This is the date when President George W. Bush signed the
USA Patriot Act, and the federal government’s war against individual liberty began in
earnest. Most of the unconstitutional eavesdropping, snooping, wiretapping, phone call intercepting, email reading,
prying, financial records tracking, travel watching, ad infinitum, ad nauseam, by federal police agencies began
with the implementation of the Patriot Act. The Department of Homeland Security and the“war on terrorism,”which have resulted in the deaths of tens of
thousands of innocent people worldwide, and the usurpation of federal power at home, have all come about as an
outgrowth of the Patriot Act. The USA Patriot Act has forever shifted the focus of American law and jurisprudence
against constitutional government and individual liberty, toward a police-state mentality. The Patriot Act is even
turning our local and State law enforcement agencies into military-style “Jackboots,” where police officers see
themselves not necessarily as guardians of the citizenry, but, as often as not, as adversaries, where citizens are
deemed to be the “enemy.”
Napolitano: Why The Patriot Act is Unconstitutional
THE CONSTITUTION is being Destroyed! (Patriot
A documentary that investigates the ways in which the civil
liberties of American citizens and immigrants have been rolled back since the September 11 and the Patriot
The Patriot Act -- In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the United
States Congress passed what became known as "The Patriot Act," a package of legislation President George W. Bush
and his cabinet claimed was intended to help law enforcement officials take steps to stop terrorism. However,
the bill was run through Congress so quickly that very few lawmakers were able to read it before it was passed,
and it wasn't long before many Americans began to ask if the act posed a real threat to civil liberties and
constitutional freedoms at home.
99.6 Percent of Patriot Act ‘Sneak & Peek’ Searches
Unrelated to Terrorism 'War on terror' used to suppress domestic
by Mark Jaycox | EFF.org | October 27, 2014
Act continues to wreak its havoc on civil liberties.
Section 213 was included in the Patriot Act over the protests of privacy advocates and granted law enforcement
the power to conduct a search while delaying notice to the suspect of the search. Known as a “sneak and peek”
warrant, law enforcement was adamant Section 213 was needed
to protect against terrorism. But the latest government report detailing the numbers of “sneak and peek” warrants
reveals that out of a total of over 11,000 sneak and peek requests, only 51 were used for terrorism. Yet again,
terrorism concerns appear to be trampling our civil liberties.
Throughout the Patriot Act debate the Department of Justice
urged Congress to pass Section 213 because it needed the sneak and peak power to help investigate and
prosecute terrorism crimes “without tipping off terrorists.” In 2005, FBI Director Robert Mueller continued the same exact
talking point, emphasizing sneak and peek warrants were “an invaluable tool in the war on terror and our efforts to
combat serious criminal conduct.”
A closer look at the number of sneak and peek warrants issued (a reporting requirement imposed by Congress)
shows this is simply not the case. The last publicly available report about sneak and peek warrants was released in
2010; however, the
Administrative Office of the US Courts has finally released reports from 2011, 2012, and 2013.
What do the reports reveal? Two things: 1) there has been an enormous increase in the use of sneak and peek
warrants and 2) they are rarely used for terrorism cases.
First, the numbers: Law enforcement made 47 sneak-and-peek searches nationwide from September 2001 to April
2003. The 2010 report reveals 3,970 total requests were processed. Within three years that number jumped to 11,129.
That’s an increase of over 7,000 requests. Exactly what privacy advocates argued in 2001
is happening: sneak and peak warrants are not just being used in exceptional circumstances—which was their original
intent—but as an everyday investigative tool.
Second, the uses: Out of the 3,970 total requests from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010, 3,034 were for
narcotics cases and only 37 for terrorism cases (about .9%). Since then, the numbers get worse. The 2011 report
reveals a total of 6,775 requests. 5,093 were used for drugs, while only 31 (or .5%) were used for terrorism cases.
The 2012 report follows a similar pattern: Only .6%, or 58 requests, dealt with terrorism cases. The 2013 report
confirms the incredibly low numbers. Out of 11,129 reports only 51, or .5%, of requests were used for terrorism.
The majority of requests were overwhelmingly for narcotics cases, which tapped out at 9,401 requests.
Section 213 may be less known than Section 215 of the Patriot Act (the clause the government is currently using
to collect your phone
records), but it’s just as important. The Supreme Court ruled in
Wilson v. Arkansas and
Richards v. Wisconsin that the Fourth Amendment requires police to generally “knock and announce”
their entry into property as a means of notifying a homeowner of a search. The idea was to give the owner an
opportunity to assert their Fourth Amendment rights. The court also explained that the rule could give way in
situations where evidence was under threat of destruction or there were concerns for officer safety. Section 213
codified this practice into statute, taking delayed notice from a relatively rare occurrence into standard
operating law enforcement procedure.
