The Rutherford Institute :: It’s Un-American To Be Anti-Free Speech: Protect the Right to Criticize the Government | By John W. Whitehead |

July 17, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

“It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government,” insisted Paine. “When the government violates the people’s rights,” Lafayette warned, “insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensable of duties.” Adams cautioned, “A settled plan to deprive the people of all the benefits, blessings and ends of the contract, to subvert the fundamentals of the constitution, to deprive them of all share in making and executing laws, will justify a revolution.” And who could forget Patrick Henry with his ultimatum: “Give me liberty or give me death!”

Having lost our tolerance for free speech in its most provocative, irritating and offensive forms, the American people have become easy prey for a police state where only government speech is allowed. You see, the powers-that-be understand that if the government can control speech, it controls thought and, in turn, it can control the minds of the citizenry.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: It’s Un-American To Be Anti-Free Speech: Protect the Right to Criticize the Government | By John W. Whitehead |

John Derbyshire: The “Dark And Dangerous” Side Of Anti-Nationalism Comes For Tommy Robinson—In Britain AND America | Articles | VDARE.com

July 15, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Yoram Hazony, author of the book The Virtue of Nationalism (and sparring partner of VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow) felt obliged to go on Twitter the other day to note that, quote:

There’s a “dark and dangerous side” to nationalism. But there’s also a “dark and dangerous side” to internationalism. Why are we expected to constantly mention the first, but not the second? It’s like having the surgeon general’s warning on chewing tobacco, but not on cigarettes.

Of course Hazony is right. The commanding heights of our culture are in the hands of fanatical anti-national, anti-white ideologues who are interested in power; they are interested in conquest; they are interested in victory—total victory in the Cold Civil War.

For a look at what we have in store as the ideologues tighten their grip, glance across the Atlantic and consider the case of Tommy Robinson.

Source: John Derbyshire: The “Dark And Dangerous” Side Of Anti-Nationalism Comes For Tommy Robinson—In Britain AND America | Articles | VDARE.com

Mr. President: Act against the republic’s domestic and foreign foes | Non-Intervention2 – Michael Scheuer

July 1, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

In my memory from working for CIA, Mr. President, the chief of Britain’s sigint service (GCHQ) must seek the approval of the UK Foreign Secretary, and then, I think, the prime minister, to proceed with the UK’s most dangerous and sensitive intelligence collection operations. Now, on 17 November 2017 — that is, after you won the presidency — then GCHQ-chief Richard Hannigan asked the UK Foreign Minister – a man named Boris Johnson – to approve the renewal of a 90-day program of GCHQ sigint collection against “the Trump organization and Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., both located 725 5th Avenue, New York, USA”. The GCHQ chief reminded Boris Johnson that this collection program — named “FULSOME” – was established at President Obama’s request on/or before 15 September 2017, that is, before the election. (NB: The -approved GCHQ anti-Trump/anti-America collection program therefore appears to have run, at least, from 15 September 2017 to 15 March 2018. I have found no data showing that Johnson opposed this covert operation against, first, a private U.S. citizen, and then against a sitting U.S. president.)

Source: Mr. President: Act against the republic’s domestic and foreign foes | Non-Intervention2

NSA Caught Collecting Data of Americans in Violation of the Law – Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.

July 1, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Based on documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a resulting story published by the Wall Street Journal, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reports:

Based on documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a resulting story published by the Wall Street Journal, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reports:

The NSA collected information, including who phone-users were calling and for how long, after a telecommunications firm began sending the information to the NSA — despite the fact that it had received no orders that would have authorized them to do so. Although the name of the company is redacted, for years it has been widely reported that large telecommunication firms like AT&T and Verizon have worked with the NSA as part of BLARNEY, an NSA project that leverages “commercial partnerships” in order to gather intelligence.

“These documents only confirm that this surveillance program is beyond redemption and should be shut down for good,” said Patrick Toomey, the ACLU’s staff lawyer, as reported by the Washington Post. “The NSA’s collection of Americans’ call records is too sweeping, the compliance problems too many, and evidence of the program’s value all but nonexistent. There is no justification for leaving this surveillance power in the NSA’s hands.”

Source: NSA Caught Collecting Data of Americans in Violation of the Law

Liberty Has Lost Its Protection – PaulCraigRoberts.org

June 29, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

July 4 should be a day of mourning.  The rights our ancestors fought for have been taken away.

