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Most Effective Way to Prevent Terrorism is missing from 9-11 Report, Libertarians Say
Libertarian Party Newspaper ^ | 7-22-04 | George Getz

Posted on 07/22/2004 1:49:15 PM PDT by SmithPatterson

Most effective way to prevent terrorism

is missing from 911 report, Libertarians say

WASHINGTON, DC -- The report by the September 11 commission is missing

one obvious way the U.S. government could reduce the chance of another

terrorist attack, Libertarians say: Quit meddling in foreign nations.

"The intelligence reform needed most right now is a more intelligent

foreign policy," says Libertarian presidential candidate Michael

Badnarik. "Pulling U.S. troops out of nations where they don't belong

would make America much safer than appointing a thousand new

intelligence czars."

The report by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the

United States, released on Thursday in Washington, notes that the

government missed up to 10 opportunities to unravel the September 11

plot because of bureaucratic bungling among 15 U.S. intelligence

agencies. It recommends creating a new multi-agency center to fight

terrorism; appointing a single director of national intelligence; and

strengthening congressional oversight of intelligence agencies.

Unfortunately, the politicians who authored the 600-page report chose to

overlook the simplest way to protect America, Badnarik says: Adopt a

foreign policy of neutrality and non-intervention.

"Most Americans would be shocked to learn that U.S. troops are deployed

in more than 100 nations around the globe," he said. "Putting U.S.

troops in volatile, anti-American regions such as the Middle East makes

them tempting targets for terrorists."

In fact, terrorists attacked several U.S. targets -- such as the USS

Cole and the World Trade Center -- before the catastrophic events of

September 11, and each time made it clear that they were reacting to

U.S. foreign policy in the region.

"You don't see terrorists targeting other prosperous, Western-style

democracies such as Switzerland, Canada or Sweden," he said. "And one

reason is that those governments don't meddle in other nation's affairs

or embark on foolish nation-building missions."

For decades, he noted, the U.S. government has provided military and

financial aid to both Israel and its Arab enemies, has sided both with

Iran and Iraq in their bitter, 10-year war and has routinely supported

and armed brutal dictatorships around the world -- so politicians

shouldn't pretend that they're shocked when Americans become targets for

terrorists.

That's why the biggest missed opportunity of all is the government's

refusal to reform U.S. foreign policy, Libertarians say.

"Instead of making America safer, Republicans and Democrats have opted

once again to make government bigger," he said. "When will they learn

that the best way to protect Americans at home is to quit making enemies

abroad?"


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: 911commissionreport; badnarik; libertarianparty; lp; terrorism
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1 posted on 07/22/2004 1:49:17 PM PDT by SmithPatterson
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To: SmithPatterson

That was a real good strategy back in the 1800's, before there were nuclear submarines, airplanes, and long-range missles.


2 posted on 07/22/2004 1:51:38 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: SmithPatterson
"Pulling U.S. troops out of nations where they don't belong would make America much safer than appointing a thousand new intelligence czars."

Only a childish, dope-addled mind could produce such a policy.

3 posted on 07/22/2004 1:52:05 PM PDT by Petronski (Nobody "inadvertently" takes sensitive docs in their pants.)
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To: Always Right

I somehow doubt that taking all our troops out of the Middle East will make the Muslim Extremists stop hating us.


4 posted on 07/22/2004 1:52:22 PM PDT by RockinRight (Liberalism IS the status quo)
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To: SmithPatterson

It's getting harder and harder to be a Libertarian these days.


5 posted on 07/22/2004 1:53:03 PM PDT by GSWarrior (This tagline conveys the heart and soul of America.)
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To: SmithPatterson

This is why I'm a small-l libertarian instead of a Large-L one.


6 posted on 07/22/2004 1:54:10 PM PDT by George Smiley (It amazes me how easily John Kerry can straddle both sides of the fence for any given issue.)
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To: SmithPatterson
If I weren't home, and a bad guy busted into my place, and my wife was being raped, and my kids beaten...as a prelude to being killed, would my Libertarian neighbor meddle?

