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Norway: Court rejects Edward Snowden lawsuit on free passage

June 28, 2016
Reuters    
Posted in News

"Former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden has failed in a legal bid to win guarantees from Norway that it would not extradite him to the United States if he went there to receive a free speech award, a Norwegian court said on Monday. Snowden's law firm said in April he would take the state to court to secure free passage to the Nordic country. The United States has filed espionage charges against him for leaking details of extensive U.S. surveillance programs." (06/27/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-security-snowden-norway-idUSKCN0ZD11Y  

Dog bites man: House Select Committee Democrats “absolve” Clinton on Benghazi

June 28, 2016
USA Today USA Today    
Posted in News

"The Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi issued their minority report today, absolving then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of blame in the 2012 terror attacks in which four Americans were killed. ... The Democrats, like previous congressional investigations, fault weak security at the U.S. facility in Benghazi, and military resources that were not in a position to respond quickly enough to save lives. Clinton, they concluded, did not personally deny requests for increased security at the vulnerable compound and claims of an order that the military 'stand down' in its rescue attempts are unsubstantiated, the Democrats said." (06/27/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/27/democrats-say-no-blame-clinton-benghazi/86425430/  

No, there’s not a market liberal case for Brexit

June 28, 2016
Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jacob T Levy  
Posted in Commentary

"According to the 2015 Economic Freedom of the World report's overall measure for regulatory burden, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Sweden, Ireland, and Romania are all less regulated than the UK. The most recent Heritage index of 'business freedom' ranks Denmark, Finland, Germany, and Sweden ahead of the UK; for labor freedom, Denmark, Austria, and Ireland. In all these cases, these relatively-liberal EU countries compare favorably with other developed countries in or out of the EU. None of these measures are perfect, but they shouldn't be systematically biased against the UK. And what they tell us is: a) Membership in the EU is perfectly compatible with maintaining a light overall regulatory burden by developed country standards; and b) the UK is not pushing the deregulatory envelope inside the EU, is not running into an EU constraint in its attempt to minimize the regulatory burden." (06/27/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/06/no-theres-not-a-market-liberal-case-for-brexit/  

Libertarians for drug prohibition?

June 28, 2016
Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  
Posted in Commentary

"During a CNN town hall last week, a member of the audience asked Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president, about heroin legalization. Although the former New Mexico governor correctly pointed out that prohibition makes heroin use more dangerous, he disclaimed any interest in repealing it, saying his legalization agenda is limited to marijuana. He thereby undercut the utilitarian case against drug prohibition and missed an opportunity to make a moral case for individual freedom." (06/27/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/06/27/libertarians-for-drug-prohibition  

Bill Keebler and the FBI’s entrapment elves

June 28, 2016
William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  
Posted in Commentary

"Who is William Keebler, that the Regime's secret police took such an interest in him? A resident of minuscule Stockton, Utah (population circa 700), Keebler, 57, earned a modest measure of media attention five years ago when he was profiled in a story dealing with state-subsidized coyote hunting. He also exhibited the proper attitude toward the people who presume to rule us, which was described by the state-aligned media as 'extreme hatred' for the federal government. Like hundreds of others from around the country, Keebler traveled to Bunkerville, Nevada in April 2014 when Cliven Bundy called for help in recovering his stolen cattle from the BLM. After spending about two weeks in Nevada, Keebler returned to Utah and announced -- to anyone who was listening, which included FBI informants -- his intention to create a militia called the Patriots Defense Force." (06/27/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/06/bill-keebler-and-fbis-entrapment-elves.html  

Blade of p’Na — a preview of a new novel

June 28, 2016
L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  
Posted in Commentary

"In just a few weeks, my 30-somethingth book (I can never come to the same total twice in a row) will be released, electronically, and in dead-tree form, by my esteemed publisher Shahid Mahmud at Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick. I've really been looking forward to this event, because this novel is very important to me. Following my stroke in 2014, it means that I've climbed back on the horse. On the surface, Blade of p'Na, which is set on an alternative version of Earth, is a fast-moving science-fiction action-adventure prequel to my 2000 novel Forge of the Elders, and features many of the same wonderful alien-like characters -- giant spiders,one of whom plays the banjo, and star-nosed moles -- and strange situations as the larger book. Like Forge, which also made a deeper argument about Darwinism and the 'Forge of Adversity,' Blade focuses on the all-important ethical differences between conservatives and libertarians." (06/26/16)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle878-20160626-06.html  

America should exit from NATO and the national security state

June 28, 2016
Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  
Posted in Commentary

"Like the U.S. national-security state, NATO is a Cold-War era governmental apparatus, one whose mission was ostensibly to protect western Europe from an attack by the Soviet Union, which was America's and Britain's World War II partner and ally. But as everyone knows, the Cold War ended more than 25 years ago. A question naturally arises: Why then didn’t NATO go out of existence once the Cold War was over?" (06/27/16)

http://fff.org/2016/06/27/america-exit-nato-national-security-state/  

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