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Ron Paul: Putin ‘Has Some Law on His Side’ in Crimea.


Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul says the United States is partially to blame for the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Speaking on the Fox Business Channel program The Independents, Paul accused the U.S. and the West of helping to overthrow Ukraine’s government under President Viktor Yanukovich. He went on to say that Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose military has invaded the Crimean peninsula portion of Ukraine, has “some law on his side” for his actions.

“This whole thing that Putin is the big cause of the trouble is pretty good evidence that the Europeans as well as the American government have contrived to have the overthrow of a government that most people say had been elected,” Paul said.

“And they say everything that Putin does is illegal. He’s no angel, but actually he has some law on his side. They have contracts and agreements and treaties for a naval base there and the permission to go about that area.”

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Paul compared the situation to the Americans’ presence at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay, where the U.S. has a suspected terrorists. and a detention facility for suspected terrorists.

Host Matt Welsh asked Paul about Russia’s actions, which have included stacking its army along the border and taking over a Ukraine base in Crimea.

“I don’t think we should do all that threatening,” Paul said.

Welch interjected, saying he was referring to the Russians in his question.

“I know but we’re there,” Paul said. I know you were talking about the Russians. You listen to [Sens. Lindsey] Graham and [John] McCain, [they say] ‘Oh, now we can build our missiles in Russia’s backyard.’ No, I don’t think so.

“If you believe in limited government, everybody should have the right to minimize their government. There should be a right of secession. We loved secession when we seceded from Great Britain, and we loved secession when the Soviet Union broke up. So why not have the break up of these countries?”

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By Jason Devaney

Greenwald: NSA Creates Blackmail Risk for Women Who Get Abortions.


Image: Greenwald: NSA Creates Blackmail Risk for Women Who Get Abortions

By William Chedsey

Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who introduced the world to National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and his classified revelations, testified to the European Union’s parliament that NSA metadata collection is ideally suited for identifying women who’ve had abortions and using that information against them.

Collecting metadata “is the supreme priority of the agency precisely because it enables the NSA to invade people’s privacy more effectively than the interception of content,” Greenwald said in his remote video testimony Wednesday to a committee of parliament conducting an inquiry on electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens.

Greenwald said he finds that “sometimes it’s difficult to understand that in the abstract, but it’s easy to understand it when concrete examples are used.”

Imagine, he said, “a woman who decides that she wants to get an abortion. If you’re listening in on her phone call, what you will hear is her calling a clinic. The clinic will answer with a generic-sounding name like ‘East Side Clinic’ or something like that.

“You will hear the woman who you decided to target for surveillance ask for an appointment Tuesday at two o’clock … and you’ll have no idea why she called, or even what kind of clinic she called, or what the purpose was.”

By contrast, Greenwald testified, “if you’re collecting her metadata, you will see the phone number that she called. You will then be able to identify it as an abortion clinic. You will know how many times she called that clinic. And you will have exactly the information you wouldn’t get if you were simply listening to her phone call.”

Greenwald said that it would be “the same with somebody who calls a suicide hotline, or a drug addiction clinic, or somebody who is speaking with someone who is not their spouse late at night, or any number of other types of intimate activities that human beings engage in that you probably wouldn’t be able to apprehend if you’re reading their e-mails or listening to their telephone calls, but that you will instantly be able to understand by collecting their metadata.”

Someone with HIV who “calls a doctor specializing in HIV once every three months, as HIV patients often do; if you’re listening to their phone calls you’ll have no idea what kind of doctor they’re calling, but if you’re collecting their metadata you’ll know everything about their medical condition.”

The political angle to Greenwald’s testimony likely played well to the left-leaning European parliament‘s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).

Those on the left in both America and Europe who revile national security overreach by the U.S. government often strongly support the wide availability of legal abortion, gay rights, and oppose stigmas against drug use and marital infidelity.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Greenwald found himself on the receiving end from some of his friends on the left for his kind words about Ron Paul, an opponent of abortion.

“I find Glenn Greenwald’s defense of Ron Paul’s anti-abortion record deeply bizarre,” Ezra Klein complained in the American Prospect, accusing Greenwald of failing to respond “to concerns that, in a Ron Paul world, tens of millions of women will be forced to use their bodies to bear children against their will.”

Greenwald responded by saying, “Not a word of what I wrote or have ever written had anything to do with ‘defending’ Paul’s position on abortion, nor did I state or imply that abortion rights were unimportant.”

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Ron Paul: America Brought 9/11 Attacks Upon Itself.


Former Texas congressman and presidential aspirant Ron Paul took to Twitter and Facebook on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist strikes to declare that America brought the attacks upon itself.

“We’re supposed to believe that the perpetrators of 9/11 hated us for our freedom and goodness,” Paul posted.

“In fact, that crime was blowback for decades of US intervention in the Middle East. And the last thing we needed was the government’s response: more wars, a stepped-up police and surveillance state, and drones.”

By Wednesday night, the Facebook post had more than 27,000 “likes.”

Attached to the post was a picture of an American flag at half mast with the words “Never Forget. September 11, 2001.”

