The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act: From Propaganda to Censorship to Tyranny

The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act: From Propaganda to Censorship to Tyranny

Spectacle and theater have come to dominate the political arena today, even more so than ever before. Politicians are now celebrity oligarchs, who use tax revenues to promote their pet projects, and to enhance their personal investment portfolios, while pretending in scrupulously orchestrated performances to care about the populace from whom all of the money they squander is siphoned. Congresspersons who issue dire warnings about global warming jet across the world for photo ops with President Zelensky in Ukraine. The provision by the federal government of Peloton bicycle memberships to the...

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Smart War Disinformation and the U.S. Military State

Smart War Disinformation and the U.S. Military State

Drone killing has long been billed by the military as a cleaner, smarter way to conduct war. The standard marketing line has been that with drones it is possible to neutralize even elusive enemies such as factional terrorists while sparing the lives of innocent persons, and without sacrificing any soldiers at all. The most effective propagandist throughout the period when drone assassination was redefined as “targeted killing” and normalized as a standard operating procedure was John Brennan, who served as Barack Obama’s drone killing czar before being promoted to the position of CIA...

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America’s Exceptional Amnesia (About Those War Criminals…)

America’s Exceptional Amnesia (About Those War Criminals…)

The top-ranking U.S. diplomat, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, recently denounced Russian president Vladimir Putin as a war criminal, which has resulted in a marked uptick in the usage of that term throughout the media. Putin decided to invade Ukraine in February 2022 and has killed people in the process. That’s what happens when leaders decide to address conflict through the application of military force: people die. The U.S. government has needless to say killed many people in its military interventions abroad, most recently in the Middle East and Africa. Yet Americans are often...

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KPFA Saturday Evening News Segment: Extrajudicial Execution Using Lethal Drones

Laurie Calhoun answers David Rosenberg's questions about drone killing and whether President Biden is likely to curtail the practice. The drone discussion spans minutes 10:15 to 13:20 of the Saturday Evening program on March 26, 2022. (Recorded on March 25, 2022). Other segments of the news report cover the crises in Ukraine and Yemen. https://archives.kpfa.org/data/20220326-Sat1800.mp3

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The Necro-Neologism of Lethal Legal Experts

The Necro-Neologism of Lethal Legal Experts

The power of language is magical to behold. Through the mere pronouncement of words, people can be persuaded to do what they would never have thought to do, left to their own devices. The playbook with the most success in this regard is that of war. When people are “informed” that they and their families are in mortal danger, they can and often will acquiesce to any and all policies which government authorities claim to be necessary in order to protect them. Young people can be coaxed into killing complete strangers who never did anything personally to them. Citizens can be brainwashed to...

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U.S. Hypocrisy on War Crimes

U.S. hypocrisy on war crimes is discussed by Laurie Calhoun from minutes 12 to 16:30 of this report on WBAI News with Paul DeRienzo. https://soundcloud.com/user-879607737/032422-nato-war-drums-ukraine-at-month-one-food-shortages-amazon-protest-in-newark?utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing

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More on War Crimes: The Sunday Show, KPFA Berkeley

Laurie Calhoun joins Philip Maldari on The Sunday Show on KPFA 94.1 in Berkeley to discuss the recent history of war crimes, including the 1999 Kosovo intervention, the 2003 War on Iraq, the 2011 Bombing of Libya, and the current military conflict in Ukraine. Also covered are drone assassination and the Global War on Terror, NATO, the distinction between the USSR and Russia, red lines, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm (the 1991 Gulf War), Afghanistan, and the spectre of nuclear conflict between the United States and Russia. The recorded discussion took place on March...

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“War Criminals Past and Present,” on KPFA 94.1 Flashpoints, Pacifica Radio

Laurie Calhoun joins Dennis J. Bernstein on Flashpoints, a program of KPFA 94.1, Pacifica Radio, to discuss War Criminals Past and Present. The discussion begins about 34 minutes into the hour-long program, which was recorded on March 24, 2022. https://thedroneage.wordpress.com/2022/03/25/kfpa-94-1-flashpointspacifica-radio-war-criminals-past-and-present/

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News Roundup 5/19/2022

US News Republicans are pushing back on Biden’s plan to retire the B83 nuclear weapon. [Link] The Biden administration pauses plans to roll out a disinformation board. [Link] Pentagon Press Sec John Kirby is moving to the White House National Security Council. [Link]...

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Former U.S. Navy Sailor Makes the Case for Libertarianism

https://youtu.be/uI0iYWMK8Z8 [J]ustice is the means by which an individual who was victim to a criminal act is made whole again. If a statist society cannot perfect man’s own construct, how could a stateless society fare any better? Derek R. Wills, The Liberty...

