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Friday, December 30, 2011

How to Stay in Your Home Despite Foreclosure


The following is just a friendly opinion and comes with no warranty or guarantee of success. The responsibility and consequences for your actions taken based on any advise from anyone are solely yours. It is recommended to seek legal counsel when dealing with legal matters to avoid unpleasant outcomes.

In an increasingly dire economy, with many people getting layed off or fired because of global Corporate and Banking fraud and continued government complicity in this crime, many families will find themselves jobless and eventually homeless due to foreclosure. What can we do to fight back at the very institutions that have created this financial crisis?

If you are going to be foreclosed upon and evicted from your home and are about to be made homeless by the bank, use the Law to stay in your home and off the street. When properties change hands all pre-existing legal agreements must be honored by the new property owner, including the bank. A lease is a legal agreement. A new owner of a property must honor the rights of renters to the terms of their pre-existing lease and expires with that lease's expiration date.

Rent your home to a trusted friend or relative (who is not listed on the mortgage) that will allow you to stay and live in the property. Lease the property to them for $1 per month for 99 years and make it (the lease) as friendly to the renter as possible and don't forget to get it notarized. Once the property is sold, you or your friend simply pay the bank $1 every month and you get to stay for 99 years.

If any lawyers would like to comment on the subject please do. I'd love to hear your opinions.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Monday, December 26, 2011

State Department Issues Holiday Travel Alert for All U.S. Citizens Visiting the U.S.


Guest Post by Eric Blair


The U.S. Department of State routinely issues travel alerts to nations that pose a threat to U.S. citizens. Today they issued a shocking worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens and non-citizens traveling to, and inside, the United States. This unprecedented announcement comes as heavy holiday season travel is underway, and the State Department claims it has the potential to become a full-blown travel warning.


"Travel Alerts are issued to disseminate information about short-term conditions, either transnational or within a particular country, that pose significant risks to the security of U.S. citizens." according to the U.S. State Department.


The situation is upgraded to a "Travel Warning" when "long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff."


The State Department stated that "rogue operators" inside the government accomplished a silent coup in America which has undermined personal liberty as the primary reason for issuing the alert. They claim that this coup has been underway for well over a decade, but has only become noticeable to the general public in the last few years. They said that the coup is so pervasive that nearly all elected officials may be involved.


An anonymous official at the State Department boldly stated that they can no longer guarantee that U.S. citizens will be "secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures" as preserved by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.


The State Department warned that all U.S. citizens entering the United States from international flights will face probing questions as to their reasons for traveling abroad and be thoroughly searched before clearing customs. The now-absent concept of "innocent until proven guilty" then takes on new meaning if they have a connecting flight.


Travelers will be forced to go through a full-body scanner which takes and records a detailed digital scan of each traveler to be used for flash identification in the future, while also soaking them with radiation levels said to contribute to cancer. Even more insidious, if citizens choose to "opt out" of the scanners they are to be made an example of by being pulled out of the line for physical inspection which includes groping of private parts and occasional strip-searching.


Although these measures would have been unthinkable in America's recent past, they have been in place for some time and they were not the trigger for the travel alert, but rather they're cited as a small symptom of the coup cited by the State Department.


The main trigger came because of the cabal's recent passing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which declares American soil a war zone allowing for Martial Law, indefinite detention and torture of U.S. citizens without charge or trial, and which funds a massive expansion of TSA checkpoints within the United States. Americans should expect these invasive checkpoints "on highways, in bus and train terminals, at sport events and even high school prom nights."




In turn, they warned that citizens' physical and digital movements will be tracked, traced, and databased without warrants or even probable cause to identify and detain Americans who appear to do anything out of the ordinary.


In addition to no longer being able to protect the privacy rights guaranteed to Americans under the Fourth Amendment, the State Department warned that the NDAA also criminalizes speech, citing that one can now be detained for "belligerent" speech against the stated goals of the cabal. The State Department also cited the violent crackdown on peaceful "Occupy" protesters as one of the "significant risks to the security of U.S. citizens" under the travel alert.



Consequently, they bluntly asserted that the government can no longer protect the free exercise of religion, or the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances previously secured by the First Amendment to the Constitution.



In short, travelers should take extra precaution when moving about the United States so as not to appear to be a terror threat to the cabal. They issued a full list of characteristics that are being targeted and should be avoided at all costs. The consequences of getting caught attempting to exercise your rights will be severe.



The same anonymous official at the State Department said, "Hopefully this is just a short-term condition as indicated by travel alerts, but if this dangerous destabilization becomes protracted we'll have to upgrade this announcement to a travel warning."



"Unfortunately, the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to a drawdown of its staff who respect their oath to the Constitution," he added, foreshadowing the need for the upgraded status.



On a lighter note he claimed, "America is still a great place to spend the holidays and stores still have an abundance of $200 sneakers as long as you don't mind navigating the zombie mobs and pepper spray to get them."



(Obviously this is not a real news story, but it represents my only Christmas wish -- that officials in the United States government awaken to what their "bosses" are doing to our beloved nation. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!)


Original Post

Friday, December 9, 2011

Change For A Dollar - A Powerful Video

Ask not what others can do for you, what can you do for others?
Quite appropriate video to watch at this time for the true meaning of the holidays.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

State Sovereignty: America's Final Solution to Tyranny


Guest Post by Ron Holland

At the end of this article is a copy of the proposed state sovereignty amendment that Ron and Donnie Kennedy are promoting as the final solution to federal abuse. They believe that anything less will only continue the course of federal supremacy and the ultimate destruction of real American liberty. I sadly agree with them.


Just following Congress, the 2012 presidential campaign and the inability of citizens to influence government policy makes it clear to every American how broken the US political system has become. A few powerful interests run the entire show and the American people are being forced down a dark road to economic destruction. History shows us that Washington is immune to conventional national political action under the present system. What can freedom loving Americans do?


• We can't change Washington because Congress is owned and controlled by special interests.


• Neither can we take over the establishment control of either political party as the media elites can break, sideline or ignore any candidate that threatens the elite interests.


• Third party efforts at the national level are doomed to failure and an ineffective tool for promoting freedom principles when compared to the successful Ron Paul campaign effort inside the GOP.



• Finally, education, although important, is not a fast enough solution to save our nation when more than 50% of the electorate lives off the looting of taxpayers through government benefits or make-work jobs.


So do freedom advocates just give up or wait for the eventual collapse of the economy and the US political system? While this is a prevalent view in freedom circles, hyperinflation and economic collapse even if you are invested to financially benefit from this outcome is certainly not a recipe for restoring limited government and liberty to our country. Fascism and wealth confiscation are the probable result, just look at what followed the failed German Weimar Republic in the 1930's.


