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The post-war Jefferson Davis: The famous trial that never was

April 24th, 2017 by

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By Bill Ward

When the War Between the States ended, the victorious Northerners viewed Jefferson Davis, as the former President of the Confederate States of America, much differently than others who had served the Confederacy.

For example, when Robert E. Lee surrendered to U.S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, the meeting between the two generals was amicable. Lee was received and treated with courtesy as a senior officer. The terms were so apparently lenient, with Grant conceding to Lee’s requests on behalf of his soldiers, the surrender was referred to as “a gentleman’s agreement.”

However, even after signing a loyalty oath, Lee and other former Confederate Army officers and members of the CSA government were later disenfranchised and treated as second-class citizens. But in the eyes of the northern public, Jefferson Davis was set apart for still a different kind of treatment.

On May 10, 1865, about a mile from the town of Irwinville, Georgia, Federal troops captured Davis. With his arrest on that spring morning, his government ceased to exist. His wife, Varina, and their children were sent to Savannah, where she was kept under virtual house arrest and forbidden to leave the city. Because the soldiers, carpetbaggers and Union supporters treated the Davis children so badly, Varina arranged for them to go to Canada along with her mother.

Davis had been taken back to Virginia and imprisoned in Fort Monroe, where he would stay for the next two years. At first, he was bound in leg irons. Guards watched him around the clock but were not permitted to speak to him. He was allowed no visitors; a light burned in his cell day and night; and his only reading material was a Bible. His treatment was a clear violation of the Bill of Rights.

Many Northern Congressmen and newspapers were nothing short of vicious in their public attacks of Davis. They wanted to see him tried for treason and hanged. In one article, and in one very long sentence, the New York Times referred to Davis by every insulting comment and offensive name that was fit to print. Rhetoric far outran legal reasoning.

But if Davis was in an unusual legal predicament, so was the United States government. The dilemma faced by Washington was how to handle the Davis case. The government under Lincoln had created its own major obstacles by spending four years proclaiming that secessionists were “traitors and conspirators.” The U.S. military had silenced opposition to the administration by closing down newspapers that dared challenge the party line or to make the slightest suggestion that secession might be legal. Thousands of Northerners had been jailed for exercising their First Amendment rights, and those thousands had friends with long memories in the Northern bar.

Northern lawyers were angry for having their clients locked in prison with no civil rights as guaranteed by the Constitution; having civilians tried by military courts for non-existent crimes; having a government that ignored the Supreme Court, setting itself above the constitutional plan of checks and balances. They didn’t like having to beg the president for justice for clients convicted by phony courts-martial or locked up for long periods without any trial. Under Lincoln, the U.S. government had become tyrannical, and certainly anything but a free and constitutional society.

The best lawyers of the day were willing to volunteer to defend Jefferson Davis, because they were angry at the way Lincoln’s government had trampled the Bill of Rights and the Constitution for four years. Even those who didn’t believe in secession were repulsed by the conduct of the Republican administration and the U.S. military.

Charles O’Connor of New York, one of the most famous trial lawyers of the era and a man of great stature in the legal profession, volunteered to be Davis’s counsel. Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, would be the trial judge.

But interesting things began to happen, and the government’s dilemma became even worse. University of Virginia Law Professor, Albert Bledsoe, published a book, “Is Davis a Traitor?” Bledsoe methodically took apart the case against secession, delivering a solid blow to the prosecutors and dampening their zeal to try Davis. Prosecutors actually began to look for a way to avoid trying him without vindicating the South.

Then another method was decided on for prosecution. The attorney general would bring in outside, independent counsel, as we have seen in modern times, such as in Watergate or the Clinton scandals. The government needed someone of great standing in the legal community to be the lead prosecutor. It chose John J. Clifford. But after reviewing the case, Clifford withdrew citing “grave doubts” about the validity of the case. The government could “end up having fought a successful war, only to have it declared unlawful by a Virginia jury,” where Davis’s “crime” was alleged to have been committed.

President Johnson, Lincoln’s successor, thought the easiest way out would be to pardon Davis, as he had pardoned many other Confederates. But Davis refused, saying, “To ask for a pardon would be a confession of guilt.” He wanted a trial to have the issue of secession decided by a court of law — where it should have been decided to begin with — instead of on battlefields. Most Southerners wanted the same.

Northerners either forgot or were unaware of a great secessionist tradition in America. Southerners were not alone in their view that each state had the right to determine its own destiny in the Union. The procedure for joining the Union also applied to withdrawing from the Union.

That thought harkens back to an editorial by the Cincinnati (Ohio) Daily Inquirer, in the summer of 1861, after the “traitor” label was let loose by the North: “The Republican papers are great on treason. . . . It is treason to circulate petitions for a compromise or peaceful readjustment of our national troubles . . . to question the constitutional powers of the President to increase the standing army without authority of law . . . to object to squads of military visiting private houses, and to make search and seizures. . . to question the infallibility of the President, and treason not to concur with him. . . It is treason to talk of hard times; to say that the war might have been avoided. It is treason to be truthful and faithful to the Constitution.”

A year after John Clifford withdrew, the government appointed another special counsel, Richard Dana of Boston, who had written the novel, “Two Years Before the Mast.” But after reviewing the evidence, he agreed with Clifford; the case was a loser. Dana argued that “a conviction will settle nothing in law or national practice not now settled…as a rule of law by war.” Dana observed that the right to secede from the Union had not been settled by civilized means but by military power and the destruction of much life and property in the South. The North should accept its uncivilized victory, however dirty its hands might be, and not expose the fruits of its carnage to scrutiny by a peaceful court of law.

Now, over two years after Davis’s imprisonment and grand jury indictments for treason, the stage was set for the great public trial of the century. Davis had been released from prison on a $100,000 bond, supported by none other than Horace Greeley, the leading abolitionist writer in the North and a former Lincoln supporter. Greeley and a host of others were outraged at the treatment Davis had received, being locked up in a dungeon for more than two years with no speedy trial.

Since two famous special counsels had told the government its case was a loser, finally, none other than the Chief Justice, in a quirk of Constitutional manipulation, devised an idea to avoid a trial without vindicating the South. His amazing solution was little short of genius.

The Fourteenth Amendment had been adopted, which provided that anyone who had engaged in insurrection against the United States and had at one time taken an oath of allegiance (which Davis had done as a U.S. Senator) could not hold public office. The Bill of Rights prevents double jeopardy, so Davis, who had already been punished once by the Fourteenth Amendment in not being permitted to hold public office, couldn’t be tried and punished again for treason.

Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase secretly passed along his clever argument to Davis’s counsel, Charles O’Connor, who then made the motion to dismiss. The Court took the motion under consideration, passing the matter on to the Supreme Court for determination.

In late December 1867 while the motion was pending, President Johnson granted amnesty to everyone in the South, including Davis. But the Davis case was still on the docket. In February 1868, at a dinner party attended by the Chief Justice and a government attorney, they agreed that on the following day a motion for non-prosecution would be made that would dismiss the case. A guest overheard the conversation and reported what was on the minds of most Southerners: “I did not consider that he [Davis] was any more guilty of treason than I was, and that a trial should be insisted upon, which could properly only result in a complete vindication of our cause, and of the action of the many thousands who had fought and of the many thousands who had died for what they felt to be right.”

And so, the case of United States versus Jefferson Davis came to its end — a case that was to be the trial of the century, a great state trial, perhaps the most significant trial in the history of the nation — that never was.

Olddogs Comments!

So much for honest lawyers and politicians! When will you folks understand that people seeking office, power, or money cannot be trusted because they don’t work for us. They work for the International Investment Banking Cartel who claims to own the world. Everything you think you own really belongs to them and your taxes really amount to rent.

HANG THE BANKERS!

POLITICIANS

The Richest Man In All Of Asia Is Aggressively Preparing For Collapse:

April 18th, 2017 by

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“Direct Exposure To Gold As Super Wealthy Focus On Wealth Preservation”

GOLD

By Mac Slavo

The world is awash in crisis with wars looming, economies crashing and revolutions brewing. Doomsday bunkers sales are soaring and individuals from coast to coast are getting ready for whatever tomorrow may bring. Moreover, even governments like China and Russia are preparing, having gone so far as to create their own exchange mechanism to trade directly with gold in the event of a global currency crisis or financial meltdown.

But it’s not just governments who have taken notice of the problems facing the globe. According to Gold Mining Chairman Amir Adnani and Sprott U.S. Holdings CEO Rick Rule, some of the biggest billionaire investors on the planet are actively seeking out precious metals like gold as wealth protection insurance amid the uncertainty of the current geo-political climate.

In a recent interview with SGT Report, Adnani explains that several super wealthy individuals with whom he works very closely, including mainland China’s biggest billionaire investor and the richest man in all of Asia Li Ka-shing, have a renewed and urgent interest in diversifying their assets into both, gold mining firms and the physical asset itself:

This individual’s net worth is about $35 billion… For the first time in a number of years of working with his team when it comes to investments in commodities that they believe were important to the strategic growth of China… for the first time they are looking for gold related investments.

The comment from the person heading this initiative for Li Ka-shing is very interesting… His right had man said to me ‘He’s not just looking for investing in gold mines… he literally wants to find more ways to take physical gold back to Hong Kong and have that exposure.’

This is the largest individual investor in mainland China and I tell you over the last few years of having worked with him on the energy side, this is the first time I have seen him so aggressively looking for gold related opportunities.

In the full interview, insiders Amir Adnani and Rick Rule share their experiences working with others large investors, current strategies and expectations of what’s to come:

(Watch at Youtube)

The reason for why these high net worth individuals are rapidly moving into gold related assets, notes Adnani, is that they are not necessarily all that concerned with the current price and how high it may go in the future, but rather, because precious metals are backed with thousands of years of evidence that they are the asset of last resort during crisis:

That’s one… the second one… we’re very fortunate at Gold Mining… one of the board members of our company who has been a founder of the company since day one is a Brazilian billionaire by the name of Mario Garnero…

When I look at the level of interest that his organization has in terms of wanting that direct exposure to gold… I talked to them about why they are looking at this…

They’re focused on one factor that we seldom think about… We’re so fixated on price of gold… what they’re focused on… what the super wealthy are focused on… what the billionaires are focused on… is the fact that gold plays that hedge in your portfolio… that’s it’s the insurance in the portfolio…

It may not necessarily be as critical to think whether it’s $1200 an ounce or $1300… we fixate so much on the price… and we forget that irrespective of what it’s trading at on any given day it’s meant to be an insurance policy… it’s meant to be protection of wealth and preservation of wealth…

It’s a great reminder when you look at the first trading day after Brexit… I remember looking at my own portoflio.. and looking at the market… and everything is red… the Dow is down over 500 points… the only thing up are gold stocks…

But while insurance and wealth preservation are the key motivating factor for the super wealthy, another billionaire, Sprott U.S. Holdings CEO Rick Rule, says that even a tiny boost in investor demand could drive prices to new highs from here as investors stampede into hard asset stocks and physical holdings as the current bull market gains steam:

Let me give you a startling statistic that tells you what an awakening might do… physical precious metals, certificated precious metals, and precious metals equities occupy about one-third of one percent of the savings and investment assets of the United States.

The corresponding number at the top of the last bull market.. real bull market in 1981… was 8%…

One third of 1% now… 8% at the top.

I’m not suggesting to you that gold and precious metals related investments will ever get back to 8% but I would suggest to you that they will, in this bull market, approach the three decade median, which was 1.5%.

If that occurred, you would see a more than four-fold increase in demand for precious metals and precious metals related equities… I think that could be reasonably dramatic.

I am not one of these doom and gloom guys who says that gold is going win the war against the U.S. dollar.

But if gold lost the war a little less badly… in other words, if gold and gold equities market shares got up to 1.5% of the investment savings matrix of the United States, that would represent a four-fold increase in demand.

The world is primed for a serious, potentially devastating collapse of life as we know it. That may come with war, economic collapse, or both simultaneously. What we know from history is that those who prepared ahead of time and understood the ramifications of such events were positioned to not only survive, but thrive.

The high net worth individuals who are moving into gold related assets see the writing on the wall, and they are positioning themselves now to ensure their wealth will be preserved.

We strongly encourage you to do the same.

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Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Any Worse!

April 14th, 2017 by

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BlasphemyBy Anna Von Reitz

Did you get baptized in an incorporated church?

If so, you received a Baptismal Certificate — just like you received a Birth Certificate,

And just like the Birth Certificate, your Baptismal Certificate was monetized and sold to investors.

Read that as: your new soul— which was created the moment you rose up from the water of your baptism— is being bought and sold by the “church” corporation that baptized you and interpreted your baptism as a commercial contract,

Obviously, they had a different “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” in mind than you did. Theirs was the Marduk, Satan, and Lucifer trinity.  They just didn’t bother to tell you that.  

So, here we are, it’s 2017 and your soul is literally being bought and sold by the bastards responsible for this.  And who are they?  

First and foremost, the Roman Curia of the Holy See and the Roman Pontiff. 

Secondly, all the dumb cluck church organizations that agreed to incorporate themselves as franchises of the United States in order to avoid taxes they never owed in the first place.  

It’s like having thieves and demons at both elbows, ready to catch crumbs and attach adhesion contracts every moment of every day, so that they can feed off your life energy more efficiently— and then justify their evil works by misrepresenting you and your intentions. 

Catholics—- your money and political strength is going to support the buying and selling of souls?  Really?  Are you aware of this profoundly dirty business going on under your noses?  

Lutherans— you, too?  You think that this is the reasonable cost of doing business, that you should profit from selling souls?  Fleecing the flock, instead of caring for it? 

Methodists?  Church of Christ?  Jehovah’s Witnesses?  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints?  Pentecostals?  Baptists?  Episcopalians?  Anglicans?  ALL of you that incorporated your churches as franchises of the UNITED STATES and fell into the practice of issuing baptismal “certificates”?   

Can you imagine a greater betrayal of trust than this?  

I can’t. 

Folks, if you are not flabbergasted, you ought to be.  If nothing else wakes you up to the evil in our midst, this must.  Get on your feet and start marching. Start talking, too.   It’s not just your bodies and your homes and your businesses at risk, your immortal soul has been trespassed upon by these vermin, sold for profit and declared “dead”.  

We must destroy these corporations and the nest of vipers giving rise to them without further ado and without apology, by all means political and practical. There can be no tolerance for this abomination, now or ever.  

Tell your priests and ministers and pastors to pull the plug and cancel all applications and articles of incorporation related to your churches.  Cease these repugnant practices or hear the giant sucking sound of millions of betrayed and defrauded Christians shaking the dust off their sandals and finding a new and honest and unincorporated church to attend.

See this article and over 500 others on Anna’s website here:

www.annavonreitz.com

Blasphemy

Exactly Why the Trump Administration Needs to Cooperate

April 13th, 2017 by

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administration-needs.html

Foreign Corporations

By Anna Von Reitz

Frankly, everyone hates the United States. A lot of people claim to hate “America” but what they are talking about is always the United States, instead. This is a misunderstanding that needs to be cleared up.
“America” and the “United States” are two completely different things.
They are foreign with respect to each other and always have been. America is the fifty republican states of the Union: Oregon, Idaho, Florida…. The United States/UNITED STATES is fifty-seven “States of States”— corporate franchises of foreign Territorial and Municipal corporations: State of Idaho and STATE OF IDAHO, for instance.

It’s the United States/UNITED STATES that has raped and burned and pillaged and polluted and rampaged all over the Earth. The clueless Americans have been duped into believing these foreign corporations were their own dear lawful government.

Now that they know that the thing is Washington, DC, is just a “government for hire” operation, and they perceive that they have been duped and used and abused and cheated and plundered and imposed upon by the same corporations that have been doing it to the rest of the world, the Americans have cause to hate the United States, too.

With the Americans on one side and the outraged rest of the world on the other, what’s the United States to do?

The perps have tried to move their base of operations to China, but that isn’t working out so well for them. Nobody who wants to gain weight eats a tapeworm.

These so-called “Federal Corporations” still have a lot of power, but it is all power they either stole or borrowed or defrauded from the American states and people that they have claimed to represent and serve. Without the Americans backing them, they dwindle down to nothing but wind. Even Puerto Rico won’t try to find the best part of them.

This, politically, and a hopelessly corrupt government bookkeeping system, is what President Donald J. Trump is faced with.

Anyone looking to him to help them drain their local swamps will be sadly disappointed. Instead, he needs our help to drain his swamp in Washington, DC.

And that is why he needs to cooperate fully with the restoration of the American land jurisdiction states and expedite the return of Americans to their native political status and encourage the restoration of the American Common Law courts and accept the use of our asset-backed monetary system— because without our help and support, the so-called Federal Government doesn’t have a prayer.

See this article and over 500 others on Anna’s website here:

www.annavonreitz.com

Foreign Corporations

The Fifty States Claim Update + FBI Informers, the Bundys, and Watering Horses

April 11th, 2017 by

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POLITICAL IGNORANCEBy Anna Von Reitz

It has come to my attention that there are still a lot of people left out in the dark regarding the Fifty States Claim and even some who woke up in alarm and thought that we’d missed the boat.
When all the crappola of the Civil War came down, there were people in America who were aware of the fraud and who objected to it.

In order to make their own actions “legal” but not “lawful” the renegade Rump Congress agreed to “grandfather in” those who were already in this country, if they expatriated back to their original native state jurisdiction. Anyone who didn’t would be presumed to be a “citizen of the United States”.
That’s how it came down in July of 1868 and that’s the way it remains to this day.

