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Anniversary of Federal Charges Dismisssed Against Ellsberg / Pentagon Papers

On this day in 1973, all federal charges were dismissed against Daniel Ellsberg for his role in the Pentagon Papers release.  Most whistleblowers have not been as lucky since Obama took power. Here’s a piece I wrote in 2008 that was spurred by Ellsberg’s excellent memoir: COUNTERPUNCH, July 24, 2008  Leaking Crimes of State: Daniel Ellsberg’s Lessons for […]

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Wash. Times: “Truth Will Prevail” – a Costly Govt. Fairy Tale

Washington Times, April 25, 2014 BOVARD: ‘Truth will prevail’ — a costly government fairy tale by James Bovard The Supreme Court heard lawyers wrangle Tuesday over an Ohio law that criminalizes false statements about political candidates. The justices were skeptical if not scornful of the efforts by Ohio and 14 other states to create “ministries […]

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Wash. Times: Our Cluster Bomb Congress Plants Legislative IEDs

Washington Times, April 16, 2014 BOVARD Our cluster-bomb Congress plants legislative IEDs Arcane laws lie dormant until exploding under unsuspecting Americans by James Bovard Tens of thousands of Americans have been bushwhacked by a single arcane sentence in a 673-page law Congress enacted six years ago. The Internal Revenue Service is seizing both federal and […]

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Aspiring Zingers from the Libertarian Hooliganism Speech

Here’s a few outtakes lines from the “Libertarian Hooliganism” speech posted online earlier today – *Federal agencies in DC think I’m  a redneck, but the rednecks in the North Carolina mountains thought I was an undercover fed * As she raised the knife, I remembered the old saying – “Never sleep with anyone crazier than yourself.” […]

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Nashville Tennessean Denounces My Cynicism

An editorial headlined, “Your Time is Coming – Make it Count”  in Sunday’s Nashville Tennessean denounced my bad attitude: Staunch libertarian James Bovard cynically decries efforts to promote participation in elections, saying, “Trumpeting the importance of voting deludes people into thinking that they have a leash on the government.” We could not more vehemently disagree. […]

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