There is only one effective, democratic and peaceful tool left to Americans to defend their liberties and restore the original republic of our founding fathers. It is the right of state sovereignty and nullification, so effectively explained by Tom Woods in his book Nullification: How To Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century. http://www.tomwoods.com/books/nullification


Many other freedom advocates have proposed nullification and state sovereignty, including the Kennedy Brothers who have developed a State Sovereignty Amendment strategy that should be launched in all 50 states. Although the elites ruling our nation have total control over the federal government and the two-party system nationally, they have neglected to extend this top-down control to the state level. This is because over the last 50 years states have become mere powerless appendages of Washington without influence – and this is an opportunity for the Freedom movement.


Americans can, of course, continue feeling important and wasting time, money and efforts on establishment candidates for Congress and presidential campaigns claiming to represent our free-market views. But if we do, we are just playing in a rigged game to keep productive Americans busy at doing nothing that matters and does not threaten those in charge.



A decentralized national movement focused state-by-state at the legislature level is the only game left for us to play if we wish to be effective. When a state or states vote to nullify a congressional bank bailout, the sovereign debt of Washington or the Fed's dollar policy, this will attract media attention, especially uncontrolled foreign journalists and the alternative freedom media. Media coverage attracts investor and market attention and as we see today in the European sovereign debt crisis originally born on Wall Street with Goldman Sachs, markets move politicians and governments.


This is our last and final solution available to restore freedom and limited government to these United States. Following the 2012 elections – regardless of whether Romney or Obama win or which corrupt political party controls Congress – this is the only real game left in town that matters.


What do you think?



After reviewing the sample sovereignty amendment below, you can reach Ron and Donnie Kennedy on their website at www.kennedytwins.com. Remember, a return to state sovereignty and nullification is our last chance.


Feel free to improve on the proposed amendment and make it more appropriate for the unique needs and situation of your state, but do something now before it is too late! - Ron Holland, email: skironholland@yahoo.com





THE STATE SOVEREIGNTY AMENDMENT (Sample)

These United States of America are a Republic of Republics deriving its authority from the consent of the governed residing within their Sovereign State. Each Sovereign State is the agent of the people thereof. The federal government formed by the compact of the United States Constitution is the agent of the Sovereign States. Federal authority shall be supreme in all areas specifically delegated to it by the Constitution. All acts or legislation enacted pursuant to the Constitution shall be the supreme law of the land. The Sovereign State reserves an equal right to judge for itself as to the constitutionality of any act of the federal government.


Section I. The Sovereign State specifically reserves the right to interpose its sovereign authority between acts of the federal government and the liberties, property, and interests of the citizens of the state, thereby nullifying federal acts judged by the state to be an unwarranted infringement upon the reserved rights of the state and the people thereof.


1. State nullification of a federal act must be approved by a convention of the state.



2. Upon passage of an act of nullification, all federal authority for the enumerated and nullified act(s) shall be suspended.


3. Upon formal acceptance of nullification by three-fourths of the conventions of the states, including the original nullifying state, the enumerated federal act(s) shall be prohibited in the United States of America or its territories.


4. Upon formal rejection of nullification by three-fourths of the conventions of the states, the enumerated federal act(s) shall be presumed to be constitutional, notwithstanding any judgment of any federal or state court.


5. Until or unless there is a formal approval or rejection by the conventions of the states, the nullified federal act(s) shall remain non-operative as to the original and any additional nullifying states. A state that in its convention ratifies a particular act of nullification shall be construed to have nullified the same act as enumerated in the initiating state's nullification.


6. No federal elected official, agent, or any individual working within or associated with any branch of the federal government may harass or attempt to harass, intimidate, or threaten a Sovereign State or the people thereof for exercising their rights under this amendment. No federal elected official, agent, or any individual working within or associated with any branch of the federal government shall attempt to influence or use their office to attempt to influence the deliberations of the people regarding the nullification of a federal act(s) or the acceptance or rejection of a nullified federal act(s).


7. Any United States military officer, noncommissioned officer or federal official or agent who carries out or attempts to carry out any order by a federal official, officer or agent to deny or hinder the people of a Sovereign State from exercising their rights under this amendment shall be subject to the offended state's laws and may be tried accordingly. Jurisdiction in such cases is specifically denied to all federal courts, military courts, or any other court other than the courts of the offended state.


Section II. The government and people of these United States approve the principle that any people have a right to abolish the existing government and form a new one that suits them better. This principle illustrates the American idea that government rests on the consent of the governed and that it is the right of a people to alter or abolish it at will whenever it becomes destructive of the ends for which it was established. Therefore, the right of a Sovereign State to secede peacefully from the union voluntarily created by the compact of the Constitution is hereby specifically reserved to each state.


1. An act of secession shall be executed by a convention of the people of the state.


2. The seceded state shall appoint representatives to negotiate settlement of all debts owed the federal government, the purchase of federal properties within the Sovereign State, and the removal of federal military installations and personnel.



3. Upon acceptable arrangement for the payment of sums owed the federal government, the representatives may negotiate treaties of friendship, common defense, and commercial relations. Said treaties are subject to the same constitutional ratification as other treaties.


4. Readmission of a seceded state shall follow the same constitutional requirements as for any new state.


5. No federal elected official, agent, or any individual working within or associated with any branch of the federal government shall attempt to influence the people of the Sovereign State regarding their decision to secede from, remain with, or join this union.


6. Any United States military officer, noncommissioned officer, or federal official or agent who carries out or attempts to carry out any order by a federal official, officer, or agent to deny or hinder the people of a Sovereign State from exercising their rights under this amendment shall be subject to the offended state's laws and may be tried accordingly. Jurisdiction in such cases is specifically denied to all federal courts, military courts, or any other court other than the courts of the offended state.


7. The inalienable right of the people of each Sovereign State to govern themselves is a right that existed before this formation of the federal government, and therefore nothing in this amendment shall be interpreted in such a manner as to deem the federal government to be the donor of the rights enumerated herein.

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20 Things You Should Know About the Bill That Could Ruin America


Guest Post by Lauri Apple

Last week the U.S. Senate passed 93-7 a version of the National Defense Authorization Act that includes provisions giving the military the right to detain you forever and without charge if they think you're some kind of terrorist. Consider it an early holiday present! There is no exchange policy, sorry.

President Barack Obama can get rid of the Act's indefinite detention provisions by using his veto powers. He says he might do just that, so there is hope. But Hopey could also change his mind at the last minute and let the language become law. Civil libertarians from all sides of the political spectrum are very anxious about the final call he'll make.

