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The U.S. National Security Agency is planning no major changes in its domestic telephone records collection program after a bill to rein in those efforts failed in the Senate this week, the agencys director said.

The NSA will continue to collect U.S. telephone records in bulk, while operating under some restrictions President Barack Obama put on the program back in January, Admiral Michael Rogers, the NSAs director, said during a House of Representatives hearing on cybersecurity Thursday. The NSA would rather wait to see what specific changes to the program Congress will require before making major changes, he told the House Intelligence Committee.

The NSA had hoped to get direction from Congress in the short term, but the agency may have to re-evaluate the telephone records program if were unable to gain consensus in the window that we thought, Rogers said. I dont have an answer to that in my own mind.

The NSA should take steps to end its bulk collection of U.S. phone records even though the USA Freedom Act, a bill that would have left the data in the hands of telecom carriers, failed in the Senate this week, said Representative Adam Schiff, a California Democrat. Theres nothing in statute that requires the government to gather bulk data, so you could move forward on your own with making the technological changes, Schiff said. You dont have to wait for the USA Freedom Act.

Theres no reason for the NSA to wait for congressional approval to put additional limits on the program if you think this is the correct policy, Schiff added. Why continue to gather the bulk metadata if [Obama administration officials] dont think this is the best approach?

But Rogers defended the phone records program, saying it has provided valuable antiterrorism intelligence to federal investigators.

The program operates under court and congressional oversight, and since January the NSA has needed approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court before querying the database of collected phone records, he said. Obama in January largely left the program intact while Congress debates it, Rogers said.

I dont think Ive heard the president or the [director of national intelligence] say that the access to the data is not of value, Rogers said. What I think Ive heard is, the question gets to be who should hold the data.

The public has several misconceptions about NSA surveillance programs, said Representative Mike Rogers, the Intelligence Committees chairman and a Michigan Republican. The NSA is not penetrating U.S. computer networks, he said.

The NSA is not on American domestic networks, but the Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians, and multiple other bad actors are, Representative Rogers said.

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President Xi Jinping arrives in Fiji today as he seeks to broaden Chinas economic and strategic clout in the South Pacific, building on trade ties that flourished after then-army chief Frank Bainimarama staged a coup almost eight years ago.

The Fiji trip — the first state visit by a Chinese leader — will bookend Xis 11th foreign sojourn since he became president in March 2013, doling out billions of dollars to countries from Tanzania to Costa Rica and Sri Lanka. China seized the advantage when Fijis ties with neighbor Australia cooled after the putsch in December 2006, and total trade has since quadrupled.

It also continues Xis message of soft power as he balances an expanding military and claims to territory in the western Pacific against a growing economic interdependence. As host this year of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, Xi sought to cast China as both a partner and player in the region.

For Xi, he has presided over a diversification of Chinas diplomatic links, a more proactive foreign policy and the creation of deeper links beyond the Asian region, said Kerry Brown, director of the University of Sydneys China Studies Centre. Whether there is any real depth in these relationships beyond self interest it is hard to say. But at least China is less lonely now than it was a few years ago.

Two men fish as Fiji gets ready for the elections in Suva, the capital of Fiji, on Sept. 15, 2014. China has provided about $330 million in aid to Fiji since 2006, Lowy Institute calculations show. Close

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Two men fish as Fiji gets ready for the elections in Suva, the capital of Fiji, on Sept. 15, 2014. China has provided about $330 million in aid to Fiji since 2006, Lowy Institute calculations show.

Xis visit follows that of the leader of another rising Asian power, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who pledged $5 million to promote small business in Fiji and a $70 million line of credit for a power plant.

We have shared interests in peace and cooperation in our inter-linked ocean regions, Modi told reporters after meeting Bainimarama Nov. 19. We are also aware that the relationship has at times been adrift, and that our cooperation should be much stronger than it is.

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NATO dispatched fighter jets to intercept a Russian IL-20 military surveillance plane over the Baltic Sea today, the third such incident this week.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organizations CF-18 Hornet fighters, Canadian jets based in Lithuania, confronted the Russian aircraft over international waters near Latvias border, the Latvian army said on Twitter. A Russian navy tanker ship was also observed 11.6 nautical miles from Latvian waters yesterday, the army said in a separate Twitter post, the vessels second sighting near the maritime border in the past three days.

