May 23rd, 2015 by olddog
By GIULIO PRISCO
MasterCard has launched MasterCard Send, a personal payments service that enables funds to be sent quickly and securely to consumers domestically and internationally.
Now live for users in the United States, MasterCard Send permits sending secure real-time payments to consumers, both banked and unbanked. The recipients get the funds immediately on their MasterCard or other cards, into mobile money and bank accounts or via cash agent outlets.
“This unique platform will enable disbursements and person-to-person (P2P) payments to and from virtually any U.S. debit card account, including non-MasterCard debit cards,” notes the MasterCard announcement. “MasterCard Send is the only personal payments service that can reach virtually all U.S. debit card accounts and enable funds to be sent and received typically within seconds – far superior to existing solutions that either limit transfers within a closed-loop network or involve ACH [Automated Clearing House], which can take several days for funds to be received.”
MasterCard Send payments are routed through the MasterCard network. Some news outlets quickly remarked that a centralized payment solution can’t be P2P. In fact, MasterCard is using “P2P” in the sense of person-to-person, not peer-to-peer, so the claim seems technically correct. However, MasterCard Send is not P2P in the sense of BitTorrent or Bitcoin.
“Through MasterCard Send, we have enabled a breakthrough solution that takes the pain out of the system, provides faster clearing of payments, and delivers a better user experience for senders and receivers alike,” said MasterCard chief emerging payments officer Ed McLaughlin. “MasterCard Send is addressing a real need that exists in today’s digital world to enable consumers, businesses, governments and more to have a safe, simple and secure way to transfer and receive funds quickly.”
Barb King, a group head in the MasterCard Payment Systems Integrity Group,described the service to PYMNTS as “a breakthrough platform in the industry.” She said that that the service is being marketed to companies and institutions, rather than directly to consumers, and mentioned B2C (business-to-consumer) and G2C (government-to-consumer) use cases. The MasterCard announcement notes that insurance claims, rebates, e-marketplace payouts, social benefits and tax refunds can now be sent in real-time. However, nothing seems to prevent individuals from using the platform to send payments and remittances to other consumers.
MasterCard Send emulates one of the two main advantages of bitcoin payments – fast transactions that take minutes instead of days. Details on the business model and economics were not disclosed, so it isn’t clear if MasterCard plans to emulate the other mainstream advantage of bitcoin payments – cheap transactions.
The MasterCard announcement doesn’t mention Bitcoin, but King told PYMNTS that “consumers are much more comfortable giving their personal details to their financial institution than they are to many other types of entities,” and that is a big reason why she believes MasterCard Send is more appealing than the bitcoin protocol.
It’s clear that traditional payment processors won’t let bitcoin payments eat their lunch without a fight. Currently, MasterCard Send seems a strong competitor to centralized operators such as PayPal and Venmo, but not a competitor to peer-to-peer, decentralized bitcoin payments.
Photo: Credit card of future / CC BY 2.0
By Giulio Prisco
Giulio Prisco is a writer specialized in science, technology and business. He is persuaded that Bitcoin and its underlying technology are about to bring disruptive positive changes to finance, business, and society.
May 22nd, 2015 by olddog
By Michael Snyder
Did you know that there is more than $28,000 of debt for every man, woman and child on the entire planet? And since close to 3 billion of those people survive on less than 2 dollars a day, your share of that debt is going to be much larger than that.
If we took everything that the global economy produced this year and everything that the global economy produced next year and used it to pay all of this debt, it still would not be enough.
According to a recent report put out by the McKinsey Global Institute entitled “Debt and (not much) deleveraging,” the total amount of debt on our planet has grown from 142 trillion dollars at the end of 2007 to 199 trillion dollars today. This is the largest mountain of debt in the history of the world, and those numbers mean that we are in substantially worse condition than we were just prior to the last financial crisis.
When it comes to debt, a lot of fingers get pointed at the United States, and rightly so. Just prior to the last recession, the U.S. national debt was sitting at about 9 trillion dollars. Today, it has crossed the 18 trillion dollar mark. But of course the U.S. is not the only one that is guilty. In fact, the McKinsey Global Institute says that debt levels have grown in all major economies since 2007. The following is an excerpt from the report…
Seven years after the bursting of a global credit bubble resulted in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, debt continues to grow. In fact, rather than reducing indebtedness, or deleveraging, all major economies today have higher levels of borrowing relative to GDP than they did in 2007. Global debt in these years has grown by $57 trillion, raising the ratio of debt to GDP by 17 percentage points (Exhibit 1). That poses new risks to financial stability and may undermine global economic growth.
What is surprising is that debt has actually grown the most in China. If you can believe it, total Chinese debt has grown from 7 trillion dollars in 2007 to 28 trillion dollars today. Needless to say, that is absolutely insane…
China’s debt has quadrupled since 2007. Fueled by real estate and shadow banking, China’s total debt has nearly quadrupled, rising to $28 trillion by mid-2014, from $7 trillion in 2007. At 282 percent of GDP, China’s debt as a share of GDP, while manageable, is larger than that of the United States or Germany. Three developments are potentially worrisome: half of all loans are linked, directly or indirectly, to China’s overheated real-estate market; unregulated shadow banking accounts for nearly half of new lending; and the debt of many local governments is probably unsustainable.
However, MGI calculates that China’s government has the capacity to bail out the financial sector should a property-related debt crisis develop. The challenge will be to contain future debt increases and reduce therisks of such a crisis, without putting the brakes on economic growth.
What all of this means is that our long-term global economic problems have gotten much, much worse. This short-lived period of relative stability that we have been enjoying has been fueled by unprecedented amounts of debt and voracious money printing. Anyone with half a brain should be able to see that this is agiant financial bubble, and in the end it is going to unwind very, very painfully. The following comes from a Canadian news source…
At the beginning of 2008, government accounted for a smaller portion of the debt pie than corporate, household or financial debt. It now exceeds each of those other categories.
“The current situation is much worse than in 2000 or 2007, and with interest rates near or at zero, the central banks have already used up their ammunition. Plus, the total indebtedness, especially the indebtedness of governments, is much higher than ever before,” said Claus Vogt, a Berlin-based analyst and co-author of a 2011 book titled The Global Debt Trap.
“Every speculative bubble rests on some kind of a fairy tale, a story the bubble participants believe in and use as rationalization to buy extremely overvalued stocks or bonds or real estate,” Mr. Vogt argued. “And now it is the faith in the central-planning capabilities of global central bankers. When the loss of confidence in the Fed, the ECB etc. begins, the stampede out of stocks and bonds will start. I think we are very close to this pivotal moment in financial history.”
But for the moment, the ridiculous stock market bubble continues.
Internet companies that didn’t even exist a decade ago are now supposedly worth billions upon billions of dollars even though some of them don’t make any money at all. There is even a name for this phenomenon. Internet companies that have gigantic valuations without gigantic revenue streams are being called “unicorns”…
A dizzying mix of bold ideas and lavish investments has catapulted dozens of privately held start-ups to unicorn status, defined as having market valuations of at least $1 billion often without soaring revenues to match. Social-sharing site Pinterest has soared to $11 billion. Ride-hailing company Uber is now worth a staggering $50 billion.
How long can the party last?
And these days, Wall Street even rewards companies that lose huge amounts of money quarter after quarter. For example, just check out what happened when JC Penney announced that it only lost 167 million dollars during the first quarter of 2015…
Yippee!!! JC Penney ONLY lost $167 million in the first quarter. The Wall Street shysters are ecstatic because they BEAT expectations. Buy Buy Buy.
This loss now brings JC Penney’s cumulative loss since 2011 to, drum roll please, $3.5 BILLION. They haven’t had a profitable quarter in over four years. But, they are always on the verge of that turnaround just over the horizon.
Wall Street has told you to buy this stock from $42 in 2012 to it’s current pitiful level of $9. They tout the wonderful 3.4% increase in comparable sales. They fail to mention that first quarter 2016 sales are only 30% below first quarter sales in 2011.
They fail to mention that JC Penney burned through another $274 million of cash in the first quarter. Their equity has dropped by $1 billion in the last year, while their long term debt has gone up by $500 million.
This is how irrational Wall Street has become. JC Penney is ultimately going to zero, and yet there are still people out there that are pouring huge amounts of money into that financial black hole.
Sadly, the truth is that Wall Street is headed for a very painful awakening.
What we are experiencing right now is the greatest financial bubble of all time.
What comes after that is going to be the greatest financial crash of all time.
199,000,000,000,000 dollars of debt is about to come crashing down, and the pain of this disaster will be felt by every man, woman and child on the entire planet.
May 20th, 2015 by olddog
By Dave Hodges
This is a two part series which deals with critical issues associated with planned round-ups of potential resistance leaders and how to recognize when the extractions will happen. This is very valuable information as it will be important to not be where one is expected to be when the extractions commence.
The Historical Precedent of the Night of the Broken Glass
In pre-holocaust Germany, Jewish businesses were singled out for physical destruction in an event called Kristallnacht (i.e. night of the broken glass). Hundreds of Jewish businesses were attacked on the same night.
When the Holocaust began, in earnest, the Gestapo would target selected neighborhoods, for extraction, and then make their move, in the same general area, on the same night. If the area was large and exceeded the capacity to extract everyone in a given area, the neighborhoods would be sealed off, with nobody allowed in or out as systematic arrests were carried out. The times may change and the technology may be better, but the same Nazi blueprint would be applied.
Nazi Germany Revisited
Jade Helm appears to be following the same pattern as their Nazi predecessors. From the Liberty Brothers to my deep insider sources, the same message and the same Nazi scenario is emerging.
When the extractions of political dissidents commences, the event will conform to the following pattern. Cell phone service will be blocked so the intended victims cannot warn each other when the event commences. In the ARSOF document, this is referred to as “surgical strikes”. The ARSOF dissident extractions will take place on the same night and with modern technology, it will be carried out with extreme efficiency.
There has been a lot written about the local police and participation in Jade Helm drills. However, it is not likely that the police will be going door to door beside ARSOF personnel, please consider the following.
I am a retired Deputy Sheriff but I still have regular contact with many from our department. They are not training with military forces as of yet, but they will soon be doing so. Some have been told that they will be assisting in the apprehension of key fugitives (aka terrorists). From memos and actual conversations, the job of the department will primarily be to provide a defensive perimeter that will prevent escape in a “nobody in and nobody out” approach. We know for a fact that other departments have been told similar things in briefings/memos held/conducted by the Department of Homeland Security.
I have been reading your articles for sometime now and I am convinced that LEO’s will be used as support personnel as “federal or military authorities arrest enemies of the state”. I do not remember seeing that you have written about local law enforcement and their role in what appears to be coming. Please take a look at this as there is an important story on this point. My family, some friends and I greatly appreciate your work.
This is what happened, for the most part, in South Carolina and this is precisely what the Gestapo did as they conducted mass arrests.
The Nazis almost always carried out their extractions at 3AM. Jade Helm announced that all of their drills would be carried out at from 11pm to 4AM. Jade Helm leadership has also announced that they will be practicing “infiltration techniques”. And most know that the job of ARSOF is to extract or assassinate high value targets prior to invasion or occupation.
Precursor Events Prior to the Commencement of the Extractions
The overwhelming belief among nearly all of is that an economic crash will be the precipitating event. When it is announced that the banks are “temporarily closed” and the bank bail-ins have commenced, many resistance leaders are living on borrowed time. From this point on, mass extractions, in this modern day version of the Night of the Broken Glass, could commence at any time. It is under this cloud of chaos that we will see this situation exacerbated by Fifth column attacks of shopping malls, schools and sporting events across all of the United States. The attacks will come from ISIS and MS-13 cells that have been embedded all over the United States. This will be the modern day version of shock and awe all designed to paralyze any potential response from the citizenry.
Like Nazi Germany, the planned dissident extractions will take place on a single night in order to prevent foreknowledge and a potential push back.
Phase One Targeting: Who Are the High Valued Extraction Targets?
The number one targets will not be very many in the Independent Media as commonly believed. In order to neutralize this group, the administration would only have to pull the plug on the Internet. However, there are a few in the Independent Media who have contacts who are high priority targets and as such, these media figures would be sought after individuals as well.
I have had the “round-up” discussion several times over the past couple of years. The pattern is always the same and can be universally applied from country to country.
The number one group that will be targeted by the Special Forces intruders will be individuals with significant military experience who have the ability to turn a militia into a formidable fighting force.
Who would comprise such a group? Let’s start with the 260+ command officers fired by Obama. Some of these leaders are only pencil pushing administrators and would be of little use in an armed conflict. However, some of these men have significant combat experience and administrative organizational abilities which would make them high valued targets for all the obvious reasons.
The second most targeted group would be veterans with counter insurgency combat experience from their Iraq and Afghanistan days. These individuals would be very well versed in the use of effective guerrilla warfare tactics and would have both the knowledge and needed experience to successfully employ asymmetrical warfare strategies against the encroaching UN forces, such as the 15,000 UN troops spotted in Texas yesterday. The occupation forces undoubtedly will be headed by the United Nations.
The third most targeted group would be individuals who have either military or agency (e.g. FEMA, Ft. Dietrich) experience with counter-insurgent use of biological and chemical weapons. This kind of experience would be worth its weight in gold because of the ability of certain individuals to inflict mass casualties on occupying UN forces. For those that know what they are doing, these weapons are not terribly difficult to manufacture and distribute. Counterinsurgency and counterintelligence officials from DHS and FEMA would have the knowledge to carry out such an asymmetrical attack. Long-time readers of The Common Sense Show may recall that I personally knew of a FEMA official who had experience in counterintelligence regarding biological and chemical weapons. Now, I understand why he and some of his former colleagues prepared a covert, isolated and well-prepared community to retreat to in December of 2012.
I am told that the Ron Paul types will be taken into protective custody “for their own good”. These people are the not at the top of the list. However, the globalists do not want people roaming society who could be symbols of resistance. It is not likely that any harm will come to them because the powers that be do not want to create martyrs.
I am told that interagency personnel will be targeted as well. What did Hitler do with the Brown Shirts? He killed them. The Bolsheviks did the same with retired military personnel in Moscow. Today’s interagency operational commanders will suffer the same fate because dead men tell no tales and there is plenty to tell if this intended coup against the United States is carried out. So, for some of you who swore an oath to the Constitution, you might consider looking at historical precedent.
With a few exceptions, the run of the mill political dissidents will factor into phase two which will involve relocation, incarceration and worse.
When the economy hits the skids, if you have reason to believe you are on the Red List, you best not be where the authorities can find you. Closing banks and economic chaos are signals that you should go into hiding immediately.
If one is targeted, can one avoid detection and evade arrest? The answer is a qualified yes. However, one has to possess detailed knowledge of the technology which could be used to locate you and what counter-surveillance strategies that you would have at your disposal. The good news is that one would not have to remain in hiding for a lengthy time. What we are speaking of here will result in civil war and Red List targets fade in importance with regard to this scenario when the shooting actually begins. Evading arrest will be the topic of Part Two of this series.
Finally, I have never seen a time when so many sources and so many people, in general, possess the same information about what is coming and when. In the Patriot community, by the end of the week, these facts will soon become common knowledge for those who possess the discernment to know when to listen. For most Americans, they will never know what hit them.
Fortunately, most massacres have warning signs for those who have the foresight to critically examine the times that we are living in. Albert Einstein was a man who understood history and he knew what was coming. Einstein possessed the ability to accurately assess the threat and he was able to move to safety. Will you?
May 19th, 2015 by olddog
BY GLENN GREENWALD
We learned recently from Paris that the Western world is deeply and passionately committed to free expression and ready to march and fight against attempts to suppress it. That’s a really good thing, since there are all sorts of severe suppression efforts underway in the West — perpetrated not by The Terrorists but by the Western politicians claiming to fight them.
One of the most alarming examples comes, not at all surprisingly, from the U.K. government, which is currently agitating for new counterterrorism powers, “including plans for extremism disruption orders designed to restrict those trying to radicalize young people.” Here are the powers which the British Freedom Fighters and Democracy Protectors are seeking:
They would include a ban on broadcasting and a requirement to submit to the police in advance any proposed publication on the web and social media or in print. The bill will also contain plans for banning orders for extremist organisations which seek to undermine democracy or use hate speech in public places, but it will fall short of banning on the grounds of provoking hatred.
It will also contain new powers to close premises including mosques where extremists seek to influence others. The powers of the Charity Commission to root out charities that misappropriate funds towards extremism and terrorism will also be strengthened.
In essence, advocating any ideas or working for any political outcomes regarded by British politicians as “extremist” will not only be a crime, but can be physically banned in advance. Basking in his election victory, Prime Minister David Cameron unleashed this Orwellian decree to explain why new Thought Police powers are needed: “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone.’” It’s not enough for British subjects merely to “obey the law”; they must refrain from believing in or expressing ideas which Her Majesty’s Government dislikes.
If all that sounds menacing, tyrannical and even fascist to you — and really, how could it not? “extremism disruption orders” — you should really watch this video of Tory Home Secretary Theresa May trying to justify the bill in an interview on BBC this morning. When pressed on what “extremism” means — specifically, when something crosses the line from legitimate disagreement into criminal “extremism” — she evades the question completely, repeatedly invoking creepy slogans about the need to stop those who seek to “undermine Our British Values” and, instead, ensure “we are together as one society, One Nation” (I personally believe this was all more lyrical in its original German). Click here to watch the video and see the face of Western authoritarianism, advocating powers in the name of Freedom that are its very antithesis.
