Internet Censorship Nightmare: AI (Artificial Idiocy) Rules the Day

Much of what we’ve long considered free speech, or simply just humor, is no longer acceptable to our robot Internet-censor overlords. Here are a few absurd examples of this censorship. 

By Dr. Kevin Barrett

As Internet censorship rages ever-further out of control, content creators have joked that soon the only acceptable posts will be cat-chasing-laser-pointer videos. The way things are going, however, even the cats are starting to worry. There are so many instances of egregiously idiotic Internet censorship that no brief article could possibly even scratch the surface, so I will limit myself to a few cases that have recently come to my attention.

Comedian Adam Garrison makes his living—or should I say made his living, before the censorship hammer came down—poking fun at both liberals and conservatives. He lampoons a liberal character, Dan Myers, and his conservative doppelgänger, Rusty Myers.

Suddenly, for no discernable reason, and with no explanation, Facebook deleted his account, wiping out all of his videos, which totaled tens of millions of views. Simultaneously YouTube banned only his “conservative” Rusty Myers videos, but not his “liberal” Dan Myers ones.

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Is YouTube run by conservatives who don’t mind comedians poking fun at liberals but can’t handle anyone ridiculing Trump supporters? Hardly. The truth is precisely the opposite: YouTube’s liberal owners, or their AI (artificial idiocy)-driven censorship algorithms, thought “Rusty Myers” was a real Trump supporter, and banned him on that basis.

On “BlackOpRadio,” Adam Garrison explained: “I think they’re trying to silence anything, especially getting close to the 2020 election (supporting Trump) . … As the Rusty Myers character, I always wore a Trump shirt in the videos, and they took it down because they don’t like people, even in jest, agreeing with President Trump.”

Prior to 1987, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Fairness Doctrine required broadcasters to provide balanced coverage. Today, Internet oligarchs, who command audiences even bigger than the broadcast networks, apparently think they can ban anyone who even appears to support the “wrong” presidential candidate, or who otherwise disagrees with them in any way.

If President Donald Trump wants his supporters to continue to enjoy their constitutional right to free speech, he should consider ordering the FCC to re-impose the Fairness Doctrine. The new Fairness Doctrine for the Internet Age should make it clear that big social media companies must respect the First Amendment: Constitutionally protected speech obviously cannot be banned from the new digital town square of social media.

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Better yet, Trump should order the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department to seize the big social media companies, which are illegal monopolies, and either break them into tiny pieces or run them as public utilities under the full protection of the First Amendment. The latter option makes more sense, because social media outfits are natural monopolies, like the Post Office, the Highway Department, the public schools, and the utilities that provide us with electricity and water.

Another example of the absurd overreach of the current censorship epidemic: On July 21, YouTube banned my interfaith dialogue with Doooovid, a Jewish American from Detroit who is one of the most eloquent advocates for his chosen faith. According to YouTube, we had violated their guidelines prohibiting hate speech, but there was nothing remotely hateful in our friendly, respectful conversation.

I can only think of two possible reasons why the video could have been banned. First, the word “Jew” occurs twice in the title: “Kevin Barrett asks Doooovid ‘What Makes a Jew a Jew?’ and ‘What Is Anti-Semitism?’ ” The same artificially idiotic algorithm that thought Adam Garrison’s “Rusty Myers” character was a real Trump supporter may have thought that only Jew-haters use the word Jew.

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Additionally, Doooovid and I are both critics of Zionism. Maybe YouTube’s AI thought that anyone who criticizes Zionism and uses the word Jew is a suitable censorship target.

In any case, after review by actual human beings, YouTube upheld my appeal and reinstated the video. Unfortunately, this rare example of sanity is the exception that proves the rule.

While I was battling YouTube over the Doooovid interview, Vimeo suddenly banned my Internet TV show “False Flag Weekly News.” Their new guidelines prohibit “content that falsely claims that mass tragedies are hoaxes.” The word hoax is defined as “a humorous or malicious deception,” so telling the truth about the mass tragedy of 9/11—that it was a malicious deception— is no longer permitted on Vimeo.

The unfortunate truth is that many if not most “mass tragedies” are in fact “malicious deceptions.” Every war is a “mass tragedy.” And virtually every war is a malicious deception in that people are conned into going to war by lying politicians.

The Charles Manson murders and the Jones – town massacre were “mass tragedies.” And both were “malicious deceptions” orchestrated by such CIA mind-control specialists as Dr. Louis Jolyon “Jolly” West.

False flags are by definition “mass tragedies” based on “malicious deception.” But in post-9/11 America, are we allowed to say that?

Kevin Barrett, Ph.D., is an Arabist-Islamologist scholar and one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror. From 1991 through 2006, Dr. Barrett taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin. In 2006, however, he was attacked by Republican state legislators who called for him to be fired from his job at the University of Wisconsin-Madison due to his political opinions. Since 2007, Dr. Barrett has been informally blacklisted from teaching in American colleges and universities. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, public speaker, author, and talk radio host. He lives in rural western Wisconsin.




Tulsi Gabbard Sues Google

Anti-war candidate Tulsi Gabbard and educational outfit PragerU say tech giant Google is a threat to democracy.

By S.T. Patrick

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is suing Internet company Google for its increased ideological censorship. After the first Democratic Party debate aired on NBC, Gabbard was the most searched-for candidate on Google. At a time when interest in her decidedly anti-war campaign peaked, the tech goliath blocked her Google Ads account. Gabbard also charged that Google sent her campaign emails to Gmail spam folders at a “disproportionately high rate.”

The Gabbard campaign is seeking a legal injunction against Google so that the world’s largest search engine can no longer meddle in the 2020 elections, presidential or otherwise. The campaign is also seeking $50 million in damages. As stated in Gabbard’s legal complaint against Google, “For hours, as millions of Americans searched Google for information about Tulsi, and as Tulsi was trying, through Google, to speak to them, her Google Ads account was arbitrarily and forcibly taken offline. Throughout this period, the campaign worked frantically to gather more information about the suspension, to get through to someone at Google who could get the account back online, and to understand and remedy the restraint that had been placed on Tulsi’s speech—at precisely the moment when everyone wanted to hear from her.”

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Google controls 88% of the Internet searches in the U.S., which means essentially that American access to information online goes through Google. Gabbard sees the dangers for U.S. elections if Google continues its censorship.

“Google’s discrimination against our campaign reveals the danger of their dominance and how the dominance of big tech over public discourse threatens core American values,” Gabbard tweeted on July 25. “They threaten our democracy.”

Google responded shortly thereafter, not surprisingly stating that there is no bias—political, ideological, or otherwise—in their decisions.

“In this case, our system triggered a suspension and the account was reinstated shortly thereafter,” said Google spokeswoman Riva Sciuto. “We are proud to offer ad products that help campaigns connect directly with voters, and we do so without bias toward any party or political ideology.”

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There are other organizations that would vehemently disagree with Sciuto and agree with Gabbard. In 2018, rogue Google employees contacted the conservative “Breitbart” news to inform them that there was a culture within Google that was actively working against Breitbart’s Google Ads monetization plan. Leftist employees at Google had sent management an open letter stating that “Googlers hold a diverse set of political, social, and economic perspectives, but respect and openness bind us together. The hate and bullying Breitbart incites toward Muslims, LGBTQ people, and women is incompatible with those shared values.”