Related: Russia Denies Ukraine Blame After Germans Push for Talks

The encounters have added to growing strains between Russia and the military alliance over the conflict in Ukraine. Russian warplanes and ships have increased their activity across the Baltic Sea from St. Petersburg to the Kaliningrad exclave that borders NATO members Poland and Lithuania.

The alliance pledged in September to bolster the defenses of frontline states in eastern Europe in response to what it said was Russian involvement in Ukraine. NATO interceptions of Russian military planes over the Baltic more than doubled in 2014 from last year, rising to 112 before yesterday, the news service BNS reported, citing Lithuanias Defense Ministry. That compares with 47 such incidents in 2013 and 44 in 2012.

NATO jets also intercepted a Russian IL-20 yesterday and a Su-27 fighter plane on Nov. 17 after four similar incidents last week.

President Vladimir Putin said in a TV interview with German broadcaster ARD on Nov. 16 that Russian planes and ships dont violate European borders and that military exercises take place exclusively in international waters and over international airspace.

To contact the reporters on this story: Ott Ummelas in Tallinn at oummelas@bloomberg.net; Milda Seputyte in Vilnius at mseputyte@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net Paul Abelsky, James Kraus

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TIME World Ukraine Russia Wants a 100% Guarantee That Ukraine Wont Join NATO Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with members of the All-Russia Popular Front in Moscow on Nov. 18, 2014 Alexei DruzhininAP Comment’s come as NATO’s secretary-general accuses Kremlin of “destabilizing” Ukraine

A top adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the Kremlin wants a 100% guarantee that Ukraine will be prevented from joining NATO.

Dmitri Peskov told the BBC that NATOs eastward expansion continued to make Russia nervous. His comments echoed similar tough talk coming from President Putin, who promised a crowd attending a forum in Moscow on Tuesday that Russia would never be subdued by Washington.

Throughout history no one has ever managed to do so toward Russia and no one ever will, RT quoted Putin as saying.

Putins remarks came as NATOs Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg accused the Russian leadership of destabilizing Ukraine and breaking a two-month-old truce by continuing to support separatist forces fighting in the countrys southeast.

We see the movement of troops, of equipment, of tanks, of artillery, of advance air-defense systems, and this is in violation of the cease-fire agreements, said Stoltenberg, after arriving at the European Union headquarters in Brussels. We call on Russia to pull back its forces from eastern Ukraine and to respect the Minsk Agreements.

The alliance, along with independent monitors, has issued numerous reports during the past two weeks claiming that the Russian military is moving armored columns across the border into Ukraine, where rebel militias have been shelling strategic locations in the war-torn Donbass region on a daily basis.

In Moscow on Tuesday, Germanys Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned during a press conference that there was no end in sight to the conflict in Ukraine unless all parties to the Minsk accord stuck to the cease-fire.

There are no grounds for optimism in the current situation, Steinmeier told reporters, according to Agence France-Presse.

In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel struck an even harsher tone labeling Russias incursions into Ukraine as dangerous and irresponsible.

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June 6, 2013: A sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

WASHINGTON Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn’t providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current and former intelligence officials say.

The NSA took the concerns seriously, and many senior officials shared them. But after an internal debate that has not been previously reported, NSA leaders, White House officials and key lawmakers opted to continue the collection and storage of American calling records, a domestic surveillance program without parallel in the agency’s recent history.

The warnings proved prophetic last year after the calling records program was made public in the first and most significant leak by Edward Snowden, a former NSA systems administrator who cited the government’s deception about the program as one of his chief motivations for turning over classified documents to journalists. Many Americans were shocked and dismayed to learn that an intelligence agency collects and stores all their landline calling records.

In response, President Barack Obama is now trying to stop the NSA collection but preserve the agency’s ability to search the records in the hands of the telephone companies an arrangement similar to the one the administration quietly rejected in 2009. But his plan, drawing opposition from most Republicans, fell two votes short of advancing in the Senate on Tuesday.

A now-retired NSA senior executive, who was a longtime code-breaker who rose to top management, had just learned in 2009 about the top secret program that was created shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He says he argued to then-NSA Director Keith Alexander that storing the calling records of nearly every American fundamentally changed the character of the agency, which is supposed to eavesdrop on foreigners, not Americans.