The numbers vindicate privacy advocates who urged Congress
to shelve Section 213 during the Patriot Act debates. Proponents of Section 213 claimed sneak and peek warrants
were needed to protect against terrorism. But just like we’ve seen elsewhere, these claims are false. The
government will continue to argue for
more surveillance authorities—like the need to update the Communications Assistance to Law
Enforcement Act—under the guise of terrorism. But before we engage in any updates, the public must be convinced
such updates are needed and won’t be used for non-terrorist purposes that chip away at our civil liberties.
A Feature Interview with NSA Whistleblower William
The Future of Freedom:
Published on Jan 28, 2015
A 36-year veteran of America’s Intelligence Community, William Binney resigned from his
position as Director for Global Communications Intelligence (COMINT) at the National Security Agency (NSA) and
blew the whistle, after discovering that his efforts to protect the privacy and security of Americans were being
undermined by those above him in the chain of command.
The NSA data-monitoring program which Binney
and his team had developed -- codenamed ThinThread -- was being aimed not at foreign targets as intended, but at
Americans (codenamed as Stellar Wind); destroying privacy here and around the world. Binney voices his call to
action for the billions of individuals whose rights are currently being violated.
William Binney speaks out in this feature-length interview with Tragedy and Hope's Richard Grove,
focused on the topic of the ever-growing Surveillance State in America.
On January 22, 2015: (Berlin, Germany) – The Government Accountability Project (GAP) is proud to
announce that retired NSA Technical Director and GAP client, William "Bill" Binney, will accept the Sam Adams
Associates for Integrity in Intelligence Award today in Berlin, Germany. The award is presented annually by the
Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) to a professional who has taken a strong stand for
ethics and integrity. http://whistleblower.org/press/nsa-wh...
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Still Report #288 - NSA's Bill Binney - Part
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Still Report #291 - NSA's Bill Binney - Part
Spying even on Supreme Court Justices!
Still Report #293 - NSA's Bill Binney - Part
Mr. Binney talks about the line between rightly classified material and that which is classified to cover
up evidence of a crime and much more.
Still Report #294 - NSA's Bill Binney - Part 5
Mr. Binney explains how NSA intel is disseminated to police domestically. He also answers
the question: is there anything we can do to protect ourselves cryptographically? He explains that NSA has a
"turn-key" totalitarian state set up, but they have not implemented its full potential. He also explains what we
can do about it.
Still Report # 295 - Mr. Binney - Part
How to fix NSA. Regarding NSA's ability to record all the world's communications traffic:
"For us it was just a trivial matter. It was just more racking and stacking. The only question was power &
Still Report #298 - NSA's Mr. Binney - Part 7
Published on Jul 7, 2014
Mr. Binney explains at what point NSA started capturing more than just "meta-data". He
explains how many people in NSA know about the secret recording of all U.S. phone calls. He explains his goals
for a revamped NSA: "I want them to do the intelligence job of predicting intentions & capabilities of
Still Report #299 - NSA's Mr. Binney - Part 8
Published on Jul 8, 2014
Mr. Binney explains the difference between Article 2 courts and Article 3 courts. "This
is a covert government." He thinks it would be better to pick our politicians randomly from the phone book and
let them serve only one 2-year term.
Still Report #302 - NSA's Bill Binney - Part
Published on Jul 9, 2014
Perhaps THE most incredible of Mr. Binney's revelations is that NSA has NO IDEA what
Snowden took. Mr. Binney explains why.
SR 306 - Mr Binney - Part 10 - Final
Published on Jul 17, 2014
"... or you will acquiesce into a totalitarian state just like the Weimar Republic
MM23 - Binney Blocked in Berlin
Published on Jul 4, 2014
Yesterday, Mr. Binney went to Berlin to testify before the newly-formed NSA Inquiry
Committee, but unbelievably, the live transmission of his testimony to Parliament's own public-access internet
video channel was blocked.
Ex-NSA Analysts on Their Top-Secret
Two former National Security Agency analysts talk about when they discovered the agency
was collecting more data on American citizens.
NSA global reach is omnipresent. The US intelligence controls the entire cyber network across the
globe, violating individual piracy by storing endless data on its increasingly enlarged servers, former NSA
crypto-mathematician, William Binney, told RT.
Wyden and Udall said that they couldn’t reveal to the public – or even other members of Congress who lack top
security clearance – what the secret interpretation is … and that most Congress members weretotally ignorant
The author of the Patriot Act and chairman on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland
Security, and Investigations – Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner – says that the government has gone far beyond what the Patriot Act
intended, and that the Act “was originally drafted to preventdata mining” on the scale that’s
The Wall Street Journal has just disclosed the specifics of the “secret interpretation”:
In classified orders starting in the mid-2000s, the court accepted that “relevant” could be
broadened to permit an entire database of records on millions of people, in contrast to a more
conservative interpretation widely applied in criminal cases, in which only some of those records would likely
be allowed, according to people familiar with the ruling.
