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    06-23-2016, 09:57 PM
    BBC: UK votes to leave European Union The BBC and ITV News have called the referendum for "Leave" to win. CNN is not yet predicting the result of the once-in-a-generation vote, which could lead to the UK being the first country to leave the European bloc. http://www.wmur.com/national/in-or-out-uk-votes-in-referendum-on-eu-membership/40185430
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    06-22-2016, 02:04 PM
    Civil Liberties Activists Mobilize Against Surveillance Amendment McConnell Amendment Would Give FBI Warrantless Access to Private Data The FBI is always pushing for more surveillance power, and had recently called for a “amendment” of the law regarding what data they can get without a warrant. The law right now lists things the FBI can get, which the FBI called a “typo,” insisting those were meant to just be examples, and that the FBI could get virtually anything they want at any time if it’s terror related. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY), backed by several other Republicans, introduced exactly such an amendment last night, aiming to give the FBI unfettered access to, among other things, the web browsing history of all Americans. The ACLU was quick to come out against the plan, saying they are “strongly opposed” to the plan, which not only dramatically expands FBI surveillance but also makes “lone wolf” parts of the Patriot Act permanent.
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    06-22-2016, 12:58 PM
    Israeli Intel Chief: We Don’t Want ISIS Defeated in Syria Says ISIS Faces Difficulty, Loss Would Put Israel in 'Hard Position' In a speech at the Herzliya Conference, Israel’s military intelligence chief, Major General Herzi Halevy, took Israel’s long-standing position that it “prefers ISIS” over the Syrian government to a whole ‘nother level, declaring openly that Israel does not want to see ISIS defeated in the war. Quoted in the Hebrew-language NRG site, linked to Maariv, Maj. Gen. Halevy expressed concern about the recent offensives against ISIS territory, saying that in the last three months the Islamist group was facing the “most difficult” situation since its inception and declaration of a caliphate. Israeli officials have regularly expressed comfort with the idea of ISIS conquering the whole of Syria, saying they find it preferable to the Iran-allied government surviving the war. At the same time, they were never so overtly supportive of ISIS and its survival.
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    06-22-2016, 11:12 AM
    As Gabbard mentioned in the above video from Peace Piper, 135 House members voted for her amendment to stop funding to Syria's so-called ""moderate"" rebels. Here's the roll call for that if you're interested in looking up your congressperson's vote: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/114-2016/h328. Gabbard is asking us to call our Congressperson to support her bill HR 4108 to stop funding for "rebels": Here is that bill: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/4108. "This bill prohibits the obligation or expenditure of funds available to the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, any other U.S. agency or entity involved in intelligence activities, or the National Security Council to provide assistance (including training, equipment, supplies, stipends, construction of training and associated facilities, and sustainment) to any element of the Syrian opposition or to any other Syrian group or individual seeking to overthrow the government of the Syrian Arab Republic unless the funds are specifically authorized to be appropriated and appropriated for such purpose."
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    06-21-2016, 07:21 PM
    Omar Mateen identified himself as an Islamic soldier & told 911 operator that the U.S. needed to stop bombing Iraq and Syria: http://www.ktts.com/news/new-gunman-told-police-bombing-in-iraq-and-syria-should-stop
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    06-15-2016, 12:07 AM
    http://www.wfaa.com/news/nation-now/officers-may-have-shot-orlando-club-patrons/243700448
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    06-04-2016, 04:34 PM
    http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2016/june/03/obama-hands-corrupt-ukraine-another-billion-us-dollars/
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    06-04-2016, 04:29 PM
    I agree; what other reason could they have for destroying this evidence?
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    06-04-2016, 02:32 PM
    http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2016/june/03/washington-to-moscow-stop-targeting-al-qaeda-in-syria-youll-kill-our-moderates/
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    06-04-2016, 02:29 PM
    I tend to agree with you on this. At first I assumed it was Russian airstrikes as they've patiently waited since February for the U.S. to get it's ""moderate"" rebels to separate from al Qaeda's nusra front. But had there been proof of this, it would surely have been all over U.S. corporate news that the Russians 'were slaughtering innocent civilians'.
