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Saturday, June 10, 2017

S.J. RES. 42 Stop The Saudi Arms Deal


7 June 2017 

"Dear Friend of Liberty,

Will Washington, D.C. never learn?

For years now, politicians in BOTH parties have pursued the same misguided policies in their failed effort to control terrorism.

But a quick glance around the world today – from France to Britain to Syria and Iraq – show those efforts are falling flat on their faces. . .

Perhaps no policy is more ridiculous than the practice of selling weapons to those who could use them to do us harm.

Yet, that’s exactly what the U.S. Government is doing right now by “partnering” with Saudi Arabia – even though this authoritarian government continues to finance radical terrorist groups around the world.

Recent news reports tell us the White House is caving to the demands of pro-“status quo” insiders and deep-pocketed lobbyists by making a deal to provide hordes of military equipment to Saudi Arabia.

According to the State Department’s own press release, this will include “tanks, artillery, counter-mortar radars, armored personnel carriers, [and] helicopters.”

Worse, you can virtually guarantee this equipment will fall into the wrong hands. . .

That’s the bad news.  The good news is my son, Senator Rand Paul, has introduced legislation (S.J. Res. 42) to block this deal.

But it won’t happen without your help.

So please stand with Rand and Campaign for Liberty by signing your “NO ARMS FOR TERRORISTS!” Petition to your U.S. Senators.

And make your most generous contribution of $300, $200, or $100 to help Campaign for Liberty’s efforts to stop arming terrorists.

The truth is, if the deal goes through, it will further radicalize the Middle East, create even more displaced refugees – many vulnerable to radicalization – and create new resentments among the people who suffer the consequences of our alliances with authoritarian governments in order to enact “regime change.”

The dirty secret is that Saudi Arabia is expected to use this military equipment for regime change efforts in Yemen.

While we are told the Saudis will use the equipment to fight terrorists, it is more likely to be used to turn Yemen into a base for ISIS and other terrorist groups.

Just like Syria. . .

Just like Libya. . .

And just like Iraq where U.S. troops are still fighting 13 years after launching what we were promised would be a cakewalk.

But despite this sad history, the U.S. Government continues to pursue the same old insane polices that empower terrorists, drain our wallets, and put our safety at risk.

Clearly the only way this policy will change is if WE THE PEOPLE demand that Congress exercise its Constitutional functions and force the president to abandon this failed foreign policy.

That’s why Rand’s legislation (S.J. Res. 42) is so important right now.

Rand is committed to forcing the Senate to vote on it, but to pass it, he needs a massive show of support from the grassroots.

That is why Campaign for Liberty is launching a major program in support of S.J. Res. 42.

If we can raise the funds, we plan to not just support this bill, but run the same type of programs that have been so effective in changing the debate on monetary policy and civil liberties.

As with our other efforts, the key is letting Congress know that the people are watching and expect them to reject the latest scheme to bring so-called “democracy” and “freedom” to the Middle East.

This scheme would only serve to help Saudi Arabia create the type of chaos in which groups like ISIS thrive.

So please sign your NO ARMS FOR TERRORISTS! Petition today.

And if you can, please make your most generous contribution to Campaign for Liberty of $300, $200, or $100.

Your donation will help us mobilize more Americans to put the heat on Congress to do their job and stop the transfer of weapons to a regime with a history of exporting terrorists to its neighbors, Europe, and even to the U.S.

It will take a massive effort to stop this deal.

You see, deals like this don’t just harm our security, they are quite profitable to the large defense contractors who have one of the most effective lobbying operations in Washington, D.C.

These defense contractors are able to fund hordes of K Street lobbyists and think-tanks of left, right, and center that produce heaps of propaganda making the case for this type of intervention and expanding away the policy’s failures.

When I was in Congress, I saw how effective the military-industrial complex’s propaganda operation was. . .

Whenever I dared challenge the status quo on foreign intervention, I was informed that the military-industrial complex’s paid “experts” considered my view “na├»ve” and that the Founding Fathers’ policy of peace and goodwill to all was “impractical” in the modern world.

I was even once informed by a Congressman who was considered a leading expert on the Constitution that the requirement that Congress declare war was outdated!

