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The Patriot Act Roots Go Deep

10 Aug

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SUSPENSION OF THE CONSTITUTION UNDER THE GUISE OF “CONTINUITY OF GOVERNMENT”. 9 YEARS LATER,WE ARE STILL UNDER THIS SECRET PLAN AS FEMA BUILDS DETENTION CAMPS.

Supplanting the United States Constitution:War,National Emergency and “Continuity of Government”

By Peter Dale Scott

URL of this article:www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19238

Global Research,May 19,2010

In July 1987,during the Iran-Contra Hearings grilling of Oliver North,the American public got a glimpse of “highly sensitive” emergency planning North had been involved in. Ostensibly these were emergency plans to suspend the American constitution in the event of a nuclear attack (a legitimate concern). But press accounts alleged that the planning was for a more generalized suspension of the constitution.As part of its routine Iran-contra coverage,the following exchange was printed in the New York Times,but without journalistic comment or follow-up:

[Congressman Jack] Brooks:Colonel North,in your work at the N.S.C. were you not assigned,at one time,to work on plans for the continuity of government in the event of a major disaster?

Both North’s attorney and Sen. Daniel Inouye,the Democratic Chair of the Committee,responded in a way that showed they were aware of the issue:

Brendan Sullivan [North’s counsel,agitatedly]:Mr. Chairman?

[Senator Daniel] Inouye:I believe that question touches upon a highly sensitive and classified area so may I request that you not touch upon that?

Brooks: I was particularly concerned,Mr. Chairman,because I read in Miami papers,and several others,that there had been a plan developed,by that same agency,a contingency plan in the event of emergency,that would suspend the American constitution. And I was deeply concerned about it and wondered if that was an area in which he had worked. I believe that it was and I wanted to get his confirmation.

Inouye:May I most respectfully request that that matter not be touched upon at this stage. If we wish to get into this,I’m certain arrangements can be made for an executive session.[1]

But we have never heard if there was or was not an executive session,or if the rest of Congress was ever aware of the matter. According to James Bamford,“The existence of the secret government was so closely held that Congress was completely bypassed.”[2] (Key individuals in Congress were almost certainly aware.)

Brooks was responding to a story by Alfonzo Chardy in the Miami Herald. Chardy’s story alleged that Oliver North was involved with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in plans  to take over federal,state and local functions during a national emergency. This planning for “Continuity of Government” (COG) called for “suspension of the Constitution,turning control of the government over to the Federal Emergency Management Agency,emergency appointment of military commanders to run state and local governments and declaration of martial law.”[3]

To my knowledge no one in the public (including myself) attached enough importance to the Chardy story. Chardy himself suggested that Reagan’s Attorney General,William French Smith,had intervened to stop the COG plan from being presented to the President. Seven years later,in 1994,Tim Weiner reported in the New York Times that what he called “The Doomsday Project” – the search for “ways to keep the Government running after a sustained nuclear attack on Washington” –had “less than six months to live.”[4]

To say that nuclear attack planning was over was correct,But this statement was also very misleading. On the basis of Weiner’s report,the first two books on COG planning,by James Bamford and James Mann,books otherwise excellent and well-informed, reported that COG planning had been abandoned.[5] They were wrong.

Mann and Bamford did report that,from the beginning,two of the key COG planners on the secret committee were Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld,the two men who implemented COG under 9/11.[6] What they and Weiner did not report was that under Reagan the purpose of COG planning had officially changed:it was no longer for arrangements “after a nuclear war,” but for any “national security emergency.”This was defined in Executive Order 12656 of 1988 as:“any occurrence,including natural disaster,military attack,technological emergency,or other emergency,that seriously degrades or seriously threatens the national security of the United States.”[7]

In other words extraordinary emergency measures,originally designed for an America devastated in a nuclear attack,were now to be applied to anything the White House considered an emergency. Thus Cheney and Rumsfeld continued their secret planning when Clinton was president;both men,both Republicans,were heads of major corporations and not even in the government at that time. Moreover,Andrew Cockburn claims that the Clinton administration,according to a Pentagon source,had “no idea what was going on.”[8] (As I shall explain later,this sweeping claim needs some qualification.)