Over the course of my lifetime there has been a fundamental shift in the attitude of the judiciary toward Constitutional rights.  I remember when guarding against any diminishing of constitutional rights was considered more important than convicting another criminal. There were cases in which the evidence needed in order to convict a person could not be collected, or used if collected, because it violated constitutional rights.  There are many instances of criminals walking free because police, prosecutors, and trials violated their rights.  Much of the unthinking public would be enraged, because judges let a criminal off.  The public were unable to understand that the judges were protecting their rights as well as the criminal’s.

This is an age old problem.  In Robert Bolt’s play, A Man for All Seasons, Sir Thomas More, Chancellor of England, is criticized for refusing to bend the law in order to better pursue criminals. Sir Thomas asks his critic, if I cut down the law in order to pursue devils, what happens to the innocent when authority turns on them?  This question formerly had a powerful presence in the courtroom.

Source: Liberty Has Lost Its Protection – PaulCraigRoberts.org

NSA Again Exposed For Unauthorized Collection Of Americans’ Phone Records | Zero Hedge

June 29, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Yet again, the National Security Agency has been exposed for “accidentally over

collecting” call-record metadata of millions of Americans. According to a WSJ report that relied on documents obtained by the ACLU, the NSA received metadata records from an unnamed phone company that the agency hadn’t been authorized to collect.

According to the report, it’s unclear how the overcollection occurred, but the incident took place after the NSA said it had purged hundreds of millions of metadata records it had amassed since 2015 in a separate overcollection episode.

For those who aren’t familiar with the concept, “Metadata” include the numbers called or texted and the associated time stamps, but not the contents of the conversation.

Source: NSA Again Exposed For Unauthorized Collection Of Americans’ Phone Records | Zero Hedge

The Rutherford Institute :: The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s 1984 Is No Longer Fiction | By John W. Whitehead |

June 11, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Incredibly, as the various nascent technologies employed and shared by the government and corporations alike—facial recognition, iris scanners, massive databases, behavior prediction software, and so on—are incorporated into a complex, interwoven cyber network aimed at tracking our movements, predicting our thoughts and controlling our behavior, the dystopian visions of past writers is fast becoming our reality.

Our world is characterized by widespread surveillance, behavior prediction technologies, data mining, fusion centers, driverless cars, voice-controlled homes, facial recognition systems, cybugs and drones, and predictive policing (pre-crime) aimed at capturing would-be criminals before they can do any damage.

Surveillance cameras are everywhere. Government agents listen in on our telephone calls and read our emails. Political correctness—a philosophy that discourages diversity—has become a guiding principle of modern society.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s 1984 Is No Longer Fiction | By John W. Whitehead |

The Rutherford Institute :: You’re Under Arrest: How the Police State Muzzles Our Right to Speak Truth to Power | By John W. Whitehead

June 6, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

What the First Amendment protects—and a healthy constitutional republic requires—are citizens who routinely exercise their right to speak truth to power.

What the architects of the police state want are submissive, compliant, cooperative, obedient, meek citizens who don’t talk back, don’t challenge government authority, don’t speak out against government misconduct, and don’t step out of line.

For those who refuse to meekly accept the heavy-handed tyranny of the police state, the danger is all too real.

We live in an age in which “we the people” are at the mercy of militarized, weaponized, immunized cops who have almost absolute discretion to decide who is a threat, what constitutes resistance, and how harshly they can deal with the citizens they were appointed to “serve and protect.”

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: You’re Under Arrest: How the Police State Muzzles Our Right to Speak Truth to Power | By John W. Whitehead

Now, the Swedish Arrest Warrant for Assange – Consortiumnews – Craig Murray

May 23, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

My contention is borne out by the fact that, immediately after Assange lost his case against the warrant in the Supreme Court, the British government changed the law to specify that future warrants must be from a judge and not a prosecutorThat is just one of the incredible facts about the Assange case that the mainstream media has hidden from the general public.

The judgement against Assange in the U.K. Supreme Court on the point of whether the Swedish prosecutor constituted a “judicial authority” hinged on a completely unprecedented and frankly incredible piece of reasoning. Lord Phillips concluded that in the English text of an EU treaty “judicial authority” could not include the Swedish prosecutor, but that in the French version “autorite judiciaire”could include the Swedish prosecutor. The two texts having equal validity, Lord Phillips decided to prefer the French language text over the English language text, an absolutely stunning decision as the U.K. negotiators could be presumed to have been working from the English text, as could U.K. ministers and parliament when they ratified the decision.

Source: Now, the Swedish Arrest Warrant for Assange – Consortiumnews

New CN Series: The Revelations of WikiLeaks: No. 1—The Video that Put Assange in US Crosshairs – Consortiumnews – Elizabeth Vos

April 24, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

WikiLeaks was founded in 2006, but it was the April 5, 2010, publication of “Collateral Murder” that made the whistleblower-publisher a world-wide phenomenon, attracting admirers and enemies.

