Monday, October 13, 2008

The End of the Rule of Law in America

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Len Hart

US troops are back home in America to wage war upon the people of the US. New laws make public dissent of any kind --however peaceful --an act of 'terrorism'. Congress was threatened with martial law, literally blackmailed, into passing the infamous and ineffective bailout! The threat of martial law, therefore, is not only in the official record, it is made clear with the arrival of US troops withdrawn from Iraq to patrol US streets, control crowds, deal with 'civil unrest'. Bluntly --they are here to wage war on you unless you happen to be among the one percent who owns more than 90 percent of the nation's total wealth.It was in 1999 that the government contracted to Kellogg, Brown and Root [KBR], a subsidiary of Dick Cheney's Halliburton, huge contracts to build a FEMA archipelago of 800 camps in secret locations across the US. They have ovens. They have --at their disposal --the government's recent acquisition of about 500,000 plastic coffins. What is the 'innocent' explanation for this secret that is no secret?

There is no innocent explanation! The new laws seem designed to fill up the camps. Peaceful activists may be arrested, detained and denied 'Due Process of Law' if anyone in authority but 'deems' one to be a 'terrorist'. Any public dissent of any type --however peaceful --is defined to be an act of 'terrorism'. Free speech is dead. You may no longer express a contrarian opinion where it can be heard and thus 'deemed' to be an act of terrorism. This has been true in airports for some time now.
According to diplomat and author Peter Dale Scott, the KBR contract is part of a Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of "all removable aliens" and "potential terrorists."--SF Gate, San Francisco Chronicle, Rule by fear or rule by law?
The Army Times --hardly a 'conspiracy site' --issued a complete story about a combat brigade that has been withdrawn from Iraq to civilian duty in the US --duty that will include shooting at American citizens with 'rubber bullets', tasering folk, stopping vehicular traffic, using shields' and 'batons'!
They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack....The package includes equipment to stand up a hasty road block; spike strips for slowing, stopping or controlling traffic; shields and batons; and, beanbag bullets.“I was the first guy in the brigade to get Tasered,” said Cloutier, describing the experience as “your worst muscle cramp ever — times 10 throughout your whole body.“I’m not a small guy, I weigh 230 pounds ... it put me on my knees in seconds.”--Army Times, Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1
What does the the government fear from citizens who would otherwise be happy with their governments if they were not daily threatened and blackmailed with martial law? The Congress was literally blackmailed and threatened. There were warnings of drastic drops in the stock markets. The bailout was passed --under duress --but the stock market collapsed anyway!
Fraud-busters such as Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, have complained about these contracts, saying that more taxpayer dollars should not go to taxpayer-gouging Halliburton. But the real question is: What kind of "new programs" require the construction and refurbishment of detention facilities in nearly every state of the union with the capacity to house perhaps millions of people?
Sect. 1042 of the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), "Use of the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies," gives the executive the power to invoke martial law. For the first time in more than a century, the president is now authorized to use the military in response to "a natural disaster, a disease outbreak, a terrorist attack or any other condition in which the President determines that domestic violence has occurred to the extent that state officials cannot maintain public order."The Military Commissions Act of 2006, rammed through Congress just before the 2006 midterm elections, allows for the indefinite imprisonment of anyone who donates money to a charity that turns up on a list of "terrorist" organizations, or who speaks out against the government's policies. The law calls for secret trials for citizens and noncitizens alike.Also in 2007, the White House quietly issued National Security Presidential Directive 51 (NSPD-51), to ensure "continuity of government" in the event of what the document vaguely calls a "catastrophic emergency." Should the president determine that such an emergency has occurred, he and he alone is empowered to do whatever he deems necessary to ensure "continuity of government." This could include everything from canceling elections to suspending the Constitution to launching a nuclear attack. Congress has yet to hold a single hearing on NSPD-51.U.S. Rep. Jane Harman, D-Venice (Los Angeles County) has come up with a new way to expand the domestic "war on terror." Her Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (HR1955), which passed the House by the lopsided vote of 404-6, would set up a commission to "examine and report upon the facts and causes" of so-called violent radicalism and extremist ideology, then make legislative recommendations on combatting it.According to commentary in the Baltimore Sun, Rep. Harman and her colleagues from both sides of the aisle believe the country faces a native brand of terrorism, and needs a commission with sweeping investigative power to combat it. ----SF Gate, San Francisco Chronicle, Rule by fear or rule by law?
Perhaps the 'new programs' referred to are the sweeping laws which, in fact, create a police state. A new program is most certainly the use of the US military for 'crowd control' and 'civil unrest'. I would have expected this criminal affront to the Constitution from a gopper --but from a Democrat, it is the unkindest cut of all! Et tu, Brute!
Earlier this week, Congressman Michael C. Burgess from the 26th District of Texas, went public on Monday stating live on Infowars nationwide radio broadcast, that House speaker Nancy Pelosi had declared House Rule 136A, effectively putting the House under "Martial Law" rules, a dictatorial measure only activated during times of national emergency. Analysts and Congressmen alike have equated these threats;to "fearmongering" and described as a form of "economic terrorism" carried out powerful banking interests in order to secure the record $850 billion payout to the banks by the American people. Physical Martial law may be invoked by the President of the United States in case of any deemed "state of emergency". Martial Law has not been put into practice since Lincoln, where several Congressmen were arrested or put under house arrest. In 1878, Congress passed the Posse Comitatus Act, which forbids military involvement in domestic law enforcement without congressional approval. However, both the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and USNORTHCOM has increased its direct involvement with US civilian administration. Additionally, the John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007, and President Bush's recent PD51 may possibly rescind previous limits by suspending Government as well as other Constitutional guarantees such as habeas corpus.

