Why Does John McCain Support Al-Qaeda? April 29, 2011

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

April 29, 2011

In 2009, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain visited Libya to express support for the government of deranged dictator Muamar Khadafi, the international terrorist who had been embraced by the Bush administration as an ally in the so-called war on terrorism.

Just days ago, during a visit to Paris, McCain called on Washington to recognize the so-called Libyan Transitional National Council, the political wing of the rebellion, as the country’s legitimate government. He also insisted that the U.S. should arm and equip the Libyan rebels, just as it provided support “in the Afghan struggle against the Russians.”

Of course, by arming and equipping the Afghan Muhahadeen, the CIA cultivated and nurtured the seeds that grew into the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, military leader of the Libyan rebellion, has publicly acknowledged that many of his fighters – who include members of al-Qaeda – fought against American troops in Iraq.

Senator McCain was among those who supported the war in Iraq because of Saddam’s purported ties to al-Qaeda. Yet he – like much of the bipartisan establishment – supported al-Qaeda from its inception, and continues to do so in Libya today.

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

The Militarized Homeland Security Monolith April 28, 2011

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

April 28, 2011

It’s ironically appropriate that President Obama chose Gen. David Petraeus to head the CIA. The new assignment would merely deepen Petraeus’s war resume: Having commanded wars in two countries, his post at the CIA would put him in charge of a third.

Notes the Washington Post: “[T]he CIA functions … as an extension of the nation’s lethal military force. C IA teams operate alongside U.S. special operations forces in conflict zones from Afghanistan to Yemen. The agency has also built up a substantial paramilitary capability of its own.” This includes an air force of missile-equipped remotely piloted drones. The paper reports that “Petraeus has quietly lobbied for the CIA post, drawn in part by the chance for a position that would keep him involved in the wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Yemen.”

Gen. Michael Hayden, who preceded outgoing Director Leon Panetta, was appointed to the CIA post after presiding over the Bush administration’s illegal domestic wiretapping program at the National Security Agency. Petraeus’s appointment offers another illustration that the Homeland Security State is a militarized, vertically integrated monolith – exactly the kind of system our Founders wanted to avoid.

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Passport to a Prison Society April 27, 2011

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

April 27, 2011

Do you know where your mother lived at the time she gave birth to you? How about her address on your first birthday? If necessary, could you describe what, if anything, she did for a living during her pregnancy? Can you provide details about the pre- and post-natal care she received?

Can you name the people who witnessed your birth? Would you be willing to describe to a perfect stranger any religious rituals performed on you as a newborn – including circumcision, baptism, or confirmation?

Would you be able to list every address where you’ve resided from the time of your birth to the present? Finally, would you be willing to disgorge the answers to all of these invasive questions in written form, under penalty of perjury? Unless you’re willing to do so, you won’t be able to obtain a United States Passport.

The absurdly elaborate and insultingly detailed passport application is compelling evidence – as if more were needed – that we live in a fast-maturing prison society.

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Is There a Muslim Terrorist Who Isn't on the Western Payroll? April 26, 2011

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

April 26, 2011

Three years before he was captured by the U.S. military,Gitmo detainee Adil Hadi al Jazairi Bin Hamlili was recruited as an intelligence asset by both Britain’s MI6 secret service and the Canadian Secret Intelligence Service.

Hamlili, an Algerian national, was considered valuable because of his operational contacts with Islamic terrorist groups. While receiving paychecks from the UK and Canada, Hamlili also worked full-time as a terrorist. He committed kidnappings and assassinations and was involved in planning and carrying out two bombings against Christian churches in Pakistan, as well as an attack on a luxury hotel.

Hamlili’s career is quite similar to that of , Mohamed Junaid Babar the terrorist who helped plan and execute the July 7, 2005 terrorist bombings in London that murdered scores and mutilated hundreds. At the time of the attack, Babar had been on the CIA’s payroll for two years. Thanks to federal intervention, Babar was released from prison after spending a total of roughly two years behind bars.

Is there any radical Islamic group or figure who isn’t supported and protected by the Western intelligence community?

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Who Invited the Police, Anyway? April 25, 2011

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

April 25, 2011

For decades, observant people have known that it is futile to call the police to deal with a crime-related emergency. It’s no longer reasonable to assume that timely intervention by police would be a good thing.

Amber Owens of Indianapolis recently captured video of an incident in which paramedics were called to her apartment building to tend to a drunken, unconscious 19-year-old. Unfortunately, the police came with the paramedics, and they “treated [Maxwell] more like a prisoner than a patient,” Owens reports.

The first priority for police in all situations is “officer safety,” so they handcuffed the boy behind his back. Then they picked him up by the throat and dragged him bodily down the stairs and then dropped him on his head. When asked why this was done, the officers blithely lied, insisting that the unconscious young man “was resisting.”

There is no predicament or human tragedy that can’t be made much worse through police intervention. Unfortunately, if we call paramedics for help the police often tag along as uninvited guests.