Alexander politely disagreed, the former official told The Associated Press.

The former official, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because he didn’t have permission to discuss a classified matter, said he knows of no evidence the program was used for anything other than hunting for terrorism plots in the U.S. But he said he and others made the case that the collection of American records in bulk crossed a line that had been sacrosanct.

He said he also warned of a scandal if it should be disclosed that the NSA was storing records of private calls by Americans to psychiatrists, lovers and suicide hotlines, among other contacts.

Alexander, who led the NSA from 2005 until he retired last year, did not dispute the former official’s account, though he said he disagreed that the program was improper.

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WASHINGTON The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of Americans’ phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama’s primary proposal to rein in domestic surveillance.

The 58-42 vote was two short of the 60 needed to proceed with debate under Senate procedural rules. Voting was largely along party lines, with most Democrats supporting the bill and most Republicans voting against it. The Republican-controlled House had previously passed its ownNSAbill.

The legislation would have ended theNSA’scollection of domestic calling records, instead requiring the agency to obtain a court order each time it wanted to analyze the records in terrorism cases, and query records held by the telephone companies. In many cases the companies store the records for 18 months.

The revelation that the spying agency had been collecting and storing domestic phone records since shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was among the most significant by Edward Snowden, a former agency network administrator who turned over secretNSAdocuments to journalists. The agency collects only so-called metadata numbers called, not names and not the content of conversations. But the specter of the intelligence agency holding domestic calling records was deeply disquieting to many Americans.

The bill had drawn support from technology companies and civil liberties activists. Its failure means there has been little in the way of policy changes as a result of Snowden’s disclosures.

Pressured to act, Obama in January proposed curbing theNSA’s authority and the House in May passed a bill to do so. While the measure was pending, theNSAcontinued to collect American landline calling records, though the program does not cover most mobile phone records.

The law authorizing the bulk collection, a provision of the post-9/11 USA Patriot Act, will expire at the end of 2015. That means Congress would have to pass legislation re-authorizing the program for it to continue.

For that reason, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, abandoned her previous opposition to the bill. “If we do not pass the bill, we will lose this program,” Feinstein said on the Senate floor.

“This bill increases trust and confidence and credibility of our intelligence system,” said Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

But Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee, called the bill “totally flawed” and said theNSAneeds the ability to sift through domestic calling records and hold the records. “We have under surveillance any number of Americans who are committed to jihad,” Chambliss said.

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This undated photo provided by the National Security Agency (NSA) shows its headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland.  NSA via Getty Images

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama’s primary proposal to rein in domestic surveillance.

The 58-42 vote was two short of the 60 needed to proceed with debate. Voting was largely along party lines, with most Democrats supporting the bill and most Republicans voting against it. The Republican-controlled House had previously passed its own NSA bill.

The legislation would have ended the NSA’s collection of domestic calling records, instead requiring the agency to obtain a court order each time it wanted to analyze the records in terrorism cases, and query records held by the telephone companies. In many cases the companies store the records for 18 months.

The revelation that the spying agency had been collecting and storing domestic phone records since shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was among the most significant by Edward Snowden, a former agency network administrator who turned over secret NSA documents to journalists. The agency collects only so-called metadata – numbers called, not names – and not the content of conversations. But the specter of the intelligence agency holding domestic calling records was deeply disquieting to many Americans.

The bill had drawn support from technology companies and civil liberties activists. Its failure means there has been little in the way of policy changes as a result of Snowden’s disclosures.

Pressured to act, Obama in January proposed curbing the NSA’s authority and the House in May passed a bill to do so. While the measure was pending, the NSA continued to collect American landline calling records, though the program does not cover most mobile phone records.

The law authorizing the bulk collection, a provision of the post-9/11 USA Patriot Act, will expire in June 2015. That means Congress would have to pass legislation re-authorizing the program for it to continue.

For that reason, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, abandoned her previous opposition to the bill. “If we do not pass the bill, we will lose this program,” Feinstein said on the Senate floor.

“This bill increases trust and confidence and credibility of our intelligence system,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

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WASHINGTON The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of Americans’ phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama’s primary proposal to rein in domestic surveillance.

The 58-42 vote was two short of the 60 needed to proceed with debate under Senate procedural rules. Voting was largely along party lines, with most Democrats supporting the bill and most Republicans voting against it. The Republican-controlled House had previously passed its ownNSAbill.