Members of Congress told me they felt safe parroting the views of the so-called “experts” because the average American did not care about foreign policy enough to learn the truth behind the establishment’s lies.

So imagine their reaction when the petitions start rolling in from the liberty grassroots telling them the people see through the lies peddled by pro-interventionist think-tanks, lobbying firms, the media, and their paymasters in the military-industrial complex. . .

It will be similar to their reaction when they started getting pressure to support Audit the Fed!

Prior to 2008, the idea that grassroots liberty army would flood Congress with petitions demanding they Audit the Fed was unheard of. . .

But then came Campaign for Liberty. . .

We made Audit the Fed a central issue in American politics, and we turned a rollback of the surveillance state from a fringe idea to a serious policy proposal.

Now it is time for us to do on foreign policy what we did on monetary policy and civil liberties - starting with killing this deal with Saudi Arabia.

Defeating this deal could be the beginning of finally forcing Congress to reassess its role in foreign policy and ending the hyper-interventionist policy that has not made our nation safer.

So please sign your “NO ARMS FOR TERRORISTS!” Petition today.

And make your most generous contribution of $300, $200, or $100 to help Campaign for Liberty stop this deal."

For Liberty,

Ron Paul

P.S.  Recent news reports show that the White House is caving to the demands of pro-“status quo” insiders and deep-pocketed lobbyists by making a deal to provide hordes of military equipment to Saudi Arabia.

According to the State Department’s own press release, this will include “tanks, artillery, counter-mortar radars, armored personnel carriers, helicopters.”

Fortunately, my son, Senator Rand Paul, his introduced S.J. Res. 42, which would block this deal.  And Rand is committed to forcing the Senate to vote on it.

But Rand is up against the entire foreign policy establishment, as well as the might of the military-industrial complex.

And the only thing that can overcome those forces is a massive outpouring of support from the liberty grassroots.

So please sign your “NO ARMS FOR TERRORISTS!” Petition to your U.S. Senators.

And make your most generous contribution of $300, $200, or $100.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Audit The Fed 23,719 Petitions

1 June 2017 

Dear Friend of Liberty

"So you did what you were asked and signed a petition.  

What happened with it?

Sadly, with some Washington, D.C. organizations, sometimes the answer is “nothing.”

But last Friday -- while most Americans were preparing for the long Memorial Day weekend -- C4L staff was on Capitol Hill delivering the stacks of the 23,719 Audit The Fed Petitions we’ve gathered over the past few weeks for our cosponsor push.

Norm Singleton delivering Audit the Fed
petitionsAs you’ll see here, I started right where I thought I could make the most difference -- House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office!

Thanks to your support, banksters and slick lobbyists are more scared than ever that you and I will finally get the job done on Audit the Fed.

We’ve already been through a House hearing (where I personally testified), and passed Audit the Fed through the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Today, we stand at 110 cosponsors on Rep. Thomas Massie’s (R-KY) House Bill (H.R. 24) and 14 on Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) Senate Bill (S. 16).

With your continued support and generosity, Campaign for Liberty is working hard to ensure we keep the pressure on!

I know we’ve asked quite a bit of you lately.  But we have some critical work ahead of us in the coming weeks, so my hope is you’ll agree to a generous contribution of $250, $100, $50, or even $25.

Even if you can only chip in $10 right now, it would help make a big difference.

I know it’s easy to get caught up in legislative minutiae and political tugs-of-war.

But you and I can’t forget what a golden opportunity we have to take a SLEDGEHAMMER to the very foundations of everything we hate about Washington, D.C.

Whether it’s out-of-control spending, ObamaCare, or misguided foreign policy adventurism, the Federal Reserve lies at the root of it all by printing money out of thin air to pay the bills when taxation doesn’t make ends meet.

Exposing the Fed would finally show the American people just how corrupt this secretive institution is and light the fuse for Big Government’s destruction.

That’s why we HAVE to keep fighting.  

If we don’t, our country’s days are numbered.

Our (still growing) $19.9 trillion debt will soon drown us all. 

That’s why these petition deliveries are just part of our effort to ensure we generate as many House cosponsors as we can.

The closer we get to a majority of the U.S. House, the harder it will be for House Speaker Paul Ryan to stand in the way of a vote.

Of course, if you and I make the pressure hot enough, he may just relent and hand us a vote early. 

