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Salafis Throwing Bombs: How American and British Planners Partnered With Al-Qaeda Affiliated Groups At the Start of the Syrian Civil War

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Introduction In the mainstream view, al-Qaeda did not play a role in the Syria conflict until Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dispatched his deputy, Abu Muhammad al-Jolani, to Syria in August 2011 to establish a wing of the group there, called Jabhat al-Nusra, or the Nusra Front. Additionally, al-Qaeda allegedly did not carry out any military operations until December 2011 and did not announce its establishment until January 2012. However, there is evidence that al-Qaeda affiliated militants were involved in the Syrian conflict much earlier. Saudi intelligence...

U.S. Airstrikes Have Killed Up To 48,000 Civilians in the War on Terror

As many as 48,000 civilians have been killed in the last 20 years as a direct result of U.S. air strikes, according to an Airwars investigation that sheds new light on the human cost of Washington’s so-called “war on terror”. Publishing its findings ahead of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the UK-based monitoring group concluded that at least 22,679, and potentially as many as 48,308 civilians, were killed by U.S. aerial strikes between 2001 and 2020. Using local sources and official U.S. military data, Airwars concluded that, in the years following the 9/11 attacks, the U.S....

We Should Never Grow Tired of Saying ‘I Told You So’

**I wrote this three years ago, look at the last sentence** If I made the statement right now that this society is in a culture war I don’t think anyone reading this would argue with me. I know that a lot of you would say that free speech is under attack, but understand that basic freedoms are as well. If Free Speech drops, everything goes away and I mean everything. When I went to college what seems like a century ago nobody was declaring, "you can’t say that." On the contrary, free speech was encouraged and everybody was asked to speak up and say what was on their mind. That seemed to...

What Social Animals Owe to Each Other

Hooray! Announcing the publication of executive editor Sheldon Richman's new book, What Social Animals Owe to Each Other! These essays, written over the past 20 years, have a single underlying theme: namely, that we human beings, as social animals, need individual freedom to fully flourish. The equation is simple: individual freedom = social cooperation = individual and social flourishing. Many corollaries follow. To pick one, the freedom to choose with whom we will cooperate entails competition among those who wish to cooperate with any given individual. So the imagined conflict between...

Glynn County District Attorney Jackie Johnson is a Guilty Accessory to Murder

The ex-cop whose son murdered that black jogger? The cops were ready to arrest them both for murder right there on the spot, but then the perp's "blue privilege" kicked in: The police at the scene went to her, saying they were ready to arrest both of them. These were the police at the scene who had done the investigation,” Commissioner Allen Booker, who has spoken with Glynn County police, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “She shut them down to protect her friend McMichael.” Greg McMichael, now retired, once worked as an investigator in Johnson’s office. Commissioner Peter Murphy,...

Confirmed: Elliott Abrams’s Defense of Mass Murder Was Based on Lies

In The Nation, Eric Alterman reminds us of Elliot Abrams's lying on behalf of Salvadoran death squads in the Reagan years. This was 20 years before the W. Bush administration's "El Salvador Option" in Iraq, using the Badr Corps to hunt and kill Sunnis, which backfired, leading to Abrams's "Redirection" policy to start tilting back toward al Qaeda. Later he thankfully botched a coup in...

Christopher Tapp Suing Idaho Falls Police Over Wrongful Murder Conviction

The cops, DAs and judges from Idaho Falls ought to all be caged like the criminals they are for the next 20 years to pay for what they did to this innocent man. Instead the same people responsible will be their own judges, will hand themselves immunity and then if anything will pay Tapp a pittance from the taxpayers rather than from any of the guilty. Read Will Grigg on the story of this innocent man's persecution...

Christian Cold-Warriors’ Faustian Bargain

What motivated the legions of bureaucrats in the US Gov during the Cold War?  As a child of the 90s, and former Boy Scout, I can tell you that the answer is incredibly clear in the minds of that generation: defeating evangelical atheism.  I wouldn't discount the notion that in the 50s and 60s, countless immoral acts were rationalized by American bureaucrats on the basis that such acts were necessary to preserve religion. Ironically, the immorality and hypocrisy of the Cold War soured the milk of America's moral teet for her children. The Red Army didn't turn America's next generations...

