Shooting Tragedy In Washington; Gun Control Revived?; State Department Employees Forced To Have Private Benghazi Memorial; Ron Paul Lauds America’s Newfound Disdain For Warmongers; And EFF Explains Google Street View Ruling’s Privacy Implications— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 9-16-2013

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Gunman, 12 Others Dead In Navy Yard Shooting Rampage

As many as three gunmen were initially thought to have been involved in the rampage and police spent much of the day searching for two other possible assailants inside the headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command. Read More… 

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Plugs Gun Control Agenda After Shooting Tragedy

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, prodded by reporters Monday, slipped in a plug for President Barack Obama’s gun control agenda during a press conference discussion of the tragic Navy Yard shooting in Washington. Read More… 

State Department Employees Hold Private Benghazi Memorial After No Official Event Scheduled

A small group of State Department staffers held their own private memorial ceremony last week to mark the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. With no official ceremony planned, it was the least they could do. Read More… 

Ron Paul Straight Talk: The American Public Is Tired Of Warmongers

Will the history books record these past couple of weeks as the point when the tide finally turned against our interventionist foreign policy? Ron Paul Thinks So… 

EFF Explains Google Street View Ruling And What It Means for Researchers And Cops

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which issued its long awaited decision in Joffe v. Google this week, the case where Google was sued for allegedly violating the Wiretap Act when its Street View cars sucked up data from wireless routers as it passed by. EFF Explains… 

D.C. Shipyard Shooting; Google Exec Says We Need To Get Over Government Spying; HOW Many Government Agencies Have Guns?; Obamacare Wants In On Your Sex Life; Russell Brand Levels The Government – Monday Morning News Roundup 9-16-2013

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  • Early reports are sketchy about the Washington, D.C. shipyard shootings. CBS D.C. has reported one shooter, while at last check, The Washington Post is reporting three. Radio station WTOP is live blogging, with photographs from the scene. Source: WTOP… 

 

  • Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, reiterated the tech industry’s call for greater transparency from the US government over surveillance on Friday, but declined to “pass judgment” on American spying operations. “There’s been spying for years, there’s been surveillance for years, and so forth, I’m not going to pass judgment on that, it’s the nature of our society,” he said. Source: The Guardian…

 

  • The recent uproar over armed EPA agents descending on a tiny Alaska mining town is shedding light on the fact that 40 federal agencies – including nearly a dozen typically not associated with law enforcement – have armed divisions. The agencies employ about 120,000 full-time officers authorized to carry guns and make arrests, according to a June 2012 Justice Department report. Source: Fox News…

 

  • Is there an American equivalent to Russell Brand? Brand penned a rant for The Guardian Friday, sending up corporatists and politicians for their sanctimonious response after he bit the corporate hand that fed him – Hugo Boss – at a posh fashion awards ceremony last week. “Why are public officials, paid by us, turning up at events for fashion magazines?” he asked. “Well, the reason I was there was because I have a tour on and I was advised it would be good publicity. What are the politicians selling? How are they managing our perception of them with their attendance of these sequin-encrusted corporate balls? We witness that there is a relationship between government, media and industry that is evident even at this most spurious and superficial level. These three institutions support one another. ” Source: The Guardian…

 

  • “Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?” Be ready to answer those questions and more the next time you go to the doctor, whether it’s the dermatologist or the cardiologist and no matter if the questions are unrelated to why you’re seeking medical help. And you can thank the Obama health law. Source: The New York Post…

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IRS Targeted Tea Party, Helped Black Preachers; Russian Paper Pravda Offers McCain Op-Ed Spot; FISA Court Wants More NSA Documents Public; ProPublica Explains Private Data Collection; California Bill Makes It Easier For Illegals To Get Licenses— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 9-13-2013

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While IRS Targeted Tea Party It Also Put On Workshops To Help Black Preachers Spread Obama Message

Reports indicate that even as the Internal Revenue Service was placing undue scrutiny on the tax-exempt status of conservative groups, top government officials were advising black preachers on how to engage in political activity without endangering their tax exempt status leading up to the 2012 Presidential election. Read More… 

