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  • Bob Barr, Civil Libertarian: The right wing of the ACLU (2003)

    05/03/2008 6:38:48 PM PDT · by Kurt Evans · 17 replies · 355+ views
    Reason Magazine (CA) ^ | December 2003 | Jesse Walker
    After entering the House of Representatives in 1995, Georgia Republican Bob Barr acquired a reputation as one of the most conservative members of Congress. It was Barr who in 1996 wrote the Defense of Marriage Act, which said states didn't have to recognize gay marriages performed in other states; it was Barr who protested when he learned the military allowed soldiers to practice Wicca. A former federal prosecutor, a firm social conservative, and a strong supporter of the War on Drugs, Barr doesn't fit most people's image of a civil libertarian. But in his eight years in Congress (he failed...
  • Ronald Reagan's Secret Anti-Soviet War

    06/10/2004 2:26:53 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 34 replies · 3,354+ views
    Insight ^ | June 10, 2004 | Richard Sale
    As president of the United States, Ronald Reagan initiated a sweeping and unprecedented program of covert actions and economic-warfare initiatives that acted to greatly weaken the Soviet economy, its support for "wars of liberation," and its hold on its power in Eastern Europe, former top Reagan administration officials said. The elements of these programs were contained in top-secret national-security directives signed by Reagan in 1982 and 1983, these sources told United Press International. "Any kind of covert-action program had to be expressed in a presidential finding," after consultations with attorneys, a former Reagan White House official explained. He said one...
  • Poindexter Says He Hopes Congress Will Save Part of His Terrorism Research

    08/14/2003 4:06:46 AM PDT · by tomball · 1 replies · 139+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 14, 2003 | Michael J. Sniffen
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Quitting government service under fire for the second time, John M. Poindexter says he hopes Congress will save the less controversial parts of his much-criticized research project designed to predict terrorist attacks. The more controversial elements Poindexter's project - developing a futures market on Mideast developments and scanning public and private databases loaded with personal information about innocent Americans - drew a hail of criticism from privacy advocates and politicians in both parties. Poindexter said the project had been misrepresented and misunderstood. "I regret that we have not been able to ... reassure the public that we...
  • A city of big ideas and tiny minds: Buchanan defends Poindexter's use of futures markets terrorism

    08/07/2003 6:36:06 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 24 replies · 161+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Thursday, August 7, 2003 | Pat Buchanan
    Question: If a veterinarian visiting a Montana ranch should conclude the dead cattle there had died of mad-cow disease, who would know first: Congress, or the cattle futures market? Answer: In hours, word of how the cows died would panic the trading pits. Argentine cattle futures would soar, U.S. cattle futures sink. The impact would be instant on the stock prices of McDonald's, Burger King and Outback. Investors in futures markets are acutely attuned to anything that affects the price of the commodities they buy and sell by the hour. One credible meteorologist warning of a long, cold winter or...
  • Poindexter to quit Pentagon post after disputed scheme

    07/31/2003 11:02:41 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 171+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, August 1, 2003 | From combined dispatches
    <p>Retired Adm. John Poindexter has decided to resign his Pentagon position after an outcry over a scheme to create an online futures market designed to anticipate terrorist attacks, assassinations and wars in the Middle East, a senior defense official said yesterday.</p>
  • Poindexter Will Be Quitting Over Terrorism Betting Plan

    07/31/2003 9:50:44 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 11 replies · 196+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 1, 2003 | ERIC SCHMITT
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use.WASHINGTON, July 31 — The official who oversaw a plan for the Pentagon to run a terrorist futures-trading market is resigning under pressure, a senior Defense Department official said today. John M. Poindexter, a retired rear admiral who was President Ronald Reagan's national security adviser, is stepping down "within a few weeks," the defense official said, after the disclosure of a proposal that outraged lawmakers and embarrassed senior Pentagon officials. The plan was to create an online trading parlor that would have rewarded investors who forecast terrorist attacks, assassinations and coups. Defense...
  • Congress zeros in on Poindexter over terror futures flap

    07/31/2003 1:48:17 PM PDT · by Stew Padasso · 8 replies · 371+ views
    Thursday, July 31, 2003 Congress zeros in on Poindexter over terror futures flap By GEORGE EDMONSON COX NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON -- As Congress continues looking into the just-killed Pentagon project to create a futures market for speculating on possible terrorist acts, a key question on many legislators' mind is this: Was John Poindexter involved? For the naval officer who was a major figure in the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s, controversy has been a companion since he joined a Defense Department research agency after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It visited again this week. "We believe that he was responsible...
  • MSNBC: Admiral Poindexter to Resign

    07/31/2003 11:03:48 AM PDT · by Timesink · 129 replies · 1,056+ views
    MSNBC | July 31, 2003
    Admiral Poindexter, he of the TIA and the Terrorism Futures Market idea, has resigned, and Rummy has accepted. RATS + Mainstream Media = Politics of Personal Destruction.More details TK...
  • Big Brother Is Smelling You

    12/19/2002 11:53:25 AM PST · by GeneD · 7 replies · 224+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 12/19/2002 | James Plummer
    DARPA is at it again. Sure, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency laid the groundwork in the 1970's for the very Internet you're using right now. And more recently, you've probably heard much about the Information Awareness Office run by Iran-Contra vet John Poindexter, with their proud seal of a crypto-Masonic pyramid's all-seeing eye casting a death ray over the entire globe. Or whatever that's supposed to be. If you're a regular reader of the National Consumer Coalition's privacy website, you've read about how they want to ID people by how they walk, and how they're plugged in to the...
  • Homeland Security... or invasion of privacy?

    11/14/2002 1:15:00 PM PST · by Ian McGreggor · 4 replies · 367+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 14, 2002 | William Saffire
    WASHINGTON — If the Homeland Security Act is not amended before passage, here is what will happen to you:Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend — all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as "a virtual, centralized grand database." To this computerized dossier on your private life from commercial sources, add every piece...