The legislation would have ended theNSA’scollection of domestic calling records, instead requiring the agency to obtain a court order each time it wanted to analyze the records in terrorism cases, and query records held by the telephone companies. In many cases the companies store the records for 18 months.

The revelation that the spying agency had been collecting and storing domestic phone records since shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was among the most significant by Edward Snowden, a former agency network administrator who turned over secretNSAdocuments to journalists. The agency collects only so-called metadata numbers called, not names and not the content of conversations. But the specter of the intelligence agency holding domestic calling records was deeply disquieting to many Americans.

The bill had drawn support from technology companies and civil liberties activists. Its failure means there has been little in the way of policy changes as a result of Snowden’s disclosures.

Pressured to act, Obama in January proposed curbing theNSA’s authority and the House in May passed a bill to do so. While the measure was pending, theNSAcontinued to collect American landline calling records, though the program does not cover most mobile phone records.

The law authorizing the bulk collection, a provision of the post-9/11 USA Patriot Act, will expire at the end of 2015. That means Congress would have to pass legislation re-authorizing the program for it to continue.

For that reason, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, abandoned her previous opposition to the bill. “If we do not pass the bill, we will lose this program,” Feinstein said on the Senate floor.

“This bill increases trust and confidence and credibility of our intelligence system,” said Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

But Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee, called the bill “totally flawed” and said theNSAneeds the ability to sift through domestic calling records and hold the records. “We have under surveillance any number of Americans who are committed to jihad,” Chambliss said.

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Senate Republicans rose to the defense of the National Security Agency on Tuesday by filibustering a bill that would have halted the agencys phone-snooping program, saying it is now more critical than ever amid advancing terrorism in the Middle East and fears of homegrown terrorism in the U.S.

The vote, in which 41 Republicans and one Democrat banded together for the filibuster, leaves the most controversial part of the Patriot Act in place.

It also ends efforts to rein in the NSA program for the foreseeable future because Republicans will take control of the chamber early next year and are unlikely to revisit the issue.

This is the worst possible time to be tying our hands behind our backs, said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who pointed to the advance of Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria. The threat from ISIL is real. Its different from what weve faced before. And if were going to overcome it if our aim is to degrade and destroy ISIL, as the president has said then thats going to require smart policies and firm determination.

Pressure will now build on President Obama to make changes on his own. He has put some limits on the NSA, but asked Congress for guidance and said he strongly supported the legislation the Republicans defeated.

Still, the NSAs snooping days may be numbered. The controversial sections of the Patriot Act are up for renewal next year, and unless Congress can reach an agreement, those powers will expire.

Tuesdays vote was a blow for privacy advocates, who won overwhelming support in the House this year for a bill that dramatically curtailed NSA snooping and other bulk-records collection by the government.

The advocates tried to build a similar conservative-liberal coalition in the Senate, but most Republicans balked.

Tonight, Senate Republicans have failed to answer the call of the American people who elected them, and all of us, to stand up and to work across the aisle, said Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, the Vermont Democrat who pressed for the vote, fearing GOP infighting would doom chances for a bill next year.

Mr. Leahy accused Republicans of scare tactics to try to preserve the Patriot Act authority.

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FILE: An aerial view of the NSA’s Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah.(AP)

The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama’s primary proposal to rein in domestic surveillance.

The 58-42 vote was two short of the 60 needed to proceed with debate. Voting was largely along party lines, with most Democrats supporting the bill and most Republicans voting against it. The Republican-controlled House had previously passed its own NSA bill.

The legislation would have ended the NSA’s collection of domestic calling records, instead requiring the agency to obtain a court order each time it wanted to analyze the records in terrorism cases, and query records held by the telephone companies. In many cases the companies store the records for 18 months.

The revelation that the spying agency had been collecting and storing domestic phone records since shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was among the most significant by Edward Snowden, a former agency network administrator who turned over secret NSA documents to journalists. The agency collects only so-called metadata numbers called, not names and not the content of conversations. But the specter of the intelligence agency holding domestic calling records was deeply disquieting to many Americans.

The bill had drawn support from technology companies and civil liberties activists. Its failure means there has been little in the way of policy changes as a result of Snowden’s disclosures.