The Patriot Act Roots Go Deep

The expanded application of COG to any emergency was envisaged as early as 1984,when,according to Boston Globe reporter Ross Gelbspan,

Lt. Col. Oliver North was working with officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency … to draw up a secret contingency plan to surveil political dissenters and to arrange for the detention of hundreds of thousands of undocumented aliens in case of an unspecified national emergency. The plan,part of which was codenamed Rex 84,called for the suspension of the Constitution under a number of scenarios,including a U.S. invasion of Nicaragua.[9]

Clearly 9/11 met the conditions for the imposition of COG measures,and we know for certain that COG planning was instituted on that day in 2001,before the last plane had crashed in Pennsylvania. The 9/11 Report confirms this twice,on pages 38 and 326.[10] It was under the auspices of COG that Bush stayed out of Washington on that day,and other government leaders like Paul Wolfowitz were swiftly evacuated to Site R,inside a hollowed out mountain near Camp David.[11]

What few have recognized is that,nearly a decade later,some aspects of COG remain in effect. COG plans are still authorized by a proclamation of emergency that has been extended each year by presidential authority,most recently by President Obama in September 2009. COG plans are also the probable source for the 1000-page Patriot Act presented to Congress five days after 9/11,and also for the Department of Homeland Security’s Project Endgame —a ten-year plan, initiated in September 2001,to expand detention camps,at a cost of $400 million in Fiscal Year 2007 alone.[12]

At the same time we have seen the implementation of the plans outlined by Chardy in 1987:the warrantless detentions that Oliver North had planned for in Rex 1984,the warrantless eavesdropping that is their logical counterpart,and the militarization of the domestic United States under a new military command,NORTHCOM.[13]  Through NORTHCOM the U.S. Army now is engaged with local enforcement to control America, in the same way that through CENTCOM it is engaged with local enforcement to control Afghanistan and Iraq.

We learned that COG planning was still active in 2007,when President Bush issued National Security Presidential Directive 51 (NSPD 51). This,for the sixth time,extended for one year the emergency proclaimed on September 14,2001. It empowered the President to personally ensure “continuity of government”in the event of any “catastrophic emergency.”He announced that NSPD 51 contains “classified Continuity Annexes”which shall “be protected from unauthorized disclosure.”Under pressure from his 911truth constituents,Congressman Peter DeFazio of the Homeland Security Committee twice requested to see these Annexes,the second time in a letter signed by the Chair of his committee. His request was denied.

The National Emergencies Act, one of the post-Watergate reforms that Vice-President Cheney so abhorred, specifies that:“Not later than six months after a national emergency is declared,and not later than the end of each six-month period thereafter that such emergency continues,each House of Congress shall meet to consider a vote on a joint resolution to determine whether that emergency shall be terminated” (50 U.S.C. 1622,2002). Yet in nine years Congress has not once met to discuss the State of Emergency declared by George W. Bush in response to 9/11,a State of Emergency that remains in effect today. Appeals to the Congress to meet its responsibilities to review COG have fallen on deaf ears.[14]

Former Congressman Dan Hamburg and I appealed publicly last year,both to Obama to terminate the emergency, and to Congress to hold the hearings required of them by statute.[15] But Obama,without discussion,extended the 9/11 Emergency again on September 10,2009;[16] and Congress has continued to ignore its statutory obligations. One Congressman explained to a constituent that the provisions of the National Emergencies Act have now been rendered inoperative by COG. If true,this would seem to justify Chardy’s description of COG as suspension of the Constitution. Are there other parts of the Constitution that have been suspended? We do not know,and the Chair of the Homeland Security Committee has been told he cannot find out.

Plans drafted by a secret committee,including corporation heads not in the government,have provided rules that allegedly override public law and the separation of powers that is at the heart of the Constitution. Congress is derelict in addressing this situation. Even Congressman Kucinich,the one Congressman I have met,will not answer my communications on this subject.

Yet as I see it,the only authorization for the COG planning was a secret decision by President Reagan (NSDD 55 of September 14,1982) which in effect federalized the counterinsurgency planning (called Cable Splicer),which he had authorized in California when governor there.

It is clear that the planning by Cheney,Rumsfeld and others in the last two decades was not confined to an immediate response to 9/11. The 1000-page Patriot Act,dropped on Congress as promptly as the Tonkin Gulf Resolution had been back in 1964,is still with us; Congress has never seriously challenged it,and Obama quietly extended it on February 27 of this year.

We should not forget that the Patriot Act was only passed after lethal anthrax letters were mailed to two crucial Democratic Senators  – Senators Daschle and Leahy – who had initially questioned the bill. After the anthrax letters,however,they withdrew their initial opposition.[17] Someone —we still do not know who – must have planned those anthrax letters well in advance. This is a fact most Americans do not want to think about.