PragerU is a conservative educational video company created by Dennis Prager. It is now also suing Google and YouTube for censorship of its educational material. The suit cites over 50 videos that have been either demonetized or restricted by Google, which owns YouTube. The restricted or demonetized videos include “Why America Must Lead,” “The Ten Commandments: Do Not Murder,” “Why Did America Fight the Korean War?” and “The World’s Most Persecuted Minority: Christians.”

When PragerU inquired to Google and YouTube about the censorship, they were told that the videos had been restricted because they were deemed “inappropriate” for younger audiences. PragerU’s founder disagrees.

Biggest scam Stansberry“Watch any one of our videos and you’ll immediately realize that Google/YouTube censorship is entirely ideologically driven,” stated Dennis Prager. “For the record, our videos are presented by some of the finest minds in the Western world, including four Pulitzer Prize winners, former prime ministers, and professors from the most prestigious universities in America.”

YouTube currently has 1.3 billion users worldwide. Restricting access to material on YouTube is restricting free speech globally.

YouTube has long been censoring alternative voices. Podcast hosts Brent Holland and Ed Opperman have both been demonetized down to a near-inoperable status, crippling their shows.

The censoring of Gabbard is new in that it is not usually Democrats or any left-leaning entities that are censored by Google. But Gabbard is a different kind of candidate than the rest of the field. She is the only candidate in the debates who is challenging the perpetual war state and the mainstream media lies on foreign policy. She has gone against the grain on the issues of war and peace, and now she is suing the largest gatekeeper in the world.

S.T. Patrick holds degrees in both journalism and social studies education. He spent 10 years as an educator and now hosts the “Midnight Writer News Show.” His email is [email protected] He is also an occasional contributor to TBR history magazine and the current managing editor of Deep Truth Journal (DTJ), a new conspiracy-focused publication available from the AFP Online Store.




Who Is Exploiting Tragedy for Political Gain?

Pat Buchanan contrasts solemn coverage of the recent El Paso and Dayton shootings with another type of reaction: “For the Democratic presidential candidates, the El Paso atrocity was like a loose football in the Super Bowl.”

By Patrick J. Buchanan

It was two days of contrast that tell us about America 2019. In El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, following the mass murders of Saturday and Sunday morning, the local folks on camera—police, prosecutors, mayors, FBI, and city officials—were nonpartisan, patient, polite, and dignified in the unity and solemnity of their grief for their dead and wounded. But for the Democratic presidential candidates, the El Paso atrocity was like a loose football in the Super Bowl.

America's next big bankruptcy, StansberryA mad scramble broke out over who would be first and most savage in indicting President Donald Trump for moral complicity in mass murder. Never let a crisis go to waste is an old political adage. And this crowd of candidates was not going to let that happen. Yet the naked political exploitation of these horrific acts, before the bodies of many had been removed from the crime scene, was appalling to behold.

Learning in Las Vegas of the slaughter at the Walmart in El Paso, his hometown, Beto O’Rourke flew back that same day and sped to the scene. Railed Beto, Trump “is a racist and he stokes racism in this country … and it leads to violence. … We have a president with white nationalist views in the United States today.” He called Trump’s language about Mexican immigrants “reminiscent of something you might hear in the Third Reich.”

Asked on Sunday by CNN’s Jake Tapper if he believes the president is a “white nationalist,” Beto eagerly assented: “Yes, I do.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), asked by Tapper if he agreed with Beto, replied: “I do. It gives me no pleasure to say this … all of the evidence out there suggests that we have a president who is a racist, who is a xenophobe, who appeals, and is trying to appeal, to white nationalism.”

On the same CNN show, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) almost outdid Beto. “I want to say with more moral clarity that Donald Trump is responsible for this [mass murder in El Paso] because he is stoking fear and hatred and bigotry.”

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Booker went on: “We have a president of the United States who is savagely fraying the bonds of our nation by speaking consistently words of hatred, words of division, words of demonization and demagoguery. … He is fueling an environment where white supremacists … are finding more and more license to strike out against the vulnerable, to strike out against the immigrant, to strike out against ‘the other.’ ” Booker is saying Trump is rendering moral license to race conflict.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) issued a statement: “We need to call out white nationalism for what it is—domestic terrorism. It is a threat to the United States, and we’ve seen its devastating toll this weekend. And we need to call out the president himself for advancing racism and white supremacy.”

Ironically, The Washington Times reports that the Dayton shooter, who killed his sister and eight others, “described himself on social media as a pro-Satan ‘leftist,’ who wanted Joe Biden’s generation to die off, hated Trump, and hoped to vote for Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president.”

“I want socialism, and I’ll not wait for the idiots to finally come round to understanding,” Connor Betts, the killer, reportedly tweeted.

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Not to be left behind, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said of the president after the slaughter, he’s “a racist, there’s no question in my mind.” These attacks, unprecedented in their savagery, testify to a hatred of Trump that is broad, deep and implacable, and unlikely to be constrained before November 2020. Folks still speak wistfully of a return to the unity America once knew and of a coming together to stand again on common ground.

But where is the evidence for that hope? If Trump’s fabled base is going to stand loyally by him, and the Democratic candidates are going to unleash this kind of bile against him, whoever wins in 2020 will not be able to unite us. Clearly the issue in the 2020 campaign will be Trump.

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Is impeachment now back on the table? How can it not be? Though Robert Mueller found no collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russians, support for impeachment hearings passed the midway mark inside the Democratic caucus in the House last week, even before the horrible weekend.

And if Democrats believe about Trump what their candidates say about him—that he is a white nationalist racist and xenophobe deliberately stoking fear, hatred, and violence, whose words and actions call to mind the fascist regimes of WWII—how can the Democratic leadership credibly not try to impeach him?

Yet, blaming the massacre in El Paso on the rhetoric of Trump is a charge that can come back to bite his attackers. Neither the right nor left has a monopoly on political extremism or violence. And the hate-filled rhetoric of the left this last weekend exceeds anything used by Trump.

Pat Buchanan is a writer, political commentator and presidential candidate. He is the author of Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever and previous titles including The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? and Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War, all available from the AFP Online Store.




Smeared Teenager Loses in Court

Young Nicholas Sandmann, the Catholic student from Kentucky who became the target of a nationwide smear campaign thanks to the fake-news-media, has now been the victim of ajudge’s politically motivated decision. He will appeal.

By Donald Jeffries

William Bertelsman, an elderly federal judge in Kentucky, nominated to the bench by President Jimmy Carter, dismissed beleaguered Catholic teenager Nicholas Sandmann’s $250 million lawsuit against The Washington Post in late July. Incredibly, the judge ruled that the Post’s First Amendment rights allowed it to publish the opinion of Native American “elder” Nathan Phillips, whose fanciful account of the incident outside Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial earlier this year helped portray Sandmann and his fellow students as entitled, disrespectful beneficiaries of “white privilege.”

The fact that the full video of the incident revealed Phillips to have completely distorted the events, and that it exposed the real instigators as a group of vile, racist Black Hebrew Israelites, evidently held no importance to Bertelsman.