--Representatives Were Threatened with "Martial Law" if Bailout Bill Did Not Pass

That US troops are deployed in order to wage war upon the people of the US is evidence that the Police State has already been declared. It's a Bush fait accompli. US Troops have no legitimate business patrolling US streets in the absence of a 'real' emergency. A Bush pretext will provide one!If the high court had not been packed with the likes of Scalia, Alito, Roberts, and Thomas one might might have believed that such draconian, totalitarian measures would be struck down. One is no longer confident. The measure will stand because our once free nation is no longer. It will stand because what previous courts had declared to be protected rights under the First Amendment have been trashed by Bush and his co-conspirators in the judiciary. The use of US troops against US citizens is, in fact, against federal law and the Constitution. Everything that the Army Times says the Brigade is trained for violates the original prohibition against the use of the military as a Posse Comitatus. Has this nation already acted in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act? The horrifying use of tanks, armored personnel carriers and other weapons of war in the military-style assault on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco was but a preview, a harbinger of things to come.
The allegations of child molestation were investigated in the intervening two years, twice, by Texas welfare department authorities and found to be baseless. The Sheriff's department investigated the allegations of illegal guns and these claims were found to be baseless. The investigations were peaceful. There were no problems.Mark Breault, however, continued to make his baseless and slanderous allegations against the Branch Davidians. The Cult Awareness Network turned up the pressure.The newspapers called Breault a "private investigator who has tracked the Davidians for two and a half years." "Tracked"? They had lived at the Mt. Carmel Center since 1935. How much "tracking" did it take? "Investigator"? Ha. He's a self-proclaimed "prophet" with a vendetta against the Branch Davidians. And who paid him so handsomely that he could afford to "track" them for 2-1/2 years, anyway? Did the media bother to check any of this out? Never.

...Calling a religion a "cult" and putting out false information across the media about "child molesting" and "weapons caches" is exactly the same technique that was used by the Nazis to portray the Jews as filthy, disgusting people, so they could be killed. It is the same technique used by every tyrannical government, to kill an unpopular and potentially vocal adversarial group. But in this country, we are supposed to have freedom of religion. It would seem that is a pipe dream.