So as the vermin were busy liquidating their most recent fabricated government services corporation and bankrupting others in 2015, the American states (together with the people living in those states) were presented as sureties backing all this nonsense and the actual states— our land jurisdiction states— were up for grabs. Unless the Priority Creditors showed up and claimed the states back, the Secondary Creditors would be allowed to come in and seize everything in sight.

The banks and various other nations were slavering at the thought.
So I put out the call for white males above the age of 21 (the requirement back during the Civil War Era) who could prove that their ancestors were here back then. I asked them to execute Acts of Expatriation— which they did. Volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) researched the family genealogies and we invoked the Grandfather Clause and the Expatriation Act to reclaim every sand particle of the fifty organic states of the union for the actual American states and people.

All that got done and done successfully. We made the international claim. We posted the Notices. We posted the Liens. We went back and recorded everything. We posted the sovereign bonds for each one of the fifty actual states and for all the people living in the states.

We also turned our attention to asset recovery, because there were billions upon billions of dollars worth of fungible assets belonging to the actual states that were also in limbo and under threat of being lost. So we alerted the military (which is responsible for safeguarding our money) and they jerked awake.
Since then, the military’s Asset Recovery Team has been responsible for repatriating billions of dollars worth of gold and silver to this country. It is estimated that it will take another six to nine months to collect our stuff back from all over the globe and from offshore accounts.

Someone had to deal with the international and commercial issues and someone had to make the effort to get the counties and states organized and the people educated enough to run their own government again.
Why do you think they had all those FEMA Camps set up, folks?

They were getting ready to open the doors and let their Creditors come in and seize your homes and land and businesses and everything else in sight as payment for their corporate debts.
We saved the land and its assets. We reclaimed the actual states. That much is done.

What remains is to educate and organize the American people and get them back in condition to run their actual government— first at the county level, then at the state level, and finally at the national level.
I have had to rely on volunteers to do this and they have not always known the right thing or done the right thing. It is also likely that to some extent the effort has been undermined by paid agents seeking to keep us all from regrouping and successfully reinstating our lawful government.

Be that as it may, we stand on the cusp of a new era.

Please pray throughout this week in whatever way you can for the well-being of the land and the people of this nation and of all nations.

See this article and over 500 others on Anna’s website here:

www.annavonreitz.com

FBI Informers, the Bundys, and Watering Horses

http://www.paulstramer.net/2017/04/fbi-informers-bundys-and-watering-horses.html

POLITICAL IGNORANCE

By Anna Von Reitz

Ask yourself this question: if there are any “FBI Informants” operating in the take-down of the Colorado Grand Juries and State Justices— where are they?

Chances are they are in jail with the rest of the folks, so that they can continue to spy on and manipulate them from a position of trust.

They are certainly not standing here as I have been for yea, so many weeks, giving warning and instruction to people so that they might correct their ways and avoid arrest.

I hear that my name and that of Bella Haywood have been taken in vain and certain parties who are in fact to blame for this debacle have been accusing us of being traitors and informers and so on.

The plain fact is that if these people had followed our advice or even just paid attention to the Public Law they wouldn’t be arrested. There would be no big controversy.

I’ve also been getting a lot of mail about the Bundys. Save the Bundys! Save the Bundys!
The Bundys have had the benefit of my advice and the facts since Day One of their arrest. I explained it to them and I will explain it to all of you again.

United States Citizens and “citizens of the United States” have no constitutional rights. At most, they have “equal civil rights”– but those rights are at the discretion of the Congress and the courts. This is why that federal judge felt that she could afford to laugh in their faces and threaten them with contempt of court for mentioning The Constitution.

They are being tried under false presumptions in a court that is totally foreign to them. They are being tried as “US citizens” and with the possible exception of Ryan Bundy, they have done absolutely nothing to rebut that presumption.

They could get an authenticated copy of their Birth Certificate,  accept it as “Drawee” on the front of the document and then endorse it over on the back to the United States of America, U.S. Treasury Without Recourse— and make Steven T. Mnuchin the Fiduciary responsible for AMMON BUNDY, for example.
That would very neatly separate them from the PERSON that is on trial.

They could also post a very hefty Private Registered Indemnity Bond with the Treasury and use that to insure (indemnify) themselves against any charges brought against AMMON BUNDY—- which is just a ledger ACCOUNT that the rats in Nevada are bent on pillaging.

They could ask to see the Bid and Performance Bond related to their case. If they did this in open court the clerk would poop green goo, but have no choice but to produce the incriminating evidence.

They could then accept those Bid and Performance Bonds for Value, charge them off against their Indemnity Bond, and return it to the same laughing Judge and make her laugh out of the other side of her ugly face.
And if no Bid and Performance Bonds were forthcoming, the Prosecutor would have to pay for the whole proceedings out of his pocket and the Judge would have to dismiss.

There have to be two dozen things that they could do to walk out of that court as free men, but no, they won’t listen.

Just like Bruce Doucette wouldn’t listen. And Michael R. Hamilton won’t listen. And Randy Drew wouldn’t listen. And Terry Trussell wouldn’t listen. And Tim Turner wouldn’t listen. And so many, many, many others.
They all insist on calling themselves some kind of United States citizens. They all insist on answering to names. They all insist that they have constitutional rights when United States citizens have never had constitutional rights in over two hundred years…. They all have to try to snow the court under with fancy common law documents that don’t apply and reams of case law that don’t apply.

They just can’t connect to the fact that they are being dragged through a commercial court in international jurisdiction.

And when I try to tell them this, they pause, stare blankly at me, and then go right on with whatever they were doing anyway. It’s like the information hits a “bumper” in their brain and they just reject it like a pinball being tossed aside.

So, please, everyone, this is what I have had to deal with. It isn’t that I haven’t tried or failed my duty to share information or anything else. I have talked and shared until I am blue in the face—- to no avail.

You can lead a horse to water, but….. if the “horse” wants to go to jail, then at a certain point, you just step aside and let him.

See this article and over 500 others on Anna’s website here:

www.annavonreitz.com

POLITICAL IGNORANCE

Why Hasn’t Citigroups Banking Charter Been Yanked?

April 8th, 2017 by

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BANKING CORRUPTIONBy Pam and Russ Martens:

Citigroup was back in the news again last Tuesday when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reported that its banking unit, Citibank, was among the three banks with the highest average monthly complaints filed against it alleging credit card abuses. (The other two banks were Capital One and JPMorgan Chase.)

This is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Citigroup and its haloed Citibank.

On May 20, 2015, Citigroup’s banking division pleaded guilty to a criminal felony charge for foreign currency rigging following a decade of serial charges against the global behemoth. (See rap sheet below.) Instead of putting this incorrigible recidivist out of business, the Federal government has continued to allow its shady proclivities to be perpetuated against an unsuspecting public.

The U.S. central bank, the Federal Reserve, which incompetently oversees Citigroup as it takes on massive derivative risk and continues to fleece the public, saw fit to secretly funnel $2 trillion of loans into Citigroup’s collapsing carcass from 2007 to at least 2010 at almost zero interest rates. During that period, Citigroup was allowed to continue to charge double-digit interest rates on its credit cards and put struggling homeowners out on the street from its tricked-up mortgages. The $2 trillion in secret loans came on top of the publicly announced $45 billion in equity infusions and more than $300 billion in asset guarantees by the Federal government to keep this ethically-challenged institution alive.

Why would the Federal government want to bail out such a recidivist lawbreaker instead of simply putting it out of business? Citigroup is one of those too-big-to-fail, too-big-to-jail and too-interconnected-to-fathom financial goblins that continue to threaten the U.S. financial landscape today.

The CFPB’s report last week brought to mind a Harper’s article by Andrew Cockburn in April 2015. Cockburn had traced the history of how Sandy Weill had parlayed Commercial Credit through a series of mergers that, thanks to the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act by President Clinton & Company in 1999, had culminated in the too-big-to-fail Citigroup.

With the blessing of its regulators, including the Federal Reserve, Citigroup was allowed to replicate the precise banking model which had brought on the 1929 crash and Great Depression: it was allowed to hold savings deposits while making wild speculations on Wall Street and selling bogus stocks to the hapless public.

While today Bill Dudley, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, incessantly fingers his worry beads and ponders what it will take to change the jaded culture of Wall Street mega banks, Cockburn quickly drilled down to the problem: Citigroup grew out of a loan sharking operation that permeates its culture.

Cockburn writes:

“Weill had recently been eased out from Shearson Lehman/American Express [in 1985], a financial conglomerate he had helped to build. Eager to get back in the game, he bought a Baltimore firm called Commercial Credit. In the view of Weill and his protégé, Jamie Dimon [now CEO at JPMorgan Chase], their new acquisition was in the beneficent business of supplying ‘consumer finance’ to ‘Main Street America.’ Their office receptionist, Alison Falls, thought otherwise. Overhearing their conversation at work one day, she called out, ‘Hey, guys, this is the loan-sharking business. Consumer finance is just a nice way to describe it.’

“Falls had it right. Commercial Credit made loans to poor people at predatory interest rates. Strapped to pay off their loans, borrowers were encouraged to refinance, with added fees each time. Gail Kubiniec, who was then an assistant sales manager at the company’s branch office in Tonawanda, New York, remembers that the basic aim was to lend money to ‘people uneducated about credit. You could take a five-hundred-dollar loan and pack it with extra items like life insurance—that was very lucrative. Then you could roll it over with more extra items, then reroll the new loan, and the borrower would go on paying and paying and paying.’ ”

Cockburn includes an excerpt from an affidavit that Kubiniec had filed with the Federal Trade Commission in 2001 about the practices of Commercial Credit, which had changed its name to CitiFinancial:

“I and other employees would often determine how much insurance could be sold to a borrower based on the borrower’s occupation, race, age, and education level. If someone appeared uneducated, inarticulate, was a minority, or was particularly old or young, I would try to include all the coverages CitiFinancial offered. The more gullible the consumer appeared, the more coverages I would try to include in the loan.”

Wall Street On Parade took a look at the CFPB’s consumer complaint database to peruse the tens of thousands of complaints that have been filed against Citigroup and its banking unit, Citibank, since the CFPB began operations in 2011. The complaints range from debt collection practices to credit card abuses to student loan gouging to mortgage and foreclosure abuse.

Given the serial charges and settlements by Citigroup as listed below, one has to seriously wonder if fraud has not only become a business model at Wall Street banks (as Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has stated) but an accepted business model by Wall Street’s regulators and the U.S. Justice Department.

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The following is just a sampling of charges brought against Citigroup and/or its various units since December 2008:

December 11, 2008: SEC forces Citigroup and UBS to buy back $30 billion in auction rate securities that were improperly sold to investors through misleading information.

February 11, 2009: Citigroup agrees to settle lawsuit brought by WorldCom investors for $2.65 billion.

July 29, 2010: SEC settles with Citigroup for $75 million over its misleading statements to investors that it had reduced its exposure to subprime mortgages to $13 billion when in fact the exposure was over $50 billion.

October 19, 2011: SEC agrees to settle with Citigroup for $285 million over claims it misled investors in a $1 billion financial product.  Citigroup had selected approximately half the assets and was betting they would decline in value.

February 9, 2012: Citigroup agrees to pay $2.2 billion as its portion of the nationwide settlement of bank foreclosure fraud.

August 29, 2012: Citigroup agrees to settle a class action lawsuit for $590 million over claims it withheld from shareholders’ knowledge that it had far greater exposure to subprime debt than it was reporting.

July 1, 2013: Citigroup agrees to pay Fannie Mae $968 million for selling it toxic mortgage loans.

September 25, 2013: Citigroup agrees to pay Freddie Mac $395 million to settle claims it sold it toxic mortgages.

December 4, 2013: Citigroup admits to participating in the Yen Libor financial derivatives cartel to the European Commission and accepts a fine of $95 million.

July 14, 2014: The U.S. Department of Justice announces a $7 billion settlement with Citigroup for selling toxic mortgages to investors. Attorney General Eric Holder called the bank’s conduct “egregious,” adding, “As a result of their assurances that toxic financial products were sound, Citigroup was able to expand its market share and increase profits.”

November 2014: Citigroup pays more than $1 billion to settle civil allegations with regulators that it manipulated foreign currency markets. Other global banks settled at the same time.

May 20, 2015: Citicorp, a unit of Citigroup becomes an admitted felon by pleading guilty to a felony charge in the matter of rigging foreign currency trading, paying a fine of $925 million to the Justice Department and $342 million to the Federal Reserve for a total of $1.267 billion. The prior November it paid U.S. and U.K. regulators an additional $1.02 billion.

May 25, 2016: Citigroup agrees to pay $425 million to resolve claims brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission that it had rigged interest-rate benchmarks, including ISDAfix, from 2007 to 2012.

July 12, 2016: The Securities and Exchange Commission fined Citigroup Global Markets Inc. $7 million for failure to provide accurate trading records over a period of 15 years. According to the SEC: “CGMI failed to produce records for 26,810 securities transactions comprising over 291 million shares of stock and options in response to 2,382 EBS requests made by Commission staff, between May 1999 and April 2014, due to an error in the computer code for CGMI’s EBS response software. Despite discovering the error in late April 2014, CGMI did not report the issue to Commission staff or take steps to produce the omitted data until nine months later on January 27, 2015. CGMI’s failure to discover the coding error and to produce the missing data for many years potentially impacted numerous Commission investigations.”

Richard Bowen Is Skeptical of Citigroup’s Culture Makeover: Here’s Why

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Richard Bowen, Testifying Before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission

Editor’s Note: Richard Bowen is the former Citigroup Senior Vice President who repeatedly alerted his superiors in writing that potential mortgage fraud was taking place in his division. At one point, Bowen emailed a detailed description of the problem to top senior management, including Robert Rubin, the former U.S. Treasury Secretary and then Chairman of the Executive Committee at Citigroup. Bowen’s reward for elevating serious ethical issues up the chain of command was to be relieved of most of his duties and told not to come to the office. Bowen testified before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in 2010. In 2011, Bowen had the courage to pull back the curtain on Citigroup’s moral code on the CBS program 60 Minutes. Bowen is today a Professor of Accounting at the University of Texas at Dallas and speaks widely on the ethical breakdowns that led to the 2008 Wall Street financial collapse. Professor Bowen’s analysis of Citigroup’s latest foray into changing its ethical culture appears below.

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Who’s Trying Now to Save Citigroup’s Soul? 

By Richard Bowen: March 27, 2017 

The headline in last Saturday’s Wall Street Journal captured my immediate attention. The Banker-Turned-Seminarian Trying to Save Citigroup’s Soul… What??

Supposedly Citigroup is taking a “new” approach to the cultural and other issues they have had for years and have hired Dr. David Miller, a Princeton University professor, theologian and former banker to be their “on call ethicist.”  Dr.  Miller heads the University’s Faith & Work Initiative and has worked with Citi intermittently over the last three years. He says, “You need banking, just like you need pharmaceuticals.”

His role, to provide “advice and input to senior management.” This includes CEO Michael Corbat who recently raised an idea that came from Dr. Miller. Mr. Corbat said, when faced with an uncertain situation, “ask the four M’s: What would your mother, your mentor, the media and—if you’re inclined—your maker think?” The problem, he adds, isn’t the bad apples. Rather, it is how easy it is for good employees to justify bad decisions when they face gray-zone questions.

And Citi has had more than its share of gray zone areas.  Citigroup has had numerous issues and has earned a reputation for ethical problems before and after the financial crisis. Dr. Miller was brought in by Mr. Corbat who was surprised when the company’s employee surveys showed some workers weren’t comfortable escalating concerns about possible wrongdoing.

He was also disturbed by the banking industry’s image problem overall. “If you look today at what the poll numbers say, what the general population says, there is distrust of banks,” Mr. Corbat said in an interview.

The article goes on to say, “Citigroup is embracing Dr. Miller’s idea (influenced by Plato and Aristotle) of three lenses to apply in ethical decision-making, an approach: Is it right, good and fitting? Citigroup executives have added:  Is it in our clients’ interest, does it create economic value, and is it systemically responsible?”

The bank is sharing these ideas with employees worldwide, working them into its ethics and training manuals and mission statement and posting it on the wall of its Manhattan headquarters lobby.

But wait! This is not a “new” idea.

I was at Citi, when in 2003 they were fined $1.5 billion for “false and misleading research reports;” and in 2004 when they were hit with $5 billion in fines and settlements associated with Enron and WorldCom. These and other scandals in Japan Private Banking and the European bond market led to the Federal Reserve (in 2005) to publicly announce that they would not approve any major Citigroup mergers and acquisitions, until the company resolved their issues.

As a result of all this and more, Citi vowed that these issues would not happen again. And in March 2005, then CEO Chuck Prince announced his strategy to transform the financial giant and to provide a new direction for the future, called the “Five Point Ethics Plan” to: improve training, enhance focus on talent and development, balance performance appraisals and compensation, improve communications, and strengthen controls. A comprehensive ethics policy was implemented requiring annual training by all employees. Employees could be fired if they did not follow the new ethics plan.

And Mr. Prince announced, with great fanfare, the hiring of Lewis B. Kaden, a former professor and director of Columbia University’s Center for Law and Economic Studies and moderator of PBS’s popular Ethics in America TV series, which earned a Peabody Award. Mr. Kaden was named Vice Chairman and was over ethics and other areas. In the trenches we called him the Ethics Czar.

Well despite desperation, a new ethics policy, training and fear, the Five Point Ethics Plan didn’t work. By now you know by heart of their subsequent mortgage fraud and what led to my and Sherry Hunt’s blowing the whistle on Citi. And following that there were the LIBOR and FOREX trading scandals.

To this day, Citi still has ethics issues as witness one of the latest, their being investigated for hiring practices  that could violate foreign bribery laws.