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

The Anti-Drug Mullahs of Oklahoma April 22, 2011

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

April 22, 2011

Last year, the Oklahoma State legislature enacted a bill banning the courtroom use of Sharia law. This reflected public concerns over the possible infiltration of the state’s legal system by the authoritarian tenets and draconian punishments imposed in some Muslim nations in the name of Sharia law.

The same Oklahoma legislature that banned Sharia law appears determined to emulate one aspect of it as practiced in countries such as Saudi Arabia: In early April, the state senate approved a bill that would inflict severe prison sentences for converting marijuana into hashish. Prison terms would begin at two years, and double with a subsequent offense. Nobody convicted under the act would be eligible for probation or a suspended sentence. And first offenders could be sentenced to life imprisonment.

State drug control officials admit that there are few hashish-related narcotics prosecutions in Oklahoma, but insist that this measure is necessary to “send a message.” The unintended message here is that the state’s political class is as sanctimonious and authoritarian as the Sharia-promoting Mullahs they abhor.

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Reinforcing the State's Monopoly on Crime April 21, 2011

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

April 21, 2011

The Pennsylvania legislature has approved a measure, House Bill 40, which would supposedly expand protection for the unalienable right to armed self-defense.

The bill recognizes that “It is proper for law-abiding people to protect themselves, their families and others from intruders and attackers without fear of prosecution or civil action….” It also provides that “No person should be required to surrender his or her personal safety to a criminal, nor should a person be required to needlessly retreat in the face of intrusion or attack outside the person’s home or vehicle.”

The bill has been reflexively criticized by civilian disarmament advocates and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. However, it was passively supported by the police union -- a fact underscoring a critical flaw in the measure. The bill makes an explicit exception denying the right of armed self-defense against unlawful arrest and other criminal violence committed by police officers.

The central purpose of protecting the right to bear arms is self-defense against criminal actions by government officials, including police. The Pennsylvania measure effectively nullifies that indispensable right.

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

Death Panels, Revisited April 20, 2011

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

April 20, 2011

Even before the lamentable advent of Obamacare, the federal government covered more than half of the country’s health care costs. This intervention caused costs to soar by subsidizing demand. It also distorted the role of the individual physician.

Dr. Miguel Faria, a neurosurgeon who fled Communist Cuba as a child, points out that in America’s post-Hippocratic medical system, the physician is required to act on behalf of the collective. As Dr. M. Gregg Bloche pointed out in a recent Los Angeles Times op-ed, HMO administrators already practice “health care rationing on the sly.”

Bloche has joined the small but growing number of academics and practitioners calling for overt health care rationing.
He insists that “as a society, we … have to set limits when it comes to individual treatment,” and “let politicians and policymakers grapple truthfully with these issues rather than punishing them for `killing Grandma’ when they speak of making hard choices about healthcare.”

A better alternative would be to dismantle the machinery of health care rationing, thereby restoring our right to make those decisions ourselves.

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

Donald Trump: Land-Grabbing Lecher, Bully, and Blowhard April 19, 2011

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

April 19, 2011

Presidential politics rarely intersects with objective reality, so perhaps it’s not surprising to see so many conservative Republicans besotted with reality TV star Donald Trump.

Thrice-divorced, notoriously lackadaisical about morals and ethics, Trump is hardly a pillar of conservative principle. However, he has been lauded by Pat Robertson’s CBN cable network for his firm stance on the “bread-and-butter issue” of hostility toward Islam. Some secular conservatives, such as radio personality Rush Limbaugh, extol Trump’s supposed toughness and his purported wizardry as an investor and developer.

However, Trump’s fortune is an illusion nearly as carefully wrought as his notoriously elaborate comb-over. Much of it has been acquired through the state-facilitated pillage called eminent domain. In building his Trump Casino complex in the early 1990s, the mogul conspired with a New Jersey agency in an attempt to evict numerous long-time residents from their homes in order to seize coveted property.

Although that attempt , failed it says a great deal about the character and ideology of a figure who currently causes conservative pulses to race.

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

A Collaborator, Not a Watchdog April 18, 2011

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

April 18, 2011

Associated Press White House Photographer Alex Brandon has one of the best gigs in the media. Before being hired by the AP, Brandon was employed by the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper. He was often invited on what were described as “high-adrenaline ride-alongs” with the police force.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Brandon embedded himself with a special police unit, and became an accessory to mass murder.

Several New Orleans police officers have been convicted of murder or attempted murder for gunning down unarmed civilians attempting to cross the Danziger Bridge in order to flee the devastation.
Brandon has since admitted under oath that he had aided the cover-up of that atrocity and other crimes committed by the police.

Brandon’s former editor chose to depict the photographer as a hostage rather than a collaborator, insisting that his criminal behavior was typical of “the kinds of decisions that journalists under duress have to make." This reveals a great deal about both the nature of law enforcement, and the true purpose of establishment journalism, under our current Regime.

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