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“The Court accepts Sandmann’s statement that, when he was standing motionless in the confrontation with Philips his intent was to calm the situation and not to impede or block anyone,” Bertelsman wrote in his opinion. “However, Phillips did not see it that way. He concluded that he was being ‘blocked’ and not allowed to ‘retreat.’ He passed these conclusions on to the Post. They may have been erroneous, but . . . they are opinion protected by the First Amendment.

And the Post is not liable for publishing these opinions, for the reasons discussed in this Opinion.” So, in the words of this powerful judge, accuracy is of no significance in news reporting, even if inaccurate reporting results in reputations being damaged.

Bertelsman is clearly not averse to individuals suing media outlets over unfair reporting. In 2009, NFL cheerleader Sarah Jones filed suit against the website “thedirty.com,” claiming that it had published malicious gossip depicting her as promiscuous and alleging that she’d even transmitted venereal diseases to others. The website owners, like the Post, moved to dismiss the case, arguing reasonably that it had immunity from material authored by third-party, often anonymous sources. In this case, Bertelsman didn’t dismiss, but allowed the suit to go forward.

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An interesting comparison arises here. The same judge who ruled an NFL cheerleader had possibly been defamed by anonymous posters on an Internet site dismissed a lawsuit from an underage high-school student who had been openly mocked, threatened, and clearly cast into a “bad guy” role that wasn’t in line with the facts. The difference, of course, is that the defendant in Sandmann’s first suit was one of the most powerful organs in the state-controlled mainstream media.

In Sandmann’s case, triggered members of the public attempted to contact his prospective colleges and demand they not accept his application, and there were countless violent memes all over social media, laughingly suggesting he be punched in the face. Meanwhile, there was no such saturation coverage of “Elder” Phillips when it was discovered that he hadn’t served in Vietnam, as he claimed repeatedly in early interviews, that he had a violent criminal record, and that he possessed an obvious anti-Catholic bias, as only a short time before the incident with the Covington teens he had attempted to lead protesters into disrupting mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

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Lost in all the defamatory, misleading news coverage of the event was the fact that Sandmann and his classmates were on a simple field trip to attend a March for Life event in the nation’s capital. As a result of the heavy, biased coverage, even their own faculty at Covington High School, as well as the Catholic Diocese of Covington, originally blamed and condemned the students.

Sandmann’s attorneys had initially asked for an apology and retraction from the Post and other outlets like CNN and CBS, against whom lawsuits remain to be heard. The Post hardly sounded contrite when it published a statement reading, in part, “subsequent reporting, a student’s statement, and additional video allow for a more complete assessment of what occurred, either contradicting or failing to confirm accounts provided in that [January 18] story.” There would be no apology or retraction.

This author exchanged emails with one of Sandmann’s attorneys last week. Asked for his impressions of this rather surprising opinion, Todd McMurtry replied: “Yes, it was disappointing to lose the initial case. We all think the court’s opinion is flawed and that we have a strong shot to turn this around on appeal. We will see.”

Another of Sandmann’s attorneys, Lin Wood, reacted to the outrageous decision in a tweet: “If you wonder how and why our public discourse has deteriorated to its present level, look no further than the order issued in Nicholas’s defamation case against WaPo protecting negligent publication of false and vicious accusations against a minor child. The order must be reversed.

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Recorded before the death of Jeffrey Epstein, Donald Jeffries joined S.T. Patrick to discuss the historical parallels of the Jeffrey Epstein story … and so much more. Unlike most episodes where there is a structure, Patrick and Jeffries came armed with one audio clip and one word: Epstein. That’s where it started and they took off from there. In this discussion, they touch on Alex Acosta, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, the Q theories, Ghislaine and Robert Maxwell, intelligence connections for both Epstein and the Maxwells, the Saudi royals, Honeytraps, Dennis Hastert, Bohemian Grove and the Cremation of Care, Moloch the Owl, Cannibalism, the Franklin Credit Scandal, Alicia Owen, Pizzagate, Dracula, Britney Spears, selling teens as sex symbols, Eyes Wide Shut, Penn State University and Jerry Sandusky, Cathy O’Brien and The Trance Formation of America, Alison Mack and NXIVM, and what in the world is really happening. This is a fascinating episode. Check it out!




Campus Free Speech Is Dead

Once bastions of free thought and speech, colleges are now leftist censorship centers.

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

Georgetown University law professor Jonathan Turley notes that the University of California, once a bastion of free speech, now is opposed to it. The university now punishes people for opinions expressed outside the classroom and the university.

Not that long ago, American universities emphasized tolerance of all views so that truth would not be obscured by dogmas. Little doubt this emphasis traced its heritage back to the church’s interference in the scientific question whether the Earth was the center of the solar system. In order to save their lives, astronomers were forced to renounce their findings and to assert the truth of dogmas that they knew to be wrong.

Today the same thing is happening in American universities, only the deadly controversies are over race and gender issues, not whether the Sun revolves around the Earth.

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When I was a student, liberal professors found Voltaire to be an exemplar of the correct attitude toward free speech. Voltaire quotes were used everywhere in the halls of learning:

  • “Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.”
  • “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend your right to say it.”
  • “Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.”
  • “Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.”
  • “It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster.”

Today, Voltaire is never heard from. Dogma has shoved aside tolerance and taken control of American universities in which political correctness, an ideology or religion in which emotion-based beliefs of certain “preferred” groups with aristocratic or Vatican privileges, such as black activists, abortionists, and sexual deviants, cannot be “offended” by facts or by someone’s contrary opinion.

The latest case of academic persecution is Laura Tanner, a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant in the Department of Feminist Studies at the Santa Barbara campus of the University of California, formerly a great university, now a cesspool of intolerance and identity politics.

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Despite her feminist credentials, Tanner is under attack, not for what she said in the classroom, but for what she expressed in social media tweets. She expressed her opinion that “It’s not possible to be born in the wrong body.” Therefore, a man in a man’s body cannot claim to be a woman. This exercise in plausible deductive reasoning resulted in Tanner being labeled “transphobic.”

A former student of Tanner’s, an academic terrorist—Kremina Youssef—seems set on destroying Tanner’s career prospects simply because Tanner expressed an opinion on Twitter with which Youssef disagrees. Students and alumni have taken the position that although Tanner excels in her teaching role, she should be fired for her “distressing” view on transgenderism. The fact that the vast majority of Americans do not find Tanner’s view distressing is considered irrelevant.

Laury Oaks, the chairperson of the Feminist Studies department, believes that a Title IX civil rights complaint can be filed against Tanner. The position taken by the intolerant freaks attempting to destroy Tanner for “distressing” a newly invented gender based on self-declaration is:

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We acknowledge that the gender binary, as it is commonly understood in the U.S., is rooted in the logics of colonialism, racism, and gendered domination, and that fighting transphobia is integral to resisting and healing from the harms that these systems create. The violence of transphobia, particularly trans-misogyny, falls especially hard on communities of color and contributes to the exploitation, criminalization, and incarceration disproportionately experienced by black, brown, immigrant, and working-class people. As queer students, students of color, and/or allies, our visions of feminist futures include and affirm people made invisible by and marginalized by the gender binary. In our classrooms, we are committed to holding space for trans students, including taking seriously trans students’ experiences, standpoints, and intellectual contributions.