We can “talk” culture all day long, mandate it, instill fear  re firing,  but if leadership is not an example and role model for ethical behavior… well it’s not going to happen! If a company wants to promote and assure ethical standards are followed then transparency, trust and developing an ethical culture based on guiding principles are critical.

In a previous post I quoted Ms.Yves Smith, commenting on an article “Can Philosophy Stop Bankers From Stealing?” by Lynn Parramore, a senior research analyst at the Institute for New Economic Thinking.  Ms. Parramore states, “Pernicious cultural norms inside American banks and regulatory agencies have crowded out fundamental moral principles…”

Ms. Parramore quotes Ed Kane, Professor of Finance at Brown College, “Ed Kane believes it’s vital to discuss moral questions, in plain English, without abstractions. Following his own advice, he is blunt in characterizing some of the behavior in the banking industry in recent years: “Theft is a forced taking of other people’s resources,” he says. ‘That’s what’s going on here.” Kane urges a deep inquiry into our culture to understand why bankers so commonly get away with crimes in the United States.”

Evidence shows Citi did not change its culture. It did not follow its own ethics plan. It may presently have a 60 page ethics policy, however, that has proved to not be enough. Posting it does not change behavior.

Who knows, perhaps this time around it may work. Dr. Miller believes banks can change. “To make the assumption that an organization cannot be more ethical than it was is to give up before you start… It is not naive. It is a realistic and necessary goal.”

Am I skeptical? Heck yes.  Let’s see if Citigroup has the moral fortitude to indeed finally make good culture changes happen. For the sake of our country, I wish Dr. Miller much success.

We’re All Minorities Now

By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: March 21, 2017

The one percent now effectively owns Washington: the making of our laws, the writing of Executive Orders, the running of Federal agencies with the power to put crooks among the one percent in prison – or not, and they are now the overseers of gutting Federal programs that benefit the 99 percent.

One thought comes to mind about this state of affairs. The abolitionist and writer, Frederick Douglass, once said:

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

The majority of Americans, whether they are yet aware or not, now walks in the shoes of Frederick Douglass. We’re all minorities now. The billionaires and their lackeys rule.

How did a society that fought a brutal and bloody revolution to throw off the yoke of one percent rule end up where we find ourselves today?

After a decade of thinking and researching and writing about little else, we believe the major causes are as follows: a highly consolidated corporate media that failed to tackle these issues with regularity and force; a timid Internal Revenue Service that was afraid to take on the billionaire class for setting up faux citizen front groups that drowned out the voice and views of real citizens; and, of course, an abjectly corrupt system of billionaire financing of political campaigns.

Below is a small sampling of articles from our archives which should have warned us that we were rapidly devolving as a democracy and that a full scale plutocracy was in our future.

The Right Wing Group Behind Donald Trump’s Rise Aims to Keep Fear Alive

The Koch Brothers as Newspapermen 

Koch Footprints Lead to Secret Slush Fund to Keep Fear Alive 

The Koch Empire and Americans for Prosperity 

Resurrecting Ayn Rand: Hedge Fund Money Teams Up With Koch & BB&T

Who’s Behind PropOrNot’s Blacklist of News Websites 

Washington Post Reporter Spreads Blacklist of Independent Journalist Sites 

United Technologies: Boss Gets $192 Million, 110-Foot Yacht as 2100 Jobs Move to Mexico at $3 an Hour 

Corporate Media Blacks Out Coverage of Bill to Overturn Corporate Personhood 

Supreme Seduction: Bringing Low the High Court 

60 Minutes Takes a Pass on Wall Street’s Secret Spy Center

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Arrests

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By Anna Von Reitz

Everything has a logic.  Rain falls down, not up.  Fire can warm your house or burn it down.

In this country, we have two kinds of government.  We have the de facto government — Federal/Territorial/Municipal —- that is hired to provide stipulated services.  We have the de jure government which, if we have a brain in our heads, we serve and cherish as our means to direct and control the de facto.  That’s the way it is and the only other option is insurrection.

Some time ago I separated myself and my Living Law team from Bruce Doucette and Michael R. Hamilton and “Judge Micky” and various others who started out with the goal of restoring the lawful de jure government, but then, went off track. 

This is not my first rodeo and not the first time I have had to do this.  Patriot leaders and the groups they establish regularly become convinced that rain falls up and fire doesn’t burn.

Now I hear that Bruce Doucette and several others have been arrested and are facing sixteen felony counts. There will probably be more arrests to come. 

You can live under the Statutory Law or you can live under the Public Law. You can sail on the sea or stand on the land—- and that’s ultimately your choice.  What you can’t do is willfully wobble around in between and just make things up as you go. 

You are either a United States citizen or a non-citizen national— and whichever it is, you have to obey the laws and take the lumps that go with that political status.  

Fish or fowl. 

Here’s an example: you can’t claim with one breath to be a Colorado State Judge and with the next breath claim that you have authority as a judge in Oregon, too.  It doesn’t work that way.  Land jurisdiction offices are tied to the land and have strict geographic boundaries. 

I have explained that fact hundreds of times, but it just went in one ear and out the other with some people.  They kept on claiming to have authorities here, there, and everywhere.

 I had one woman tell me she was a “United States Justice of America”— a totally made-up name for a non-existent office, yet she insisted that she had universal authority in all fifty states and she wanted a badge to prove it, too. 

Yes, Virginia, there really are wing-nuts out there.  And they are dangerous.  They are dangerous in and of themselves, because they do crazy things and make crazy claims of power and authority based on thin air, but more importantly, they are dangerous because they mislead other people. 

There are a lot of disgruntled, unhappy Americans out here in the trenches and many have righteous complaints; unfortunately, we’ve also been dumbed down and kept ignorant so that most people don’t know how their government is supposed to work and some won’t take the time and make the effort to learn, much less implement it.  

They want to go out and do their own thing. Damn the torpedoes. Damn the law. Damn the limitations of old, outmoded public offices. We are the people, we can do whatever we want! …..And so on.

Inevitably, such people come to the attention of the FBI and other agencies and just as inevitably they get arrested— because what they are doing and encouraging others to do, is wrong.  

Left to the mercy of such leaders we could wind up with the Glory Rangers of America at our door, parading around and lording it over the rest of us with no rhyme or reason to anything.

Once you leave the tracks our Forefathers built, it’s too easy to devolve into a world of Simon Says or Bruce Says or Anna Says, a world in which there are no rules beyond raw power, and no law but public sentiment. 

That’s why, even though I am saddened by this turn of events, I am relieved also.  All an insurrection does is harm innocent people on both sides of the fence.  

So, let me refocus everyone on the actual job at hand and the step-by-step process:

Getting your own political status cleaned up is Job One.

Getting your local county jural assembly together is Job Two.

Getting your local unincorporated county government up and fully functioning is Job Three.

After that, your counties will form your land jurisdiction states. 

Your states will then be enabled to call a land jurisdiction Continental Congress together.

And whatever changes need to be made in our relationship with the hired government can be made via peaceful and agreed upon processes.  

To assist you in getting your local county jural assembly up and on its feet, the Michigan General Jural Assembly is hosting a Thursday night call, nine o’clock p.m., EST, 1-712-770-4170, access code 226823#, and they also offer help through their website at http://1stmichiganassembly.info.  

Please bear in mind that every state and every county in this country is unique.  That’s part of the beauty and the strength of our country, but it also means that you have to do your own homework.  There is a Handbook that shares the process that Michigan went through, but it isn’t a template per se, because all 3100 counties are different and all 50 states are different.  

If you want to be free, come prepared to do some real work.  

See this article and over 500 others on Anna’s website here:

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America Is Falling From Within

April 6th, 2017 by

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Matthew 7:24  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

America is in moral freefall. The open and blatant lying from the halls of our once great experiment in self-government has exposed a crumbling foundation of a city that once illuminated the world. The light is flickering and darkness hovers over the land. The flood of secularism and its shaky foundation has left our nation groping in the darkness.  We have traded wise men for the foolish men and great will be our fall.

America has fallen from within.  We have done it to ourselves.

The Founders of this nation, flawed though they were, understood the importance of shared values.  All nations are built upon a common set of moral values and for just over 200 years this nation’s foundation was the rock of Christianity.  Despite what the anti-moralists may try to convince you, America was formed upon the principle that liberty was the birthright of every citizen but that liberty was anchored to a set of immutable principles.  It was those unchanging precepts that secured “the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

But somewhere along the way a soft coup was executed and the rug was pulled out from under our feet and we have been dealing with shifting sand ever since.  America was great, a wise man told us, because America was good.  But with the removal of the Bible as the cornerstone of our Republic the time-tested values of God’s Holy Commandments were sandblasted off of the walls of our institutions and replaced with the sinking sand of secularism.  God’s laws are immutable.  The laws of secularism are constantly shifting.

Today, our nation is governed, not by immutable laws written in stone, but by emotion driven values driven by “feelings”.  As emotions change, the laws change.  Soon the rains descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.  The secular kings and their secular horses could not put the nation back together again.

Secularism is a fraud.  It leaves the foundations upon which the nation was built open to the ebbs and flows of the whims of men.  Emotionalism is a terrible base upon which to build.  A moral earthquake has left the foundations in ruins.  We have left nothing upon which the next generation can build.

The secularists have mimicked God.  They have tricked us into accepting counterfeit commandments that were designed to create a secularist utopia.  They have successfully replaced the six thou-shall-nots of God with their more modern version of morality based not on the immutable laws of God but upon the ever-changing flood of human emotions.

Thou shall not kill, steal, lie, sleep around, covet, nor dishonor your parents have been jettisoned from the American psyche replaced by the emotion driven sand box of tolerance, diversity, sexual anarchy, if it feels good do it, all beliefs are equal, and who am I to judge silly putty.

An ever changing society requires a never changing standard in order to survive.  Secularism secures nothing except the temporary.  No long term culture was ever built upon a constantly-changing foundation.  America is no longer great because they have changed the meaning of good.  We have been here before.

In those days there was no king in Israel but everyone did that which was right in his owns eyes.”

Secularism is doomed to failure.  A moral system built upon the ever changing whims and emotions of the individual citizen cannot stand against the onslaught of evil designed to destroy the foundations of a nation.

Godless emotions are sure to succumb to the evil hearts of men unrestrained by the laws of God.  Secularism is to a nation what a windmill is to nature.  Rather than giving direction to the storm it swings whichever way the wind blows.

What would this nation look like today if we had remained anchored to the ROCK of AGES?  . If we had held our ground when the winds blew we would not be dealing with most of the social issues we have today.  Every problem America faces today is a direct result of our moral capitulation in the face of a storm of immorality.

Secularism cannot save us.  Everyone doing what is right in his own eyes will not work when the people are blind to a shared belief of right and wrong.

In America today, the blind are truly leading the blind.  Is it any wonder that we have ended up in a ditch?

© 2017 Dave Daubenmire – All Rights Reserved

Olddogs Comments!

Let’s apply Secularism to food and see what we get. Go to your pantry and refrigerator and pull out one of each item, then mix them all up and bake them at 375 for one hour. If you can eat a bowl full, I guarantee you will either die or wish you would. Nothing is dumber than expecting good results from merging different nationalities. A small amount of arsenic may not cause a problem, but a plate full is certain death. Good luck you dumb shits!

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Global Collateral Accounts- -What’s the Hold Up, and The Truth About Contracts?

April 5th, 2017 by

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CORRUPTIONBy Anna Von Reitz

Today, I got an email from a group of Greek bankers asking me if the “Global Collateral Accounts” are real and why they can’t seem to get action releasing those funds even after allocations have been made and published?

Well, yes, there are Global Collateral Accounts that do contain assets that belonged to people long dead and whose specific heirs are not known, and as a result those assets belong to the world-at-large and there is really no reason to leave them sitting around in bank deposit boxes and tranche flats doing no earthly good.

Fair enough.  So some years ago a great housecleaning effort began in the Swiss vaults and has continued from there.

Unfortunately, most of the banks involved in the house cleaning effort used the opportunity to try to get rid of evidence of their own wrong-doing, tried to cheat depositors out of interest the banks owed, and otherwise pulled very shady deals claiming that huge amounts of assets were “abandoned” by legitimate trustees and known beneficiaries when they really weren’t abandoned at all—-a larger scale version of the fraud these same banks have pulled by claiming that you abandoned all the mortgage payments that were made to YOUR NAME’s undisclosed escrow account over the years.

The irony is that most of these “Historic Trusts” belong to people who have no interest in wielding huge amounts of money and who want the assets used for the same or similar purposes as the Global Collateral Accounts are meant to serve—that is, they are willing to serve the same philanthropic purposes as the Global Collateral Accounts.  They simply aren’t willing to stand by deaf, dumb, and blind and let the banks make false claims of abandonment and seize the assets.

Every time one of the supposedly “abandoned” Historic Trusts pops up a hand and says— Hey, wait a minute, those assets belong to us.  We didn’t abandon anything!—-the whole process has to be shut down and re-calibrated. The assets of the Historic Trust being claimed back have to be backed out of the Slush Pile.

A lot of time and bother could be saved if the banks just gave proper Notice to the last known address of the last known trustees and beneficiaries, but they are afraid to do so for a wide variety of reasons.  If you don’t know that you are the heir of a billion dollars, shouldn’t you know?  Where have you been all this while?  Are you for real or just some con man sniffing around?

It was the same thing with the gold confiscated from our great-grandparents and grandparents back in the 1930’s, which the World Bank and IBRD claimed as Secondary Creditors.  If I hadn’t raised my hand and said—- Oh, by the way…..  those assets and all the years of interest owed on them would have been rolled into the Global Collateral Accounts.

Even more importantly, it was the same with the assets of the land jurisdiction states of America.  Imagine what would have happened if nobody stepped up to the plate and claimed back the land you are standing on?   This was a major league play by the banks. They actually thought they could get away with claiming that the American states had been abandoned and were available for resettlement and redistribution of all their assets.

So as you can now see, there’s a lot going on in the background and a lot of dirty deals have been pulled by the banks including a lot of false claims of “abandonment of funds” and “abandonment of assets” which have been made for both innocent and self-interested reasons.

All that bosh keeps holding up settlement of what is and is not legitimately part of the Global Collateral Accounts. More and more heirs and beneficiaries and trustees and fiduciaries keep coming out of the woodwork and showing reasonable provenance and basis to claim assets back out of the banker’s Slush Pile.

Every time we think we get it done, or “close enough to call”— pop! Someone else shows up at the table and produces a receipt for a thousand Gold Certificates from 1904, or the last scion of one of the Conquistadors crawls out from under a rock in Costa Rica and says, “Uh, well-ah, Senor…….”

If we are fair and if we are honest and if we care about what is true, we owe each and every one of these claims investigation and settlement.  And that takes time, especially in view of the amount of fraud and graft and collusion and general bad behavior by too many of the banks involved.

See this article and over 500 others on Anna’s website here:

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The Truth About Contracts, Parse Syntax, and Us

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By Anna Von Reitz

I don’t believe that people or their institutions have any ability to contract.  It’s simply not within our temporal nature and skill set. We can’t guarantee that we will live another minute.  We can’t know what time it is in any absolute sense.  We can’t even describe where we are, physically, without arbitrary references.  

For mortals who don’t know where they are and don’t know what time it is to make contracts obligating themselves to do things in the future—-is obvious madness.  We are incompetent and fundamentally unable to do any such thing, so all contracts are void ab initio, for intrinsic fraud. 

We are like mice trying to dictate the life cycle of horses.  Making contracts is simply not something we can do, so we ought to stop pretending otherwise.

Once we acknowledge the facts of our limited nature and circumstance we are prepared to deal with things — including ourselves — as we really are.  

If we accept our natural limitations and humbly agree to the best of our ability on a course of action, that is not a contract.  That is a Good Faith Agreement.  

If we further make the effort to express that agreement in a way that is mathematically sound and unequivocal, using Parse Syntax, it in no way confers any supernatural power to keep the agreement; rather, Parse Syntax makes sure that the agreement says exactly what it says, no more and no less, and cuts out confusion and arguments–which is surely something much to be desired.  

For myself I prefer a simple honor code in which we let our yes be yes and our no be no, as the Bible says, and to the extent possible, let our word be our bond— accepting always that “time and unforeseen circumstance” may derail our most earnest efforts and intentions and forgiving each other when that happens. 

The concept of “Good Faith” is not difficult, but it is not possible to maintain when we pretend and tell lies about ourselves and our limited abilities.  Nor is Good Faith something we can maintain without sincere effort and clear communications.  It is in this last capacity that Parse Syntax can serve humanity in noble purpose: put an end to the use of slippery, slithery, descriptive language when making business agreements. 

Parse Syntax, properly and honestly defined, is an “iron rod”.  If not an absolute safeguard against misunderstanding, it is as close as we are likely to come until the day that we can communicate telepathically and record the sum total of all thoughts, intentions, and feelings associated with an agreement. 

Most of my days I spend immersed in sorting out confusions that are the result of both honest and dishonest actions. People regularly come away from the same conversation with different assumptions and they take different actions accordingly. This causes no end of confusion and discord, even when it is done innocently and for no dishonest purpose.  Imagine how crazy it gets when people purposefully seek to confuse things and defraud others?  

Parse Syntax can help people deal more clearly and honestly with each other.  That isn’t always what people want to do, but Parse Syntax can go a long way toward ensuring that result. 

I would guess that if Parse Syntax were used to express Good Faith Agreements, 99% of the expense and misery associated with today’s commercial court system could simply go away.  

And wouldn’t that be a blessing?