So, America, we have cold-blooded killers running our country. Isn't it about time you put down your beer, got up off the sofa, and did something about it?

--Linda Thompson, What Hapened at Waco
The ATF attack on Mt. Carmel should have been a wake up call. If anyone in the Clinton administration deserved impeachment, it should have resulted from what happened in Waco. But --no! There was no GOP outrage because the GOP might have ordered worse themselves and did not wish to establish a precedent that they didn't want to live with later. I can't recall a single word uttered by the GOP in defense of the Constitution. I cannot recall a single GOP voice raised in defense of the guaranteed right of religion or free speech!

I cannot recall a single GOP voice raised to protest the violations of Due Process of Law! I cannot recall a single GOP voice in opposition to the jack-booted thugs who brought to an end a rule of law in America! The GOP would, instead, try to impeach the president for a blow job --an act that is not even a crime!
The GOP coveted Clinton his position because, as the record has proven, they intended to make of the White House a platform from which they would establish their own dictatorship. Under Bush, it is a fait accompli.
In the meantime, some 800 FEMA camps are readied --with ovens and Nazi-like barracks --to receive dissenters. Here's an excerpt from one person's report of a visit to a KBR FEMA camp:
"The first one we observed was in Palmdale, California. It is not operating as a prison at the moment but is masquerading as part of a water facility. Now why would there be a facility of this nature out in the middle of nowhere with absolutely no prisoners? The fences that run for miles around this large facility all point inward, and there are large mounds of dirt and dry moat surrounding the central area so the inside area is not visible from the road. There are 3 large loading docks facing the entrance that can be observed from the road. What are these massive docks going to be loading? We observed white vans patrolling the area and one came out and greeted us with a friendly wave and followed us until we had driven safely beyond the area. What would have happened had we decided to enter the open gate or ask questions? This facility is across the street from the Palmdale Water Department. The area around the Water Department has fences pointing outward, to keep people out of this dangerous area so as not to drown. Yet, across the street, the fences all point inward. Why? To keep people in? What people? Who are going to be it’s occupants? There are also signs posted every 50 feet stating: State of California Trespassing Loitering Forbidden By Law Section 555 California Penal Code."
I believe that the 'goddamned piece of paper' --otherwise known as the Constitution of the United States --makes the use of armed forces against American citizens on American soil a matter of 'high treason' i.,e the government waging 'war' upon the people, a matter that is expressly forbidden by the "Goddamn Piece of Paper", Article III:
Section 3. Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted. --US Constitution, Article III
Under the 'goddamned piece of paper' (know to us as the US Constitution) the people of the US are the 'sovereign'. We ARE the United States --by law! By waging war upon us --the people of the United States --Bush has already committed mass murder and high treason. [See: Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution]

Additionally --
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law. --US Constitution, Amendment III
There is also the matter of the abusive use of military personnel to violate the Constitutional rights of US citizens:
Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both. US Codes, § 1385. Use of Army and Air Force as posse comitatus
Of course, none of this means anything to George W. Bush, a would be dictator for whom the rule of law means nothing, the Constitution is 'just a goddamned piece of paper". Bush is the price we pay for our failure as a nation to value the gift of intelligence. We might have done better had we paid attention to the great philosopher who wrote of the 'moral imperative to be intelligent'.

Bush is an incompetent boob who has, in fact, bankrupted the nation, violated the Constitutional rights of US citizens and has waged war upon them with acts of high treason and mass murder --capital crimes for which he should stand trial for his life. The charges to include thousands of violations of US Codes, Title 18, Section 2441.
(a) Offense.— Whoever, whether inside or outside the United States, commits a war crime, in any of the circumstances described in subsection (b), shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for life or any term of years, or both, and if death results to the victim, shall also be subject to the penalty of death.

--TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 118 > § 2441. War crimes

Winston Churchill wrote:
""The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist."-- Winston Churchill, Nov. 21, 1943"
Bush repeatedly asserts a power to imprison anyone without charges --no phone call, no lawyer, no hearing, no trial! The Army Times stated that the troops --formerly in Iraq --will be used domestically for 'crowd control' in cases of civil unrest. And within days of the Army Times 'story', it was revealed that the Bush administration had threatened 'Martial Law' if the bailout bill was not passed. Therefore, we are already living in a police state. And there is likewise a warning.
People must see clearly the futility of maintaining the fight for social goals within the framework of civil debate. When the forces of oppression come to maintain themselves in power against established law; peace is considered already broken.--Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Guerilla Warfare
It was stated recently that the troops will be on 'our side'. Well --our troops will be taking their orders from the government. And the government is NO LONGER on our side.

And --on our side against whom? More phony terrorists?

The 'terrorists' ARE the government and, as Che would have put it: the peace is already broken.

Government is legitimate ONLY to the extent that it lives up to its SOCIAL CONTRACT with the people. The government of the US has broken that contract! Repeatedly and with impunity. This 'government' is illegitimate!

Scott Ritter: "Pick Your City"
The war waged upon the people of the US will get worse and the people will push back. The people --as a body -- must declare now that no decree now issued is valid, no unjust law enforceable! The revolution has begun and the illegitimate government in DC has won the first several rounds. With US troops in the streets, it is naive to believe that upon a landslide win by Obama, the entrenched militarists will simply fold up their tents and ride willingly into that dimming sunset.


Monday, October 13, 2008

Monsters from the GOP 'Id'

In the late 90s, a sleep study done at Stanford University indicated that Republicans have more 'nightmares and night terrors' than do Democrats or, for that matter, members of any other party. The study could not have imagined one of the GOPs worst nightmares ever: a landslide loss of the White House to a black liberal who has proven himself as tough as he is intelligent, as formidable in debate as John F. Kennedy. Faced with a similar catastrophe, a good Nazi could have been relied upon to shoot himself. With the cowardly GOP, the rest of us won't be nearly so lucky.
The victory would send Barack Obama to the White House and give him larger Democratic majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate — and perhaps a filibuster-proof margin there.

That could mark a historic realignment of the country's politics on a scale with 1932 or 1980, when the out party was given power it held for a generation, and used it to transform government's role in American society. --Daring to utter the 'L' word: Obama on track to a landslide
The GOPs worst nightmare? Certainly -- Stanford psychologists could not have imagined that in Bush's occupation of eight years, a panoply of GOP nightmares --literally, monsters from the id --would manifest themselves to terrify the nation and the world. The monster summoned up: world terrorism which FBI stats prove is always worse under GOP regimes.

While the specter of 'terrorism', the monster from the GOP id, born of its irrational fears and twisted neuroses, deflected US attention, Bush waged a less publicized but much more effective war on the US Constitution. He presumed to rule by decree: 'signing statements' that rewrote laws passed by Congress. Bush trashed Constitutional protections of Due Process of Law, the presumption of innocence, and habeas corpus. Merely 'deeming' one to be a terrorist was enough to get a target incarcerated, perhaps for life. Anyone 'deemed' a 'terrorist' did not get a phone call, did not get a lawyer, did not get a pre-trial hearing or a trial, did not get his day in court. There is no way of knowing whether any of Bush's victims were really terrorists. As an instrument of oppression, tyranny and political suppression, the specter of terrorism was a demagogue's dream! His dream! Our nightmare!

It remains to seen how much of this arbitrary and dictatorial seizure of illegitimate, unconstitutional power will be undone. Getting an idiot out of the White House while preventing its takeover by yet another idiot is a good first step toward returning the nation to normalcy.

