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Last week President Trump granted a “full pardon” to Gen. Michael Flynn, his first National Security Advisor. In a White House statement announcing the pardon, the Administration pointed out that the relentless pursuit of Flynn was a partisan effort to overturn the results of the 2016 election.

The pursuit of Flynn was spearheaded by people who refused to accept the results of the 2016 election and worked to undermine the peaceful transfer of power, said the White House. These same people are the ones accusing Trump of undermining the election by challenging what appears to be serious voting irregularities in the 2020 presidential election.

That is called “projection.”

The White House statement also cites partisans in politics, the media, and the Deep State which sought to prevent Trump from being elected, to prevent him from taking office once elected, and to remove him on false pretenses once in office.

In order to push the false narrative that Trump was somehow elected due to the intervention of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the coup-masters had to make it appear that a high-ranking official was involved in monkey business with the Russians. Flynn was the unlucky victim of their smear machine, accused of “Russia collusion” over an innocent telephone call with the then-Russian Ambassador in Washington during the transition to a Trump Administration.

Yet when Joe Biden’s transition people bragged recently that Biden was connecting with foreign officials before inaugurated, the media praised it as a welcome return of the “experts” to foreign policy.

While it is very good news that President Trump is in the mood to pardon those victims of the warmongering Deep State, I very much hope that he is only warming up. It would be a great tragedy if other Deep State victims are left to suffer for their non-crimes.

Tweeting about her legislation that calls for charges against Edward Snowden and Julian Assange to be dropped and the Espionage Act reformed, US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard told President Trump, “since you’re giving pardons to people, please consider pardoning those who, at great personal sacrifice, exposed the deception and criminality of those in the deep state.”

My good friend Rep. Thomas Massie, a Ron Paul Institute Board Member, is a co-sponsor of Rep. Gabbard’s legislation, making it a real bipartisan effort to restore the rule of law in the United States and to rein in the Beltway warmongers.

Edward Snowden and Julian Assange are not criminals. They are heroes for telling us the truth about what criminals in government were doing in our name and with our money.

The fact is we were lied into war over and over again. While those wars were profitable for the military-industrial-Congressional-media complex, they snuffed out the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent people overseas and robbed our own children and grandchildren of trillions of dollars wasted on neocon lies. And meanwhile, as Ed Snowden showed us, the intelligence community declared us the enemy and set up an elaborate internal spy network that would make the East German Stasi green with envy.

President Trump: you have the incredible opportunity to right the terrible wrongs perpetrated by the Obama/Biden Administration. History will smile kindly upon you if you also grant full pardon to Julian Assange and Edward Snowden – and any other truth-teller who faces persecution for exposing the Deep State warmongers.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Realist says:

    Edward Snowden and Julian Assange are not criminals. They are heroes for telling us the truth about what criminals in government were doing in our name and with our money.

    Excellent point Mr. Paul…hopefully your son will follow your wise counsel.

  2. Manning, too — a full pardon.

    I hope I’m wrong, but:

    1. None of the three will be pardoned. After all, they weren’t part of his administration or otherwise supporters of of the unprincipled Mr. Trump.

    2. This latest episode of cowardly selfishness will go ignored or, if that’s not practicable, rationalized. (“Those treacherous Jews he naively trusted hid the pardoning stationery!”)

    3. If Mr. Biden takes office, he won’t do the right thing, either. (Cf., President Harding and Eugene Debs.)

    That nearly 150,000,000 Americans just cast a vote for Red + Blue in the latest Most Important Election Ever is discouraging. If you’re among them, just how awful would the choices have to become for you to stop endorsing your rulers?

    • Agree: Antiwar7
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  3. @Greta Handel

    I agree completely, Miss Handel, but especially with your point (1). No, Donald Trump has never been a man of principle*. Ron Paul here may know more about this, but I’ve got a feeling that President Trump is giving this pardon based on revenge, justified of course, and maybe even some loyalty. Much of what the President has done he has only done when he took something personally.