Putin Throws Down Gauntlet, McCain Picks It Up

An off-the-cuff remark made by Senator John McCain during an interview has gotten the warmongering neocon an invitation to write an opinion piece for Russian newspaper Pravda. Read More… 

FISA Court Puts Government On Timeline To Declassify Past NSA Spy Authorizations

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) – the secretive court whose purpose is to hear one-sided requests from Federal law enforcement to conduct undisclosed spy operations against Americans and foreigners – ordered the government Friday to make a case for why its cloak-and-dagger operations shouldn’t be declassified. Read More…

ProPublica Explains How Far Private Companies Can Go In Gathering Information About You

It’s not clear how much information about ordinary people’s conversations the National Security Agency has gathered. But we do know there’s a thriving public market for data on individual Americans — especially data about the things we buy and might want to buy. Read More… 

California Bill Allows More Immigrants To Get Driver’s Licenses

Governor Jerry Brown is praising a bill allowing more illegal immigrants to obtain a California driver’s license. Read More…

Putin Throws Down Gauntlet, McCain Picks It Up

An off-the-cuff remark made by Senator John McCain during an interview has gotten the warmongering neocon an invitation to write an opinion piece for Russian newspaper Pravda.

CNN’s Jake Tapper interviewed McCain, asking him about Syria and mentioning Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent opinion piece in The New York Times.

“Let’s talk about Putin,” Tapper asked. “What did you think of his op-ed?”

Laughing, McCain responded: “I’d like to have a chance to have a commentary in Pravda, if that would happen.”

Thanks to blogger John Hudson, McCain may get his wish.

Hudson, who blogs about national security and foreign policy for Foreign Policy, contacted Pravda after McCain made his comment. He writes:

In a first-of-its kind arrangement, the editors of Russian newspaper Pravda have tentatively agreed to publish a column by Sen. John McCain that will attack the leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The agreement comes one day after Putin criticized the United States in a widely-read column in The New York Times.

“If John McCain wants to write something for us, he is welcome,” Dmitry Sudakov, the English editor of Pravda tells The Cable. “Mr. McCain has been an active anti-Russian politician for many years already. We have been critical of his stance on Russia and international politics in our materials, but we would be only pleased to publish a story penned by such a prominent politician as John McCain.”

When The Cable reached the senator’s office with the offer, McCain’s communications director Brian Rogers responded within minutes. “On the record: Senator McCain would be glad to write something for Pravda, so we’ll be reaching out to Dmitry with a submission.”

Illegal Immigrants To Drive In Cali; Al-Qaida Bets On U.S. ‘Safety’ Fears; NSA Posed As Google To Spy On Users; Photojournalist Describes Syrian Rebels’ ‘Utter Cruelty’; Brain-Eating Amoeba In Louisiana Water Supply – TGIF Friday Morning News Roundup 9-13-2013

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  • In the waning hours of the 2013 legislative session, the Assembly on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses. The surprise 55-19 vote moved California a signature away from putting into law a measure that immigrant advocates have sought fruitlessly for years, with past attempts thwarted by legislative vote and gubernatorial veto. In a statement released shortly after the vote, Brown signaled he will sign the bill. Source: The Sacramento Bee…

 

  • Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Al-Qaeda leader, has called on followers to commit attacks inside the U.S. to “bleed America economically,” in a speech marking the anniversary of the 9/11 strikes. “We should bleed America economically by provoking it to continue in its massive expenditure on its security, for the weak point of America is its economy, which has already begun to stagger due to the military and security expenditure,” he said. “As we defeated it in the gang warfare in Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan, so we should follow it with …war on its own land. These disparate strikes can be done by one brother or a few of the brothers.” Source: The Telegraph…

 

  • If a recently leaked document is any indication, the U.S. National Security Agency – or its U.K. counterpart – appears to have put on a Google suit to gather intelligence. Brazilian site Fantastico obtained and published a document leaked by Edward Snowden, which diagrams how a “man in the middle attack” involving Google was apparently carried out. A technique commonly used by hackers, a MITM attack involves using a fake security certificate to pose as a legitimate Web service, bypass browser security settings, and then intercept data that an unsuspecting person is sending to that service. Hackers could, for example, pose as a banking Web site and steal passwords. Source: CNET…

 