Note that among this collection of nonsense words there is space “in our classrooms” for transgender ideology, but no space outside the classroom for other views on the subject.

To see the undeniable total collapse of university education and the very pillars of Western civilization, ask yourself what Voltaire would have said about this.

What is happening in American universities is far worse than papal objections to astronomers’ findings. It seemed to the church that the astronomers were contradicting the very basis of the church’s religious teachings. But Tanner, who, unlike the pope in those long-ago days, is powerless to impose her views on anyone. Yet, the “transgender community” is determined to impose their views on everyone and to destroy the career of a young feminist. It looks like they will succeed.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury under President Ronald Reagan and was associate editor and columnist at The Wall Street Journal. He has been a professor of economics in six universities and is the author of numerous books available at the AFP Online Store.




DHS Implements New Asylum Rules

Under new rules put in place by the Department of Homeland Security, asylum seekers must come directly from the nations they are fleeing.

By John Friend

In an effort to combat the widespread use of fraudulent asylum claims by migrants hoping to gain entry to the United States, the Trump administration announced new guidelines earlier this month that make it more difficult for Third World migrants to claim asylum.

According to the new rules, those seeking asylum in the United States will be deemed ineligible if they passed through another country before reaching a port of entry to the United States, with some limited exceptions. The vast majority of current asylum seekers make their way through Mexico and other Central American nations before attempting to apply for asylum in the United States. Many such cases are marred by fraudulent claims, including fraudulent familial ties, fraudulent immigration documents, and fraudulent persecution claims.

America's next big bankruptcy, StansberryThe Departments of Homeland Security and Justice announced the new rule in a joint statement earlier this month, which was then published in the Federal Register.

“The departments are amending their respective regulations to provide that, with limited exceptions, an alien who enters or attempts to enter the United States across the southern border after failing to apply for protection in a third country outside the alien’s country of citizenship, nationality, or last lawful habitual residence through which the alien transited en route to the United States is ineligible for asylum,” the new rule states, as reported by The Hill, a popular and oft-quoted publication focusing on political developments in Washington, D.C.

The new rule is necessary, according to Trump administration officials, due to the increasing number of asylum applicants and floods of migrants attempting to gain entry to the United States. Ports of entry and immigration officers have been overwhelmed in recent months by the sheer number of migrants and asylum seekers, including countless cases involving vulnerable populations, including young adults and children. Immigration officials and border patrol agents are operating in extremely difficult environments, particularly as fraudulent asylum claims skyrocket and opportunistic and dishonest migrants desperately attempt to illegally enter the country.

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“The United States is a generous country but is being completely overwhelmed by the burdens associated with apprehending and processing hundreds of thousands of aliens along the southern border,” Attorney General William Barr said in a statement following the announcement of the new asylum rule. “This rule will decrease forum shopping by economic migrants and those who seek to exploit our asylum system to obtain entry to the United States—while ensuring that no one is removed from the United States who is more likely than not to be tortured or persecuted on account of a protected ground.”

The new rule comes as President Trump has been criticized by immigration hawks who contend his administration has not done enough to protect the country’s borders and fulfill his signature campaign promises, including building a wall along the southern border. A recent report published by the Washington Examiner argues that no new border wall or fence has been built under the Trump administration, a claim the president has criticized and denied on Twitter.

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Since entering the White House, the Trump administration has been stymied and obstructed by both Congress and various activist judges from implementing many key aspects of his populist immigration agenda. Leading Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and many of the top Democratic presidential contenders, proudly support open borders and decriminalizing illegal immigration.

Matthew Albence, President Trump’s acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, recently criticized members of Congress for openly assisting illegal immigrants to evade U.S. immigration law.

“There were people in Congress sitting there giving instructions to people illegally in the country and telling them how to avoid detection and avoid the consequences of their illegal activity,” Albence told reporters recently.

The Trump administration no doubt will continue to face obstacles from Congress, the judiciary, the fake news media, and radical left-wing activist groups as it attempts to deal with the ongoing immigration crisis.

John Friend is a freelance author based in California.




Neocons Surrounding Trump Suckering Him Into Iran War

By Dr. Ron Paul

Hypocrisy seems to have become a defining characteristic of U.S. foreign policy, especially when it comes to Iran. After breaking the Iran deal last year and, de facto, forcing the Europeans to violate the deal in May, the U.S. administration is now complaining that Iran is no longer abiding by its obligations under the deal!

It’s remarkable to see Secretary of State Mike Pompeo take to Twitter to complain of Iran enriching uranium to pre-deal levels, as if somehow the U.S. believes it can still dictate the terms of a deal to which it is no longer a party.

This latest neocon push for U.S. war on Iran started in late July when Iran exceeded the limit of a 300 kilogram stockpile of low-enriched uranium. As usual, the fake news media only reported part of the story. One reason Iran went over the limit was that the countries to which Iran was exporting its excess uranium were notified by the U.S. in early May that they would face U.S. sanctions if they continued taking the uranium off Iran’s hands. The U.S. created the crisis by preventing Iran from exporting its excess uranium and then pointed to the expanding Iranian stockpile of uranium enriched to 3.6% as proof that Iran was about to launch a nuclear weapon.

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Make no mistake about it: Trump’s neocons are determined to trap him into a massive, disastrous war with Iran and they are using the same tactics they used to hoodwink George W. Bush into a multi-trillion dollar war on an Iraq that could not have attacked us if it wanted to.

Pompeo tweeted recently the exact kind of dishonest hysterics used to terrify many Americans into supporting an Iraq attack 16 years ago: “Iran’s regime, armed with nuclear weapons, would pose an even greater danger to the world.”

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As the former head of the CIA, surely Pompeo knows that his own agency had determined back in 2003 that Iran had abandoned its nuclear weapons program and that every U.S. intelligence assessment since then has concurred with that conclusion. But then again, he did brag recently about his excellent ability to lie, cheat, and steal.

Though the Europeans promised Iran that they would continue to honor the deal, they have proven themselves unable to put forth a credible alternative to the U.S.-dominated SWIFT system, meaning no trade in Iran’s number one export: oil. Iran responded over the weekend to European fecklessness by announcing that they would begin enriching uranium up to 5%, which is a level needed to run one of its nuclear power generating plants. As could be predicted, this move—which is allowed according to section 36 of the Iran deal—is being treated as the equivalent of Saddam’s “mobile chemical weapons labs.”

The Iranians are not backing down. They rightly feel cheated, as they continued to honor the deal even as the U.S. re-imposed crippling sanctions meant to destroy their economy and starve their people.

President Donald Trump has a very serious decision to make. He is being frog-marched into war by his neocons and his Middle East “partners.” He has very little time left to change course. If the neocons are not swept out immediately, he is risking both his second term and his legacy.

Ron Paul, a former U.S. representative from Texas and medical doctor, continues to write his weekly column for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, online at www.ronpaulinstitute.org.


Longtime newsman Richard Walker presents another, more hopeful perspective on the prospects of war on Iran.

President May Get Himself A New Deal With the Iranians

Behind the scenes, the Persians seem willing to talk.