Threats to free speech can come from lots of places. But right now, the greatest threat by far in the West to ideals of free expression is coming not from radical Muslims, but from the very Western governments claiming to fight them. The increasingly unhinged, Cheney-sounding governments of the U.K., Australia, France, New Zealand and Canada — joining the U.S. — have a seemingly insatiable desire to curb freedoms in the name of protecting them: prosecuting people for Facebook postings critical of Western militarism or selling “radical” cable channels, imprisoning peoplefor “radical” tweets, banning websites containing ideas they dislike,seeking (and obtaining) new powers of surveillance and detention for those people (usually though not exclusively Muslim citizens) who hold and espouse views deemed by these governments to be “radical.”
Anticipating Prime Minister Cameron’s new “anti-extremist” bill (to be unveiled in the “Queen’s Speech”), University of Bath Professor Bill Durodiésaid that “the window for free speech has now been firmly shut just a few months after so many political leaders walked in supposed solidarity for murdered cartoonists in France.” Actually, there has long been a broad, sustained assault in the West on core political liberties — specifically due process, free speech and free assembly — perpetrated not by “radical Muslims,” but by those who endlessly claim to fight them. Sadly, and tellingly, none of that has triggered parades or marches or widespread condemnation by Western journalists and pundits. But for those who truly believe in principles of free expression — as opposed to pretending to when it allows one to bash the Other Tribe — these are the assaults that need marches and protests.
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May 18th, 2015 by olddog
By Cassius Methyl
Joseph Rivers was a 22-year-old aspiring music video producer from outside of Detroit who managed to painstakingly save $16,000 for a music venture.
He was on an Amtrak train moving to Los Angeles to pursue his dream when his life’s savings were stolen from him.
According to the Albuquerque Journal,
A DEA agent boarded the train at the Albuquerque Amtrak station and began asking various passengers, including Rivers, where they were going and why. When Rivers replied that he was headed to LA to make a music video, the agent asked to search his bags. Rivers complied.
His $16,000 was in a bank envelope found by DEA agents. He tried to explain that he had problems withdrawing money from out-of-state banks in the past and that he was moving to Los Angeles. The feds did not believe him.
Joseph called his mother to corroborate his story. The feds didn’t believe her either.
He was charged with no crime, nothing on him was ‘suspicious’, but the DEA took his money and never gave it back.
All of the sudden Joseph Rivers’ progress in life was crushed by the state.
“We don’t have to prove that the person is guilty,” an Albuquerque DEA agent said. “It’s that the money is presumed to be guilty.”
So far this year, DEA agents have stolen over 38 million dollars in cash and goods from people assumed to be guilty.
In 2014, they collected $3.9 billion in civil asset seizures. Only $679 million of the money and assets were deemed “criminal”.
Be careful where you take your cash. You could get robbed by some people on the street, or federal agents in an unmarked vehicle. The only difference is you can’t defend yourself from a federal agent without being killed or incarcerated.
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I am quite sure that there are plenty of opinionated people that would say, “it serves him right for being stupid enough to travel with that much cash”. They are the kind of people who do not have a clue what the difference is between what kind of government we have now, and what we started with. If the reader approves of the theft of this young mans money, just wait until these tyrant thugs have an excuse to ruin your life. LIVE FREE OR DIE!
May 15th, 2015 by olddog
Occasions of the most recent a few days make it clear that President Obama is going down- -and quick. His own Democratic Party crushed his unhindered commerce bill in the Senate by a phenomenal close consistent “no” vote on Tuesday.
Albeit there is consequent talk of a bargain on four executioner changes that were requested by Senate Democrats, there is no sureness that the reestablished exertion will succeed; and the votes are not there in the House.
Obama’s awful boycotting of the Moscow remembrance of the annihilation of Hitler exploded in his face, the same number of world pioneers, especially from Asia, joined with President Putin in praising humanity’s triumph over despotism 70 years prior.
The most recent evidence that Obama’s White House days are numbered, came yesterday, when rational U.S. institutional powers interceded, and Secretary of State John Kerry made a trip to Sochi, Russia, for eight hours of converses with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and President Putin. The goal of the discussions was to de-heighten the British-Obama incitements against Russia before they came to the point of nuclear war. Kerry conveyed a reasonable message that normal circles in Washington mean to resume joint effort with Russia on war shirking. The clearest open articulation of this expectation came amid the joint press accessibility by Kerry and Lavrov, taking after the four-hour meeting with President Putin, when Kerry conveyed an unmistakable cautioning to Ukrainian President Poroshenko to back off from arrangements to resume military activities to retake the Donetsk Airport.
There are different evidences that discussions with Iran are advancing towards a P5+1 understanding before the June 30 due date. This makes it all the more earnest that the Anglo-Saudi war arrangements be left dead speechless -by the proceeded with preparation to constrain the arrival of the 28 pages from the first Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11.
This week, Seymour Hersh passed the cover over the Saudi-Obama Big Lie deception around the murdering of Osama Bin Laden. In a 10,000- word piece, Hersh uncovered that Bin Laden was executed in a planned death, designed with the Saudis. There was no flame battle with Al Qaeda monitors. There was no torment inferred proof that prompted the area of Bin Laden’s Pakistani safehouse. Not one single subtle element of the “official” Administration record was genuine -and throughout putting out one lie after the other, Obama double-crossed the very Pakistani military authorities who turned over the key data and introduced US professional killers into Bin Laden’s unguarded compound, where he was, in actuality, under house capture by the Pakistani ISI.
Lyndon LaRouche remarked on Wednesday that the advancement on the P5+1, joined with the Kerry talks in Sochi and the proceeding with Democratic rebellion against Obama, additionally implies that the drive to dump Obama is on a quickened direction, and could imply that the approaching monetary victory can be turned away. This, he focused on, must be the aim.
With Obama down, it is conceivable to rapidly wipe out the money related misrepresentation, and, through crisis enactment, dispatch another budgetary and fiscal structure to resuscitate the profitable economy. This starts with the quick restoration of Glass- Steagall. There must be a restoration of the beneficial economy, implying that the betting obligation and the other waste must be wiped out and punished. Glass-Steagall is more vital than any other time in recent memory, given the present setting. Credit must be produced for valuable generation, particularly for preparing of another era of talented laborers. We must develop the broke groups around the nation that have been crushed by the monetary strategies of the previous 40 years, and veritable financial development must be restored on a logically quickening scale.
To put it plainly, the present framework must be turned around, and the parasites need to go.
The movement that has occurred in the late days is the result of a few individuals confronting the truth that the world was made a beeline for nuclear eradication, and that the survival of humanity was specifically hanging in the balance. The choice is clear: It would be past frenzy to run the danger of such a destiny, thus, moves must be made to upset the British-Wall Street urgent hurry to war.
Kerry: Use of Force by Poroshenko Would Be Destructive of Minsk Agreement
The consistent subject of the Obama Administration and its NATO partners has been to place the total of the fault for proceeded with fighting in southeast Ukraine on Moscow. Hence, as indicated by this line of thinking, if the Minsk assention fizzles, it is on account of Russia has not held up its end of the deal. It ought to be huge, along these lines, when Secretary of State John Kerry counsels the Kiev administration for considering the continuation of brutality to accomplish its objectives in the Donbass.
Kerry’s remarks came amid a joint press preparation in Sochi with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on May 12. An individual from the Russian media requested that Kerry remark on the general population promise, made by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko a couple of days prior, to retake the Donetsk airplane terminal by power, if important. Kerry said, by State Department transcript, that he hadn’t heard the discourse,
“however, in the event that surely President Poroshenko is pushing an engagement in an intense exertion as of now, we would emphatically ask him to reconsider not to take part in that sort of movement, that that would place Minsk in genuine danger.”
Kerry went ahead to assume the best about Poroshenko, that possibly he was discussing the long haul, however he cautioned that
“resort to constrain by any gathering right now would be amazingly ruinous at a minute when everybody has united the working gatherings, the working gatherings have met, and the working gatherings have a capacity to attempt to give a way ahead on those issues that a hefty portion of us have been worried about throughout the span of the most recent months.”
Lavrov, remaining by Kerry, said that he “totally” concurred with him and that “any endeavors to draw in again in a compelling situation could be truly undermining the endeavors that we have been taking.
By and large, Kerry went through four hours meeting with Lavrov and an additional four hours meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Notwithstanding talking about the Ukraine emergency and the earnest need to completely execute the Minsk Accords, they examined the P5+1 arrangements with Iran, and appear to have especially examined the current Syria circumstance, on the eve of the Obama meeting at Camp David, Thursday, with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) agents (occasions start Wednesday night with a White House feast), which will occur throughout the day.
Indeed, the Kerry visit to Sochi was, in itself, a political upset against Obama and the British, who have been on a jihad against Putin and Russia since the starting of Nuland’s Nazi overthrow in Kiev in November 2013. Washington sources made clear that the Kerry trek was made conceivable by an in number intercession by rational strengths in Washington, including inside of the Pentagon and JCS, who saw theworld headed towards atomic termination and needed to act. These sources reported that the open, eye to eye dialog between Kerry, Lavrov, and Putin was a noteworthy, though initial move towards de-heightening the threat of general war.
May 14th, 2015 by olddog
By Michael Snyder
The UN plans to launch a brand new plan for managing the entire globe at the Sustainable Development Summit that it will be hosting from September 25th to September 27th. Some of the biggest names on the planet, including Pope Francis, will be speaking at this summit.
This new sustainable agenda focuses on climate change of course, but it also specifically addresses topics such as economics, agriculture, education and gender equality. For those wishing to expand the scope of “global governance”, sustainable development is the perfect umbrella because just about all human activity affects the environment in some way. The phrase “for the good of the planet” can be used as an excuse to micromanage virtually every aspect of our lives.
So for those who are concerned about the growing power of the United Nations, this summit in September is something to keep an eye on. Never before have I seen such an effort to promote a UN summit on the environment, and this new sustainable development agenda is literally a framework for managing the entire globe.
If you are not familiar with this new sustainable development agenda, the following is what the official United Nations website says about it…
The United Nations is now in the process of defining Sustainable Development Goals as part a new sustainable development agenda that must finish the job and leave no one behind. This agenda, to be launched at the Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, is currently being discussed at the UN General Assembly, where Member States and civil society are making contributions to the agenda.
The process of arriving at the post 2015 development agenda is Member State-led with broad participation from Major Groups and other civil society stakeholders. There have been numerous inputs to the agenda, notably a set of Sustainable Development Goals proposed by an open working group of the General Assembly, the report of an intergovernmental committee of experts on sustainable development financing, General Assembly dialogues on technology facilitation and many others.
Posted below are the 17 sustainable development goals that are being proposed so far. Some of them seem quite reasonable. After all, who wouldn’t want to “end poverty”. But as you go down this list, you soon come to realize that just about everything is involved in some way. In other words, this truly is a template for radically expanded “global governance”. Once again, this was taken directly from the official UN website…
- End poverty in all its forms everywhere
2.End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
3. Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages
4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all
9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation
10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (taking note of agreements made by the UNFCCC forum)
14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss
16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development As you can see, this list goes far beyond “saving the environment” or “fighting climate change”.
It truly covers just about every realm of human activity.
Another thing that makes this new sustainable development agenda different is the unprecedented support that it is getting from the Vatican and from Pope Francis himself.
In fact, Pope Francis is actually going to travel to the UN and give an address to kick off the Sustainable Development Summit on September 25th…
His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the UN on 25 September 2015, and give an address to the UN General Assembly immediately ahead of the official opening of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.
This Pope has been very open about his belief that climate change is one of the greatest dangers currently facing our world. Just a couple of weeks ago, he actually brought UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the Vatican to speak about climate change and sustainable development. Here is a summary of what happened…
On 28 April, the Secretary-General met with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican and later addressed senior religious leaders, along with the Presidents of Italy and Ecuador, Nobel laureates and leading scientists on climate change and sustainable development.
Amidst an unusually heavy rainstorm in Rome, participants at the historic meeting gathered within the ancient Vatican compound to discuss what the Secretary-General has called the “defining challenge of our time.”
The mere fact that a meeting took place between the religious and scientific communities on climate change was itself newsworthy. That it took place at the Vatican, was hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and featured the Secretary-General as the keynote speaker was all the more striking.
In addition, Pope Francis is scheduled to release a major encyclical this summer which will be primarily focused on the environment and climate change. The following comes from the New York Times…
The much-anticipated environmental encyclical that Pope Francis plans to issue this summer is already being translated into the world’s major languages from the Latin final draft, so there’s no more tweaking to be done, several people close to the process have told me in recent weeks.
I think that we can get a good idea of the kind of language that we will see in this encyclical from another Vatican document which was recently released. It is entitled “Climate Change and The Common Good”, and it was produced by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. The following is a brief excerpt…
Unsustainable consumption coupled with a record human population and the uses of inappropriate technologies are causally linked with the destruction of the world’s sustainability and resilience. Widening inequalities of wealth and income, the world-wide disruption of the physical climate system and the loss of millions of species that sustain life are the grossest manifestations of unsustainability. The continued extraction of coal, oil and gas following the “business-as-usual mode” will soon create grave existential risks for the poorest three billion, and for generations yet unborn.
Climate change resulting largely from unsustainable consumption by about 15% of the world’s population has become a dominant moral and ethical issue for society. There is still time to mitigate unmanageable climate changes and repair ecosystem damages, provided we reorient our attitude toward nature and, thereby, toward ourselves. Climate change is a global problem whose solution will depend on our stepping beyond national affiliations and coming together for the common good. Such transformational changes in attitudes would help foster the necessary institutional reforms and technological innovations for providing the energy sources that have negligible effect on global climate, atmospheric pollution and eco-systems, thus protecting generations yet to be born. Religious institutions can and should take the lead in bringing about that change in attitude towards Creation.
The Catholic Church, working with the leadership of other religions, can now take a decisive role by mobilizing public opinion and public funds to meet the energy needs of the poorest 3 billion people, thus allowing them to prepare for the challenges of unavoidable climate and eco-system changes. Such a bold and humanitarian action by the world’s religions acting in unison is certain to catalyze a public debate over how we can integrate societal choices, as prioritized under UN’s sustainable development goals, into sustainable economic development pathways for the 21st century, with projected population of 10 billion or more.
Under this Pope, the Vatican has become much more political than it was before, and sustainable development has become the Vatican’s number one political issue.
And did you notice the language about “the world’s religions acting in unison”? Clearly, the Vatican believes that it has the power to mobilize religious leaders all over the planet and have them work together to achieve the “UN’s sustainable development goals”.
I can never remember a time when the United Nations and the largest religious institution on the planet, the Catholic Church, have worked together so closely.
So what will the end result of all this be?
Should we be concerned about this new sustainable development agenda?
Please feel free to add to the discussion by posting a comment below…
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The objective is to own everything so they can control everything, and we are one of their possessions. All profits will be divided among them and there will be trillions of dollars apiece which means they can eliminate 90 percent of us and sustain the profits for their posterity. After-all, the natural resources are limited, so they must gain as much as they can from the people’s labor. This, believe it or not is the brain fart of the smartest people on earth. I say we should tar and feather them and roast them for their children to eat.
May 13th, 2015 by olddog
By Chuck Baldwin
May 14, 2015
Can one imagine how difficult it was for America’s founders to actually make the decision to separate from Great Britain? England was the Motherland. The Crown was the central government. For all of their lives, the government of Great Britain was the only government they had ever known. The history of England was their history. Not only that, these men had never experienced any other system of government. Neither was there history to guide them. A monarchical form of government was all they knew. The “divine right of kings” was inculcated into their hearts and minds via virtually every established institution, including the Church, from the time they were born.
The Magna Carta had paved the highway of philosophy for the acceptance of self-government and individual liberty, but it was hardly practiced. King John signed the charter under extreme duress and then spent the rest of his reign in bloody retaliation against those who had pressed him to accept it. For over five hundred years, the Magna Carta lay as a noble idea but with little practical application. The Enlightenment philosophers wrote and theorized much about the principles contained in the Great Charter, but, again, until America’s founding generation came on the scene, nothing much of substance had been achieved. It was America’s Founding Fathers and founding generation that took the principles of the Magna Carta and the Enlightenment philosophers and actually used those principles to birth a new nation.
But how did they come to such a decision? Imagine the consternation. Imagine the inner conflicts. Communities were divided. Friends were divided. Families were divided. Brothers were divided. Parents and children and husbands and wives were divided. Yet, make the decision, they did. They pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the cause. They obtained liberty and independence for their posterity–at great cost.
Granted, the decision to separate from the British Crown was not made overnight. Thomas Jefferson explained the process of reasoning behind the separation in the Declaration of Independence. Hear him:
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”
How could Jefferson have been any clearer? He and the rest of America’s founders were convinced of “a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism.”
Noah Webster’s Dictionary Of The English Language (1828) defines “design” as verb: “To project; to form in idea, as a scheme.” And as noun: “A scheme or plan in the mind.” And, “Purpose; intention; aim; implying a scheme or plan in the mind.”
Hence, America’s founders were convinced of a scheme, a plan, and an intention in the minds of those within the British Crown to “reduce them under absolute Despotism.” Yes, friends, America’s founders were convinced there was a CONSPIRACY within the hearts and minds of the British government to enslave them. Hear Jefferson again:
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design…”
When abuses and usurpations which pursue invariably the “same Object” continue unabated over a long period of time, this is NOT an act of happenstance; it is by “design.” Somewhere along the line, the eyes of America’s founders were opened to the conspiracy within the British government to enslave them. Once their eyes were opened to the conspiracy, the rest, as we say, is history.