  • “At the moment of execution the rebels grasped his throat. The young man put up a struggle. Three or four rebels pinned him down. The man tried to protect his throat with his hands, which were still tied together. He tried to resist but they were stronger than he was and they cut his throat. They raised his head into the air. People waved their guns and cheered. Everyone was happy that the execution had gone ahead. That scene in Syria, that moment, was like a scene from the Middle Ages, the kind of thing you read about in history books. The war in Syria has reached the point where a person can be mercilessly killed in front of hundreds of people—who enjoy the spectacle.” Source: Time… 

 

  • Tests of a Louisiana parish’s water supply confirmed the presence of a rare brain-eating amoeba blamed for last month’s death of a 4-year-old boy. The state’s Department of Health & Hospitals said Thursday that tests conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found Naegleria fowleri in St. Bernard Parish water. The water is safe to drink, state officials said, although they cautioned against getting water in the nose. Source: CNN… 

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Bill To Define Journalist Will Get Full Senate Vote

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed media shield legislation that is intended to protect journalists from having to cooperate in government investigations — but lawmakers made sure to limit who can be defined as a journalist in America.

Lawmakers used language in the bill, which passed the committee on a 13-5 vote, to draw a line between what constitutes a “real” journalist.

A journalist is defined in the bill as a person working for a media outlet for at least three months in the past two years or for at least one year in the past 20 years as a regular employee or contractor. The media shield would also protect people who have done substantial freelance work in the past five years, student journalists or a person a Federal judge deems deserving of the protections.

“The remedy that this legislation seeks to provide is to differentiate between different types of journalists and to determine in the Congress’s mind who’s legitimate and who’s not legitimate,” said Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), a critic of the bill’s provision defining who is a journalist.

He based his argument on the simplicity of the 1st Amendment.

“The First Amendment makes no such differentiation,” he said. “It talks about a free press, and we would say you’re a member of the free press if you meet certain legislative criteria and if you don’t, you’re not.”

The bill will now go to the Senate floor for a full vote.

Putin’s Opinion; NSA Leaks Continue; Cruz Praises Obama; Gun Run In Maryland; Pope Says Belief In God Not Requisite For Eternity In Heaven – Thursday Morning News Roundup 9-12-2013

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Vladimir Putin’s name appears above an opinion column in The New York Times today. The piece finds the Russian president in full PR mode, with gentle, constructive criticisms of President Barack Obama’s Syria policy and an even-handed caution against American exceptionalism and interventionism. “It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States,” he writes. “Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.” Source: The New York Times…

 

A top-secret “memorandum of understanding” document – part of the trove of National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden – was released Wednesday by British newspaper The Guardian. The memo shows how American intelligence being shared with Israel would not be filtered in advance by NSA analysts to remove the “raw” data on the communications originating in the U.S. Source: The Guardian…

 

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) praised – yes, praised – President Barack Obama on Wednesday for bringing the Syria strike to Congress, saying that the move gave the chance for the voices of Americans to be heard. “I want to commend President Obama for two different things,” said Cruz. “Number one, I want to commend President Obama for listening to the bipartisan calls to submit to the constitutional authority of Congress. That was significant, it was the right thing to do and I’m glad he did so. And secondly, once the issue came to Congress, that gave the American people a chance to speak up.” Source: POLITICO…

 

Maryland’s new Firearms Safety Act—which takes effect October 1—has created a run on guns. More than 72,000 applications have been filed—an average of 2,300 a week, three times the number filed in 2010. To help process those applications, employees in other departments, including Health and Mental Hygiene, Transportation, Public Safety and Human Resources, were put on data entry duty. That has many residents angry that their personal information might fall into the wrong hands as it’s passed around by so many agencies. Source: CBS Baltimore… 

 

In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences. “The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience,” wrote the Pope. “Sin, even for those who have no faith, exists when people disobey their conscience.” Source: The Independent…

 

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Some Lawmakers Want War So Bad They Can Taste It; Donate To ‘Americans For Whatever Barack Obama Wants; Economists Prove Keynesian Devotee Wrong; Bikers Take Over D.C. For 9/11; Colorado Issuing Marijuana Sale Rulebook— Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 9-11-2013

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Ocean Of Bikers Drowns Out Muslim Protesters In Competing Rallies On Sept. 11