By Richard Walker

The winds of war are not blowing in favor of the neocons and warmongers in Washington, Tel Aviv, and Riyadh to give them the war with Iran that they have spent years clamoring for. Instead, reports indicate that Iran is toning down its belligerent rhetoric and is making quiet overtures to Washington through parties in Europe who believe that, in spite of all the saber rattling, a deal can be struck between President Donald Trump and Iran’s supreme leader.

There is even talk of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) being given permission by Trump to talk to Iran about finding a way forward. Paul has been a strong critic of American involvement in Middle East conflicts and is convinced one can be avoided with Iran. The very fact that he has the president’s blessing appears to confirm that things are moving in a positive direction.

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Even though Trump announced the shooting down of an Iranian drone near a U.S. warship in the Persian Gulf region close to Iran, a retired British diplomat who now works in the security field insisted that the incident was not especially important. While he preferred to remain anonymous, he nevertheless said that some of his former colleagues in Europe were busy working hard to put together a plan to bring Washington and Tehran to a summit. He provided this assessment of their chances of success:

The drones issue is really all bluster. Incidents like this will not lead to war. The bottom line is that those anxious for a war with Iran are on the losing side, and that is good news. They are gradually being marginalized. From Moscow to London, and even in Beijing which would like to play a role as a peacemaker, no one wants another Middle East war. We are all still living with the traumas of previous wars and it is not pretty. From what I am hearing, there is a genuine mood in Brussels and Moscow that all those involved in crafting a plan to end this stalemate are convinced President Trump shares their belief that a political arrangement is doable. It has not gone without notice to diplomats in many capitals that the president has sidelined the likes of Bolton, and this could open space for a real chance to wrap this up. It would be a big feather in the president’s cap going into the 2020 election.

In some circles in Europe, there has been a growing consensus that everyone should be wary of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi leader Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). Both are deemed impetuous by Russian and Western European intelligence agencies. People tend to forget that it was the German BND intelligence service that first warned NATO that MBS was likely to start a war on impulse. They were right, and his war in Yemen is still ongoing.

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This writer spoke to sources I have known for more than three decades, some within the diplomatic corps in Europe and others in intelligence agencies and in NATO. They all agreed that Iran meddles in the Middle East, but no more than Israel, Saudi Arabia, and other nations. One source who preferred to remain anonymous because she works with the Kremlin, offered an interesting analysis of what is being considered behind closed doors:

“Iran can be contained and persuaded to accept tighter nuclear controls than those Obama had in place,” she said. “In return, sanctions would be gradually lifted. That would allow President Trump to claim that he was tougher than Obama. Iran would get what it wants and that is money and access to international markets. The only wild card is that we have to keep an eye on other players in the region who do not wish to see such a deal, and I am not going to name them.”

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When the source mentioned “other players,” she was referring to the Israelis and Saudis. History has shown that a false-flag operation could be mounted to force a military response from Iran and events could quickly spiral into a major war. The fact that this is something that is being discussed means that there will be eyes on both those nations as diplomats work to craft a way forward.

One of the surprising things I learned when speaking to a wide range of sources was a growing conviction that diplomats and intelligence agencies across Europe, meaning Russia and the EU, felt that Trump was genuinely determined to avoid America being trapped in another Middle East war if it could be avoided, and that fact alone offered hope that negotiations might produce a summit or an international agreement that the president and Iran’s leaders could live with.

If the neocons in Washington are going to argue that Iran is the side anxious for a war, they ought to heed the views of the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Army Lieutenant Gen. Robert Ashley, who told CNN Iran does not want a war with the U.S. or its allies.

Richard Walker is the pen name of a former N.Y. news producer.




America-Firsters Gather

By Donald Jeffries

Mainstream media coverage would lead one to believe that those who support Donald Trump are uneducated rubes. The picture painted is that of cursing, racist white males, MAGA hats proudly displayed, watching NASCAR as they knock back mass quantities of cheap beer. There has emerged, however, an intellectual movement that shatters this stereotype.

A group of “national conservatives,” consisting of academics, journalists, and politicians prominent on the right, recently gathered in Washington, D.C.’s Ritz-Carlton hotel. Yoram Hazony, author of the book The Virtue of Nationalism and an organizer of the conference, dubbed the event “the coming together of diverse bands of conservatives.” The group included a full spectrum of conservative thought, with venture capitalists, Calvin Coolidge fans, libertarians and isolationists among those represented. A common thread was the belief that this country’s institutions and form of government remain “the most logical vessel for political organization known to man,” to quote National Review.

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson, whose drift toward populism evokes comparisons to Pat Buchanan, was a keynote speaker. His comment, “The main threat to your ability to live your life as you choose does not come from the government anymore, but it comes from the private sector,” received rousing applause. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) railed against what he termed a “cosmopolitan consensus” that places unquestioning faith in our marketplace. This brought back memories of Trump’s frequent campaign rhetoric about the “rigged system.”

Mainstream criticism of the event, and of national conservativism in general, came from outlets like the Niskanan Center, a group that openly states that its “main audience is Washington insiders,” and online news and opinion site “The Bulwark,” which was co-founded by warmongering neocon William Kristol. “The Bulwark” warned that such gatherings were likely to lend “respectability to nationalism’s poisonous side.” Presumably, these organizations were not comforted by the presence at the event of war hawk extraordinaire John Bolton, currently national security adviser to Trump.

National conservatism originated in Europe and Asia, as a movement concentrating on upholding national and cultural identity. It is widely believed to have influenced the successful Brexit movement in Great Britain. In America, it is considered a direct repudiation to the rugged, Ayn Rand-inspired market fundamentalism of the Paul Ryan and Scott Walker-type Republicans; concerned with not merely the lack of cohesion in American society, but the increasingly bitter cultural divide that could potentially erupt into a second Civil War. Stressing national identity, Hazony explained, “You can’t have cohesion over nothing. You have to have cohesion over something shared.” Open borders and political correctness on steroids guarantee that there can be no common purpose or shared values within the U.S. population. Issues like transgender bathrooms and after-birth abortion would be extremely polarizing in any culture.

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Establishment opposition to the concept of national unity was clearly expressed by the Intelligencer: “Put simply, national conservatism’s day has come too late. Their movement’s leading thinkers and social base do not want social cohesion for its own sake—they want it on white traditionalist America’s own terms. Tucker Carlson and his audience aren’t interested in reviving the civic nationalism of Barack Obama but rather in restoring social conservatism’s long-forfeited cultural supremacy. And in the 21st-century United States, that latter mission is incompatible with promoting national unity.” As the article noted, during the postwar boom, when the American economy was at its peak, 80% of the population were white Christians. That number has dropped precipitously to 43%. Considering the nonwhite, non-Christian nature of most of American immigration now, and the decline of religion in everyday American life, that number is sure to drop even lower.

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Sen. Hawley has become national conservatism’s most passionate proponent on Capitol Hill and bemoans America’s descent into “faction.” As Hawley stated in his opening speech to the conference, “The great divide of our time is not between Trump supporters and Trump opponents, or between suburban voters and rural ones, or between Red America and Blue America. No, the great divide of our time is between the political agenda of the leadership elite and the great and broad middle of our society. And to answer the discontent of our time, we must end that divide. We must forge a new consensus.”

