December 14, 2011
Senators Who Love the Government But Hate America
after my article on due
process and presumption of innocence, the U.S. Senate voted
to empower the U.S. military to apprehend and detain indefinitely
anyone in America, based on the whim of the soldier or military
commander, and it will probably eventually include any armed agent
of government including
local police. As Jacob Hornberger noted,
this new provision will codify the U.S. as just another one of many
dictatorships throughout world history.
But, even though
al Qaeda is virtually non-existent, the Washington imbeciles want
and extend the "War on Terror" anyway and include
the entire U.S. territory as a "battlefield." How can
we explain this? As Justin Raimondo speculated,
the real reason for this new dictatorial power may be because these
senators know that America is headed for economic collapse and civil
unrest. But as I pointed out in my article on martial
law, whether there are terrorists or not, or whether there is
a prosperous or collapsing economy, all human beings have inalienable
rights, among them the right to presumption of innocence and due
process. Any government violations of those rights are crimes against
the people, pure and simple.
that, "If you’re an American citizen and you betray your country,
you’re not going to be given a lawyer," in his un-American
opposition to due process and his approval of apprehending and detaining
innocent civilians indefinitely. But, as I asked in my earlier article:
Who will determine whether or not one has "betrayed
one’s country"? Graham and the other pro-dictatorship government
bureaucrats do not seem able to distinguish between someone who
actually has acted (or been found guilty of acting) against
one’s fellow Americans and someone who is accused
of doing so. Graham wants to empower all military personnel (and
probably any armed government official) to detain indefinitely those
who are merely accused of doing something, without evidence
brought forward, without having a lawyer, without access to their
families, no due process whatsoever. This is a banana republic dictatorship,
and it is thoroughly un-American, thoroughly anti-liberty.
at curtailing political
expression as protected by the First Amendment, and thus, given
examples of government censorship
since 9/11, Americans who criticize the U.S. government’s "war
on terror" could be declared as "enemy
combatants," and apprehended and detained without charges
or trial. If these senators have their way, merely questioning the
government’s actions and questioning the legitimacy of these wars
be considered "terrorism."
While the senators
are hinting at calling those who don’t support the government’s
immoral wars as "treasonous," it really is they, the senators,
who are acting treasonously. The senators are now turning the military
against the American people. That is treasonous, according
to the U.S. Constitution, as turning the military against the
people would be the federal government’s "levying war"
against the "United States," that is, the various states
of the union, and thus against the people of the states.
I have noted
before that such treasonous acts have
already occurred in
the Legitimacy of the "War on Terror"
other senators have said that, because "we’re at war,"
free speech shouldn’t include the right to criticize such wars or
criticize the government’s actions. We shouldn’t be allowed to scrutinize
the government’s actions or question the legitimacy of the "War
But what if
these wars have
been entirely illegitimate? What if actual
crimes have been committed by the military soldiers, generals,
or bureaucrats? Should we just be obedient little sheep and sweep
all that under the rug? What if the aggressions started by the U.S.
government, in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc., and based on lies
have been counter-productive,
and resulted in making Americans less safe and less
secure? What then? Free speech shouldn’t include the right to expose
these things? We should declare as an "enemy combatant"
someone who criticizes imbecilic and incompetent bureaucrats,
arrest the critic and throw him into prison indefinitely, because
the government bureaucrats don’t like their crimes and their idiocy
to the irrational claim that the entire territory of the United
States of America is a "battlefield,"
some people are worried about "homegrown" terrorists,
those who are here in the U.S. who want to commit "jihad"
against innocent Americans. But who motivates them? Our
own FBI has been approaching young impressionable
Muslim males who had no previous indications of terrorism and
usually no prior criminal record, and intentionally motivating them
with anti-American rhetoric, getting them emotionally worked up
in the name of Islam, providing them with plans, materials, and
helping them to set up their "homemade bombs," etc. to
hurt others. In other words, these young Muslims would not have
been involving themselves in all this had these FBI
provocateurs not approached
them in the first place.
Now, as I mentioned
previously, in these cases the common sense method to reduce the
terrorism threat would be for the FBI to approach these young Muslims
and present them with ideas about peace and liberty, American principles,
and encourage them to be peaceful and get along with their neighbors.
But these are government bureaucrats we are talking about
(i.e. lacking common sense). That is why these FBI agents’ actions
have been contributors to making Americans’ lives more vulnerable
and less safe. They are intentionally attempting to create new terrorists,
which is just as dangerous as the drones that the incompetent
CIA fires off from their computers, killing many more innocent civilians
than terrorists in Pakistan and elsewhere. As Gen. Stanley McChrystal
noted, for each innocent civilian you kill, you create ten new terrorists.
And for those
who do not understand the assertion that the U.S. government has
been provoking terrorist acts of retaliation, here is a brief summary
of what the U.S. government and military did to the people of Iraq
throughout the 1990s:
In 1991, during
the Persian Gulf War, the war that President George H.W. Bush unnecessarily
started against Iraq, the U.S. military intentionally destroyed
civilian electrical, water and sewage treatment facilities. Air
Force Col. John Warden
wrote in 1995 that such an action was intentional, as a means
to undermine "civilian morale." Warden wrote that the
targeting and destruction of that civilian infrastructure was to
"shut down water purification and sewage treatment plants"
to result in "epidemics of gastroenteritis, cholera, and typhoid."