Pressured to act, Obama in January proposed curbing the NSA’s authority and the House in May passed a bill to do so. While the measure was pending, the NSA continued to collect American landline calling records, though the program does not cover most mobile phone records.

The law authorizing the bulk collection, a provision of the post-9/11 USA Patriot Act, will expire at the end of 2015. That means Congress would have to pass legislation re-authorizing the program for it to continue.

For that reason, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, abandoned her previous opposition to the bill. “If we do not pass the bill, we will lose this program,” Feinstein said on the Senate floor.

“This bill increases trust and confidence and credibility of our intelligence system,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

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Nicki Minaj is in hot water following the release of her latest music video for her new single, Only. Although the video was released just a week ago, several critics have already taken time to break down and analyze a number of reportedly questionable elements presented in the video.

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, a 10-minute evaluative study was uploaded to World Star Hip Hop. The video allegedly evokes Nazi-imagery and promotes Illuminati-inspired themes. So, the study cites the questionable aspects of the video with a detailed explanation. For those who havent seen the black and white animated video, an illustrated version of the Roman in Moscow rapper sits on a throne, dressed in attire similar to that of a military dictator surrounded by red banners. The soldiers in the Young Money/Cash Money army have armbands with the record labels logo. However, the armband closely resembles the swastika.

In a nutshell, the visual report claims Minajs video shows symbolic signs that reportedly insist the devil is working with the help of the Illuminati. Unfortunately, this isnt the first time the Anaconda singer has been scrutinized about her alleged affiliation with the Illuminati.

Back in March of 2012, E! News released a report regarding controversial conspiracies, Jay-Zs alleged involvement with the Illuminati and Nickis association to the Holy Grail rapper. Although there were previous speculative reports in reference to Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z, her comment about President Obama definitely heightened speculation.

Philadelphia Weekly wrote,

Nikki says that President Obama was selected, not elected president by the Illuminati, and that hes now carrying out its homosexual agenda by appointing more gays to his Cabinet than all the other presidents combined.’

Of course, the awkward comment raised eyebrows. Unfortunately, the Pink Friday rapper has been under scrutiny ever since.

The controversial evaluative study footage has garnered nearly 400,000 views and over 7,500 comments in the past couple hours. While some viewers feel the Illuminati is just a defunct 18th century Enlightenment-era secret society of free thinkers, others see the Illuminati as a wealthy cabal of cultural elites alive and well.

This video painted everything non-Christian as satanic and everything Christian as good. Its highly used propaganda to insinuate something without actually saying it. In reality, Christianity is only good bc it encompasses spirituality but is hardly recognized for the many evils thats been perpetuated for centuries smh. [sic]

According to CBS New York, Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, categorized the video as a a new low for pop cultures exploitation of Nazi symbolism. Due to the overwhelming negative response, Minaj also released a statement via Twitter in regards to the video.

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The fallout from the ill-conceived, poorly construed and seemingly never-ending war on terror has been decisive. Americans now hold an aversion to large-scale ground troop intervention, especially in the Middle East. According to a recent CNN poll, less than 40 percent of Americans favor sending ground troops back into Iraq to battle the Islamic State. However, 75 percent think it is likely or somewhat likely that combat troops are going to be sent into Iraq or Syria.

I have conflicting views on what policy action the U.S. government should seek. The libertarian ideologue within me does not believe in this form of formal, governmental intervention. However, I will endeavor to explain three beliefs. First, not all interventions are created equal. Second, the Islamic States systemic human rights violations and commitment to ideological repression are a travesty that is impossible to ignore. Third, I think intervention might be justified, based on limited-government principles.

As demonstrated by the Vietnam and Iraq wars, intervention can do more harm than good. The fervent anti-Communism that shrouded President Lyndon Johnsons geopolitical decision-making created conditions where Johnson felt that intervention was not only inevitable, but required.

Furthermore, President George W. Bushs assertion regarding the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq proved to be largely false. In fact, Saddam Hussein did not have modern large stockpiles, as the Bush administration contended. U.S. troops did find these weapons, but they were remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West, the New York Times reported. It appears that in these two interventions, data was misconstrued and the decision to intervene was ill-conceived.