    No, Snowden and Assange will not be pardoned by President Trump

    .

    * In case you’re wondering, I voted for him based on his stance on the immigration invasion and the Warfare State. He was not a creature of the swamp, like his opponent, as I think you would admit.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  4. @Achmed E. Newman

    * In case you’re wondering, I voted for him based on his stance on the immigration invasion and the Warfare State. He was not a creature of the swamp, like his opponent, as I think you would admit.

    Nope.

    I have been posting on this website, opposing RedBlue politics and skeptical about Mr. Trump since 2015, when I was accused of shilling for Jeb!, then Hillary. And I have cut/pasted this:

    In 2008, Obama was touted as a political outsider who will hose away all of the rot and bloody criminality of the Bush years. He turned out to be a deft move by our ruling class. Though fools still refuse to see it, Obama is a perfect servant of our military banking complex. Now, Trump is being trumpeted as another political outsider.

    A Trump presidency will temporarily appease restless, lower class whites, while serving as a magnet for liberal anger. This will buy our ruling class time as they continue to wage war abroad while impoverishing Americans back home. Like Obama, Trump won’t fulfill any of his election promises, and this, too, will be blamed on bipartisan politics.

    Linh Dinh, “Orlando Shooting Means Trump for President,” June 12, 2016, @ The Unz Review.

    dozens of times under columnists like Buchanan, Derbyshire, Malkin, Mercer who mislead people into voting only to ensure and endure the same Establishment.

    Again, just how awful would the choices have to become for you to stop endorsing your rulers?

    • Replies: @nokangaroos
    , @Jokem
  5. dvorak says:

    neocon lies

    Dr. Paul always neglects to mention the neoliberals, the real power in the deep state and iron triangle. He neglects, even when there is a bumper crop of neolibs being named to Biden’s Cabinet.

  6. @Greta Handel

    Tulsi is decorative, principled and smart
    (unfortunately some of those principles … 😛 )
    As for those pardons, there´s always hope Orange Man is on the lookout for a final eff you to the deep state but I doubt he will forget No. 1.

    – Flynn, I gather, did not want to be pardoned (as it amounts to an admission of guilt)
    but it was the right thing to do (as well as OM´s implicit concession he wouldn´t be there to protect him).

  7. Jokem says:
    @Greta Handel

    Greta –

    Did anyone claim Obama was a political outsider that did not have a ‘D’ after their name.

    Obama was a product of the Illinois machine, which anyone who dug even a little beyond the surface would have known.

    I think Trump was in fact a political outsider who tried to fulfill his campaign promises, but was blocked by opponents. Unfortunately he had his own agenda, which, although less than noble, was not that of the ‘D’ and ‘R’.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  8. @Jokem

    This

    I think Trump was in fact a political outsider who tried to fulfill his campaign promises, but was blocked by opponents. Unfortunately he had his own agenda, which, although less than noble, was not that of the ‘D’ and ‘R’.

    is unclear, if not inconsistent. Can you specify your terms and provide something substantive to support your beliefs, reconciling, if you can, the two sentences?

    (I still think that you may be a deft troll, playing that MAGA friend to whom people can’t quite get through. Remember?)

    • Replies: @Jokem
  9. m. says:

    2 bad u can’t impeach the commie-dindu-dicksucker-judge

  10. Jokem says:
    @Greta Handel

    Greta –

    Thanks for not answering my question. But in not answering it, you did answer it.

    ‘(I still think that you may be a deft troll, playing that MAGA friend to whom people can’t quite get through. Remember?)’

    …and name calling. I can do that too… Let me know if you want to continue…

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  11. @Jokem

    I haven’t the knowledge to answer your question. It’s irrelevant to the column, my comments, and anything else of importance.

    Beltway politics, by design, change nothing in the Red + Blue Establishment.

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