Someone also must have planned the unusual number of war games taking place on 9/11. COG planners and FEMA had been involved in war games planning over the previous two decades;and on 9/11 FEMA was again involved with other agencies in preparing for Operation Tripod,a bioterrorism exercise in New York City. [18]

Someone also must have planned the new more restrictive instructions,on June 1,2001,determining that military interceptions of hijacked aircraft had to be approved “at the highest levels of government” (i.e. the President,Vice-President,or Secretary of Defense).[19] The Report attributes this order to a JCS Memo of June 1,2001,entitled “Aircraft Piracy (Hijacking) and Destruction of Derelict Airborne Objects.” But the written requirements had been less restrictive before June 1,2001,and I am informed that the change was quietly revoked the following December.

In The Road to 9/11 I suggest the change in the JCS memo came from the National Preparedness Review in which President Bush authorized Vice-President Cheney,together with FEMA, “to tackle the…task of dealing with terrorist attacks.”[20] Not noticed by the press was the fact that Cheney and FEMA had already been working on COG planning as a team throughout the 1980s and 1990s.[21]

As I wrote above,it is necessary to qualify a Pentagon official’s claim (to author Andrew Cockburn) that the Clinton administration had “no idea what was going on” in COG.  Let me quote from my response to Cockburn’s book in my own,The Road to 9/11:

[Weiner’s] article persuaded authors James Mann and James Bamford that Reagan’s COG plans had now been abandoned,because “there was,it seemed,no longer any enemy in the world capable of … decapitating America’s leadership.” [22] In fact,however,only one phase of COG planning had been terminated,a Pentagon program for response to a nuclear attack. Instead,according to author Andrew Cockburn,a new target was found:

Although the exercises continued,still budgeted at over $200 million a year in the Clinton era,the vanished Soviets were now replaced by terrorists… . There were other changes,too. In earlier times the specialists selected to run the “shadow government” had been drawn from across the political spectrum, Democrats and Republicans alike. But now,down in the bunkers,Rumsfeld found himself in politically congenial company,the players’ roster being filled almost exclusively with Republican hawks… .“You could say this was a secret government-in-waiting. The Clinton administration was extraordinarily inattentive,[they had] no idea what was going on.”

Cockburn’s account requires some qualification. Richard Clarke,a Clinton Democrat, makes it clear that he participated in the COG games in the 1990s and indeed drafted Clinton ’s Presidential Decision Directive (PDD) 67 on “Enduring Constitutional Government and Continuity of Government.” But COG planning involved different teams for different purposes. It is quite possible that the Pentagon official was describing the Department of Defense team dealing with retaliation.

The Pentagon official’s description of a “secret government-in-waiting” (which still included both Cheney and Rumsfeld) is very close to the standard definition of a cabal,as a group of persons secretly united to bring about a change or overthrow of government. In the same era Cheney and Rumsfeld projected change also by their public lobbying,through the Project for the New American Century,for a more militant Middle East policy. In light of how COG was actually implemented in 2001,one can legitimately suspect that,however interested this group had been in continuity of government under Reagan,under Clinton the focus of Cheney’s and Rumsfeld’s COG planning was now a change of government.[23]

Understandably there is great psychological resistance to the extraordinary claim that Cheney and Rumsfeld, even when not in government,were able to help plan successfully for constitutional modifications,which they themselves implemented when back in power. Most people cannot bring themselves even to believe the second,known half of this claim:that on September 11,2001,COG plans overriding the constitution were indeed implemented. This is why the first two print reviews of The Road to 9/11,both favorable and intelligently written,both reported that I speculated that COG had been imposed on 9/11. No,it was not a speculation: the 9/11 Commission Report twice confirms that COG was instituted on the authority of a phone call between Bush and Cheney of which they could find no record. No record,I did speculate,because it took place on a secure COG phone outside the presidential bunker – with such a high classification that the 9/11 Commission was never supplied the phone records.

A footnote in the 9/11 Report says

“The 9/11 crisis tested the U.S. government’s plans and capabilities to ensure the continuity of constitutional government and the continuity of government operations. We did not investigate this topic,except as needed to understand the activities and communications of key officials on 9/11. The Chair,Vice Chair,and senior staff were briefed on the general nature and implementation of these continuity plans.[24]

The other footnotes confirm that no information from COG files was used to document the 9/11 report. At a minimum these files might resolve the mystery of the missing phone call which simultaneously authorized COG,and (in consequence) determined that Bush should continue to stay out of Washington . I suspect that they might tell us a great deal more.

