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James Bovard writes about Obama’s forgotten frauds and debacles.

Ron Paul says, Hey Trump: Remember WikiLeaks?

Patrick Cockburn shows why the U.S. government is persecuting Julian Assange.

Aaron Kesel on the creepy Amazon and Facebook who both want to read human emotions.

Edward Curtin writes about speeding into the void of cyberspace as designed.

Zero Hedge with an article on the fraudulent edits in the Mueller report.

Andrew McCarthy asks, Was Brennan’s “intelligence bombshell” the Steele Dossier?

And Prof. Stephen F. Cohen asks, How did Russiagate begin?

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John W. Whitehead on technotyranny: the iron-fisted authoritarianism of the surveillance state.

Jonathan Cook says that endless procedural abuses show that the Julian Assange case was never about law.

Dr. Mercola says that censorship is the last tool of tyrants: vaccine info.

Henrik Moltke from the Intercept with an article on how the NSA’s targeting system for Iraq and Afghanistan ended up on the Mexico border.

Zero Hedge with an article on iPhones harvesting and transmitting massive amounts of data while you sleep.

Jon Nylander says that the welfare state is tearing Sweden apart.

And Richard Ebeling on the America that was: the good and the bad.

The Ruling Bureaucrats of Amerika Want to Be More Like the Soviet Union and China

The authoritarian regime in Washington is targeting WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange with the “Espionage Act,” as though he was “spying on America on behalf of another country” with his revealing to the American people the war crimes committed by the U.S. military and other criminality and corruption of U.S. bureaucrats and politicians like Hillary Clinton.

The Soviet-like apparatchiks had already convicted and imprisoned Bradley Manning, now known as Chelsea Manning, for “Espionage.”

No, Julian Assange was not spying, and his WikiLeaks are not publishing leaks on behalf of foreign regimes but on behalf of the American people and people in other countries whose rulers are acting criminally and corruptly. And that was exactly Manning’s motivation for leaking the material to WikiLeaks. People have a right to know about their rulers’ crimes and corruption.

With the use of the Espionage Act, with its provisions which clearly violate the First Amendment, the corrupt bureaucrats of the U.S. government want to criminalize the exposure of its own criminality and corruption. As I have said before, turn the lights on them and they scamper like the little cockroaches that they are.

If the criminals in Washington keep doing this, the publishing of information that exposes them (including their war-aggression and the military parts of the regime), which is a way of criticizing the regime, then eventually any criticism of the government, its bureaucrats and their awful policies, and the military, will be punished either through the criminal justice system or through the military courts.

And with “pre-crime” mentality that many bureaucrats and police seem to have now, they will be going after those they think might be a “threat” to them. With the way things are going now, that will probably be the case. The China regime is engaged in social media scores and mass surveillance to find those not behaving in ways that are  “algorithmically- determined” government-approved behaviors.

So now the fascists and criminals of the U.S. Congress are proposing the TAPS Act, the “Threat Assessment, Prevention and Safety Act,” which will create a “Joint Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management Task Force” to identify anyone who is a potential threat. Apparently, everyone including children will be “assessed” to “identify individuals that exhibit patterns of dangerous behavior that may precede an act of targeted violence,” according to Sen. Macro Rubio.

And just who will decide who is a “threat”? Why, “threat assessment experts from multiple federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, in addition to state and local law enforcement as well as mental health service professionals,” according to Rubio. Hmm, those bureaucrats have such a great record, what could possibly go wrong?

With the surge in nationalism and fascism/socialism in Amerika, and around the world in fact, governments will make it a crime to criticize them and their idiocy and their criminality. They are indicating that they will use “espionage” or “sedition” to criminalize dissent and disobedience. This is already being done on the college campuses all across Amerika.

And everyone will have a “threat assessment,” to pre-determine if they might be a “threat” i.e. a critic of the regime, a dissenter, a political opponent, someone who really is a threat to the power of the elites. Not good.

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Lee Friday asks, Does the State care more about tax evasion than murder?

Brian Miller writes about the history of the militarization of police.

Zero Hedge with an article on Obama intel chiefs panicking: Trump to declassify Russiagate docs.

Sayer Ji writes that “measles” caused by MMR vaccine reaction, acknowledged by New Hampshire state officials.

Joe Lauria on the new Julian Assange “Espionage Act” indictment.

Mike Masnick on the new Assange indictment making insane, unprecedented use of Espionage Act on things journalists do all the time.

Scott Shackford on new espionage charges against Assange: bad for journalists, worse for citizens.

Zero Hedge with an article on a CIA whistleblower who says that Julian Assange will be railroaded by the “hanging” judge.

Craig Murray discusses the Swedish arrest warrant for Assange.

Jeff Deist on Envy, Inc.

Wendy McElroy on the parallel universes that are America.

Mac Slavo says that young people are increasingly blaming “climate change” for not saving for retirement.

Bill Tallen confronts the myths about “arming teachers.”

Gary Barnett writes about the ongoing destruction of the minds of children.

And Brandon Smith on academic elitists inventing a new way to rig voting.

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.)

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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.