The Harrowing Conversations

I sometimes coach (MMA etc) cops and military types. They know my opinion on certain things and I am not shy about expressing them. I at times feel a hypocrisy in working with them and have even mentioned that to them. Those few I work with, are "nice" men. Easy to...

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5/16/22 Ted Snider: Did the CIA Oust Imran Khan?

 Download Episode. Scott is joined by Ted Snider to discuss the removal of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. Khan’s government announced in June of 2021 that Pakistan would no longer host any American military bases. Then, earlier this year, Khan was forced out by...

5/16/22 Ethan Siegel: How Hot Are Nuclear Bombs?

 Download Episode. Ethan Siegel joins Scott to discuss the science behind the temperature of thermonuclear explosions. Scott is putting together a new book that argues for the abolition of nuclear weapons called Hotter Than The Sun. He wanted to talk with an expert...

5/13/22 Jason Ditz: An Update on Iraq

Download Episode. Jason Ditz, senior editor of Antiwar.com, joins the show to provide an update on what’s been happening in Iraq. They start with a look at Iraqi politics. An election was held in October, but the numerous factions have hit a wall in their attempt to...

5/13/22 John Quigley on the Russian Enclaves of Eastern Europe

Download Episode. Scott talks with John Quigley about Crimea, the Donbas and other regions in Eastern Europe with heavy ties to Russia. In the mid-90s, Quigley was tasked with leading talks between the new Ukrainian government and the people of Crimea and the Donbas...

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COI #277: The Bipartisan Consensus HATES Diplomacy

Kyle Anzalone discusses the latest news about the war in Ukraine and NATO expansion. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6...

COI #276: Biden’s War on Truth guest Misty Winston

On COI #276, Misty Winston joins Kyle Anzalone to discuss the war on truth, 1A, and Julian Assange. Misty Winston host a show on TNT Radio from 3-6 est M-F. Follow her on Twitter @SarcasmStardust. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP...

COI #275: America’s Long War Against Russia

Kyle Anzalone speaks at Denver's Liberty on the Rocks, May 4th, 2022. Liberty on the Rocks Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash...

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The Problem With 2000 Mules

https://youtu.be/cwRkItxSbxs “I do not think we should have pushed for an election in the Palestinian territories. I think that was a big mistake,...[A]nd if we were going to push for an election, then we should have made sure that we did something to determine who...

Liberty Weekly Podcast

On the Brink of Nuclear War ft. Connor Freeman Ep. 216

https://youtu.be/CJ62Lw1PJsg In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Connor Freeman about the dismal state of U.S./Russian relations. We discuss the spiraling escalation in Ukraine and U.S. policy decisions which signal that the unthinkable may be inevitable....

Addiction and COVID-19 ft. The Clean Libertarian Ep. 215

https://youtu.be/38r3URgicX4 Much has been said about the excess rate of substance abuse during COVID-19. To try to understand some of these causes, I brought on my friend Drew Cook of the Clean Libertarian. Drew is a recovering addict who is now working to help other...

Press Censorship in Wartime Ep. 214

https://youtu.be/s5Jhj1smhFI With the risk of kinetic war between the US and Russia becoming more and more likely each day, the United States is already marshalling its forces to silence domestic and international dissent to the conflict. In this episode, I examine...

How World Leaders Justify Mass Murder ft. Laurie Calhoun Ep. 212

https://youtu.be/LuhS86vS9nY Laurie Calhoun joins me to discuss her book "War and Delusion," where she details how world leaders have used Just War Theory to wage wars of aggression. Further, we pose the question: In the modern era, is a "just war" even possible? We...

Year Zero

A Conversation with Patrick MacFarlane

Patrick joined me again. In this episode we discuss Ukraine Russia, China, culture, democrats, republicans, and traditional family. Liberty Weekly Discord Libertarian Institute 19 Skills Pdf Autonomy Course Critical Thinking Course Donate Patreon...

The Network w/John Robb

John Robb joined me to talk about the network, its operations, where it fails, and why he thinks conspiracy theorists are wrong. Global Guerillas Substack Discord Libertarian Institute 19 Skills Pdf Autonomy Course Critical Thinking Course Donate Patreon...

America’s Response to the War in Ukraine w/Dave DeCamp

Dave DeCamp joined me to discuss the American reaction to the war in Ukraine. We discuss how the sanctions and information war seem to be targeting Americans rather than the Russian politicians. Is the Biden Administration utilizing propaganda to manufacture consent...

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