As National Review put it, “NatCon opposition to ethnicity-based identity politics rejects obvious white nationalism while tacitly endorsing some instances of divisive nativist rhetoric, and that the movement seeks to displace, as Hazony said, neoconservatism, neoliberalism, libertarianism, and classical liberalism.”

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Police Foil Domestic Terror Plot

A neo-Bolshevik antifa militant, armed with a rifle,  has been killed by police killed while throwing firebombs and incendiary devices at a building and vehicles, trying to storm an immigration center.

By John Friend

A longtime antifa activist was killed by Tacoma, Wash. police on July 13 after the radical left-wing extremist attacked a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in the early morning hours in an act that demonstrates once again the threat the radical left poses to America.

According to the Tacoma Police Department, the antifa extremist, later identified as Willem Van Spronsen, threw firebombs and incendiary devices at both the facility and vehicles parked at the facility, resulting in one car being set on fire before police responded at roughly 4:00 a.m. Van Spronsen, who was armed with a rifle at the time, was shot and killed by police shortly after they arrived on scene.

“He was throwing these items at the building in an effort to set it on fire,” Officer Loretta Cool of the Tacoma Police Department told reporters following the incident. “It didn’t work; it’s a concrete building.”

America's next big bankruptcy, StansberryVan Spronsen, long affiliated with the radical left and antifa groups in the Pacific Northwest, was arrested about one year ago for assaulting a police officer at the same detention facility he would later attack with incendiary devices. The Northwest Detention Center has been the site of numerous left-wing protests in recent years, some of which have turned ugly.

According to court documents, Van Spronsen jumped on the back of a police officer who was attempting to detain a protester at the facility at one such protest last year. Detectives found a knife and baton on Van Spronsen after he was arrested.

Van Spronsen allegedly penned a brief manifesto before attacking the ICE detention facility in which he openly identified as a member of antifa and described the detention facility as a “concentration camp,” a loaded term that invokes memories of Jews who were incarcerated during WWII, which has been used by other radical leftists, including the firebrand New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“This is my clear opportunity to try to make a difference. I’d be an ingrate to be waiting for a more obvious invitation,” Van Spronsen wrote in part. In the manifesto, he described the United States as a fascist country and cited John Brown and Emma Goldman—two radical left-wing figures in American history—as his moral and political guides.

Subscribe to America's last real newspaperUnsurprisingly, certain members of antifa and other radical leftists sympathized with Van Spronsen, and many leading Democrats failed to denounce his violent actions. Even many Republicans, including President Trump, failed to comment on this blatant act of left-wing violence and terrorism.

“RIP to anarchist fighter Willem Van Spronsen,” an antifa member tweeted following the incident. “The attack on the ICE facility in Tacoma is a proportionate action against enslavers and internment camp operators. He joins a long list of fallen anarchist martyrs who fought for a liberated world!”

Van Spronsen’s violent assault on the ICE detention facility comes as other radical left-wing protesters engage in civil disobedience and protests at various immigration facilities and detention centers across the nation.

Never Again Action, a group of radical left-wing Jewish activists, has vowed to shut down ICE and other immigration offices with disruptive protests and other actions at various buildings and facilities responsible for enforcing America’s immigration laws. Earlier this month, the group marched on the headquarters of ICE in Washington, D.C., which led to the arrest of some of the protesters. The group later boasted that it had “disrupted things so thoroughly” that ICE “locked down the entire building and didn’t reopen until we left.”

“As Jews, we know from our own history what happens when a government targets, dehumanizes, and strips an entire group of people of all their civil and human rights,” Hannah Klein, an organizer with Never Again Action, stated. “We refuse to wait and see what happens next.”

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The group, along with countless other immigrant advocacy groups, has protested at ICE facilities across the country in recent weeks, often in an extreme and lawless manner.

For example, a band of radical activists in Aurora, Colo. recently pulled down the American flag at an ICE detention facility in that city, attempted to burn it, and then raised the Mexican flag in its place, demonstrating the radical left’s blatant disregard for the law and American traditions. Additionally, a group of activists helped prevent ICE officers from apprehending an alleged illegal immigrant and his son in Nashville, Tenn. recently when they formed a human chain around the suspect’s van after he was pulled over by ICE agents.

As antifa and the rest of the radical left continue to show their true colors and demonstrate their violent, anti-American nature, the immigration crisis along the southern border continues unabated. It is long past time law and order is restored in this country, particularly in light of even more examples of the radical left flagrantly violating the law and disrespecting the country.

John Friend is a freelance writer based in California.




20 Years Later Plane Crash of JFK Jr. Still Confounding

Was JFK Jr ‘s decision to fly on the day of his plane crash simply “irresponsible,” as the media would have us believe, or was there something more sinister at play? Twenty years later, many questions remain unanswered.  

By Donald Jeffries

Twenty years ago, John F. Kennedy Jr. died in a plane crash. In the aftermath, Kennedy was characterized as an irresponsible daredevil who wasn’t qualified to be flying without an instructor and was especially reckless considering the dangerous weather conditions.

This writer has researched the death of JFK Jr. in depth and found that, on the contrary, JFK Jr.’s flight instructors praised him as a careful and competent pilot. The weather that evening was not bad at all; the heavy “haze” and poor visibility referred to persistently in mainstream media reports was contradicted by Edward Meyer, who wrote the official FAA report on weather conditions.

Meyer reiterated to this writer in a 2012 email, “My argument was with the entire [emphasis in original] mainstream media. . . . The NTSB [National Transportation Safety Board] report contradicted everything [emphasis in original] that was said by the media. . . . He was fully licensed to fly that night and there were no weather reports that contradicted the VFR flight conditions that the plane was flying in.”

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The NTSB report quoted an anonymous pilot who flew the same route as JFK Jr. that night and reported being told by a flight service station that there were “no adverse conditions.” Meyer, in the immediate aftermath of JFK Jr.’s plane going down, had expressed his frustration: “Nothing I have heard on mainstream media makes any sense to me. . . . The weather along his flight was just fine.”

Steve Sbraccia was the first local reporter on the scene following reports that JFK Jr.’s plane was missing. Sbraccia, who worked for local WCVB-TV at the time, told this writer in a 2006 email, “I’ve always felt there was something ‘wrong’ about that crash.” Sbraccia spoke personally to a still unidentified reporter from Vineyard Gazette, who claimed to have seen an explosion in the sky at the time and location where Kennedy’s plane went down. While this writer and others subsequently tried to track down that elusive reporter without success, Sbraccia reiterated in a later email, “I can swear in court that man was real—and I reported exactly what he told me he saw.”

Earlier this year, ABC aired a laughably inaccurate special on “The Last Days of JFK Jr.” Around the same time, a story in the New York Post regurgitated the same disinformation. The Post actually claimed that the special, which reiterated all the mainstream talking points about Kennedy’s daring recklessness, soft-pedaled “Kennedy’s complete and utter fault for the crash,” and said the program quoted the FAA as describing the flying conditions as “excellent.” This was absolutely false, as was their follow-up sentence about the NTSB report calling conditions “extremely poor.”

They even quoted the thoroughly discredited account of flight instructor Robert Morena (the paper didn’t name him). Morena had stated that JFK Jr. refused to take an instructor with him, dramatically declaring that he “wanted to do it alone.” Morena’s own lawyer denied he ever said this. When researcher John Hankey contacted Morena on the phone, he was summarily hung up on.

