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Pete invited the host of the Dangerous History Podcast, Professor CJ Killmer to return to the show. CJ has just completed a 15-episode, 28-hour podcast series on the American ‘Civil War.’ Proj. Killmer came on to celebrate this accomplishment but also answer questions about the war that many people think they may know, but are usually not found in your school texts.
The most important vote of the week will be the Senate vote on the nomination of William Barr for Attorney General. The vote is expected later this week, so Campaign for Liberty supporters should call their Senators and tell them to oppose William Barr for Attorney General.
The House will vote on H.J.Res 37, which invokes the War Powers Act to end US military involvement in the Yemen civil war. Campaign for Liberty members should call their Representatives and tell them to vote for H.J.Res 37.
Congress also has until midnight Friday to pass legislation funding the majority of the federal government or else there will be another government shutdown. As of this writing, it appears there may be an agreement in principle on funding for border security between the House and Senate.
The Senate will also consider S. 47, legislation reauthorizing laws, programs, and federally-funded projects related to the use and acquisitions of natural resources on federal land. Some have expressed concerns that many of the programs and projects funded are little more than federal land grabs.
Of course, the only way to ensure these resources are used for the highest value is to privatize federal lands and let the market decide what is the best use of the resources.
The House will also consider several bills under suspension, including:
- H.R. 1063– Requires increased reporting of donations to presidential libraries.
- H.R. 1065– Provides for a study of the use of social media in security investigations.
- H.R. 1064– Allows whistleblowers to disclose information to “the Inspector General of an agency, a supervisor in the employee’s direct chain of command up to and including the head of the employing agency, or to an employee designated by any of the aforementioned individuals for the purpose of receiving such disclosures.”
- H.R. 995– Requires the federal government to keep a database of settlement agreements entered into by federal agencies.
- H.R. 1079– Requires the Office of Management and Budget to issue guidance on the use of electronic consent forms.
Delivered 02/09/19 Manchester, New Hampshire
“The Federal Reserve system relies on the force of government to maintain its monopoly power on the issuance of money. This is how all central banks maintain their control. Without the state’s involvement, people would be free to use whatever currency they like. Historically this was gold. If the founders of the fed tried to do what they did w/o the Federal Reserve Act legislation, and later the Brenton Woods agreement, they would have failed miserably. No one would have bought into their system.
“In fact, this is the beauty of libertarianism. The people are free to choose what system they want. No need for one size fits all government solutions. If you want to use a debt based inflationary monetary system, go right ahead, doesn’t affect me so long as you don’t try to force me to use it as well.” [1/30/2013]
Do you know who this is quoting?
No, that was inmate 18870-111.
Born March 27 1984, Ross William Ulbricht came to libertarian thought through the writings of Mises, Konkin and the Ron Paul Revolution of 2007-8.
I believe most people now know that Ross, along with a friend created an online marketplace called The Silk Road. Things that libertarians, anarchists and voluntaryists believe the government should not have their hands in (many of us believe the government shouldn’t exist), were traded. Mostly recreational “drugs” in small amounts.
What was the currency of the Silk Road? It was something very few people were talking about at the time, this thing hardly anyone, even people using it and continuing development on it, really understood. It was Bitcoin.
And when I say they didn’t understand it, I mean it’s potential impact. The Silk Road, in my opinion, and the opinion of people I respect, is what put a charge into a phenomenon your grandmother now may ask you about over the dinner table.
Let me be clear, IMO, and in the opinion of people I respect when it comes to the Ross case, Ross came on the radar of the State, was targeted and railroaded because of this “alternate currency” outside of their monopoly.
As painful as this is, I want to read the charges he was convicted of:
- Distributing OR aiding and abetting the distribution of narcotics. (Aiding and abetting means knowingly assisting in the commission of a crime, even if he didn’t actually commit the crime. Distribution requires a concrete involvement in the transfer of drugs.)
- The distribution of controlled substances intentionally accomplished by means of the Internet.
