Civil asset forfeiture challenged by Rand Paul

Rand Paul introduces the most sweeping reform of civil asset forfeiture law in decades Sen. Rand Paul has long taken the lead in calling for the reform of civil asset forfeiture laws, a controversial police practice in which authorities basically steal the property of citizens without due process and little recourse. Billions have been seized from citizens by the police based on nothing more than suspicion, which many see as a direct violation of the Fifth Amendment. It’s state-sanctioned theft. “Under civil forfeiture laws, your property is guilty until you prove it innocent,” says the...

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Rand Paul: ‘It would be a really rotten, no good, bad idea to have ground troops in Syria’

In 2015, I asked, “Why is Rand Paul the only Republican who knows our foreign policy is crazy?” Among the crazy characteristics is the U.S.’s constant habit of intervening militarily in other nation’s civil wars. It was precisely this sort of suggestion during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on Tuesday featuring former Defense Department and CIA Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash and national security adviser and U.S. Ambassador James Jeffrey, that seemed to incense committee member Sen. Paul. The senator vehemently rejected sending American troops to Syria, “I’d like to go on record as...

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Tulsi Gabbard told Trump ignore the “drumbeats of war”

President-elect Donald Trump met with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) on Monday, reportedly to discuss a possible position in his cabinet, and a senior member of the transition team now says the congresswoman is “under serious consideration.” But Rep. Gabbard is also explaining a primary reason why she wanted to meet with the President-elect. “President-elect Trump asked me to meet with him about our current policies regarding Syria, our fight against terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS, as well as other foreign policy challenges we face,” Gabbard said in a statement after her meeting with...

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Israel Winner of the 2003 Iraq Oil War

Israel Winner of the 2003 Iraq Oil War

From the Foreword by Lawrence B. Wilkerson: “[T]he debate over whether oil was a principal reason for the 2003 invasion has waxed and waned, with one camp arguing that it absolutely was, while the other argues the precise opposite.” “Mr. Vogler, himself a former...

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