I submit that what we have in America today are basically two groups of people: those whose eyes are opened to conspiracy, and those who eyes are blind to conspiracy. This is exactly as it was in 1775 and 1776. Christian or unchurched, Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, if one is blind to the conspiracy to “reduce [us] under absolute Despotism,” one cannot truly comprehend the real danger or the real war.
And, sadly, it appears that most people today do NOT see the CONSPIRACY. All they see is Republican and Democrat; conservative and liberal; right and left; Christian and Muslim; religious and secular; FOX News and CNN, etc. Until Americans awaken to the same “design” that our founders awakened to, they will not be able to obtain a solution to our country’s malaise, as they are blind to the real enemy.
Mind you, not everyone in the British government in 1775 had it in mind to enslave the Colonists. Not every British soldier, not every British magistrate, not every British agent had a personal goal to enslave the colonies. They were just following orders; their eyes were blind to the plans and objects of those who were orchestrating the conspiracy. And, of course, those within the colonies who supported the British Crown were, likewise, blind to the conspiracy. Thank God, enough of our forebears were enlightened to the design of the Crown to be willing to cast it off.
I will say it plainly: there is a design (conspiracy) within Washington, D.C., and its allies to reduce us under absolute despotism.
Come on, folks, think: when has it mattered to a tinker’s dam which party controlled the White House or Congress? No matter which party is in charge, the central government in D.C. continues to get bigger and bigger and more and more oppressive. Regardless of whether the President is a Democrat or Republican, NOTHING changes in regards to America’s foreign policies or our economic policies. Regardless of party, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) dominates our foreign policies and the Federal Reserve Bank (FRB) dominates our economic policies. Regardless of party, an American Police State and surveillance society continue to mushroom, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continue to exert more and more control over the American citizenry, and states and communities continue to fall under the heel of federal overreach.
Both parties in Washington, D.C., are led by warmongering zealots who use war, not only to enrich themselves, but also to carry out their preconceived plans of perpetual war for the purpose of paving the way for international bankers to control the world’s economies and for the purpose of subjecting the American citizenry to greater and greater infringements of their liberties.
In this regard, militant Islam is but a tool of the globalists. As long as Americans think that Islam is our enemy, they are blind to who the real enemy is. Our enemy is NOT Islam; our enemy is the cabal of globalists who are manipulating militant Islamists. The same people (the CFR and their fellow travelers) who took one of our strongest allies in the Middle East (Iran) and turned it into one our (supposed) greatest enemies are the same ones who are manipulating all of the wars of the Middle East, as well as bringing Russia and China to the brink of global conflict.
I submit the conspiracy of the British Crown has returned; and what used to be an indefatigable, recalcitrant, and vigilant independent republic (the United States) has become little more than a puppet of the old European monarchy. What the Crown could not accomplish through military force, it has accomplished through international banking.
The Federal Reserve wields absolute control over U.S. economic policy, and yet, no one really knows exactly who all of the members of the FRB even are. One thing is known, many (if not most) of them are NOT even U.S. citizens. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, foreign bankers have been controlling U.S. financial policy for the better part of a century.
In like fashion, the CFR virtually controls U.S. foreign policy. And the goal of the CFR is the reduction of national sovereignty and the rise of global government. Listen to Admiral Chester Ward.
Rear Admiral Chester Ward, who was the Judge Advocate General of the Navy from 1956-1960 and a former member of the CFR, but withdrew from the organization after realizing what they were all about, warned the American people about the dangers of this and similar organizations (such as the Trilateral Commission). He said, “The most powerful clique in these elitist groups have one objective in common–they want to bring about the surrender of the sovereignty and the national independence of the United States. A second clique of international members in the CFR . . . comprises the Wall Street international bankers and their key agents. Primarily, they want the world banking monopoly from whatever power ends up in the control of global government.”
Admiral Ward also said, “The main purpose of the Council on Foreign Relations is promoting the disarmament of U.S. sovereignty and national independence and submergence into an all-powerful, one world government.”
Now, observe that the administrations of both Republican and Democrat presidents are littered with CFR members. Under President George H.W. Bush, CFR members comprised 20% of his cabinet; under President Bill Clinton, CFR members comprised 34% of his cabinet; under President G.W. Bush, CFR members comprised 22% of his cabinet; and under President Barack Obama, CFR members comprise 36% of his cabinet. And these figures do not take into account how many CFR members are scattered throughout the national news media.
Can one imagine how people would react if twenty or thirty percent of a given presidential administration’s cabinet members were from, say, the Christian Coalition–or, even the ACLU. If the Christian Coalition had that many members in a presidential administration, people on the left would be screaming bloody murder. And if the ACLU had that many members in a presidential administration, people on the right would be screaming bloody murder. As it is, the CFR DOES have that many members in EVERY presidential administration and no one from the right or the left even says “boo.” It’s because they (from both left and right) are blind to the conspiracy.
These international conspirators can be found in London, Brussels, Washington, D.C., New York City, Tel Aviv, etc. In terms of U.S. foreign policy, these conspirators completely control the neocon agenda. That doesn’t mean that every politician who embraces the neocon foreign policy agenda is him or herself aware of the conspiracy. In the same way, not every federal officer within the DHS is aware of the conspiracy. Not every soldier who is fighting these perpetual wars of aggression is aware of the conspiracy. But as with many in the old British monarchy, they are the pawns of the conspirators.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Sam Adams, et al., were only able to declare and fight for independence and liberty after they understood that they were dealing with “a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism.”
Until the American people, including our State legislators, governors, city mayors, councilmen, county sheriffs, district attorneys, congressmen, senators, pastors, educators, journalists, etc., awaken to the conspiracy that seeks to enslave us, we will never have the sagacity and strength of will to properly resist it. This means that many of the current battles in which good people are engaged merely play into the designs of those who seek our enslavement. We can’t win the war until we know who the real enemy is.
P.S. On Sunday, April 19 of this year, I delivered the famous sermon of Pastor Jonas Clark that was originally delivered on April 19, 1776, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Battle of Lexington. Pastor Clark was the pastor of the men who fought that historic battle, which began America’s War for Independence. Obviously, this message was delivered just a couple of months before our Declaration of Independence was signed. I preached this message word-for-word. And I tried to deliver it with the same zeal and passion in which it was originally preached.
The vast majority of today’s Christians NEVER hear a message that remotely resembles the kind of sermons that the pastors of Colonial America delivered. And since April 19 fell on Sunday this year, I delivered Jonas Clark’s powerful message regarding the Battle of Lexington and American liberty so people could listen to the kind of preaching that Christians in Colonial America heard routinely. Pastor Clark entitled his message, “The Fate of Blood-Thirsty Oppressors and God’s Tender Care of His Distressed People.”
My delivery of this awesome message is on DVD. I offer this DVD to my readers in the hope that many of you will purchase copies of the DVD and let your friends, relatives, fellow Christians, pastor, etc., hear true Colonial American preaching. Again, this is word-for-word the message of Jonas Clark delivered on April 19, 1776, concerning the Battle of Lexington Green and America’s fight for liberty.
I have never heard anyone deliver Rev. Clark’s famous message. As far as I know, this is the only verbatim recording of this historic message in existence–preached with the same kind of passion and fervor as it was said Pastor Clark delivered it.
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May 12th, 2015 by olddog
Barack Hussein Obama has served 14-State Governors in the United States with National Security Letters(NSLs) warning that the Governors’ actions in attempting to form “State Defense Forces” needs to be halted “immediately” or they will face arrest for the crime of treason.
The employment of NSLs was authorized by the Patriot Act introduced by George W. Bush. Contained within the section related to these letters, it is forbidden for anyone receiving a NSL warning to even acknowledge the existence of said communication.
Obama is angered by several State Governors who have reestablished “State Defense Forces.” These forces are described as:
“State Defense Forces (also known as State Guards, State Military Reserves, State Militias) in the United States are military units that operate under the sole authority of a state government; they are not regulated by the National Guard Bureau nor are they part of the Army National Guard of the United States. State Defense Forces are authorized by state and federal law and are under the command of the governor of each state. State Defense Forces are distinct from their state’s National Guard in that they cannot become federal entities.“
Mr. Obama is fearful of these State Defense Forces, in that he does not have control of said forces, and with the U.S. Military stretched to near breaking from multiple deployments and theatre actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, these State military forces would be under the direct command and authority of the Governors in which states have said forces. In essence, the Governors would have “de facto control” of the United States.
The two Governors leading this move are: Tim Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota; and Rick Perry, Governor of Texas. Both of these State Governors stated they have:
…deep fear the President is destroying their Nation.
Governor Pawlenty’s fear of Obama is that since Obama took office he has appeased America’s enemies and has shunned some of America’s strongest allies, especially Israel. Governor Perry has declared that Obama is punishing his State of Texas by dumping tens-of-thousands of illegal Mexican immigrants into the cities and small towns of Texas. Governor Perry further recently stated:
If Barack Obama’s Washington doesn’t stop being so oppressive, Texans might feel compelled to renounce their American citizenry and secede from the union.
Obama fearing a revolution against him by the states, has moved swiftly by nationalizing nearly all National Guard Forces in multiple states; Georgia, Alabama, Kansas, Minnesota, Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana, South Carolina – to name a few.
The Governors of the Great States of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia still have under their Command-and-Control the State Defense Forces to go against U.S. Federal forces should the need arise. Also important to note: There are NO U.S. laws prohibiting National Guard troops from also joining their State’s Defense Forces. This dilemma occurred during the Civil War with many “citizen soldiers” choosing to serve their states instead of the Federal Government.
Call your representatives and find out if your governor has been warned by OBUMA and if not demand your rep. relay your request to form a state militia and tell OBUMA to go piss up a rope. Who does this communist, traitor, niga think he is? Every State should have a State Militia!
May 11th, 2015 by olddog
By Paul McGuire
May 11, 2015
Tomorrow morning you could wake up and see anarchy, riots in the streets, banks closed, and war breaking out between Russia and NATO, or a major conflict in the Middle East. Once the American people see mass lootings of stores, millions of other Americans will succumb to the herd mentality and join the looters in order to get food, medicine, and other items in order to survive.
When the average American fully realizes that the money he deposited in the bank is no longer legally his and that he has been reclassified as a creditor due to new regulations implemented at the recent G20 meeting of the world’s top twenty economies, widespread panic will set in. The new banking laws legally block people who have placed their retirement funds, savings, and pension funds in banks from withdrawing their money. In an economic crisis, the banks would close and hard working Americans would have to wait in line for their money after the giant financial institutions that are first in line get theirs. Obviously, by the time the financial institutions get their money, there will be nothing left for ordinary working people.
Many people falsely believe that their money is insured by the FDIC through the full power of the American government for up to $250,000.00. But if there is a major economic crisis the government will not be able to pay out that kind of money. This is what happened in Greece when the government closed the banks in a process called “bank bail-ins.” The government and the banks blocked people from withdrawing their savings, pensions, and other funds so that the people’s money could be used to pay off the bank debts. The people of Greece were starving and destitute, which resulted in riots and threats of a violent overthrow of the government.
If you connect the dots, then the increase of massive government surveillance on the American people, the widespread use of drones, the eliminations of due process, and martial law exercises like Jade Helm where U.S. soldiers, helicopters and armored vehicles will be sent into states and cities all begin to make sense.
October 17, 2015 is the deadline for agreeing on the federal budget, along with the possibility of the government defaulting on its loans. On the same day two large drills are going to take place: The Great Shake Out Earth Quake Drill and The Quantum Dawn Two Cyber Attack Bank Drill, where simulated Cyber attacks on the banking system may cause people to discover that they can’t log in to their online banking accounts. If this scenario were to become real, it could mean that “bank bail-ins” have been initiated and the kinds of riots and lootings that happened in Greece would happen here.
It appears that we have learned nothing from our last economic disaster. On September 18, 2008, the Treasury pumped $105 billion into the system in an attempt to stem the tide of the financial crisis. There was an electronic run on the banks which therefore decided to close down the money accounts. If they had not done that, their projection was that by 2:00 PM over $6 trillion would have been taken out of the money market system, which would have collapsed the entire U.S. economy, and within 24 hours the world economy would have collapsed. The result would have been the end of our economic and political system and the fall of America.
Once the banks close their doors and shut down the ATMs and online banking there will be mass anarchy. Did you ever ask yourself why so many large banks across America have installed large bulletproof see-through plastic barriers in front of the teller windows? Did you think they were put in to just stop bank robberies?
Again, in September of 2008, US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson advised the U.S. government to resort to martial law if Wall Street was not bailed out from the credit collapse. The 2008 crisis was a run not on the conventional banking system, but on what is called the “shadow banking system,” which consists of non-bank financial institutions, financial service institutions, unregulated traditional commercial banks which manage hedge funds, money market funds, credit investment funds, private equity funds, securities broker dealers, and finance companies. Under the new laws investment banks and commercial banks are allowed to conduct a huge part of their business in the “shadow” financial casino, which is gambling on over $290 million in highly risky contracts called derivatives.
At the same time there is a European Crisis unfolding in relationship to Greece. There is the potential of the breakup and radical reorganization of the European Union. This could ignite a global debt implosion that would seriously weaken Eastern Europe, which could cause a conflict between Russia, NATO, the EU, and the United States. There is a reason our military command is moving back under Cheyenne Mountain: World War III could be ignited. In addition, a strong Russia and a weak Europe could cause a Russian/Iranian invasion of Israel which was predicted in Ezekiel Chapter 38.
Clearly we are on the edge of catastrophe! There are two paths set before us. First, an economic crisis in the U.S. which ignites anarchy, riots, lootings, civil war, and martial law. This is the path we are currently set on. The second path is a powerful spiritual awakening with Americans realizing that they are responsible for the demise of our nation because, as Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” This spiritual awakening is contingent upon our understanding that God, not government and manmade institutions, is our source. The socialist mindset, which believes that there is no God and that only a world socialist government can solve our problems must be rejected and there must be a return to the spiritual, economic, moral, and social ideas prevalent at the founding of America. If this happens in a significant percentage of the American people there may yet be a Mass Awakening that can turn the tide before crisis erupts.
I outline in my book MASS AWAKENING how a spiritual mass awakening such as a Third Great Awakening can enable us to avert catastrophe. Apart from that we are going right off the cliff!
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May 9th, 2015 by olddog
By Brandon Smith
The consequences and patterns of war, whether by one nation against another or by a government against the citizenry, rarely change. However, the methods of war have evolved vastly in modern times. Wars by elites against populations are often so subtle that many people might not even recognize that they are under attack until it is too late. Whenever I examine the conceptions of “potential war” between individuals and oligarchy, invariably some hard-headed person cries out: “What do you mean ‘when?’ We are at war right now!” In this case, I am not talking about the subtle brand of war. I am not talking about the information war, the propaganda war, the economic war, the psychological war or the biological war. I am talking about outright warfare, and anyone who thinks we have already reached that point has no clue what real war looks like.
The recent exposure of the nationwide Jade Helm 15 exercise has made many people suspicious, and with good reason. Federal crisis exercises have a strange historical tendency to suddenly coincide with very real crisis events. We may know very little about Jade Helm beyond government admissions, claims and misdirections. But at the very least, we know what “JADE” is an acronym for: Joint Assistance for Deployment and Execution, a program designed to create action and deployment plans using computer models meant to speed up reaction times for military planners during a “crisis scenario.” It is linked with another program called ACOA (Adaptive Course of Action), the basis of which is essentially the use of past mission successes and computer models to plan future missions. Both are products of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
As far as I know, no one has presented any hard evidence as to what “HELM” really stands for, but the JADE portion of the exercise explicitly focuses on rapid force deployment planning in crisis situations, according to the government white paper linked above. This fact alone brings into question statements by the Department of Defense that Jade Helm is nothing more than a training program to prepare military units for “foreign deployment.” This is clearly a lie if Jade Helm revolves around crisis events (which denotes domestic threats), rather than foreign operations.
Of course, if you also consider the reality that special operations forces ALWAYS train like they fight and train in environments similar to where they will fight, the entire notion of Jade Helm as a preparation for foreign theaters sounds absurd. If special operations forces are going to fight in Iraq, Iran or Syria, they go to training grounds in places like Kuwait. If they are training in places like Fort Lauderdale, Florida (including “infiltration training”), then there is no way around the fact that they are practicing to fight somewhere exactly like Fort Lauderdale with a similar culture and population.
I would further note that Jade Helm exercises are also joint exercises with domestic agencies like the FBI and the DEA. Again, why include domestic law enforcement agencies in a military exercise merely meant to prepare troops for foreign operations? I often hear the argument that the military would never go along with such a program, but people who take this rather presumptive position do not understand crisis psychology. In the event of a national catastrophe many military personnel and government employees may determine that they will do what is “best for them and their families.” And if following orders guarantees the security of their families (food security, shelter, etc), then they may very well follow any order, no matter how dubious. Also, a large-scale crisis could be used as a rationale for martial law; otherwise well meaning military men and women could be convinced that the loss of constitutional freedoms might be for the “greater good of the greater number.” I believe some military will indeed resist such efforts but, of course, Jade Helm may also be a method for vetting such uncooperative people before any live operation occurs.