WikiLeaks wrote of the film: “The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.”

WikiLeaks noted that Reuters had unsuccessfully attempted to gain access to the video through the Freedom of Information Act in the years after the strike.

The day after the release of the footage, The New York Times described WikiLeaks as a once-fringe website that had moved into the big time. “The site has become a thorn in the side of authorities in the United States and abroad,” it said. “With the Iraq attack video, the clearinghouse for sensitive documents is edging closer toward a form of investigative journalism and to advocacy.”

Source: New CN Series: The Revelations of WikiLeaks: No. 1—The Video that Put Assange in US Crosshairs – Consortiumnews

The Rutherford Institute :: From Jesus Christ to Julian Assange: When Dissidents Become Enemies of the State | By John W. Whitehead |

April 16, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

When exposing a crime is treated as committing a crime, you are being ruled by criminals.

In the current governmental climate, where laws that run counter to the dictates of the Constitution are made in secret, passed without debate, and upheld by secret courts that operate behind closed doors, obeying one’s conscience and speaking truth to the power of the police state can render you an “enemy of the state.”

That list of so-called “enemies of the state” is growing.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is merely the latest victim of the police state’s assault on dissidents and whistleblowers.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: From Jesus Christ to Julian Assange: When Dissidents Become Enemies of the State | By John W. Whitehead |

Punishing the Past, Impeding the Future: the Arrest of Assange – Counter Punch – GIORGIO AGAMBEN

April 15, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

I met Assange two years ago at the Embassy of Ecuador in London, and remembering what he had told me during our encounter I think one can understand why he was arrested today. Assange mentioned to me that he was investigating how Google was planning to make use of the immense quantity of information at its disposal. It had to do with, according to Assange, selling to insurance companies and secret services data about the interests, desires, consumption habits, state of health, reading practices…in a nutshell data about the life of millions of individuals in all its aspects.

According to Assange—and I believe we can share his view—this would mean an unprecedented increase in the possible ways of controlling human beings through the powers of the market and the police. What is at the core of Assange’s arrest is, therefore, not only the desire to punish past WikiLeaks investigations, but to impede investigations currently underway that evidently all those implicated seem to be threatened by. It is also for this reason that it is necessary to express unreserved solidarity with Assange.

Source: Punishing the Past, Impeding the Future: the Arrest of Assange

Guess who killed our freedom of speech? – John Kaminski

April 15, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Once upon a time, U.S. politicians use to brag about how America was the only place in the world that permitted genuine freedom of speech. Of course, like everything else they say, that turned out to be a lie. Perhaps it is the greatest lie we have ever heard in our lifetimes.

In fact, America has traded its Constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech for laws protecting the very people aiming to destroy the country.

We’ve lost our First Amendment, you know? Yes, that’s the one that claims to protect our Freedom of Speech. Hell, most Americans don’t know or care whether it exists or not, but the implications for everyone are ominous. Already in Michigan lawmakers are making of list of people who oppose government lies. Link

Source: Guess who killed our freedom of speech?

The Assange arrest is a warning from history | Intrepid Report.com – John Pilger

April 15, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The shocking arrest of Assange carries a warning for all who, as Oscar Wilde wrote, “sow the seeds of discontent [without which] there would be no advance towards civilisation”. The warning is explicit towards journalists. What happened to the founder and editor of WikiLeaks can happen to you on a newspaper, you in a TV studio, you on radio, you running a podcast.

Assange’s principal media tormentor, the Guardian, a collaborator with the secret state, displayed its nervousness this week with an editorial that scaled new weasel heights. The Guardian has exploited the work of Assange and WikiLeaks in what its previous editor called “the greatest scoop of the last 30 years”. The paper creamed off WikiLeaks’ revelations and claimed the accolades and riches that came with them.

Source: The Assange arrest is a warning from history | Intrepid Report.com

Edward Snowden: Assange Arrest “Dark Moment For Press Freedom” – One For “The History Books” | Zero Hedge

April 11, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

“Assange’s critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom,” NSA whistleblower and leaker Edward Snowden wrote on Twitter in reaction to seeing WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange dragged by UK police from his seven year asylum captivity at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday.

As we reported Assange’s lawyer has confirmed that he was arrested not solely on charges stemming from skipping bail in the UK, but in connection with an extradition request from the US.

Hours after Assange was loaded into the police van, WikiLeaks confirmed he’d been taken to Westminster Magistrates court, noting “He has been arrested under a US extradition warrant for conspiracy with @xychelsea for publishing classified information revealing war crimes in 2010.”