Even though you can't do much to prevent the provisions from taking effect, here's a list of 20 details about them. Maybe the info will come in handy when you finally flee to Saudi Arabia ISO political refugee status and have to explain how your country was oppressing you:

  • 1. The provisions were passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)—enacted for the last 48 years or so to provide funding for the military and all our wars. (The act for fiscal year 2012 awarded $662 billion for defense spending.) Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Carl Levin (D-MI) took the lead in promoting them, making passage a bipartisan effort/failure.
  • 2. Initially the provisions passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without a single hearing. The Senate didn't want to spoil the surprise for everybody.
  • 3. Because of the provisions, the NDAA now says the military can detain anyone deemed to be "a part of" or deemed to have "substantially supported" Al Qaeda, the Taliban, or "associated forces." You can be on the battlefield, or you can be PayPaling money to your local terrorist cell while sipping your latte at a Starbucks—doesn't matter. Even though we captured Saddam, Osama, and Anwar al-Awlaki, these powers are still necessary. Don't question.
  • 4. The bill grants power to the military to arrest U.S. citizens on American soil and detain them in military prisons forever without offering them the right to legal counsel or even a trial. This isn't a totally new thing: "dirty bomb" plotter Jose Padilla spent three-and-a-half years as an "enemy combatant" until he was finally charged. But Padilla's detention was unusual and sparked a huge outcry; the new provisions would standardize his treatment and enable us all to become Jose Padillas.
  • 5. Some people are trying to say that language regarding indefinite detention (Section 1031) doesn't apply to American citizens, but it does. However, the mandatory detention requirement (Section 1032) includes an exemption for American citizens, which means the military doesn't have to imprison you forever and ever "unless ordered to do so" by the president. You better remove that Nobama bumper sticker from your truck.
  • 6. The provisions could last as long as fruitcake lasts. We covered this earlier.
  • 7. Many important people oppose the provisions, including FBI Director Robert Mueller, the CIA, the military, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the head of the Justice Department's National Security Division, the Director of National Intelligence, and your mom (unless she's a U.S. senator).
  • 8. A group of 26 retired generals and admirals wrote a letter to the Senate saying the provisions "reduce the options available to our Commander-in-Chief to incapacitate terrorists," and will "do more harm than good." The Senate obviously ignored them.
  • 9. According to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who opposes indefinite detention of U.S. citizens, an American can be deemed a "terrorist" after just one hearing. Finally, the government promises to work efficiently on something.
  • 10. Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) tried to kill the provision on indefinite detention with an amendment that required Congressional review of these brand-new military detention powers, but his effort failed 60 votes to 38.
  • 11. All the Republican senators supported the provisions except for Paul and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL).
  • 12. Former Vice President Dick Cheney was in attendance for the vote on behalf of the waterboarding lobby. Every time he heard the words "indefinite detention," he got an erection.
  • 13. None of this stuff will ever affect people who are innocent of terrorism-related crimes, unless the government wrongly accuses them.
  • 14. As pointed out by Salon columnist Glenn Greenwald, the provision dispenses with Article 3, Section 3 of the Constitution, which provides that nobody can be punished for treason without heightened due process requirements being met." Goodbye, Art. 3 Sec. 3! Send our regards to the 4th, 8th, and 14th Amendments.
  • 15. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), one of the provisions' most vocal supporters, put it this way to the New York Times: "Citizens who are suspected of joining Al Qaeda are opening themselves up 'to imprisonment and death ... And when they say, "I want my lawyer," you tell them: "Shut up. You don't get a lawyer. You are an enemy combatant, and we are going to talk to you about why you joined Al Qaeda."'" Shut up, fool! Lindsey Graham hates it when you talk.
  • 16. Some of the senators who passed this shit don't really know what they are talking about when they talk about "enemy combatants" and their status under existing law.
  • 17. President Barack Obama has stated he'll veto the provisions because they would "raise serious and unsettled legal questions and would be inconsistent with the fundamental American principle that our military does not patrol our streets." They're also confusing.
  • 18. The provisions will militarize America even further and—in Graham's words—"basically say[s] in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield." Your backyard is a microcosm of the war on terror. Just think of that every time you host a barbecue.
  • 19. They could disappear from the NDAA if the House and Senate conferees who meet in conference committee this week decide to get rid of them.
  • 20. Texas Republicans have somehow worked sex with animals into all this.

Now for the good news: Greenwald at Salon says none of this indefinite detention without a lawyer stuff changes the status quo that much. It only codifies what's already been happening in the U.S. for the past few years. So you've been living under these conditions for a while now, but look—you're still not in jail. Just be more careful about what sorts of opinions on the government you post on Twitter, and don't say anything nice about Al Qaeda, and you'll be fine.


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Monday, December 5, 2011

Obama Regime Warns All Americans: IF YOU FIGHT US YOU WILL DIE!


In one of the most stunning reversals of human rights in modern history the Federal Security Service (FSB) is reporting today that the Obama regime has issued a blunt warning to all American citizens that, in essence, states that any one of these once free people who dare to oppose their government they will be immediately killed and offered no chance to defend themselves before a Court and/or jury of their peers.


According to this report, this unprecedented attack was begun yesterday when the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) General Counsel Stephen Preston in responding to a question at an American Bar Association national security conference bluntly stated that “American citizens are not immune from being treated like an enemy if they take up arms against the United States.”



Obama regime lawyers further stated that only the Executive Branch, not the Courts, is equipped to make military battlefield targeting decisions about who qualifies as an enemy thus equating all American citizens as being potential “enemies of the state” thus effectively destroying the Constitution all of these government officials had sworn to defend.


As we had stated in our previous report about the destruction of the freedoms and liberties once enjoyed by the American people, the US Senate, likewise, voted this past week to expand the power of the Obama regime to target its own citizens by the passing of new law debated in secret allowing for the total military takeover of this once free country.



So frightening is this new law it caused the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to issue an unprecedented warning that stated “The power is so broad that even U.S. citizens could be swept up by the military and the military could be used far from any battlefield, even within the United States itself.”


This FSB report notes that the actions now being undertaken by the Obama regime show its “outright contempt” for the democratic process and the US Constitution in that for the first time in American history military power is being put above that of civil authorities; a move many Russian intelligence analysts say can only be compared to the ending of freedoms in Russia under the Communists and Germany under the National Socialists (Nazis) preceding both World Wars of last century.


Even more astounding in the US Senates action, which according to noted American anti-war activist Justin Raimondo has created a “Presidential Dictatorship,” was Obama’s threat to veto this new law wasn’t because it went too far, but rather because it didn’t go far enough in allowing him to crack down on his own people.



To the reason behind the Obama regimes wanting to target its own citizens with state-sponsored murder and military rule, this FSB reports warns, is itsGreat Gamestrategy to overturn the entire Middle East and Central Asia in order to gain control over the majority of our planets last few remaining fossil fuel energy resources and whose next targets are Syria, Lebanon and Iran.


Virtually unknown to the vast majority of the American people is that “The Plan” to conquer the Middle East and Central Asia was revealed by General Wesley Clark (Ret.) who on 2 March 2007 [watch video HERE] stated that 10 days after 9/11 while walking through the Pentagon he was approached by another General who told him that the Bush regime was making preparations to invade Iran and at least 7 other Middle Eastern and Central Asian nations over the next 5 years.



Unfortunately for the American war hawks, however, was the Bush regime wasn’t able to complete their goal in the time they allotted themselves because they underestimated the fierce resistance they were met with, but since Obama took office has been able to gain speed.


