Liberty NewsWire Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

"An electronic curtain has fallen around Iran," U.S. President Barack Obama warned in a recent video message marking the Persian New Year. Government censorship and surveillance, he said, make it more difficult for Iranians to "access the information that they want," denying "the rest of the world the benefit of interacting with the Iranian people."

"Implied though not explicit in Obama's remarks was the idea that if Iran's Internet were freer and more open, Iran's relationship with the world generally -- and the United States in particular -- would be different. Cases like Iran are the main driver of Washington's bipartisan consensus around the idea that a free and open global Internet is in the United States' strategic interest." - By Rebecca MacKinnon for Foreign Policy.  See full article immediately below.

Individual Liberty

Internet Freedom and Privacy:

Foreign Policy - Internet Freedom Starts at Home

Reason - Tories Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Internet Surveillance

Financial Times - Beware the Unholy Alliance of State and Internet

RT - Even Worse Than SOPA: New CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Will Censor the Web

War on Drugs:

Huffington Post – Airzona Medical Marijuana Law: Gov. Jan Brewer Signs Measure to Ban Medical Marijuana on College Campuses

PolicyMic – DEA Raid on Oaksterdam Medical Marijuana University Shows Failure of War on Drugs

TSA & Travel Freedom:

Fox News - Knife Hidden in Jar of Mayo Confiscated at NY Airport

Gun Control:

Fox News – Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman and the Media’s Misleading Rhetoric on Guns

San Francisco Chronicle – Gun Dealers’ Protection Challenged in Alaska Case

Foreign Policy


Associated Press - Anti-Americanism in Pakistan Snarls US War Efforts


New York Times - U.S., Afghanistan Near Deal on Night Raids: Official

Foreign Policy - Afghanistan Falls Apart

New York Times - Afghan Bomb Kills 10, Including 3 From NATO

Sound Money

Federal Reserve:

Reuters – Federal Reserve Tones Down Talk of More Stimulus

Bloomberg – U.S. Federal Reserve Meeting Minutes for March 13

Townhall – John Stossel: Let’s Give the Fed Some Competition

Foreign Policy - The Zero Man: Obama's greatest obstacle to re-election isn't Mitt Romney, or rising gas prices: it's Ben Bernanke


Reason - "You're Not Stabilizing the Market.  You're Creating More Chaos."

Boston (AP) - Searching Shadows for End to Foreclosure Crisis


Reason - Another Obama Administration Attempt at Solar Power Central Planning Goes Bust

Las Vegas Sun - NV Energy Windmill Program Generates Rebates, Little Electricity



CBS News – Appeals Court Fires Back at Obama’s Comments on Health Care Case

Townhall – Thomas Sowell: Political Word Games

New York Times - Republicans Examine Alternatives to Obama Health Plan

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