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9:18 am CST - December 18, 2014

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Democrats’ Wasteful Torture Report

By Dr. Ben Carson

dr.benjamin.carsonThe recent release of a Senate report commissioned by Democrats regarding torture of terrorism suspects in order to obtain vital information was a waste of $40 million of taxpayer money.

It already had been documented extensively that three suspects were waterboarded and that sleep deprivation and other such techniques were used to extract vital information from terrorists. Though the report says otherwise, that information played a part in the apprehension or annihilation of many upper-echelon terrorist leaders, Continue Reading.

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9:16 am CST - December 18, 2014

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The Rules of War Need Updating

By Cal Thomas

cal-thomasThe attack on a cafe in Sydney, Australia, by a self-described Islamic cleric with a long police record, left two hostages dead, along with the cleric, one Man Haron Monis. He was an Iranian refugee who enjoyed the hospitality and protection of the Australian government.

That incident, which was televised worldwide, was quickly eclipsed by the murder of 145 people at an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan. Many of the dead were children. Continue Reading.

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9:13 am CST - December 18, 2014

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Should Profiling Be Banned?

By Walter E. Williams

walter-williamsLast week, the Obama administration announced new curbs on racial profiling by federal law enforcement. Before deciding whether this is good or bad policy, we might try to develop a description/definition of racial profiling or any other kind of profiling.

A good definition of profiling in general is the use of an easily observed physical characteristic as a guess for some other, difficult-to-observe characteristic. The reason people profile is that information is costly and they seek methods to economize on information costs. One way to do that is through profiling. Continue Reading.

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10:33 am CST - December 16, 2014

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Tortured Reasoning

By Thomas Sowell |

thomas-sowellCritics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were “torture.” But any serious discussion of a serious issue — and surely terrorism qualifies as serious — has to move beyond semantics and confront the ultimate question: “Compared to what alternative?”

If you knew that there was a hidden nuclear time bomb planted somewhere in New York City — set to go off today — and you had a captured terrorist who knew where and when, would you not do anything whatever to make him tell you where and when? Would you pause to look up the definition of “torture”? Would you even care what the definition of “torture” was, when the alternative was seeing millions of innocent people murdered? Continue Reading.

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10:31 am CST - December 16, 2014

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Government Ineptitude, CIA-Style

By Mona Charen

monacharenAnyone skeptical about entrusting ambitious tasks to the government was not stunned by the dismal rollout of the Affordable Care Act. It featured technical snafus, cost overruns and false advertising (“If you like your plan, you’ll be able to keep it.”). Things got so bad that President Barack Obama apologized and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned. Continue Reading.

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10:29 am CST - December 16, 2014

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Hacking Sony? It’s Near Treason

By Debra J. Saunders

debra-saundersThe intelligence was obtained illegally. The hackers presented a threat to workers and their families. Foreign operatives likely were behind the document theft. Any news organizations that report this ill-gotten information are, if not un-American, surely “morally treasonous and spectacularly dishonorable.”

Are those the words of intelligence talking heads railing against National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden? Continue Reading.

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11:37 am CST - December 15, 2014

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From a Texas Physician: Why Obamacare Must Be Repealed

I am deeply concerned women are bearing the brunt of Obamacare.  

Buckingham, Dr. Dawn3eBy Dr. Dawn Buckingham

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – When I entered private practice 12 years ago, the American healthcare system was already crumbling. Medicare & Medicaid were going broke and insurance companies were making it hard for people to get the care they need.

While reform was needed, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has actually made the situation worse. Next year I will join the ranks of Texans who are trying to navigate the impossible insurance market under Obamacare.   Continue Reading.

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11:43 am CST - December 12, 2014

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Jonathan Gruber: Honest Liberal

By Pat Buchanan

pat-buchananBrought before a House inquisition, MIT professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber burbled a recantation of his beliefs about how that triumph of liberalism had been achieved.

Yet, something needs to be said in defense of Gruber.

For while he groveled and confessed to the sin of arrogance, what this Ivy League con artist boasted about rings true. Continue Reading.

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12:38 pm CST - December 11, 2014

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Why Release a Report on the CIA in Wartime?

By Cal Thomas

cal-thomasWhat good purpose is served by releasing a report on CIA enhanced interrogation techniques while we are still at war with an enemy whose techniques include beheading Americans?

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and her Democratic colleagues say that the CIA lied about their tactics and exceeded their authority while seeking to obtain information from suspected terrorists. Continue Reading.

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12:35 pm CST - December 11, 2014

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The CIA and Its Torturers

By Judge Andrew Napolitano |

Judge-NapolitanoWhen the head of the CIA’s torture unit decided to destroy videotapes of his team’s horrific work, he unwittingly set in motion a series of events that led to the release this week of the most massive, detailed documentation of unlawful behavior by high-ranking government officials and intentional infliction of pain on noncombatants by the United States government since the Civil War era. Here is the backstory. Continue Reading.

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