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On crazy people who Facebook…

It has been brought to our attention that someone “shared” a post from United Liberty’s Facebook account. This person used very hateful, very threatening comments on their own separate account.

Obviously, United Liberty does not condone such comments or behavior. As libertarians we do not believe that violence or racism has any part in a constructive political debate. Although we disagree with President Barack Obama on many aspects of public policy, that has nothing to do with race.

The United Liberty team has staff dedicated to meticulously combing through all non-staff posts on our Facebook and our website and removing all posts or comments that contain this sort of offensive message, a practice that we began at our inception.

While we cannot control what groups or individuals do or say outside of our own Facebook page and website, we do regret that our content was used in such a hateful manner.

Letter to the Editor: Save our Republic from the National Security and Surveillance State

 John Galt

Below is a Letter to the Editor, sent anonymously to United Liberty by a reader. The full, typewritten letter can be found below (click to enlarge).

So it’s okay for the NSA to come into your house and take very bit of information you have as long as they don’t look at it? To listen to everything you say as long as they don’t heard? To probe you and send all your medical records to the IRS, just in case?

But don’t worry, the cold dead eyes of those officials who have violated their oaths to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution like Feinstein, Reid, Rogers, Boehner, Holder, and Obama will provide oversight! (Not to mention the secret court, it’s secret! We call believe in the tooth fairy.)

This member of the “Governed” no longer gives his “Consent.”

As for the disposition of information already collected, they can stick it up their tyrannical asses!

John Galt

United Liberty Statement on Adam Kokesh

In light of recent statements made and actions taken by Adam Kokesh, United Liberty wishes to reaffirm its commitment to individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace.

We believe there is a bright line between the type of civil disobedience of the 1960s that helped secure the rights of the disenfranchised, and the notion of potentially violent conflict with federal law enforcement.

We endeavor to continue the temperate, reasonable, and incremental work of spreading libertarian ideas through this site and other media. Adam Kokesh is clearly a troubled individual, and his fringe views should in no way ever be construed to be consistent with the ideals we hold dear.

— The Contributors

Gitmo Numbers

From our friends at Young Americans for Liberty and @bonniekristian

$800,000: Annual cost to tax-payers of maintaining one prisoner in Guantanamo Bay.

166: The number of prisoners currently in Gitmo.

86: The number of prisoners currently in Gitmo who have been cleared for release but not actually released.

46: Detainees scheduled for indefinite detention without charge or trial.

15: The age of arrest of the youngest Gitmo detainee ever, Omar Khadr, who was “tortured and refused medical attention” because he would not confess.

15: The number of prisoners under the age of 18 who have been kept at Gitmo.

9: The number of inmate deaths at Guantanamo Bay.

6: The number of those deaths suspected to be suicides.

2009: The year Obama was supposed to close Gitmo.

United Liberty’s Top 30 Most Read Posts from 2012

Being a libertarian-leaning blog, we touch on a variety of issues. From those of you that aren’t familiar with libertarianism, it is a philosophy grounded in individual liberty, limited government, and free markets. Our commentary is based from that unwaivering viewpoint.

This past provided endless fodder for bloggers. From the push for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) to the terrorist attack in Benghazi to the 2012 election. While there was plenty to talk about this year, 2012 also served as a reminder that our liberties are still being slowly taken away.

With all that said, here are the top 30 most read stories from United Liberty during 2012. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed writing them:

United Liberty VP Debate Hangout

We’re live from a Google+ Hangout, watching and critiquing the debate tonight between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan. You can watch the debate live here and you can listen to our commentary below:

Super Tuesday Live Blog

Welcome to United Liberty’s Super Tuesday Live Blog. We’ll be getting started around 6:30pm or so. But before you join in on the conversation, here are some links to read on things to look for this evening.

Over at FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver lays out the various scenarios that could unfold tonight, including delegate projections for all four candidates. Politico has a list of 10 things to watch for tonight, including Ohio, where a win could help Romney put the race to bed much quicker. CNN only gives three things for us to watch, but one of them (voter turnout) could obviously be a game-changer.

Watch returns come in:

South Carolina Primary Live-Blog

Welcome to United Liberty’s coverage of the South Carolina primary. We were anticipating an interesting day between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, but polls have showed movement in recent days. It looks like Gingrich will win the state this evening by a decent margin, despite some bad press in the last 72 hours.

You can track results from the Palmetto State here.

DIY Satellites and Filesharing Religions: SOPA’s new enemies

In keeping with the goal to educate readers about the dangers of SOPA and PIPA, here is a piece by Jeremy Kolassa, originally published on January 12, 2012.

Going off of my colleague Ron Davis’ post about technological reasons to oppose that monstrosity known as SOPA (and it’s Senate twin, PIPA), here are a couple of news stories from earlier in the month to share with you. I am a bit late on these, I admit, but I want to place them here just to show how ineffectual SOPA will actually be.

The first “solution” will probably fail and end in misery and a fireball, but you have to give some credit to these guys: a group of hackers want to send up a satellite that will act as an independent file-sharing server, a sort of space age Sealand:

The scheme was outlined at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin.

The project’s organisers said the Hackerspace Global Grid will also involve developing a grid of ground stations to track and communicate with the satellites.

Longer term they hope to help put an amateur astronaut on the moon.

Hobbyists have already put a few small satellites into orbit - usually only for brief periods of time - but tracking the devices has proved difficult for low-budget projects.

The hacker activist Nick Farr first put out calls for people to contribute to the project in August. He said that the increasing threat of internet censorship had motivated the project.

Companies backing SOPA have created piracy

In keeping with the goal to educate readers about the dangers of SOPA and PIPA, here is a piece by Jason Pye, originally posted by  on December 27, 2011.

We’ve been posting a lot about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) lately. You’re going to continue to hear about it online over the next few weeks. SOPA is touted by supporters as legislation that would prevent copyright infringement and secure intellectual property rights, but it would actually promote internet censorship and ignore due process. In fact, SOPA isn’t likely to stop piracy.

If you want to learn more about the law and its implications, you should watch this video that explains how many of the companies supporting SOPA are in fact guilty of distributing software that promotes piracy:

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