In a shockingly flippant comment to a Canadian television news anchor Evan Solomon of the CBC News Network on live TV, Tom Flanagan, a senior advisor and strategist to the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper today called for the assassination of Wikileaks director Julian Assange .
It is believed to be the first ever televised "fatwa" since the edict by the Iranian leadership of the late Ayatollah Khomeini against British writer Salman Rushdie in February 1989. Amazingly, although news anchor Solomon afforded Flanagan the opportunity to retract his statement, Flanagan balked at doing so and instead reiterated that U.S. President should put out a "contract" on Assange or use "a drone" and that he would not be unhappy if Assange "disappeared."
Flanagan who is a trusted member of PM Harper's inner circle of Tory strategists joins Sarah Palin in calling for the death of the Wikileaks director as retribution for the website's release of confidential diplomatic and intelligence "chatter" this week.
"Truth is treason in the empire of lies." - Ron Paul
WikiLeaks and National Insecurity
posted 12/01/2010, 9:04 PM (William L. Anderson) [Category: Commentary] An overused term in this age of the overwhelming state is "national security," and I always am amazed at how people who think clearly on other subjects fall all over themselves when someone manages to breach the secrecy of government agencies. Not surprisingly, when this flimsy "security" line actually is crossed, the typical response is to try to ki... (more)
I am tremendously concernced [sic] about the puerile eruptions of Julian Assange. . . . If a single foreign national is rounded up and put in jail because of a leaked cable, this entire, anarchic exercise in "freedom" stands as a human disaster. Assange is a criminal. He's the one who should be in jail.
Ken Wooden, founder of Child Lures Prevention, says the TSA's recommendation that children be told the pat-down is a "game" is potentially putting children in danger.
Telling a child that they are engaging in a game is "one of the most common ways" that sexual predators use to ... (more)
What Threat, China?
posted 12/01/2010, 8:56 PM (Mises Institute) [Category: Commentary]
This topic needs no introduction. We hear discussions in the national media weekly about the possible threat an economically resurgent China poses to the United States — and even to other countries. So how concerned should we really be about China's economic and military might? Answer: China's economic development itself is not in any way harmful to us; ultimately, the only threats that exist as a result of its success come from potential actions taken by politicians as a response to its develo... (more)
The State Serves Poison As Food
posted 12/01/2010, 8:51 PM (David D'Amato) [Category: Commentary] On Tuesday, the Senate voted in an overwhelming majority to pass food safety legislation that the Associated Press reports "potentially giv[es] the government broad new powers to increase inspections of food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted food." The lopsided vote on the bill, popular with both Democrats and Republicans, might seem to indicate that it promotes the unc... (more)
She could have been speaking of the "enhanced pat-downs" -- sic for "sexual assault" -- the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently introduced at airports. But AP quoted her in 2004, when the TSA last tried mass molestation.... (more)
Such abominable ambition shouldn't surprise us. After all, there are only about 500 commercial airports with 2,000 concourses in the country; once Chertoff and Cronies have supplied these with porno-scanners, they'll be lusting for mor... (more)
The TSA Looks for Stress: Abolish TSA
posted 12/01/2010, 8:48 PM (Michael S. Rozeff) [Category: Commentary] When I happened to mention the TSA bus searches in Orlando, some nice folks attempted to correct me. The searches were in Tampa, I was told. Well, folks, they were in both cities. The TSA has also conducted search operations in or near Atlanta, Indianapolis, Boston, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. This is not an exhaustive list. Between January of 2006 and mid-2007, the VIPERS had 84 operations. They intentionally act with stealth and unannounced. They pounce on a place and the people in i... (more)
Lew Rockwell shares the latest production by WSPD interview host, Brian Wilson.
Lew Rockwell believes that only by opting out of the state can we save our hides and our wallets. TSA violations of inalienable rights have nothing to do with real security, are bad for your health and could destroy perfectly fine private airlines -- the s... (more)
New documents show that the most loan and other aid for U.S. institutions over time went to Citigroup ($2.2 trillion), followed by Merrill Lynch ($2.1 trillion), Morgan Stanley ($2 trillion), Bear Stearns ($960 billion), Bank of America ($887 billion), Goldman Sachs ($615 billion), JPMorgan Chase ($178 billion) and ... (more)
Opening statements were scheduled to begin Wednesday in the federal criminal trial of 28-year-old Matthew Crippen, a student at California State University Fullerton.
Homeland Security authorities arrested Crippen last year on accusations that he violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). He is accused of modifying Xbox 360 game consoles for money so the machines... (more)
Tax Cuts for the Rich? Abolish the Income Tax Instead
posted 12/01/2010, 8:33 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger) [Category: Commentary] The left and right are debating whether tax cuts for the rich should be extended. The debate only goes to show how there’s really not any difference, philosophically speaking, between liberals and conservatives. They both believe in the income tax and the welfare-warfare-state programs that the income tax funds, and their battle is simply over who is going to pay for the ever-growing expenses of the welfare-warfare state.
As most everyone knows, the federal government is spendin... (more)