The quickly-organized “2 Million Bikers To D.C.” rally didn’t deliver anywhere near that many patriotic motorcycle enthusiasts to a Sept. 11 rally in the Nation’s capital city. But the event did turn out tens of thousands of bikers, who vastly outnumbered the two dozen or so supporters of the competing “Million Muslim March.” Read More…

Graham, Reid And McRino Double Down On Calls For Syrian War After Obama Speech

A day after President Barack Obama’s White House address that did not rule out the prospect of a U.S. military strike against the Syrian government, a Senate resolution to authorize action sits tabled. But that isn’t stopping a handful of lawmakers to advocate for an attack— with or without Congressional approval. Read More… 

Laugh Out Loud Funny: ‘The Americans for Whatever Barack Obama Wants, Did You Know He’s Friends with Jay-Z?’ Parody Perfectly Profiles Obamabots

The famed Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood based comedy improve group Second City has released a video that paints a riotously realistic portrait of the ill-informed President Barack Obama supporter. Watch…

Mises: Mainstream Economists Prove Krugman Wrong About Austrian Economics

It is too bad it took back-to back harmful boom-bust cycles for the economists at large to begin to again examine Austrian insights, but it does illustrate how foolish Paul Krugman is when he argues Austrians have nothing to bring to the table. Read More… 

Colorado Releases Marijuana Sales Rule Book

Colorado has codified final rules for recreational marijuana businesses in a 136-page report, in anticipation of its legalization of marijuana in January. Read More…

TRANSCRIPT: Obama’s Syria Speech

The following is a transcript of President Barack Obama’s speech Tuesday night regarding the possibility of a U.S. military strike against Syria.

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

My fellow Americans, tonight I want to talk to you about Syria, why it matters and where we go from here.

Over the past two years, what began as a series of peaceful protests against the oppressive regime of Bashar al-Assad has turned into a brutal civil war. Over 100,000 people have been killed. Millions have fled the country. In that time, America’s worked with allies to provide humanitarian support, to help the moderate opposition, and to shape a political settlement, but I have resisted calls for military action because we cannot resolve someone else’s civil war through force, particularly after a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The situation profoundly changed, though, on August 21st, when Assad’s government gassed to death over 1,000 people, including hundreds of children. The images from this massacre are sickening: men, women, children lying in rows, killed by poison gas, others foaming at the mouth, gasping for breath, a father clutching his dead children, imploring them to get up and walk.

On that terrible night, the world saw in gruesome detail the terrible nature of chemical weapons and why the overwhelming majority of humanity has declared them off-limits, a crime against humanity and a violation of the laws of war.

This was not always the case. In World War I, American G.I.s were among the many thousands killed by deadly gas in the trenches of Europe. In World War II, the Nazis used gas to inflict the horror of the Holocaust. Because these weapons can kill on a mass scale, with no distinction between soldier and infant, the civilized world has spent a century working to ban them. And in 1997, the United States Senate overwhelmingly approved an international agreement prohibiting the use of chemical weapons, now joined by 189 governments that represent 98 percent of humanity.

On August 21st, these basic rules were violated, along with our sense of common humanity. No one disputes that chemical weapons were used in Syria. The world saw thousands of videos, cell phone pictures, and social media accounts from the attack, and humanitarian organizations told stories of hospitals packed with people who had symptoms of poison gas.

Moreover, we know the Assad regime was responsible. In the days leading up to August 21st, we know that Assad’s chemical weapons personnel prepared for an attack near an area where they mix sarin gas. They distributed gas masks to their troops. Then they fired rockets from a regime-controlled area into 11 neighborhoods that the regime has been trying to wipe clear of opposition forces. Shortly after those rockets landed, the gas spread, and hospitals filled with the dying and the wounded.

We know senior figures in Assad’s military machine reviewed the results of the attack and the regime increased their shelling of the same neighborhoods in the days that followed. We’ve also studied samples of blood and hair from people at the site that tested positive for sarin.

When dictators commit atrocities, they depend upon the world to look the other way until those horrifying pictures fade from memory, but these things happened. The facts cannot be denied.

