Amor Fati: On the End of 71 Republic

71 Republic
Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

After nearly 3 years of consistent and dedicated journalism, 71 Republic is coming to an end. To some, this may not mean much. To others, this is probably coming quite unexpectedly. So I wanted to express my thoughts on the end and answer a couple of possible questions. Every written piece is structured to answer a central question. That’s the thesis of the writing.

I hope to answer why 71 Republic is ending, what my intention was behind 71 Republic, and my final thoughts on the matter.

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Federal Judge: 3D Printed Gun Blueprints Now Illegal. Here’s the Download Link

3D printed gun download
Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

On Tuesday, a Federal Judge ruled that the Trump administration’s decision to allow Defense Distributed to post blueprints for 3D printed guns was illegal. Judge Robert Lasnik of the U.S. District Court in Seattle violated federal law with the order by not first notifying Congress. However, the information should be free, so here’s the download link.

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USS Liberty Veteran Responds to Charlie Kirk Calling Incident a “Conspiracy Theory”

Charlie Kirk USS Liberty Incident
Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

A couple of weeks ago, Charlie Kirk was asked why the US sends so much aid to Israel. The questioner mentioned the USS Liberty Incident, in which the Israeli military attacked the USS Liberty, killing 34 Americans. As soon as the questioner mentioned USS Liberty, though, Kirk jumped in. He stated that it was a conspiracy theory and that such theories would not be discussed at his events.

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Whistleblower Attorney Mark Zaid Criticized for Poor Track-record

Mark Zaid Should Not Represent the White House Whistleblower
Carlos Hermosillo | @broofbros1

Mark Zaid, the DC lawyer who successfully sued Libya for $2.7 billion, is now the prime attorney for the Eric Ciaramella scandal. Zaid was named a top-rated lawyer from 2009-2019 by SuperLawyers for his work. Recently, he has defended whistleblowers, while books and other manuscripts go through the pre-publication and classification review process.

Mr. Zaid is behind the James Madison Project, which aims to “promote government accountability and the reduction of secrecy”. He also heads the Whistleblower Aid Organization, which John Kiriakou (the CIA officer who admitted to the public the horrific US torture scandal) has warned whistleblowers against. Many whistleblowers, however, that have dealt with Zaid, have expressed concerns over his work. Their opinions differ from the public view of the notorious lawyer.

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Publisher’s Connection With China Could be Behind Snowden Book Censorship

Snowden macmillan
Andrew Zirkle | @theandrewzirkle

On late Monday night, Edward Snowden announced on Twitter that his new autobiography, Permanent Record, had been censored for its release in mainland China. The book follows the life of Snowden and the actions behind his 2013 whistleblowing incident, which implicated the NSA a massive illegal mass surveillance program. The book has achieved positive critical reception since its release in September, peaking at number four on the Amazon bestseller. 

Despite the initial rosy release of the book, things quickly turned sour when Snowden accused his publisher, Metropolitan Books, of violating the publishing agreement. Over Twitter, Snowden showcased a number of instances where passages relating to China either had their meaning changed or were redacted entirely. Little is known about the publishing arrangement. However, publisher Metropolitan Books and its parent companies, Macmillan Publishers and Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, have a complicated relationship with censorship and the Chinese government.

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