So if Jade is actually a crisis-planning system for the military, and the military is training for domestic operations, what is the crisis it is training to react to? It’s hard to say. I believe it will come down to an economic disaster, but our economic and social structures are so weak that almost any major event could trigger collapse. Terror attacks, cyberattacks, pandemic, a stiff wind, you name it. The point is that the government expects a crisis to occur. And with the advent of this crisis, the ultimate war on the American people will begin.
Why wait for a crisis situation? With the cover of a crisis event, opposition to power is more easily targeted. For my starting point on the elite war strategy, I would like to use the following presentation on guerrilla warfare by Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow and military adviser, at the elitist World Affairs Council.
I would first point out that Boot claims his work is merely a historical character study of interesting figures from the realm of insurgency and counterinsurgency and is not “polemical.” I’m afraid that I will have call horse hockey on that. Boot is direct adviser to the Department of Defense. His work and this presentation were obviously a study of guerrilla tactics from the perspective of counterinsurgency and an attempt to explore strategic methods for controlling and eradicating guerrillas and “terrorists.”
Any defense the American people might muster against elitist dismantling of constitutional liberties would inevitably turn to “insurgency.” So using CFR member Boot’s views on counterinsurgency as a guideline, here is how the elites will most likely wage open war on those within the American population who have the will to fight back.
Control Public Opinion
Boot stresses the absolute necessity for the control of public opinion in defeating an insurgency. Most of his analysis is actually quite accurate in my view in terms of successes versus failures of guerrilla movements. However, his obsession with public opinion is, in part, ill-conceived. Boot uses the American Revolution as a supposed prime example of public opinion working against the ruling powers, claiming that it was British public opinion that forced parliament and King George III to pull back from further operations in the colonies.
Now, it is important to recognize that elitists have a recurring tendency to marginalize the success of the American Revolution in particular as being a “fluke” in the historical record. Boot, of course, completely overlooks the fact that the war had progressed far longer than anyone had predicted and that the British leadership suffered under the weight of considerable debts. He also overlooks the fact that pro-independence colonials were far outnumbered by Tories loyal to the crown up to the very end of the war. The revolution was NEVER in a majority position, and public opinion was not on the revolutionaries’ side.
The very idea of the American Revolution is a bit of a bruise on the collective ego of the elites, and their bias leads them to make inaccurate studies of the event. The reality is that most revolutions, even successful ones, remain in a minority for most, if not all, of their life spans. The majority of people do not participate in history. Rather, they have a tendency to float helplessly in the tides, waiting to latch onto whatever minority movement seems to be winning at the time.
Boot suggests that had the Founding Fathers faced the Roman Empire rather than the British Empire, they would have been crucified and the rebellion would have immediately floundered because the Romans had no concern for public opinion. This is where we get into the real mind of the elitist.
For now, the establishment chooses to sway public opinion with carefully crafted disinformation. But what is the best way to deal with public opinion when fighting a modern revolution? Remove public opinion as a factor entirely so that the power elite are free to act as viciously as they wish. Engineered crisis, and economic crisis in particular, creates a wash of other potential threats, including high crime, looting, riots, starvation, international conflict, etc. In such an environment, public opinion counts for very little, if people even pay attention at all to anything beyond their own desperation. Once this is achieved, the oligarchy has free rein to take morally questionable actions without fear of future blowback.
Control The Public
Another main tenet Boot describes as essential in defeating insurgency is the control of the general population in order to prevent a revolution from recruiting new members and to prevent them from using the crowd as cover. He makes it clear that control of the public does not mean winning the “hearts and minds” in a diplomatic sense, but dominating through tactical and psychological means.
He first presents the example of the French counterinsurgency in Algeria, stating that the French strategy of widespread torture, while “morally reprehensible,” was indeed successful in seeking out and destroying the insurgent leadership. Where the French went wrong, however, was their inability to keep the torture campaign quiet. Boot once again uses the public opinion argument as the reason for the eventual loss of Algeria by the French.
What Boot seems to be suggesting is that systematic torture is viable, at least as a hypothetical strategy, as long as it remains undetected by the overall public. He also reiterates this indirectly in his final list of articles for insurgency and counterinsurgency when he states that “few counterinsurgencies (governments) have succeeded by inflicting mass terror, at least in foreign lands,” suggesting that mass terror may be an option against a domestic rebellion.
Boot then goes on to describe a more effective scenario, the British success against insurgents in Malaya. He attributes the British win against the rebellion to three factors:
- The British separated large portions of the population, entire villages, into concentration camps, surrounded by fences and armed guards. This kept the insurgents from recruiting from the more downtrodden or dissatisfied classes. And it isolated them into areas where they could be more easily engaged.
- The British used special operations forces to target specific rebel groups and leadership rather than attempting to maneuver through vast areas in a pointless Vietnam-style surge.
- The British made promises that appealed to the general public, including the promise of independence. This made the public more pliable and more willing to cooperate.
Now, I have no expectation whatsoever that the elites would offer the American public “independence” for their cooperation in battling a patriot insurgency, but I do think they would offer something perhaps more enticing: safety.
I believe the British/Malayan example given by Boot would be the main methodology for the elites and the federal government in the event that a rebellion arises in the U.S. against planned shifts away from constitutional republic or martial law instituted in the wake of a national emergency.
Isolate Population Centers
There is a reason why certain American cities are being buried in technologically sophisticated biometric surveillance networks, and I think the Malayan example holds the key. Certain cities (not all) could be turned into massive isolated camps, or “green zones.” They would be tightly controlled, and travel would be highly restricted. Food, shelter and safety would likely be offered, after a period of disaster has already been experienced. A couple months of famine and lack of medication to the medically dependent would no doubt kill millions of people. Unprepared survivors would flock to these areas in the hopes of receiving aid. Government forces would confiscate vital supplies in rural areas whenever possible in order to force even more people to concentrate into controlled regions.
I have seen the isolation strategy in action, in part, during the G20 summit in Pittsburgh. More than 4,000 police and National Guard troops locked down the city center, leaving only one route for travel. The first day, there were almost no protesters; most activists were so frightened by the shock-and-awe show of force that they would not leave their homes. This is the closest example I have personally experienced to a martial law cityscape.
The liberty movement has always been a leaderless movement, which makes the “night of long knives” approach slightly less effective. I do not see any immediate advantage to the elites in kidnapping or killing prominent members of the movement, though that does not mean they will not try it anyway. Most well-known liberty proponents are teachers, not generals or political firebrands. Teachers leave all their teachings behind, and no one needs generals or politicians. The movement would not necessarily be lost without us.
That said, there is a fear factor involved in such an event. The black-bagging of popular liberty voices could terrorize others into submission or inaction. This is why I constantly argue the need for individual leadership; every person must be able and willing to take individual action without direction in defense of his own freedoms, if the need arises. Groups should remain locally led, and national centralization of leadership should be avoided at all costs.
According to the very promoters of Jade Helm exercises, training will center on quick-reaction teams striking an area with helicopter support, then exfiltrating within 30 minutes or less. Almost every combat veteran I have spoken with concerning this style of training has said that it is used for “snatch and grab” — the capture or killing of high-value targets, then exfiltration before the enemy can mount a response.
The final method for war against the American people is one Boot does not discuss: the use of fourth-generation warfare. Some call this psychological warfare, but it is far more than that. Fourth-generation warfare is a strategy by which one section of a population you wish to control is turned against another section of the population you wish to control. It is warfare without the immediate use of armies. Rather, the elites turn the enemy population against itself and allow internal war to do most of their work for them. We can see this strategy developing already in the U.S. in the manipulation of race issues and the militarization of police.
The use of provocateurs during unrest in places like Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore suggests that a race war is part of the greater plan. I believe law enforcement officials have also been given a false sense of invincibility. With military toys and federal funding, but poor tactical philosophies and substandard training, LEOs are being set up as cannon fodder when the SHTF. Their inevitable failure will be used as a rationalization for more domestic military involvement; but in the meantime, Americans will be enticed to fight and kill each other while the elites sit back and watch the show.
4th Gen warfare also relies on fooling the target population into supporting measures that are secretly destructive to the people. For example, liberty movement support for controlled opposition such as Russia or China, or liberty support for a military coup in which the top brass are elite puppets just like the Obama Administration. Think this sounds far fetched? It has already happened in our recent history! Marine Corp Major General Smedley Butler was hired by corporate moguls to lead a paid army in a coup against Franklin D. Roosevelt (also an elitist puppet) in 1933. Butler luckily exposed the conspiracy before it ever got off the ground. Both sides were controlled, but the coup if successful could have resulted in popular support for the expedient erosion of the Constitution, rather than a slow erosion which is what took place. This is the epitome of 4th Gen tactics – make the people think they are winning, when they are actually helping you to defeat them.
Know Thy Enemy
I have outlined the above tactics not because I necessarily think they will prevail, but because it is important that we know exactly what we are dealing with in order to better defend ourselves. Such methods can be countered with community preparedness, the avoidance of central leadership, the application of random actions rather than predictable actions, etc. Most of all, liberty champions will have to provide a certain level of safety and security for the people around them if they want to disrupt establishment efforts to lure or force the population into controlled regions. Crisis is the best weapon the elites have at their disposal, and exercises like Jade Helm show that they may use that weapon in the near term. The defense that defeats crisis is preparation — preparation not just for yourself, but for others around you. War is coming, and while we can’t know the exact timing, we can assume the worst and do our best to be ready for it as quickly as possible.
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May 8th, 2015 by olddog
By Ron Ewart
May 6, 2015
“The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to ‘create’ rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting.” -William J. Brennan, Jr.
Because of our own difficulties with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), we have been exchanging e-mails with a gentleman whose battle with the IRS makes our problem seem like a pleasant walk in the forest on a sunny day. The IRS is after him for taxes on income he never received. They are after him for millions of dollars in taxes and they won’t let up. They just stole $45,000 from him with the court’s permission and they denied his constant requests for a trial by jury as required by the 7th Amendment to the Constitution.
Oh, but it seems that there are limits to the 7th Amendment when it comes to the federal government. The government is protected by what is called “Sovereign Immunity”. In colloquial terms what this means is, “The King Can Do No Wrong.” If a citizen wants to sue the federal government, the government has to agree to the lawsuit, or, there has to be specific legislative intent in the statutes allowing the government to be sued. (Lehman v Nakshian, 453 US 156)
The prevailing legal doctrine is that “the government cannot be compelled by the courts because it is the power of the government that created the courts in the first place.” This seriously flawed doctrine fails to take into account that it was the people who created the government ….. IN THE FIRST PLACE! If the people created the government, they have created a monster and the monster is “an insatiable, devouring, run away, gigantic black hole that can only be controlled, reduced, or replaced by a massive uprising of the people, either peacefully, or violently.” (from a previous article)
But the 7th Amendment is not the only Amendment under a silent, vicious attack by government. Let’s take the 8th Amendment for example, which states: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”
Nevertheless, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can fine a property owner as much as $75,000 PER DAY per violation of alleged (unproven) violations of the Clean Water Act. Anyone who says this isn’t an excessive fine, that violates the 8th Amendment, is 10 cards short of a full deck. It is definitely “cruel and unusual.” The EPA, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers, unilaterally asserts that they have dictatorial control over every drop of water in America, pursuant to the Clean Water Act. Except that, there is no such legal authority. Their legal authority only extends to“navigable” waters. It was only just recently that the U. S. Supreme Court allowed property owners judicial review of EPA allegations. Before, the only redress a person had against the EPA was through an EPA hearing examiner. Can anyone say, the fox is guarding the hen house?
In addition, the IRS can penalize a taxpayer $5,000 for not signing the perjury statement at the bottom of Form 1040, even though the taxpayer perjures him or herself every time he signs the perjury statement. In one of our many Affidavits we sent to the IRS, in our continuing battle with them, we listed the following as one of the conditions before we would comply with the terms of an IRS Notice:
Condition 13 – Provide proof on how the AFFIANT can file an income tax return and by some stroke of blind luck not commit perjury when the AFFIANT does not understand all the tens of thousands of tax laws and has no way to know if the AFFIANT’s tax return is true or correct, even if a tax professional prepared it for the AFFIANT, therefore, the AFFIANT would be committing perjury to sign the tax return perjury statement when the AFFIANT does not understand all of the constantly changing tax laws contained in the IRS Tax Code, nor could the AFFIANT ever understand them in the AFFIANT’s lifetime.
(NOTE: Twice, the response to our Affidavits was to come back with NO TAXES DUE. Except in one case they came back with a $10,000 fine. We’re still fighting that one.)
Last week, in our article entitled, “America, The Land of Censored Conservative Speech” we wrote of the attack on our First Amendment right of free speech by outright censorship of conservative messages by government, activists and even industry. (By the way, Comcast has suddenly become very attentive to our wants and needs, even giving us our own private tech person with a direct phone line and extension.)
The five elements of the First Amendment, including free speech, have been under attack by the federal government, the left and special interests for decades. The free expression of religion and the sanctity of religious belief (especially Christians) have been berated as a bunch of religious fanatics“clinging to their bibles and their guns.” (Obama’s words) The right of “peaceable assembly” has been, in many cases, relegated to government-designated “free speech zones”. Petitioning government for the “redress of grievances” has essentially evaporated when the government tells the people,“Ha! Ha! You can’t sue us.” And the so-called “free press” is a joke. The “free press” is owned, lock, stock and barrel, by special interests, mostly on the left, and is now subject to FCC mandated “Net Neutrality.” But it is the intent of the liberals in the FCC ruling that “Net Neutrality” only applies to the conservative free press.
Which brings us to the 2nd Amendment, the right of the people to own guns for personal defense and as a substantial deterrent against government tyranny. If it were not for the powerful lobbying of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and those millions of gun-owning individuals that support the NRA with their money, the 2nd Amendment would be a pile of ashes left over from an arson fire, started by the self-righteous, sanctimonious liberal left who never saw a gun law that didn’t like. Here is a very powerful opinion piece on an attack on the 2nd Amendment by a courageous author:
You can pretty well kiss off the 4th Amendment that protects citizens from unreasonable search and seizures. The federal government can do warrant-less wiretaps and property searches and seizures anytime they want. They can listen in on your telephone conversations, read your e-mails and track you on social media. And lets not forget the case of civil seizure laws where government can “take” your property for just about any reason they can invent and keep it. It can take years of legal wrangling in the courts to get your property back, that is, if you can afford it.
In Wisconsin a highly politicized liberal District Attorney got a judge to sign a multitude of search warrants with trumped up probable cause allegations on “conservative” citizens for alleged violations of campaign finance laws, as vengeance against Governor Scott Walker.
Nighttime SWAT team raids on private citizens, including the Wisconsin conservatives, have become commonplace, with or without warrants. In one case we know of in Louisiana, a local jurisdiction passed an ordinance that a property owner couldn’t have in-operable vehicles on their property. One property owner was, under the ordinance, subjected to the warrant-less removal of two cars he was restoring, right out of a carport on his property.
If you think you cannot be deprived of your life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (the 5th Amendment), by government, local, state, or federal, think again. Environmental and social justice laws have all but abolished life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If you believe that government can’t take your property under eminent domain for other than a clear government purpose, you are living under an illusion. They do it every day. If you believe you cannot be a witness against your self, then you had better not sign the perjury statement on IRS Form 1040.
Under the 6th Amendment an American citizen is entitled to a speedy and public trial by a jury of his or her peers and the defendant gets to confront the “witness or witnesses against him.” Au contraire! In many cases, such as an IRS case, the only real witnesses are the attorneys for the IRS. An attorney is not a witness. Your neighbor may call in an ordinance violation on you to the local authorities, anonymous of course, for something you did or didn’t do on your property. The government will protect that anonymous witness and you will never get to confront your accuser.
Then there are the 9th and 10th Amendments that “grant all other rights to the states and the people”. The federal government has been very clever in taking the money from federal income taxes and using it as a bribe to get the state governments to comply with federal policy. The states, hungry for federal money because they burned up all the state’s money in free stuff to the undeserving, illegal aliens, union demands and insane environmental mandates, will comply with the FEDS while abdicating the state’s and the people’s rights under the 9th and 10th Amendments. The power of the federal government increases by these cowardly abdications and continually erodes the rights of the states and the people.
The pattern of the continual expansion of federal government civil control over the states and the people is blatant, overt, arrogant and outright unconstitutional. The militarization of America by the U. S. Military, at the direction of the Executive Branch, as we discussed in a previous article, is even more evidence of that growing power by the FEDS, literally putting the people under the threat of death by the gun if they don’t knuckle under. Every day, the states and the people capitulate to this growing federal power. The final result of this capitulation, civil or military, is abject slavery.
Let’s face it ladies and gentlemen. The Bill of Rights, the foundation of the U. S. Constitution, codifying into law the natural and unalienable rights of the free and sovereign citizens of America, has been steadily and silently eaten away by an acrid “acid” disguised in millions of unconstitutional laws, to the point that the individual rights contained in the first ten Amendments to the Constitution are all but meaningless.
One of the easiest targets for government to conquer is the rural landowner. The rural landowner is disenfranchised from the political process and has no voice or representation. We have chronicled the plight of the rural landowner in our video entitled “Rural America in the Crosshairs”.
Sadly, the people have only themselves to blame. Only an in-your-face “Declaration of Open Defiance and Resistance by millions of Americans, can stop and then reverse the Slow, Torturous, Silent Repeal of the Bill of Rights.