The question now is what the United States of America and the international community is prepared to do about it, because what happened to those people — to those children — is not only a violation of international law, it’s also a danger to our security. Let me explain why.

If we fail to act, the Assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons. As the ban against these weapons erodes, other tyrants will have no reason to think twice about acquiring poison gas and using them. Over time, our troops would again face the prospect of chemical warfare on the battlefield, and it could be easier for terrorist organizations to obtain these weapons and to use them to attack civilians.

If fighting spills beyond Syria’s borders, these weapons could threaten allies like Turkey, Jordan and Israel. And a failure to stand against the use of chemical weapons would weaken prohibitions against other weapons of mass destruction and embolden Assad’s ally, Iran, which must decide whether to ignore international law by building a nuclear weapon or to take a more peaceful path.

This is not a world we should accept. This is what’s at stake. And that is why, after careful deliberation, I determined that it is in the national security interests of the United States to respond to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons through a targeted military strike. The purpose of this strike would be to deter Assad from using chemical weapons, to degrade his regime’s ability to use them, and to make clear to the world that we will not tolerate their use.

That’s my judgment as commander-in-chief, but I’m also the president of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy. So even though I possess the authority to order military strikes, I believed it was right in the absence of a direct or imminent threat to our security to take this debate to Congress. I believe our democracy is stronger when the president acts with the support of Congress, and I believe that America acts more effectively abroad when we stand together. This is especially true after a decade that put more and more war-making power in the hands of the president and more and more burdens on the shoulders of our troops, while sidelining the people’s representatives from the critical decisions about when we use force.

Now, I know that after the terrible toll of Iraq and Afghanistan, the idea of any military action — no matter how limited — is not going to be popular. After all, I’ve spent four-and-a-half years working to end wars, not to start them. Our troops are out of Iraq. Our troops are coming home from Afghanistan. And I know Americans want all of us in Washington — especially me — to concentrate on the task of building our nation here at home, putting people back to work, educating our kids, growing our middle class. It’s no wonder then that you’re asking hard questions.

So let me answer some of the most important questions that I’ve heard from members of Congress and that I’ve read in letters that you’ve sent to me. First, many of you have asked, won’t this put us on a slippery slope to another war? One man wrote to me that we are still recovering from our involvement in Iraq. A veteran put it more bluntly: This nation is sick and tired of war.

My answer is simple. I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria. I will not pursue an open-ended action like Iraq or Afghanistan. I will not pursue a prolonged air campaign like Libya or Kosovo. This would be a targeted strike to achieve a clear objective, deterring the use of chemical weapons and degrading Assad’s capabilities.

Others have asked whether it’s worth acting if we don’t take out Assad. Now, some members of Congress have said there’s no point in simply doing a pinprick strike in Syria.

Let me make something clear: The United States military doesn’t do pinpricks. Even a limited strike will send a message to Assad that no other nation can deliver.

I don’t think we should remove another dictator with force. We learned from Iraq that doing so makes us responsible for all that comes next. But a targeted strike can makes Assad — or any other dictator — think twice before using chemical weapons.

Other questions involve the dangers of retaliation. We don’t dismiss any threats, but the Assad regime does not have the ability to seriously threaten our military. Any other — any other retaliation they might seek is in line with threats that we face every day. Neither Assad nor his allies have any interest in escalation that would lead to his demise, and our ally, Israel, can defend itself with overwhelming force, as well as the unshakable support of the United States of America.

Many of you have asked a broader question: Why should we get involved at all in a place that’s so complicated and where, as one person wrote to me, those who come after Assad may be enemies of human rights?

It’s true that some of Assad’s opponents are extremists. But Al Qaida will only draw strength in a more chaotic Syria if people there see the world doing nothing to prevent innocent civilians from being gassed to death.

The majority of the Syrian people, and the Syrian opposition we work with, just want to live in peace, with dignity and freedom. And the day after any military action, we would redouble our efforts to achieve a political solution that strengthens those who reject the forces of tyranny and extremism.

Finally, many of you have asked, why not leave this to other countries or seek solutions short of force? As several people wrote to me, we should not be the world’s policemen.

I agree. And I have a deeply held preference for peaceful solutions. Over the last two years, my administration has tried diplomacy and sanctions, warnings and negotiations, but chemical weapons were still used by the Assad regime.

