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Suspects in an Fbi Fraud Sting Are Led out of Fbi Headquarters to a Waiting Bus to Take Them to Their Arraignment.Of the four men the FBI helped frame, two of them died in prison, the other two spent over 30 years in prison before being exonerated. All four were convicted exclusively on the testimony of Joseph “The Animal” Barboza, a Boston mobster and hit man, who was working with the FBI. Barboza was later relocated to California where he committed several more murders under the FBI’s protection before being killed by the mob himself. Read more…

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GavelDespite the fact that the Supreme Court’s current case-load consists almost exclusively of judicial review cases, the Constitution gives the courts no authority to take such action. The courts assume this power based on a 1794 Supreme Court ruling which first declared a law unconstitutional. The power of judicial review is a serious conflict of interest issue, giving the federal government the power to judge the constitutionality of its own laws. It also gives an unintended amount of power to the judicial branch of the U.S. government, which was originally meant to be the weakest branch of the federal government. Read more…

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MediumThe 27th amendment to the United States Constitution was submitted to Congress for ratification on September 25th, 1789. This amendment, which added limits on how Congress could give themselves pay raises, took an unbelievable 202 years, 7 months, 12 days to finally be ratified. Even then, it seemed only to be ratified unintentionally. The average ratification time of the remaining 26 amendments is only 1 year, 8 days. This disparity makes it hard to dispute an apparent double standard when it comes to congressional self-regulation. Read more…

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Two_black_indiansDespite the common narrative of Native American tribes as peaceful, innocent victims – they were far from the hippie saints they’re commonly depicted as. Members of the Cherokee tribe owned many black slaves, many of whom died alongside their owners on the infamous Trail of Tears.

Up until recently, the descendants of those slaves, known within the tribe as freedmen, were granted membership grandfathered into the tribe by a treaty signed after the Civil War. These freedmen have been members of this tribe for 150 years, but now after a simple vote, and lengthy fight in court, they are no longer Cherokee. Their tribe has done the very thing they blame the United States for doing to them, they have stolen these freedmen’s land, identity and lifestyle. Read more…

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Truman-letterWilliam Banning was a Connecticut father whose young son died in the Korean War. After losing his son, Banning sent a short letter along with his son’s Purple Heart Medal to then-President Harry Truman. This letter, along with the Purple Heart Medal, was found in President Truman’s desk after his death in 1972, over 20 years later. In the President’s latter years, Truman names his decision over whether to enter the Korean War as the most difficult decision he had to make during his presidency. Read more…

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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Posted on November 12th, 2014 by Ben Spera

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