But then if you like your rights being taken away and it is OK with you that your sweat, blood and tears are taken at the point of a gun and wasted on freeloaders, illegal aliens, environmental insanity, social justice, indoctrination posing as education, political correctness, endless bureaucratic inefficiency, fraud, abuse, corruption and the move towards a one world order, then there is no need to make such aDeclaration, especially if you fear the government. The Ukrainian’s feared their government and Stalin, using his military, starved to death an estimated 7,000,000 of them.
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© 2015 Ron Ewart — All Rights Reserved
Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property issues and author of his weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America”, is the President of the National Association of Rural Landowners, (NARLO) (http://www.narlo.org) a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners. He can be reached for comment at email@example.com.
May 7th, 2015 by olddog
By Ron Ewart — Bio and Archives July 4, 2008
We are celebrating “what” Day? Independence you say! Independence from what? Certainly not independence from government tyranny. We have “tyranny” in spades from our own government, at all levels.
When our Founding Fathers wrote and signed the Declaration of Independence, it was a declaration of war against the tyranny of Great Britain. It was a declaration of independence from excessive taxation, from harsh regulations, from no representation and from military rule. The colonials had enough and declared war, with all of the tragic consequences that come from such a declaration. They were willing to die for their freedom and their independence.
Today, are we willing to die for our freedom and independence? We wonder!
HERE IS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE INDEPENDENT, (from the dictionary)
1. Not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself: an independent thinker.
2. Not subject to another’s authority or jurisdiction; autonomous; free.
3. Not influenced by the thought or action of others.
4. Not dependent; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence; operation, etc.
5. Not relying on another or others for aid or support.
6. Declining others aid or support; refusing to be under obligation to others.
7. Possessing a competency.
9. Expressive of a spirit of independence; self-confident; unconstrained.
If July 4th is Independence Day, it is not the Independence that is defined in our American dictionary. It is not the freedom and independence that was crafted so carefully in our Declaration of Independence by men of vision in a time of conflict, confusion and turmoil, some 230 plus years ago.
Freedom and independence means freedom of choice, freedom of movement, freedom of what to buy, freedom of what to wear, freedom of where to live, freedom of where to work, freedom to live on and use our land without undue government interference and our freedom to roam freely throughout America without having to go through check points and body searches. We are constantly subjected to the authority and jurisdiction of government. We are continuously being influenced by the dictates of government. We can’t move sideways without butting heads with an out-of-control, arrogant bureaucrat to get some permit or license. Way too many of us are DEPENDENT on government for our very existence. We are forever relying on government for aid and support. We, as a culture, are no longer competent, self-sufficient, self-reliant and responsible. Some of us are, but way too few. We have been bought, sold, conquered and enslaved with out a shot being fired.
The truth is, America’s government has gone way beyond what King George the III imposed upon the colonies. The people of America have allowed themselves to be enslaved by this government and have given up their right to freedom, liberty and independence, because they were and are unwilling to defend their freedom and liberty with whatever it takes. The desire for freedom has been replaced with the desire of comfort and entertainment.
What we celebrate on the 4th of July is a myth and an illusion called freedom. We are not free. As a nation, we are no longer independent and self-reliant. In fact, most of us are so controlled by government and so dependent on government, they have slapped invisible handcuffs on each of us and confiscated our right of free choice and our right to live on our land, unfettered by government interference. Government no longer is restrained by the limits of the constitution, nor does it uphold the God-given, unalienable rights of the individual, as it was mandated to do by that constitution.
But we are a great and a “good” people and to our detriment our greatness and our goodness have been buried deep in our memories and obscured by our very prosperity. I am but a humble writer who believes deeply in freedom and liberty. A freedom and liberty for the individual. An individual freedom and liberty that is natural, as comes from nature, not from governments. A freedom and liberty that was envisioned by our Founding Fathers and codified into the law of man through our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. I believe that when governments, or groups of people attempt to stifle freedom and liberty, or remove man from them, man’s progress through time is depressed and he retreats further backwards into depravity, immorality and serfdom. I believe that freedom and liberty are our strengths not our weakness and if we inhibit freedom by any means, we as a people become weaker. If we as a people become weaker, we lose our creative ability, we lose our ingenuity, we lose our industriousness, we lose our productivity, we lose our can-do spirit, we lose our pride in our accomplishments, we lose our strength and courage to right a wrong when we see it, we lose our generosity and finally, we lose our great goodness. I believe that if the people look to government to solve their problems and acquiesce to its unauthorized power, they abdicate their duty and responsibility to control their own lives and hand it over to a collective. Having done so, they are no longer free men. And further, their actions, or in-actions as the case may be, only encourage the government to usurp even greater power.
What America does will determine the fate of the world. If we forsake freedom, if we sell our sovereignty for expediency or a few pieces of silver, if we break the bonds of our Constitution, if we abdicate our right and duty to defend freedom for ourselves and future generations, we shall descend into the mediocrity, apathy and self loathing under which the rest of the world operates and will be pulled down to their level, never to rise again.
Only one country on Earth has shown the best in man and what can be accomplished under the combination of inalienable freedom and our God-given goodness. If we lose that freedom and the goodness that flourishes under it, we shall surely descend into the abyss of the evil within us, where greed and avarice are the rule, rather than the exception. We are dangerously close.
Freedom, liberty, independence and self-reliance are our heritage. It is those characteristics that made us one of the greatest and good nations on Earth. If we refuse to defend and maintain it, we condemn all future generations, including our own children and grandchildren, to a life of dependence and the chains that come with being dependent. But even worse, we dishonor the memories and the sacrifices of all those who gave their lives, their limbs and their minds, in defense of our freedom.
If you desire to be free, independent and self-reliant, check out our website at narlo.org and learn how we can defend and maintain that freedom and liberty and regain our Independence where the 4th of July will, once again mean, “Independence Day”.
May 6th, 2015 by olddog
By Lisa Guliani
This article by Lisa Guliani was published on this Serendipity website sometime prior to February 2004. This is proven by the page as archived on the Wayback Machine (a copy of this page is here). This article has also been published on many other websites.
Someone using the name “Reality Bytes” published (no earlier than 2010) a ripoff of this article on The Hub under the title The Corporation Of The United States Of America Is It True? We Are Not Under Common Law?. This person is now claiming copyright infringement. This is laughable. “Reality Bytes” is a blatant plagiarizer, as shown by the textual comparisons below.
Note added in 2014: “Reality Bytes”, perhaps as a result of his plagiarism being exposed by this page, replaced his rip-off of Lisa Guliani’s article by a different article though whether that is also a ripoff of someone else’s article can’t be known without further research, which we can’t be bothered to do.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Preamble of the original “organic” Constitution
“We hold these truths to be self-evident. That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”
Excerpted from the Declaration of Independence of the original thirteen united states of America, July 4, 1776
Fourth of July 2002 has come and gone, and Americans honored the holiday with a renewed patriotic fervor that reminded me of the Bicentennial celebrations of 1976. As is customary, traditional fireworks displays took center stage and scores of people turned out to witness the dazzling show in the summer sky. With mixed feelings, I sat with friends on a crowded Pennsylvania sidewalk beneath a glittering, mesmerizing explosion of color, pondering the keen sense of sadness and betrayal that overwhelmed my spirit. Looking around at the huge crowds gathered for the annual events, I thought silently, “We are not free.” In truth, we have not been a free people for a very long time.
We celebrate this day in honor of our “independence”. We call ourselves a free people in a land of liberty. Our anthems proudly sing the praises of this nation, and we raise our voices, wave our flags and join in song but how many Americans realize they are not free? This is a myth perpetuated by the powers-that-be in order to avoid any major civil unrest, and to keep us all living under the thumb of a militaristic corporate Big Brother within the illusions that have been created for us. The truth of the matter is this: what freedom has not been stolen from us, we have surrendered willingly through our silence and ignorance. As Americans, most of us have no idea how our freedoms are maintained or lost. Apparently, our ancestors didn’t have a good grasp of this either. It is sad, but it is also very true.
Don’t point to that beloved parchment, the Constitution, as a symbol of your enduring freedom. It is representative of a form of government which seemingly no longer exists in this country today. The Constitution has been thrown out the window, the Republic shoved aside and replaced with a democracy. The thing is; most people in this country remain unaware that this is so because they simply do not know the truth what lies beyond the myths. Your so-called government is not going to tell you, either.
To even begin to understand what has happened to the Republic, we must look backward in time to the period following the Civil War. We must go back to the year 1871, which was the beginning of the decline of the Republic. When we examine what happened during that time in our history, we begin to piece together this troubling, perplexing puzzle that is “America” only then should we answer as to whether we are indeed a “free” people or not.
So, let’s roll backward into the past for a moment. It is time we learned what they didn’t teach us in school. It is far more interesting than what they DID tell us. I think you’ll stay awake for this lesson.
The date is February 21, 1871 and the Forty-First Congress is in session. I refer you to the “Acts of the Forty-First Congress,” Section 34, Session III, chapters 61 and 62. On this date in the history of our nation, Congress passed an Act titled: “An Act To Provide A Government for the District of Columbia.” This is also known as the “Act of 1871.” What does this mean? Well, it means that Congress, under no constitutional authority to do so, created a separate form of government for the District of Columbia, which is a ten mile square parcel of land.
What??? How could they do that? Moreover, WHY would they do that? To explain, let’s look at the circumstances of those days. The Act of 1871 was passed at a vulnerable time in America. Our nation was essentially bankrupt weakened and financially depleted in the aftermath of the Civil War. The Civil War itself was nothing more than a calculated “front” for some pretty fancy footwork by corporate backroom players. It was a strategic maneuver by European interests (the international bankers) who were intent upon gaining a stranglehold on the neck (and the coffers) of America.
The Congress realized our country was in dire financial straits, so they cut a deal with the international bankers (in those days, the Rothschilds of London were dipping their fingers into everyone’s pie) thereby incurring a DEBT to said bankers. If we think about banks, we know they do not just lend us money out of the goodness of their hearts. A bank will not do anything for you unless it is entirely in their best interest to do so. There has to be some sort of collateral or some string attached which puts you and me (the borrower) into a subservient position. This was true back in 1871 as well. The conniving international bankers were not about to lend our floundering nation any money without some serious stipulations. So, they devised a brilliant way of getting their foot in the door of the United States (a prize they had coveted for some time, but had been unable to grasp thanks to our Founding Fathers, who despised them and held them in check), and thus, the Act of 1871 was passed.
In essence, this Act formed the corporation known as THE UNITED STATES. Note the capitalization, because it is important. This corporation, owned by foreign interests, moved right in and shoved the original “organic” version of the Constitution into a dusty corner. With the “Act of 1871,” our Constitution was defaced in the sense that the title was block-capitalized and the word “for” was changed to the word “of” in the title. The original Constitution drafted by the Founding Fathers, was written in this manner:
“The Constitution for the united states of America”.
The altered version reads: “THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”. It is the corporate constitution. It is NOT the same document you might think it is. The corporate constitution operates in an economic capacity and has been used to fool the People into thinking it is the same parchment that governs the Republic. It absolutely is not.
Capitalization an insignificant change? Not when one is referring to the context of a legal document, it isn’t. Such minor alterations have had major impacts on each subsequent generation born in this country. What the Congress did with the passage of the Act of 1871 was create an entirely new document, a constitution for the government of the District of Columbia. The kind of government THEY created was a corporation. The new, altered Constitution serves as the constitution of the corporation, and not that of America. Think about that for a moment.
Incidentally, this corporate constitution does not benefit the Republic. It serves only to benefit the corporation. It does nothing good for you or me and it operates outside of the original Constitution. Instead of absolute rights guaranteed under the “organic” Constitution, we now have “relative” rights or privileges. One example of this is the Sovereign’s right to travel, which has been transformed under corporate government policy into a “privilege” which we must be licensed to engage in. This operates outside of the original Constitution.
So, Congress committed TREASON against the People, who were considered Sovereign under the Declaration of Independence and the organic Constitution. When we consider the word “Sovereign,” we must think about what the word means.
According to Webster’s Dictionary, “sovereign” is defined as: 1. chief or highest; supreme. 2. Supreme in power, superior in position to all others. 3. Independent of, and unlimited by, any other, possessing or entitled to, original and independent authority or jurisdiction.
In other words, our government was created by and for “sovereigns” the free citizens who were deemed the highest authority. Only the People can be sovereign remember that. Government cannot be sovereign. We can also look to the Declaration of Independence, where we read: “government is subject to the consent of the governed” that’s supposed to be us, the sovereigns. Do you feel like a sovereign nowadays? I don’t.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or a constitutional historian to figure out that this is not what is happening in our country today. Government in these times is NOT subject to the consent of the governed. Rather, the governed are subject to the whim and greed of the corporation, which has stretched its tentacles beyond the ten-mile-square parcel of land known as the District of Columbia encroaching into every state of the Republic. Mind you, the corporation has NO jurisdiction outside of the District of Columbia. THEY just want you to think it does.
You see, you are presumed to know the law. This is ironic because as a people, we are taught basically nothing about the law in school. We are made to memorize obscure factoids and paragraphs here and there, such as the Preamble, and they gloss over the Bill of Rights. But we are not told about the law. Nor do our corporate government schools delve into the Constitution in any great depth. After all, they were put into place to indoctrinate and dumb down the masses not to teach us anything. We were not told that we were sold-out to foreign interests and made beneficiaries of the debt incurred by Congress to the international bankers. For generations, American citizens have had the bulk of their earnings confiscated to pay on a massive debt that they, as a People, did not incur. There are many, many things the People have not been told. How do you feel about being made a beneficiary of somebody else’s massive debt without your knowledge or consent? Are we gonna keep going along with this??
When you hear some individuals say that the Constitution is null and void, think about how our government has transformed over time from a municipal or service-oriented entity to a corporate or profit-oriented entity. We are living under the myth that this is lawful, but it is not. We are being ruled by a “de facto,” or unlawful, form of government the corporate body of the death-mongers The Controllers.
With the passage of the Act of 1871, a series of subtle and overt deceptions were set in motion all in conjunction and collusion with the Congress, who knowingly and deliberately sold the People down the river. Did they tell you this in government school? I doubt it. They were too busy drumming the fictional version of history into your brain and mine. By failing to disclose what THEY did to the American People, the people became ignorant of what was happening. Over time, the Republic took it on the chin to the point of a knockdown. With the surrender of their gold in 1933, the People essentially surrendered their law. I don’t suppose you were taught THAT in school either. That’s because our REAL history is hidden from us. This is the way Roman Civil Law works and our form of governance today is based upon Roman Civil Law and Admiralty/Maritime Law better known as the “Divine Right of Kings” and “Law of the Seas”, respectively. This explains a lot. Roman Civil Law was fully established in the original colonies even before our nation began and is also known as private international law.
The government which was created for the District of Columbia via the Act of 1871 operates under Private International Law, and not Common Law, which was the law of the Constitutional Republic. This is very important to note since it impacts all Americans in concrete ways. You must recognize that private international law is only applicable within the District of Columbia and NOT in the other states of the Union. The various arms of the corporation are known as “departments” such as the Judiciary, Justice and Treasury. You recognize those names? Yes, you do! But they are not what you assume them to be. These “departments” all belong to the corporation known as THE UNITED STATES. They do NOT belong to you and me under the corporate constitution and its various amendments that operate outside of the Constitutional Republic.
I refer you to the UNITED STATES CODE (note the capitalization, indicating the corporation, not the Republic) Title 28 3002 (15) (A) (B) (C). It is stated unequivocally that the UNITED STATES is a corporation [see note]. Realize, too, that the corporation is not a separate and distinct entity from the government. It IS the government. YOUR government. This is extremely important. I refer to this as the “corporate empire of the UNITED STATES,” which operates under Roman Civil Law outside of the Constitution. How do you like being ruled by a cheesy, sleazy corporation? You’ll ask your Congressperson about this, you say? HA!!
Congress is fully aware of this deception. You must be made aware that the members of Congress do NOT work for you and me. Rather, they work for the Corporation known as THE UNITED STATES. Is this really any surprise to you? This is why we can’t get them to do anything on our behalf or to answer to us as in the case with the illegal income tax among many other things. Contrary to popular belief, they are NOT our civil servants. They do NOT work for us. They are the servants of the corporate government and carry out its bidding. Period.
The great number of committees and sub-committees that the Congress has created all work together like a multi-headed monster to oversee the various corporate “departments.” And, you should know that every single one of these that operates outside the District of Columbia is in violation of the law. The corporate government of the UNITED STATES has no jurisdiction or authority in ANY state of the Republic beyond the District of Columbia. Let this sink into your brain for a minute. Ask yourself, “Could this deception REALLY have occurred without the full knowledge and complicity of the Congress?” Do you think it happened by accident? You are deceiving yourself if you do. There are no accidents or coincidences. It is time to confront the truth and awaken from ignorance.
Your legislators will not apprise you of this information. You are presumed to know the law. THEY know you don’t know the law, or your history for that matter, because this information has not been taught to you. No concerted effort has been made to inform you. As a Sovereign, you are entitled to full disclosure of the facts. As a slave, you are entitled to nothing other than what the corporation decides to “give” you at a price. Be wary of accepting so-called “benefits” of the corporation of the UNITED STATES. Aren’t you enslaved enough already?