However, over the last few days, we’ve seen some encouraging signs, in part because of the credible threat of U.S. military action, as well as constructive talks that I had with President Putin. The Russian government has indicated a willingness to join with the international community in pushing Assad to give up his chemical weapons. The Assad regime has now admitting that it has these weapons and even said they’d join the Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits their use.

It’s too early to tell whether this offer will succeed, and any agreement must verify that the Assad regime keeps its commitments, but this initiative has the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons without the use of force, particularly because Russia is one of Assad’s strongest allies.

I have therefore asked the leaders of Congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force while we pursue this diplomatic path. I’m sending Secretary of State John Kerry to meet his Russian counterpart on Thursday, and I will continue my own discussions with President Putin.

I’ve spoken to the leaders of two of our closest allies — France and the United Kingdom — and we will work together in consultation with Russia and China to put forward a resolution at the U.N. Security Council requiring Assad to give up his chemical weapons and to ultimately destroy them under international control.

We’ll also give U.N. inspectors the opportunity to report their findings about what happened on August 21st, and we will continue to rally support from allies from Europe to the Americas, from Asia to the Middle East, who agree on the need for action.

Meanwhile, I’ve ordered our military to maintain their current posture to keep the pressure on Assad and to be in a position to respond if diplomacy fails. And tonight I give thanks, again, to our military and their families for their incredible strength and sacrifices.

My fellow Americans, for nearly seven decades, the United States has been the anchor of global security. This has meant doing more than forging international agreements; it has meant enforcing them. The burdens of leadership are often heavy, but the world’s a better place because we have borne them.

And so to my friends on the right, I ask you to reconcile your commitment to America’s military might with the failure to act when a cause is so plainly just.

To my friends on the left, I ask you to reconcile your belief in freedom and dignity for all people with those images of children writhing in pain and going still on a cold hospital floor, for sometimes resolutions and statements of condemnation are simply not enough.

Indeed, I’d ask every member of Congress and those of you watching at home tonight to view those videos of the attack, and then ask, what kind of world will we live in if the United States of America sees a dictator brazenly violate international law with poison gas and we choose to look the other way?

Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Our national determination to keep free of foreign wars and foreign entanglements cannot prevent us from feeling deep concern when ideas and principles that we have cherished are challenged.”

Our ideals and principles, as well as our national security, are at stake in Syria, along with our leadership of a world where we seek to ensure that the worst weapons will never be used.

America is not the world’s policeman. Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong, but when with modest effort and risk we can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act.

That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional. With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

Obama Set To Give A Speech Like No Other, Says Columnist; Why The U.S. Has No Moral Authority In Syria; White House Takes Credit For Russian Action; Americans Still Question 9/11 Narrative; And More Organizations Sue Over NSA Spying— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 9-10-2013

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Taking Credit For Political Defeat And International Embarrassment, Obama Set To Give A Speech Like No Other

The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan ripped President Barack Obama ahead of his Syria address Tuesday afternoon, blasting the President’s unswerving trudge toward the defining moment when he’s expected to absurdly take ownership and credit for distancing himself from a hawkish plan that was always his idea, and his alone.  Read More… 

Poll: Many Americans Still Question Government Narrative Of Sept. 11 Tragedy

A poll released just ahead of the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. shows a combined 60 percent of Americans believe their own government has not been completely forthcoming about the events that caused the collapse of the World Trade Centers. Read More…

Truthloader Explains Why The U.S. Has No Moral Authority On Syrian Chemical Weapons

A citizen journalism YouTube channel called Truthloader has produced a video detailing some of the United States’ hypocrisy in criticizing the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons in the country’s civil war. Watch…

White House: Syria Accepted Russian Proposal Because Of U.S. Pressure

Speaking on MSNBC, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Bashar Assad’s acceptance of a proposal by Russia was the result of “the credible threat of U.S. military action.” Read More… 

Organizations, Activists Lining Up To Sue Against NSA Surveillance

Five new groups—including civil-rights lawyers, medical-privacy advocates and Jewish social-justice activists—have joined a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) against the National Security Agency (NSA) over the unConstitutional collection of bulk telephone call records. Read More…