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Dave Killion — December 17, 2011

A member of the Vancouver Libertarian Book Club sent an email to all members, and has given me permission to blog it. Enjoy –
Hello everybody.
I thought I’d share with you these developments during the first 10 days of December that I came across in my readings.
Really, I wondered, what’s going on here?
I believe Ron Paul is right once more, that if we give up on freedom for security, give up liberties to stop crimes of terrorism, then a bigger crime will be committed against the people.
2 Dec 2011
“The New National Defense Authorization Act Is Ridiculously Scary”
More here:
5 Dec 2011 – “The National Defense Authorization Act is the Greatest Threat to Civil Liberties Americans Face”
And the latest (today’s) update here:
14 Dec 2011 – “Congress Agrees to Compromise on 2012 National Defense Authorization Act”
“A key component of this reconciled bill mandates a frightening grant of immense and unconstitutional power to the executive branch. Under the provisions of Section 1031, the President is afforded the absolute power to arrest and detain citizens of the United States without their being informed of any criminal charges, without a trial on the merits of those charges, and without a scintilla of the due process safeguards protected by the Constitution of the United States.”
8 Dec 2011
“Drones Over Houston, Texas”
“Who really won the last world war?”
More here:
And an example of the use of unmanned drone in police action here:
8 Dec 2011
“Will you as a member of the National Guard use lethal force against the American public if ordered to do so? ”
8 Dec 2011
USA Today
“White House unveils new strategy to combat homegrown terror”
So the focus now is on domestic, or home-grown terrorism. But then consider these:
26 Aug 2011 – “FBI organizes almost all terror plots in the US”
with the main article at Mother Jones here:
Sept/Oct 2011 – “The Informants”
“With three exceptions, all of the high-profile domestic terror plots of the last decade were actually FBI stings. (The exceptions are Najibullah Zazi, who came close to bombing the New York City subway system in September 2009; Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, an Egyptian who opened fire on the El-Al ticket counter at the Los Angeles airport; and failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad.)”
Hopefully, to lighten things up a little bit, a video worth watching:
“The American War-Machine, A Lesson in Blowback, and The Greatest Speech Ever Written”

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