See this article and over 500 others on Anna’s website here:

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Whence Technocracy: Neofeudalism, Peasants and Pitchforks

April 4th, 2017 by

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Written By: Patrick Wood

C.H. Smith nailed it: “There is no avenue left for advocacy, grievances or redress in a system dominated by global corporations.”

In the old feudal days, peasants with pitchforks and torches could assault the lord’s castle on a hill. Today, there is neither castle nor even a hill. Yet, we still have the same grievances, angst and desires for peace, safety and prosperity.

Smith writes,

The reality is there is no avenue left for advocacy, grievances or redress in a system dominated by global corporations. The castle on the hill doesn’t exist; it is diffused all over the planet, and well protected by state minions controlled by neofeudal corporate interests.

Do you really think it’s mere coincidence that small business growth has imploded in the era of corporate dominance? As I explained yesterday in Governments Change, the Corporatocracy Endures, central banks dropping interest rates to near-zero for financiers and corporations sealed corporate dominance of finance and governance. There are few opportunities for small businesses when the financial and political structures serve neofeudal corporate interests.

Corporate power destroys democracy. That is the heart of neofeudalism.

Let me explain what happened here.

In 1970, Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote Between Two Ages: America’s Role In The Technetronic Era. Three years later in 1973, Brzezinski teamed up with financier David Rockefeller to start the Trilateral Commission that was dedicated to “fostering a New International Economic Order.” Brzezinski explained,

“The nation-state as a fundamental unit of man’s organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force: International banks and multi­national corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation-state.” –  Between Two Ages

Antony Sutton and I wrote (Trilaterals Over Washington, I and II) and lectured extensively on this in the late 1970s. It’s too bad that more people didn’t listen to us back then, but the establishment made sure that we were thoroughly marginalized and discredited. In fact, the nation’s largest book chain at the time, B. Dalton Booksellers, blatantly black-listed our books by sending out a memo to all their stores that stated, “Trilaterals Over Washington is out of print and the publisher is out of business.” Neither was true, but it killed our sales.

So, what part of Brzezinski’s statement above is unclear?

Was Between Two Ages some sort of literary equivalent to Hitler’s Mien Kampf in which he laid out the elites’ plans in terms so clear that nobody would believe them?

Whatever the case, Brzezinski envisioned the “ultimate solution” in his carefully defined “Technetronic Era.”

What is the “Technetronic Era”? Plain and simple, it is a vision rooted in historic Technocracy from the 1930s.  It is also the resurrection of feudalism with many new twists thanks to advanced technology. Thus, the term neofeudalism fits Technocracy or Technetronic perfectly: A few own all the resources and then tell everyone else what they can or can’t do on planet earth.

In 1938, The Technocrat magazine defined Technocracy as follows:

“Technocracy is the science of social engineering, the scientific operation of the entire social mechanism to produce and distribute goods and services to the entire population… “

This is exactly what is happening today: social engineers working with global corporations to take over the entire economic and social landscape. Thus, society is being ‘scientifically’ reengineered to serve the corporate lords. The old-fashioned terms of ‘supply’ and ‘demand’ don’t apply any more. Consumer demand is artificially manipulated to soak up whatever global corporations decide they want to manufacture.

In other words, Technocracy is a complete takeover of both the means of production and consumption, a feat never before attempted nor achieved in the history of the world.

You might never have heard of Technocracy before, but can you feel the manacle of scientific dictatorship tightening around your neck?

In my opinion, this is why Britain recently voted to leave the European Union, which is openly called a Technocracy in the European press. This is also why Trumpism is accelerating in America.

Simply put, people don’t have to understand the cause in order to feel the pain.

Oh, would that there were a castle on a hill that we could assault and demand that our grievances be heard. However, because Technocracy and Technocrats are so thoroughly infused into society, institutions and corporate culture, it is impossible to hold their feet to the fire.

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The time has come and passed for all good men to get their head out of their ass, learn how we were captured, how severe the danger really is, grab our guns and ammo and take back our banks, government, and freedom.

Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

HAVE YOU EVER READ IT?

Note: The following text is a transcription of the Stone Engraving of the parchment Declaration of Independence (the document on display in the Rotunda at the National Archives Museum.) The spelling and punctuation has been updated by Olddog.

In Congress, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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 to 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. 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. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Ignore History and it will bite you in the ass!

PURE EVIL

 

 

The White American Founding Stock on the precipice of being relegated to minority status by design. Then What?

March 31st, 2017 by

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By Joe McCutchen

Never in the history of our Republic has there been so much treasure spent maliciously, i.e. Bush’s 16 year indulgences in criminal, unconstitutional wars, likewise public education and nothing positive gained. 

T.R. 3/28/17: “School District seeks diversity”, i.e. more historical crime and government expansion being launched against middleclass white Americans further reducing us to a proletariat dimension.

I have debated myself for years which federal government agency is the most criminally corrupt that those reside under the federal government umbrella. Finally, my winner:  government schools. The T.R. article above tipped the scales for me.

Yes, the American military killing machine being engaged in eternal preemptive wars (since 1950;s Korea) now with an uninvited presence in 160 nations resulting in murder, destruction, torture, rape, sniping, U.S. government overthrows, all claiming mysterious phantom enemies and oh yes, are “keeping us safe”…while failing to secure our national borders. The military killing machine does have brief interludes for retrofitting their armaments  ($54 billion x 3 years) while the short circuiting of American white children minds is perpetual. The young foolishly courageous soldiers providing the man power (cannon fodder) for global insurrection believe they are “keeping us safe”. Most not understanding the U.S. is the global enemy (Dick Cheney’s call for war) set us on the path for global Armageddon. Most of these brave young troops are products & victims of the public schools’ systems—government—PC, social behavior, absent logic, history & philosophy.

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Annette Henderson (assistants, deputies, associates, acting—a fiscal crime & how many of these are dwelling in the district?) proclaims 89% of the teachers are white (from her purview that is bad), 42% of students white–bad, 33.7% Hispanic–good. Interestingly and tragically Mexicans and OTM’s outnumber black Americans by 22.4%.  In other words, foreign nationals, mostly illegals, are one-third of the student population—a constitutional, immoral crime. Why is so much treasure, attention, energies spent on foreign born nationals while black & white American students, most particularly white are neglected academically? 

Why did Assistant Superintendent Henderson not disclose or perhaps she did not know and why did not Reporter Alex Golden ask some of the following questions?

  1. How many Mexicans & OTM’s in the district are illegal & how many, along with their parents are being fed, clothed, schooled & medicated in the Fort Smith system? Ms. Henderson acquaint yourself with 8USC, sections 1324a, 1324c, 1325.  Where do you come up with a constitutional fact that allows you to advocate that illegals and legals should be afforded extended rights while dumbing down, in the main, most white students? First of all the illegals should be deported and the legals expected to acculturate into our society and abandon their failed philosophies & cultures. You obviously do not understand this.
  2. How many foreign languages are spoken in the district? How is this linguistic tsunami dealt with?
  3. How many illegals on welfare and why are taxpayers forced to pay?
  4. How many unreported crimes in the district?

Never to my knowledge has the U.S. Dept. of Education, NEA, or the AEA complained about inheriting and teaching in a foreign national environment. One example, which emanated from Former Superintendent Benny Gooden who proclaimed at the zenith of the illegal Mexican & OTM invasions, with fervor (referring to illegals)…”we will take all we can get”.   Of course his aim was more money and expansion for the criminal government education protection racket. Observe the results!

THE CRIME: Where is it stated in the Constitution and Bill of Rights and in any legislation that in the main white middleclass citizens are obligated or have the moral responsibility to house, feed, educate, medicate these hordes of millions, legal & illegal, resulting in the pretzelizing the minds of black & white middleclass children by dumbing down the curriculum and implementing wholesale political correctness compliments of the Cultural Marxist Frankfurt School and their “march through the institutions”?

The depth of the educational criminal enterprise is indeed breathtaking! All connected with government become automatons of government, surrendering their independence for what they believe is a little security.

No school Board members, no teachers, no administrators, and certainly no politicians ever question the faux curriculum being foisted on the unknowing parents & children. Why? The above 4 groups are educational traitors and are deliberately trading down academically to accommodate the hordes who have and are invading our republic, e.g. Hispanics, mideasterners, sub-Saharan Africans, Indians, & Orientals, all resulting in a mongrelized population and societal destabilization as the end result—all in nation-killing practice of DIVERSITY.  Is that Ms. Henderson’s, et al goal?

The curriculum that is now being laid against American black & white students consists of out-right lies (154 yr. old Lincoln cover-up), omissions, revisions, indoctrination, PC emergence, all cultures are equal, DNA same, everyone equal, conditioning, propagandizing—all resulting in the short-circuiting our children’s minds—all by design. 

Sadly, many if not most, are purposely devoid of factual history & the ability to think logically & independently—The antithesis of public schools. Trading down academically will soon force our once preeminent republic to implode/explode. Sooner rather than later.  The U.S. academically ranks #29 for a reason.

Look no further than the incumbents who ‘we the people’ continually reelect cycle after cycle. In the minds of politicians, incumbency confers ownership resulting in crime & irreversible corruption.

The real mass immigration tsunami into America is on the horizon. This is our last call to breakfast.

Merit is out, trading down is in, a national fairly homogeneous white founding population is out and a vagabond, illiterate, diversified factions in.

Mass  immigration, legal & illegal, has made the U.S. formerly the most envied nation in the history of mankind and now in all likelihood, the most hated nation—turned into a land mass & and an uncivilized gypsy population that cannot be properly governed, particularly when that government is thoroughly criminally corrupted.

For Kevin 2 The Fifty States Claim and You

March 30th, 2017 by

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EXPATRIATIONBy Anna Von Reitz

I didn’t start out with all the information fully in hand.  All I had to begin with is that I learned —by dint of hard work— the IRS scam, and knew how to exercise my exemption from that.  Then I learned about the Zip Code Exemption…

Quite often I am in the peculiar position where people listen to me as long as it suits their egos, and then they go off on a different track and do their own thing—-get in trouble—and then, blame me. I hope that that is not your position.  Another phenomenon that astounds me is that people apparently believe that I just woke up one morning and knew everything on earth. 

Instead, it has been a very long and painful process with many, many rabbit holes, and I am only one of many fellow-travelers on the road.  You may not know their names, but you may be sure that thousands upon thousands of unsung heroes exist and that they have acted to save all our bacon over many decades.

I don’t know who came up with what in the present situation with the Continental Marshals, because I have obviously not been consulted and kept up to speed as I should have been. That is not, by the way, Marshal Haywood’s fault.

What I can tell you is that postage stamps are used to (1) pay certain kinds of taxes and (2) to insure things in international transit and (3) pay for postal service.  Patriots deprived of actual money have long used stamps and money orders to give value to their transactions and documents, because stamps and money orders are backed by gold and used internationally.  Once you understand that each state is a nation, and that everything crossing between state borders is either doing so in private trade or public commerce, you will see why stamps are useful for paying taxes and insuring actions as well as paying for postal service.  

I can’t tell you in what capacity stamps were or are being used without seeing the document that they were applied to, but a stamp is never wasted.  Putting a $1 stamp on a document that is then recorded insures it for $100,000.00 and guarantees that it reaches its destination or the full force of the Post Office will come down on those responsible. Read that— no more documents “disappearing” from court records and recording offices.  If you put a stamp on a document and then record it, the stamp is cancelled by the recording and the document is officially accepted.  Moreover, you have put actual cash value into that document, so that if you are establishing a contract, such as a self-executing contract, you have provided the consideration necessary to make it valid. 

As you can see, far from being “whack job” or “tin hat”— the judicious use of stamps is a wise and very useful means of making sure that your documents go where you intend them to go and also a means of literally adding value to your words and contracts.

As for being arrested— none of us are guaranteed that we won’t be wrongfully arrested.  Ignorance abounds in the police forces of this country.  Most of these men know zip about history or law.  They are just unemployed guys with families to feed.  They put on a uniform and think that that changes everything.  It doesn’t, but they believe it does, and so they swagger around and do stupid stuff out of gross ignorance.  They are often protected and kept ignorant by members of the Bar Associations who use them as “muscle” to continue carrying out illicit foreign revenue and asset capture activities on our soil.    Nobody is totally immune from ignorance.

That said, there are certainly many, many things that people can do to improve the situation. First and foremost, you begin by informing people.  Over time, as more people become educated, what was considered outlandish becomes accepted and known to be true and taken for granted.  It goes from “That can’t be so!”  to “Who doesn’t know that?” — but the process in between requires a lot of education. 

Ignorance on all sides is one of the Top Three enemies we face and there is a lot of it to be found.  Most policemen don’t know the difference between peacekeeping and law enforcement until someone takes the time to sit down and explain it to them.  They don’t know the difference between arrest and detainment.  They are rampaging around breaking the actual law on every hand and not having a clue that they are doing anything bad. 

We have to teach them, which means that we have to learn it all ourselves first.

So educating ourselves is the first necessary step.  Changing our political status is the next step.  Creating our jural assemblies and local militias is third, but ideally, changing political status is taken care of as part of the assembly process.  You can’t lawfully participate in an American county assembly without expatriating from the presumptions of United States citizenship.  Picture it this way— an American stumbles through the door and says, “I am an American! I want my birthright political status restored!  I am here to sign up!”  So the people organizing the local assembly take the poor soul in, give him the right paperwork to expatriate, record that, sign him up as a member of the county assembly, sign him up as a member or support member of the local militia, and the worst of it is over in one swoop.  

Expatriation from an presumption of “United States citizenship” is easy.  Overcoming the presumptive actions of the United States, Inc. against us, is not.  It is most instructive to read about what Gandhi went through against the Raj’s presumptions, because that same system is what we are facing here.  We can beg and plead and stomp our feet and scream, “But I am an American!  Look at my Act of Expatriation!” as long as we like, but they don’t listen, do they? 

This is because while we are doing this, we still have our hand in their cookie jar. 

We have to literally put our money where our mouth is by appointing the Secretary of the United States Treasury our Fiduciary and “surrendering” the US PERSON that we were gifted with almost at birth, and tell him to move that PERSON out of the “United States” bin and into the “United States of America” bin. 

This is as easy—-and as hard—- as obtaining an authenticated copy of the Birth Certificate of the PERSON named after you, filling out an IRS Form 56 naming Steven T. Mnuchin the Fiduciary of this PERSON, and endorsing the Birth Certificate so that he can move HIM or HER from the United States back to the United States of America. 

The specific endorsement to do this requires “accepting” the front of the BC document by writing “Accepted by Drawee” on the upper left corner of the BC and signing it with your normal Upper and Lower Case signature and dating it, then turning the BC over and writing, “Pay to the Order of the United States of America, U.S. Treasury. Without Recourse.” You sign this with a by-line, that is, instead of a naked signature, you write: by: Your Normal Name— and date it.

This really is instruction enough to Steven T. Mnuchin to get the basic job done, but you should also tell him to indemnify HIM or HER under the Private Registered Indemnity Bond AMRI00001 RA393427640US already on file. 

The indemnity bond is an insurance policy against whatever claims may be made against the US PERSON, so that we are no longer responsible for HIS/HER debts or actions.  It creates an effective estoppel, so that they can no longer deny the truth of your declared political status and can no longer use HIM/HER as a means to get to you.  They no longer have a handle on you, the living man, and they are instead responsible for managing HIM/HER for your benefit.  

Have you read our book, “You Know Something is Wrong When…..An American Affidavit of Probable Cause?”  We deliberately made it a comic book and did it in large print, so that it would be easy to read, but people still have to read it to get the basic overall information they need. 

Obviously, we got dumped in the “US citizen” category almost at birth.  It was done by our unwitting Mothers who were deliberately confused as to which “United States” was being talked about and what it means to be a “citizen”.  

So our Mothers were duped by semantic deceit and we were too young to know anything untoward was happening— the set up for a near-perfect crime of identity theft and political mischaracterization was accomplished by clueless hospital staffers and temporary census workers.  To complete the beauty of this “nobody knows” system, we were taught to enslave ourselves from an early age and to answer “yes” to the question, “Are you a United States citizen?” 

Not knowing what that meant, and never being told, millions of us assumed that we were US citizens—- admitted as much, and innocently enslaved ourselves and stubbornly clung to our chains.

The only clue that this was going on, was the obvious fact that we were being enslaved and abused and taxed to death and generally denied all the things that our constitution guarantees us. 

I was no different than any of the rest of the Americans thus defrauded and left wondering WT….?  But I knew enough to know that something was wrong and I was desperate enough to keep looking for answers.  So it was and is a long, long continuing process to learn things, to test what we think we know, and to progress on out of this situation.

It isn’t like the perpetrators just handed us any answers on a silver platter.  We had to dig and delve and then test the efficacy of our solutions in the real world—-like a scientific experiment. 

Once I got to a certain point in this process, I realized that the last version of an organization representing our lawful government was bankrupted in 1933.  Pay close attention— I didn’t say “our lawful government”— I said, “organization representing” our lawful government.  I realized, too, that that bankruptcy ended in 1999.  So the only entity having any kind of “successor claim” back to the original government and the actual Constitution was a derelict business structure released from bankruptcy, but deliberately left vacated: the United States of America, Inc.

I realized that if claim was not made on the land jurisdiction states, there would be no property to recoup.   So I set about the process of reclaiming all fifty states of the union. 

This is no easy proposition.  Thankfully, some others among us had realized the same thing back in the 1990’s and launched the Nation States Project.  They got organized and went to the Hague and raised their state flags and gave Notice that the actual states were still alive.  Thankfully, too, Russell-Jay:Gould realized the importance of the United States of America Post Master’s office and launched the effort to reclaim our international seat of government in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Some of the most critical work had already been done, but the banksters were hard on our heels and intent on using yet another fraudulent bankruptcy and claim on abandonment process to steal our entire country, lock, stock, and dairy herd.