I said (above) that you are presumed to know the law. Still, it matters not if you don’t in the eyes of the corporation. Ignorance of the law is not considered an excuse. It is your responsibility and your obligation as an American to learn about the law and how it applies to you. THEY count on the fact that most people are too uninterested or distracted or lazy to do so. The People have been mentally conditioned to allow the alleged government to do their thinking for them. We need to turn that around if we are to save our Republic before it is too late.
The UNITED STATES government is basically a corporate instrument of the international bankers. This means YOU are owned by the corporation from birth to death. The corporate UNITED STATES also holds ownership of all your assets, your property, and even your children. Does this sound untrue? Think long and hard about all those bills you pay, all those various taxes and fines and licenses you must pay for. Yes, they’ve got you by the pockets. Actually, they’ve had you by the ass for as long as you’ve been alive. In your heart, you know it’s true. Don’t believe any of this? Read up on the 14th Amendment. Check out how “free” you really are.
With the Act of 1871 and subsequent legislation such as the purportedly ratified 14th Amendment, our once-great nation of Sovereigns has been subverted from a Republic to a democracy. As is the case under Roman Civil Law, our ignorance of the facts has led to our silence. Our silence has been construed as our consent to become beneficiaries of a debt we did not incur. The Sovereign People have been deceived for hundreds of years into thinking they remain free and independent, when in actuality we continue to be slaves and servants of the corporation.
Treason was committed against the People in 1871 by the Congress. This could have been corrected through the decades by some honest men (assuming there were some), but it was not, mainly due to lust for money and power. Nothing new there. Are we to forgive and justify this crime against the People? You have lost more freedom than you may realize due to corporate infiltration of the so-called government. We will lose more unless we turn away from a democracy that is the direct road to disaster and restore our Constitutional Republic.
In an upcoming article, we’ll take a closer look at the purportedly ratified 14th Amendment and how we became “property” of the corporation and enslaved by our silence.
I am saddened to think about the brave men and women who were killed in all the wars and conflicts instigated by the Controllers. These courageous souls fought for the preservation of ideals they believed to be true not for the likes of a corporation. Do you believe that any one of the individuals who have been killed as a result of war would have willingly fought if they knew the full truth? Do you think one person would have laid down his life for a corporation? I think not. If the People had known long ago to what extent their trust had been betrayed, I wonder how long it would have taken for another Revolution. What we need is a Revolution in THOUGHT. We change our thinking and we change our world.
Will we ever restore the Republic? That is a question I cannot answer yet. I hope, and most of all pray that WE, the Sovereign People, will work together in a spirit of cooperation to make it happen in this lifetime. I know I will give it my best shot come what may. Our children deserve their rightful legacy the liberty our ancestors fought so hard to give to us. Will we remain silent telling ourselves we are free, and perpetuate the MYTH? Or, do we stand as One Sovereign People, and take back what has been stolen from the house of our Republic?
Something to think about it’s called freedom.
My heartfelt thanks goes out to the following people for their gracious and generous assistance in researching this subject: Ken S. of American Revolution II Online News, Paul Walker of RMN News, Bob Taft, Stanooch, and Willy Whitten true Patriots, one and all.
Editor’s note: Actually in the U.S. Code the term “United States” is said to have any of three meanings:
US CODE: Title 28,3002. Definitions (archived here)
(15) “United States” means
(A) a Federal corporation;
(B) an agency, department, commission, board, or other entity of the United States; or
(C) an instrumentality of the United States.
If we are stupid enough to surrender our freedom to a bunch of lousy international bankers, then we deserve to live in bondage. Lisa Guliani
A comparison of this article with the ripoff by “Reality Bytes”:
Lisa Guliani “Reality Bytes”
We celebrate this day in honor of our “independence”. We call ourselves a free people in a land of liberty. Our anthems proudly sing the praises of this nation, and we raise our voices, wave our flags and join in song but how many Americans realize they are not free? The day is recognized as a day to celebrate our “Independence”. A celebration of free people living in the land of Liberty. We sing songs of the greatness of our country, we wave our flags in joyous, patriotic, euphoria. In reality there are not many Americans that have the realization that they are not Free.
This is a myth perpetuated by the powers-that-be in order to avoid any major civil unrest, and to keep us all living under the thumb of a militaristic corporate Big Brother within the illusions that have been created for us. This is an illusion that the countries controllers immortalize to avoid the People realizing the truth. It allows them to keep the population under the militaristic control of a Big Brother Conglomerate of corporate control.
The truth of the matter is this: what freedom has not been stolen from us, we have surrendered willingly through our silence and ignorance. As Americans, most of us have no idea how our freedoms are maintained or lost. Apparently, our ancestors didn’t have a good grasp of this either. The Freedoms which have not been stolen from us, we have given up willingly through ignorance and apathy. Allowing ourselves to be distracted by baubles and shiny objects like children. We the people had no idea how to maintain our Freedoms or for that matter, how they could be taken from us.
Don’t point to that beloved parchment, the Constitution, as a symbol of your enduring freedom. It is representative of a form of government which seemingly no longer exists in this country today. Those in denial will immediately shout about the parchment known as the Constitution. That is the Symbol of Freedom for the people. It symbolizes the Representative form of government that no longer exists in the United States of America.
The Constitution has been thrown out the window, the Republic shoved aside and replaced with a democracy. The thing is; most people in this country remain unaware that this is so because they simply do not know the truth what lies beyond the myths. The Constitution is dead and the Republic has been replaced with a corrupt form of Democracy. The saddest part of this fiasco is that most Americans will never know or realize exactly what it was that they lost. They will never see the Truth behind the lies.
To even begin to understand what has happened to the Republic, we must look backward in time to the period following the Civil War. We must go back to the year 1871, which was the beginning of the decline of the Republic. To start to see the Truth and to understand what happened to this great Republic, we need to start at the period after the Civil War. It was in the year 1871 that the decline and elimination of the Republic began.
So, let’s roll backward into the past for a moment. It is time we learned what they didn’t teach us in school. Let us delve into the History of the country, the History that is not taught in school!
The Congress realized our country was in dire financial straits, so they cut a deal with the international bankers (in those days, the Rothschilds of London were dipping their fingers into everyone’s pie) thereby incurring a DEBT to said bankers. The Congress knew that our country was bankrupt, so they made an arrangement with the International Bankers to run up a Debt to these Foreign Banks ( the Rothschilds of London were investing in many enterprises Globally).
If we think about banks, we know they do not just lend us money out of the goodness of their hearts. A bank will not do anything for you unless it is entirely in their best interest to do so. There has to be some sort of collateral or some string attached which puts you and me (the borrower) into a subservient position. One thing that everyone knows about banks is that they do not lend money simply to be kind. The only way that a Bank would enter into a contract is if it would benefit the Bank. Some kind of Collateral, or some kind of scheme that would put the population into servitude to the Banks would be necessary.
The conniving international bankers were not about to lend our floundering nation any money without some serious stipulations. So, they devised a brilliant way of getting their foot in the door of the United States (a prize they had coveted for some time, but had been unable to grasp thanks to our Founding Fathers, who despised them and held them in check), and thus, the Act of 1871 was passed. The sneaky and manipulating International Bankers would not lend money to our financially troubled nation without some stipulations. They came up with a devious scheme to gain control over the country that they had desired for a long time. The Founding Fathers detested these Foreign Entities and kept them at bay until the Act of 1871 was passed.
The following was originally written about 2011 (see the note above for an update): And so on. It is obvious that “Reality Bytes” has taken Lisa Guliani’s article, reworded it, and published it on The Hub as his own work (and he then accused websites which had published her article of copyright violation pretty stupid of him). “Reality Bytes” is clearly guilty of blatant plagiarism. The Hub should thus remove his article to protect their reputation. But a year has gone by, and the article has not been removed, so we can conclude that The Hub is a site whose articles, if well-written, are likely to be ripoffs of articles from other sites (by people seeking to make money by exploiting the work of others, more talented than they are).
Added 2015-02-21: The following is an anomymous comment (posted 15 February, 2015) on the blog of The Saker:
Americans are lied to in a great many ways but perhaps the most perfidious is the actual truth that the subsequent Constitution for the United States does not apply to 14th Amendment United States citizens. Americans universally do not even understand that the legal term ‘citizen’ means *subject*; i.e., serf. They do not realize that they have, typically by their formal and/or tacit acceptance, contracted away all unalienable rights to the UNITED STATES Federal corporation which owns them and now have only ‘privileges’ as commercial entities. They do not realize that they do not even ‘own’ their own names. Their names, via the birth certificate registered, are owned by the corporation. No longer men and women. Just ‘human beings'(corporate resources) which in Black’s Law means “monsters”. The Corporate United States is intertwined with all similar so-called governments across the planet, which today are not sovereign nations but simply private mega corporations masquerading as the sovereign nations they replaced. The ‘one world government’ of the Banking elites seems nearly at hand though there do appear to be some nations unwilling to go along with that scheme … it ‘appears’ Russia is such a one. Until proven to me otherwise, my prayers will lie with it inasmuch as I cannot abide a (hideous) private corporation such as the US, Great Britain, Canada, France, et al. now are (and legally defined as such and as commercial entities), that depend upon rape and theft of the remainder of the world for its/their financial sustenance. Oh, for those that did not know this, the United States is legally in receivership to the IMF having gone through at least three unsuccessful bankruptcies. Administered by the UN. All of this may seem strange to many, but all you have to do is go back to maritime/admiralty law, money ‘magic’ and Babylon. The evil has been around for a very long time and is currently personified by Israel (though the real power is in the City of London).
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May 5th, 2015 by olddog
by Dara Lind .
Sometimes local police keep seized cars–but give them new paint jobs.
As the public gets more critical of police aggression and abuse in the US, some programs that have flown under the radar for decades are now garnering more scrutiny. One of those is a program that allows police to keep most of the property they seize from people they suspect used it in a crime — even if the people are never charged with anything. This is called civil asset forfeiture, and it’s encouraged by most state governments — and, until 2015, by the federal government as well.
Civil asset forfeiture has been legal for a long time — during Prohibition, it was often used to seize bootleggers’ cars. But, like many other aggressive police tactics, it expanded radically during the 1980s with the rise of the war on drugs. And a 1984 federal law guaranteed that a lot of the money police seized would end up going right back to their agency. Now, this practice has turned into a massive “slush fund” for local cops — one that gets used for everything from buying armored cars and military weapons to $600 coffeemakers and party clowns.
Here’s what you need to know about how property gets seized from citizens, how it ends up as pocket money for local police agencies, and what the federal government’s role in all of this is.
How are police allowed to seize people’s property without charging them with a crime?
(Cloyd Teter/The Denver Post via Getty)
After someone is convicted of a crime, the government’s allowed to seize property related to that crime (such as a car that was used to commit a robbery, or money earned selling drugs). That’s called criminal forfeiture, and that’s not something most people have a problem with.
But there’s also a principle in the law, going all the way back to English common law, that says that when property is involved in a crime, the government can start legal proceedings against the property itself for “participating” in criminal activity. The property doesn’t get charged with a crime — instead, it’s sued by the government, in a civil lawsuit. (Hence the name “civil asset forfeiture.”)
Federal and state laws give certain protections to people who are charged with crimes in criminal court. But those protections don’t apply to people who are sued, or people whose property is sued. So in civil forfeiture cases, the government usually doesn’t have to work as hard to prove that property was involved in a crime as it would in a criminal case. And that’s assuming that the case goes to court at all.
What kinds of property are police allowed to seize?
Guns, definitely. But the list is much longer than that. (Larry W. Smith/Getty)
Different states (and the federal government) have different laws that lay out what police are allowed to claim for particular crimes. Generally, it’s harder for police to seize things like houses than it is for them to seize cars or cash.
The New Yorker’s Sarah Stillman wrote a comprehensive feature on civil asset forfeiture in 2013, in which she told the stories of several people who’d had their property taken — most of them working-class people of color. Stillman’s article included a couple who’d had cash taken from them while driving to buy a new car in rural Texas, under the premise that they were engaging in “money laundering” and endangering their child; Philadelphia parents whose home had been seized after undercover cops bought $40 in marijuana from their son; and a Washington woman whose car was taken when cops pulled over her son for a traffic violation and found out he was carrying an illegal handgun.
If the owner wasn’t doing anything illegal, how can she get her property back?
Your car can be kept here while you fight the seizure — as long as you’ve paid a fee to keep police from auctioning it off. (Karl Gehring) The Denver Post/Getty)
Until the mid-1990s, it didn’t matter if the person who owned the property was involved in illegal activity or even knew about it. As long as the property was actually being used to do something illegal, it could be taken. Since then, states and the federal government have allowed owners to defend themselves in court by claiming they were innocent, even when the property was used in a crime.
But it’s difficult just to get a court hearing to get property back. Many local police use the threat of criminal charges to coerce people into signing a waiver that says they won’t fight to get their property back. (In one of the cases that Stillman covered in the New Yorker article, a couple was told that if they didn’t sign the waiver, their child could be taken from them and put in foster care.)
YOU MIGHT HAVE TO PAY TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT FROM IMMEDIATELY AUCTIONING OFF YOUR PROPERTY
People who refuse to sign the waiver don’t necessarily have it much better. It can take over a year for an asset forfeiture case to get resolved. In the meantime, they often have to pay a fee to keep the government from simply auctioning off the property — not to mention the legal fees to get a lawyer to fight the case.
Once they get to court, the deck is still stacked against property owners. Instead of being innocent until proven guilty, like they would be in a criminal case, defendants in an asset-forfeiture case are essentially guilty until proven innocent in many states. Forty-one states, as well as the federal government, say that the government gets to keep the seized property for good if there’s more evidence saying that the property was used in a crime than that it wasn’t. (Fourteen of those states actually have an even lower legal standard.)
Who gets the money after it’s been seized?
States and the federal government have different processes for what happens to property that’s been seized.
Many states guarantee that any money seized by police, or any profits from auctioning off forfeited goods, goes right back to the law enforcement agency. A few states say that police don’t get to use any of the property they take — instead, that money goes toward something like state schools. The rest split the difference:
But before 2015, police in states that don’t send the money directly back to their departments had another option — taking it to the federal government, which encouraged state and local police to share the wealth under a policy called equitable sharing. When local or state cops seized someone’s property for being used in a crime that violated both state and federal law, police could turn the property over to the federal government, which then gave 80 percent of the money right back to the local police. (20 percent stayed with the feds.)
In 2010, the Institute for Justice, a libertarian think tank, analyzed which states were most likely to turn forfeited assets over to the federal government. They found that in states that didn’t turn all the money from asset forfeiture over to cops, cops were more likely to use the federal government loophole instead — guaranteeing they could keep 80 percent of the profits. Similarly, when state law forced the government to meet a higher legal standard in court for keeping property permanently, police were more likely to turn property over to the federal government instead — to take advantage of looser rules.
That’s the arrangement that Attorney General Eric Holder ended in January 2015. But police can still use the feds to get asset-forfeiture money. If local and federal cops have worked together on an investigation — as part of a drug task force, for example — the proceeds get split among the agencies who helped in proportion to their role in the bust. And that supersedes state laws about when police can keep seized assets.
What do local cops do with the money?
For example. (Sidewis via Wikimedia Commons)
The now-defunct equitable-sharing program put some limitations on how police could spend the money they got back from the feds. But there aren’t too many other restrictions on using forfeited-asset money.
44 PERCENT OF MONEY POLICE GOT BACK FROM THE FEDS WENT TO “OTHER”
In an investigation of civil asset forfeiture, the Washington Post analyzed several years of reports from state and local law enforcement to determine what they’d done with the money the federal government had returned to them. They found that the most common use of asset funds was for “communications and computers,” with “building and improvements” coming in second. But even “communications and computers” was dwarfed by the amount of money that police marked as “other” — 44 percent of the money that police got back from the federal government went to “other.”
The Post investigation noticed some particularly frivolous spending, like a $600 coffeemaker or $225 for the face-painting services of Sparkles the Clown. But at least the money spent on Sparkles went to community outreach, which is generally cops’ lowest priority when it comes to asset money. Less than 1 percent of all federally returned money went to community outreach — five times less money than any other category.
How much money are we talking about here?
Nope, more than this. Way more. (New York Daily News Archive via Getty)
States and the federal government are seizing well over a billion dollars a year. Unfortunately, states aren’t transparent about their own funds — so we know much more about the property being shared with the federal government, under the now-defunct equitable sharing program.
The amount of property being turned over to the federal government rose substantially since 9/11 and the end of the sharing arrangement in 2015. In 2000, states got $200 million back from the federal government under sharing agreements; in 2008, that had doubled to $400 million. And the Department of Justice’s total asset fund — including property that had been turned over from local police and property seized by federal agents — totaled $1 billion in 2008.
The Washington Post found that since 2008, about $2.5 billion flowed through the Department of Justice back to state and local police. Of that $2.5 billion, 81 percent came from cases where no charges were ever filed.
How does this affect the way police work?
Some types of crimes count, but they don’t pay. (Todd Maisel/New York Daily News/Getty)
Asset forfeiture policies mean there are two kinds of crimes: crimes that a police department can make money off of busting, and crimes that it can’t. The first category involves drugs, prostitution, fraud, and organized crime — crimes where there’s likely to be cash or lots of property that was bought with ill-gotten gains. The second category — the kinds of crimes that (for cops) don’t pay — include murder and other violent crime.
THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF CRIMES: THOSE POLICE CAN MAKE MONEY OFF BUSTING, AND THOSE THEY CAN’T
Of course, there are lots of factors determining what sorts of crimes a police agency prioritizes — and there are plenty of reasons for the agency to make sure its murder rate goes down, for example. But when it comes to drug crime, in particular, the public’s desire to aggressively go after drug dealers meshes neatly with the profits police stand to make.
Asset forfeiture doesn’t just shape what crimes police go after, though. It shapes how they go after those crimes. As the Post’s investigation has found, one of the areas where asset forfeiture has grown the most since 9/11 is from people getting pulled over on highways. But the police officers making those busts are deliberately timing them to make the biggest profit off what’s in the car. Police know that a smuggling car headed into a major metropolitan area is likely to be smuggling drugs; a car headed on the way out of the metropolitan area, on the other hand, is likely to be carrying the cash. So even though it’s much easier to prove that someone’s involved in drug dealing if he has drugs in the car than if he has money, police have a financial incentive to let the car get into the city to deal the drugs, then catch it with the money on the way out.
Those of you who believe we still have a Constitution that prevents this kind of theft better wise up and read more articles I post. We are at the mercy of a “for profit corporation” and that includes the courts, your school system, cities, counties, states, and just about everything else in America. The politicians work for a corporation and when they don’t produce profits by laws and regulations they are history. When you vote, you are participating in a fraud that guarantee’s your future enslavement. You do not own anything of real value, and that includes your children. Do a search on “UNITED STATES INC. if you still think you are a free citizen. George Carland told you, and he was right, they own you!
May 2nd, 2015 by olddog
By Dana Visalli
May 01, 2015 “Information Clearing House”
I am on a journey through Vietnam with a group of American Vietnam War veterans who now live in Vietnam and work to address some of the profound human problems still caused by a war that ended 40 years ago. Known as VFP Hoa Binh Chapter 160, these men work to help people still being maimed by the estimated one and a half billion pounds of bombs (“ordnance”) dropped by the United States on Vietnam during the war that did not explode at the time they were released (7 million tons, or 14 billion pounds of bombs were dropped on Vietnam and an estimated 10% of them failed to detonate). In addition these American veterans work to help some of the approximately 1 million people (a Red Cross of Vietnam estimate) people born with genetic defects or otherwise disabled or in poor health due to exposure to the 20 million gallons of toxic herbicides sprayed on South Vietnam’s tropical rainforests food and crops. The primary herbicide used was Agent Orange, which contains the known carcinogen dioxin. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency denies that dioxin is a mutagen (causing mutant genes), the rate of birth defects in Vietnam as quadrupled since the war.
We visited a number of the victims of unexploded ordnance and toxic herbicides, which brings home the human dimensions of suffering, misery and death that are the inevitable legacy of war. The primary causes of exploding war-era ordnance today are farmers working in their fields and scrap metal collectors. Scrap metal can earn a villager as much as $75 a year–a meaningful sum of money to the impoverished and one of the only sources of income available to them. Nguyen Xuan Thiet in Quang Tri Province made part of his annual income to support his family by collecting and selling scrap metal. In 2005 he found a mortar, and while moving it, it exploded, blowing off both of his legs and one of his hands. For two years after coming home from the hospital he was completely incapacitated. The VFP-sponsored Project RENEW has now supplied him with prosthesis that allows him to walk. His family is so poor that they continue to collect scrap metal for income in spite of the tragedy that befell the father.
Friendship Village just outside of Hanoi is a facility for victims of Agent Orange that was initiated by an American Vietnam War veteran, George Mizo, who later died his own exposure to Agent Orange. The village currently cares for 150 people, many of them children severely disabled with genetic birth defects assumed to be from Agent Orange. Education begins at the most basic level, teaching the physically and/or mentally impaired children how to use the toilet and otherwise keep themselves clean. More advanced students might learn to cook and how to engage in a trade that will offer them some income. There are currently about 125,000 children in Vietnam with birth defects thought to be related to Agent Orange, so the work of Friendship Village barely scratches the surface of the depths of need. This is the third generation of such children; the dioxin–induced deformities are expected to last for several more generations before the chemical breaks down adequately to no longer be a threat to human well-being.
We also visited the Tran Van Tram family of seven. The first son born to the parents of this family, now 30 years old, was a healthy child. The other four children born have severe mental and physical birth defects. They can neither stand nor walk, so they crawl about the house with rigid legs. Because their brains never fully developed nothing they cannot engage with the world around them. They can neither take care of themselves, interact with others nor do work of any kind. These children are between the ages of 18 and 28, so the parents have had to care for their totally incapacitated offspring for all of those long years, mostly with no help whatsoever. Vietnamese peasants are often poorly educated and live with many superstitions, so it is common for them to feel their disabled children are a punishment for some misdeed in life.
There is an intense rainy season in this part of Vietnam, and therefore for these children to use the nearby outhouse they had to crawl through a trail of mud to get there; impoverished peasants cannot afford home improvements. Project RENEW discovered the travail of this family had and has worked to ease their burden, including building a covered cement path to the toilet facilities for the children. The father spoke to express his profound appreciation for this small gift from the American Vietnam veterans. When the mother joined the family for a group picture, she cried inconsolably. The father said she was crying tears of joy, but it is more likely she was overwhelmed from her years of toil to care for her four incapacitated children, and moved by the presence of the only concerned foreigners she had ever encountered.
A young couple in Aloui had a daughter with severe birth defects 17 years ago; then four years ago the father died of a blood disease. Because her daughter cannot control here bodily functions, nor can she stand nor walk, she is spending her life on a wooden pallet in the family’s kitchen/barn building (the family pigs are close by). A VFP-supported group called Hearts of Hue discovered this family and devised a plan to allow the mother to gain access to an income and meaningful work. They supplied the family a pregnant beef cow, and instructed them on how to care for the animal. The original cow was valued at $800, and the calf can be sold after one year for $700–a princely sum in rural Vietnam. They are also instructing the family in how to raise productive forage for the animals, and built a roofed loafing pen where the cattle can stay under cover in the rainy season. In this way a family that had been devastated by the after effects of the war was given renewed hope for a decent life.
Beyond the inestimable amount suffering and death inflicted on the Vietnamese people by the war and its after effects, the destruction wrought to the land, the air and the water of Vietnam by the United States was extreme. ‘Not since the Romans salted the land after destroying Carthage has a nation taken such pains to visit the war on future generations’, wrote Ngo Van Long of the US war against Vietnam. The damage was not the accidental by-product of war, but part of the attrition strategy which deliberately aimed to drive the peasants into the cities in order to deprive the National Liberation Front of a population and food base and safe jungle havens. ‘Tell the Vietnamese,’ said General Curtis LeMay, ‘that we are going to bomb them back to stone age.’
Much of Vietnam was turned into “free fire zones”, into which hurtled immense tonnages of explosives and herbicides. The intention was to crush a peasant army by the profligate use of technologically advanced weapons and techniques. This involved truly massive rural area bombing, chemical and mechanical forest destruction, large-scale crop destruction, destruction of food stores, the destruction of hospitals, and large-scale population displacements; in short, the massive, intentional disruption of both the natural and human ecologies of the region. 5 million hectares, over 40% of the area of South Vietnam, were obliterated or badly damaged.
Machinery known as Rome plows was popular with the American troops. These were large bulldozers equipped with sharpened ten-foot wide blades. Several of them would smash through the forests, linked together with huge chains, uprooting everything in their paths. The Rome plows completely removed the trees and significantly disturbed the topsoil of 325,000 hectares, or 3% of southern Vietnam’s forests.
The flora and fauna of Vietnam have suffered profound losses due first to the destruction of the country’s forests during the war, followed by the needs of a growing population of impoverished and traumatized people afterwards. Here is a sampling of the current condition of some of the large mammals in Vietnam: 1) TheLesser Short-horned Rhinoceros- extinct in Vietnam as of 2011. 2) The Indochinese Tiger- an estimated 10-20 left in Vietnam as of 2010. 3) The Kouprey- a very large ungulate weighing up to 2000 pounds, it was first discovered by the scientific community in 1937, and is now extinct in Vietnam. 4) The Saola- A forest-dwelling bovine found only in Laos and Vietnam, it was discovered by science in 1992. Only one has been seen in Vietnam in the interim, and it died in captivity. 5) The Asian Elephant- Formerly abundant in Vietnam, there are an estimated 75 wild elephants in the country and they are expected to be extinct there within 10 years. 6) Primates- Five of Vietnam’s 19 primate species are on the list of the world’s 25 most critically endangered primates, including the Golden-headed Langur (about 60 left in the world), Delacour’s Langur (about 200 left), the Gray-shanked Douc (600), the Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey (250), and the Eastern Black-crested Gibbon (110).
If one absorbs the fact that we committed genocide against the 3.5 million of the Vietnamese people that we slaughtered in the American War (this number being one of the most recent estimates), and ecocide upon the natural environment of Vietnam, and takes into account that there was no reason whatsoever for the war, one comes to fully appreciate just how dysfunctional and destructive the human mind and so-called ‘leadership’ can be. It is important to recall that the Vietnam War is not an isolated event. As I wrote about in my previous essay in this series (which can be read online by googling ‘War is God’s Way of Teaching Geography’), just before the destruction of Vietnam we obliterated North Korea; 15 years after Vietnam we were bombing Iraq. Today we are bombing five countries at the same time.
The greatest danger in the world today to the ecological integrity of the biosphere and the sanctity of life is the United States government and the masses of mindless young men who do its bidding, being incapable of thinking for themselves and starving for the identity of the uniform. If that seems like a radical statement, re-read the previous paragraph. At a deeper level the problem is the superstitious, almost religious response of the human mind to external authority. We know power corrupts, but we persist in putting mere mortals in positions of extreme power. The global situation will improve only when we take responsibility for our own financial, ethical and ecological lives, and cease to allow ourselves to be led around by the nose by so-called leaders who are inevitably corrupted by the positions of power into which we ourselves put them.
Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Howard Zinn
Every tyranny must necessarily be grounded upon general popular acceptance. In short, the bulk of the people themselves, for whatever reason, acquiesce in their own subjection….If we led our lives according to the ways intended by nature and the lessons taught by her, we should be intuitively obedient to our parents; later we should adopt reason as our guide and become slaves to nobody. Etienne De La Boetie, The Politics of Obedience, written in 1552
History shows that most human beings would literally rather die than objectively reconsider the belief systems they were brought up in. The average man who reads in the newspaper about war, oppression and injustice will wonder why such pain and suffering exists, and will wish for it to end. However, if it is suggested to him that his own beliefs are contributing to the misery, he will almost certainly dismiss such a suggestion without a second thought, Larken Rose, The Most Dangerous Superstition
Dana Visalli is a biologist living in Washington State; his web page is www.methownauralist.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Film: The Boy with No Face- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2O7Sp-DoPo (full film)
Film: Lighter Than Orange- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSn02VKm6Ek (3 minute trailer; highly recommended)
Book: Kill Everything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam by Nick Turse (required reading)
Book: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose (on the question of authority)
Essay on Etienne de la Boetie’s book The Politics of Obediencewww.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/rothbard29.html
Friendship Village- http://www.vietnamfriendship.org/
VAVA- Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange http://vava.org.vn/?lang=en
RENEW- Restoring the Environment and Neutralizing the Effects of War- http://landmines.org.vn/
Out of the thousands of articles I have read in the last ten years, this one is the most applicable to the era in which I am trapped. I have become a misanthropic curmudgeon due to this commitment and abhor the society that accepts the dictates of the tyrants we have submitted to. Given the authority to do so, I would burn alive every politician still living, regardless of his title or reputation, because they could not possibly be innocent of accepting and participating in the status quo. The famous quote in our founding documents “All men are created equal” is the biggest bunch of bull shit ever written.
May 1st, 2015 by olddog
How can there be any semblance of freedom when there are tanks in the streets, military encampments in cities, Blackhawk helicopters and armed drones patrolling overhead?
It was for this reason that those who established America vested control of the military in a civilian government, with a civilian commander-in-chief. They did not want a military government, ruled by force. Rather, they opted for a republic bound by the rule of law: the U.S. Constitution.
Unfortunately, with the Constitution under constant attack, the military’s power, influence and authority have grown dramatically. Even the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which makes it a crime for the government to use the military to carry out arrests, searches, seizure of evidence and other activities normally handled by a civilian police force, has been weakened by both Barack Obama and George W. Bush, who ushered in exemptions allowing troops to deploy domestically and arrest civilians in the wake of alleged terrorist acts.
Now we find ourselves struggling to retain some semblance of freedom in the face of police and law enforcement agencies that look and act like the military and have just as little regard for the Fourth Amendment, laws such as the NDAA that allow the military to arrest and indefinitely detain American citizens, and military drills that acclimate the American people to the sight of armored tanks in the streets, military encampments in cities, and combat aircraft patrolling overhead.
Making matters worse, we find out that the military plans to use southwestern states as staging grounds for guerilla warfare drills in which highly-trained military troops equipped with all manner of weapons turn American towns and cities in quasi-battlefields. Why? As they tell us, it’s so that special operations forces can get “realistic military training” in “hostile” territory.
They’ve even got a name for the exercise: Jade Helm 15.
Whether or not Americans have anything to fear from Jade Helm 15, a covert, multi-agency, multi-state, eight-week military training exercise set to take place this summer from July 15 through Sept. 15, remains to be seen.
Insisting that there’s nothing to be alarmed about, the Washington Post took great pains to point out that these military exercises on American soil are nothing new. For instance, there was Operation Bold Alligator, in which in which thousands of Marines and sailors carried out amphibious exercises against “insurgent” forces in Georgia and Florida. Operation Robin Sage had Green Beret soldiers engaging in guerrilla warfare in North Carolina. And Operation Derna Bridge sends Marine special forces into parts of South Carolina and the National Forest.
Yet if Americans are uneasy about this summer’s planned Jade Helm 15 military exercises, they have every right to be.
After all, haven’t we been urged time and time again to just “trust” the government to respect our rights and abide by the rule of law only to find that, in fact, our rights were being plundered and the Constitution disregarded at every turn?
Let’s assume, for the moment, that Jade Helm 15 is not a thinly veiled military plot to take over the country lifted straight out of director John Frankenheimer’s 1964 political thriller Seven Days in May, as some fear, but is merely a “routine” exercise for troops, albeit a blatantly intimidating flexing of the military’s muscles.
The problem arises when you start to add Jade Helm onto the list of other troubling developments that have taken place over the past 30 years or more: the expansion of the military industrial complex and its influence in Washington DC, the rampant surveillance, the corporate-funded elections and revolving door between lobbyists and elected officials, the militarized police, the loss of our freedoms, the injustice of the courts, the privatized prisons, the school lockdowns, the roadside strip searches, the military drills on domestic soil, the fusion centers and the simultaneous fusing of every branch of law enforcement (federal, state and local), the stockpiling of ammunition by various government agencies, the active shooter drills that are indistinguishable from actual crises, the economy flirting with near collapse, etc.
Suddenly, the overall picture seems that much more sinister. Clearly, as I point out in my new bookBattlefield America: The War on the American People, there’s a larger agenda at work here.
Seven years ago, the U.S. Army War College issued a report calling on the military to be prepared should they need to put down civil unrest within the country. Summarizing the report, investigative journalist Chris Hedges declared, “The military must be prepared, the document warned, for a ‘violent, strategic dislocation inside the United States,’ which could be provoked by ‘unforeseen economic collapse,’ ‘purposeful domestic resistance,’ ‘pervasive public health emergencies’ or ‘loss of functioning political and legal order.’ The ‘widespread civil violence,’ the document said, ‘would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security.’”
At what point will all of the government’s carefully drawn plans for dealing with civil unrest, “homegrown” terrorism and targeting pre-crime become a unified blueprint for locking down the nation?
For instance, what’s the rationale behind turning government agencies into military outposts? There has been a notable buildup in recent years of SWAT teams within non-security-related federal agencies such as Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Education Department. As of 2008, “73 federal law enforcement agencies… [employ] approximately 120,000 armed full-time on-duty officers with arrest authority.” Four-fifths of those officers are under the command of either the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the Department of Justice.
What’s with all of the government agencies stockpiling hollow point bullets? For example, why does the Department of Agriculture need .40 caliber semiautomatic submachine guns and 320,000 rounds of hollow point bullets? For that matter, why do its agents need ballistic vests and body armor?
Why does the Postal Service need “assorted small arms ammunition”? Why did the DHS purchase “1.6 billion rounds of hollow-point ammunition, along with 7,000 fully-automatic 5.56x45mm NATO ‘personal defense weapons’ plus a huge stash of 30-round high-capacity magazines”? That’s in addition to the FBI’s request for 100 million hollow-point rounds. The Department of Education, IRS, the Social Security Administration, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees the National Weather Service, are also among the federal agencies which have taken to purchasing ammunition and weaponry in bulk.
Why is the federal government distributing obscene amounts of military equipment, weapons and ammunition to police departments around the country? And why is DHS acquiring more than 2,500 Mine-Resistant Armored Protection (MRAP) vehicles, only to pass them around to local police departments across the country? According to the New York Times:
[A]s President Obama ushers in the end of what he called America’s “long season of war,” the former tools of combat — M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more — are ending up in local police departments, often with little public notice. During the Obama administration, according to Pentagon data, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft. The equipment has been added to the armories of police departments that already look and act like military units.