On his Twitter account, Paul similarly noted:

The posting had 1,226 “retweets.”

Paul is known for his libertarian ideology and opposition to U.S. military action abroad, saying last week it would be “historic” if Congress voted against President Obama’s plan for military strikes in SyriaPolitico reported.

His son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, has also been a vocal opponent of U.S. action in Syria following the Assad regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons.

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By Cathy Burke

Ron Paul: Assange ‘Fighting for the Cause of Liberty’.


Former Rep. Ron Paul on Thursday thanked Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for “fighting to increase transparency in our government” and fighting “for the cause of liberty.”

Paul’s praise came during the third and final installment of an interview with Assange on the Ron Paul Channel — www.ronpaulchannel.com— the subscription-based Internet channel launched last month by the Texas Republican.

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Paul concluded the interview with Assange – confined in the Ecuadorean embassy in London — by directing viewers to the WikiLeaks site where they could donate to Assange’s cause.

The day after Assange told Paul in the second part of the interview that the United States was taking advantage of the humanitarian crisis in Syria to justify a military strike, Paul took a more personal approach in the final installment, asking about Assange’s personal philosophy.

The Australian described his political philosophy as a blend of “California libertarianism,” Greek political theory, along with thoughts from the Federalist Paper and some naturalist views.

“I freely admit to borrowing from parts of my political education from different schools of thought and one of those is, roughly speaking, Californian libertarianism and from your Federalist Papers,” Assange said.

His political and philosophical diversity is reflected in the political party he founded this year and on whose platform he is campaigning in this weekend’s Australian elections.

The WikiLeaks party “is already the fourth most popular party in Australia and we have a wide variety of people from what are classically known as the right and the left within the party. There are tensions about that and I have to try and resolve those tensions and explain the commonality,” Assange said.

Born in Australia to a mother who was the daughter of academics and a father who was the son of engineers, Assange says political philosophy was not something which his parents imposed on him.

“My mother was the daughter of academics. My grandfather left school at age 14 and worked his way up through the Christian education system and to become a very young military intelligence officer in World War II, but my mother was very careful not to bias me,” he told Paul. He acknowledged that his family environment was influential, including the divorce of his parents when he was 9.

According to Assange, he developed his feelings about the world during a “burst of maturity in adolescence” and by exposing himself to a myriad of political philosophies.

Assange said he is hesitant to assign a concrete definition to his beliefs.

“I have been very careful not to define my political philosophy because those terms tend to trap you into one camp and then opponents of that particular camp try to use it against you,” he said.

As a consequence of the recent NSA disclosures by Edward Snowden and during the Bradley Manning trial, Assange said that a unique political phenomenon is developing.

Assange sees an “extreme center” emerging in the establishment from both sides of the political spectrum that is comprised of people “more concerned about self-promotion, political networking, and creating political dynasties, doing favors for mates” than the issues.

“They are just working the system,” Assange said. “They don’t really have any ideas they believe in. The extreme center, which is pushing forward aggressively in a particular direction to promote itself, has led to others feeling like that is not what they want to be involved in. There is now a magnetic force between those on the right and those on the left,” Assange said.

What unites the two sides is the sense of injustice, he said, adding that the libertarian right views injustice in terms of a lack of freedom.

“Your liberty can’t be deprived from you unless someone else has more power, so there is a commonality between these two sides,” Assange said.

The WikiLeaks Party was registered in 2013 and is running in three of the five states in Australia. Their political chances in Saturday’s election are difficult to quantify due to the complicated nature of Australia’s electoral system, but Assange believes the party will garner between 2 percent and 6 percent of the vote. Australians will have 1,717 candidates and more than 50 parties to choose from when they vote on Saturday.

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By Jennifer G. Hickey

Assange Tells Ron Paul: US Using Syrian WMD Claim.


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Wednesday the United States was taking advantage of a humanitarian crisis in order to engage in military action in Syria.

“They really felt what they needed was for there to be some humanitarian outrage in Syria and once they had it, that would legitimize going in with a big air strike,” Assange said on the Ron Paul Channel — www.ronpaulchannel.com — the subscription-based Internet channel launched last month by the former Texas Republican congressman.

Assange, confined in a room in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for more than 1,000 days, clarified that he did not believe the chemical weapons attack was “a fabrication,” but said “it is still possible that the rebels did it.”

“Most of all, for a bigger involvement, they needed a bigger humanitarian outrage to hook it all onto. We have seen that. To be sure it is being taken advantage of,” Assange said. “They did not give a damn about Syrians” until recently.

In the first two installments of a three-part interview with former presidential candidate Ron Paul, Assange addressed a variety of topics from the close ties between Google and the State Department to his philosophical beliefs.

Paul began the interview with Assange about the most controversial issue — whether intelligence is being used improperly to justify action in Syria.

“Haven’t you touched on this subject, of somebody looking for an incident with Syria that would justify all of the countries to come in and the United States government to come in and the British government to come in and do something in Syria?” Paul asked Assange.

Assange has charged that information gathered from 5 million emails WikiLeaks obtained from Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence firm, indicates military action in Syria may have been planned before the recent chemical attacks.

