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In times of war, Pentagon reserves right to treat journalists like spies
By Frank Smyth, July 31, 2015, Committee to Protect Journalists

The Pentagon has produced its first Department of Defense-wide Law of WarManual and the results are not encouraging for journalists who, the documents state, may be treated as “unprivileged belligerents.”

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The Times Has Finally (Quietly) Outed an NRA-Funded “Independent” Scholar
By Frank Smyth, April 23, 2014, franksmyth.com

David Kopel has managed to establish himself as an independent authority on gun policy issues even though he and his Independence Institute have received over $1.42 million including about $175,000 a year over eight years from the NRA.

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Al Sharpton Targeted by Zombie Gun Product?
By Frank Smyth, June 28, 2013, The Progressive

“Poor Al he was a Sharp guy,” begins the description of a gun target firm’s newest “Life-Sized Tactical Mannequin Target.” With a dark skin tone and features that seem to resemble the civil rights figure and MSNBC cable news host Rev. Al Sharpton, the Zombie-looking gun target called “Al Zombie”comes with the disclaimer…

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Six months after Sandy Hook, grassroot groups and the gun debate
By Frank Smyth, June 13, 2013, MSNBC

After the horror of the Newtown shooting, gun reform advocates expected to finally see a change. Yet Friday marks the six-month anniversary of the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School and, largely due to the efforts of the gun lobby, none of the nation’s federal gun laws have changed. “The NRA and special interests

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How the gun lobby has already blocked Boston’s bombing investigators
By Frank Smyth, April 17, 2013, MSNBC

One avenue of investigation is already closed off to forensic officials working the Boston Marathon bombing case due to efforts dating back decades by the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers. The FBI said Tuesday that gunpowder, along with pieces of metal and ball bearings, were packed into at least one pressure cooker and another

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Gun lobby helps block US from signing UN arms treaty
By Frank Smyth, March 25, 2013, MSNBC

Senators passed an amendment to block the Obama administration from signing any future U.N. Arms Trade Treaty in a 53-to-46 vote early Saturday morning before dawn. The measure, introduced by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., was one of dozens passed as part of an all-night “vote-a-rama” that led to the first national economic budget passed by

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Sequester trumps Sandy Hook: Why gun-control measures may falter
By Frank Smyth, March 15, 2013, MSNBC

Many Americans expected a real change in the nation’s gun laws after the killing of 20 first-graders in Newtown. But three months later, the outcome looks unclear. No fewer than four pieces of legislation have passed a Senate panel over the past two weeks to move to the Senate floor. “It’s a step forward,” Debra

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