Ron Paul Reports Ukraine Story the Mainstream Media is Suppressing

RPI Chairman and Founder Ron Paul, over at the Ron Paul Channel, reports this week in a 14 minutes video the story behind the conflict in Ukraine. Paul also criticizes biases in how mainstream television programs cover the conflict, saying “they’re part of the banking system, they’re part of the military-industrial complex, they’re part of an educational system that endorses perpetual intervention overseas.” The full video is viewable without the subscription usually required for Ron Paul Channel videos.

In the video, Paul notes the hypocrisy of the United States government condemning Russia for violating Ukraine sovereignty while the United States has been invading countries, taking sides in revolutionary conflicts including in Ukraine, and interfering in elections around the world. Paul notes that, while many people around the world recognize this hypocrisy, “the propaganda here, in order to get the American people satisfied, is to say ‘they are the bad guys and we are the angels’”

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Supreme Court Makes ‘U-Turn’ Away from Protecting Privacy

Speaking this morning on Fox News, Judge Andrew Napolitano, an RPI Advisory Board member, explains the Unites States Supreme Court’s Fernandez v. California decision this week that gives police greater leeway to search homes without a warrant. Napolitano describes the decision as a “U-turn” away from privacy protection that bodes badly for future cases before the court, including cases concerning the National Security Agency and the US government’s mass spying program:

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RPI’s Adam Dick Addresses the Rise of Libertarians in American Politics

RPI Contributor Adam Dick comments today regarding the rise of libertarian ideas in American politics in a MintPress News article:

‘It is unfair to say that Libertarians are separating from conservatives,’ Adam Dick, a writer with the Ron Paul Institute, told MintPress News. Dick asserted that Libertarians come from all points in the political spectrum, and Democrats are just as likely to be Libertarians as Republicans.

‘There is a movement among some people in regards to Libertarian-thinking, the polling is showing that people are now seeing the government — more now than ever before — as being one of the greatest threats to individual rights … there is an undeniable libertarian movement underway that is separate and distinguishable from both the Republicans and the Democrats,’ Dick concluded.

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Ron Paul to President Obama: Snowden is Perfect Example for Granting Clemency

Following up on his interview with the Voice of Russia earlier this week, RPI Chairman and Founder Ron Paul elaborates, in his weekly podcast with Charles Goyette, why Paul is encouraging people to sign a petition urging President Barack Obama to grant clemency for whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Paul explains:

I think this is a perfect example of how [the United States president’s power to grant clemency] should be used. Under certain circumstances, individuals who may be charged for breaking a law may have been following a higher law, like a moral law or the Constitution.
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This is a perfect time to use the principle of clemency to let him off because technically he violated the technical law but he did not violate the Constitution. He was defending the Constitution. Isn’t it amazing that, if we have a government official that lied through their teeth to us and disobeyed the Constitution, they are never penalized, but you take one individual who lives up to a promise to uphold the Constitution and tells us the truth — those are the individuals being punished. I think we need to turn that around.
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I think the majority of the American people now are saying, “What is the purpose of putting somebody like Snowden in prison?”

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Ron Paul Discusses Snowden Clemency Petition and Foreign Policy In Depth

It is a treat to hear a non-rushed interview of Dr. Ron Paul that allows him to lay out more fully the reasoning behind his views. Paul, the chairman and founder of RPI, had such an interview this week with the Voice of Russia. Over 15 minutes, Paul discusses his petition for clemency for Edward Snowden as well as United States foreign policy generally and regarding Ukraine, Iran, Egypt, and Syria in particular.

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: DHS License Plate Tracking is Right Out of East Germany

Judge Andrew Napolitano, speaking with Stuart Varney on Fox Business this week, passionately denounces the United States Department of Homeland Security effort to indiscriminately track our movements with automated license plate readers. Napolitano, an RPI Advisory Board Member, explains for Varney the problem with the tracking:

Varney: What’s wrong with a police department — an instrument of government — taking a picture of a license plate, shooting it up to a satellite, a database, and back comes the information on whether this is a good guy or a bad guy? I don’t see what’s wrong with that.

Napolitano: Because the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution puts a bar on the ability of police to commence an investigation, and they have to jump over that bar, and that bar is called “articulable suspicion.” So, if they think there is something wrong — that the person driving the car is a bad guy, they can check it out. But, they cannot willy-nilly check out anything they want. The reason for that clause in the Fourth Amendment is to ensure that the police will only go after people when there’s a reasonable suspicion that they’re doing something wrong. They cannot commence an investigation of anybody they want. Otherwise, that brings us to East Germany.

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Eric Cantor Evokes George Washington and Founders to Promote His War Agenda

Apparently trying to one-up President Barack Obama, who last month twisted American history and logic to equate US government mass spying with Paul Revere and other revolutionaries’ actions to protect Americans from an oppressive government, House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is claiming President George Washington and the American founders would support Cantor’s world-wide interventionist agenda.

Cantor made the laughable assertion a key theme of his “An America That Leads” speech Monday at the Virginia Military Institute. The agenda Cantor proposes in his speech, and that we can expect the Republican leadership of the House to push, can be summed up as war, war, and more war. Here are some ways Cantor proposes America “leads”:

• Cantor laments any easing of sanctions on Iran and suggests imposing new sanctions, as well as employing the “credible threat of the use of military force” in diplomatic talks with Iran;

• Cantor laments that the US has forgone a military attack on Syria and calls on the US to take action to “change the balance of power on the ground” in Syria;

• Cantor laments that the US military may soon exit Afghanistan and calls for the military presence to continue;

• Cantor laments the easing of US intervention in Libya and calls for the US to “bolster the capabilities of the Libyan security forces and, as necessary, be willing to engage in and support counter-terrorism efforts;”

• Cantor laments that North Korea has, despite US sanctions, “yet to pay a meaningful price” and calls for increasing the sanctions and conducting joint military actions with “regional allies;”

• Cantor laments the US government’s failure to more aggressively challenge China regarding sea lanes in the vicinity of China and several other nations and calls for the US to provide “guidance, security, and coordination” in Asia;

• Cantor calls for “equipping security forces” in countries around the world for use in those countries and in their respective regions;

• Cantor laments that “we cannot continue to blindly reduce defense spending” (throwing aside the reality of a decade-plus of huge increases in military, intelligence, and “homeland security” spending) because the US needs to “project adequate military power in any theater, be it the Middle East, Latin America or Asia;” and

• Cantor calls on the US to “invest” in a “more lethal military” — to “promote peace and stability,” he says.

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Obama Promises ‘Prudent Limits’ on Drone Killings, Delivers Death by Unreliable Metadata

No wonder President Barack Obama has cloaked in secrecy his administration’s justifications for ordering “targeted killings,” including through the use of drones. Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald report in First Look’s “The Intercept” today that kill orders in the drones program are based on National Security Agency electronic surveillance analysis that is inherently misleading, easily foiled by targeted individuals, and necessarily causes the death and injury of unidentified, non-targeted people.

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Targeted Killings and Obama’s Secret Legal Memoranda

Like the George W. Bush Administration before it that sought to use secret legal memoranda to legitimize heinous treatment of prisoners, the Obama Administration appears to be using questionable and secret legal memoranda in an attempt to justify expanded presidential powers, including the power to use drones for “targeted killings.”

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