But as many folks have learned the hard way, hoping for the best only ensures Washington, D.C. does its worst!

So Campaign for Liberty is also planning to run Internet and social media ads to help turn up the pressure on politicians who have supported Audit the Fed in the past, but are refusing to now that they believe it could actually happen.

We won’t be afraid to call them out by name.

And I’m afraid some of those names are going to surprise you.

We’re also going to turn the screws on congressional leadership like House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as well.

With your help, we’re going to let them know that -- especially as hated as they are among the grassroots -- a betrayal on Audit the Fed could be the last nail in their political coffins.

We’re not going to play games.

We’re going to play hardball.

With nearly 80% of the American people in agreement that the Federal Reserve should be audited, we hold all the cards.

Not them.  Not the Big Government elites who seem so intent on destroying the last vestiges of freedom.

Your support is working.  

Your help has brought the Audit the Fed issue from the seemingly out-of-nowhere just a decade ago to the verge of reality.

Dr. Paul’s unflinching leadership and commitment to liberty sounded the alarm.

But it’s your continued support that’s needed to keep the pressure on and help us cross the remaining hurdles we face!

So please, if at all possible, agree to your most generous contribution of $500, $250, $100, $50, or $25 today.

Even if all you can do is $10, it would make a tremendous difference.

Thank you for all you do!

In liberty,"

Norm Singleton

"P.S. Our cosponsor push is just the beginning of what we have planned for Congress on Audit the Fed.

I have also planned a massive social media and Internet ad campaign targeting Members of Congress who are refusing to cosponsor Audit the Fed now that they think it might actually pass.

I’m also preparing to turn the screws on congressional leaders.

But I’m counting on your support.  Please, if at all possible, agree to your most generous contribution of $250, $100, $50, $25, or even $10 right away in support of C4L’s plans to pass Audit the Fed!"

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Stop The Saudi Arms Deal

Dear Friend of Liberty
" It doesn’t need to happen.
Last week, notice was given to Congress that new weapons deals that could potentially amount to $300 BILLION dollars or more were in place for Saudi Arabia.
It was treated as a done deal by everyone, especially the media.
Well, they weren’t counting on you and me.
I’ve started my part by introducing a privileged motion in the Senate called a “Resolution of Disapproval” that will FORCE the Senate to vote on this arms deal.
And by law, that vote MUST take place in the next 30 days. They can’t filibuster it, stop it, or otherwise try to hide it.
So I’m asking you to do your part too. First, add your name to my RESOLUTION OF DISAPPOVAL today.
And also while you’re there, help RANDAC spread the word on this important fight.
Sometime in the next 30 days, Congress will be forced to vote on whether or not we should sell arms to a county that:
** Actively bombing Yemen, including civilian population, using our weapons and illegally using our technical assistance.
** From the 28 pages of the 9/11 report and elsewhere, shown to be one of the world’s leading funders of terrorist activity and extremist ideology.
** Has a miserable human rights records. Civil rights, the rights of women in their society – it is all abysmal. 
To put is simply – the United States has no business arming the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We also have no business getting ourselves even further into the mess that is the civil wars of the Middle East.
So let’s do this together. Let’s stop them.
The resolution I’m using was little known until last year even though it has existed since the 1970s.  I was the first Senator to use it to stop an arms deal, at the time with Pakistan.  Though our vote fell short then, the public outcry you and I raised then actually forced the administration to pull the deal back.
In other words, the last time we did this, we won.
Let’s do it again. Let’s make our voices heard. Voices for peace, for not arming extremism.
You can lend your voice and your support here.
It’s important you help fund this effort by RANDPAC. We have just a matter of days to get the word out. So please help today.

Thank you for all you do."

Rand Paul MD
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Published on May 24, 2017 | Rand Paul 

Senator Rand Paul talks about the recent weapons deal with Saudi Arabia. Paul believes the US should not have sold weapons to Saudia Arabia because they cannot be trusted.
  Published May 25, 2017 | Business Insider 

The US will provide over $110 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia in the largest weapons deal in US history. In the deal, Saudi Arabia will buy a number of weapons and vehicles from the US, including the THAAD missile defense system, and 150 Black-hawk helicopters.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

TAC - Tenth Amendment Center

Tenth Amendment Center | 21 June 2016

Less Democrat, Less Republican. More Constitution.

