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Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, and Irwin Schiff’s Legacy of the Freedom of the Press

As the U.S. government persecutes and imprisons Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning for their dissidence and their informing the American people of the crimes committed by their rulers, the Trump administration is threatening yet another war, against Iran, for no good reason.

Over the decades and centuries, we can see why the agents of the United State don’t like the freedom of the Press. And the U.S. government’s imprisonment of dissidents doesn’t just apply to the government’s foreign policy, but has applied to its domestic policy as well.

Carl Watner writes about the silencing of dissent in this article at the Voluntaryist, using tax protester/dissident Irwin Schiff as an example. Irwin was sentenced to jail for years and years for not filing taxes. But really, it was his tax-opposition activism and his best-selling books that were the real reasons why Schiff was confined to prison for so many years.

Irwin Schiff’s books, The Biggest Con: How the Government Is Fleecing You, How Anyone Can Stop Paying Income Taxes, The Great Income Tax Hoax: Why You Can Immediately Stop Paying This Illegally Enforced Tax, and The Federal Mafia: How It Illegally Imposes and Unlawfully Collects Income Taxes, exposed U.S. government’s fraudulent income tax, and turned him into a political prisoner. (And no, I am not suggesting or encouraging anyone to be a tax protester or to withhold income taxes. I myself have not done and would not do anything illegal. I also hardly have much of an income.)

It was Schiff’s book, Federal Mafia, that was supposedly banned by the judge. According to Wikipedia, “the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found the book to be fraudulent and upheld an injunction issued by a U.S. District Court in Nevada under 26 U.S.C. § 7408 against Irwin Schiff and associates Cynthia Neun and Lawrence Cohen against the sale of this book by those persons.” However, Schiff has been able to give the book away for free on his website (although, as you can see by clicking on the link in the previous paragraph, it is available now at Amazon).

And I believe the current situation with Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning is a similar situation. Just as the feds don’t want the American people to know the truth about their illicit apparatus of theft and plunder, in the Assange/Manning case the feds don’t want you to know about the war crimes and other evil crimes of the U.S. government — so, they are imprisoning Assange and Manning.

The Schiff case and the judge’s literally banning one of Schiff’s books was a case not as much about the income tax but freedom of speech and freedom of the Press.

While Carl Watner does not address the WikiLeaks case, in regards to the freedom of the Press Watner does address the Irwin Schiff case. Watner writes,

In Schiff’s case, the judge tried to prevent Schiff from “poisoning the minds of the people.” There was no way that the government could allow Schiff to refuse to pay his taxes, and get away with it. The Bolsheviks of the Russian Revolution were the first to use the term “poison” with regard to “contaminating” people’s minds. It was they who labeled the capitalist press “poisoners of the mind of the people.”

State hegemony and the ability to command obedience actually grow out of ideas. It is ideology, not force or its threat, which causes most people to obey. That is why governments are so concerned about the unrestricted exposure of their people to a wide variety of ideas, particularly to those ideas which question its legitimacy. It would be suicide for a State to stand idle while it was being criticized and its power base was being undercut. If the State is to remain in control, it can never reconcile itself to unrestrained freedom of the press. Whether the State is trying to retain its legitimacy or fight for its life, as in time of war, it must generally control what the people think.

So, as the Trump administration seems to be threatening to attack Iran, and for no good reason just as the Bush administration attacked Iraq and Afghanistan, there are a lot of people including those shameful members of the compliant news media who obediently believe the feds’ outright propaganda and lies to justify another war of aggression.

So, we need truth tellers like Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, like Irwin Schiff, to use their freedom of the Press to let the American people know the truth of the criminal racket that is their U.S. government.

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Paul Craig Roberts has this post on how the Assange/Manning cases discredit humanity, and he sure is not afraid to say what’s on his mind here. Corrupt U.S. national security state bureaucrats and judges are trying to pressure and coerce Manning to falsely testify against Assange, in other words to commit perjury, just as they were trying to coerce Jerome Corsi to commit perjury as part of the “Trump-Russia collusions” false accusations. Here, the agents of the U.S. regime want revenge against Manning and Assange for revealing the war crimes of the military.

Jon Rappoport’s WordPress.com blog is still down. But a blogger or twitter commenter linked to an archived article of his, from July of 2015: “Vaccines: an ideal covert op to genetically re-engineer humans.”

Gareth Porter asks, Do Iranian “threats” signal organized U.S.-Israel subterfuge?

Thomas Knapp says that a U.S. war on Iran would be evil, stupid, and self-damaging.

