Consequences of an Interventionist Foreign Policy

by Ron Paul

The attack on the US consulate in Libya and the killing of the US Ambassador and several aides is another tragic example of how our interventionist foreign policy undermines our national security. The more the US tries to control the rest of the world, either by democracy promotion, aid to foreign governments, or by bombs, the more events spin out of control into chaos, unintended consequences, and blowback.

Unfortunately, what we saw in Libya last week is nothing new.

In 1980s Afghanistan, the US supported Islamic radicals in their efforts to expel the invading Soviet military. These radicals became what is known to be al-Qaeda, and our one-times allies turned on us most spectacularly on September 11, 2001.

Iraq did not have a significant al Qaeda presence before the 2003 US invasion, but our occupation of that country and attempt to remake it in our image caused a massive reaction that opened the door to al Qaeda, leading to thousands of US soldiers dead, a country destroyed, and instability that shows no sign of diminishing.

In Libya we worked with, among others, the rebel Libyan Fighting Group (LIFG) which included foreign elements of al-Qaeda. It has been pointed out that the al-Qaeda affiliated radicals we fought in Iraq were some of the same groups we worked with to overthrow Gaddafi in Libya. Last year in a television interview I predicted that the result of NATO’s bombing of Libya would likely be an increased al-Qaeda presence in the country. I said at the time that we may be delivering al-Qaeda another prize.

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A vote for the iceberg

In a Sept. 18 column published on Breitbart.com, Kurt Schlichter urges libertarian leaning folks to suck it up and vote for Mitt Romney.

“How come?” you might ask.

Why, to protect the Constitution, of course!!

Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.

Schlichter first reminds his readers that the next president “will get two or three Supreme Court picks,” and argues that denying Romney your vote counts as “a choice for a collectivist…over a man who picked a guy, Paul Ryan, who understands capitalism and its unbreakable link to human freedom.”

Indeed, we need good solid “conservative” Supreme Court justices like President G.W. Bush appointee John “a penalty is a tax” Roberts.

But beyond that, Schlichter insists we must cast our ballot for Romney because Obama spent the last four years trampling the Constitution (and he has). After all, as he points out, “When freedom becomes inconvenient, Democrats drop it like it’s hot.”

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Government Spying, Cybersecurity Control and the Constitution: Tenther News 09-17-12

This episode is made possible in part by the new Nullification Movie. Now available for order at tenthamendmentcenter.com/movie

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Shahid Buttar of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee reports that even in the wake of Constitution Day, last week Congress is very close to some major constitutional abuses – once again. This time it was the House of Representatives who prematurely voted to extend FISA by a vote of 301-118.

When Congress first voted back in 2008 to give the National Security Agency the power to eavesdrop on any—in other words, every–American without any reason for individual suspicion, it did so without a full picture of what it allowed. Indeed, the full contours of the program remain secret even today.

The only reason the NSA’s spying powers have survived this long is because courts have refused to consider claims that they are unconstitutionally invasive. The Supreme Court will consider one such case this fall — which, if successful, will merely allow the several year process of a litigation challenge to finally begin.

Even though much of it remains shrouded in secrecy, we do know a few things about the NSA’s warrantless spying program authorized by FISA.

We also know that the Obama administration has supported the Bush-Cheney NSA policy, extending it once before — even though Senator Obama, before winning the White House, promised at one point to vote against it. Until President Obama signed a 2011 law granting our military the potential power to detain any American indefinitely without proof of crime, FISA was the high water mark of the post 9-11 national security state.

We know that FISA has enabled the most pervasive state surveillance system ever known to humankind. The only settings in which powers like it have ever existed are dystopian science fiction novels.

Even the former Soviet Union and contemporary China, for all their efforts to control their people, lacked the resources to conduct the kind of monitoring that the NSA does every day — not only on terror suspects, but on you and your family.

According to Joe Wolverton in the New American magazine, a leaked Executive Order is attempting to give the feds Control over all cybersecurity.

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