Now, most ominously, with the US Senate passing by a unanimous vote to place sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank this FSB report warns that conflict is “all but assured” as Iran had previously stated that such an actions would be considered by them as an “act of war.”


The FSB further notes in their report that the American peoples ability to counteract the measures being put into place against them by the Obama regime appear to be “all but nonexistent” due to the “gulag mentality” instilled in these once free people through their educations system said to be virtually indistinguishable from their prisons [see video HERE] which hold more prisoners than all of the other worlds jails combined.



Current news stories coming out of the United States more than back up this FSB assessment of the way American children are being treated like criminals and include: 1.) A 4-year-old girl arrested for shoplifting at a Safeway store and made to sign a statement banning her from this store for life. 2.) A 13-year-old boy arrested, handcuffed and jailed for burping in class. 3.) A 6-year-old child charged with “sexual assault” when found “playing doctor” with another student. 4.) Two 12-year-old students investigated for “sex crimes” after they kissed in school.


And if the treatment of America’s children isn’t bad enough, new reports emerging from the United States by Obama regime supporters are now warning that Christians are a “national security threat” because they place their belief in God above that of their government.



To the future these Americans will awaken into should they fail to heed the many warnings being shouted out to them was described best by George Orwell in his seminal work 1984 wherein he warned….“People simply disappeared, always during the night. Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten. You were abolished, annihilated: vaporized was the usual word.”


In order to avoid this future, however, these Americans would be well advised to listen to the advice given to them by their Founding Father Thomas Jefferson who warned… “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”


So today, as millions of American children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered, one does indeed wonder when these once free people will awaken from their long slumber before all is lost.


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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Why is the American establishment media sanitizing reality?



Guest Post - Madison Ruppert


The December 5th, 2011 cover of Time Magazine represents a disturbing truth: the American corporate-controlled establishment media presents a picture of the world that is meant to placate and pacify the people of the United States in favor of presenting reality as it is.

While the covers of the European, Asian, and South Pacific editions have an image of chaos in the streets in Egypt with “Revolution Redux” in bold white letters in the center, the American edition is a cartoon with the headline “Why Anxiety is Good for You.”

Is this just a meaningless marketing tactic or does it exemplify the greater trend in how the American corporate media presents the world to the people of the United States?

I tend towards the latter, given the fact that this is something that is inescapable when consuming media marketed to people in the United States.

When I have the unfortunate pleasure of turning on the radio and listening to National Public Radio, I never cease to be amazed by the topics they choose to cover.


While much of the economies of the world are in shambles, uprisings both real and manufactured are occurring around the globe, brutal police crackdowns are taking place in the United States and the federal government is attempting to legalize indefinite military detention of civilians, even American citizens, without trial or charge, they opt for fluff stories with little-to-no meaning whatsoever.

This is the unfortunate nature of the “infotainment” industry that appeals to the lowest common denominator instead of attempting to inform and educate their audience.

The debatable aspect of this grim fact is if it is simply a result of sacrificing information and content in favor of ratings or if it is a calculated agenda to dumb down the American people.

I tend to fall into the camp of people who believe that this has been too pervasive and relentless to be the product of just doing whatever it takes to get ratings.

Take, for instance, the recent study that found that viewers of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News were actually less informed about current events than people who watched no news at all.

While this probably seems like a somewhat obvious conclusion to anyone who has sat down and watched Fox News, the fact that it was actually shown in a study is quite surprising.

Then again, when their own hosts don’t watch the entire clips they are covering and supposed legal experts claim that pepper spray is a food product while proving they are wholly ignorant of California legal precedent, one can’t expect much.

The poll was conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University and utilized 612 New Jersey natives. Fans of Fox News failed questions about Syria and Egypt, even when compared with people who said they didn’t watch the news.

The New York Daily News wrote, “Fox News fans flunked questions about Egypt and Syria when compared with people who don’t watch the news. Fox viewers were 18-points less likely to know that Egyptians toppled their government and 6 points less likely to be aware that Syrians have not yet overthrown theirs.”

That being said, I might point out that the Egyptians did not in fact “topple their government” instead they ousted Mubarak and replaced him with an arguably even more brutal military junta.

Dan Cassino, a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson and an analyst for the poll said that since they controlled for partisanship, this was not a question of Republicans or other groups being more prone to watch Fox News.

The results actually found, “there is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these questions that those (sic) who don’t watch any news at all.”

How can this happen? Is it just that they are seeking to entertain and not really inform? Or are news outlets like Murdoch’s Fox News actually there to make the American people perpetually ignorant?

The mainstream media presents such a limited spectrum of the information out there, especially when it comes to broadcast television, that it is hard to believe that it could simply be a natural result of the push for ratings over all else.

The world view presented by the establishment media is so consistent and carefully crafted that it would be quite surprising if they all happened to decide to present such a version of reality completely independently.

This outlook claims that the economy recovered when the government said the recession was officially over, that the government told us the whole truth about the attacks of September 11th, 2001, and that we are never deceived about the true intentions behind conflicts abroad.

However, reality continues to smash through this false paradigm presented to us by the establishment media and with every passing week another crippling blow slams into the false narrative.

Despite the efforts of Time to present a cartoon and a light-hearted cover story as the most important news, much of America is realizing that there is truly important information out there that is just waiting for them.

The most fatal flaw of the establishment media is the Orwellian doublethink that is used on a disturbingly common basis.

One of the most glaring examples in recent history is the case of Libya where al Qaeda-affiliated and rabidly racist rebels who are comprised mostly of fighters belonging to designated terrorist organizations became freedom fighters and pro-democracy protesters.

While we are supposed to praise and laud these murderers according to the corporate media, we are still supposed to believe that the al Qaeda bogeymen are around every corner hoping to blow us up.

A slightly more obscure example from September of this year came up when Fox News was covering the usage of weather modification, also known as geoengineering, to combat a drought in Texas.

While weather modification is an irrefutable fact, it is still nonsensically treated as a conspiracy theory in some circles.

When they speak about it on the mainstream media it is a normal and acceptable solution to environmental problems, but if you speak about it you’re labeled a conspiracy theorist.

Unfortunately this type of blatant doublethink and outright deception is becoming more prevalent and the upcoming Time cover is a great example of how the events of the world are shaped and spun in the American mainstream media to keep the people of the United States from becoming agitated or asking too many questions.

Thankfully, there is the alternative media which is growing independent of traditional news organizations and funding sources thanks to readers and business owners who are willing to support the new wave in journalism.

We will continue to present the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, while the establishment media continues to present dumbed-down nonsense which will only serve to drive their viewers to sources of real information.

Madison Ruppert is the Editor and Owner-Operator of the alternative news and analysis database End The Lie and has no affiliation with any NGO, political party, economic school, or other organization/cause. He is available for podcast and radio interviews. If you have questions, comments, or corrections feel free to contact him at admin@EndtheLie.com

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

When Good Men Do Nothing

By NewAmericaNow

Shame, Shame, Shame

Yes Shame on the police indeed. But Shame on the crowd for allowing a fool to assault peaceful people with chemical weapons (mace) and just stand by and do nothing. Since justice is blind it does not see uniforms it does not see badges but it knows and I know what injustice is .