I know my dog would be safe...the other neighbor's PETA.

7 posted on 07/22/2004 1:55:00 PM PDT by dasboot (<img src="XXX">)
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To: SmithPatterson

Once more confirmed that Libertarians are juvenile fools.


8 posted on 07/22/2004 1:56:42 PM PDT by dennisw (Once is Happenstance. Twice is Coincidence. The third time is Enemy action. - Ian Fleming)
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To: SmithPatterson
If one votes Libertarian, they might as well vote for John F'ing Kerry.

Actually, when it comes to foreign policy, the two don't seem to be too far off.

9 posted on 07/22/2004 1:57:24 PM PDT by COEXERJ145
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To: COEXERJ145

Confirmed again, Losertarians are Moore-ons!


10 posted on 07/22/2004 1:59:30 PM PDT by Steven W.
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To: SmithPatterson

I agree with many Libertarian positions, but this is not one of them. It's also why we must never elect one to the Presidency.


11 posted on 07/22/2004 2:00:16 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: SmithPatterson

Who cares what these lamebrains think?


12 posted on 07/22/2004 2:02:50 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (America's Enemies: foreign and domestic RATmedia agree Bush must be destroyed.)
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To: All

I have always found it hilarious that whenever you confront a libertarian about his ridiculous views on defense his stock answer is to say, "Ever heard of Vietnam ?", apparently implying that a militia is all that is needed.

Hey, the NVA and Viet Cong paid a horrendous human cost for their victory. They lived in tunnels and caves in the Iron Triangle for ten years. Would libertarians live in tunnels and caves for ten minutes ? Would people imbued with the philosophy that they don't owe anyone anything suffer and sacrifice and die the way the NVA and Viet Cong did ?


13 posted on 07/22/2004 2:03:02 PM PDT by Sam the Sham
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To: GSWarrior

LOL! That what I was thinking!!! ;)


14 posted on 07/22/2004 2:03:21 PM PDT by BossLady
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To: SmithPatterson; nopardons; OldFriend; Texasforever; Miss Marple; Howlin; rintense

15 posted on 07/22/2004 2:03:24 PM PDT by VaBthang4 (He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep)
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To: Petronski

LOL


16 posted on 07/22/2004 2:03:51 PM PDT by VaBthang4 (He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep)
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To: Dog Gone

I feel the same way about republicans.


17 posted on 07/22/2004 2:04:04 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (/"Despise not the jester. Often he is the only one speaking the truth")
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To: SmithPatterson

"Instead of making America safer, Republicans and Democrats have opted once again to make government bigger,"


True Statement


18 posted on 07/22/2004 2:06:19 PM PDT by WhiteGuy (Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...)
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To: SmithPatterson

And they wonder why the mainstream considers Libertarians kooks and flakes.

This is without question, one of the stupidest articles I have ever read.

Cheers,

knews hound


19 posted on 07/22/2004 2:11:30 PM PDT by knews_hound (Out of the NIC ,into the Router, out to the Cloud....Nothing but 'Net)
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To: Dog Gone
I agree with many Libertarian positions, but this is not one of them. It's also why we must never elect one to the Presidency.

I agree completely. This guy's Presidential campaign site is a nutjob wishlist for campaign positions - everything from recognizing the "secret Constitutional amendment" to treating 9/11 as merely a criminal matter for the Manhattan district attorney's office to investigate.

Besides, the most effective way to prevent terrorism is converting to Islam and submitting to Sharia law and the rule of the successors of the Prophet. That's what our enemies want, and the only thing that will satisfy them. The Libertarians don't want to believe that's true, and I can't really blame them for wishing that it wasn't so. But the rest of us have to live in the real world.