- Conspiracy with others to violate narcotics laws. A conspiracy exists if two or more persons, in any manner (whether they verbally agree or not) “come to a common understanding to violate the law.”
- Engagement in a continuing criminal enterprise (kingpin charge). This requires that the defendant committed a series of federal narcotics offenses with five or more people whom he organized supervised, managed and from whom he received substantial profit.
- Conspiring with others to commit OR aid and abet computer hacking.
- Conspiring with others to traffic in fraudulent identification documents.
- Conspiring to commit money laundering.
First, notes on the above charges:
- Regarding charge 4, the kingpin charge: the government failed to identify five people who were organized by the accused.
- Regarding Charge 5, no hacking was proven and no one came forward to say their computer was hacked from software sold on Silk Road
*Italicized above are notes from an article on The Libertarian Republic website*
Most people who followed this case from afar may comment, “wait, he hired hit men to have people killed. I saw it on the news, Andy Greenberg at Wired magazine wouldn’t lie to me!”
Yeah, they did. Thankfully that charge has now been dismissed with prejudice. But it’s too late. Anyone who takes to social media to advocate for Ross’ clemency has this false charge, this creation of the State to demonize a young man, thrown in their face.
Nobody wants to hear that there were two federal agents, one of which, DEA agent Carl Mark Force, was the lead undercover agent in the case against Ulbricht, and had high-level access to administrative functions of the Silk Road, including the ability to manipulate logs, chats, private messages, posts, account information and bank accounts.
Does anyone know what happened to Carl Mark Force and his fellow agent Shaun Bridges? Why?
A case in which the lead investigators were both imprisoned for corruption in regards to their actions has the man at the head of their investigation serving life +40 years without possibility of parole.
A documentary has been released in six parts on YouTube entitled: Railroaded – The targeting and caging of Ross Ulbricht. – which was made from information that is in the public. There is way too much to hit here, but you will be blown away by what you don’t know…and how the lies just continue despite the truth being out there. But that sounds like the State, doesn’t it?
Please listen to, read or watch that documentary. If you have any doubts they will be cleared up. What you have been told is a lie.
And please, please sign the petition linked at the top of the page at freeross.org. Those petitions do an incredible job of drawing attention to wrongs that have been done
I have come to know Lyn through her being on my podcast 3 times now, private messages, and finally being able to meet and talk to her here at Liberty Forum 2019. I am up here as an emotional mess not solely because of my Libertarian beliefs of “no victim, no crime,” but because the facts tell me an innocent man has been wronged.
No matter what you think of this president, Donald Trump, he is the only president in my lifetime who has gone beyond paying lip service to criminal justice reform, to actually acting upon it. Alice Johnson should never have spent a day in jail, and Ross shouldn’t have either.
Please donate to this worthy, and truly libertarian cause. And please get educated on Ross’s case, tell others, and ask them to donate and sign the petition to get Ross clemency.
Rep. Walter Jones, one of the most consistently antiwar members of Congress, has died at age 75 after an extended illness.
The Republican lawmaker had battled a series of ailments in recent years and was granted a leave of absence from Congress late last year after missing a number of House votes.
Jones was originally a strong supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In fact, Jones became well known for leading the effort to have french fries renamed “freedom fries” in House cafeteria menus as a protest against French opposition to the invasion.
By 2005, Jones had reversed his position on the Iraq War. Jones called on President George W. Bush to apologize for misinforming Congress to win authorization for the war. Jones said, “If I had known then what I know today, I wouldn’t have voted for that resolution.”
Jones went on to become one of the most antiwar members of Congress, fighting for ending US involvement in Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, and Yemen.
Jones also became a regular donor to Antiwar.com and contributed to the Antiwar.com blog. Jones often made surprise phone calls to me and to news editor Jason Ditz to praise our work and to thank us for helping him to “see the light” on issues of national security.
We at Antiwar.com mourn his passing and extend our condolences to his family and friends.