A recent Fox News story featured JFK Jr.’s “pal” Steven Gillon stating that JFK Jr. “didn’t understand why people were fascinated by his father’s death.” Gillon, in fact, claimed that JFK Jr. never discussed the subject and it was “the only topic that was absolutely off-limits.” Gillon, unsurprisingly, is the resident historian of The History Channel.

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This writer communicated with JFK Jr.’s high school and adult contacts. All spoke of his fascination with the assassination, and one described it as a “quest.” Reporter Wayne Madsen claimed that he was scheduled to meet with JFK Jr. a few days after his death to discuss being hired by George magazine, with his primary assignment being an investigation of the JFK assassination.

JFK Jr. had interviewed Oliver Stone, who directed the 1991 pro-conspiracy film “JFK.” He also had hobnobbed with the likes of Larry Flynt, who besides being the publisher of Hustler magazine, had offered a huge reward for the real killers of President Kennedy, and Ruth Carter Stapleton, Jimmy Carter’s sister who was keenly interested in the assassination herself. Flynt had, of course, also published nude photos of Jacqueline Kennedy, and JFK Jr. accompanying him to the White House Correspondents Dinner drew a rebuke from no less than his uncle, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.).

All mainstream media coverage of this case avoids any mention of the 9:39 p.m. phone call from JFK Jr. in which he reported all was well and he awaited landing instructions. That call was washed down the memory hole despite the fact WCVB-TV interviewed Todd Burgun of the Coast Guard specifically about the call, which was widely reported by UPI and others. There was also nothing about the suspiciously quick autopsies and secret sprinkling of the ashes of the Catholic victims at sea, which was questioned even by some of the establishment press.

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Peacemonger Looking for Stage to Discuss Multiple Taboo Topics

By S.T. Patrick

Former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) is a political wanderer. That’s part of his appeal. As one of the underdogs in the 2020 Democratic Party primaries, the chances are slim-to-Ralph Nader that he will be delivering the inaugural address to the nation in January 2021. Gravel hasn’t qualified for the CNN debates at the end of July, and he is not even close to making the even more stringent donors- and polls-qualifications needed for September. The Democratic Party is weeding out the field early, and only the favorite candidates of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) will survive. Gravel will not be one of them, and that’s a shame for anyone who likes to take their time assessing candidates.

Gravel is a different person with a vast background and unique ideas. It’s healthy for the democratic process to include a variety of voices, even when the Democratic Party’s own process shuns them as outsiders and can’t-wins. Andrew Yang is a unique voice; Tulsi Gabbard is a unique voice. In fact, it may be Gabbard who has taken much of Gravel’s contrarian support from him in this race.

Scam Against America, StansberryGravel, 88, is an anti-war stalwart whose bulk of support in 2020 comes from an unlikely demographic group: teenagers. This group of supporters leans libertarian. A similar group made up Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s base of support for decades. Gabbard is the only other truly anti-war candidate in the race, thus making Gravel and Gabbard enemies of the statist and pro-war DNC.

Gravel is known for his grandiose point-making gestures, one of which garnered much attention in 1971. Illustrating what “NYMag.com” calls Gravel’s “hostility to interventionism,” the former senator from Alaska stood on the Senate floor and introduced 4,000 pages of what would be called “The Pentagon Papers” into the congressional record before the Supreme Court had lifted the injunction against printing them publicly.

In 2008 Gravel told television program “Democracy Now!” that “90% of what the government does is held secret. It’s a whole cult. And that’s the thing that is really strangling our democracy, that we just don’t know what’s going on.”

While others may exist privately, Gravel is also the only known 9/11 truther in the Democratic race. On Kevin Barrett’s “Truth Jihad Radio” program in 2016, Gravel said: “There’s no question in my mind that 9/11 was an inside job. We killed 58,000 American servicemen in the Vietnam War, and all they did was die in vain. What’s so unusual about killing 3,000 more in order to develop the grist for the mill to empower into infinity the military-industrial complex?”

Though former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid has recently publicized his own interest in UFOs, Gravel has also long been an advocate of disclosure.

“Something is monitoring the planet, and they are monitoring it very cautiously, because we are a very warlike planet,” Gravel said in 2013. “What we’re faced with here is, in areas of the media, and the government, too, an effort to marginalize and ridicule people who have specific knowledge.”

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Gravel has in his political pouch a slew of populist stances. He doesn’t believe sanctions against Iran are effective, he supports cutting military spending by 50%, he wants to end all support for the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and he opposes the harsh treatment of Palestinians by the Israelis. Gravel does, however, toe a classical libertarian line on immigration, supporting open borders for non-criminals and the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, commonly known as ICE. He supports some version of the Green New Deal, advocates for universal healthcare, and believes in breaking up large corporations and holding administrators responsible for the actions of the companies.

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Gravel’s campaign is being managed by a 17-year-old high-school senior. He has admitted to having no delusions of victory and has committed to dropping out of the race before voting begins. But winning wasn’t his ultimate goal in running.

In a March 20 tweet, Gravel wrote: “I am considering running in the 2020 Democratic primary. The goal will not be to win but to bring a critique of American imperialism to the Democratic debate stage.”

Gravel, in combination with Gabbard, has done that. But how entrenched is the permanent war state when it takes one of the Vietnam War era’s harshest critics to voice some of the most genuine anti-war sentiments of 2019?

S.T. Patrick holds degrees in both journalism and social studies education. He spent 10 years as an educator and now hosts the “Midnight Writer News Show.” His email is [email protected] He is also an occasional contributor to TBR history magazine and the current managing editor of Deep Truth Journal (DTJ), a new conspiracy-focused publication available from the AFP Online Store.




Free Speech Triumph

Front-page news in AFP’s Issue 33&34, mailed to print subscribers last week and online now for digital subscribers to read: Judge rules man fired for beliefs had rights violated.

By John Friend

A former Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division (MLGW) employee won an important lawsuit earlier this summer when U.S. District Judge Jon McCalla ruled the man had his constitutionally protected rights to free speech and equal protection under the law violated when he was forced out of his job as a result of holding politically incorrect political views.

Michael Goza, who had worked as a customer service field technician for the local Memphis public utility, filed a lawsuit against his former employer in December 2017 after initially being suspended by MLGW for statements he made on Facebook and participating in a rally protesting the removal of Confederate memorials in downtown Memphis earlier that summer.

While attending the rally, Goza spoke to local media outlets explaining his reasoning for participating, and was later identified by members of the public as an MLGW employee. The public utility then suspended Goza while an investigation was launched, and he was subsequently offered an ultimatum: Assume a new role with the public utility that offered less pay and no field contact with African-American customers of the public utility, or be fired from his job. Goza refused the utility’s offer and was immediately fired.

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In his lawsuit, Goza argued that his First Amendment rights to free speech were violated by the public utility, and that his termination was retaliatory in nature. Black employees of the utility engaged in similar constitutionally protected expressions of free speech, yet they were not punished or terminated from their jobs, according to Goza. According to local reports, a black employee of MLGW had previously advocated on social media killing Asian- Americans, which eventually came to the attention of the public utility. The black employee was merely suspended for three days rather than being demoted or potentially terminated, as was the case with Goza.

