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What you need to know about the Iran Nuclear Deal and CIA Torturer Gina Haspel by: Patrick MacFarlane

The military industrial complex is in high gear as the United States has decided to step away from the Iran Nuclear Agreement–which was just about the only good thing to come out of the Obama Presidency.

There is absolutely ZERO evidence that Iran has pursued nuclear weapons since 2003. This is a claim that has been debunked over and over again by non-interventionists, most notably journalist Gareth Porter in his terrific book “Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare” (Amazon Affiliate Link).

The war hawks, guided by the Israel lobby, have been pushing for war with Iran for decades. In fact, since Donald Trump made the announcement, Israel has stepped up their bombing campaigns against Syrian and Iranian targets inside of Syria.

Distressingly, Iran has retaliated, by firing rockets at the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, an area of Syria that was illegally annexed by Israel in 1967.

The United States pulling out of the nuclear deal is just another step in the road towards a real confrontation between Israel, the United States, Iran, and their respective allies. Needless to say, it does not bode well for the prospects of peace, liberty, and prosperity.

In the meantime, the Senate Intelligence Committee interviewed proven torturer Gina Haspel as a part of her nomination for CIA Director.

In the words of veteran CIA analyst Ray McGovern, “[i]t is no secret that Haspel oversaw detainee torture, including waterboarding, at a CIA ‘black site’ base in Thailand,” later ordering the destruction of “dozens of videotapes of torture sessions.”

McGovern notes that, aside from being “intrinsically evil,” and in violation of international and domestic law, torture simply does not work and consistently yields false intelligence, which is then used to justify war.

A prime example: Colin Powell claimed to the UN security council in 2003 that there was a “sinister nexus” between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. This source of this false intelligence derived from the torture of Abu Yahya al-Libi, who less than a year later admitted that he made the story up while being waterboarded by Egyptian intelligence.

This “intelligence” resulted, in part, in the 2003 invasion of Iraq that destroyed the country. The ensuing chaos saw the rise of an international jihadist insurgency (Al Qaeda in Iraq (ISIS)) as radical Islamist militants flooded the country looking for any opportunity to fight against the American Empire.

It is of the utmost importance that the American Public be educated about these issues. Please take the time to share this content and get the word out.

US Out of the Iran Deal as Torturer Gina Haspel Interviews for CIA Head Ep. 73 ft. Kyle Anzalone

Today I am joined by returning guest and resident foreign policy expert at the Libertarian Union, Kyle Anzalone. We discuss the history of Iran, the history of the Iran Deal, and Trump pulling out of said deal. We also discuss confirmed torturer Gina Haspel’s interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee on her way to becoming  CIA Director, as well as how veteran CIA analyst and whistle blower Ray McGovern was brutally assaulted by capitol police after his protestation of the hearing.

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Record Afghan Opium Crop Signals Violent Year for U.S. Forces (Co-authored with Will Porter)

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Associated Press: South Sudan accuses US of blocking path to country’s peace

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Show Notes:

Trump Announces the US will Withdraw from the JCPOA

Ray McGovern: Will a Torturer Become CIA Director?

Andrew J. Bacevich: America’s War for the Greater Middle East (Amazon Affiliate Link)

Gareth Porter–Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare (Amazon Affiliate Link)

Moon of Alabama: Trump Ends The Nuclear Deal With Iran – What’s Next?

Zerohedge: Israel Launches Air Strike on Iran Base Near Damascus

Jason Ditz (Antiwar.com) Israel Attacks Syria Less Than an Hour After Trump Speech

Capitol Police Thugs Brutalize 78 year-old CIA Whistleblower Ray McGovern for Speaking out Against Confirmed Torturer Gina Haspel

100+ High Ranking Intelligence Professionals Write Open Letter Against Torturer Gina Haspel

Generation Kill (Amazon Affiliate Link)

Netflix: “Under the Shadow” [2016] (Iranian Film)

Illinois Counties Move to Nullify State Gun Control Legislation Ep. 72

Using a doctrine neither party can correctly identify, five counties in Illinois have declared their intention to nullify state-level gun control regulations. I discuss the story and hearken back to my previous work on the nullification doctrine.

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Mises Institute Power & Market Blog: Illinois Counties Vote to Nullify State Gun Laws

Fox News: Illinois counties form ‘sanctuaries’ for gun owners to thwart state’s push for gun control

Think Progress: Illinois Republicans announce ‘sanctuary’ status to fight gun restrictions

The Liberty Weekly Podcast Ep. 4: Nullify Now! Combat Federal Despotism with State Action

The Liberty Weekly Podcast Ep. 17: Getting to Ancapistan: Secession Begins at Home

Liberation Library [2] Reclaiming the American Revolution: The Kentucky & Virginia Resolutions & Their Legacy

No Charges for Officers Who Tased Mentally Ill Man TO DEATH in His Shower Ep. 71

For my first episode back from a brief reprieve from Liberty Weekly, I lend my legal analysis to a horrible case out of Milwaukee County where District Attorney John Chrisholm has declined to file criminal charges against police officers who tased a mentally ill man to death in his shower. It is of the utmost importance that the public understand why Chrisholm made the decision he did and what legal questions he had to answer.

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Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chrisholm’s Decision

Wis. Stat. 934.45 Privilege 

Wis. Stat. 51.20 Involuntary Commitment for Treatment

42 U.S. Code § 1983 – Civil Action for Deprivation of Rights

Non-State Solutions to Domestic Violence Ep. 55 ft. Trey Weaver

The Truth About Warren v. DC Ep. 46

Free Thought Project: Cops Break Into Innocent Man’s Home, Taser Him to Death in the Shower—No Charges

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Taser use cited in man’s death; prosecutor considering charges against West Milwaukee cops

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: A mentally ill man died after being hit 18 times with a Taser in his home. The police officers weren’t charged.