What is the first step out of this current state of affairs,in which the constitution has in effect been superseded by a higher,if less legitimate authority? I submit that it is to get Congress to do what the law requires,and determine whether our present proclamation of emergency “shall be terminated” (50 U.S.C. 1622,2002).

An earlier polite,judiciously worded appeal to this effect failed. It may be necessary to raise the issue in a larger,albeit more controversial context:the scandal that a small cabal was able to supersede the Constitution,and Congress has failed, despite repeated requests,to do anything about it. I would hope that Americans concerned about this matter would raise it with all the congressional candidates in the forthcoming elections. At a minimum, candidates should promise to call for a full discussion of the proclaimed national emergency,as the law requires.

Peter Dale Scott,a former Canadian diplomat and English Professor at the University of California, Berkeley,is the author of Drugs Oil and War,The Road to 9/11, and The War Conspiracy:JFK,9/11, and the Deep Politics of War. His book,Fueling America’s War Machine:Deep Politics and the CIA’s Global Drug Connection is in press,due Fall 2010 from Rowman &Littlefield.

Notes

[1] New York Times,July 14,1987.

[2] James Bamford,A Pretext for War:9/11,Iraq, and the Abuse of America’s Intelligence Agencies (New York: Doubleday,2004),74:  “The existence of the secret government was so closely held that Congress was completely bypassed. Rather than through legislation,it was created by Top Secret presidential fiat. In fact,Congress would have no role in the new wartime administration. ‘One of the awkward questions we faced,’ said one of the participants,‘was whether to reconstitute Congress after a nuclear attack. It was decided that no,it would be easier to operate without them.’” Cf. James Mann,The Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush’s War Cabinet(New York:Viking,2004),145.

[3] Miami Herald,July 5,1987. In October 1984 Jack Anderson reported that FEMA’s plans would “suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights,effectively eliminate private property,abolish free enterprise,and generally clamp Americans in a totalitarian vise.”

[4] Tim Weiner,New York Times,April 17,1994.

[5] Bamford,A Pretext for War,74;cf. James Mann,The Rise of the Vulcans:The History of Bush’s War Cabinet (New York:Viking,2004),138-45.

[6] Scott,The Road to 9/11:Wealth,Empire,and the Future of America (Berkeley and Los Angeles:University of California Press, 2007),183-87.

[7] The provisions of Executive Order 12656 of Nov. 18,1988, appear at 53 FR 47491,3 CFR,1988 Comp.,p. 585,http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/codification/executive-order/12656.html. The Washington Post (March 1,2002) later claimed,falsely,that Executive Order 12656 dealt only with “a nuclear attack.” Earlier there was a similar misrepresentation in the New York Times (November 18,1991).

[8] Andrew Cockburn,Rumsfeld:His Rise,Fall,and Catastrophic Legacy ( New York:Scribner,2007),88.

[9] Ross Gelbspan,Break-ins,Death Threats,and the FBI (Boston:South End Press,1991),184;cf. New York Times,November 18, 1991.

[10] 9/11 Commission Report,38,326;Scott,Road to 9/11, 228-29.

[11] Alfred Goldberg et al.,Pentagon 9/11 (Washington: Department of Defense,2007),132.

[12] Scott,Road to 9/11,238,240-41.

[13] U.S. Department of Defense,“U.S. Northern Command,”http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/dod/northcom.htm. Cf. John R. Brinkerhoff,PBS,Online Newshour,9/27/02:“The United States itself is now for the first time since the War of 1812 a theater of war. That means that we should apply,in my view,the same kind of command structure in the United States that we apply in other theaters of war.” Brinkerhoff had earlier developed the martial law provisions of REX 84 in the Reagan era.

[14] Cf. Peter Dale Scott and Dam Hamburg ,“To All Readers:Help Force Congress To Observe the Law on National Emergencies!!!,” 911Truth.org,March 24,2009,http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20090324183053848).

[15] Peter Dale Scott,“To All Readers:Help Force Congress To Observe the Law on National Emergencies!!!” (with Dan Hamburg), http.//www.truth.org,March 24,2009,http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20090324183053848#r7.

[16] White House Press Release,September 10,2009,http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Notice-of-continuation-from-the-president-regarding-the-emergency-declared-with-respect-to-the-September-11-2001-terrorist-attacks/. A press briefing by Obama’s spokesman Robert Gibbs the same day did not mention the extension.

