Palestinian Terrorism: Made in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

June 8, 2010

During an August 1997 counter-terrorism conference at the University of Illinois-Chicago, your correspondent saw a presentation by ATF official Kathleen Kiernan in which she explained how the agency was helping to train Palestinian ruler Yasser Arafat?s secret police agencies. But Washington was aiding Arafat?s rivals as well.

In the late 1980s, Hamas, the so-called Islamic Resistance Organization, was created as a rival to Arafat?s Fatah faction. Several accounts describe how Hamas ? the Palestinian branch of the CIA-supported Muslim Brotherhood ? was given material support by Israeli intelligence as part of a divide-and-conquer strategy.

In a January 2006 election promoted by the Bush administration, Hamas won a legislative majority. Its position was strengthened as a result of a Palestinian civil war instigated by the Bush administration for the supposed purpose of removing Hamas from power.

The terrorism plaguing Israel, and the suffering of the Palestinians, reflect Washington?s perverse efforts to micromanage affairs that are none of its business and beyond its competence.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Murderous Impunity June 7, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

June 7, 2010

As St. Augustine observed, a government is a criminal gang that has given itself permission to murder, torture, and steal.

This fact was made vivid in a recent speech by former President George W. Bush in which he not only defended his unconstitutional decision to wage aggressive war on Iraq, but also publicly admitted that he had ordered his subordinates to commit the crime of torture, a felony that can be prosecuted as a capital offense.

?Yeah, we waterboarded Khalid Sheik Mohammed,? Bush told the Economic Club of Grand Rapids.

The use of controlled drowning against that high-ranking al-Qaeda operative was just one of the crimes authorized by Bush. The advocacy group Physicians for Human Rights reports that the Bush-era CIA violated numerous laws and conventions ? including the post-WWII Nuremberg Convention and the so-called b Common Rule on medical research ? by using detainees as experimental subjects to refine torture techniques.

How can any rational person believe that foreign terrorists pose a greater threat than the government ruling us?

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

We Bought the Bullets June 4, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

June 4, 2010

The bullets used to kill 19-year-old American citizen Furkan Dogan were fired by soldiers in a foreign army, but they were paid for by U.S. tax dollars.

Dogan was shot five times at close range ? four times in the head and once in the chest ? by the Israeli commandos who illegally attacked the humanitarian flotilla attempting to pierce the Israeli government?s blockade of Gaza.

U.S. citizen Paul Larudee, who also took part in the flotilla, was beaten and tortured during his two-day detention in Israel.

Supposedly intended to deprive the terrorist group Hamas of war materiel, the Israeli blockade of Gaza extends to food, medicine, building materials, and even children?s toys. This failed policy is calculated to engender terrorism, not abate it.

Leon Wieseltier of The New Republic, an outspoken defender of Israel, suggests that Israel should have named the ill-conceived and criminal commando raid ?Operation Make the World Hate Us.? U.S. taxpayers certainly shouldn?t be subsidizing Israel?s self-destructive policies.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

For Tax-Feeders, a "Guess" is as Good as a Fact June 3, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

June 3, 2010

In July 2008, Mark Jenney was stopped by Officer Christopher Santimarino in a speed trap outside Copely, Ohio. Santimarino issued Jenney a ticket for driving 79 miles per hour in a 60 MPH zone. When Jenney contested the ticket in court, the officer insisted that his radar had clocked Jenney driving 82 MPH. Under cross-examination, he claimed the speed was 83 MPH.

Santimarino was unable to document the alleged radar results. He had also failed to fill out the traffic ticket correctly. The trial court quite helpfully permitted Santimarino to ?amend? the citation long after the fact. On the basis of the officer?s experience and assumed competence, the trial court ruled against Jenney, somehow determining that he was traveling 70 MPH at the time of the stop.

The Ohio State Supreme Court endorsed this outcome, ruling that an unsupported, uncorroborated guess offered by a state-certified but manifestly incompetent police officer was sufficient evidence to win a conviction.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

The Enemy At Their Backs June 2, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

June 2, 2010

When Ethiopia was ruled by the Communist butcher Mengistu, the families of those slaughtered in state-run firing squads were billed for the bullets used to murder their loved ones.

The Pentagon?s treatment of Iraq war veteran Gary Pfleider isn?t quite that grotesque, but it does display a similar disdain for the worth of an individual human being.

In September 2007, Pfleider, a member of the Oregon National Guard, was shot by a sniper while patrolling Balad, Iraq. Following eight surgeries, Pfleider?s leg is ruined. Even if jobs were available, Pfleider?s war injury makes it impossible to work.

During his emergency medical evacuation, Pfleider left some of his gear behind. In June 2009, the Pentagon sent him a bill for $3,175.88 for the missing equipment. A few weeks later the federal government began to garnish his Social Security disability payments, and froze his tax returns.