Our entire country and all fifty actual states were due to be turned over to whatever bank creditors showed up and then sold off to pay the debts of the presumed secondary beneficiary to our ESTATES— the UNITED STATES, INC. and its STATE OF___________franchises — and all this was being done very quietly behind our backs, so that the actual heirs could never show up and claim back their property. 

We tunneled back through the dusty reams of paperwork now 150 years old and rooted out the truth.  We put out the word to Americans nationwide, asking men —-white men above the age of 21 (the requirement of the Law back then) who had forefathers who were landowners here before the Civil War to step forward, do an Act of Expatriation, and claim back their birth states.  

And they did.  Many hundreds of American men answered the call and many hours of research was donated by members of the Mormon Church to verify their lineage and claims.  Now we had heirs to the (e)states on the game board, actual living, breathing men with the provenance and political status standing to make the claim. 

So I gave the world Notice via UCC-1 Financing Statements.  And then I set up the Non-UCC Liens, attaching all the assets of the “State of____________” and “STATE OF_______________” franchises and rolling them back into the United States of America franchises doing business as the _____________State.   And from there, I rolled the entire shebang back to the “united States of America”—– the flagship organization owed The Constitution for the united States of America. 

All of this took months.  Months to prepare and months to execute and months to cure, but we got ‘er done.

And it is now standing there flat-footed on the international Public Record.  Our property has been claimed back, state by state, and all fifty of them are in the possession of the “united States of America”.  Not Barclay’s.  Not HSBC.  Not Wells Fargo.  Not Bank of American.  Not BIS.  Not IBRD.  Not World Bank.  Not the Federal Reserve.  Not the IMF.

The shoe, so to speak, is now on the other foot.  These banks have attempted to enslave us and to steal our birthright by fraud and deceit and they have been foiled. 

They made final attempts to brazen out their crimes and went to the UN and claimed that the States of America no longer exists, but we issued new Sovereign Letters Patent and made new arrangements for international representation.  HRM attempted to claim that she was the Head of State for the “United States”—- meaning us —- but we very neatly disproved that claim by producing the Great Seal of the United States, which is held internationally by the Belle Chers (Belchers) who are sovereigns above the Queen and Kings of England dating from the Norman Conquest. 

Though the snake has twisted and turned and writhed, we have it firmly by the head and it can wiggle all it likes without getting anywhere. 

That, and working out a solution to the worldwide phony “debt” crisis, is what we have been working on the last two years. 

We also indemnified everything and everyone and issued sovereign bonds.  Sovereign bonds are different than normal bonds.  They are in fact what underlies all the admiralty and maritime bonds.  We, the sovereign people, are the actual underwriters of all commerce taking place in the world.  That’s also something the banks tried to hide from us, but no, we nabbed them there, too. 

We not only indemnified the whole shooting match and subrogated it, we tendered the Payment Bond for all this to the Vatican Chancery Court, which is the bank for the Holy See, which owns and operates all these governmental services corporations like AUSTRALIA and CANADA and the US and GERMANY. 

They have tried to exclude women and black people and natives of all the indigenous tribes.  We made that impossible.

They have committed gross fraud and Dishonest Service against the people of the world by holding our assets “on deposit” in “off-ledger accounts” and pretended that we are paupers, when in fact, we are the richest people in the world.

And so the cows have come home and the chickens to roost and there is nothing that the perpetrators can say or do, except, “I’m sorry.” 

This may give you a clue that while you have all nestled safe in your beds, asleep and dead to the world, other Americans have been keeping watch and keeping the monsters at bay.  Very shortly now, there will no longer be any need for people to argue with their public servants about their own political status.  It will be simple.  If you aren’t on a government payroll—and I do mean payroll, not just receiving pension payments and the like—-you will be properly identified.  If you work for an actual state government, you will be identified as an American State Citizen.  If you don’t work for a state government, you will be identified as an American state national. 

No presumption of United States Citizenship or otherwise being a “citizen of the United States” shall pertain to you at all.  The accounts due to the United States of America, Inc. and ultimately to the united States of America, are already claimed, indemnified, due and paid for.  Now it is just a matter of working out the details and diffusing the phony “debt bomb” the criminals tried to create as cover for their embezzlement.

We have developed a means to do away with all debt worldwide—an answer that harms nobody and helps everyone concerned.  Even the banks.  Even the governmental services corporations. So, full steam ahead, all hands on deck.

And as for you, Kevin, I trust that your part is now clear.  You can choose to serve as a Continental Marshal or you can choose to serve in your county/state Militia or you can run for the lawful office of Sheriff on the Land for your county or you can just do your due diligence and make your claim and be a Free Man.  You have all these options, free to choose—but it all begins to have teeth when you “surrender” the US PERSON and put an ad in the paper and announce a public meeting of the Land Jurisdiction County Assembly.

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EXPATRIATION

Not Overtaken-Reborn

March 27th, 2017 by

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AMERICA REBORNBy Anna Von Reitz

I haven’t had an opportunity to review this lengthy psyops report in depth, but it appears to be based on the assumption that because the names have changed and some international forces and new weapons are present, the America we love and know is being lost and overtaken.  In fact, what is being stripped away are the false names and presumptions that were the result of the Great Fraud and illegal occupation beginning in 1861. 

The actual country that we living American people are owed is being returned and the States of America are receiving back all the assets and credit that has been embezzled. Remember that the original constitution is called “The Constitution for the united States of America”—– the name of this country as it pertains to the delegated authority in international jurisdiction was always “States of America”.  The “united” was an adjective used to describe “States of America”.

This whole situation has become overly complex over time and the lawyers have had a field day confusing everyone and making false claims and practicing personage and barratry.  They’ve had a really sweet racketeering operation on our shores and they’ve done it in such a clever way that at the end of the day, they can even attempt to blame it on us and say that they did it all in our best interests. 

I am blowing past all that, as if it doesn’t exist, and going to the meat of the matter.  We want our land, we want our homes, we want our money, we want our identities, our copyrights, our trademarks, our patents— all of it returned.  We want clean, clear, easy means to correct our political status, obtain proper passports, and convert all these “public trusts” back into private bank accounts.  We want remedy on the land, full cure and maintenance on the sea, and redemption in the jurisdiction of the air. 

To do that requires going back to the actual names of things as they were 150 years ago and doing justice to the dead.  Think of all the people who lived and died as slaves since 1861, thinking that they were free men?  Deluded, fooled, defrauded, embezzled, conned by these criminals? 

It’s not just a matter of what is due to us, it’s what was due to our great-great-grandparents, too. 

There was a plan to kill the Priority Creditors of the con artists, just as they did in Nazi Germany.  We blew that to smithereens in 2014.  There was a plan to declare our Republics “dead”, no longer having “international representation” and no longer having a sufficient currency in international circulation.  We blew that sky-high in 2015. At every turn, as the con artists have tried to undermine us, tried to deny our claims, tried to gain the legal edge—- they have been defeated. 

And not just defeated.  Squashed flat.  Exposed.  Like roaches.

There was an attempt by HRM Elizabeth II to claim that she was the Head of State of the United States of America.  Wrong.  The actual Head of State stepped forward.  There was an attempt by FRANCE, that is, Jacob Rothschild, to establish a contract by assumption and succession.  We said, thanks, but no thanks.  In public.  Repeatedly. 

What needs to happen in America and in every other country around the world is a full and honest housecleaning and education of the public so as to enable every man and woman to make decisions—- a sort of planetary Town Hall meeting — where each one except those who really, truly are disabled and unable to act in their own behalf — gets to exercise their free will and have access to their own credit without middlemen. 

Anyone who is not in a coma, anyone who is say, sixteen or older, anyone who is mentally competent — should be truthfully told about the issues and choices, and then allowed to choose for themselves.

Those who are with me believe that when a man or woman is given all the facts, all the pros and cons, the vast majority will choose what is right and good for themselves and for their country and for all mankind.   Take away the lies and fears and tell the truth and at the end of the day—- we are grown up enough and rational enough to choose what is good.

I have often told the story of being lost in a blizzard in the back country of Alaska and seeing a tiny little Quonset hut in the distance, struggling my way to the door, and being welcomed by a very elderly Eskimo living very simple life on the very edge of nowhere.  When it comes push to shove, when we become aware of how small we are, when we start discerning the real miracles of life— then all of a sudden the world drops away and what is real and precious becomes painfully apparent.

Nobody has to tell us what is true or what is good.  We all already know.  

It’s right there in front of us.  It’s been there all the time.  And when we remember who and what we are, it’s so easy to be grateful and to choose life and to share, because we finally realize that we are worthy and we are loved and we are blessed and we are immersed in riches beyond compare in great abundance, with more than enough for our needs and wants and wishes, more than enough for every man to have his home in peace. 

The dark night of the Doctrine of Scarcity and the rule of Satan is finally ending.  The Thousand Years of Peace has been declared, and those who are guilty are scattering and stumbling, afraid of what this means and what will be done to them.  It is the Will of our Father, that not one will be lost.  Not a single goat, not a single sheep.  All will be redeemed.  All will be cared for.  All will be taught.  All will be cherished.  And though their sins are as scarlet, they shall be washed white as wool.

Those who are ruining the Earth will be stopped and a new Paradise will be born and it is happening right now. 

The plans of the Enemy are all torn and run amok.  The power of money is nothing compared to the power of Nature and love.  Rejoice. Have faith. You may feel angry about what has been revealed.  You may be afraid.  Other people may be rushing around in a panic.  Some may try to delude you again.  There’s ten pounds of ignorance for every pound of knowledge on the street right now.  But what I am telling you is true, and what all the naysayers and fear-mongers are telling you, is not.

And as we should all know by now, when what is true comes, what is false must pass away. 

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Olddogs Comments!

I hesitated to publish this article because time has proven that, “absent the threat most people go back to sleep”. And, there remains a massive amount of restructuring to accomplish.

AMERICA REBORN

 

Continental, Federal, Territorial, and Municipal…..

March 26th, 2017 by

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Continental United States

By Anna Von Reitz

I know this is confusing, but until we all learn this basic information, there will continue to be confusion and chaos and all efforts to organize the lawful government we are owed will be crippled, so please take note and take the time to thoroughly understand the information:

There are actually four versions of “United States” we deal with all the time— we started out with two and that has grown to four over the past two hundred plus years.

The Continental United States consists of fifty geographically defined states, for example, Ohio, Florida, and Maine.  This is the United States belonging to the “free, independent and sovereign people of the United States” described in The Definitive Treaty of Peace, Paris, 1783.  This is why Revolutionary War troops were called “Continental Soldiers”.  These states together define the area over which the Public and Organic Law is exercised by the people (that is, state militias) acting as county and state jural assemblies—when and if they assemble and do their duty to self-govern.   These states defined and created The Constitution for the united States of America and that agreement in turn created both the Federal United States and the Territorial United States by splitting their own international jurisdiction  into “delegated” and “un-delegated” powers (Articles of Amendment X).

The Federal United States operates as fifty unincorporated politically defined States under names like “Ohio State” and “Florida State” and “Maine State” and these states control the undelegated portion of the international jurisdiction owed to the Continental United States.   These are all owed a “republican form of government” and operate under the United States Statutes at Large in international jurisdiction and State Session Laws at the state level.  These States are owed the Constitution of the United States of America

The Territorial United States operates as 57 entities— 50 “inchoate” incorporated States of States like the “State of California” and 7 Insular States (Guam, Puerto Rico, et alia)– that in turn administer the delegated “powers” in international jurisdiction.  These are all operated as franchises of the United States, Inc., and under the plenary power of Congress granted at Article I, Section 8, Clause 17, they are operated as democracies. They operate under State of State Statutes and Federal Code.  These states also operate under the Constitution of the United States of America.

The Municipal United States has also grown out of Article I, Section 8, Clause 17— this is a network of approximate 10,000 municipal city-state governments organized as municipalities and boroughs and STATES OF STATES  like the STATE OF LOUISIANA and incorporated counties like JACKSON COUNTY all organized under the Municipal Law of Washington, DC, which is an independent international city-state akin to the Vatican or the Inner City of London, and again, under the plenary power granted to Congress, these are run as oligarchies subject to whatever whim Congress may have. They operate under Public Policies and Martial Common Law.  These various municipal entities operate under the Constitution of the United States, and although this is a document we seldom see, it is the “constitution” that all the members of the Congress take their oaths to.

It is up to each one of us to know our correct political status and declare it.

Are we state nationals (not employed by any government in any capacity) or State Citizens (acting in some official capacity for our states) of the Continental United States?

Are we Federal Citizens?  (that is, employees, public officials, or dependents of the United States of America?)

Are we Territorial Citizens? (that is, employees, public officials, or dependents if the United States, Inc.?)

Are we Municipal Citizens?  (that is, employees, public officials or dependents of the UNITED STATES, INC.?)

You have a right to be confused.  And if you are reading this, you will shortly have cause to be outraged, too.

It is up to you to exercise dominion over the Continental United States by actively participating in your local county and state jural assemblies and acting as deputies in support of your locally elected land jurisdiction Sheriff and also joining your state militia. Most of us have been blissfully unaware of the necessity of doing this and our state republics have languished in a condition of zombie-like disuse for three generations, largely unoccupied and disserved.

The Federal United States has struggled along, but with fewer and fewer state nationals and State Citizens acting in support of the effort of maintaining our international presence as states and people of the Union, it has gradually dimmed away, unable to operate effectively for lack of funds.

Instead, the foreign Territorial United States and the Municipal United States run as profit-making commercial corporation enterprises have coerced their forms of “citizenship” on you and have seized upon your assets and have hypothecated debt against your labor, your businesses, your land, and your children’s children’s children.

As a result of similar names deceit and coercive action, you have applied for and the perpetrators have issued franchises in your NAME—- JOHN MICHAEL DOE and most recently, JOHN M. DOE—- and until you return the BIRTH CERTIFICATES related to these entities to the Secretary of the Treasury and appoint him your Fiduciary and tell him to return this (re-venue) these to the United States of America, U.S. Treasury, without recourse—- you continue to be “presumed” either a “United States Citizen” (Territorial) Corporation or a “citizen of the United States” (Municipal) Corporation.

And all your assets are held in thrall as collateral backing these foreign corporations, instead of supporting your actual lawful government.

Please bear in mind that there are no laws against raping, pillaging, murdering, press-ganging, pirating, or committing genocide against corporations.

Please bear in mind that mischaracterizing a living man as a corporation is a crime known as “personage”.

Please also bear in mind that the act of bringing charges against such a “PERSON” is also a crime known as “barratry”—-most infamously practiced by the Bar Associations.

This treason began in 1861 with the onset of the illegal commercial mercenary conflict mis-named “The American Civil War” and has been carried on ever since by the rogue members of Congress and the various corporate CEOs heading up both the USA, Inc. and the US, Inc.

It’s time to put an end to it, and that can only be done by informing, educating, motivating, and properly organizing literally millions of Americans.

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Continental United States

Our mission is to restore the lawful government that is owed to us.

March 25th, 2017 by

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Lawful Government

By Anna Von Reitz

Our lawful government, sometimes called the “de jure” government, is called the United States of America.  The United States of America has been undermined from within by a commercial corporation calling itself the United States, which is under contract to our states to provide “essential government services”.  (See the Definitive Treaty of Peace, Paris, 1783 and Article IV.)

The United States is controlled by the Pope and the British Monarch and operated by a Board of Trustees calling itself the United States Congress.

The United States went rogue during and after the so-called American Civil War and just neglected to tell anyone.

Ever since, the United States has been in one kind of “war” after another— the war on poverty and the war on drugs and the war on terrorism— as well as endless nasty political and police actions for profit.

Yet the Civil War wasn’t really a war at all.  It was an illegal commercial mercenary action carried out on our shores.  It was never declared by the Congress.  It was never ended by a peace treaty.

President Andrew Johnson declared peace in public three times, and created a contract for peace, but that’s not the same thing as a peace treaty.

Obviously, the Popes and the British Monarchs and the people we so trustingly sent to Congress to represent us have failed to do the job. They have acted in Breach of Trust and commercial contract for 150 years right under our noses.

They have used us as “muscle” to carry on endless wars for profit and illegal police actions throughout the world.  They’ve neglected our country’s needs and stolen it blind while at the same time killing millions of innocent people and they have blamed us for it all.

Now they are targeting the people of China to take our place as the Bully Boys of the world.  They have sent their bankers and lawyers and tons of our gold to China, intending to set up shop again and pull the same old crap over there.

We’ve been stupid, folks, for a very long time.

None of us remember a legitimate and fully functioning American government. All we know is the slow parasitic rot imposed on us by the British Monarchs and the Pope and the politicians in control of the United States.

It’s no wonder that millions of Americans detest what they think of as their government, but what everyone worldwide needs to understand is that that thing in Washington, DC, isn’t our government.

The United States, Inc., is a foreign corporation in the business of providing governmental services—hence the reason it is called a “de facto” government.

It is really just an adjunct to our lawful government, like a catering service or housekeeping service, that our ancestors subscribed to.

Given all this, it is apparent that America has been tragically deceived and defrauded and off track for a very long time.

People around the world have grown to hate Americans and we have been blamed for the actions of the United States, which is nothing but a gigantic multi-national commercial corporation gone wild.

It should surprise no one that the United States has used crooked bookkeeping to embezzle trillions of dollars out of our economy, and then, on top of it, has claimed that we didn’t pay them and that they are trillions of dollars in debt, and are seeking bankruptcy protection because of it.