The judge ruled in Goza’s favor, agreeing with his arguments that he was treated unfairly by the public utility and that his First Amendment rights were violated.

“The government does not have to turn a blind eye to the speech of its employees, but MLGW’s decisions in this case were based on unconstitutional factors,” Judge McCalla argued in his ruling decision, which was handed down earlier this summer. The judge also noted that Goza’s participation in a pro-Confederate monument rally was done as a private citizen rather than as a public employee, noting that “Goza was speaking as a private citizen and on matters of public concern.”

While attending the rally, Goza spoke to The Commercial Appeal, a local Memphis news outlet. “What I’m tired of is being portrayed as KKK or a white supremacist simply because I’m a white guy who wants to preserve my heritage,” Goza said at the time, according to the lawsuit.

“Some of Goza’s statements may have been insensitive, offensive, and even bigoted, but they were protected by the Constitution nonetheless,” Judge McCalla wrote. “MLGW thus violated Goza’s First Amendment rights when it demoted and fired him.”

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According to the Daily Memphian, MLGW must pay Goza roughly $160,000 in back pay and benefits, and an additional $30,000 in compensatory damages. The public utility must also rehire Goza.

“We’re really happy with the result,” Bryce Ashby, one of Goza’s lawyers, stated shortly after the ruling was released. “We put MLGW on notice early on that we thought this was a First Amendment violation. And we’re pleased that the court saw it our way.”

Goza’s successful case is a breath of fresh air to millions of Americans across the country concerned about the stifling impact of political correctness and extreme anti-white bigotry that is so prevalent in society today.

John Friend is a freelance writer based in California.




Audio: Part II, Ray Locker

AFP is pleased to offer our readers another excellent interview from writer and radio show host S.T. Patrick’s “Midnight Writer News Show.” A related article from S.T. Patrick was published in AFP Issue 23 & 24, June 15th, available at AFP Online here: “Book Says Haig Took Down Nixon.” 

MWN Episode 124, “Ray Locker on Haig’s Coup and Watergate (Part 2)”

 

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Author Ray Locker returns for part two of a discussion about his new book, Haig’s Coup: How Richard Nixon’s Closest Aide Forced Him From Office. In this episode, Locker and S.T. Patrick take the story from July 1973 through the end of the Nixon presidency. Included in tonight’s episode are discussions on Alexander Butterfield, the White House Tapes, Bob Woodward, Deep Throat, Seymour Hersh, Larry Higby, Fred Buzhardt, the 18-1/2-minute gap on the tapes, being at Defcon 3 without the president even knowing, Archibald Cox, the Saturday Night Massacre, Leon Jaworski, the Spiro Agnew resignation and the Gerald Ford appointment, the Ford pardon, the “I’m in charge here” comment of 1981, and the value of the memoirs. Locker also gives his theory on who ordered the Watergate break-in and why. These two episodes are two of the best we have ever done. Check them out! [Part 1 of this interview was published previously at American Free Press, here.]

Ray Locker was previously a guest on the Midnight Writer News Show in Episode 037 discussing Nixon’s Gamble, his first book, the story of how Richard Nixon set up a new national security establishment that would create the conditions under which the Moorer-Radford spy ring took place.

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Race-Baiting Face of the New Left

The quartet of blatantly anti-American legislators recently in the news are more racist than Trump could ever be.

By Donald Jeffries

The July spat between Donald Trump and four highly visible new members of Congress illustrates again the tremendous culture divide in America. The quartet, dubbed “the Squad” by its most publicized member, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (christened AOC by a fawning media), has clearly taken over from the old-guard liberals who ran the Democrats in recent years. This was drummed home when both former Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were called “racist” by this collection of supposed “progressives.”

The other “stars” of this quartet are Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. Both AOC and Tlaib are members of the Democratic Socialists of America. All four have made numerous incendiary comments against white people in general. In July, a representative from Tlaib’s office told a contributor for conservative activist Laura Loomer that they approved of the discriminatory pricing at a festival in her area called Afroculture, which charged white attendees double the admission fee. Their explanation was, “It’s not racist if you’re not a protected minority group.” When Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) brought a black Trump administration official to a hearing, Tlaib termed it “racist in itself” and called the woman a “prop.”

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Tlaib, who notably referred to Donald Trump with what is generally considered the most vulgar term in the lexicon of profanity, in the presence of her young son, has predictably responded to her critics as “racist idiots.” Unlike most notable conservatives caught in a backlash over supposedly racist comments, Tlaib stood strong, tweeting, “I will always speak truth to power. #unapologeticallyMe.” She has said her constituents are “used to my realness,” and contends that “women have every right to curse in public.”

Pressley, not to be outdone on the race-obsessed front, declared that “Democrats don’t need more black faces that don’t want to be a black voice.” She went on to say that they, together with “brown faces,” need to “shake that table.” Pressley also chided Trump aide Kellyanne Conway with the obscure term “Becky,” which apparently is used derogatorily among younger people against white females. Pressley refuses to even call Trump “president,” referring to him merely as “the Occupant.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s anti-white comments are generally more quirky and ridiculous. She offered that growing cauliflower in nonwhite neighborhoods amounted to the kind of “colonialism” that her Green New Deal would change, as such plants are not “culturally familiar” to those communities. She has claimed that the U.S. government’s handling of terrorism cases is “racist,” and that “white men” get away with the same crimes.

Omar’s comments have tended to be more specifically directed at the U.S.’s unquestioned support of Israel. She has expressed an inferred support for terrorist groups, joking that people say “al Qaeda” in a severe tone, while no one says “America” in such a way. The fact that this comment came from an American congressional representative was not lost on conservatives and culminated in Trump’s controversial admonition that “the Squad” could “go back to where you came from” if they didn’t like it in this country. Trump was soundly blasted by the usual suspects, as it was pointed out that three of the four were born in America, and Omar arrived as a young child and is an American citizen.

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In America 2.0, one supposes, it may soon be possible to serve in Congress without even being a citizen given the recent push in liberal states like California and Maryland to allow illegal aliens to vote in national and local elections.

Trump has been called every name in the book by high-profile members of the opposition political party. Most of those names have been racist in nature and directed at him specifically for his perceived racism. His “go back” comments were widely condemned, but a large portion of Americans, fed up with political correctness and intimations of a “white privilege” that in reality only exists for those with wealth, silently (or not so silently) cheered him on. Moreover, Trump was only addressing their nationality. He never said a word about their race.

The absurdity of having “representatives” clearly expressing their displeasure with the constitutional structure they are sworn to uphold exemplifies the madness that is present-day America. Trump would have been more effective if he’d made this undeniable point. These “new” Democrats believe that America and its institutions have always been “racist.” They wear their non-whiteness on their sleeves and everything about them is filtered through that. This is the cancerous essence of identity politics.

With the ongoing importation of largely nonwhite people who will be receptive to this anti-white message, the perspective of “the Squad” and their supporters may have the winning edge in future elections.

Donald Jeffries is a highly respected author and researcher whose work on the JFK, RFK and MLK assassinations and other high crimes of the Deep State has been read by millions of people across the world. Jeffries is also the author of three books currently being sold by the AFP Online Store.