Source: Edward Snowden: Assange Arrest “Dark Moment For Press Freedom” – One For “The History Books” | Zero Hedge

Julian Assange Arrested in London After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum – The Intercept – Robert Mackey

April 11, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Assange’s lawyer, Jen Robinson, tweeted that he had been arrested not just for breach of bail conditions in the United Kingdom, but also in relation to an American extradition request. Apparently citing Assange himself as a source, the lawyer said the warrant was for allegedly conspiring with Chelsea Manning to leak documents in 2010.

Moreno also said that British authorities had offered him a guarantee that Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could be tortured or face the death penalty. That seemed like a clear reference to the United States, where, the United States attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia accidentally revealed in November that it had filed a secret indictment charging Assange with crimes related to Wikileaks disclosures.

Source: Julian Assange Arrested in London After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum

Assange removed from Ecuadorian embassy in London

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The Real SPLC – American Free Press – John Friend

April 8, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The infamous Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) —also known as “Hate Inc.,” is one of the most powerful radical left-wing activist organizations in America. Today, however, it finds itself in total chaos due to events that have transpired in recent weeks. Morris Dees, the SPLC’s infamous co-founder and leader for decades, was fired by the organization and several other high-profile executives have now resigned.

On March 13, the SPLC, which masquerades as a civil rights group, announced that it had fired Dees, as this newspaper recently reported. Few specific details have emerged regarding the subversive, anti-America organization’s decision to sack Dees. Top officials have said merely he was let go for “misconduct.” Ten days later, SPLC’s president, Richard Cohen, who was regularly consulted by various mainstream media outlets as an expert on “hate,” announced he was resigning.

“After more than 30 years at the Southern Poverty Law Center, I’ve decided to step down,” Cohen announced in a statement released on March 23. “Other legacy civil rights organizations have transitioned to a new generation of leaders, and I believe that we should, too.”

Source: The Real SPLC – American Free Press

The Rutherford Institute :: Don’t Shoot the Dogs: The Growing Epidemic of Cops Shooting Family Dogs | By John W. Whitehead |

March 19, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The absurd cruelties of the American police state keep reaching newer heights.

Consider that if you kill a police dog, you could face a longer prison sentence than if you’d murdered someone or abused a child.

If a cop kills your dog, however, there will be little to no consequences for that officer.

Not even a slap on the wrist.

In this, as in so many instances of official misconduct by government officials, the courts have ruled that the cops have qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that incentivizes government officials to engage in lawless behavior without fear of repercussions.

This is the heartless, heartbreaking, hypocritical injustice that passes for law and order in America today.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Don’t Shoot the Dogs: The Growing Epidemic of Cops Shooting Family Dogs | By John W. Whitehead |

Look at the UK and see tyranny being imposed on disarmed Britons | Non-Intervention2 – Michael Scheuer

March 16, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Nearly three years ago, the majority of the British electorate voted in a referendum to leave the EU. The British voters were sick of Brussels’ authoritarians strutting, preening, and acting as their masters; the EU-sanctioned flood of unwanted, diseased, unskilled, uneducated, and violent migrants; the refusal of their own government to protect them from that wave of human refuse; and the increasingly clear reality that the power of the British Parliament, judiciary, and laws was being blunted by EU institutions. It also was clear — though nearly all British media ignored this fact — that the civil liberties of Britons were being constricted in favor of giving legal preference to migrants. So much is this the reality, that a native-born Briton defending himself against a threat by, say, a knife-wielding Muslim, is more likely to be damned than helped by the law.

While shocked by the public’s support for what was, in essence, a freedom referendum meant to make sure that Britons once again would be ruled by Britons, and that British sovereignty, independence, and nationalism could again flourish, Britain’s political class stayed cool. The oh-so-wise. British upper-class – long ensconced in the parts of the Conservative Party — joined with other Conservative, Liberal, and Labor leaders, business titans, and almost all of the nation’s media to undermine, slow-roll, terrify the citizenry, and, eventually, undo the result of a legitimate referendum that approved the UK’s departure from the EU. To date they have succeeded. With very few exceptions, those working to keep the UK mired in the EU swamp have used every possible artifice to disguise their obvious contempt for the pro-exit voters’ because of lower socio-economic status, lack of Oxbridge educations, and cheeky uppityness in challenging what their betters had so kindly done for them by making Britons the groveling subjects of the mighty EU.

Source: Look at the UK and see tyranny being imposed on disarmed Britons | Non-Intervention2

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