20 posted on 07/22/2004 2:13:34 PM PDT by SedVictaCatoni (I voted Libertarian once. Then I got a clue.)
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To: SmithPatterson
"Pulling U.S. troops out of nations where they don't belong would make America much safer than appointing a thousand new intelligence czars."

And is there any country, according to the libertarians, besides America in which our country belongs?

21 posted on 07/22/2004 2:15:40 PM PDT by Ruth A.
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To: knews_hound
This is without question, one of the stupidest articles I have ever read.

I vote that we nuke the site from orbit ... it's the only way to be sure Credo Quia Absurdum ...

22 posted on 07/22/2004 2:17:10 PM PDT by clamper1797 (This Vietnam Vet ain't Fonda Kerry)
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To: Oztrich Boy
I feel the same way about Republicans

Libertarians should be putting their scarce resources behind Congressional runs. Instead these nitwits try these hail-mary bids for the Presidency every four years and barely get .0001% of the vote. Libertarians would be much more effective in Congress where they can check Bush on federal spending.

23 posted on 07/22/2004 2:18:22 PM PDT by ServesURight
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To: Petronski

""Pulling U.S. troops out of nations where they don't belong would make America much safer than appointing a thousand new intelligence czars."



"Only a childish, dope-addled mind could produce such a policy."


Yeah, the REAL solution is the creation of more gov't. [/sarcasm


24 posted on 07/22/2004 2:19:01 PM PDT by Blzbba (Hillary Clinton - Dawn of a New Error.)
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To: GSWarrior
It's getting harder and harder to be a Libertarian these days.

I dropped it on 911. It's sad, because national defense is one of the few legitimate functions of government.

25 posted on 07/22/2004 2:19:03 PM PDT by js1138 (In a minute there is time, for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse. J Forbes Kerry)
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To: Always Right
Most Effective Way to Prevent Terrorism is missing from 9-11 Report, Libertarians Say

Open the borders and legalize dope. Then they could just come take over without needing another 911.

26 posted on 07/22/2004 2:20:18 PM PDT by cinFLA
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To: ServesURight
Libertarians would be much more effective in Congress where they can check Bush on federal spending.

Ron Paul is in Congress. He votes no to everything except the bills he sponsors providing tax breaks to the members of the nations largest unions.

27 posted on 07/22/2004 2:21:59 PM PDT by cinFLA
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To: cinFLA

LOL!


28 posted on 07/22/2004 2:22:40 PM PDT by VaBthang4 (He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep)
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To: SmithPatterson
LOL!!!! Unfortunately for Mr. Badnarik, the "American Meddling" that really pisses off the bad guys is stuff like free trade and free speech (especially in the form of popular entertainment). American culture, not American government, is what the salamikazes are fighting.

IOW, they hate precisely the things the Mr. Libertarian Candidate purports to be for.

This points out the underlying problem with libertarianism in general: it doesn't work unless everybody else agrees to play by your rules.

29 posted on 07/22/2004 2:23:54 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: cinFLA

Ron Paul is a Republican now, and most Republicans support tax breaks for unions, among other unconstitutional things.


30 posted on 07/22/2004 2:24:28 PM PDT by ServesURight
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To: js1138

I am not certain, but somewhere in Libertarian literature it must be written that one is permitted to defend oneself against an imminent threat.


31 posted on 07/22/2004 2:24:35 PM PDT by GSWarrior (This tagline conveys the heart and soul of America.)
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To: SmithPatterson
Most effective way to prevent terrorism is missing from 911 report

You mean, deporting all Muslims from the US?

And while we're at it, bombing the head-cutters into non-existence.

32 posted on 07/22/2004 2:30:08 PM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp
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To: SmithPatterson
"Quit meddling in foreign nations."

AKA: Bend over and take it.

Losertarians lost my interest when they could not rouse themselves to defend America post 9/11.

Mental masturbation is no replacement for responsibility and action.

33 posted on 07/22/2004 2:41:33 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mullahs swinging from lamp posts.....)
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To: clamper1797

Satisfactory indeed !