Ann Garrison reviews professor Stephen F. Cohen’s book, War with Russia?

And Laurence Vance says that Roe v. Wade did not legalize abortion in the United State. (Hmmm. Vance says that abortion actually was already legal in some states but with restrictions, prior to the Roe v. Wade decision. Especially in New York, which had the most liberal abortion policy.)

Trump Imprisons the Truth-Tellers But Wants to Pardon Murderers

It appears that the military-worshiping drone-murder-in-chief Donald Trump wants to pardon some military personnel who are either accused or convicted of murdering innocent civilians.

Meanwhile, Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, is being held in prison, as is Julian Assange, for their having revealed to the American people and to the world the various war crimes that the U.S. military had committed in Afghanistan and Iraq and other places where U.S. bureaucrats have no moral or constitutional authority to be, as well as revealing the diplomatic corruption of U.S. and other government officials.

An important, extensive new article details the Iraq War part of the WikiLeaks releases for which the U.S. and U.K. governments want to persecute the aforementioned truth-tellers.

So, the moral degenerate Trump believes that murderers of innocent people must get away with their crimes, but those who shine the light on them are to be tortured, imprisoned, and killed. (Trump being the authoritarian fascist was apparent for years, so no surprise there.)

News and Commentary

José Niño on why the elites look down on manual labor.

Robert Wenzel discusses Alex Tabarrok’s preferring more government interventionism than less in Venezuela, and Tabarrok’s misunderstanding of what is socialist and what is anarchist.

Jacob Hornberger says, Impeach Trump but only for the right reason.

Per Bylund says that tariffs are attacks on property rights and freedom.

Laurence Vance asks, Who actually pays for tariffs?

Robert Murphy debunks 3 modern arguments for tariffs.

Ron Paul says that the Violence Against Women Act does violence to the Constitution.

And Ammo.com with an article on the corresponding rise of antidepressants and mass shootings.

On Censorship of the Truth and Science

In reference to my recent post on investigative reporter Jon Rappoport’s WordPress.com blog taken down by the truth censors a week ago, he has written an update on that which is appearing on Activist Post. One important topic that he writes about is the vaccine issue, and I was speculating that that might be why the truth censors are censoring his blog now.

On his recent update, Rappoport writes

Why did they censor me? Was it my articles about toxic vaccines, about freedom of the individual vs. the State, about the CIA, about Obama, about Trump, about political liars, about medical drugs killing millions of people? Lots to choose from. Who really cares what it was exactly? It was CENSORSHIP.

I wasn’t laying out charts for building H-bombs. WordPress shut down my blog without notice or warning or explanation. However, I see no reason to stop writing. So I’m keeping on. I’ve got people employing “other means” to get the blog back up. Regardless, here I am.

And he writes, regarding the difference between being informed/knowledgeable and censorship:

In the 1950s, we had, in the US, a Red Scare. It consisted of Communist ideology. The question was, should students be allowed to read the Communist Manifesto, or should Marx’s pamphlet be burned and banned? The knee-jerk reaction was: ban the booklet. The minority opinion was: let students read it and understand it. But of course, the American school system hadn’t prepared pupils to analyze ANYTHING.

So there was no solution. The whole Red Scare faded away eventually, as a “kinder, gentler” Leftist ideology spread through the country like ink on a blotter.

EDUCATION SHOULD PREPARE PEOPLE TO MAKE UP THEIR OWN MINDS THROUGH THOUGHT AND LOGIC.

Censorship is the coward’s way out.

Censorship works when evil people accumulate enough power. This power CAN BE affected when a strong enough public reaction occurs. That’s called a clue.

As I wrote in my initial post on Jon Rappoport’s blog being taken down, in the news and on mainstream media we hear a lot of hysteria and propaganda on the vaccine issue. Especially now with the measles outbreak. Hysterical news media and establishment pharma-paid doctors are beating the drums with false information that the measles outbreak is being caused by unvaccinated people, yet the opposite is true. Studies are finding that the measles outbreaks are more among vaccinated populations, and because the vaccine itself is not effective.

The pharmaceutical industry definitely has a stranglehold on today’s establishment “doctors,” while those who cite studies questioning the vaccines or other pharmaceutical drugs are stifled.

Another item of propaganda is that studies have “debunked” the assertion that vaccines have caused injuries, especially in children, whose brains are still in important developing stages. I’ve linked to this before, but Sharyl Attkisson has this article on what the news isn’t saying about vaccine-autism studies. She details several studies, one after another. Yet, the typical response from the hypnotized and propagandized zombies is, “But that’s been debunked.” No, it’s not “debunked.”

