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Benjamin Powell on U.S. Pork Barrel Farm Policies
Recorded: Friday, August 20, 2010

Benjamin Powell on CNBC discusses the pitfalls of U.S. protection of the farming industry with pork barrel farm policies, and how they hurt both Americans and producers in underdeveloped countries.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Television
Issues: Agriculture, Government Waste/Pork, Trade

       
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Ivan Eland on Torture in Pakistan
Recorded: Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Originally aired on 1/19/10 on Russia Today’ “The Alyona Show.” Ivan Eland talks about the five Americans allegedly tortured in Pakistan.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Diplomacy and Foreign Aid

       
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Charles Peña on Closing U.S. Military Bases
Recorded: Sunday, January 17, 2010

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Originally aired on January 17, 2010 on "Two-Way Street." Charles Peña, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, joins a panel of foreign policy experts to support the discussion topic: The U.S. should close its military bases around the world.

Experts: Charles V. Peña
Type: Television
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Government Waste/Pork, Labor and Employment

       
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Ivan Eland on Heightened Airport Security
Recorded: Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Originally aired on 1/5/10 on CTV. Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, expresses concern over the new TSA airport security measures and their impact on both civil liberties and the airline industry.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Business, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Terrorism and National Crises, Transportation

       
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Charles Peña on Airport Security Measures
Recorded: Monday, January 4, 2010

Originally aired on 1/4/10 on CTV. Charles Peña, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, discusses the effectiveness of new TSA regulations. He stresses the importance of respecting rights and encouraging personal responsibility in air travelers.

Experts: Charles V. Peña
Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Terrorism and National Crises, Transportation

       
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Big Brother is Watching
Recorded: Thursday, June 6, 2002

To outsiders, its initials once stood for “No Such Agency.” To its employees, they stood for “Never Say Anything.” Today the public knows that the ultra-secret National Security Agency manages the nation’s spy satellites, but few know exactly why the NSA is the most powerful U.S. intelligence agency—or its roles in the Cold War, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and Echelon, the worldwide NSA spying operation that, many charge, is illegally monitoring innocent citizens. No outsider knows more about the NSA than investigative journalist James Bamford, who began to research it before most members of Congress had even heard of it. In this talk, Mr. Bamford explained why he believes the NSA is a dangerous, two-edged sword.

Experts: James Bamford
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Constitutional Law, Defense and Foreign Policy, Democracy, Freedom, Government Waste/Pork, History (U.S), Law Enforcement, Politics, Technology, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Gore Vidal on Understanding America’s Terrorist Crisis
Recorded: Thursday, April 18, 2002

Filmed before a live audience on April 18, 2002, renowned author Gore Vidal rejects the blind “patriotism” expected by government officials and the mainstream media, and investigates U.S. foreign policy throughout recent history, showing how it has contributed to the terrorist crisis. With his famous wit and insight, Vidal also demonstrates the ways in which the “War on Terrorism” is being used to curtail civil liberties and shred the Bill of Rights.

Experts: Gore Vidal
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Defense and Foreign Policy, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Conning Americans: How Politicians Create Dependence on Government
Recorded: Wednesday, February 13, 2002

"Dependence” on government has grown at unprecedented rates over the past 70 years. This ominous trend has coincided with the growth of centralized government power, which at its own discretion is used to regulate, manipuate, or prohibit. Driven by bipartisanship, bureaucracies, and interest groups, and accelerated by presidential ambitions, this trend has been so profound that few today can imagine life without government control. Economist and historian Charlotte Twight, one of the leading experts on politics and privacy, showed how special-interest politics created the income tax, Social Security, Medicare, surveillance of ordinary citizens, and other linchpins of the “dependence-state,” which in turn have made opposition to centralized control seemingly futile. She will then offer a strategy to reverse this trend in order to fulfill the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Experts: Charlotte Twight
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Government Waste/Pork, Welfare

       
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