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Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for 12 years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 16, 2013 Why Won't The CIA Release Its Joannides Files?
Whatever strained meaning one puts on the term "national security," how in the world would the disclosure of the Joannides files to the public put America into jeopardy? After all, the Kennedy assassination took place 50 years ago, supposedly by a lone nut communist Marine.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, November 25, 2019 Russia: Friend or Foe?
Many Americans are figuring out that anti-American terrorism is rooted in U.S. interventionism, which the Pentagon and the CIA introduced into the Middle East soon after the Soviet Union called an end to the Cold War racket.
(33 comments) SHARE Monday, November 5, 2018 Brent Taylor Did Not Die For God, Family, And Country
This past weekend, Major Brent Taylor was killed in action in Afghanistan, where the U.S. government has now been waging war for 17 long years. At the time he was killed, the 39-year-old Taylor was training an Afghan security force. One of his trainees turned his gun on Taylor and shot him dead.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 3, 2019 The Pentagon's Destruction of the Bill of Rights
The very reason the Pentagon established its system in Cuba, rather than the United States, was to circumvent and avoid the provisions of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Two More U.S. Deaths for Nothing in Afghanistan
The U.S. government should tell the families of those two dead soldiers the truth: they died for nothing, just as 58,000 American soldiers died for nothing in the Vietnam War. The realization that one's loved ones died for nothing would be painful but at least it would be the truth.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 23, 2019 Trump's Self-Painted Corner on Iran
President Trump may not realize it yet, but it will almost certainly dawn on him at some point that he has painted himself into a corner with his bullying tactics against Iran.
SHARE Thursday, November 28, 2019 Jury Nullification Thwarts Immigration Tyranny
After the jury's acquittal of Scott Warren, it's likely that federal prosecutors and the Border Patrol think twice about prosecuting any other American citizen who offers water, food, or medical help to illegal immigrants.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 24, 2019 Vicarious Courage on Syria
it's easy to be brave, courageous, compassionate, and loyal to the Kurds when it's someone else who is doing the killing and dying. It's not as easy to display such traits when it's you, the interventionist, who is doing the killing and dying.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 19, 2019 Pardon Assange and Snowden
Assange and Snowden deserve immediate pardons, which would enable them to be released from prison and exile and to begin resuming their normal lives. The fact that they even have to seek pardons only reflects what the deep state has done to our values as Americans.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, July 8, 2019 The Declaration of Independence Applies to Immigrants
"The pursuit of happiness." The Declaration states that the pursuit of happiness is a natural, God-given right, one with which all people are endowed. Not just American citizens. Everyone. Everyone in the world is endowed with the natural, God-given right to pursue happiness.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, August 16, 2019 Israeli and U.S. Destruction of Freedom of Travel
Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib had plans to visit Israel. However, relying on an Israeli law that empowers the Israeli government to bar people who openly support the boycott movement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered that Omar and Tlaib not be permitted to enter the country.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, April 1, 2019 The Incorrigible Hypocrisy of Conservatives
The United States should restore its founding principles of a limited-government republic and a non-interventionist foreign policy regardless of what foreign regimes are doing. The U.S. should be leading the world to freedom by example, not by copying the Russians, Chinese, North Koreans, or Vietnamese.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 10, 2020 The Ongoing U.S. War on Iran
The vicious and brutal U.S. economic sanctions on Iran target the Iranian populace with death and economic impoverishment and have been tremendously successful in achieving that end.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 2, 2020 Hong Kong Reminds Us of Ike's Warning
In his farewell speech, Eisenhower warned about the grave threat that the U.S. "military-industrial complex" posed to the liberties and democratic processes of the American people.
(17 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 21, 2020 The Cunning Plot to Kill Kennedy
In the Kennedy assassination, the entire effort immediately became to pin the crime solely on a communist ex-U.S. Marine named Lee Harvey Oswald and to shut down any aggressive investigation into whether others were involved in the crime.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, November 4, 2019 Who Is Responsible for the Deaths of Those Three Children in Syria?
Getting Baghdadi was the prime objective, and no price in terms of foreign life would be considered too high to get him. Even if it had been 20 children or 100 children who would be killed in the operation, the deaths, while difficult, would still have been considered worth it.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Trump's Dictatorial Tendencies
We live under a type of governmental system in which it is the responsibility of Congress to enact the laws, it is the responsibility of the president to carry out the laws, and it is the responsibility of the courts to interpret the laws.
(10 comments) SHARE Monday, February 8, 2016 Albright And Kissinger Bring Shame To Hillary Clinton
It's obvious that Hillary Clinton not only has good friends on Wall Street who pay her handsome speaking fees but also close friends who share her interventionist, militarist, imperialist vision for the future direction of America. There is an old Spanish saying, "Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are."
SHARE Monday, July 1, 2019 Trump's Socialist Mindset on Trade
If foreign regimes engage in unfair trade practices, which is a virtual certainty, so be it. Leave that to American businessmen and American consumers. What foreign regimes do to their citizenry is no business of a U.S. president or the U.S. government.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 26, 2012 Don't Northwoods Iran
Iran, like Iraq, has never attacked the United States. If Obama gives his military and CIA orders to attack Iran, the US will once again be the aggressor nation, as it was in its war on Iraq. That's one reason aggressors like to maneuver targeted nations into firing the first shot. The aggressor nation can tell its citizens, "We've been attacked! We're innocent! We have been forced to go to war to defend ourselves."