The U.S. government-led U.N Sanctions on Iraq and Iraqi no-fly zones
that followed throughout the 1990s prevented the Iraqis from rebuilding
the civilian water and sewage treatment centers, causing them to
use untreated water. This led to high rates of child mortality,
cancer and other diseases, and the deaths of well over 500,000 innocent
civilian Iraqis by the year 2000. It also led to widespread
anti-American sentiment throughout the Middle East, and was cited
by 9/11 terrorists as among their top motivations for their attacks.
or not, Ron
Paul was one of the few people who predicted during the 1990s
that the U.S. government’s murderous wars, sanctions and atrocities
might lead to terrorists attacks within America’s shores. But because
Paul is not an advocate of military
socialism and central
planning, many people have brushed him off as "eccentric,"
How dare someone
point out that when you commit acts of aggression against others,
they may want to retaliate against you! How dare someone point out
that when your government commits acts of aggression against foreigners,
you are thus making your own fellow Americans less safe!
want to say that critics of the central planners’ incompetence and
criminality are "abetting" or "supporting" the
terrorists. Those senators want to arrest the government’s critics
who don’t bow in obedience, and not the criminals in the government
who start wars and commit atrocities against foreigners and make
their fellow Americans less safe.
Let’s go even
further back in time for another example of the U.S. government’s
provocations, in Iran, even before the U.S. government’s arming
of Saddam Hussein’s gassing of innocent Iranians during the
1980s Iran-Iraq War:
In 1953, the
CIA led a coup
in Iran that overthrew the duly-elected leader Mossadegh and replaced
him with the shah Mohammad Reza Pahlevi. This coup was mainly on
behalf of the British and in the name of coveting
Iran’s oil for the British. But the U.S. government supported
the Shah’s dictatorial
regime throughout the 1950, '60s and '70s, leading up to the
Iranian Revolution and the Iranian Revolutionaries taking Americans
hostage in 1979.
were responding to decades of the Shah’s brutality, supported by
the U.S. government. According to this Federation of American Scientists
the Shah’s ministry of security, SAVAK
its activities to include gathering intelligence and neutralizing
the regime's opponents. An elaborate system was created to monitor
all facets of political life. For example, a censorship office
was established to monitor journalists, literary figures, and
academics throughout the country; it took appropriate measures
against those who fell out of line. Universities, labor unions,
and peasant organizations, among others, were all subjected to
intense surveillance by SAVAK agents and paid informants. The
agency was also active abroad, especially in monitoring Iranian
students who publicly opposed Pahlavi rule…
years, SAVAK became a law unto itself, having legal authority
to arrest and detain suspected persons indefinitely. SAVAK operated
its own prisons in Tehran (the Komiteh and Evin facilities) and,
many suspected, throughout the country as well…
At the peak
its influence under the Shah SAVAK had at least 13 full-time case
officers running a network of informers and infiltration covering
30,000 Iranian students on United States college campuses. The
head of the SAVAK agents in the United States operated under the
cover of an attache at the Iranian Mission to the United Nations,
with the FBI, CIA, and State Department fully aware of these activities.
Does it seem
like our overzealous (and overpaid) U.S. senators are trying to
model our government after the Iranian regime? They might as well,
in their thoroughly un-American trashing of Americans’ liberty and
rights to dissent and due process. The senators seem to want to
like communists in their love for as much expansion of government
power and control they can get their hands on.
Now, how can
anyone in his right mind not understand the motivations of Iranians
to want to harm Americans in 1979, when the Iranians knew full well
that the U.S. government was backing their brutal dictatorship?
Even someone "with half his brain tied behind his back just
to be fair" should understand this.
Our own government
has been making us less safe and less secure, by poking
hornets’ nests in its provoking foreigners, by engaging in gun-running
ops to drug lords as well as attempting
to disarm Americans, encouraging young Muslims to become jihadists
against Americans, forcing Americans to go through radiation
scanners that increase their risk
of cancer, a never-ending list of central planning bureaucrats’
constantly posing a danger to us, certainly much more than Islamists.
And now these un-American senators want to consider those who question
the legitimacy of the illegitimate
"War on Terror" as "enemy combatants," and do
God-knows-what to us.
senators should stop getting their ideas from Mein Kampf
and the Communist Manifesto, and instead try reading the
of Independence and the works of Thomas
Paine and Murray
Rothbard. No "war" is so important that they have
to treat their fellow Americans
like prisoners, and like doormats. This is all a result of the worst
sickness to hit civilization: statism.
I expect more people to realize that this tyranny is inevitable
with centralization of power and central planning (a.k.a. "federalism").
You’re going to have to face the fact that central planning doesn’t
work, and Leviathan is not "reformable." The road to this
tyranny was paved long ago, especially with Honest
Wilson and FDR.
The only way to save America is to decentralize it. The states must
secede from Leviathan, and the people need to restore their
freedom, independence and sovereignty.
If you know
any soldiers or other military personnel, National Guardsmen, local
police, mayors or governors, please send them my article
on martial law, because they need to be reminded that they are
legally and constitutionally obligated to disobey
any unlawful orders by superiors, including by the President
of the United States. Those individuals have sworn to obey and defend
the U.S. Constitution (including the Bill of Rights!), and their
state constitutions as well.
December 14, 2011
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