According to the Huffington Post, a video has emerged that has a suspected Islamic State fighter describing how he sold Yazidi girls, belonging to an Iraqi minority group, into the slave trade. According to representatives of the Yazidi community, 7,000 Yazidi girls have been kidnapped. On Mount Sinjar, where the Islamic State has surrounded more than 10,000 Yazidis, ISIS forces are taking over Yazidi villages near the mountain one after another, killing the men and selling the women and children into the slave trade, the Daily Beast reported. The Yazidis have also been forced to convert or be killed, Mona Siddiqui wrote in an opinions column for the Guardian this summer.

The Islamic States intentions are expansionary and oppressive and go further than other regimes to violate basic human liberties. In Jason Brennans book Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know, he describes libertarianism as an ideology that promotes radical tolerance. The Islamic State promotes radical intolerance. According to an Australian government report that cited Islamic State public statements, the Islamic State promotes sectarian violence and targets those who do not agree with its interpretations as infidels and apostates.

Therefore, I believe one can justify a more forceful intervention on some form of libertarian grounds. Libertarians, or classical liberals, share a strong belief in the right to enter into consensual contracts and the right to live free from coercion. Libertarian economist Milton Friedman describes the role of government in his book Capitalism and Freedom as a forum for determining the rules of the game and as an umpire to interpret and enforce the rules decided on.

Iraqs constitution affirms individual rights. For instance, Article 23 of the Iraqi constitution affirms that personal property is protected and no property may be taken away except for the purposes of public benefit. Furthermore, Article 7 states that no entity or program, under any name, may adopt racism, terrorism (and) the calling of others infidels in Iraq.

Under the Islamic States rule, Iraq will be unable to act as an arbiter of these fundamental freedoms and aggressions that are clearly being committed. Though former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki took sectarian positions, the aspirations of the Iraqi government in the 2000s were based on liberal values of liberty and freedom. Therefore, if the Iraqi government needs assistance to facilitate its primary function as an arbiter and protector of rights, why cant external governments help it restore its duty? Is there not a moral duty to enter into a contract with the Iraqi government to help it try to restore some commitment to liberal values?

The answers to both of these questions are incredibly unclear. One could argue that an unequivocal ground troop invasion could lead to a restoration of a government founded on liberal principles and restore the nature of government as an umpire through the vehicle of a contract between the Iraqi and American governments. But if the recent history of American intervention is any indication (think Somalia and Iraq), a lack of consequential understanding of the region married with lack of substantial support within Iraq could lead to a futile enterprise that actually does more harm than good. Thus, based on this libertarian framework there is a justification for intervening to fight the Islamic State.

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A hole the size of eight football fields would be gouged from the ocean floor off Fort Lauderdale under a plan to help save the eroding beaches of southern Broward County.

The Army Corps of Engineers said Broward County has applied for a permit to construct what’s called a sand bypass, a huge cavity in the ocean floor at the north side of the Port Everglades inlet. Its purpose would be to accumulate sand to fatten the shorelines of John U. Lloyd Beach State Park and the cities to south.

The south Broward beaches have been losing sand since 1928, when President Calvin Coolidge came to town and pressed a button to detonate explosives that would destroy the final barrier between the ocean and the lake that would become Port Everglades. The button malfunctioned, but the barrier was quickly taken down anyway. Since then, the Port Everglades inlet has blocked the natural flow of sand to the south caused by wind and waves.

Beaches that lose sand to the south gain it back from the north. But since the port inlet cut off the supply, the beaches of Dania Beach, Hollywood and Hallandale Beach have been eroding, saved only by costly projects to replenish them with sand from elsewhere.

Under the $20 million bypass plan, sand that would normally just accumulate north of the inlet would end up in the hole. Every three years or so, the sand would be scooped up, taken south and spread on the beach at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park. From there it would naturally flow south to replenish the other beaches.

“It’s a great way to have a local dedicated sand source for beaches in the area,” said Nicole Sharp, Broward County’s beach erosion administrator.

But she said it will not eliminate the need to bring in sand from other places.

“It’s a supplement,” she said. “We don’t want people to get the wrong impression.”

Throughout South Florida, beaches have been going through various stages of replenishment. The county currently is awaiting a federal permit to begin work on a plan to widen more than five miles of eroded beach from northern Fort Lauderdale to southern Pompano Beach.

Cities south of the inlet strongly support the sand bypass. Hollywood, which has already seen much of the sand from a major renourishment project wash away, would see a more stable beach and less need to spend money obtaining sand.