This is the complete and utter mess that Donald J. Trump has inherited, and it is all directly attributable to the Popes, the British Monarchs, the treasonous members of Congress and the puppet Presidents who have run this country into the ground and worked to enslave the American people for the last 150 years.

The “frog” is now well and truly boiled, but still alive.  And the “frog” is angry. That’s understood.  It is painful and scary to wake up and realize that the men and institutions you placed your faith in all your life have grossly betrayed you.

Bear in mind that the men and institutions guilty of these horrific crimes against us and against the entire rest of the world, have no friends left.

They are trapped with the Americans on one side and the rest of the world on the other.  The British people have been just as shamelessly abused as we have, quite possibly more.

From both within and without, then, these hateful monsters have carried out their war against Mankind and have used the churches and what appeared to be lawful governments as storefronts for their parasitic activities.

At the end of the day, who is responsible?

As a short list– the Popes, the British Monarchs, the Lord Mayors of London, the Lords of the Admiralty, the British Parliament, the US Congress, the government corporations of the European nations, Japan, Canada, Australia—-are all in the frying pan.

The entire Earth is overdue for a political housecleaning, and Donald J. Trump has landed himself in one helluva position to be in.

We, Americans, like the rest of the world have every reason to despise the renegade United States.  We have every reason to rise up and murder the members of Congress and desecrate Washington, DC, yes, every reason to raze it to the ground and piss on the graves of those who would defend it.

We have cause to do that, but we would be supremely stupid to do that.

Instead, we need to keep calm and get even.

The entire world now knows what has gone on here.  They know who the guilty parties are.  They are looking to us for leadership to find the way forward and they won’t be disappointed.

We’ve looked back to our roots to find ourselves again.  All across the country county and state jural assemblies are gathering.  Day by day, Americans are waking up and returning the false gift of “US PERSONS” that have been foisted off on us.

Those who have defrauded and abused us are being recognized as international criminals.  Their foreign duplicitous Satanic religion is being recognized for what it is— a reprise of Ancient Babylon brought forward like a cancer concealed in the Roman Catholic Church.

Even the members of the US Congress are beginning to wake up.  Trey Gowdy and Rand Paul aren’t the only ones speaking our language anymore.

Quietly, with great resolve, America — the real America—-is on the move.

Our goal isn’t to destroy the United States, but to take back our rightful control of it and get to the bottom of the criminality infesting it.  As we go, we are learning our own history and filling the vacated offices that our lawful government is owed.

We are going to completely restore our lawful Common Law court system, which is owed to the people of this country.  We are going to sort out the crooked government bookkeeping and dispose of the “National Debt”.  We are going to bust the foreign media cartels.  We are going to secure our borders, mind our business, and let the chips fall as they may.

In the midst of this humongous endeavor, it is imperative for everyone to stay grounded and think things through.  None of this is rocket science, but it took 150 years for this situation to develop. We can expect the clean up to last more than a decade.  Meantime, the sky is not falling.  We are not broke.  We have the power to change things peacefully using Due Process and our own Public Law.

What could go wrong?

We could trust the wrong people again.

That is the chief danger we face. There are among us paid provocateurs and an equally common breed of opportunists eager to seize power for power’s sake.

These Bad Actors always show their colors eventually, so pay close attention to both words and deeds.

We now have among us men who are preaching a False Gospel.  They are saying, “Hey, we are the people!  We can do anything we want!”

The same thing can be said of any gang of outlaws— until the rest of us catch up with them.

Men who have been oppressed by a commercial corporation masquerading as their own government have a right to be angry, but our power and our just cause lies in restoring our rightful and lawful government, complete with its system of checks and balances intact, so that nobody and nothing can oppress any of us again.  Otherwise, we merely jump from one oppression to another.

Our very greatest danger is that some demagogue like Hitler will arise from our disillusionment and discontent and like the Pied Piper, lead the world down the road to senseless war again.

We’ve heard that tune and followed it too many times before.

The greatness of America does not lie in our force of arms, but in our generosity of heart.  Our future does not lie in the mind of any one man, but in the hopes and dreams of us all.

I have done my level best to clue you in and teach you right from wrong. I have been a faithful guide and defender of the innocent, a proponent of peaceful and orderly and lawful change.

God willing, I will be here a while longer to help guide the work, but in the meantime it is imperative for every American to study their own history, learn the structure of their own government, and stop being gullible.

Turn your Shinola Sensors on “High”.

And like the song says, “Don’t get fooled again!”

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Lawful Government

150 Years of British Criminality The Very Short Version

March 20th, 2017 by

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SOVEREIGNTYBy Anna Von Reitz

We are Third Party Beneficiaries with respect to the National Trust created in the Preamble and are indemnified in the British system under two Royal Sovereign Seals— the seal of King George the III with respect to the delegated powers, and the seal of William Belcher with respect to the undelegated powers, otherwise known as the Great Seal of the United States.  William Belcher inherited his sovereignty as a result of the Norman Conquest of Britain and Wales.  Thus, the Definitive Treaty of Peace, Paris, 1783, calls George III the “prince of the United States” and does not mention who the actual Head of State—the “king” of the United States— was.  Later generations simply presumed it was the British Monarch, with results disastrous to them and to us.

This split of delegated and undelegated powers held by two sovereigns in international jurisdiction ultimately resulted in the situation we have today, where the delegated powers are held by the British-backed United States and the undelegated powers are held by the “states and people” under the Belcher Seal and operated by the United States of America by default.

The misunderstanding about our states (and also, therefore, our state offices) comes about because people don’t grasp the difference between the international jurisdiction of the sea and the national jurisdiction of the land.  Everything discussed above, including the National Trust established by the Preamble, exists only in the international jurisdiction of the sea and has nothing to do with our sovereignty on the land.

We have all been taught to focus on the Constitution but that is substantially a red herring in that it discusses only our position with respect to the foreign international jurisdiction and says nothing about our own sovereign domain.  This can be excused in that our land jurisdiction was never the subject of The Constitution, so why would the Founders talk about that?  We were expected to know the basis of our own sovereignty on the land, just as we were expected to know the history and protect our own Common Law Courts from British meddling.

Two centuries later, the situation speaks for itself.

As to our sovereignty on the land which vests itself in our nations called “states” for international purposes, that sovereignty derives from entirely different authorities and specifically begins with a land grant and settlement made by the King of Spain in 1778 via (yet another) Treaty of Paris.

The situation was that the British King was financing both sides of the Revolution to hedge his bets— he emerged the victor to a greater or lesser extent, either way.  The King of France was intermediary funneling funds to the Americans.  The King of Spain, however, had grudges against both the King of Britain and the King of France —- and he was in charge of the land jurisdiction worldwide, thanks to the claims of the Holy See and its “dispensations” under the Unam Sanctum Trust.

So while the Americans were concluding their treaty with France to secure what most of them believed was French support for the American Revolution, the King of Spain quietly granted the entire continent (absent Spain’s holdings of course) to the rebels via the “other” Treaty of Paris, 1778. If they could win the war, the land was already vouchsafed to them— and as of 1778, it was available to them to use as collateral to borrow against internationally.

This is how the Americans financed their loans from the French King who was actually acting as a pass-through agent for King George III.  They wagered their claim to the land given to them by the Spanish King and used it as collateral.  If George III had won the ground war, he would have won the whole shooting match; as it was, he emerged with a tidy debt owed by the Americans and a great deal of leverage, which he used to secure the delegated powers granted to him and his proxy government in DC.

The land claim passed from the Spanish King to the colonies, which in the years immediately following the end of open hostilities with Britain (1783-1789) undertook a number of inter-colony initiatives to settle the land jurisdiction claims.  This all focused on settling the national borders of the separate nation-states, establishing trade relationships, currencies, treaties with respect to international commercial issues, taxation, interstate travel, security of the international Post Roads and Post Offices, and similar concerns.  As for the basic grant of land jurisdiction, they issued another trust known as The Supreme Republican Declaration of the United Colonies, grandfathering in the original thirteen colonies as a union of land jurisdiction states, and claiming all the rest of the land jurisdiction for themselves and their progeny subject to later arrangements and acquisitions.

The later arrangements were solidified by the Northwest Ordinance which provided for the orderly creation and inclusion of territories and from the territories the creation of new nation-states which would be enabled to enter the union under the Equal Footing Doctrine.  The inclusion of “other acquisitions” such as the Louisiana Purchase and the Republic of Texas and the Spanish Settlement followed the same basic pattern of establishing a form of territorial government and later, upon enrollment in the original union, a separate state government.

Throughout this discussion we are talking about geographically defined nations and their body politics simply called, “California” or “Wisconsin” or “Ohio”.  References in law books to these states always use the style “states”—– no capitalization whatsoever.  These are the sovereign states from which our sovereignty on the land of this continent derives.  These states are nations in the fullest sense of the word, just like Britain or France.

They are completely different and separate from any “State of __________”, and in fact, the word “of” means “separate from, apart from, or belonging to”, so “State of Delaware” is talking about what?  The international corporation used by the actual state known as Delaware and its people to operate in international commerce.

In trade, Delaware needs no “State of _________” to conduct business within its own borders or with other unincorporated sovereign states and nations.  It is only when it wishes to engage in incorporated business transactions with the other nation-states, like the State of California, or with other countries like France, that it needs to use an incorporated “State of ___________”.

And therein lies the rub.

Each state retains its right to conduct trade within its borders and also retains the right to trade with other sovereign nations; it uses a “State of _________” corporation to operate in international commerce outside its borders— and the proxy “Federal Government” run by the British Monarch has delegated control of international commerce.  This control is exercised by operating all incorporated businesses in all states as franchises of the United States, Inc.

So now you know the difference between the actual land jurisdiction sovereign state and the fact that each one is in fact a separate nation, an entire country unto itself, plus you know what the “State of _________” entity is and what it is used for and who controls it and why.

None of the states operated in international commerce until after the Civil War.  At that time, The United States of America, Inc. was formed, and the original states were forced to write new “state constitutions”.  Under these new constitutions (all constitutions are debt agreements) the corporation used by the actual sovereign state was obliged to operate under names styled like this: California State, Wyoming State, Florida State.  Meanwhile, the name “State of California” and “State of Wyoming”, etc. was “adopted” by totally different entities under new ownership.

This switch and the use of the same old names applied to different corporate entities led up to the greatest fraud in human history.  The “State of Illinois” prior to the Civil War was an entirely different beastie and under completely different ownership than the “State of Illinois” after the Civil War and the same pattern applies across the whole country.  There is a state constitution prior to the Civil War and a new state constitution after the Civil War.

Fast forward again to the 1930’s.  FDR is working as liaison for the United States, Inc. at the Geneva Conventions, May, 1930.  As a business ploy, the G-5 nations agree by private treaty to bankrupt their “international corporations” and discharge all debts left over from the First World War.

Three years later, Roosevelt, now elected President of the United States, carries through and by sleight of hand and deceptive wordsmithing, sets up a constructive fraud by which the California State, Illinois State and other land jurisdiction corporations are “assumed” to be sureties standing good for the debts of the United States, Inc. even though they are owned and operated by the United States of America, Inc.

This isn’t a corporate take-over.  It’s just plain old commercial fraud in which false claims are made against the assets of a Third Party and false assumptions then lead to that innocent victim being charged for the debt via a process of commercial liens and titles and hypothecation of debt.

The American states and people were raped, pillaged, and plundered by the United States, Inc. and the British Crown from 1930 to 1999, when all debts of the bankruptcy of the United States of America were discharged and settled and our “States” doing business as “California State” and “Wisconsin State” were left derelict and adrift, mere shells —- and in exactly the same condition as a man recovering from bankruptcy.

All this was accomplished in Breach of Trust and Commercial Contract by the British Monarch and the British Government operating under color of law on our land, pretending to be our friends, allies, and protectors.

As a result of their vicious fraud our State corporations were left in financial ruin, but like a man recovering from bankruptcy, not dead.

The vermin responsible for palming off their odious debts on us have tried by every means to “finish us off” in the intervening years, without success.

All this history is necessary for you to know before I can answer your “simple” question about the oaths of office owed to our actual States.

The “vacated offices” that we are occupying belong to the land jurisdiction state and are operated as offices of the formerly bankrupted “Alaska State”, “California State” and so on.   These offices were “vacated” during the long bankruptcy and so far as the vermin responsible for this circumstance are concerned, it was never anticipated that they would be re-occupied by the states and the people they belong to.

During the bankruptcy these States were operated by “State of State Legislatures” functioning as Bankruptcy Trustees—- corporate con artists overseeing the rape and the pillaging, but nonetheless “representing” the state in the position of Trustees.  These legislatures operating in that capacity continued to pass “Session Laws” to administer the affairs of the victims.  Thus, for example we have Session Laws that establish the “California State” under a new “state constitution” in 1879, and we have Session Laws established for the bankrupt entity throughout the bankruptcy.

It is via the circa 1870’s “constitutions” creating the Wisconsin State, Louisiana State and so on, that we maintain a chain of title and succession of contract back to the original Constitution and are enabled to enforce it.  It is via the Session Laws related to the “second” state constitutions that we obtain the offices and the oaths.

All land jurisdiction offices are exercised under red ink.   Business signatures are in script in Upper and Lower Case.  All land jurisdiction transactions are understood to be in trade, not commerce, and are not under the control of the United States.  Our business  as State officials and State Citizens is all conducted under unincorporated business structures locally (hence the need for all state and county assemblies to operate as unincorporated businesses)  and under undelegated powers internationally —note the red Post Marks.

All commerce is exercised in blue ink. Commercial signatures of “Account Holders” are in script in Upper and Lower Case.  All sea jurisdiction transactions entered into by US PERSONS are understood to be in commerce.  You are considered to be acting as a US PERSON if you retain such a PERSON.  You surrender these PERSONS via surrendering the BC to the Secretary of the Treasury and appoint him your Fiduciary and credit the United States of America, U.S. Treasury, without recourse.

That settles the issue of whether you are operating as a State Citizen or a US Citizen.

This entire history from the Civil War to date is nothing but a nasty scam designed by the British to bilk their Creditors and palm off their debts on innocent Third Parties, but once you have the history and the names nailed down, it gets easier to comprehend.

See this article and over 400 others on Anna’s website here:

www.annavonreitz.com


Ten Important Facts for Americans

http://www.paulstramer.net/2017/03/ten-important-facts-for-americans.html

By Anna Von Reitz

Fact One:  The states each retained the right to keep their own “well-regulated militia” as part of the constitutional agreement.

Fact Two: There is no provision for any state to operate multi-state armed forces of any kind under state authority.

Fact Three: The United States of America operates the undelegated powers of the states and people in international jurisdiction—that is, the union of states operates those powers and offices, not any one state.

Fact Four:  The Continental Marshals operate in behalf of the United States of America (the whole union of states) to enforce their retained undelegated powers in international jurisdiction.

Fact Five:  Public offices belong to the public, not to the office holder.

Fact Six: Office holders are not free to define or redefine their offices.

Fact Seven: The only people owed the public offices of the States of America, united or otherwise, are Americans born in one of the states of the union who claim their birthright political status as Texans, Minnesotans, Californians, and so on.

Fact Eight:  No United States Citizen or citizen of the United States  can hold a  state office.  None of the states allow dual citizenship.

Fact Nine: Those who fill vacated state offices must take the specific oaths of office for their state and follow the organic and Public Law to the best of their ability.

Fact Ten: Those who fill vacated state offices and who have not surrendered their federal “PERSONS” to the Secretary of the Treasury prior to assuming office are acting in Breach of Trust. This must be corrected or they must be impeached or recalled.

Be not like dumb, driven cattle.

Those who work to restore the lawful government must act lawfully, with clarity, logic, due diligence, and honor.

See this article and over 400 others on Anna’s website here: www.annavonreitz.com

SOVEREIGNTY

 

 

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH or VOTE FOR

March 18th, 2017 by

http://www.rebelmadman.com/?p=635

DEMOCRACYBy Michael Gaddy

“And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that” ~ Lord Acton

I am absolutely sure there are millions within this country who believe to achieve constitutional government all that would be required to gain that wonderful pinnacle would be to have a super majority of Republicans in control of the lawmaking body. Unfortunately, the people of Arkansas are beginning to realize the deadly fallacy of that belief.

In November of 2016, the people of Arkansas elected a super majority of self-proclaimed “conservatives,” whatever that word means now in the political lexicon of this era.

Not since the days of Reconstruction have the people of Arkansas witnessed first hand such a full frontal assault on their constitutional rights and Liberty itself. Just name any one of the amendments in the Bill of Rights with the possible exception of the 3rd Amendment and you may rest assured the present legislature in the state of Arkansas has proposed or passed legislation designed to obliterate the rights of the people listed in said amendment.

Selected for special attacks by the army of “conservatives” has been the Second, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth and Tenth amendments. The legislature has, in its attacks on the 2A, demanded that the citizens of Arkansas pay for the right to have the means to defend themselves on the college campuses of the state. In addition, they placed an age restriction which fails to protect any student under the age of 25. You may be old enough to join the military and fight in your country’s wars, risking life and limb along the way, but, according to the “conservatives” of Arkansas, you must have attained the age of 25 before you have the right and means to protect yourself on a college campus in the “Natural State.”

Members of the Arkansas State Police, while testifying against what has been referred to as “Constitutional Carry,” which has been adopted by several other states, stated that allowing the people of Arkansas to be able to openly exercise their 2A rights, which are very plainly stated in Article 2 Section 5 of the state’s Declaration of Rights would deprive said state police of a revenue stream which would require them [state police] having to make their vehicles last longer and that some of the useless bureaucrats (my words) in the state police might actually lose their jobs.

