JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly news video update for August 12 - 18, 2013.

What is it with Republicans anyway? Why, when public sentiment is shifting in their favor, do they form a circular firing squad and begin taking pot shots at each other?

On August 8 the U.S. State Department warned U.S. citizens “to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan,” stating that “The presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups poses a potential danger to U.S. citizens throughout Pakistan.”

At least 30 people were killed in Yemen by U.S. drone strikes over the past 12 days. Among the dead was an eight-year-old girl who died in her father's arms.

The New York Times reported August 8 that the National Security Agency has been searching through the e-mail messages of the American people on a massive scale, even in some instances where the messages are not to or from foreigners residing abroad.

Despite the controversy surrounding the intrusiveness of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), its duties continue to expand.

The most important question that Americans need to be asking themselves is, Does the national-security state have any role in a free society? The Founding Fathers certainly didn’t think so.

Rajeh Badi, press advisor to Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa, announced on August 7 that government security forces have thwarted a plot by al Qaeda to seize oil and gas export facilities and a provincial capital in eastern Yemen.

William K. Lietzau, retiring U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Policy, called for the closure of Guantanamo Bay.

The mainstream media in the United States have increasingly come to the conclusion that the Benghazi attacks were related to a secret gun-running operation managed by the U.S. government to ferry weapons that had been used by Libyan rebels to Syria. 

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