Indeed, the attempted subversion of a foreign nation and/or meddling in its elections are acts of war; an act of war the United States government through its various “Non-Governmental Organizations” (NGOs) has been committing on and off for decades around the globe. In fact, the very “Arab Spring” is a geopolitical conflagration tipped off by this vast network of Western backed NGOs.

The New York Times in its article, “U.S. Groups Helped Nurture Arab Uprisings,” clearly stated as much when it reported, “a number of the groups and individuals directly involved in the revolts and reforms sweeping the region, including the April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and grass-roots activists like Entsar Qadhi, a youth leader in Yemen, received training and financing from groups like the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, a nonprofit human rights organization based in Washington.”

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FED JUDGE: CALIF. SCHOOL WAS RIGHT TO FORBID STUDENTS’ AMERICAN FLAG T-SHIRTS ON CINCO DE MAYO Reply

From The Blaze.

 

PC trumps freedom of expression.

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Should public school officials have the right to prevent students from wearing pro-American garb on Cinco de Mayo?

This question has been at the heart of a California court battle between the Morgan Hill Unified School District and students who were told by a principal and assistant principal that they could not wear American flag t-shirts on the Mexican holiday back in 2010.

Following the incident, a lawsuit against the district was launched by the students and their families. This week, the case came to a close, with a federal judge ruling against the students — a blow that is likely to infuriate some free speech advocates.

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OWS and Israelification of American Domestic Security Reply

From Rehmat’s World.

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On December 2, 2011, Al-Akhbar English published a research piece by American Jewish author, writer and blogger, Max Blumenthal. In the article, entitled ‘From Occupation to Occupy: Israelification of American Domestic Security’ – Max claims that the high-handed tactics used by American security forces against the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement and American Muslims, were taught to them by Israel Occupation Force (IOF) officers.

“The Israelification of America’s security apparatus, recently unleashed in full force against the Occupy Wall Street Movement, has taken place at every level of law enforcement, and in areas that have yet to be exposed. The phenomenon has been documented in bits and pieces, through occasional news reports that typically highlight Israel’s national security prowess without examining the problematic nature of working with a country accused of grave human rights abuses. But it has never been the subject of a national discussion. And collaboration between American and Israeli cops is just the tip of the iceberg.

Having been schooled in Israeli tactics perfected during a 63 year experience of controlling, dispossessing, and occupying an indigenous population, local police forces have adapted them to monitor Muslim and immigrant neighborhoods in US cities. Meanwhile, former Israeli military officers have been hired to spearhead security operations at American airports and suburban shopping malls, leading to a wave of disturbing incidents of racial profiling, intimidation, and FBI interrogations of innocent, unsuspecting people. The New York Police Department’s disclosure that it deployed “counter-terror” measures against Occupy protesters encamped in downtown Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park is just the latest example of the so-called War on Terror creeping into every day life. Revelations like these have raised serious questions about the extent to which Israeli-inspired tactics are being used to suppress the Occupy movement,” wrote Max.

The ADL claims to have trained over 45,000 American law enforcement officials through its Law Enforcement and Society program, which “draws on the history of the Holocaust to provide law enforcement professionals with an increased understanding of…their role as protectors of the Constitution,” the group’s website stated. All new FBI agents and intelligence analysts are required to attend the ADL program, which is incorporated into three FBI training programs. According to official FBI recruitment material, “all new special agents must visit the US Holocaust Memorial Museum to see firsthand what can happen when law enforcement fails to protect individuals.”

Avi Dichter, former chief of Israel domestic security, the terrorist Shin Bet and current member of Knesset, is the architect of US-Israel security cooperation. He is a close friend of former head of DHS, Israel-Firster Michael Chertoff and FBI director Robbert Mueller who described Dichter as his mentor in anti-terror tactics. Last year, DHS secretary Napolitano signed a memorandum with Israeli minister Israel Katz to boost security cooperation between the two countries.

Under the leadership of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, ties between the NYPD and Israel have deepened by the day. The NYPD set up a secret “Demographics Unit” designed to spy on and monitor Muslim communities around the city. Lt. Col. Richard Wheeler, commander Maryland Transit Administration, Mark M. Deluca, chief of police Duxbery, detective Maliki Stone of NYCPD, detective Frank Kosciow, David Vaughn, security adviser US Army Reserve, Chuck Daenzer of DHS, Michel Bjelajac, Atlanta Police Dept., Tim Greene, deputy chief, Jordan international police training center, Sgt. Brain Haggerty of Southbridge MA Police Dept., Troy Arida, US Capitol Police, Llewellyn James Edwards of Bermuda Police, etc. are a few of officers who received training at Israel’s Security Solutions International (SSI) – and their letters of appreciation appear on SSI website.

Given the amount of training the NYPD and so many other police forces have received from Israel’s military-intelligence apparatus, and the profuse levels of gratitude American police chiefs have expressed to their Israeli mentors, it is worth asking how much Israeli instruction has influenced the way the police have attempted to suppress the Occupy movement, and how much it will inform police repression of future upsurges of street protest. But already, the Israelification of American law enforcement appears to have intensified police hostility towards the civilian population, blurring the lines between protesters, common criminals, and terrorists. As Dichter said, they are all just “crimiterrorists”,” wrote Max.

On December 9, 2003, UK daily The Gurdian had reported that Israeli army sent urban warfare specialists to Fort Bragg in North Carolina, the home of US special forces, and according to two sources, Israeli military “consultants” had also visited US occupied Iraq.

