John Bolton Sticks To Drones, Says American Killings During Civil War Was The Right Thing To Do

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John Bolton gets booed after defending his support for drones.

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Ron Paul Gives Statement On Bernanke Hearing, Also Adds He Doesn’t Miss Congress

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By Megan Stiles | Campaignforliberty.org

SPRINGFIELD, Virginia- Ron Paul, Campaign for Liberty Chairman, and former Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy issued the following statement today regarding Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s testimony before the House Committee on Financial Services:

“While I certainly don’t miss Congress, where politicians are constantly trying to limit Americans’ freedom, during my time there I always enjoyed the opportunity to question the Federal Reserve Chairman about the damage the Fed’s policies do to the American economy. I also appreciated the chance the Congressional hearings presented to educate the American people about issues such as the role of gold in the monetary system, and the need for greater transparency in the Federal Reserve. Today, unfortunately for the American people, Chairman Bernanke presented more failed policies that will only worsen our economic crisis at the expense of the vulnerable, while enriching entrenched allies and politicians.

“If I were still in Congress, and serving as Chairman of the Monetary Policy Subcommittee, I would have asked Chairman Bernanke why, since the continued high unemployment rates show that the Fed’s ‘Quantitative Easing’ programs have not helped the economy, he thinks continuing the same failed policy in perpetuity will help the average American — as opposed to the big banks and the big spending politicians?

“I would also ask Chairman Bernanke, how the German Bundesbank’s request for the Federal Reserve to return the Fed’s store of German gold to Germany could affect the US’ standing in the global economy. And most importantly, why are so many central banks buying gold when you told me in 2011 that ‘gold is not money’?

“While Chairman Bernanke’s twice-a-year appearances before the House and Senate represent an opportunity for Congress and the people to learn more about the Federal Reserve’s policies, it is not nearly enough. The American people deserve a full  accounting of the Fed’s operations, which is why it is vital they demand Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid bring Senator Rand Paul’s Audit the Fed (S. 209) legislation to the Senate floor for a vote this Congress.”

Rand Paul: I’m Getting Kind Of Annoyed At The President Scaring People About The Sequester

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Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty To 10 Out Of 22 Charges Against Him

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Bradley Manning, the US Army intelligence officer accused of passing sensitive military documents to whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, is expected to tell a courtroom Thursday morning why he assisted in the leak.

Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, is scheduled to make a statement on Thursday – his second since being arrested in May 2010 on suspicion of giving Julian Assange’s website hundreds of thousands of US State Department diplomatic cables and a trove of other documents.

Manning is slated to go before a military court-martial this June, and faces life imprisonment if convicted of aiding the enemy, the most serious of the charges against him. On Thursday, however, the Kansas-born soldier is expected to plead guilty on lesser charges in hopes of a more lenient sentence; in doing so, he may speak about his motivation for leaking the files.

“Manning is expected to publicly explain his reasons for releasing classified information through WikiLeaks,” confirmed the Bradley Manning Support Network, a collective of advocates who have been assisting with the soldier’s legal fees. Earlier, during this week’s pre-trial hearing, those in the Ft. Meade, Maryland, courtroom were told that Manning hoped releasing intelligence to WikiLeaks would “spark a domestic debate on the role of our military and foreign policy in general.” Last year, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange credited the materials attributed to Manning with helping end the US war in Iraq.

“If Bradley Manning did as he is accused, he is a hero and invaluable to all of us,” Assange said during a December address penned from London’s Ecuadorian Embassy. “It was WikiLeaks’ revelations — not the actions of President Obama — that forced the US administration out of the Iraq War… By exposing the killing of Iraqi children, WikiLeaks directly motivated the Iraqi government to strip the US military of legal immunity, which in turn forced the US withdrawal.”

Among the materials attributed to Manning are Pentagon logs referred to today as the ‘Iraq and Afghan War Diaries,’ as well as video published by WikiLeaks under the title ‘Collateral Murder.’ With that release, WikiLeaks showed US soldiers onboard an Apache helicopter opening fire on Iraqi civilians, including a Reuters photographer.

“This is possibly one of the more significant documents of our time, removing the fog of war and revealing the true nature of 21st century asymmetric warfare,” Manning allegedly said about the footage.

According to the soldier’s support network, “Manning’s testimony this Thursday will speak to larger issues affecting his case as a whole, and expands upon a plea proffering responsibility for releasing information with noble motive, while contesting the most serious charges.”

“The plea gives Bradley an opportunity to take responsibility for releasing some documents to WikiLeaks while opposing the way that the government has charged him,” explained the network’s editor Nathan Fuller.  Before the plea is formally entered, though, Manning will have a colloquy, or a private counsel with the presiding judge. “The colloquy gives him a chance to explain some of his reasoning at greater length,” Fuller said.

Blogger Kevin Gosztola believes the trial may go no further than that, though. On Wednesday, Gosztola wrote after sitting in on the day’s hearing that Thursday’s colloquy could end with Col. Denise Lind, the military judge overseeing the trial, censoring part of Pfc. Manning’s prepared statement. According to Gosztola, the US government might not want Manning’s plea entered in full because reading the statement “could be admitting to uncharged misconduct that could be used as an aggravating factor in sentencing.”

Lind “explained she did not want Manning to read a ‘sworn written statement,” Gosztola said. Instead, he says Lind would prefer for Manning to only answer questions on the stand. “He can try to read it, but I am going to stop him” if the contents are not relevant to being guilty of committing the lesser offenses of entered in the plea, she said.

“He understands his statement and he understands the elements he needs to plead guilty,” Manning’s attorney David Coombs told the judge.

Manning has been detained for over 1,000 days without a formal military trial, and will see the start of his fourth year behind bars this May. The only other time he has spoken publically on the stand was in December 2012, when he testified about the conditions he endured while detained at a military brig in Northern Virginia.

Lind agreed to take 122 days off any eventual sentence for Manning due to the poor treatment. Earlier this week, she dismissed an attempt by the defense to have all charges against Manning dropped over an alleged violation of the ‘speedy trial’ statute.

 

Article By: RT

 

Bill O’Reilly & Sean Hannity See Huge Drop In Ratings

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Huffington Post

There was good news and bad news for Fox News in the February cable news ratings.

The good news? Fox News once again had the top 13 programs — much better than January, where it failed to sweep the top 10 for the first time in years and had its lowest ratings in the all-important A25-54 demo since 2001. “Special Report” also celebrated 50 months as the top-rated show in its hour.

The bad news? Shep Smith, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity all saw huge drops in the demo from the same point in 2012. Hannity fell a staggering 35 percent from 2012, and O’Reilly fell 26 percent. It was the two mens’ worst performance in the demo since 2006 and 2008, respectively. True, 2012 was an election year — but even though MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and Chris Matthews also saw their ratings decrease, their ratings fell by much smaller percentages.

Several CNN programs, including Anderson Cooper’s and Erin Burnett’s, bucked this trend by growing their ratings. CNN also touted the much slimmer gap between itself and MSNBC as compared to 2012. Even so, MSNBC topped CNN in total day, primetime and in the demo.

 

Judge Napolitano: Obama’s Legal Justification For Drones Is Hogwash

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Puppet Fight: Keith Ellison Says Sean Hannity Is The ‘Worst Excuse’ For A Journalist He’s Ever Seen

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