FOX 6 Milwaukee: Family of man who died after being ‘hit 15 times with electricity’ plans legal action against police

FOX 6 Milwaukee: Officers cleared of wrongdoing in death of West Milwaukee man who died after being Tased

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A Tale of Two Constitutions: Scottish Liberty on the Liberty Weekly Podcast Ep. 70


I was very pleased to bring on Antony Sammeroff and Tom Laird of the Scottish Liberty Podcast! We had a great discussion about Scottish & UK politics, Count Dankula, the British & American Constitutions, personal development, and free market environmentalism.

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Scottish Liberty Podcast: What People Don’t Know About Capitalism and the Free Market!

Scottish  Liberty Podcast: The Myth of Free Market Monopolies

Antony’s Blog: “Seeing the Unseen” at seeingnotseen.blogspot.com

The Economics of Recycling | Floy Lilley

Be Yourself and LOVE It!

Scottish Libertarians.com

Taxation Makes SLAVES of Us All Ep. 69

Happy (belated) Taxation is Theft Day! If you live in the geographical area known as the United States of America, you just got fleeced by tax season! Not only did the government forcibly take your income under the threat of violence, but they made YOU calculate how much you “owed” them. In today’s episode I connect the dots between taxation being theft (or extortion) and how by definition, that makes us all slaves to the respective governments who would claim to rule us.

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Liberty Weekly: Libertarian Anarchists Are Modern Day Abolitionists

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano: Taxation is Theft Mises Wire

Frank Chodorov: Taxation Is Robbery Mises Daily

Michael S. Rozeff: Taxation Isnt’t Only Theft, It’s Destruction Mises Wire

Peter Schiff: Two Former Social Security Officials Admit The System Is Not Much Different from a Ponzi Scheme

US Legal: Elements of Extortion

Quizlet: Criminal Law: Property Crimes: Theft Offenses

Larken Rose: How is Taxation Not Theft?

Keith Knight’s Don’t Tread on Anyone

Libertarianism in a Former Soviet Block Ep. 68 Ft. Dtluna

New(ish) friend of the show, Dtluna joins me from Minsk, Belarus, to chat about Belorussian history, deprogramming language, and taking control of your tech! DT has been a great friend of the show and I am really excited to bring his perspective! Hope you enjoy as well.

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Libertarians in a World on the Brink Ep. 67 Ft. Keith Knight

Esteemed friend of the show Keith Knight joins me to discuss libertarian tactics and current events in a wide ranging variety show of the highest quality! We cover lots of topics and, as always, Keith provides unique insights through his heavily sourced, encyclopedic knowledge of history, philosophy, and economics.

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Where is the American Antiwar Movement?

As voluntaryists, we understand that it is impossible to delegate rights to third parties that we do not ourselves possess. Therefore, murder is not justified just because “society” delegates that some men are “soldiers.” With this reasoning, we arrive to the conclusion that war is simply murder on an industrial scale.

Aside from being mass murder, war is also the health of the state. The state waxes fat off war, expanding its own power both domestically and internationally, using central banking to transfer wealth from the many to the few, thereby socializing the costs of war while lining the pockets of special interests.

To top it all off, war mobilizes the propaganda wing of the state, girding the opinion molders in academia and Hollywood to inundate the public with war fervor and state worship.

Because war supercharges the state apparatus, enslaves generations to debt-based servitude, erodes liberties at home, and results in the immoral death of millions, one must come to the conclusion that the issue of war and peace is one of the most pressing issues facing the modern Liberty Movement.

Great . . . so where is the rest of the antiwar movement in the United States? Where is the antiwar movement within our own movement? When is the last time this country saw a real antiwar movement?

True, the 1960s antiwar movement was not perfect and was corrupted with marxism, free love, and fueled by opposition to the draft as much, or even more, than moral concern.

However, we need some kind of antiwar movement. Where is it?

. . . Bueller?

Just as important, where is the antiwar Left? We need them too. At the moment, the prospect of an antiwar movement from the Left are not promising. Some on the Left have even decried antiwar sentiment on the Right as being a dog-whistle for white supremacy…seriously.

18 years in Afghanistan . . . bases all across the world? Largest military budget in human history . . .

Enough!

More than just about anything else (aside from ending the Fed, the mechanism that makes this all possible), the United States needs a new antiwar movement.

Unfortunately, it is not enough to only prevent US military escalation in Syria. We must go further than that, or we will only be waiting for the next false flag push for escalation. We have to actually make progress in bringing the troops home. This will obviously demand heightened activism.

My question is, who is going to put that together? I think the onus is on us libertarians, because practically no one else seems concerned.

What say you?

EMERGENCY BROADCAST: Call Your Rep and Say “No” to More US Intervention in Syria Ep. 66

Here we go again! Another false flag chemical attack meant to drag the United States into more war in the Middle East. Let it not be said that we sat on our hands and did nothing while the seeds of WWIII were sown! Calling “your representatives” to say no to mass murder does not violate voluntaryist principles. It will take less than 5 minutes.

Call TODAY!
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Record Afghan Opium Crop Signals Violent Year for U.S. Forces (Co-authored with Will Porter)

syria.liveuamap.com

Show Notes:

FPF #179: “Trump Beats the Syria War Drum” w/ Will Porter

Moon of Alabama: Syria – Any U.S. Strike Will Lead to Escalation

Cato Daily Podcasts: POTUS Lacks Authority to Strike in Syrian Quagmire

CBS News: Nikki Haley Issues New Warning Over Syria Chemical Weapons Attacks