[17] Cf. Time,Nov. 26,2001:“While Daschle,the Senate majority leader,could have been chosen as a representative of all Democrats or of the entire Senate,Leahy is a less obvious choice,most likely targeted for a specific reason. He is head of the Senate Judiciary Committee,which is involved in issues ranging from antitrust action to antiterror legislation” [emphasis added]. See also Anthony York,“Why Daschle and Leahy?” Salon,November 21,2001,http://dir.salon.com/story/politics/feature/2001/11/21/anthrax/index.html.

[18] Brian Michael Jenkins and Frances Edwards-Winslow, “Saving City Lifelines:Lessons Learned in the 9-11 Terrorist Attacks” (San Jose,CA:Mineta Transportation Institute,San José State University, 2003).

[19] 9/11 Report,17;cf. fn. 101,458.

[20] Houston Chronicle,May 9,2001;Road to 9/11,209.

[21] James Mann,The Rise of the Vulcans:The History of Bush’s War Cabinet (New York:Viking, 2004),139;James Bamford,A Pretext for War:9/11,Iraq,and the Abuse of America’s Intelligence Agencies (New York: Doublesday,2004).

[22] Mann,Rise of the Vulcans,144.

[23] Scott,The Road to 9/11,186-87.

[24] 9/11 Commission Report,555

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Hollywood begins mass brainwashing campaign to get people ready for the next bioengineered virus release

10 Aug

NaturalNews

The entertainment industry is no stranger to government propaganda campaigns, and the latest Hollywood flicks are no exception. A quick look at the trailer for the upcoming release of the movie Contagion(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sYS…) reveals what appears to be a massive brainwashing campaign designed to prepare the American psyche for the next intentional release of a bioengineered virus — and it also conveniently and subtly programs viewers into accepting the idea that vaccines might be the solution to a major, devastating disease outbreak.

Hollywood begins mass brainwashing campaign to get people ready for the next bioengineered virus releaseThis tactic is nothing new, of course. If you look back at the themes of majormovie releases over the past several decades and compare them to what ends up taking place in the real world not too long after, it becomes eerily clear that Hollywood is deeply connected to the agendas of those that are now in control of various world governments, including the US government.

Many, if not most, movies released today appear to be nothing more than psychological manipulation designed to either dull the minds of the peopleinto accepting a certain agenda, or to literally condition people’s minds for upcoming disastrous events.

Armageddon movie conditioned public for September 11, 2001, attacks

If this sounds like crazy talk to you, consider a few examples of pre-9/11 warnings. In the 1998 movie Armageddon, there is an ominous scene where, upon hitting terrible New York City traffic, a taxi driver tells his passengers that the reason for it could have been a “terrorist bomb.”

A few moments later, the World Trade Center towers appear on the screen greatly damaged from having been hit by asteroids. And at another point in the movie, a space ship countdown clock is shown stuck in the “9:11″ position. You can view a clip containing these scenes here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkwa…

Is all this just a coincidence? Perhaps. But the fact that in the movie Saddam Hussein is blamed for the “attacks,” the damaged twin towers appear oddly similar to the way they actually appeared years later on 9/11 prior to their collapse, and the countdown clock is stuck in the “9:11″ position, point to concerted preconditioning efforts to the actual event that would take place just a few years later.

Numerous movies and television shows were also fixated on the numbers 9 and 11 prior to the actual events on that date

If the Armageddon example is not enough, consider the following additional references to 9/11 in various movies and television shows:

– In the movie The Matrix, which was released in 1999, a discreet image of a passport belonging to Mr. Thomas A. Anderson, aka “Neo,” shows an expiration date of September 11, 2001. Even more interesting is the fact that this image appears at 18 minutes and 11 seconds into the movie, which translates into 8 + 1 = 9, followed by the 11 (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-image…).

– In the movie Pearl Harbor, which was also released in 1999, the results of the Ben Affleck character’s eye exam read a clear “911.” The Pearl Harbor event itself, of course, was a surprise military strike against the US by the Imperial Japanese Navy (http://photo.livevideo.com/photo/pe…). Coincidence?

– In an episode of the popular television show The Simpsons that aired in 1997, the premise involves Homer Simpson having to go retrieve his illegally-parked car from the World Trade Center.

Lisa Simpson is seen holding up a brochure with an advertisement for $9 bus rides to New York City, and the “9″ is positioned right next to the two towers, which together appear as “911.” The episode also happened to be season 9, episode 1 (http://photo.livevideo.com/photo/th…).