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It appears the newly elected Thief River Falls City Council will shoot down a proposal to limit free speech that ridicules them. Councilman Don Sollum introduced a proposal to take their meetings off local cable TV. It’s an effort to stop youtube videos that makes fun of those meetings. An anonymous person going by the name of the TRF Compiler is recording and then posting clips of the most inflammatory moments of Thief River Falls City Council meetings on youtube. He also adds video effects and comments.

TRF City Council Meeting: Bring it to us and tell us! Good job.

Sheep: Screaming…

Councilman Don Sollum has proposed pulling their meetings off local cable TV to make it stop.

Don Sollum, TRF City Council: The Mayor made a statement and then after he made that statement, well then they had a sheep bellowing. That is kind of a slap in the face on democracy. People are out there doing the best they can.

But, not everyone agrees pulling Council meetings off cable is the answer.

Rachel Prudhomme, TRF City Council: Anytime you’re in government you put yourself out there to represent the people. You have to expect that they are going to pay attention to that. And you have to learn how to be respectful and communicate.

It appears Councilman Sollum may simply be getting a free lesson in free speech and television. You have to watch what you say, when the camera is on.

Reporter: Do you think if you wanted to be a public official you’ll have to take your licks?

Brian Holmer / TRF Mayor-Elect: That’s about it, yep, yep. Even watching national news the President gets beat up on SNL every weekend. So, get used to it I guess.

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Isabel Allende will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Obama announced Tuesday. Allende, whose best-known book is “The House of the Spirits,” is the only novelist among the 19 recipients of the nation’s highest civilian honor.

“From activists who fought for change to artists who explored the furthest reaches of our imagination; from scientists who kept America on the cutting edge to public servants who help write new chapters in our American story, these citizens have made extraordinary contributions to our country and the world,” Obama said.

The other creative arts recipients include musician Stevie Wonder, composer Stephen Sondheim and actors Meryl Streep and Marlo Thomas.

Also receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year will be U.S. Rep. John Dingell and former congressman Abner Mikva, broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw, activist Suzan Harjo, golfer and activist Charles Sifford, activist Ethel Kennedy, scientist Mildred Dresselhaus and economist Robert Solow.

Several awards will be given posthumously: to California congressman Edward Roybal, choreographer Alvin Ailey and congresswoman Patsy Takemoto Mink, as well as to James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, the three civil rights activists who were murdered in Mississippi in 1964.

The Presidential Medals of Freedom will be awarded at the White House in a ceremony on Nov. 24.

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Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder and Tom Brokaw are among the latest Americans tapped to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Barack Obama has announced.

The performers and former NBC anchor will join 16 others at the White House on Nov. 24 for a ceremony marking their achievements. The medal is the highest honor granted to civilians in the U.S. and honors contributions to U.S. security, world peace and cultural achievement.

“From scientists who kept America on the cutting edge to public servants who help write new chapters in our American story, these citizens have made extraordinary contributions to our country and the world,” Obama said in a statement from Beijing, where the president was traveling for an economic summit.

Musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim and actress Marlo Thomas will also receive the award. Choreographer Alvin Ailey, who died in 1989, will receive the medal posthumously. So will former Rep. Edward Roybal of California, who founded the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Those being honored include slain civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who were killed during their work in an historic voter registration effort in Mississippi in 1964.

Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, the longest-serving congressman in American history, will receive the award, as will Ethel Kennedy, the widow of former Sen. Robert Kennedy. Native American activist Suzan Harjo and former Reps. Abner Mikva of Illinois and Patsy Takemoto Mink of Hawaii are also on the list.

Other recipients include author Isabel Allende, scientist Mildred Dresselhaus, golfer Charles Sifford and economist Robert Solow.

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President Barack Obama named 19 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients Monday. NBC News’ Tom Brokaw, Meryl Streep and Stevie Wonder were among those named to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Obama said in a statement, “I look forward to presenting these nineteen bold, inspiring Americans with our Nations highest civilian honor. From activists who fought for change to artists who explored the furthest reaches of our imagination; from scientists who kept America on the cutting edge to public servants who help write new chapters in our American story, these citizens have made extraordinary contributions to our country and the world.”

The White House awards ceremony is Nov. 24.

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