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John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer and torture whistleblower, discusses his earlier erroneous defense of the CIA’s torture program; his 30 month prison sentence for violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act; and how former CIA Director George Tenet’s secrecy kept the FBI out of the loop on terrorist cells in the US – and possibly allowed 9/11 to happen.

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  • I recently ran across a document published by the United States Institute of Peace (which I take to be a CIA front — here’s the wiki). It’s called, “Non-Violent Struggle: 50 Crucial Points,” and it appears to be targeted at young people abroad who are unhappy with the governments they live under. (I wonder how much this document has been used in Egypt, Syria or Ukraine?) But my question is, is there anything good that libertarians could learn from this? Could the tactics be used not just to cause unrest or vote in different rulers, but perhaps in thwarting the advances of government or spreading the ideas of liberty to a broader audience? Specifically, is there value in treating political activism as a project, or adopting Sharp’s methods of nonviolent action, or of using the model of multi-level marketing to expand the network? What are your thoughts on this kind of activism?

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  • This evening, FBI Director James Comey is giving the keynote speech at “The Expectation of Privacy: Encryption, Surveillance and Big Data” conference at a local college.  I am planning on attending. I do not know if the audience will be allowed to ask him questions or not.  If there is a Q&A, does anyone have any ideas for good questions to ask him.

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  • The Drone Papers The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistleblower, offer an unprecedented glimpse into Obama’s drone wars.

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  • The Surprising Thing People Who Resist Authority Have in Common – Mic If you aren’t familiar with the Milgram Experiment and the more recent duplicate then maybe you should be. It is horrific to see what people will do when they are allowed to harm others based on word of a third party. If you are a member of Liberty.me then you probably would be in the stop hero group. Long live the rebellion! More on this subject

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