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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity : How Expansive is FBI Spying?

Posted by M. C. on January 21, 2020

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2020/january/20/how-expansive-is-fbi-spying/

Written by Ron Paul

Cato Institute Research Fellow Patrick Eddington recently filed several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to find out if the Federal Bureau of Investigation ever conducted surveillance of several organizations dealing with government policy, including my Campaign for Liberty. Based on the FBI’s response, Campaign for Liberty and other organizations, including the Cato institute and the Reason Foundation, may have been subjected to FBI surveillance or other data collection.

I say “may have been” because the FBI gave Mr. Eddington a “Glomar response” to his FOIA requests pertaining to these organizations. A Glomar response is where an agency says it can “neither confirm nor deny” involvement in a particular activity. Glomar was a salvage ship the Central Intelligence Agency used to recover a sunken Soviet submarine in the 1970s. In response to a FOIA request by Rolling Stone magazine, the CIA claimed that just confirming or denying the Glomar’s involvement in the salvage operation would somehow damage national security. A federal court agreed with the agency, giving federal bureaucrats, and even local police departments, a new way to avoid giving direct answers.

The Glomar response means these organizations may have been, and may still be, subjected to federal surveillance. As Mr. Eddington told Reason magazine, “We know for a fact that Glomar invocations have been used to conceal actual, ongoing activities, and we also know that they’re not passing out Glomars like candy.”

Protecting the right of individuals to join together in groups to influence government policy is at the very heart of the First Amendment. Therefore, the FBI subjecting such groups to surveillance can violate the constitutional rights of everyone involved with the groups.

The FBI has a long history of targeting Americans whose political beliefs and activities threaten the FBI’s power or the power of influential politicians. The then-named Bureau of Investigation participated in the crackdown on people suspected of being communists in the post-World War I “Red Scare.” The anti-communist crackdown was headed by a young agent named J. Edgar Hoover who went on to become FBI director, a position he held until his death. Hoover kept and expanded his power by using the FBI to collect blackmail material on people including politicians.

In the 1930s and 1940s, the FBI spied on supporters of the America First movement, including several Congress members. Two of the most famous examples of FBI targeting individuals based on their political activities are the harassment of Martin Luther King Jr. and the COINTELPRO program. COINTELPRO was an organized effort to spy on and actively disrupt “subversive” organizations, including antiwar groups

COINTELPRO officially ended in the 1970s. However, the FBI still targets individuals and organizations it considers “subversive,” including antiwar groups and citizen militias.

Congress must hold hearings to determine if the FBI is currently using unconstitutional methods to “monitor” any organizations based on their beliefs. Congress must then take whatever steps necessary to ensure that no Americans are ever again targeted for surveillance because of their political beliefs and activities.


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Watch “Hitch the Libertarian – Christopher Hitchens speaking at the CATO Institute” on YouTube

Posted by M. C. on January 4, 2020

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Big Brother Libertarians: Cato Institute Sells Out for the Cashless Society – Liberty Conservative News

Posted by M. C. on May 27, 2019

The analysts confusingly claim that digital paper money would “foster true price stability” while admitting that a cashless system would allow the central bank to inflate currency instruments limitlessly.

The CATO Institute is less than a shell of what it used to be.

“Digital cash would facilitate the systematic and transparent conduct of monetary policy, thereby facilitating the effectiveness of the monetary transmission mechanism and enhancing the central bank’s accountability to elected officials and the public.”

Better to spy on you my dear…less so elected officials.

https://libertyconservativenews.com/big-brother-libertarians-cato-institute-sells-out-for-the-cashless-society/

The Cato Institute, a Washington D.C. think-tank funded in part by globalist oligarchs David and Charles Koch, has formally endorsed the notion of a cashless society that would enable centralized government control over the entire economy on an unforeseen scale.

Economics professors Michael D. Bordo and Andrew T. Levin wrote a white paper for the Cato Journal titled, “Improving the Monetary Regime: The Case for U.S. Digital Cash.” They argue that digital cash is necessary so the “Federal Reserve can provide sufficient monetary stimulus to preserve price stability.”

“Our analysis indicates that the Federal Reserve should take active steps to establish digital cash as the fulcrum of the U.S. monetary system,” the Cato analysts wrote.

Although they do not propose explicit banning the use of paper cash, they admit that their proposal would phase it out and eventually lead to a digital-only system where paper currency becomes a thing of the past…

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Koch-Backed CATO Institute: ‘Time for the U.S. to Have Open Borders’

Posted by M. C. on August 1, 2018

If anyone still believed CATO is a Libertarian organization, this should set them straight.

No borders means:

No more country.

America is doomed.

https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/07/31/koch-backed-cato-institute-time-for-the-u-s-to-have-open-borders/

by John Binder

The Cato Institute, a think tank partially founded by the billionaire, pro-mass immigration Koch brothers, is advocating for full open borders to the United States.

In an op-ed for USA Today, the Cato Institute’s Director of Economic Studies, Jeffrey Miron, says the U.S. “has nothing to fear, and much to gain, from open borders,” saying that Americans should “forget” about putting a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration.

Miron downplayed the negative impact open borders would have on American citizens, writing:

Immigrants will not flood into America, although the rate of immigration might increase. Instead, much of the immigration will be temporary. Return migration happens because most people want to be near their families, surrounded by their own language, culture or religion. [Emphasis added]

Crime will not skyrocket. Available evidence shows that immigrants are no more crime-prone than natives. And the additional immigrants likely to enter under open borders would plausibly be even less so, because they have shown respect for the law by not immigrating illegally. [Emphasis added]

Terrorists could well enter via open borders, but they do so now illicitly. Little evidence suggests that our immigration restrictions prevent terrorist attacks. [Emphasis added]

Miron also works in the Department of Economics at Harvard University, an institution that has large borders and barriers for students to qualify…

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