When it comes to controlling peaceful protests against governments, Israeli Zionazi tacticts against Palestinian youth have become ‘model’ for the dictators and law enforcement agencies around the world. Israeli military official have trained domestic security services in United KingdomIndiaMalaysia, Algeria, Burma, Nigeria, Indinesia, Afghanistan and several other countries.

Gun-themed purse delays teen flier Reply

From CNN.

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A purse with a gun replica on it was flagged by the Transportation Security Administration at the Norfolk, Virginia airport.

A purse with a gun replica on it was flagged by the Transportation Security Administration at the Norfolk, Virginia airport.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Teen’s gun-themed purse gets flagged by TSA
  • Apparel featuring gun replicas may fall on prohibited items list
  • “A design on a purse. How is that a federal offense?” teen asks

(CNN) — Flying fashionistas with a thing for the Second Amendment may want to leave their gun-themed purses and other paraphernalia at home, lest they be flagged as a security risk and miss their flights.

As she was flying home after the recent holiday weekend, Virginia Gibbs’ gun-themed purse was flagged as a security risk by Transportation Security Administration officials at the Norfolk, Virginia, airport.

While Gibbs told CNN affiliate News 4 JAX that she’s carried the purse on many flights, the 17-year-old says she was told that the purse “was a federal offense because it’s in the shape of a gun. I’m like, ‘a design on a purse. How is it a federal offense?’ ”

Purses or belts with gun emblems can fall under a TSA prohibition on replica weapons because they could be mistaken for a real weapon in the X-ray machine or by a fellow passenger.

“Security checkpoints may be impacted or closed because replica weapons like toy guns, novelty grenades, fake bombs and other items appear similar to the real thing when viewed through an X-ray machine,” TSA spokesman Greg Soule said. “Checkpoint closures cause significant delays, which can be avoided if passengers don’t bring these items to the airport.”

By the time TSA officials figured out that the purse was a fake, offering Gibbs the opportunity to give up the purse or check it, Gibbs had missed her flight and was placed on another to Orlando. Her frantic mother drove from Jacksonville to Orlando to pick her daughter up.

Gibbs arrived at security 20 minutes before her flight was due to depart, which may have caused her to miss her flight, according to a security official.

The TSA says it’s investigating her allegation that the purse has made it through airport security before.

Uncle Sam Wants You! – To Join The U.S. ‘Gestapo’ 1

The New World Reporter.

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Are you young, strong and looking for a career? Why not become an ’Internment/Resettlement Specialist’ -for the United States Army? What might be your responsibilities, you ask?

 

As an Internment/Resettlement Specialist, your duties, will primarily include day-to-day operations in a military confinement/correctional facility or detention/internment facility. I/R Specialists provide rehabilitative, health, welfare, and security to U.S. military prisoners within a confinement or correctional facility; conduct inspections; prepare written reports; and coordinate activities of prisoners/internees and staff personnel.


More of your duties may include:

  • Assist with the supervision and management of confinement and detention operations
  • Provide external security to confinement/corrections facilities or detention/internment facilities
  • Provide counseling and guidance to individual prisoners within a rehabilitative program
  • Prepare or review reports and records of prisoners/internees and programs

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Military laws and jurisdictions
  • Level of Force Procedures
  • Unarmed Self-Defense Techniques
  • Police Deviance and Ethics Procedures
  • Interpersonal Communications Skills
  • Close confinement operations
  • Search and restraint procedures
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G20 case reveals 'largest ever' police spy operation Reply

From CBC News

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Police in riot gear stand guard in front of activists during a protest ahead of the G20 summit in downtown Toronto on June 25, 2010.
Police in riot gear stand guard in front of activists during a protest ahead of the G20 summit in downtown Toronto on June 25, 2010. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

Police organizations across the country co-operated to spy on community organizations and activists in what the RCMP called one of the largest domestic intelligence operations in Canadian history, documents reveal.

Information about the extensive police surveillance in advance of last year’s G8 and G20 meetings in southern Ontario comes from evidence presented in the case of 17 people accused of orchestrating street turmoil during the summits.

The court case ended Tuesday before it went to trial. Six of the defendants pleaded guilty to counselling mischief and two of those to an additional count of counselling to obstruct police, while 11 people had their criminal charges dropped.

Testimony previously under a publication ban describes how two undercover police officers — one male, one female — spent 18 months infiltrating southern Ontario community groups ahead of the June 26-27, 2010, gathering of world leaders.

They were part of a much larger so-called joint intelligence group (JIG) operation that the RCMP, in its internal post-summit review, called “likely the largest JIG ever assembled in Canada.”

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Indefinite detention provisions are wrong Reply

From the Libertarian Party.

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WASHINGTON – Libertarian Party Chair Mark Hinkle released the following statement today regarding the indefinite detention provisions of Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.

“The Obama administration has already claimed that the president has the authority to kill Americans overseas, if he believes they are terrorists.

“Now, in the latest National Defense Authorization Act, Congress is trying to give the president power to imprison Americans indefinitely, without charges or respect for habeas corpus, if he claims they are terrorists.

“Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have already joined hands to pass the bill.

“This contempt for our rights is outrageous. Any member of Congress who supports that provision is grossly violating his or her oath to uphold the Constitution.

“If the president thinks you are a terrorist, let him present charges and evidence to a judge. He has no authority to lock you up without any judicial review, just because he and Congress believe he should have unlimited power.

“That is the kind of power held by tyrants in totalitarian regimes. It has no place in the United States.

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