And it isn’t just autism, but various kinds of cognitive issues, conditions and diseases including Alzheimer’s that could be in part related to vaccines. One explanation for this is the adjuvants used in vaccines, especially aluminum.

Would all the debunkers out there like to explain why the government has paid out over $4 billion in compensation for vaccine injuries, if there’s no problem with vaccines?

So, besides fascists like NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio ordering unvaccinated children to stay in even though they are not sick and pose no danger to anyone, we have the propagandists with their information control to censor the truth about this one issue, which seems to be soooo controversial that many people on both sides — the fascist side versus the freedom side — arguing for really no good reason.

And finally, it really is a matter of the right to informed choice and consent. So regarding those who want to make vaccines mandatory by law and who want to criminalize those who don’t get a vaccine, I will quote Tom Knapp on this, which I did before.

Debate Proposition:

Resolved, that there is no difference in principle between sticking a needle in someone’s body without his or her permission and sticking a penis in someone’s body without his or her permission.

More Important Articles

Carl Watner with an article on the State’s control over the medical industry: Life, liberty and quackery from a voluntaryist perspective.

Dr. Mercola asks, What’s the truth behind MMR vaccine testing?

Dr. Marilyn Singleton says that Medicare for All kills doctors’ freedom of conscience.

George F. Smith on the importance of exposing and challenging the monopoly of the State.

Mac Slavo on “cultural schizophrenia”: U.S. media no longer report facts, but appeal to emotions.

And Eric Margolis says that Trump should stop playing with fire.

The Latest on Trump-RussiaGate/SpyGate

Are you getting sick of the “Trump-Russia collusions,” and Mueller-Comey-FBI-DOJ J. Edgar Hoover-like tyrannical corruption? I know I am. So, here are some of the latest articles updating the story as now the investigation turns to the origins of the FBI’s probe of Trump in 2016 and what the FBI’s real motivations were in their surveillance, a.k.a. “spying.”

Zero Hedge with article on FBI-CIA dispute over whether James Comey or John Brennan pushed the Steele dossier. Andrew McCarthy with further information on the promoting of the Steele dossier and the “Verified Application” that wasn’t.

Moon of Alabama on the Trump administration withholding information that could debunk Russian interference claims.

John Solomon says State Department red flag on Steele went to a senior FBI man well before FISA warrant. And an article on Ukrainian who meddled against Trump in 2016 now under Russia-corruption cloud.

Rush Limbaugh provides some excerpts of a Fox News interview of AG Barr, and also gives some analysis.

(FWIW) Zero Hedge with an article on both Comey and Brennan voting communist while the Cold War was raging.

News and Commentary Warmongering and U.S. Empire

Moon of Alabama on the lunacy of waging a war on Iran from which China and Russia will win.

Jacob Hornberger asks, Is Pearl Harbor the model for a Trump-Bolton war with Iran?

Chip Gibbons says that the crackdown on Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange is about protecting U.S. empire.

Doug Bandow on Iran: “Hell no!” to Trump’s aggression.

Ray McGovern discusses pretexts for an attack on Iran

And Donald Boudreaux asks, What if real wars were fought like trade wars?

An Initial Look at Some of the 2020 Libertarian Party Presidential Candidates

In May of 2016 I wrote my article on some of the then Libertarian Party candidates of President, with some references to some past candidates and how the LP has changed (for the worse) over the years. That article was at the time of the LP convention for the 2016 election. But now I want to write about some of the official candidates and some unofficial candidates for 2020.

In 2012 and 2016 the LP chose statist Gary Johnson the pothead to be the “Libertarian” Party Presidential nominee. Ugh. And in 2016 Bill Weld was the LP’s VP nominee. Among other naive or incoherent things, Johnson said that Barack Obama was a “good guy,” and that Hillary Clinton is a “a wonderful public servant.”

And I responded to that by writing, “Obama’s war on journalists and government whistleblowers, his war on medical marijuana, his assassinations of non-convicted suspects without charges, his drone murders and other warmongering, his medical care intrusions and other acts of criminality, show that no, Barack Obama is not a ‘good guy.’ He is a ‘bad guy.'”

And I also wrote, “Besides being a corrupt sleazebag and a degenerate, Hillary is a real criminal. And not just from the Clinton Foundation racket and the email server criminality but a real war criminal as well, even going back to her days as first lady, aiding and abetting her criminal husband in his ethnic cleansing of Kosovo and his continuing bombing and sanctions against Iraq throughout the 1990s, as she urged and supported Bill Clinton to continue doing those horrible things.”