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

So much of the history of the struggle between good and evil can be explained by Edmund Burke's observation. Time and again those who profess to be good seem to clearly outnumber those who are evil, yet those who are evil seem to prevail far too often. Seldom is it the numbers that determine the outcome, but whether those who claim to be good men are willing to stand up and fight for what they know to be right. There are numerous examples of this sad and awful scenario being played out over and over again in history.



To proclaim that it is never okay to forcibly resist law enforcement is to inadvertently demonstrate why so much of human history has been plagued by tyranny and oppression.

Throughout history most mass evil has not been done in spite of law enforcement but done in the name of law enforcement.

Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Mussolini, pol pot, Amin, George W Bush and Barrack Obama

As uncivilized as violent self defense may sound the alternative is to allow government to do absolutely anything it wants to do to you and you have to allow it

In the words of Alexander Hamilton himself
"If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense...."

Make no mistake that self defense is measured, controlled focused and just not some anarchistic whim of unfocused rage that injurs the innocent and uninvolved

Do you know what history teaches us about people that don't stand up and defend themselves from tyranny?...they end up in gas chambers.

We may not have gotten that far yet but...

The injustice of the state is at the root of why people are taking to the streets in protest by both the tea party and occupy movements.

The Banks and Corporations are merely an opportunistic infection in a greater wound. And I am sad to say a self inflicted wound.

The Democratic Party promises economic security and more benefits for the poor and working class – in return for more taxes, more regulations, self serving foreign policy and forfeiting our personal and local community independence for what they perceive is best for our collective society . However, economic security is actually only selectively doled out to those who will benefit that individual politician's situation either in re-election or to increase his or her personal wealth.

The Republicans on the other hand promise to protect us from the Democrats and all the other boogie men of the world then turn around and grant subsidies for the super rich and build prisons for the poor and invade weaker countries for their valuable assets in the same self serving fashion.

The resulting wealth gap has always led to more demand for greater moderate socialism and redistribution of wealth gained by favors paid by both sides of the isle. The big kicker is, greater socialism entails that government, you know the same government that allowed all those special favors, be given more control in order to fulfill it's empty promises of social justice in an ever increasing spiral of government power and control.

Lets Ask the native Americans if the us government can be relied on to makes good on it's promises.

Have you all noticed that the laws, acts, and regulations being passed as well as the many wars or so called kinetic actions by both parties have no actual benefit to or wanted by the average person on the street. There only justification is that it is all being done for your own good. Continual wars, militarization of police, unwarranted searches, checkpoints and surveillance. Forced vaccinations, limiting healthcare, access to our saved retirement funds they now call entitlements, and our god given right to choose healthy food and vitamin over chemically altered and genetically modified crap. If that wasn't bad enough our young are being taught revisionist history and to always listen to authority in our government controlled schools. American education consists of material regurgitation instead of critical thinking. It is not in the governments best interest to produce children that question authority and have a keen eye that rejects hypocrisy.
Such independence is not in the best interest of the state. Substandard education that does not serve them in adult life except to create good obedient unquestioning workers is the standard.

Year by year we lose freedom and independence to the one-two punch of government and corporate bureaucracy. Politicians promise change, but actually offer the same two stale options: moderate socialism or wage serfdom.

Both parties have failed at protecting America's sovereignty. They have signed unwanted world treaties with global entities without the consent of it's people. They have failed to protect us economically by abrogating their constitutional responsibilities and allowing parasitic private banks to debase our currency, creating debt based currency and allow compounding interest to be the norm. With the passage of legislation, the two parties have allowed our manufacturing and productive base to leave our shores to better their corporate cronys at the expense of the economic health of it's people. They have knowingly allowed special interest to write legislation that either steals from the American pocket and or protects corporate monopolies against the best interest of the American people through elimination of future competition.

Just like the word democracy is misunderstood to mean freedom, all the while it's true nature is tyranny of the minority by a majority, a similar situation exists with the word Capitalism.
Make no mistake Capitalism is absolutely not a free market economic system. Capitalism is defined as a system of economics where those who privately own the means of production use economic and political influence to gain advantage over others. There is no other true definition. And there is no other system at play in the United states at this moment in time. Those that blindly defend Capitalism defend the use of political and financial advantage and influence over natural market forces to infringe upon the rights of everyone else to play the game equally.
Many who call for regulation rarely if at all get the regulation that is called for because those already playing the game control the rule making mechanism.

Today there is no equal justice in our current system. Insiders and cronys that fail are bailed out and their losses are legally given to you and I against our will. If your an insider, bad decisions have no legal consequence. There are individuals committing high crimes against the American people. Theft, murder and treason yet there are no consequences and there is no justice. Remember, as Thomas Jefferson once said, If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.

In a free society, the government's legitimacy and moral right to use it's power is only justified and legal when derived from the consent of it's people. I see no such consent. It is the duty of every free American to resist by all means necessary anyone and anything that seeks to destroy the precious jewel that is freedom.
To fight for freedom is wrought with risks of harm to life and limb. Thousands of young men and women sign up every year to lay down their lives for for what they believe will defend freedom. So I know you are out there my brothers and sisters.

It is of course everyone's right to interpret for themselves what freedom means means to him or her and a personal decision as to what actions he or she should take. But let me be clear and blunt. Freedom and Liberty is dying in America and America needs your help.

I will simply leave you with the historical words of our founding fathers in an attempt to allow you to glimpse America through their eyes, as they saw it and allow you to decide what actions our hearts should take.

Make no mistake there has been no major change to the human heart and mind since 1776.

From Thomas Jefferson:

What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?


I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

From George Washington:

A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.

And of course from Patrick Henry

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”

Monday, November 7, 2011

Countdown To Armageddon


Guest Post by Zen Gardner


You don’t have to believe the Bible to see this one coming. If we aren’t in full scale war countdown mode I don’t know what.

Here’s a possible sequence that appears to be surfacing:


T-Minus 5: The Prep Is On


Pre-9/11, the American people were showing reluctance to back an escalating US militarization and enhanced role as an advancing hegemonic world super power.


Answer? A galvanizing “catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor”. 9/11 soon followed.



The paper titled “Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century“, openly advocated for global military dominance. PNAC was a Neo-Conservative think tank in Washington D.C. that was apparently founded by William Kristol and Robert Kagan in 1997 (and is supposedly no longer in operation), but has been a likely Pentagon creation by some people’s estimates (PBS); thereby being funded by the American taxpayer. Members included many from the Bush Administration as well as other “prominent” representatives of government and business (Full list of PNAC Members here).


The PNAC report stated this about “a new Pearl Harbor”:



“Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor. Domestic politics and industrial policy will shape the pace and content of transformation as much as the requirements of current missions. Source


We’re in a very similar position now. As Donald Rumsfeld famously said, “the effects of 9/11 are wearing off” and the public is growing war weary, never mind the obvious strain the war machine has on the failing economy. The small staged terrorist alerts are keeping it alive but they obviously need more.