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 6, 2018 Why Isn't Trump Making Mexico Pay for His Wall?
In his campaign for the presidency, President Trump said that he was going to make Mexico pay for his 1,900-mile wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. All I see today is Trump and his supporters getting angry over the fact that Congress is, so far, refusing to pay for Trump's Wall.
SHARE Friday, August 2, 2019 Donald Trump, Trade Dictator
The truth, no matter how discomforting it might be, is that with his trade wars and his unilateral imposition of taxes on the American people, Trump has accelerated the destruction of American freedom. It is Dictatorship 101, all nicely wrapped up in an American flag and a mantra of "making America great again."
SHARE Monday, February 3, 2020 Do We Need the First Amendment?
The First Amendment does not give people rights. It prohibits the government from infringing on rights that preexist the government. The only reason for enacting such a prohibition is the concern that in the absence of such a prohibition, Congress would enact laws that abridge freedom of speech and other fundamental rights.
SHARE Monday, June 26, 2017 Donald Trump -- Cold War Anachronism
Trump's actions are not only a classic throwback to the old Cold War, when the Pentagon and the CIA filled everyone with a deep fear of communism and the Soviet Union, they also demonstrate the rank hypocrisy that has infected U.S. interventionist foreign policy since the advent of the U.S. national-security state after World War II.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 19, 2012 Torture, Assassination, and the American Way of Life
For decades, Americans lived under the quaint notion that the national-security state would exercise such powers only against foreigners. With the arrest, torture, and assassination of Americans in the post-9/11 era, it's finally starting to dawn on many Americans that they stand in no different position, in principle, from the citizenry in those U.S.-supported dictatorships in Latin America and the Middle East.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 10, 2018 Torture? Let's Also Not Forget Assassination
There is no due process of law when it comes to the CIA's and Pentagon's assassination program. They decide among themselves who is going to be assassinated. No indictment. No judge. No jury. No testimony. No due process of law.
(11 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Why No Outrage Over U.S. Killing Of Children?
While there has been mass outrage over Trump's separation policy, there is virtually no outrage over the U.S. government's policy of killing children as a way to achieve the political goal of regime change in foreign countries.
SHARE Sunday, May 26, 2019 Fallacies of Conservative Immigration Arguments
Conservatives often use the national-home argument to justify their support of a system of immigration controls. They say that America is a "national home," one owned and controlled by the U.S. government. As the owner of the "home," the argument goes, the U.S. government has the "right" to lock the door and determine who to let into its home.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 29, 2020 Drug War Disappearances and Murders
During the past 15 years or so of drug warfare in Mexico, there have been around 200,000 deaths resulting from drug war violence.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 3, 2017 U.S. Violence Abroad Begets Violence At Home
Is it really possible that the U.S. government can kill millions of people without it having an adverse effect on the mental stability of the American people? Is it really possible for Americans to continue living normal lives, mentally speaking, while their government is out killing millions of people on a regular basis?
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 27, 2022 No Entangling Alliances
It's time to make this Cold War dinosaur extinct. Our national well-being and perhaps even our very existence turn on returning to sound founding principles especially "no entangling alliances."
SHARE Thursday, February 8, 2018 Political Gamesmanship At The Olympics
Pence is going to the games for political purposes. He intends to use them as an opportunity to level a propaganda attack against North Korea, the communist regime that the U.S. government has long been committed to regime-changing. Pence will be accompanied by Fred Warmbier, the father of the University of Virginia student who died in the United States after being held in North Korean custody for more than year.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 20, 2017 Trump Will Not Make America Great Again
There is just one big problem with Trump's plan to make America great again: Big government, which is what brings countries down rather than lift them up. Big government oppresses and suppresses people. It's a gigantic tic sucking the lifeblood out of the private sector. Big government equals little people.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Jeb Bush's Confused Mindset Over Iraq
Poor Jeb Bush. He just can't get his mind straight on Iraq. Perhaps that's because he's reluctant to criticize his brother George W. Perhaps it's because he wants desperately to be president and is willing to take any position on Iraq that will garner him votes.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 19, 2010 Appoint a Special Prosecutor in the Shahram Amiri Case
The American press has taken at face value the story supplied by unnamed government sources in the case of Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri. Meanwhile, Miri claims he was kidnapped, drugged, and tortured by the CIA. The CIA's past behavior has given us little reason to think this could not be true, or that the CIA would not lie to cover it up.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 14, 2019 Freedom Requires Restoring Our Republic
We live under a regime in which the federal government, operating through the military and CIA wield the omnipotent power to seize American citizens, place them into military dungeons, hold them indefinitely, and torture them. The military and the CIA also wield the power to assassinate American citizens that is, simply kill them without due process and a trial. The NSA wields the power to conduct secret surveillance schemes.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 2, 2012 America's Communist System in Cuba
The Pentagon has established its own criminal-justice system to prosecute suspected terrorists, one that is intended to compete against the federal-court system -- one that is strikingly similar to that employed by the Chinese communists.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 18, 2009 Government Welfare vs. Private Charity
Your money belongs to you. It is your right to decide what to do with it. I have the right to ask you to make a donation to help with all those worthy causes. But you have the right to say no. If you say no, I have no right to take the money away from you by force, no matter how I plan to use the money.