And on Weld, “And Bill Weld wants a ‘thousand-person FBI task force treating ISIS as a gigantic organized crime family’? No, the real libertarian answer to that is to abolish the FBI, because it is the government that should be treated as a ‘gigantic organized crime family’!”

So I wanted to see just who is now running to be the LP’s nominee for President this time, in 2020. As I wrote in my article in 2016 Darryl Perry was the only candidate at that time who had the right, actual libertarian views on the issues. Certainly not Johnson, John McAfee, or Austin Peterson.

For the 2020 declared and potential LP candidates there are so many names now on Politics1.com’s list, it’s really too much for me now. But this is only May of 2019 and it’s a whole year to go until the LP’s national Presidential convention.

Anyway, to begin, there’s Adam Kokesh, who has been in the military in Iraq and has a history of confrontations with police at protests or demonstrations. I wrote a little about his debate with Larken Rose, who said that an anarchist such as Kokesh running for President is legitimizing an illegitimate system of coercion and force.

There is one thing that bothers me. On Kokesh’s campaign website, in the photo of him he is giving a military salute. Are you kidding me? I know, there are a lot of military worshipers out there, who praise the military for their invading and bombing other countries and murdering millions of innocents. I’m not saying that Kokesh is endorsing that, but WHY is he giving a military salute?!!

On the home page, he writes, “My name is Adam Kokesh and I’m running for Not-President of the United States with the Libertarian Party on the platform of the peaceful, responsible dissolution of the entire federal government.” Okay, that’s good. (That’s similar to what Darryl Perry wrote in 2016, “that the United States government, as it exists today, should be abolished!”) Kokesh writes on the Platform page on how he would dismantle the U.S. government.

Now, I agree with that, because centralization of government is what takes the society to ruin. The more decentralized the society, the more freedom there will be, and the better able people are to vote with their feet.

Another candidate is Dan “Taxation Is Theft” Behrman, who writes on his campaign website, “Taxation Is Theft,” “Fire the IRS,” “End the Fed,” “Erase the Debt,” “It’s time to free healthcare…by simply giving back our freedom to choose” (Video with Dan “Taxation Is Theft” Behrman explaining that.)…”Pardon the Innocent,” and other libertarian statements. (And he wears a funny hat.)

On William Hurst‘s campaign website, his slogan is “E Pluribus Unum Possumus – Of Many We Can Be One!” Huh? What do you mean we can be one? But I don’t want to be a part of a whole collective of people I don’t know, and be “one.” I just want freedom.

Under “My Goals,” Hurst writes, “If our children are to have a future, we need to address climate change now.” Huh? How do we address climate change which has been a natural occurrence on Earth for hundreds of millions of years that human activity has had nothing to do with, despite what the junk science fraudsters have brainwashed millions of people to believe?

And, “All citizens should be afforded quality education and a basic degree.” Huh? So what are you saying, that the gubmint should be providing education? Who defines “quality education,” the NEA? Betsy DeVos? And what about those who don’t want a “basic degree”?

In this interview, Hurst was asked if he supports Medicare for All, and his response: “Yes, if it doesn’t lend a hand to furthered abuses of the current healthcare system, I am all for it. This is one of the generally non-libertarian stances that you referred to earlier. I argue that it should be. You can’t enjoy freedom of you’re dead and the for-profit style of medicine has become a means of oppression.” Apparently, Hurst hasn’t read these articles. The “for-profit style of medicine” was working in America, and it was providing the best quality health care for most people and it wasn’t too expensive. Until Medicare was shoved down our throats, and then the quality of medical care declined and the costs went up!

Back to Hurst’s website, he writes about immigration (with my comments in brackets): “If it remains necessary to halt the illegal traffic across our border, to aid the efforts of our border patrol [“Our border patrol”? You mean our government border patrol, the police state?], we have the technology available that will allow for a nearly invisible barrier. This barrier will allow our guards [What, government guards? the border gestapo, “Your papers, please?” No thanks!] to effectively see and handle any potential threat while maintaining the ability of wildlife to traverse our expansive borders.”