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    06-04-2016, 11:29 AM
    He was 16 years old, charged but never tried for stealing a backpack of which he claimed he was innocent, put into solitary confinement and imprisoned for 3 years for a crime he was never convicted of... 85% of prisoners in Rikers have not been convicted of a crime: Here's an earlier discussion of his case:
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    06-04-2016, 11:04 AM
    Totally agree. I also wonder about their purposefully destroying evidence that supported the case of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed -- was he truly the architect of 9/11? What are they trying to hide by destroying this evidence?
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    06-01-2016, 06:54 PM
    http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/31/gitmo-judge-allowed-destruction-evidence-911-case-report
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    06-01-2016, 06:47 PM
    Correct. I personally don't care what kind of governments exist in other countries as long as our government isn't involved. But other governments (including our own) are forcing democracy onto that country; my only point is that if all these other governments want to force democracy on Syria then Assad (who will accept democracy for his country and stand down if he's voted out) should be on the ballot.
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    06-01-2016, 03:43 PM
    Bashar Assad has _repeatedly_ stated that he wants internationally monitored elections and that if the people of Syria vote him out of power that he will gladly step down. Last year he asked for internationally monitored elections and the U.S. refused saying he must step down. So the elections went on and he overwhelmingly was voted to stay in power. Since most of those who voted were Sunni (they are Syria's majority), it would seem that Sunni's in Syria felt that they were not repressed by his administration. So the answer is simple: Allow Assad to be on the ballot and if he loses then he steps down. If not, those arguing with his policies will need to figure things out for themselves. Remember there are a lot of foreigners in the Syrian "rebel" areas right now: by far the largest rebel area in Syria is the governorate of Idlib and within Idlib there are fighters from all over the planet -- including thousands of Chinese Uighers. Only Syrians should be allowed to vote in the election and foreigners creating the havoc need to be thrown out of the country.
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    05-30-2016, 09:44 PM
    The Russians patiently waited to attack al Qaeda's Nusra Front since February... giving warnings all along the way. Here's a link to explanations and background on this: http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?495662-US-Rejects-Russia’s-Call-for-Joint-Strikes-Against-Syria’s-al-Qaeda-Forces The Idlib Governorate in Syria is completely controlled by Qaeda's Nusra Front (it's their largest area of control)... at least until tonight. Some of the top leaders of Al Qaeda recently visited Idlib stating they wanted to create an Al Qaeda "Emirate" inside Syria's Idlib Governorate. Recently thousands more jihadists poured over Turkey's border into the Idlib Governorate. And homes in Idlib, previously the homes of Syrians who had fled the war in Syria years ago, are now inhabited by fighters from all over the planet -- including literally thousands of Chinese Uighers. It looks like tonight Russia attacked Idlib...
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    05-30-2016, 09:37 PM
    The Russians patiently waited to attack al Qaeda's Nusra Front since February... giving warnings all along the way. The Idlib Governorate in Syria is completely controlled by Qaeda's Nusra Front (it's their largest area of control)... at least until tonight. Some of the top leaders of Al Qaeda recently visited Idlib stating they wanted to create an Al Qaeda "Emirate" inside Syria's Idlib Governorate. Recently thousands more jihadists poured over Turkey's border into the Idlib Governorate. And homes in Idlib, previously the homes of Syrians who had fled the war in Syria years ago, are now inhabited by fighters from all over the planet -- including literally thousands of Chinese Uighers. It looks like tonight Russia attacked Idlib...
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    05-27-2016, 10:00 PM
    Yes but when Bush came to office we hadn't been at war for 15 straight years. The longest war in American history. Millions of innocent people dead. Endless troop "heroism" jammed down our throats wherever we turn in life -- taking my Dad to an Orioles game and the whole thank the troops bs on the ballfield, going to church and having to "pray for the troops", going to a local restaurant and being asked to donate to the troops... always a need to "thank the troops" for their "heroism". This crap makes me want to vomit. The only thing the vaunted "troops" have accomplished is making millions of more enemies for everyday Americans -- people that have seen their families blown apart by U.S. trained "rebels", people that have lost everything-- their lives, their families, their homes, their businesses. All because of "the troops" and the idiots that give them their "orders". I'm not disappointed in Raimondo because he's only human and he has a driving force inside him that wants to see these wars end. As does any sane person. And Trump offered hope -- at least temporarily during the debates -- until later we found that he actually supported going into both Iraq and Libya. I just can't fault Raimondo for that.
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