T-Minus 4: “They Definitely Have WMDs!”


Many lawmakers in Congress aren’t going along with the Iran war agenda – A complete parallel to the Iraq war build up.



So what did they do to convince lawmakers and sceptics? Trot out bogus yellow cake reports and weapons of mass destruction evidence.


What’s coming out next week? The IAEA is about to do just that for the globalist UN regarding Iran’s supposed nuclear capabilities. This has all been laid out in “think tank” documents once again similar to the PNAC report above.


As Tony Cartalucci puts it:


As the rhetoric for war with Iran begins to mount, first with the staged DEA-Saudi bomb plot, and now with an upcoming IAEA report supposedly “exposing” Iran’s nuclear arms ambitions, it is important to re-read through the signed confessions by the corporate-fascist interests behind this drive for war.. Go HERE



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T-Minus 3: Pushing For More Sanctions Against Iran


Sanctions against Iran. Sound familiar?


Remind you of the Iraq war build up for 3 years prior to the US invasion and occupation? The saber rattling over Iran has been intensified over the last 3 years as well.


With UN sanctions already in place, here’s Congressman Ron Paul expressing his concerns regarding the new US Iran sanctions proposals while speaking to the House Foreign Affairs Committee:


I would like to express my concerns over the Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2011 and my opposition to it being brought to the Floor for a vote. Let us be clear on one critical matter: the sanctions against Iran mandated by this legislation are definite steps toward a US attack on Iran. They will also, if actually applied, severely disrupt global trade and undermine the US economy, thereby harming our national security. More


T-Minus 2: Zionist-American Hysteria


Israeli threats mount to hysterical levels. International alarms go off.



Israel’s role in all this, as in 9/11, is critical. The march through the middle east has ultimately been for their “protection” as well as for international corporate expansion and outright disruption of the region. The Zionist lobby owns Congress and the entire American machine and both they and the US leaders know it.






Martin van Creveld at the House of Commons, London, 26 February 2008 (Wikepedia)





Rabid expansionist bulldog Zionist Martin van Creveld blatantly expounded the mad dog Zionist mindset when he screeched:


“We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force…. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.”


This insane suicidal Zionist warmonger goes on to say:


“Israel is a state that does not care about what others say about it and you must remember the saying of former defense minister Moshe Dayan when he said that ‘Israel must always act as a wild dog because it should be dangerous in the eyes of others, rather than be harmed.’ [emphasis mine] Source


The seriousness and insanity of this build up towards war is obvious to people outside the United States. Americans have been literally brainwashed and steered into this for decades through Church and State, and having been allowed to feast off the delicacies of war profits…a nice trade-off for being willing to shut their minds and just take it.



Russia Knows


Vladimir Putin recently gave a statement that should have been headlines everywhere. But even then, Americans just roll over and go back to sleep and watch the game and chug another 6-pack.


Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin prior to his departure for China, cautioned his generals to prepare for Armageddon. A similar message was also delivered to the Chinese leadership that has the Chinese Forces also on high alert. Apparently in the same context, Putin has resolved all differences with China to forge a clear unity for times ahead. Source


You can be sure he’s not the only one who reads the handwriting on the wall. Not exactly comforting.



T-Minus 1: False Flag Event Seals It


Nuclear False Flag trigger? This horrific scenario is well within their sick potential reality.


False flags have worked for centuries. From the secret society, banker and royalty backed slave trade and piracy ruses for which the technique is named, to the Nazi Reichstag fire, the Spanish-American war, WW1&2, the USS Cole and Embassy bombings, the London, Spain and Bali bombings, on and on. You think they’re about to stop now considering how well false flags work on populations programmed with problem-reaction-solution since birth?



I’m afraid we have to face a very serious reality regarding these wicked warmongers. They want to bring on the Big One. And they don’t care who goes down with the ship. They’re insane and possessed by an evil mission they won’t relinquish.


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T-Minus 0: Full Scale Insanity


When the conflagration begins, due to whatever fabricated final provocation, things will stop as the world watches.


As the war progresses, it will draw in many more countries, with the utter annihilation of Israel being assured. After years of abuse, Israel’s battered neighbors will come to Iran’s aid and launch whatever they can to stop the attacks. Iran will retaliate hard. Iran is a huge, battle-tested, spiritually committed and naturally fortified country with 74 million people and will not go down quickly as Iraq did.


Pakistan and perhaps even Afghanistan and Turkey will not stand idly by, as China and Russia will vow to not let the war spread any further. Don’t forget India is armed to the teeth as well and could be provoked by a hit that is claimed to have come from Pakistan. Yes. We are sitting on a tinderbox.



It’s said the US will launch a biological attack on China during this time. We could be facing more threats than we can count after this battle is over.


A limited nuclear war could end relatively quickly as the horror of the reality sets in, but rest assured the US and Israel will inflict as much collateral damage as possible and use many more tactical nuclear warheads and depleted uranium than they’ll ever own up to, leaving their victims vanquished and toxified for as long as possible.


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Ignorance Is The Enemy – Conscious Awareness Is Our Strength


I and others are pounding on this subject to the point of seeming overload. It’s not. If we can see their program for what it is and connect the dots, other areas of information converge with it. Nothing is separate and it all needs to coalesce into as clear a picture as possible.


We are one collective consciousness united in a marvelous mysterious and loving universe. Lower densities attempt to wrestle realms of control like freak cancerous entities, while real and loving humanity thrives on the harmonious vibrations of truth and natural revelations of the fantastic grand design.


Their day is passing soon. Their purpose? We can only conjecture and operate according to our personal experiential bases. Religions and belief systems generally see it all as a test. Maybe, to some extent. It’s clearly something set before us to get through and hopefully understand before the wave hits us.



I like what Bill Hicks said as far as detaching from it all: It’s Just A Ride!


But we have to engender a positive approach to this madness, and know somewhere deep within us life was not meant to be ugly and manipulated by power mad psychopaths. If we stand back, we can see how very wrong the Powers That (would) Be are in just about everything they’re doing.


If it points to a planetary overthrow by self-serving entities so be it. Ours is to respond consciously. But respond.


Our awakening is their nightmare


Love, Zen


www.zengardner.com

Friday, October 7, 2011

Occupy Wall Steet and the Police - To Serve and Protect: America’s Institutional Fallacy


Guest Post
S. Paul Forrest


Those who today believe they are being sold out by Capitalistic Globalism, protected and served by a growing police state acting under the direction of our government are standing up to say, “No More!” They are tired of their jobs being shipped to other nations, their “representatives” serving financial contributors only and the poisoned rhetoric of corporatism infecting every speech and policy enacted by our currently inept government. Across this country, more and more people are standing up to have their voices heard and their demands for the resurrection of this once great nation, met. Unfortunately, these voices are being answered with the echoes of police brutality and media defamation trying to quell their collective desire for change.



