Rep. Walter Jones: Declassify 9/11 Report and End Afghanistan War

Rep. Walter Jones, on the Alex Jones Show Thursday, discusses his resolution in the United States House of Representatives calling for making public the 28 classified pages of a congressional 9/11 report “so we can wake up America to who financed 9/11.” Rep. Jones, an RPI Advisory Board Member, also discusses his effort to end the US government’s spending and military action in Afghanistan immediately instead of keeping the US military in Afghanistan another ten or more years.

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Dennis Kucinich for Ohio Governor?

Larry Durstin offers some speculation at the Cleveland Leader about Dennis Kucinich, an RPI Advisory Board Member, running for Ohio Governor:

Dennis Kucinich: With Ed FitzGerald’s campaign for governor looking weaker by the day, Dennis Kucinich will attempt a “Last Hurrah” run for the Democratic nomination. This makes perfect sense since the old warrior lives to run…

Also, his lack of concern for the state’s Democratic establishment (and its unwise, hasty backing of Fitz) enables him to buck them with glee. And, truth be told, a Kucinich candidacy is the only possible thing that could make the gubernatorial contest interesting, especially since – barring an Act of God – no one can beat Kasich.

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Ron Paul Rewind: End US Marijuana Prohibition and War on Drugs

Despite Colorado implementing on January 1 the legal sale and purchase of marijuana for recreational use, marijuana growers, vendors, and purchasers in Colorado will continue looking over their shoulders concerned that US government police may bust them for violating federal marijuana prohibition. In June, 2011 Rep. Ron Paul joined Rep. Barney Frank as the lead Republican cosponsor of Frank’s Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act (HR 2306). Paul took the introduction of the bill as an opportunity to discuss with Larry Kudlow on CNBC the need to end the US government’s marijuana prohibition and war on drugs:

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Sen. Bernie Sanders Exposes Bloated Military and Intelligence Spending

Sen. Bernie Sanders, in a US Senate floor speech Thursday explaining his “no” vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 3304), exposes “wasteful, inefficient, and often fraudulent” Department of Defense spending. Sanders also addresses the bloated nature of US military spending compared to military spending by other governments as well as the tens of billions of dollars sucked yearly into US intelligence agencies’ “black budget.”

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Judge Andrew Napolitano Explains Court Ruling on NSA, Describes Conspiracy Against US Constitution

In interviews Monday and Tuesday, Judge Andrew Napolitano explains the Monday United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruling that certain US National Security Agency mass spying activities are “almost certainly unconstitutional”—a ruling that buttresses Napolitano’s column last week describing such mass spying as a criminal conspiracy to violate rights guaranteed by the US Constitution.

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Ron Paul: Freedom Is Not a Partisan Issue

Speaking Friday with Charles Goyette in their weekly podcast conversation, RPI Chairman and Founder Ron Paul discusses his recommendations for young people interested in becoming involved in politics, including Paul’s guidance that people may advance freedom under various party labels. Paul welcomes advancing freedom under party labels including Democrat, Green, Libertarian, and Republican.

Speaking of his deliberation in the 1970s regarding whether to run for the US House of Representatives, Paul, who ultimately ran and served in the House as a Republican, notes that he sought advice from Rep. Larry McDonald who served in the House as a Democrat. Paul also relates that he and McDonald together opposed a US government flu vaccination scheme that had overwhelming Republican and Democrat support in the House.

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New House Resolution Calls for Declassifying Secret Portion of 9/11 Report

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced a resolution this week in the House of Representatives urging President Barack Obama to declassify 28 pages of a joint House and Senate Intelligence Committee report that includes information concerning foreign governments’ involvement in terrorist attacks in the US. The George W. Bush administration redacted the pages from the December 2002 report of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001.

The text of the resolution Jones, an RPI Advisory Board member, introduced along with cosponsor Rep. Stephen Lynch follows:

H. Res. 428

RESOLUTION

Urging the president to release information regarding the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks upon the United States.

Whereas President George W. Bush classified 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001;

Whereas the contents of the redacted pages are necessary for a full public understanding of the events and circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001, attacks upon the United States;

Whereas the Executive Branch’s decision to maintain the classified status of these pages prevents the people of the United States from having access to information about the involvement of certain foreign governments in the terrorist attacks of September 2001; and

Whereas the people of the United States and the families of the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks deserve full and public disclosure of the results of the Joint Inquiry: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that–

(1) the President should declassify the 28-page section of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001; and

(2) the families of the victims and the people of the United States deserve answers about the events and circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001, attacks upon the United States.

For background information regarding the subject of Jones’s resolution, read below, from the Congressional Record, the October 28, 2003 US Senate debate on an amendment that offered a similar resolution. In the debate, Sens. Byron Dorgan and Bob Graham, who was the chairman of the Senate committee jointly responsible for the report, provide arguments for a “yes” vote. Immediately following their speeches, debate is shut down and a vote prevented based on an objection made by Sen. Mitch McConnell.

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House ‘Improves’ TSA Instead of Ending It

Following another Thanksgiving travel period with the Transportation Security Administration subjecting travelers to infuriating harassment, the House of Representatives leadership has scheduled for House floor consideration Tuesday three bills that will tinker with the TSA while allowing the harassment to continue. The three bills are the TSA Loose Change Act (HR 1095), the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act (HR 2719), and the Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act (HR 1204)

All three bills are scheduled for consideration under suspension of the rules—a process generally reserved for noncontroversial legislation. Because bills considered under suspension of the rules are not subject to amendments on the House floor, the House Republican and Democrat leadership have enured there will be no debate or vote on amendments that would end or significantly restrict the TSA harassment.

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