Very early in the legislative term in Little Rock, the right to Trial by Jury—the very cornerstone of Liberty—came under attack. Just as in the Reconstruction era the Republican-dominated legislature sought to combine all three branches of government and place them under the command of one branch and eliminate the people’s ability to address malfeasance and protect the lives of the innocent. The special interest backed proposal would have limited the damages any number of these special interests, such as nursing homes or medical facilities might face, if, through negligence or malpractice, a person under their care was irreparably harmed or died. The legislature did not hide the fact they launched their attack on the Seventh amendment to protect business interests in the state, openly stating large settlements granted by juries to victims of negligence and malpractice was allegedly keeping businesses from coming to Arkansas. What desirable business comes to a state to avoid responsibility? Again, in the hands of the “conservative” super-majority, special interests come before the interest of the individual citizen.

Nowhere to be found in the oaths of office taken by the members of the legislature before they began their session was any oath to uphold and defend the interests of big business over the rights of the individual. Perhaps, along with the oath, the legislators should have been reminded of the dictum found in the Declaration of Independence that the primary duty of government is to protect the rights of the individual, not those of big business and special interests.

The “conservative” legislature also launched attacks on the very idea of transparency in government. Multiple bills were introduced which would allow the members of government and special interests to operate in secret and outside the purview of the people.

On Tuesday at the state capital, in a private one-on-one conversation with a Republican state senator who shall remain nameless, I asked this person of integrity, awash in the sea of attacks on the rights of the citizens, how he felt about his party’s super-majority and if he thought that helped or hindered the interests of the people of Arkansas. This senator candidly stated he found the super-majority to be a hindrance. He said when he took a stance on an issue based on integrity and principles, he was accosted both by fellow lawmakers and some constituents wanting to know why he was opposing the goals of the party and the so-called “conservative” governor. Here can be found concrete evidence that support of political party trumps (no pun intended) principles and the rights of the people.

As previously stated, there has not been seen since the days of the Reconstruction government in the State of Arkansas such a blatant attack on individual rights by those who allegedly represent the people. And the current elected governor is operating with the same frame of mind as the military commander of the state, Powell Clayton did during Reconstruction. With all of the religious zeal of a born-again Scalawag, the current Arkansas governor has, in an alleged effort to “unify the state,” decided to replace the birthday of the greatest Southern Icon, Robert E. Lee, a man with impeccable moral and Christian character, with instead the birthday celebration of a womanizing, serial plagiarist with heavy socialist leanings and connections.

All in all, the majority of legislative actions by the Republican super-majority in Arkansas has devolved into a socialist holiday with all thoughts of the oath to uphold and defend the American Bill of Rights and the Arkansas Declaration of Rights a very faint memory.

The great Southern minister of the 19th Century, Robert L. Dabney, provided us with ample warning of where such “conservatives” would lead us. Dabney was for a time Chief of Staff for Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson. Here is his prediction about conservatives come now to full bloom in the State of Arkansas.

“American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. The pretended salt hath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing for the sake of truth, and has no idea of being guilty of the folly of martyrdom. It always—when about to enter a protest—very blandly informs the wild beast whose path it essays to stop, that its ‘bark is worse than its bite,’ and that it only means to save its manners by enacting its decent role of resistance.” (Emphasis added)

Be careful what you wish for—and more importantly—what you vote for. “All that glitters is not gold.”

IN RIGHTFUL REBEL LIBERTY

Mike

Olddogs Comments!

I admit I am confused and do not understand how intelligent people can still vote with all the proof we have that it is a rigged system. Ladies and gentlemen, you must be stricken with cognitive dissonance and unable to believe anything you do not want to believe. There is no such thing as freedom in America, or honest politicians!

DEMOCRACY

The Banking Secret, Which Makes the Fatcats Richer, While Destroying the Real Economy

March 16th, 2017 by

That Neither Economists nor Laypeople Know…

Washington’s Blog

Private Banks – Not the Government or Central Banks – Create 97 Percent of All Money

Who creates money?

Most people assume that money is created by governments … or perhaps central banks.

In reality – as noted by the Bank of England, Britain’s central bank – 97% of all money in circulation is created by private banks.

Bank Loans = Creating Money Out of Thin Air

But how do private banks create money?

We’ve all been taught that banks first take in deposits, and then they loan out those deposits to folks who want to borrow.

But this is a myth …

The Bank of England the German central bank have explained that loans are extended before deposits exist … and that the loans create deposits:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvRAqR2pAgw

The above is from an official video released by the Bank of England.

The Bank of England explains:

Whenever a bank makes a loan, it simultaneously creates a matching deposit in the borrower’s bank account, thereby creating new money.

The reality of how money is created today differs from the description found in some economics textbooks:

  • Rather than banks receivingdeposits when households save and then lending them out, bank lending creates

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One common misconception is that banks act simply as intermediaries, lending out the deposits that savers place with them. In this view deposits are typically ‘created’ by the saving decisions of households, and banks then ‘lend out’ those existing deposits to borrowers, for example to companies looking to finance investment or individuals wanting to purchase houses.

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In reality in the modern economy, commercial banks are the creators of deposit money …. Rather than banks lending out deposits that are placed with them, the act of lending creates deposits — the reverse of the sequence typically described in textbooks.

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Commercial banks create money, in the form of bank deposits, by making new loans. When a bank makes a loan, for example to someone taking out a mortgage to buy a house, it does not typically do so by giving them thousands of pounds worth of banknotes. Instead, it credits their bank account with a bank deposit of the size of the mortgage. At that moment, new money is created. For this reason, some economists have referred to bank deposits as ‘fountain pen money’, created at the stroke of bankers’ pens when they approve loans.

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This description of money creation contrasts with the notion that banks can only lend out pre-existing money, outlined in the previous section. Bank deposits are simply a record of how much the bank itself owes its customers. So they are a liability of the bank, not an asset that could be lent out.

Similarly, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago published a booklet called “Modern Money Mechanics” in the 1960s stating:

[Banks] do not really pay out loans from the money they receive as deposits. If they did this, no additional money would be created. What they do when they make loans is to accept promissory notes in exchange for credits to the borrowers’ transaction accounts.

Monetary expert and economics professor Randall Wray explained to Washington’s Blog that:

Bank deposits are bank IOUs.

Economics professor Richard Werner – who obtained his PhD in economics from Oxford, was the first Shimomura Fellow at the Research Institute for Capital Formation at the Development Bank of Japan, Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies at the Bank of Japan, Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Monetary and Fiscal Studies at the Ministry of Finance, and chief economist of Jardine Fleming – was granted access to study a bank’s books, and confirmed that private banks create money when they simply create fictitious deposits into a borrower’s account.

Werner explains:

What banks do is to simply reclassify their accounts payable items arising from the act of lending as ‘customer deposits’, and the general public, when receiving payment in the form of a transfer of bank deposits, believes that a form of money had been paid into the bank.

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No balance is drawn down to make a payment to the borrower.

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The bank does not actually make any money available to the borrower: No transfer of funds from anywhere to the customer or indeed the customer’s account takes place. There is no equal reduction in the balance of another account to defray the borrower. Instead, the bank simply re-classified its liabilities, changing the ‘accounts payable’ obligation arising from the bank loan contract to another liability category called ‘customer deposits’.

While the borrower is given the impression that the bank had transferred money from its capital, reserves or other accounts to the borrower’s account (as indeed major theories of banking, the financial intermediation and fractional reserve theories, erroneously claim), in reality this is not the case. Neither the bank nor the customer deposited any money, nor were any funds from anywhere outside the bank utilised to make the deposit in the borrower’s account. Indeed, there was no depositing of any funds.

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The bank’s liability is simply re-named a ‘bank deposit’.

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Banks create money when they grant a loan: they invent a fictitious customer deposit, which the central bank and all users of our monetary system, consider to be ‘money’, indistinguishable from ‘real’ deposits not newly invented by the banks. Thus banks do not just grant credit, they create credit, and simultaneously they create money.

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Instead of discharging their liability to pay out loans, the banks merely reclassify their liabilities originating from loan contracts from what should be an ‘accounts payable’ item to ‘customer deposit’ ….

How Can Banks DO This?

Professor Werner explains the reason that banks – but no one else – can create money out of thin air is that they are the only institution exempted from normal accounting rules.

Specifically, every other company would be busted for fraudulent accounting if they conjured new money out of thin air by reclassifying a liability (i.e. an accounts payable) as an asset (i.e. a deposit).

But the banks have pushed through exemptions so that they don’t have to follow normal accounting rules:

What enables banks to create credit and hence money is their exemption from the Client Money Rules. Thanks to this exemption they are allowed to keep customer deposits on their own balance sheet. This means that depositors who deposit their money with a bank are no longer the legal owners of this money. Instead, they are just one of the general creditors of the bank whom it owes money to. It also means that the bank is able to access the records of the customer deposits held with it and invent a new ‘customer deposit’ that had not actually been paid in, but instead is a re-classified accounts payable liability of the bank arising from a loan contract.

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What makes banks unique and explains the combination of lending and deposit-taking under one roof is the more fundamental fact that they do not have to segregate client accounts, and thus are able to engage in an exercise of ‘re-labelling’ and mixing different liabilities, specifically by re-assigning their accounts payable liabilities incurred when entering into loan agreements, to another category of liability called ‘customer deposits’.

What distinguishes banks from non-banks is their ability to create credit and money through lending, which is accomplished by booking what actually are accounts payable liabilities as imaginary customer deposits, and this is in turn made possible by a particular regulation that renders banks unique: their exemption from the Client Money Rules. [Werner gives a concrete example on British law for banking and non-banking institutions.]

Sound fraudulent? Professor Werner thinks so, also:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MechH0ebs_c

But he also makes some more important points …

What Does It All Mean?  The Implications of Money Creation By Private Banks

Mainstream economists believe that private debt doesn’t even “exist as a force that acts on the economy.  For example, Ben Bernanke and Paul Krugman assume that huge levels of household debt don’t hurt the economy because more debt among households just means that savers have loaned them money … i.e. that it is a net wash to the economy.  To make this assumption, they rely on the myth debunked above … that banks can only loan as much money out as they have in deposits.  In reality, 143 years of history shows that excessive private debt – in and of itself  – can cause depressions.

Moreover, Professor Werner points out that attempts to shore up the banking system with capital requirements (such as the Basel accords) are doomed to failure, since they don’t recognize that banks create money at will:

Basel rules were doomed to failure, since they consider banks as financial intermediaries, when in actual fact they are the creators of the money supply. Since banks invent money as fictitious deposits, it can be readily shown that capital adequacy based bank regulation does not have to restrict bank activity: banks can create money and hence can arrange for money to be made available to purchase newly issued shares that increase their bank capital. In other words, banks could simply invent the money that is then used to increase their capital. This is what Barclays Bank did in 2008, in order to avoid the use of tax money to shore up the bank’s capital: Barclays ‘raised’ £5.8 bn in new equity from Gulf sovereign wealth investors — by, it has transpired, lending them the money! As is explained in Werner (2014a), Barclays implemented a standard loan operation, thus inventing the £5.8 bn deposit ‘lent’ to the investor. This deposit was then used to ‘purchase’ the newly issued Barclays shares. Thus in this case the bank liability originating from the bank loan to the Gulf investor transmuted from (1) an accounts payable liability to (2) a customer deposit liability, to finally end up as (3) equity — another category on the liability side of the bank’s balance sheet. Effectively, Barclays invented its own capital. This certainly was cheaper for the UK tax payer than using tax money. As publicly listed companies in general are not allowed to lend money to firms for the purpose of buying their stocks, it was not in conformity with the Companies Act 2006 (Section 678, Prohibition of assistance for acquisition of shares in public company). But regulators were willing to overlook this. As Werner (2014b) argues, using central bank or bank credit creation is in principle the most cost-effective way to clean up the banking system and ensure that bank credit growth recovers quickly. The Barclays case is however evidence that stricter capital requirements do not necessary prevent banks from expanding credit and money creation, since their creation of deposits generates more purchasing power with which increased bank capital can also be funded.

Moreover, Werner points out that banks create the boom-bust cycle by lending too much for speculative, non-productive purposes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MechH0ebs_c

By failing to take into account the fact that banks create money, economists and governments are sowing the seeds for future crashes.

But the economics field is very resistant to change …

Economics professor Steve Keen notes in Forbes:

In any genuine science, empirical data like this would have forced the orthodoxy to rethink its position. But in economics, the profession has sailed on, blithely unaware of how their model of “banks as intermediaries between savers and investors” is seriously wrong, and now blinds them to the remedy for the crisis as it previously blinded them to the possibility of a crisis occurring.

A wit once defined an economist as someone who, when shown that something works in practice, replies “Ah! But does it work in theory?”

And a 2016 IMF paper notes:

Around [the 1960s] banks began to completely disappear from most macroeconomic models of how the economy works.­

This helps explain why, when faced with the Great Recession in 2008, macroeconomics was initially unprepared to contribute much to the analysis of the interaction of banks with the macro economy. Today there is a sizable body of research on this topic, but the literature still has many difficulties.­

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Virtually all recent mainstream neoclassical economic research is based on the highly misleading “intermediation of loanable funds” description of banking …

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In modern neoclassical intermediation of loanable funds theories, banks are seen as intermediating real savings. Lending, in this narrative, starts with banks collecting deposits of previously saved real resources (perishable consumer goods, consumer durables, machines and equipment, etc.) from savers and ends with the lending of those same real resources to borrowers. But such institutions simply do not exist in the real world. There are no loanable funds of real resources that bankers can collect and then lend out. Banks do of course collect checks or similar financial instruments, but because such instruments—to have any value—must be drawn on funds from elsewhere in the financial system, they cannot be deposits of new funds from outside the financial system. New funds are produced only with new bank loans (or when banks purchase additional financial or real assets), through book entries made by keystrokes on the banker’s keyboard at the time of disbursement. This means that the funds do not exist before the loan and that they are in the form of electronic entries—or, historically, paper ledger entries—rather than real resources.­

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This “financing through money creation” function of banks has been repeatedly described in publications of the world’s leading central banks—see McLeay, Radia, and Thomas (2014a, 2014b) for excellent summaries. What has been much more challenging, however, is the incorporation of these insights into macroeconomic models [how true].

What’s the Solution?

We’ve seen the problems created by failing to take into account the fact that private banks create money.

But there are solutions …

Initially, Professor Werner notes that preventing banks from creating new money to loan for speculation and mere personal consumption would prevent booms and busts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MechH0ebs_c

Werner says that the “Asian Miracle” happened for exactly this reason:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MechH0ebs_c

Additionally, allowing small community banks to grow would cause the real economy to flourish … since small banks loan to small businesses (which create most of the jobs), while big banks only loan to giant companies and speculators:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MechH0ebs_c

Indeed, big banks are virtually out of the business of traditional lending … and small banks are the only ones funding Main Street.

Werner says this is the secret of Germany’s economic success:

Postscript: Due to their unique money-printing powers, banks now literally own the world … including the entire political system.

There’s a war raging in connection with banking.  Remember that the giant banks tried to kill off community banking through the Trans Pacific Partnership. And as Professor Werner points out, the European Central Bank is currently in a war to destroy community banks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MechH0ebs_c

One of key battles for prosperity and democracy today is decentralization of the banking system.

Olddogs Comments!

I have said this a hundred times: The whole world is under the thumb of these monsters, and nothing but misery is ahead unless some militaries take these bastards out. Ours is obviously under their control!

What We Know About YOU”

March 8th, 2017 by

http://www.paulstramer.net/2017/03/what-we-know-about-you.html

The IRSBy Anna Von Reitz

Here is what we know so far— the “UNITED STATES” subrogated our NAMES under an insurance policy.  This was required because they are still operating under the Reconstruction Acts and trying to pretend that we are “unknown” babies “found” on a “battlefield” by the UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE which is obligated then to issue an insurance indemnity receipt under the provisions of the Lieber Code.  The Birth Certificate is an insurance indemnity receipt and it identifies YOU as being a ward of the UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, in their custody. 

But what is “YOU”— ?  

It’s an ACCOUNT, as in bank ACCOUNT set up in your name….. first of all.  And from that meager beginning they have spun off an array of “associated” names and accounts—- until in 1976 they had redefined “YOU” as an “International Organization”.  That same year, they passed the International Organizations Act granting “YOU” immunity. 

Okay, so your NAME is an ACCOUNT belonging to an International Organization which is immune from prosecution…..and all this is news to you, right? 

Well, howsoever that may be, this explains two things that have long been a matter of curiosity and debate.

When you look up the federal government “Masterfile” associated with your NAME you find that “YOU” are always without exception involved in some kind of nefarious occupation having to do with Alcohol, Tobacco, or Firearms.   When I tunneled through the red tape and the “Special Code Book” that deciphers all the numerical codes found in “YOUR” Masterfile, it turned out that “I” was running a rum distillery on the island of Barbados……and my husband was an arms dealer in South America!     

This was big— and at the time—-baffling news to us.

Obviously, neither one of us had ever done any such thing, but that is what the Masterfile attached to our NAMES said.

Please note that Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms are all federally controlled substances—-they can tax these for revenue and control transportation of these products and license people engaged in these industries. 

So now you can understand why the Masterfiles associated with our NAMES were involved in producing alcohol and selling firearms —- to bring our NAMES under US Government control and subject “US” to their codes, regulations, controls. 

So if our NAMES are international organizations that are supposed to have immunity from prosecution— how is it that these NAMES are being prosecuted as DEFENDANTS in all these courts?