Tenth Amendment Center, the nation’s leading source for constitutional education and nullification activism. While the establishment left and right continue to expand federal power, our goal is straightforward. The Constitution: Every issue, every time. No exceptions, no excuses.

TAC works towards this goal in two ways: education and activism. We seek to teach people about the original meaning of the Constitution. And, we lead powerful grassroots coalitions to use nullification as a means to block federal overreach.

Audit the FED H.R. 24

Campaign for Liberty's goal is to gather 50,000 Audit the Fed petitions by May 18 to deliver to the U.S. House.

Contact your U.S. Representative today 202-224-3121 Demand they co-sponsor H.R. 24 

Petition: Campaign for Liberty 50,000 Signatures by May 18

Bill Text: H.R. 24 Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2017

Dear Friend of Liberty, 

You saw the outcry last week over the outrageous $1.1 TRILLION spending bill rammed through Congress by Speaker Paul Ryan -- with mostly House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's Democrat votes.

But just imagine how much worse it would be if the U.S. House was able to not just write, but pass the bill in secret. . .

And never had to answer to the American people?

What if every time you and I demanded to know how our tax dollars were spent, we were told to simply "mind our own business?"

In other words, what if Congress was able to operate just like the Federal Reserve? 

We have seen the results of allowing the Fed to operate behind closed doors, and it's time for this madness to end -- before it's too late.

If you agree, please sign your "COSPONSOR AUDIT THE FED NOW!" petition to your U.S. Representative IMMEDIATELY.

With your help, Campaign for Liberty's goal is to gather 50,000 Audit the Fed petitions by May 18 to deliver to the U.S. House.

With our U.S. House hearing complete -- and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's passage of H.R. 24 -- Campaign for Liberty's goal is to recruit as many House cosponsors as possible to generate heat on Speaker Ryan to bring Audit the Fed to the floor for a public, roll-call vote.

The truth is, as bad as Congress’s budget deal was, it's the Federal Reserve that's the true culprit behind our economic problems and the growth of Big Government.

Whether it’s never-ending spending programs driving our country to $20 TRILLION in debt -- or one foreign policy disaster after another -- the Federal Reserve fuels everything you and I HATE about Washington, D.C.

Should my Audit the Fed Bill become law, it would finally show the American people how the Federal Reserve System leads to:

*** Ever-expanding Big Government boondoggles like ObamaCare.  Now that politicians have figured out the Fed will just print money out of thin air to pay the bills if taxing and borrowing can’t make ends meet, the floodgates are wide open for even more of the statists’ utopian plans;

*** Constant economic crises.  The 2008 housing crisis and the resulting chaos is just one example of an economic bubble created by centrally planned interest rates and money manipulation;

*** The destruction of the middle class.  As food, housing, medical care, and education costs soar, everyone who is NOT on the government dole is forced to make do with less as the value of their money sinks;

*** Currency destruction.  History shows us that riots, violence, and full-scale police states can result when people finally realize our money isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on and REFUSE to accept it.

If you and I truly want to "Drain the Swamp" and kill off the Big Government status quo in Washington, D.C. for good, it all starts with EXPOSING the Federal Reserve.

The good news is, we have a president who's pledged to sign it.

We've forced a hearing -- where Campaign for Liberty President Norm Singleton testified -- and a committee vote in the U.S. House earlier than we ever have. . .

Oversighteandreform  | 23 March 2017

We've already gathered 108 cosponsors.

But we still have to finish the job.

That means PROVING to House leadership that they ignore our momentum on Audit the Fed at their own peril.

That's why it's so critical we reach our goal of 50,000 petitions.

So will you please sign yours right away?

And if possible, will you please agree to a generous contribution as well?

I don't know what you can afford.

Perhaps you can be extra-generous and agree to $500, $250, or $100?

Or, if that's too much, could you agree to $50 or $25?

Even if you can only chip in $10 right now, it will help Campaign for Liberty generate even more heat on Congress, which will mean more cosponsors, and it will put us that much closer to House passage.

So please help us reach our goal by signing your petition and giving as generously as you can at once!