These are just a few of the many examples of odd occurrences prior to the events of 9/11. You can view a larger photo set that includes many other examples here:
http://photo.livevideo.com/photo/ha…

Popular media has been hinting at a deadly virusoutbreak for years

Based on the positioning of what appear to be 9/11 hints prior to the actual event, it appears that one of the next disastrous events on the agenda will be a deadly bio-warfare pandemic of some sort.

The movie Contagion, as well as numerous others in recent years including the 1995 movie Outbreak and the 2009 movie 2012, just to name a few, all seem to be pointing to the release of a deadly virus that will kill millions of people.

Even the media has had a hankering for deadly viruses over the past several years. In 2009, it was the great swine flu / H1N1 scare (http://www.naturalnews.com/swine_fl…). And prior to that, it was the deadly bird flu epidemic (http://www.naturalnews.com/bird_flu…).

Perhaps it is all just one giant coincidence, and there really is no deliberate plan to release deadly, bioengineered viruses. But if mainstream news and entertainment media really is laced with psychological warnings about future events, it is important to take careful note of them now in order to be as prepared as possible.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sYS…

Obama Prepares for Dictatorship

10 Aug

LArouchePac

http://www.larouchepac.com/sites/all/modules/layout/modules/player.swf

The heightened activity in the aftermath of the Norway terror attack indicates the kind of atmosphere where Obama would attempt a dictatorial coup. Everything we do in the coming period will be done to consolidate the forces to prevent that by removing Obama from office without any doubts or second-guesses.

http://www.larouchepac.com/sites/all/modules/layout/modules/player.swf

Those who supported Obama’s fascist coup, have committed high treason. As of today, the House has conceded its legally mandated power to a Hitler dictatorship. Our last and final defense against this coup, is full and total commitment to the sudden restoration of Glass-Steagall.

http://www.larouchepac.com/sites/all/modules/layout/modules/player.swf

The means Obama used to ram through the “deficit bill”, the Budget Control Act, is parallel to the process by which Hitler established his dictatorship. Is this the past repeating itself? No – today it is much worse.

http://www.larouchepac.com/sites/all/modules/layout/modules/player.swf

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RON PAUL TO CONGRESS: STOP STEALING FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

29 Jul

RonPaul.com

Ron Paul on the debt celing

by Ron Paul

Ron Paul to Congress: Stop Stealing from the American People Imagine you had a pesky neighbor who somehow took out a mortgage on his house in your name and by some legal trickery you were obligated to pay for it. Imagine watching this neighbor throw drunken parties, buy expensive cars, add more rooms to the house, and hire dozens of people to wait on him hand and foot. Imagine that he also managed to take out several credit cards in your name. One by one, he would max them out and then use your good name and credit to obtain another credit card, then another and then another. Each time, this neighbor would claim that he needed the new credit card to pay interest on the other maxed out credit cards. If he defaulted on those cards, your credit score would be hurt and when you wanted to buy something for yourself, it would be more difficult to get a loan and the interest you paid would be higher. Imagine that you mulled this over, and time after time, said nothing as he filled out more credit applications so he would not have to default on the other debt taken out in your name. Meanwhile, another shiny new Mercedes appears in his driveway. At what point do you think you might get tired of this game? And, even though you are left with no really good options, do you think you might eventually tell him to go ahead and default, just stop spending your money!

This analogy demonstrates the position we are in with our government and the debt ceiling. The government has run up a huge debt in the name of the American people, who are sick and tired of being on the hook for it. There are no really good options left. Defaulting on a portion of the debt may not be without costs, but it is better than handing the government yet another credit card.

The government is using the usual scare tactics to strong-arm the people into going along with more spending. Remember the rhetoric surrounding the big bailout of October 2008? We were told, not that this would be calamitous for the banks, but for the people, who would continue to experience massive job losses and foreclosures. We were told that the economy would sink into a deep recession if this money was not handed out to too-big-to-fail corporate cronies. So, after much hand-wringing, leaders from both parties, against unprecedented public outcry, agreed to shower money on the banks and increase the debt. The banks learned nothing, except that Washington will come to their rescue, no matter what. The people, however, continued to lose their jobs and houses anyway, and here we are, still in a deep recession.

When you read the above example, your first reaction might have been to dismiss the neighbor’s debt as illegitimate and in no way your responsibility or your problem. You would be right. No fair-minded legal system would hold you responsible for such a debt, and would instead cart your thieving neighbor off to jail. Yet Congress can impose liabilities on you, your children, and grandchildren without your consent, and even without your knowledge. This is another example of government holding itself above the law. Much like the TSA claims the right to molest us, yet arrested a woman who turned the tables last week, stealing somehow becomes legitimate when the government does it.