Why is the military partnering with local police to conduct training drills around the country? And what exactly are they training for? In Richland, South Carolina, for instance, U.S. army special forces participated in joint and secretive exercises and training with local deputies. The public was disallowed from obtaining any information about the purpose of the drills, other than being told that they might be loud and to not be alarmed. The Army and DHS also carried out similar drills and maneuvers involving Black Hawk helicopters in Texas, Florida, and other locations throughout the U.S., ostensibly in order to provide local police with “realistic” urban training.
What is being done to protect the American populace from the threat of military arms and forces, including unarmed drones, being used against them? Policy analysts point to Directive No. 3025.18, “DefenseSupport of Civil Authorities” (issued on Dec. 29, 2010), as justification for the government’s use of military force to put down civil unrest within the United States.
Why is FEMA stockpiling massive quantities of emergency supplies? On January 10, 2014, FEMA made a statement enlisting the service of contractors who could “supply medical biohazard disposal capabilities and 40 yard dumpsters to 1,000 tent hospitals across the United States; all required on 24-48 hour notice.” This coincides with other medical requests seeking massive amounts of supplies, such as “31,000,000 flu vaccinations,” “100,000 each of winter shirts and pants and the same for summer” and other goods and services requests as well like tarps, manufactured housing units, and beverages. And why does the TSA need $21,000 worth of potassium chlorate, a chemical compound often used in explosives?
Why is the Pentagon continuing to purchase mass amounts of ammunition while at the same time preparing to destroy more than $1 billion worth of bullets and missiles that are still viable?
Moreover, what is really being done to hold the Pentagon accountable for its doctored ledgers, fraud, wasteand mismanagement, which has cost the taxpayer trillions of dollars? According to Reuters, “The Pentagon is the only federal agency that has not complied with a law that requires annual audits of all government departments. That means that the $8.5 trillion in taxpayer money doled out by Congress to the Pentagon since 1996, the first year it was supposed to be audited, has never been accounted for. That sum exceeds the value of China’s economic output.”
Given the similarities between the government’s Live Active Shooter Drill training exercises, carried out at schools, in shopping malls, and on public transit, which can and do fool law enforcement officials, students, teachers and bystanders into thinking it’s a real crisis, how much of what is being passed off as real is, in fact, being staged by DHS for the “benefit” of training law enforcement, leaving us none the wiser? These training exercises come complete with their own set of professionally trained Crisis Actors playing the parts of shooters, bystanders and victims in order to help schools and first responders create realistic drills, full-scale exercises, high-fidelity simulations, and interactive 3D films.
Given that Americans are 110 times more likely to die of foodborne illness than in a terrorist attack, why is the government spending trillions of dollars on “national security”? How exactly is the $75 billion given to various intelligence agencies annually to keep us “safe” being spent? And why is the DHS giving away millions of dollars’ worth of federal security grants to states that federal intelligence agencies ruled have “no specific foreign or domestic terrorism threat”?
Why is the government amassing names and information on Americans considered to be threats to the nation, and what criteria is the government using for this database? Keep in mind that this personal information is being acquired and kept without warrant or court order. It’s been suggested that in the event of nuclear war, the destruction of the U.S. Government, and the declaration of martial law, this Main Core database, which as of 2008 contained some 8 million names of Americans, would be used by military officials to locate and round up Americans seen as threats to national security, a program to be carried about by the Army and FEMA.
Taken individually, these questions are alarming enough. But put them together and they add up to the kind of trouble that the American founding fathers not only warned against but from which they fought to free themselves.
Indeed, when viewed collectively, they leave one wondering what exactly the U.S. government is preparing for and whether American citizens shouldn’t be preparing, as well, for that eventuality when our so-called “government of the people, by the people, for the people” is no longer answerable to “we the people.”
April 30th, 2015 by olddog
By Will Tippens
Every day a new story comes out about something awful a police officer has done. And 99% of the time, nobody seems to care. The death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland is just the latest in a constant barrage of public atrocities committed by men in government uniforms. It is not an isolated incident, nor are its circumstances unique, yet much of the public has again been polarized into their usual political factions – the dusty “obey the law and you won’t get hurt” conservatives and the chronically offended “check your riot-shaming privilege” progressives.
But for anyone serious about stopping cops from shooting unarmed men in the back, throwing grenades into baby cribs, tasering eight-year-olds and punching women, including a 9-month pregnant Air Force veteran, the common thread in all of these tragedies should be examined at its roots. It is not racism, patriarchy, lack of funding, or poor training. No, the source of all this brutality is a massively invasive police state.
Since Ronald Reagan declared a “War on Drugs” in 1982, police have steadily become more militarized and intrusive. Every traffic stop is a pretext for a potential search for banned contraband, and an increasing number of stops do not even require particularized reasonable suspicion. There are more than 100 SWAT team raids every single day. The judicial branch has facilitated this evolution, with Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens lamenting in 1991 that “this Court has become a loyal foot soldier” in the War on Drugs.
This trend of police aggressiveness has only intensified following 9/11. Unending foreign wars armed policymakers with endless justifications to continue their assault on civil liberties. With the passage of the Patriot Act, warrantless wiretapping and domestic spying became the norm, ushering in an age of unprecedented police presence to accompany a citizenry already hamstrung by little recourse. As Bush said in 2006, “The Patriot Act is vital to the war on terror….[and] will allow our law enforcement officials to continue to use the same tools against terrorists that are already used against drug dealers and other criminals.” On New Year’s Eve in 2011, Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law, defining the entire United States as a “battleground” in the war on terror and providing the president the power to capture and indefinitely detain any American citizen deemed a suspected “belligerent” without a trial or even evidence.
Once you put the current issue of killer cops into context, it becomes clear: Racism did not kill Freddie Gray or Michael Brown or Eric Garner. The policies of a smothering police state did.
An agent of the state, acting on the state’s behalf, using state-granted police privileges to enforce state-created laws, killed each of these men. The same story with Kelly Thomas. And Andrew Lopez. And the thousands of forgotten others deemed ‘justifiable homicides’ over the years – over 377 in 2015 already. It is wholly predictable that when a country has ceded liberty for “security,” the entire relationship a society will have with its law enforcers will fundamentally become adversarial. No longer is a cop’s job to “protect and serve.” Rather, as Radley Balko writes,
“When you arm a cop like a soldier, when you dress ’em like a soldier, when you tell ’em to fight in a war and then send ’em out into a neighborhood that he has no stake in and doesn’t consider himself a part of, you get a very antagonistic, us-versus-them relationship between the officer and that community.”
This ‘us-versus-them’ relationship undoubtedly has had its worst effects on the poorest and most vulnerable communities. Without a doubt, police antagonize black men disproportionately, and that’s inexcusable. But the root question should be why police are antagonizing anyone in the first place. Decades of police militarization, the wars on drugs and terror and an ongoing reduction in privacy and freedom has made America a nation of suspects. The rampant unaccountability of cops is not primarily a race problem – more white people are killed by police than black – it’s an authority problem.
It has been exactly 23 years since the Rodney King riots, but the underlying issues have only intensified, with mob violence and racial division used to further polarize Americans. Don’t fall for the partisan trap. It’s a distraction from the real issue: the state’s monopoly on force versus the individual. When you put the issue of out-of-control police into its proper perspective, it becomes clear that the real war is not on drugs, terror, or even crime – it’s on you, regardless of how much melanin you have in your skin.
Will Tippens is a third-year law student at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and plans to take the Tennessee Bar in July 2015 and enter general private practice. A passionate student of libertarianism and Austrian economics, Will has worked as a research associate with the Nashville based Beacon Center of Tennessee, volunteered for the Ron Paul 2012 campaign and was the president of the Memphis chapter of Young Americans for Liberty from 2012-2013. Follow him on Twitter @willtippens
April 29th, 2015 by olddog
By Ron Ewart
April 29, 2015
“Submitting to censorship is to enter the seductive world of ‘The Giver': the world where there are no bad words and no bad deeds. But it is also the world where choice has been taken away and reality distorted. And that is the most dangerous world of all.” –Lois Lowry, contemporary children’s book author
In a previous article we wrote:
“The Progressives have been in virtual control of America for over 100 years. They intend to remain in control, even if they can’t do it by votes. They have taken over the schools, academia, government institutions and the news media and they will maintain their control by force of arms if patriots (conservatives) even so much as hint at challenging their authority. It’s been coming for a long time. It is the final evolution of a liberal, socialist, ideologically driven dictatorship.”
This came home to us in spades when we discovered that Comcast had blocked all of our e-mail accounts. This occurred right after the release of our article entitled “There Is Only One Solution, Force Government’s Hand” that appeared on the NewsWithViews website on April 22, 2015 and also appears on our website HERE.
If you sent us an e-mail with a comment about this article and you didn’t hear back from us, it is because we never received your comment.
This isn’t the first time that Comcast has blocked our e-mails. Their excuse is always been that they are trying to control SPAM and they have received complaints from people that our articles are SPAM. Except that, this last article was only sent by e-mail to NewsWithViews and no one else. Is government or big business reading all of our e-mails, including the ones we send to publications and our friends? Of course, especially if our e-mails or articles are critical of the government!
We have received several e-mails from other people that report of their e-mails disappearing, or e-mails not received, or e-mails not delivered. All of these messages are coming from conservatives. Where are these e-mails going? They are purposely being sent, by unseen hands triggered by an algorithm, into the vast ocean of cyber space, never to be heard from again, allegedly marked as SPAM. Those unseen hands are most likely tied to government and there is a good chance the e-mails are ending up on government servers.
Since the IRS scandal wherein they targeted Conservative groups before the 2012 election for Gestapo-like scrutiny, and like a Wisconsin District Attorney that used the enforcement power of the police employing middle-of-the-night SWAT team raids to “SILENCE” conservative activists in that state, this attack by the government, political activists and industry on American conservatives seems to be growing into an epidemic.
Ladies and gentlemen, there is a pattern here and we are not making an allegation, we are directly accusing government and sympathetic big business of CENSORING conservative messages in a wholesale and blatant attempt by progressives to silence those messages though out America. That is the same reason that the progressives, under the power of the FCC, are pushing so-called “Net Neutrality” to control the conservative message on radio and TV. Watch out Rush Limbaugh and Fox News!
You don’t have to conquer a nation with guns any more. All you have to do is to take control of the news media, education, money, energy, land, food, water and health care ….. by force of law, hoping that the people are so docile, they will roll over and bow down to this control. Guess what? The people have.
We are fighting back in many ways, as we have outlined in our weekly column. In the case of the blocked e-mails, we have sent a direct message to Comcast Corporate, saying the following.
“I am a “Conservative” author that writes a national weekly column on conservative issues, you know, like freedom, liberty and property rights. It seems like every month now, Comcast blocks our several e-mail accounts, allegedly to control SPAM.”
“I strongly condemn Comcast and its senior officers for using their extensive position and power to silence political speech, because blocking our e-mail accounts is exactly what that is.”
“If Comcast is receiving orders from the U. S. Government to block our e-mail accounts, that is a whole different matter. But that begs the question, why would Comcast cave into such an unconstitutional act demanded by government, against lawful American citizens?”
“If the block is not removed from our e-mail accounts immediately (see below), I will start a flurry of FOIA requests and get to the bottom of who is trying to SILENCE me because I am a conservative. I’m beginning to wonder if America has morphed into Nazi Germany, or an ABSOLUTE Democrat MONARCHY.”
“This block is also directly affecting our revenue stream. That’s restraint of trade.”
Needless to say, this silencing of our conservative message is censorship by any other name, by a group determined to exterminate all conservative thought. Once free speech has been silenced, you can pretty well kiss off any other so-called “unalienable” rights in the Bill of Rights.
As you sit around the dinner table tonight, start processing what it means for government to have the power to control every element of your life, including your money, your land, your water, your food, your energy, your health care, your right to own firearms, your religion, your right of assembly, the right of an objective and free press ….. AND YOUR SPEECH.
What you may not understand, or even acknowledge, government already has that power and has egregiously abused it by directly violating the constitutional limits on their power.
Who will stop them?
© 2015 Ron Ewart — All Rights Reserved
Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property issues and author of his weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America”, is the President of the National Association of Rural Landowners, (NARLO) (http://www.narlo.org) a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners. He can be reached for comment at email@example.com.
If you read the article I posted on http://anationbeguiled.wordpress.com today, all I can say is “I TOLD YOU SO” OVER AND OVER! Either get busy and spread the word, or bend over and KISS YOUR ASS GOODBYE.
April 28th, 2015 by olddog
By Michael Snyder
Why in the world has JP Morgan accumulated more than 55 million ounces of physical silver? Since early 2012, JP Morgan’s stockpile has grown from less than 5 millionounces of physical silver to more than 55 million ounces of physical silver. Clearly, someone over at JP Morgan is convinced that physical silver is a great investment.
But in recent times, the price of silver has actually fallen quite a bit. As I write this, it is sitting at the ridiculously low price of $15.66 an ounce. So up to this point, JP Morgan’s investment in silver has definitely not paid off. But it willpay off in a big way if we will soon be entering a time of great financial turmoil.
During a time of crisis, investors tend to flood into physical gold and silver. And as I mentioned just recently, JPMorgan Chase chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon recently stated that “there will be another crisis” in a letter to shareholders…
Some things never change — there will be another crisis, and its impact will be felt by the financial market.
The trigger to the next crisis will not be the same as the trigger to the last one – but there will be another crisis. Triggering events could be geopolitical (the 1973 Middle East crisis), a recession where the Fed rapidly increases interest rates (the 1980-1982 recession), a commodities price collapse (oil in the late 1980s), the commercial real estate crisis (in the early 1990s), the Asian crisis (in 1997), so-called “bubbles” (the 2000 Internet bubble and the 2008 mortgage/housing bubble), etc. While the past crises had different roots (you could spend a lot of time arguing the degree to which geopolitical, economic or purely financial factors caused each crisis), they generally had a strong effect across the financial markets
And Dimon is apparently putting his money where his mouth is.
If Dimon believes that another great crisis is coming, then it would make logical sense to stockpile huge amounts of precious metals. And in particular, silver is a tremendous bargain for a variety of reasons. Personally, I like gold, but I absolutely love silver – especially at the price it is at right now.
Over the past few years, JP Morgan has been voraciously buying up physical silver. Nobody has ever seen anything quite like this ever before. In fact, JP Morgan has added more than 8 million ounces of physical silver during the past couple of weeks alone…
According to a detailed report from The Wealth Watchman JP Morgan Chase has been amassing a huge stockpile of physical silver, presumably in anticipation of a major liquidity event.
They’re baaaaack. Yes, “old faithful” is back at it again!
Of course, they never really left silver, and have been rigging it non-stop in the futures market, but for awhile there, there were at least no admissions of newly-stacked silver being made in their Comex warehousing facilities.
Yet, after a 16 month period of “dormancy” within their Comex warehouse vaults, these guys have returned with a vengeance.
In fact, our old buddies at JP Morgan Chase, not only see value in silver here, but they’re currently standing for delivery in their own house account in such strong numbers, that it commands our attention. Let me show you what I mean.
Here’s a breakdown of the Comex’s most recent silver deliveries to JP Morgan:
April 7th: 1,110,000 ounces
April 8th: 1,280,000 ounces
April 9th: 893,037 ounces
April 10th: 1,200,224 ounces
April 14th: 1,073,000 ounces
April 15th: 1,191,275 ounces
April 16th: 1,183,777.295 ounces
This is a huge bout of deliveries in such a short space of time. In fact, within the realm of Comex world, it’s such an exceptionally large amount, that it even creates quite a spike on the long-term chart of JP Morgan’s vault stockpile:
All in all, JP Morgan has added over 8.3 million ounces of additional silver in just the past 2 weeks alone.
Full report at The Wealth Watchman (via Steve Quayle and Realist News)
So why is JP Morgan doing this?
Do they know something that the rest of us do not?
Meanwhile, JP Morgan Chase has made another very curious move as well. It is being reportedthat the bank is “restricting the use of cash” in some markets, and has even gone so far as to “prohibit the storage of cash in safe deposit boxes”…
What is a surprise is how little notice the rollout of Chase’s new policy has received. As of March, Chase began restricting the use of cash in selected markets, including Greater Cleveland. The new policy restricts borrowers from using cash to make payments on credit cards, mortgages, equity lines, and auto loans. Chase even goes as far as to prohibit the storage of cash in its safe deposit boxes . In a letter to its customers dated April 1, 2015 pertaining to its “Updated Safe Deposit Box Lease Agreement,” one of the highlighted items reads: “You agree not to store any cash or coins other than those found to have a collectible value.” Whether or not this pertains to gold and silver coins with no numismatic value is not explained.
What in the world is that all about?
Why is JP Morgan suddenly so negative about cash?
I think that there is a whole lot more going on behind the scenes than we are being told.
JP Morgan Chase is the largest of the six “too big to fail” banks in the United States. The total amount of assets that JP Morgan Chase controls is roughly equal to the GDP of the entire British economy. This is an institution that is immensely powerful and that has very deep ties to the U.S. government.
Could it be possible that JP Morgan Chase is anticipating another great economic crisis?
We are definitely due for one. Just consider the following chart from Zero Hedge. It postulates that our financial system is ready for another “7.5 year itch”…
JP Morgan certainly seems to be preparing for a worst-case scenario.
What about you?
Are you getting ready for what is coming?
This article first appeared here at the Economic Collapse Blog. Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.
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