'Terrorism' is not a crime but, rather, a meaningless, political abstraction. Anyone who blows up a truck is not a terrorist; he/she is a criminal. The 'blowing up of a truck' is not an act of 'terrorism', it's a crime. One is not born a terrorist! 'Terrorism' is just the name attached by fearful neurotics to meaningless abstractions. It was for this reason, Bush refused to allow trials for those 'deemed' to be 'terrorists'. To allow trials would require that charges relevant to a specific person and a specific act be proven in court, thus robbing the GOP of its insistence of persecuting imagined enemies for a state of being rather than prosecuting criminals against which there may be real evidence of the actual commission of a real and specific crime.

Bush never insisted upon but obstructed a real investigation of the crime called '911'. A real investigation of this very real crime would surely have resulted in real culprits charged with real crimes in a real court returning real convictions. What did Bush fear from such an investigation? Did he fear his own conviction upon the probable cause, indeed, the evidence that 911 had been ordered, planned and carried out from within his own administration? Did Bush fear the loss of the 'terrorism' issue so delftly exploited and demagogued? Did Bush ever, really believe that there were 'evil doers' who had anything other than legitimate 'beefs' with his imperial amibtions, his programs of war crimes, conquest and oil exploitation?

It is generous to say that Bush never understood the nature of terrorism. More objective observers, however, will find the the most telling clue among terrorism statistics collected by the FBI, compiled by Brookings and published in a chart. I managed to download that chart before it was 'pulled'. The chart proves that terrorism is worse under GOP regimes. For example, terrorist incidents against US interests were three times more numerous during the Reagan administration than that of Bill Clinton.

It is more accurate to conclude that not only Bush but the GOP as a party exploited the term 'terrorism' as it earlier exploited the perfectly good word 'liberal' to rally a base of bigots, fear mongers, and, in general, right wingers fearful it seems of anything. It is this 'base' who fears to sleep at night. It is this 'base' that is so definitively identified by the Stanford study.

Terrorism is an abstraction! One cannot be indicted, incarcerated or wage war upon upon a mere abstraction. Only real crimes are indictable and real wars are fought between nations --not by nations upon political motivated abstractions. Terrorism, therefore, is the monster from the fearful GOP nightmare world. The GOP is --as a class --utterly terrified by monsters of its own creation.

In 1936, Jung was trying to figure out what was happening in Germany —just as many are trying to understand what is happening in America today. Jung wrote an essay called "Wotan" and in it, he tried to understand developments under Hitler, in terms of the mythology of the god Odin, a.k.a. the Germanic god Wotan. Jung wrote: "We have seen him come to life in the German Youth Movement." I am not sure what "gods" have come to life in America —but I am more inclined to characterize them as fallen demigods, if not demons. Gods or Demons, they are but manifestations of the human personality. There may be a "Wotan" in all of us.

A “mask” is but the smiley face we show the world; it's origin is always the lie that we tell ourselves. A PBS documentary dealt with a Japanese sergeant who "supervised" British and Australian POW's in Southeast Asia during WWII. Though he had been convicted of war crimes in connection with the treatment of the POW's, the man —some 55 years after the fact —still denied that thousands of POWs had been literally worked and starved to death under his supervision. He denied that he had beaten many of them himself with wire whips.

There is an old saying that the truth will set you free. Here was a man who by his denial had made himself prisoner to the lie —his own lie. In Jungian terms, his life --premised as it was upon the falsehood that he told himself --was "inauthentic".

Dr. Gustav Gilbert, the American psychologist at Nuremberg, came to some conclusions based on his experiences keeping Nazi war criminals alive until final sentencing could be carried out. He said that he had come to understand the nature of "evil". Evil, he said, was an utter lack of empathy. I might add: that empathy with another is only possible if one has come to terms with one's own "shadow", one's own "source of creativity", one's own humanity. One who cannot see humanity in him/herself or in another is a Nazi in spirit; and “Nazism” typifies what Jung would have called the "inauthentic" life, a life lived upon lies and denial. A life lived behind a false mask.

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