We supposedly live in a nation of laws. For once, government needs to heed the law regarding the debt ceiling.

See if Ron Paul is consistent. Check Ron Paul’s Record

NORWAY POLICE FIND EXPLOSIVES CACHE AT FARM RENTED BY ANDER BEHRING BREIVIK, BUT REFUSE TO RELEASE ANY INFO

29 Jul

Herald sun

Norway police find explosives cache at farm rented by Ander Behring Breivik, But refuse to release any info

  • Noway Police find explosives at gunman’s farm
  • Explosives detonated on site by Norway police
  • Won’t speculate on quantity or type of explosives

NORWEGIAN police say they’ve found and detonated a cache of explosives at a farm rented by the gunman, who’s claimed responsibility for killing 76 people in twin attacks over the weekend.

But they’ve refused to disclose the quantity or nature of the explosives.

“Explosives were found on the farm,” outside Olso rented by Anders Behring Breivik, said police spokeswoman Trine Dyngeland.

“We thought it better not to move them and they were destroyed on the spot in a controlled explosion,” she said.

Behring Breivik, who said he had planned Friday’s attacks for a long time, had rented the farm north of Oslo ostensibly to grow vegetables.

Norwegian media said it was a cover for him to buy large quantities of chemical fertilisers to make a bomb without attracting suspicion.

He had bought six tonnes of fertiliser since the start of May, according to the fertiliser group purchasing organisation.

Behring Breivik admitted carrying out the bomb attack at the government centre in downtown Oslo and a shooting spree at a nearby island at his first court appearance on Monday when he was remanded in custody for eight weeks.

He says he was on a crusade to save Norway and Western Europe from a Muslim invasion and that the attack on the Labour Party-led government and its youth wing were “cruel” but “necessary”.

Arizona police officer executes man for telling him a warrant is needed

28 Jul

News Junkie Post

Phoenix Police Officer responds to a domestic, enters a home with the mother’s permission, son inside tells officer he needs a warrant.  The officer responds by putting a gun to the victim’s head, saying “I don’t need no warrant, mother******.”  Seconds later, the victims dog was shot and killed, then the victim himself.

Update: although this took place last year (timeline of events), it is still a compelling story.  It appears as if no criminal charges were ever filed, although the mother of the murdered victim is pressing ahead with a civil suit, and the officer was eventually fired.

Arizona police officer executes man for telling him a warrant is needed

Follow Up Story…

Phoenix News Times

Phoenix Police Officer Richard Chrisman, who faces a second-degree murder charge in the October 5 shooting death of South Phoenix resident Daniel Rodriguez, was terminated today by the City of Phoenix.

Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sergeant Tommy Thompson issued the following statement to the press via e-mail:

“In answer to questions from the media, a Loudermill Hearing was held today for Officer Richard Chrisman. The decision was made to terminate Officer Chrisman’s employment. The separation process is anticipated to conclude by early next week.”

Public Safety Manager Jack Harris was looking to fire Chrisman back in early November, but Chrisman’s civil attorney Kathryn Baillie, who works for the firm that represents the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, sought and received a preliminary injunction from Superior Court Judge Donald Daughton, putting plans to kick Chrisman to the curb on hold.

But on February 28, Daughton issued a minute entry, allowing Baillie to file a special action with the Arizona Court of Appeals to seek a further stay. Daughton stated that unless the Court of Appeals ruled otherwise, his preliminary injunction order would be lifted.

The Court of Appeals denied Baillie’s motion for a stay on March 18, opening the way for the City to conduct a Loudermill hearing, which is the hearing of last resort before a public employee is axed.

Obviously, it didn’t go too well for Chrisman.

PLEA has vigorously defended the dues-paying Chrisman, bailing him out of jail, assisting him with legal representation, and doing its best to undermine the account of the shooting offered by non-PLEA member Officer Sergio Virgillo.

Helping members with legal representation is one of PLEA’s duties, of course. Sliming a fellow cop? PLEA does that for pure joy, apparently.

Both Virgillo and Chrisman responded to a 911 domestic violence call from Rodriguez’s mother on October 5. Rodriguez was unarmed, though a toxicology report later showed he had meth in his system.

During the incident, Chrisman killed Rodriguez’s dog and struggled with Rodriguez, eventually gunning the man down. Virgillo told investigators that neither Rodriguez nor the canine posed a threat to either officer.