On Ben Leder‘s campaign website, he proposes a Civilian Defense Act: “The Civilian Defense Act shall Repeal and Replace all Federal Gun Control Laws to include but not limited to the National Firearms Act of 1934, the National Firearms Act of 1938, the Control Act of 1968, the Hughes Amendment of the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993, Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, and reaffirm the Second Amendment of the US Constitution by creating an Online Government Auction for US Military Surplus.  All US Military Surplus shall be sold at auction to the highest bidder amongst the United States Civilian Market.  The US Civilian Market shall have the first right of refusal on all US Military Surplus, and all US Military Surplus Exports shall be sold at action to the highest bidder only after failing to be liquidated to the Civilian Marketplace.    Financing Options shall be made available to the US Civilian Market on US Military Surplus Equipment to include but not limited to Aircraft, Ships, Boats, in addition to Amphibious, Armored,  Wheeled, and Tracked Vehicles.” Hmmm.

And a Felony Forgiveness Act. “The Felony Forgiveness Act shall retroactively expunge all convictions for offenses no longer deemed illegal, to include but not limited to Drug Offenses, Firearms Offenses, and Tax Offenses….” Good.

Kimberly Ruff has a campaign website with an already chosen running mate, John Phillips.

On immigration reform, Ruff concludes, “We therefore call for the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and would declare, when elected, a full pardon for all otherwise innocent people who are in the country without government permission. We oppose the false conflation of government welfare with ‘illegal’ immigration, as those claims are unsupported by empirical study, and irrelevant to matters of natural rights. We oppose border walls as antithetical to the principles of freedom and liberty.” Good.

However, on his Positions on National Issues page, Kimberly Ruff’s VP running mate John Phillips states: “Immigration reform.  I am not a fully open borders with no restrictions person, though close.  I am however for MUCH easier immigration, work permits, and border crossing.  Once we correct our current welfare system I would be willing to look at making it even easier than I think we should now.” Work permits? You mean that people need to get a gubmint bureaucrat’s permission to work? “Correct our current welfare system”? I hope you mean “abolish” our current welfare system!

Now, I see on the Wikipedia page for the LP 2020 Presidential primaries that the Kimberly Ruff/John Phillips ticket has been endorsed by Darryl Perry, with a footnote link to this tweet. To me, that sure has a lot of weight, given how consistently libertarian and voluntaryist Darryl Perry is in his views.

And finally, someone who has a campaign website but hasn’t formally declared a candidacy for President is Jacob Hornberger, the founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation. He has quite an impressive background and résumé, and has been involved for many years in advancing liberty.

On Taxation, Hornberger states: “Abolish the federal income tax and the IRS. People have the fundamental, God-given right to keep everything they earn and decide for themselves what to do with it — spend, save, donate, or invest. The right to keep and dispose of the fruits of one’s earnings is a necessary prerequisite to a free society.”

On Healthcare, Hornberger states: “There is but one solution to what Democrats and Republicans have done to destroy what was once the greatest health-care system in the world: a total separation of health care and the state, just as our ancestors separated church and state. That necessarily means the repeal, not the reform, of Medicare, Medicaid, occupational licensure, and healthcare and tax regulations, all of which are nothing more than a cancer on the body politic.”

In fact, just this week he has some proposals for Constitutional amendments on his regular blog at FFF, such as: “No law shall be enacted by either the federal or the state governments respecting the regulation of commerce or abridging the free exercise thereof.” And, “No law shall be enacted by either the federal or state governments regarding the establishment of education or abridging the free exercise thereof.” (Well, I am not sure whether the inclusion of “state governments” might violate the Tenth Amendment, but whatever.)

On his campaign website, Hornberger has this video, A Political Message to Americans:

And he has it in Spanish as well.

Hornberger doesn’t agree with Adam Kokesh and Darryl Perry (and me) that we need to abolish the federal government, at the very least. But Hornberger does believe that the U.S. government needs to have most of what it is today dismantled, its police state given a dishonorable discharge and so on. As Hornberger wrote n 2013, permanently lay off the parasitic sector. Yup.

But in my view, the U.S. needs to decentralize, just as the old Soviet Union did. This entire territory is just too damn big to be all one single country and a single “culture.” Murray Rothbard wrote about how best to decentralize, and Lew Rockwell also envisioned how he’d like to see that done.

But, as long as this is one single country and ruled over by a single regime in Washington, we should have someone there who will veto just about everything, pardon peaceful non-criminals who are being harassed by government tyrants, and make use of the power of the executive branch to dismantle as much as possible that criminal racket in Washington, and liberate the people!

While I’m not endorsing anyone here, if the LP were to have its nominating convention today, I would be shocked if they didn’t nominate Jacob Hornberger, given his years of experience in advancing the cause of liberty, and his qualifications.