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This Week At The Libertarian Institute

The Empire never sleeps – but neither do we. Missed a story? We got you covered. This week in review at the Libertarian Institute: News   June 24, 2022 – Senate Dems Press Biden to Investigate Killing of Palestinian-American Journalist Ahead of Israel Trip Senate...

News Roundup 6/24/2022

US News The State Department will pay employees who alleged they suffer from ‘Havana Syndrne’ six-figure payouts. State is making the payments in accordance with the HAVANA Act. [Link] Haiti At least eight prisoners died from starvation in a prison in Haiti. [Link]...

State Department ‘Illegally Obstructing’ Afghanistan Probes, Watchdog Says

The US government’s top oversight official for Afghanistan has accused the State Department and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) of stonewalling ongoing investigations, saying they have refused interviews with staff and even failed to provide “basic information” to assist the probes.

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Week of Action on Yemen

Scott Horton and the Libertarian Party, among others, are whipping up support for a week of action to end US involvement in the Yemen War. And you can help. H.J. Res. 87 was introduced on May 31. The bill would "direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from...

Actually, Socialism IS When The Government Does Stuff

https://youtu.be/_-6CyEYetxM How is something to be owned by “the community as a whole?” Ownership means that you get to decide what is done with something. If you and I disagree on who gets to eat your apple, then whatever you decide will take precedence, because it...

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6 Progressive Myths About History (w/ Lawrence W. Reed)

https://youtu.be/HsXj83JNUb4 In May 1939, Treasury Secretary Henry J. Morgenthau Jr., one of Franklin Roosevelt's best friends, testified before the House Ways and Means Committee: "I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as...

Liberty Weekly Podcast

National Review Senior Editor Turns Rothbardian Ep. 220

https://youtu.be/sJXF9jgj1L4 Managing Editor of the Libertarian Institute and longtime friend and guest of the show Keith Knight joins me in this week's episode to review an article by Joseph Sobran. Sobran was the Senior Editor of the National Review, but questioned...

Patrick MacFarlane on the Hrvoje Moric Show Ep. 219

https://youtu.be/yI1ND-TJR8g This week's episode is a mirror of my recent appearance on the Hrvoje Moric Show on Tnt Radio. We discuss the war in Ukraine, China, and the brave new world we are sleepwalking into. Hrvoje is the host of Geopolitics and Empire Podcast....

Empire of Death: America’s Moral Bankruptcy Ep. 218

https://youtu.be/7yZEk73JdVo In this episode, I take a deeper dive on my latest editorial up at the Libertarian Institute, share my experience at Chillderburg, introduce my new newsletter website, and thank several outlets that have started reprinting my Libertarian...

An Economic Reckoning ft. Clint Russell Ep. 217

https://youtu.be/B4rBZcugFw0 Clint Russell joins me in this week’s episode of Liberty Weekly. Clint is the host of Liberty Lockdown, a podcast that took the liberty scene by storm during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Before Clint launched Liberty Lockdown, he was a private...

Year Zero

A Deep Dive w/Monica Perez

Monica Perez joined me for an in depth conversation on culture, religion, ESG, WEF, the future, and how the 21st Century is different than the 20th Century. Monica Twitter Discord Libertarian Institute 19 Skills Pdf Autonomy Course Critical Thinking Course Donate...

Love and Fear w/Courtenay Turner

Courtenay and I talk ESG, intentional communities, motivations, elites, and the future. Courtenay Twitter Courtenay Turner Podcast Discord Libertarian Institute 19 Skills Pdf Autonomy Course Critical Thinking Course Donate Patreon...

Shadowy Figures Surrounding 9/11 w/Adam Fitzgerald

Adam Fitzgerald joined me to discuss the less talked about aspects of 9/11. We spent most of our time discussing the characters involved and around the event. We could have gone for hours on this subject, but as you will hear, I hit a wall at the 2 hour mark. Adam...

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...

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