34 posted on 07/22/2004 2:48:57 PM PDT by knews_hound (Out of the NIC ,into the Router, out to the Cloud....Nothing but 'Net)
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To: Blzbba

What nations should we pull out of and what nations should we stay in? In your opinion?


35 posted on 07/22/2004 2:51:06 PM PDT by KingofQue
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To: SmithPatterson
Libertarians..........the lost souls.

This garbage/lunatic thinking is WHY Libertarians have never and shall NEVER be anything than what they are now... IRRELIVANT AND SILLY!

36 posted on 07/22/2004 3:02:04 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: VaBthang4

LOL


37 posted on 07/22/2004 3:04:06 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: cinFLA

Are the borders closed now?


38 posted on 07/22/2004 3:05:52 PM PDT by xrp
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To: ServesURight
Oh yeah,"check" government spending? The ONLY Libertarian in Congress,is Ron Paul,who could NEVER get elected as a Libertarian,so he runs as a REPUBLICAN and votes with the damned Dems.Yep,that's how to "check" the "evil" GOPers alright,un huh,you bet,right...NOT!
39 posted on 07/22/2004 3:07:58 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: GSWarrior

And just HOW were the people in the WTC able to "protect" themselves aginst the planes?


40 posted on 07/22/2004 3:10:24 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: SmithPatterson

"You don't see terrorists targeting other prosperous, Western-style democracies such as Switzerland, Canada or Sweden," he said. "And one reason is that those governments don't meddle in other nation's affairs"

OK, I guess it's time for the Israelis to target Europe for some terrorist attacks; because the EU-NAZIs have really meddled bigtime in Israeli affairs. Don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen. Do you think it's possible our nation's Islamic enemies just happen to be depraved killers?


41 posted on 07/22/2004 3:15:08 PM PDT by doug9732
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To: ServesURight
Ron Paul is a Republican now,

Ron is a RINO. Ballot access laws in Texas prevent him from running as a Libertarian. He is a member of the Libertarian party and the Republican party supported his opposition in the primary.

42 posted on 07/22/2004 3:21:08 PM PDT by cinFLA
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To: Sam the Sham
Hey, the NVA and Viet Cong paid a horrendous human cost for their victory.

And if it weren't for Walter Cronkite, and possibly the French, they never would have had a victory.

43 posted on 07/22/2004 3:24:59 PM PDT by Moonman62
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To: GSWarrior
I am not certain, but somewhere in Libertarian literature it must be written that one is permitted to defend oneself against an imminent threat.

Only after the missiles are fired.

44 posted on 07/22/2004 3:32:30 PM PDT by cinFLA
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To: SmithPatterson

The Party of self-abuse.


45 posted on 07/22/2004 3:37:29 PM PDT by verity (The Liberal Media is America's Enemy)
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To: COEXERJ145
Actually, when it comes to foreign policy, the two don't seem to be too far off.

Kerry, I believe, is committed to staying with Iraq until they can function; Harry Browne, I believe, would pull out as soon as he could leaving Iraq open to anarchy.

46 posted on 07/22/2004 3:38:49 PM PDT by cinFLA
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To: cinFLA

Kerry would do whatever the polls tell him to do.


47 posted on 07/22/2004 3:41:00 PM PDT by COEXERJ145
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To: SmithPatterson

The Open-Borders Party is giving advice on terrorism prevention!

In other news: the Green Party is asking Congress to relocate the Yucca Mountain facility to Yellowstone.


48 posted on 07/22/2004 3:42:48 PM PDT by kidd
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But the Speaker for the Commission stated " Most importantly the lack of imagination!!!".... what a bunch of FV<K3N Clowns.
49 posted on 07/22/2004 3:43:15 PM PDT by Porterville (Your sensitivity offends me you disgusting liberal.)
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To: Moonman62

You got that right,but left out the Russians/KBG and the American Commies!


50 posted on 07/22/2004 3:58:36 PM PDT by nopardons
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