For Liberty,

Ron Paul
Chairman Campaign for Liberty

P.S.  Campaign for Liberty's goal is to gather 50,000 Audit the Fed petitions by May 18 to deliver to the U.S. House.

With our U.S. House hearing complete -- and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's passage of H.R. 24 -- Campaign for Liberty's goal is to recruit as many House cosponsors as possible to generate heat on Speaker Ryan to bring Audit the Fed to the floor for a public, roll-call vote.

So will you please sign your petition and agree to your most generous contribution of $500, $250, $100, $50, $25, or even $10 right away?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Do Not Resist (2016)

Published on Oct 11, 2016 

"WINNER of the Grand Jury Prize for BEST DOCUMENTARY at the Tribeca Film Festival. An urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. DO NOT RESIST– the directorial debut of Detropia cinematographer Craig Atkinson – offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. 

The film takes viewers from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence” to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments – before exploring where controversial new technologies, including predictive policing algorithms, could lead the field next."

Liberty at the movies: Do Not Resist

Quote" Anyone who doubts that America is well on its way to becoming a police state should watch Do Not Resist, a new documentary available for free download at Amazon.com. Do Not Resist examines the militarization of police. Like the best documentaries, Do Not Resist makes its points by showing, not telling. There is no narrator telling you how what you witnessed makes the case for policy change. The only time the filmmakers intrude is a few factual statements imposed on the screen.
The move examines various aspects of police militarization. One of the things I found startling was the clips of a speech at a police conference where the speaker justified police militarization by claiming that police were on the front lines of the war on terror. This scene was preceded by footage from the Ferguson, Missouri riots that resembled confrontation between U.S. military and civilian populations in Iraq rather than domestic law enforcement.
The speech is followed by clips of a New Hampshire town hall meeting where citizens in a town that has had two murders since 2004 debate accepting a $250,00 grant from Homeland Security to buy military equipment. The opponents of the grant argue getting police equipment built for military operations threaten liberty, not just by increasing the potential for police abuses, but by increasing federal spending on the military-industrial complex.
The way police militarization provides a new "market" for the military-industrial complex is not developed in the movie, but it does spend a fair amount of time on the ridiculousness of small towns arming themselves with military equipment.
The film also provides a look into how militarization affects the mindset of law enforcement. For instance, one police officer discusses how the military equipment is needed to control "unruly" crowds -- note he does not say violent, just unruly. Another LAPD officer says one of the benefits of the thousands of cameras enable them to know when a protest is occurring. Another police office says citizens sacrifice their right to privacy when they go out in public. Citizens just need to hope that the person looking up their information is doing so for the right reasons.
The movie shows an individual whose house was destroyed because the police mistakenly believed a drug dealer was living there. The man is told that he will not receive any compensation from the government for their mistakes. Adding insult to injury, the police confiscated cash the suspected dealer was planning to use to buy a lawnmower.
The film ends with a focus on what is to come. The filmmakers interview the founder and CEO of a company developing surveillance technology that can allow police to identify and track anyone within a certain radius of a crime scene. The CEO states use of his technology cannot just help solve major crimes, but can prevent lower-level crimes -- he never addresses the cost to liberty, or the potential for abuse of his product. He goes on to say he only wants to watch the parts of the world where crimes occur. But couldn't that be anywhere, so doesn't he need to watch everywhere?
The filmmakers also interview a professor who is developing a system to identify people likely to commit crimes. The professor claims his system can even tell if an unborn child is likely to commit a crime by looking at the parents' backgrounds! The professor expresses no concern for the civil liberties implications of his system.
Do Not Resist shows why ending police militarization, and the laws that justify it, should be a focus of the liberty movement. This is why Campaign for Liberty is working to repeal federal laws that support police militarization, as well as working to end civil asset theft.
The film also shows how laws criminalizing peaceful behaviors lead to authoritarianism. This is why Campaign for Liberty supports ending all unconstitutional laws that criminalizing peaceful behavior. We are also working to stop expanding the federal police state by criminalizing online gambling.
It is particularity important we keep reminding our representatives, such as House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, that supporting federal laws criminalizing online gamingdrinking raw milk, or other peaceful activities are inconsistent with their pledge to support limited federal government and federalism." End quote