Remember that these things that appear to be NAMES aren’t.  They are ACCOUNT designators.  Just like you can arbitrarily create an account designator using numbers — for example, bank routing numbers — you can use letters, too.  And that is what these unspeakable vermin did.  They used the letters of your name to create an ACCOUNT.   They could just as well have used “SSRDAEGR” as your account designation or “1442351-BA445” or anything else in the wide world, but instead they infringed upon your given name and used those letters in that particular sequence as the account designator for the express purpose of confusing you (and nearly everyone else) and defrauding you. 

So, thinking of “YOUR NAME” as an ACCOUNT designation instead of as your name, what immediately appears? 

Ah, so….. an ACCOUNT has a plus side and a minus side.   Assets come in one side as additions to the ACCOUNT and debts come in the other side of the ACCOUNT as subtractions to the ACCOUNT.  When you subtract the debts from the assets you “balance” the account and can see how much you have left after paying off the debts and you will either have a positive remaining balance or you will be overdrawn. 

So what did the rotten vermin do?  They set your ACCOUNT up as two separate linked ACCOUNTS. 

All the debts are posted against the ACCOUNT that appears to be your name, for example, JOHN MARK BROWN and placed under a numbered sub-account that you will recognize as “YOUR” Social Security or Taxpayer Identification Number: 123-45-6789. 

All the assets are posted to the ACCOUNT that appears to be your name, for example, BROWN, JOHN MARK and placed under a numbered sub-account that is the same as “YOUR” Social Security or Taxpayer Identification Number in this form: 123456789.   Same number, just without the dashes. 

Then to make the fraud scheme complete, you create two different agencies to do the bookkeeping.

You make the IRS responsible for tracking and collecting the debt side account.  And you make THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE responsible for tracking the asset side of the account.  Two completely different agencies, different addresses, different offices, different job assignments —both working under deceptively similar names—-and for the most part unaware of the other’s activities, and then heavily compartmentalized within each agency so that one hand really doesn’t know what the other is doing for the most part—–and you make sure that the accounts never get balanced

The debts just keep accruing until the Account Holder pays them out of his own pocket, and the assets never get applied.  And since the “Account Holder” — the real man named John Mark Brown doesn’t know a thing about any of this, he never gets to use or enjoy any of the assets being socked away in slush funds under his NAME. 

Only one “side” of the ACCOUNT is immune—- the asset side.  It has to be that way, because remember that the DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE is on the hook guaranteeing that YOU come to no harm. 

The debt side of the ACCOUNT is totally open to attack.

So the vermin bring their claim as a debt addressed against the debt side account, JOHN MARK BROWN, and drag “HIM” and the Account Holder into court demanding payment.  And good ole clueless Account Holder John Mark Brown pays it out of his own pocket, because they force him to do so.  He either pays it, or they turn off HIS lights stop picking up HIS garbage and send armed robbers acting under color of law to evict HIM from HIS house. 

The IRS does the same thing— they address their claims of tax indebtedness to HIM and unless the Account Holder pays, “HE” gets hauled into court and accused of all sorts of crimes and assessed all sorts of fines and late fees and if these aren’t paid up and settled, the Account Holder gets thrown in jail. 

Are you all following along here and grasping how this has been done to you and how you have been endlessly fleeced, coerced, defrauded, cheated, bilked, and extorted by this “System”? 

Oh, it’s a “System” all right—- in true gangland terminology, it’s a “System” that would make the Mafia blush. 

And it has been here operating full tilt on your soil without a valid excuse in the world for being here since 1934.

It has been cranking away with the full knowledge of the Roman Pontiff, the Holy See, the Vatican, the British Crown, the Lord Mayor of London, the Queen, and the various “US Presidents” who are all fully responsible for defrauding the American states and people.

How have they gotten away with it?  By coercive abuse of power — extortion, racketeering, kidnapping, identity theft, copyright infringement—- and all under the false pretense of still being at “war” ever since the so-called American Civil War and having “War Powers”.

As long as we are on the subject of fraud— which has no statute of limitations at all — the so-called “American Civil War” was not a war.  It was an illegal and unlawful mercenary conflict carried out on our shores.   How do we know this?

In order to be a true war and to fall under the international Laws of War, it would have to have a formal Declaration of War made by the national body competent to make such a declaration.  No such declaration exists.  Oh, Abraham Lincoln made “a” declaration beginning the hostilities, but he wasn’t authorized to actually declare war —- and he didn’t.  Likewise, there is no actual Peace Treaty ending any such war.  And there is absolutely no provision for any special “War Powers” or “Emergency Powers” granted by the actual states and people to the United States Congress, either. 

So how have they been cooking all this crap up?  That is the subject of our book, “You Know Something is Wrong When…..An American Affidavit of Probable Cause” available on amazon.com.

Olddogs Comments!

I have been cussed out, belittled and threatened for what the idiots call a lack of patriotism, but it is insanity to love your enemy, so please consider I can love my country without worshipping the vermin running it. I have paid for the privilege of being an American many times over, so stick your insults where the sun don’t shine, and continue bowing down to your masters since you are so patriotic. OR, you can do a little reading and rub a couple brain cells together to stimulate some common sense and send these bastards to hell, where they came from.

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The Illusion of Freedom: The Police State Is Alive and Well!

March 7th, 2017 by

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POLICE STATEWe’re in a national state of denial!

By John W Whitehead

“What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could understand it, it could not be released because of national security… This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.”—Historian Milton Mayer, They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45

Brace yourself.

There is something being concocted in the dens of power, far beyond the public eye, and it doesn’t bode well for the future of this country.

Anytime you have an entire nation so mesmerized by the antics of the political ruling class that they are oblivious to all else, you’d better beware. Anytime you have a government that operates in the shadows, speaks in a language of force, and rules by fiat, you’d better beware. And anytime you have a government so far removed from its people as to ensure that they are never seen, heard or heeded by those elected to represent them, you’d better beware.

The world has been down this road before.

As historian Milton Mayer recounts in his seminal book on Hitler’s rise to power, They Thought They Were Free, “Most of us did not want to think about fundamental things and never had. There was no need to. Nazism gave us some dreadful, fundamental things to think about—we were decent people‑—and kept us so busy with continuous changes and ‘crises’ and so fascinated, yes, fascinated, by the machinations of the ‘national enemies’, without and within, that we had no time to think about these dreadful things that were growing, little by little, all around us.”

We are at our most vulnerable right now.

The gravest threat facing us as a nation is not extremism—delivered by way of sovereign citizens or radicalized Muslims—but despotism, exercised by a ruling class whose only allegiance is to power and money.

Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

America is burning, and all most Americans can do is switch the channel, tune out what they don’t want to hear, and tune into their own personal echo chambers.

We’re in a national state of denial.

Yet no amount of escapism can shield us from the harsh reality that the danger in our midst is posed by an entrenched government bureaucracy that has no regard for the Constitution, Congress, the courts or the citizenry.

If the team colors have changed from blue to red, that’s just cosmetic.

The playbook remains the same. The leopard has not changed its spots.

Scrape off the surface layers and you will find that the American police state is alive and well and continuing to wreak havoc on the rights of the American people.

“We the people” are no longer living the American Dream.

We’re living the American Lie.

Indeed, Americans have been lied to so sincerely, so incessantly, and for so long by politicians of all stripes—who lie compulsively and without any seeming remorse—that they’ve almost come to prefer the lies trotted out by those in government over less-palatable truths.

The American people have become compulsive believers.

As Nick Cohen writes for The Guardian, “Compulsive liars shouldn’t frighten you. They can harm no one, if no one listens to them. Compulsive believers, on the other hand: they should terrify you. Believers are the liars’ enablers. Their votes give the demagogue his power. Their trust turns the charlatan into the president. Their credulity ensures that the propaganda of half-calculating and half-mad fanatics has the power to change the world.”

While telling the truth “in a time of universal deceit is,” as George Orwell concluded, “a revolutionary act,” believing the truth—and being able to distinguish the truth from a lie—is also a revolutionary act.

Here’s a truth few Americans want to acknowledge: nothing has changed (at least, not for the better) since Barack Obama passed the reins of the police state to Donald Trump.

The police state is still winning. We the people are still losing.

In fact, the American police state has continued to advance at the same costly, intrusive, privacy-sapping, Constitution-defying, relentless pace under President Trump as it did under President Obama.

Police haven’t stopped disregarding the rights of citizens. Having been given the green light to probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip, shoot and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance, all with the general blessing of the courts, America’s law enforcement officials are no longer mere servants of the people entrusted with keeping the peace. Indeed, they continue to keep the masses corralled, under control, and treated like suspects and enemies rather than citizens.

SWAT teams haven’t stopped crashing through doors and terrorizing families. Nationwide, SWAT teams continue to be employed to address an astonishingly trivial array of criminal activities or mere community nuisances including angry dogs, domestic disputes, improper paperwork filed by an orchid farmer, and misdemeanor marijuana possession. With more than 80,000 SWAT team raids carried out every year on unsuspecting Americans for relatively routine police matters and federal agencies laying claim to their own law enforcement divisions, the incidence of botched raids and related casualties continue to rise.

The Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security haven’t stopped militarizing and federalizing local police. Police forces continue to be transformed into heavily armed extensions of the military, complete with jackboots, helmets, shields, batons, pepper-spray, stun guns, assault rifles, body armor, miniature tanks and weaponized drones. In training police to look and act like the military and use the weapons and tactics of war against American citizens, the government continues to turn the United States into a battlefield.

Schools haven’t stopped treating young people like hard-core prisoners. School districts continue to team up with law enforcement to create a “schoolhouse to jailhouse track” by imposing a “double dose” of punishment for childish infractions: suspension or expulsion from school, accompanied by an arrest by the police and a trip to juvenile court. In this way, the paradigm of abject compliance to the state continues to be taught by example in the schools, through school lockdowns where police and drug-sniffing dogs enter the classroom, and zero tolerance policies that punish all offenses equally and result in young people being expelled for childish behavior.

For-profit private prisons haven’t stopped locking up Americans and immigrants alike at taxpayer expense.States continue to outsource prison management to private corporations out to make a profit at taxpayer expense. And how do you make a profit in the prison industry? Have the legislatures pass laws that impose harsh penalties for the slightest noncompliance in order keep the prison cells full and corporate investors happy.

Censorship hasn’t stopped. First Amendment activities continue to be pummeled, punched, kicked, choked, chained and generally gagged all across the country. The reasons for such censorship vary widely from political correctness, safety concerns and bullying to national security and hate crimes but the end result remained the same: the complete eradication of what Benjamin Franklin referred to as the “principal pillar of a free government.”

The courts haven’t stopped marching in lockstep with the police state. The courts continue to be dominated by technicians and statists who are deferential to authority, whether government or business. Indeed, the Supreme Court’s decisions in recent years have most often been characterized by an abject deference to government authority, military and corporate interests. They have run the gamut from suppressing free speech activities and justifying suspicionless strip searches to warrantless home invasions and conferring constitutional rights on corporations, while denying them to citizens.

Government bureaucrats haven’t stopped turning American citizens into criminals. The average American now unknowingly commits three felonies a day, thanks to an overabundance of vague laws that render otherwise innocent activity illegal, while reinforcing the power of the police state and its corporate allies.

The surveillance state hasn’t stopped spying on Americans’ communications, transactions or movements. On any given day, whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether it’s your local police, a fusion center, the National Security Agency or one of the government’s many corporate partners, is still monitoring and tracking you.

The TSA hasn’t stopped groping or ogling travelers. Under the pretext of protecting the nation’s infrastructure (roads, mass transit systems, water and power supplies, telecommunications systems and so on) against criminal or terrorist attacks, TSA task forces (comprised of federal air marshals, surface transportation security inspectors, transportation security officers, behavior detection officers and explosive detection canine teams) continue to do random security sweeps of nexuses of transportation, including ports, railway and bus stations, airports, ferries and subways, as well as political conventions, baseball games and music concerts. Sweep tactics include the use of x-ray technology, pat-downs and drug-sniffing dogs, among other things.

Congress hasn’t stopped enacting draconian laws such as the USA Patriot Act and the NDAA. These laws—which completely circumvent the rule of law and the constitutional rights of American citizens, continue to re-orient our legal landscape in such a way as to ensure that martial law, rather than the rule of law, our U.S. Constitution, becomes the map by which we navigate life in the United States.

The Department of Homeland Security hasn’t stopped being a “wasteful, growing, fear-mongering beast.” Is the DHS capable of plotting and planning to turn the national guard into a federalized, immigration police force? No doubt about it. Remember, this is the agency that is notorious for militarizing the police and SWAT teams; spying on activists, dissidents and veterans; stockpiling ammunition; distributing license plate readers; contracting to build detention camps; tracking cell-phones with Stingray devices; carrying out military drills and lockdowns in American cities; using the TSA as an advance guard; conducting virtual strip searches with full-body scanners; carrying out soft target checkpoints; directing government workers to spy on Americans; conducting widespread spying networks using fusion centers; carrying out Constitution-free border control searches; funding city-wide surveillance cameras; and utilizing drones and other spybots.

The military industrial complex hasn’t stopped profiting from endless wars abroad. America’s expanding military empire continues to bleed the country dry at a rate of more than $15 billion a month (or $20 million an hour). The Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety. Yet what most Americans fail to recognize is that these ongoing wars have little to do with keeping the country safe and everything to do with enriching the military industrial complex at taxpayer expense.

The Deep State’s shadow government hasn’t stopped calling the shots behind the scenes. Comprised of unelected government bureaucrats, corporations, contractors, paper-pushers, and button-pushers who are actually calling the shots behind the scenes, this government within a government continues to be the real reason “we the people” have no real control over our so-called representatives. It’s every facet of a government that is no longer friendly to freedom and is working overtime to trample the Constitution underfoot and render the citizenry powerless in the face of the government’s power grabs, corruption and abusive tactics.

And the American people haven’t stopped acting like gullible sheep. In fact, many Americans have been so carried away by their blind rank-and-file partisan devotion to their respective political gods that they have lost sight of the one thing that has remained constant in recent years: our freedoms are steadily declining.

Here’s the problem as I see it: “we the people” have become so trusting, so gullible, so easily distracted, so out-of-touch and so sure that our government will always do the right thing by us that we have ignored the warning signs all around us.

In so doing, we have failed to recognize such warning signs as potential red flags to use as opportunities to ask questions, demand answers, and hold our government officials accountable to respecting our rights and abiding by the rule of law.

Unfortunately, once a free people allows the government to make inroads into their freedoms, or uses those same freedoms as bargaining chips for security, it quickly becomes a slippery slope to outright tyranny. And it doesn’t really matter whether it’s a Democrat or a Republican at the helm, because the bureaucratic mindset on both sides of the aisle now seems to embody the same philosophy of authoritarian government.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, this is what happens when you ignore the warning signs.

This is what happens when you fail to take alarm at the first experiment on your liberties.

This is what happens when you fail to challenge injustice and government overreach until the prison doors clang shut behind you.

In the American police state that now surrounds us, there are no longer such things as innocence, due process, or justice—at least, not in the way we once knew them. We are all potentially guilty, all potential criminals, all suspects waiting to be accused of a crime.

So you can try to persuade yourself that you are free, that you still live in a country that values freedom, and that it is not too late to make America great again, but to anyone who has been paying attention to America’s decline over the past 50 years, it will be just another lie.

The German people chose to ignore the truth and believe the lie.

They were not oblivious to the horrors taking place around them. As historian Robert Gellately points out, “[A]nyone in Nazi Germany who wanted to find out about the Gestapo, the concentration camps, and the campaigns of discrimination and persecutions need only read the newspapers.”

The warning signs were definitely there, blinking incessantly like large neon signs.

“Still,” Gellately writes, “the vast majority voted in favor of Nazism, and in spite of what they could read in the press and hear by word of mouth about the secret police, the concentration camps, official anti-Semitism, and so on. . . . [T]here is no getting away from the fact that at that moment, ‘the vast majority of the German people backed him.’”

Half a century later, the wife of a prominent German historian, neither of whom were members of the Nazi party, opined: “[O]n the whole, everyone felt well. . . . And there were certainly eighty percent who lived productively and positively throughout the time. . . . We also had good years. We had wonderful years.”

In other words, as long as their creature comforts remained undiminished, as long as their bank accounts remained flush, as long as they weren’t being discriminated against, persecuted, starved, beaten, shot, stripped, jailed and turned into slave labor, life was good.

This is how tyranny rises and freedom falls.

As Primo Levi, a Holocaust survivor observed, “Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.”

Freedom demands responsibility.

Freedom demands that people stop sleep-walking through life, stop cocooning themselves in political fantasies, and stop distracting themselves with escapist entertainment.

Freedom demands that we stop thinking as Democrats and Republicans and start thinking like human beings, or at the very least, Americans.

Freedom demands that we not remain silent in the face of evil or wrongdoing but actively stand against injustice.

Freedom demands that we treat others as we would have them treat us. That is the law of reciprocity, also referred to as the Golden Rule, and it is found in nearly every world religion, including Judaism and Christianity.

In other words, if you don’t want to be locked up in a prison cell or a detention camp—if you don’t want to be discriminated against because of the color of your race, religion, politics or anything else that sets you apart from the rest—if you don’t want your loved ones shot at, strip searched, tasered, beaten and treated like slaves—if you don’t want to have to be constantly on guard against government eyes watching what you do, where you go and what you say—if you don’t want to be tortured, waterboarded or forced to perform degrading acts—if you don’t want your children to grow up in a world without freedom—then don’t allow these evils to be inflicted on anyone else, no matter how tempting the reason or how fervently you believe in your cause.

As German theologian and anti-Nazi dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer observed, “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”

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John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. He is the president and spokesperson of the Rutherford Institute. Mr. Whitehead is the author of numerous books on a variety of legal and social issues, including Battlefield America: The War on the American People.  He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and served as an officer in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971.


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