FBI Special Agent Jack Cloonan, a lead investigator in the bureau’s “bin Laden Unit,” was in Yemen on September 11, 2001 when airliners began crashing into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. As soon as he could get a flight, Cloonan flew back to New York. His first order of business upon his return was to go see a very special inmate who was being held in the secret section of a federal prison. The prisoner was Ali Mohamed, who, for at least a decade and a half, had been Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri’s top spy inside the U.S. government.
For a variety of reasons, the United States is getting creamed in world trade. In trade with China alone, America’s trade deficit jumped from $6 million in 1985 to $201 billion in 2005. Most U.S. trade ills are the result of negligent U.S. policy decisions — allowing other countries to severely penalize American manufacturers via a Value Added Tax, actually funding the transfer of U.S. assets overseas through the U.S. Export-Import Bank and Overseas Private Investment Corp., insuring U.S. companies against loss for failed business ventures in foreign countries, etc. Now, as countries that provide what equates virtually to slave-labor wages increasingly participate in the world economy — further putting American businesses at a disadvantage — American politicians are aiding our competitors once again in the world-trade arena. As if building foreign infrastructure were not enough, our politicians are working to lower the cost of transporting imports throughout the United States. They are building what has been called the “NAFTA Superhighway.”
While the mainstream media and even conservative pundits ignore or ridicule Ron Paul, his popularity can be attributed to the Internet.
Seventeenth-century Spanish explorers, following established Indian and buffalo trails, crossed the Rio Grande northward from Mexico, effectively blazing the Camino Real, the King’s Highway. Later known as Old San Antonio Road, Camino Real wasn’t a single road but a network of trails used by explorers to transport goods and missionaries through the colony of Tejas. A major thoroughfare between Mexico City and eastern Tejas, the Handbook of Texas states, the roadway enabled freight and supply movement, and also enjoyed the king’s military protection. As time progressed and trade increased, so did the system. Eventually caminos reales in the provinces were everywhere, from modern-day Texas to California, and were critical for expansion of “New Spain.” Camino Real also enabled immigration.