Currently, the most powerful of these voices is Occupy Wall Street. Contrary to counter opinions from "popular" media, OWS is not a movement by Marxists and communists trying to take over America, a political march promoting President Obama’s agenda nor is it a meaningless protest by society’s pot heads and left over hippies from the 60’s. It is a meaningful commentary on the current and exponentially growing differential between our American Republic the way it was designed to be, and Corporatism. The line separating the two is evidenced by the police presence discouraging the movement, the violent tactics employed by them, and the news outlets either condemning this American reality or downplaying it by stating it is a movement without a clear purpose.



The police actions and the legislators and judges who enable them to enact such mistreatment and defamation of We the People as seen in Zuccotti Park, New York, delineates a greater ill in our society which many of the citizens in this nation are coming to recognize and speak out against. The protestors of OWS have gathered in numbers large enough to show solidarity in their purpose and represent a major cross-section of our population that cannot be ignored. Still, though, the police arrest and harass these people in an effort to control them, but it is only breeding more protests of the like, nationwide. The question is how our freedom of speech and assembly have both been so judiciously and legislatively quashed and how these "officers of the law" can so easily continue their assault on our right to assembly when they have sworn oaths to protect and serve We the People.


To Serve and Protect
We see it emblazoned on police cruisers, and politicians and judges swear oaths to it with hand on Bible: To Serve and Protect is more than a catch phrase, it is a promise to those who put them in their place of power and pay out of their own hard work the labor entailed in its performance. It seems of late, though, that the same people who only have power because We have given it to them, are abusing and misusing their posts to bring about a new structure of governing contradictory to the very essence of this great nation.



At one time, “To Serve and Protect” was the mantra of the Los Angeles Police Department and it eventually trickled into other departments nationwide. Many police officers took pride in this charter, and citizens most often could count on them to do so. Now though, one has to wonder to whom these services are being rendered and how it became acceptable by our government local, State and Federal to employ aggressive and even abusive tactics seen against the OWS protestors in this, our "free" Republic of the United States.


This term first came about in 1955, (when) a contest was announced in the Los Angeles Police Department's internal magazine, BEAT. The contest involved devising a motto for the Los Angeles Police Academy. The motto needed to be something that would succinctly express the ideals to which those who serve as Los Angeles Police Officers became dedicated. The winning entry for the phrase was submitted by Officer Joseph S. Dorobek and served as the LAPD academy's motto until by City Council action, it became the official motto of the entire Los Angeles Police Department in 1963. It continues to appear on the Department's patrol cars as a symbol of commitment to service.




This phrase which is emblazoned on LAPD patrol cars city wide has become one of the most recognizable phrases in law enforcement. Throughout its almost 50 years of use, it has come to embody the spirit, dedication, and professionalism of the Officers of the Los Angeles Police Department. (Excerpt from the LAPD site.) I wonder if Rodney King felt he was being served and protected in 1991 when he was brutally beaten by LAPD officers, an act which incited the 1992, Los Angeles Riots.


Likewise, the motto of the New York Police Department is Fidelis ad Mortem: (Faithful until Death) and until recently, members of the NYPD were frequently referred to by the nickname; New York's Finest. In light of recent events in the City one has to wonder to whom exactly they are faithful and what is it they have become the finest of? Certainly, the violent and inappropriate acts perpetrated by these “fine” officers in New York against the protestors of OWS, is anything but. If truth be told though, they are just an arm of our government, acting under their jurisdiction, direction and empowerment of the laws and codes of their legislative (mis)conduct.



Likewise, the oath to Federal Office is as follows:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
The last bit was added to the great chagrin of many in this nation especially since the oath swears to uphold the Constitution where it clearly states Article 6, at the end of the third clause:
[N]o religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
Congressional contradictions are bountiful, indeed. The very oath they take before entering office opens the door for ignoring our Constitution, so why stop there in the years they "serve" We the People?


Are we protected and served when our jobs are taken; our homes, our futures, and yes, even our civil rights? Are we protected and served when police officers spray in the face a group of seemingly peaceful women corralled in a plastic construction fence? Are we protected and served when our taxes and our safety is exported to foreign lands and used for murderous deeds the likes of which only Heinrich Himmler could ever have imagined? Possibly, but they are working daily to correct that particular oversight.



The end of service and protection
The police actions and the legislators and judges who enable them to enact such mistreatment of We the People, delineates a greater ill in our society which many of the citizens in this nation are coming to recognize and speak out against. With each arrest and unwarranted attack, these people justify the actions of Occupy Wall Street and further enrages the contempt toward this broken, American system.



Even though the First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference, actions are being taken to counteract it. Many policies in our nation's congressional history have served this purpose, but three particular ones stand out above the rest.




The Patriot Act was the most recent attack on these liberties, but history is rife with similar restrictions of which most Americans are ignorant. It is with these restrictions imposed by our government in all its forms, which are being enforced by the NYPD and so many other police departments across our fading empire. As pointed out by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, "The USA PATRIOT Act threatens freedom of speech from many different angles. There are three sections of the Patriot Act that are threatening to free speech in particular: section 802, which defines “domestic terrorism”; section 805, which defines “material support”; and section 215, which deals with surveillance. These sections also threaten freedom of assembly, freedom of association, and freedom of religion."



Another article found on HubPages, “Is Speech Really Free?” points out that the Constitution does not guarantee free speech, but rather prohibits Congress from imposing laws to abridge freedom of speech. The ambiguity of this Amendment gave rise to two separate Sedition Acts. The first in 1798 was initiated by John Adams while the second was passed in 1918. Unbelievably, these Acts were brought into Law a mere twenty years after the Constitution was ratified. Is it any wonder how so many who call out to return to the time of our founding fathers can so easily support Constitutional manipulation?


In a much older action directly ignoring the Constitutional protection of our rights, the 1798 Sedition Act was a response to the threat of a war with France and included “four laws in an effort to strengthen the Federal government. Known collectively as the Alien and Sedition Acts, the legislation sponsored by the Federalists was also intended to quell any political opposition from the Republicans, led by Thomas Jefferson.” In essence, this Act prohibited public opposition to the government. Fines and imprisonment could be used against those who "write, print, utter, or publish any false, scandalous and malicious writing" against the government.



Acting in kind, the1918 Sedition Act extended the Espionage Act of 1917 to cover a broader range of offenses, notably speech and the expression of opinion that cast the government or the war effort in a negative light or interfered with the sale of government bonds." It was amended by Congress the following year to not only target those who interfered with the draft, but also those individuals guilty of sedition, in other words; those who publicly criticized the government — including negative comments about the flag, military or Constitution (text).


Soon after 9/11, paranoia gripped our nation, and fear propaganda was delivered by those who would profit most from war and heightened security policies. "Free speech zones” were delineated for any protests and marches. These zones are established to enable protestors to speak their minds but to not pose a threat to areas where national security may be threatened. Unfair and unconstitutional you may say, but not so fast: As Julie Hilden points out in her article, “The constitutionality of police-imposed 'free-speech zones'”, the “First Amendment rule is that you don't have a right to a "captive audience" …But occasionally, the Supreme Court has recognized a right to preach even to a captive audience”.