One email from December 2011 involved a report from “one of their agents meeting with the U.S. Air Force, representatives from the French and British military” on the “game-plan” in Syria.

Assange also views the close relationship between the U.S. government and business and tech contracting firms, such as Google, as a deep concern.

“I’ve been watching Google since it was four computers at Stanford. Google started out as — coming out of that culture, the grad-school culture — pretty humane, a bit naive, and it got bigger and bigger and interfacing with the world. And what happened?” asks Assange.

Because Google needed the State Department to intervene when it had problems or concerns with foreign countries, he says, “As time went by they got closer and closer together.”

Assange says he releases classified documents despite the criticism and potential prosecution he faces because he wants the truth to come out.

“Personally, I don’t like lies. In the Australian context, we would say, ‘It is time to make the bastards honest,'” he says, adding that he likes “a good fight.”

Asked about the philosophy behind WikiLeaks, Assange says it derives from a “philosophical view that every law, every regulation, every constitution — in fact, every decision that we take, even as human individual beings — comes about as a result of what we know and what communications we have.

“So we can only be as good as what we know.”

Assange says that no single one of his disclosures has been the most shocking. “The biggest surprise is the panorama, the scope, that it is done en masse and in so many places,” he said. And that is why he believes his group is so important.

“The way for people to be free and the way for people to seek justice is for there to be more knowledge and more truth about how institutions behave,” says Assange.

Rather than one “Henry Kissinger-esque figure directing geo-political strategy” being a threat, it is the “out-of-control bureaucracy involving state and corporations, [the] National Security Agency,” that is to fear, he says.

“There are some people working in an unthinking, unreasoned process and all the secrecy means is that there is not the proper oversight of what is going on. That to me is what is most concerning,” says Assange.

Responding to charges that the classified information he disclosed has resulted in harm to innocent citizens or to members of the military and intelligence communities, Assange says: “Either the published activity that we engage in gets people killed or it does not. It is a factual question. Well, we have seven years of publishing history and never has one person come to personal harm.”

No one at the State or Defense Department has ever cited a single person who has been hurt as a result of WikiLeaks actions, he said. Assange believes government authorities frequently cite potential harm as a means to distract attention from the truth of the WikiLeaks documents.

“Our facts are indisputable and we have the world’s best record for having never gotten it wrong. We have never released a document that has been misdescribed by us … They couldn’t argue on the grounds that what we say is false.”

Assange is still fighting extradition to Sweden regarding questions in two sexual assault cases there.

Despite his confinement at the Ecuadorean embassy, Assange has been busy, filing a formal complaint to request the Swedish authorities investigate U.S. intelligence activities in Europe.

He also is seeking a seat in the Australian senate, a campaign which this week drew a rebuke from Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.

Responding to a video Assange produced that made fun of his opponents, Correa sent a letter informing him he could campaign, “but without making fun of Australian politicians.”

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By Jennifer G. Hickey

Ron Paul Slams Rumsfeld Over Syria Comments.


Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, appearing on Fox Business Network‘s “Cavuto” on Wednesday, criticized former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld about his thoughts on Syria‘s use of poison gas on civilians.

“Hardly should he be considered an expert on the region,” Paul told host Neil Cavuto.

Earlier on “Cavuto,” Rumsfeld, who last served under President George W. Bush, had criticized the Obama administration for telegraphing American intentions to strike Syria with missiles. 

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Rumsfeld also said the White House has not yet made clear what America’s national interest is in the ongoing civil war.

Paul, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has always opposed American intervention abroad, so it isn’t surprising to hear him criticize U.S. military action against Syria.

Paul accused Rumsfeld of being “buddies” with Saddam Hussein when he was president of Iraq, and said “Saddam Hussein was actually using poison gases, and look at where Iraq is today.” 

Iraq is a “disaster,” Paul said, with the country more aligned with Iran and the death toll growing. “We hear about the death — so hardly would he be able to give us advice on what to do in Afghanistan.”

The interview with Ron Paul airs on Fox Business Network’s “Cavuto” at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

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By Greg Richter

Rand Paul on Fox: Christie Made ‘Big Mistake’ Attacking Libertarians.


Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a “big mistake” suggesting the GOP had no room for libertarian-leaning Republicans.

“Look, the party in the Northeast is shrinking almost down to nothing, they need to be looking to people with new and different ideas who will attract young, independent, even Democrats to our party,” Paul said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“Saying there’s no room for us was a big mistake on [Christie’s] part,” Paul said.

The spat between the potential presidential contenders started last month after Christie called Paul’s libertarian foreign policy “dangerous,” and Paul fired back accusing Christie of being a big-spending Republican.

The quarrel appeared to re-escalated last week during a Republican National Committee meeting when former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, Rand Paul’s father, said that Christie “offers nothing” to the party.

Asked about this father’s comments, Rand Paul said “The party’s big enough for both of us.”

Paul continued, “I would say there’s room for people who believe in bigger government in our party, and I think that some of the things that [Christie] seems to have promoted make us believe that he thinks there’s a lot more spending that could go on.”

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By Audrey Hudson

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