A government that treats wounded veterans this way isn?t worth fighting for.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Piracy Isn't "Self-Defense" June 1, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

June 1, 2010

Samuel Adams defined his political strategy quite simply: Put your enemies in the wrong, and keep them in the wrong.

Adams? approach has been employed by modern independence movements -- among them the founders of modern Israel.

The assault by Israeli commandos on a convoy of civilian aid ships has precipitated international condemnation. The convoy was attempting to run an Israeli-imposed starvation blockade of Gaza. The ships, which were in international waters flying the flag of a country friendly to Israel, were boarded by armed commandos who killed more than a dozen people, and wounded dozens more.

The Israeli government insists that the raid, which meets the legal definition of piracy, was a form of self-defense, and that the flotilla was a deliberate provocation. The second claim may be true. The first claim is absurd on its face, plausible only to those willing to believe that the ?Good Guys? are exempt from the law. This is both morally wrong and, as Samuel Adams would likely point out, strategically foolish.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

The "Tax Mahal": A Shrine to the Omnivorous State May 31, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

May 31, 2010

There is no better illustration of the corrupt futility of the so-called economic stimulus program than the $92 million being spent to renovate the IRS compound in Andover, Massachusetts.
According to the ,Boston Herald the expanded IRS facility ?will include a reflecting pool, an art gallery, indoor gardens, a 7,000-square-foot cafeteria and an ampitheater.?

Jonathan Levi, the architect given the federal contract to renovate the complex, insists that the upgraded 400,000-square-foot regional headquarters will be ?a comfortable, collaborative environment. It will be welcoming for the people who use it.? Doubtless those on the receiving end of the IRS?s malign attentions won?t be consoled by the appointments and ornamental touches.

Levi insists that this shrine to the tax-devouring state ? call it the Tax Mahal ? ?will be relevant 50 years from now.? This is true in exactly the same sense that Soviet-era monuments to that evil, omnivorous state remain relevant today.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

The Warfare State is Making You Poor May 27, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

May 27, 2010

Unlike most members of the House of Representatives, the worthy and reliable exception being, of course, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, Florida Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson has been willing to confront the official counterfeiters of the Federal Reserve and the architects of the warfare state ? that is, the people who are bankrupting our country and pauperizing its citizens.

Grayson is to be commended for his proposed ?War is Making You Poor? Act, a measure co-sponsored by Rep. Paul that would end the practice of expanding the Pentagon?s expenditures for war and weapons development through ?off-budget? emergency appropriations.
It would force the Pentagon to operate within the official budget.

Economist Robert Higgs observes that more than 90 percent of the publicly held national debt in 2006 was a direct outgrowth of wars and other military expenditures. Not to understate the role played by entitlements, the warfare state, , which devours at least $1 trillion annually is literally killing our economy.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Double Homicide and "Professional Courtesy May 26, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

May 26, 2010

On March 11, Lars Gardner of St. George, Utah plowed his car into a tan Buick carrying 71-year-old Karen Gummow, and 75-year-old Illa Jean Moore. Gardner emerged without a scratch. Neither woman survived.

Despite being entirely at fault in the fatal accident, Gardner, a Utah Highway Patrolman, faces no criminal charges.

At the time of the crash, Gardner was driving 86 miles an hour in a 40 MPH zone, en route to the scene of a separate accident that had taken place a half hour earlier. After the call came Gardner took time to dress and grab a snack. Obviously it wasn?t necessary for him to drive like a maniac and risk the lives of others.

Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL reports that ?pressure was placed on investigators to clear Gardner of any wrongdoing and, despite an investigator?s recommendation to charge him, he was cleared.?

A beneficiary of commonplace official corruption often called ?professional courtesy,? Gardner is once again behind the wheel of a patrol car.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

"Jerks" with Badges and Guns May 25, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

May 25, 2010

Athletic competition, plus a large gathering of male spectators, multiplied by alcohol, often equals fistfights. This is especially true of events involving boxing or other combat sports.

Thus it?s not all that surprising that a fight broke out among spectators at a recent amateur boxing tournament in Sacramento, California. What is notable is the fact that the scuffle ? in which at least one chair was thrown ? involved off-duty police officers.
The event in question was a ?Badge vs. Badge? boxing event pitting a representative of the Oakland Police Department?s SWAT team against the reigning champion, a prison guard from Vacaville.

According to Steve Fosum, who promoted the officially sanctioned fight, the unsanctioned fight in the audience ?was totally instigated by the Oakland PD?. They chose to be jerks instead of law enforcement.?

As a result the Oakland Police Department is now banned from local amateur boxing events. Although they haven?t the self-discipline to be spectators, they?re still authorized to arrest and shoot people.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

<< 1 ... 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 ... 178 >>