After the 9/11 incident, which propelled this nation into the sinking ship of xenophobic, pseudo-patriotic whirlpool, the Patriot Act produced legislation which shadowed these previous “Patriotic” laws, but without the outward transparency of its forbearers’ desires to silence the People. The national protectionism which accompanied this free-for-all detriment to free speech has been seen every time a person speaks out against our nation’s immoral wars, corporate enablement or any other voicing of dissent from We the People.


The New York Police Department in particular, in the aftermath of that tragic day, formed a counterterrorism bureau whose sole purpose was to avoid another attack on the City. Part of the police reaction to the protests in New York is tied to this effort. Police in the City corralled protesters; pepper sprayed them and arrested hundreds of others on the Brooklyn Bridge. The rationale for these actions could be tied to this counterterrorism goal in that the protesters represented a danger to the City’s security in that the disturbance could distract police from their main duties. The control and silencing of the people in New York and across this nation embarking upon similar quests are being treated similarly without regard for their civil liberties under the banner of practices under the patriot Act, National Security Act but hidden with crimes cited such as inciting a riot, blocking the right of way or soliciting.



Protestors in America decry, as I do, the police force quelling the protests in this manner. Many of those who have been arrested and those watching these un-American events unfold cite that our freedom of speech is being undone. The Sedition Acts could easily be brought into action and all could be arrested accordingly. The main issue, though, is whether these police officers have been ordered to take this action against the People and whether they are now protecting and serving We the People or the corporatists who are now in control of our government.


Our institutional fallacy must end
Occupy Wall Street has taken this country to the point of revolution. The people are finally standing up against an unjust, self-serving system of governance which has forgotten who put them in power to begin with. One can only hope the protesters and many like them across this nation suffering for the result of this blatant disregard for our personal and financial security will show the same passion in protesting the corporations not only on Wall Street but across this nation, which have taken our jobs through boycotting any products and services sold by these pirates.


As it has been reported by the New York Times, “a trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Adam Sarzen, a decade or so older than many of the protesters, came to Zuccotti Park seemingly just to shake his head. 'Look at these kids, sitting here with their Apple computers,' he said. 'Apple, one of the biggest monopolies in the world…trades at $400 a share. Do they even know that?'”




To add to the broker’s words…Do these people even know that their laptops represent the worst part of supply-and-demand in this country: That economic principle which has enabled our jobs to leave for cheaper labor abroad? Do they know that every piece of non-American product they consume takes us further from the result they want: The end of America's quest for globalism and the revitalization of our economy? I wonder if they will they expend the same effort of only buying American products to bring our jobs back as they have in this march against Wall Street.


Another target which would serve the American people as well is a protest against corporate, mass media. These people have en masse stuck to a formula which has been designed to serve only to sell a product which enables their sponsors. The media system sells their politically ideological brands as well as useless products; both of which we can well do without. With the violent rhetoric of anti-Unionist slander, anti-socialist principles, and, in essence, anti-citizen protective policy, they have joined the deception by offering mellow tones of distraction rather than reporting on what America’s war machine is really doing overseas; how Congress is producing nothing to help our economic struggles of the middle- and lower-class citizens, and ignoring the blatant truths of the worst struggles in America since the early part of the 20th Century.




We must all accept, though, that Wall Street isn’t the only power of greed responsible for our current debacle. It represents crony capitalism that will do what they can to garner profit. Most operate with an understanding of ethics, while others only do so because they have to under Governmental restrictions or moral/ethical restrictions. When the restrictions are lifted however, many of these entities with great fortunes to be made will succumb to the temptation and take advantage. It is our government which has enabled these corporatists by lifting restrictions; our government that is setting dissenters into “free speech zones” else pay the price of imprisonment; and our government operating with the monies of capitalists, who are allowing the state of our nation to degrade.


As an example of this infiltration of corporatism into our system, the New York Police Department, apparently for want of funding to continue their "service" to the people, accepted payments from Wall Street firm JPMorgan Chase & Co. This Fortune 500 company recently "donated an unprecedented $4.6 million to the New York City Police Foundation". The department was allowed to take these bribes . . . I mean “contributions,” not only because funding has been cut in many areas to combat bloated State and Federal budgets but because government oversight itself has shifted from protecting to controlling We the People. Again, Wall Street represents an obligation to investors to make money; they are acting within their character. It is the government’s job to protect the people from excessive and abusive practices of corporations. Why then has this practice of gathering funding from corporate America not been stopped?



Funding for domestic programs and our services are being drastically cut to combat the debt accrued by a government which has grown too large to support itself. The doors of opportunity then have opened for those with money to come in, take control and profit as a result. In this manner, corporatists have been able to pay for a private security force paid for largely by taxpayers for pennies on the dollar. Many of the officers performing the arrests may have lost their jobs otherwise so a certain amount of dedication to them. All one has to do is examine the growing market for private, corporate run prisons to see this unfolding.


The days of American industry are over and with it millions of our jobs. Unless We the People in our protests against the systematic destruction of our liberty aim our protests at all who are responsible for enabling the destruction of our nation and move toward stopping the madness of free trade and the corrupt government enabling corporations to control our nation, we will continue to lose jobs, our rights, and will continue be arrested for protesting as well as suppressed from speaking against the wrongs committed against us and yes, unemployed; more and more of us each day.


The end result
Wall Street presently represents greed growing unchecked. It is because our government allows it to be that way. The unfair practices and procedures enveloped by our government, now largely controlled by special interests, are moving toward enacting more laws and policies to better serve their corporate supporters rather than us, hardworking Americans. Though profit is the goal of business in a free market society, when their profit comes at a life destroying cost to the people, the Declaration of Independence’s premise of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” given to all men and women within that society, quickly diminishes. The Sedition Acts, The Patriot Act and other policies passed throughout our American history serve only to keep free speech imprisoned. These were largely brought by xenophobic insecurity, but, most recently, they are caused by greed, plain and simple.



To this humble writer, the issue is not so simple as to fit conveniently into the neat little image given by media moguls and their talking heads of a protest filled with disgruntled employees, people who fell into the crevice of throw away middle management or neo-socialists and Marxists with nothing better to do with their day since their unemployment compensation expired: It has to do with a society that has had enough with the status quo and are not going to keep their heads in the sand, anymore.


To the protestors on Wall Street, I say good show. I greatly admire your fortitude, your dedication to a cause and your decision that being arrested doesn’t matter if you have no future. To the rest of you, I can only emphatically say; It is time to get off your ass and take back our country. It is time the people enact our right to throw off a tyrannical system are reform this great nation. We need to keep our march moving and growing to throw out these criminals; these people who have taken the oath to Serve and Protect us, but instead are taking this country into the Land of missed and forgotten opportunity.

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