Chrisman refused to speak to investigators and quickly lawyered up, with the assistance of PLEA. In addition to the second degree murder charge, he’s facing a charge for aggravated assault and cruelty to animals.

Last week, Rodriguez’s mother Elvira Fernandez filed a $30 million notice of claim against the City of Phoenix for the wrongful death of her son.

One wonders how much money, pain and agony could have been avoided if the City had fired Chrisman after he admitted to planting a crack pipe on a mentally ill homeless woman in 2005, an outrage that was captured by a security camera.

This grotesque, and likely criminal shenanigan landed Chrisman on the Brady List, the County Attorney’s roll call of cops whose bad behavior must be disclosed to defense counsel.

Chrisman should have had his Loudermill hearing then. This is regardless of whether he is innocent or guilty of second degree murder in the 2010 Rodriguez killing.

You can anticipate the spin from PLEA and its sleazy president Mark Spencer. In fact, you may see it tonight on CBS 5/KPHO, otherwise known as “PLEA TV.”

Rick Perry’s Record: What He Stands For Or Does Not

26 Jul

Ron Paul 2012 Action Group

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Rick Perry's Record: What He Stands For

#1 Rick Perry is a “big government” politician. When Rick Perry became the governor of Texas in 2000, the total spending by the Texas state… government was approximately $ 49 billion. Ten years later it was approximately $ 90 billion. That is not exactly reducing the of government.

#2 The debt of the state of Texas is out of control. According to usdebtclock.org, the debt to GDP ratio in Texas is 22.9% and the debt per citizen is $ 10,645. In California (a total financial basket case), the debt to GDP ratio is just 18.7% and the debt per citizen is only $ 9932. If Rick Perry runs for president these are numbers he will want to keep well hidden.

#3 The total debt of the Texas government has more than doubled since Rick Perry became governor. So what would the U.S. national debt look like after four (or eight) years of Rick Perry?

#4 Rick Perry has spearheaded the effort to lease roads in Texas to foreign companies, to turn roads that are already free to drive on into toll roads, and to develop the Trans-Texas Corridor which would be part of the planned NAFTA superhighway system. If you really do deep research on this whole Trans-Texas Corridor nonsense you will see why no American should ever cast a single vote for Rick Perry.

#5 Rick Perry claims that he has a “track record” of not raising taxes. That is a false claim. Rick Perry has repeatedly raised taxes and fees while he has been governor. Today, Texans are faced with significantly higher taxes and fees than they were before Rick Perry was elected.

#6 Even with the oil boom in Texas, 23 states have a lower unemployment rate than Texas does.

#7 Back in 1988, Rick Perry supported Al Gore for president. In fact, Rick Perry actually served as Al Gore’s campaign chairman in the state of Texas that year.

#8 Between December 2007 and April 2011, weekly wages in the U.S. increased by about 5 percent. In the state of Texas they increased by just 0.6% over that same time period.

#9 Texas now has one of the worst education systems in the nation. The following is from an opinion piece that was actually authored by Barbara Bush earlier this year…. We rank 36th in the nation in high school graduation rates. An estimated 3.8 million Texans do not have a high school diploma.  We rank 49th in verbal SAT scores, 47th in literacy and 46th in average math SAT scores.  We rank 33rd in the nation on teacher salaries.

#10 Rick Perry attended the Bilderberg Group meetings in 2007 and 2011. Associating himself with that organization should be a red flag for all American voters.

#11 Texas has the highest percentage of workers making minimum wage out of all 50 states.

#12 Rick Perry often gives speeches about illegal immigration, but when you look at the facts, he has been incredibly soft on the issue. If Rick Perry does not plan to secure the border, then he should not be president because illegal immigration is absolutely devastating many areas of the southwest United States.

#13 In 2007, 221,000 residents of Texas were making minimum wage or less. By 2010, that number had risen to 550,000.

#14 Rick Perry actually issued an executive order in 2007 that would have forced almost every single girl in the state of Texas to receive the Gardasil vaccine before entering the sixth grade. Perry would have put parents in a position where they would have had to fill out an application and beg the government not to inject their child with an untested and unproven vaccine. Since then, very serious safety issues regarding this vaccine have come to light. Fortunately, lawmakers in Texas blocked what Perry was trying to do. According to Wikipedia, many were troubled when “apparent financial connections between Merck and Perry were reported by news outlets, such as a $ 6,000 campaign contribution and Merck’s hiring of former Perry Chief of Staff Mike Toomey to handle its Texas lobbying work.”

Does This Sound like who you want for president of United States?