“Relevant” has long been a broad standard, but the way the court is interpreting it, to mean, in
effect, “everything,” is new, says Mark Eckenwiler, a senior counsel at Perkins Coie LLP who, until
December, was the Justice Department’s primary authority on federal criminal surveillance
Two senators on the Intelligence Committee, Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) and Mark Udall (D., Colo.), have argued
repeatedly that there was a “secret interpretation” of the Patriot Act.The senators’ offices tell the
Journal that this new interpretation of the word “relevant” is what they meant.
Interpreting “relevant” as meaning “everything” throws more than 200 years of American law on its head … plus a
couple hundred additional years of British common law on which early American law was based. The most
basic principle of evidence law is that only information actually relevant to the case can be admitted.
Freshly emboldened by their mid-term congressional wins,
establishment Republicans are set to extend the unconstitutional police state Patriot Act. It is set to expire in
three weeks and Republicans are eager to make sections of the legislation permanent.
Rep. Ron Paul is one of a small
number of members of Congress who do not support the unconstitutional PATRIOT Act.
On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed a vote to continue and extend the law. “Having this debate
year after year offers little certainty to agents utilizing these provisions to keep the nation safe,” said ranking
member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
“Short-term reauthorizations lead to operational uncertainty and compliance and reporting problems if the
reauthorization occurs too close to expiration,” Grassley continued. “If these provisions are necessary, we should
provide more certainty rather than simply revisiting the law year after year given the indefinite threat we face
from acts of terrorism, and that looks like decades ahead. We should permanently reauthorize the three expiring
Grassley, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Intelligence Committee Ranking Republican Saxby
Chambliss, R-Ga., will introduce legislation to make the measures permanent.
The Senate leadership has initiated procedures for a vote on the legislation. “These are going to expire in a
couple weeks so I would hope that all senators in both parties who have interest in that will meet with me and Sen.
Grassley. None of us want to play politics on national security and we should get moving on this,” said committee
chairman Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat.
Leahy introduced a reauthorization of the unconstitutional act last week that would extend and reform some
provisions set to expire on February 28. Leahy’s reforms, known as the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of
2011, would limit the government’s power in gathering intelligence on individuals in the United States.
Repeal The Patriot Act!
Published on Mar 30, 2015
America, Congressman (R-KY), and
Representative (D-WI) need your support. Earlier this week they introduced legislation into the House to abolish
the PATRIOT Act. The cancer that has been metastasizing in the body politic of the United States and restore
protections under the Constitution that have been violated since days after 9/11. The bill, dubbed The
Surveillance State Repeal Act, H.R. 1466 (link is below) , would prohibit US spooks from plating backdoors into
technology, as well as provide extended protections for whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden. In addition to
repealing the PATRIOT ACT, the legislation would also abolish the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, which the NSA has
largely used to claim it’s mass spying program is legal.
H.R. 1466 states that any future snooping involving American citizens would be subject to strict
oversight and require warrants in all cases, as well as probable cause.
The legislation would also prohibit the government from forcing tech companies to install backdoors
in their products to enable NSA surveillance. Law enforcement lobbying groups have been pushing for this for
sometime, while security experts and those within the tech sector say it would be disastrous.
The new legislation would also provide for an independent controller to receive complaints from whistleblowers, and
to protect them by reporting any valid information to Congress on their behalf.
Unfortunately, the bill stands very little chance of passing, given that so many bought and paid
for representatives in Congress largely support the unconstitutional PATRIOT act because their hands are tied by
special interests and hubris. Do you want a peaceful solution to the madness of Big Brother’s unwarranted
overreach into our lives? Flood those phones and demand your representative support our Constitution by voting
in favor of H.R. 1466. Take your power back. This country belongs to We The People. Representatives can be
identified and contacted in the link below.
Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the man who authored the
original PATRIOT Act of 2001, says that the House and Senate Intelligence committees, which are supposed to operate
as oversight watchdogs of government spy agencies, have become “cheerleaders” for the NSA.
In an interview with
The Hill, Sensenbrenner chided the leaders of the committees, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein
(D-Calif.), saying that “Instead of putting the brakes on overreaches, they’ve been stepping on the gas,”
Sensenbrenner also said that the legislation proposed by Feinstein to restrict the NSA is “a joke,” and that it
pales in comparison to his own bill, which now has 107 co-sponsors.
Feinstein’s view is essentially “if you like your NSA, you can keep it.” the 18 term Wisconsin Republican
Sensenbrenner has also called for the firing and prosecution of
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, after he lied to Congress about the NSA’s spying program.
Unlike his own legislation, which would ensure an end to bulk collection of communications data, Feinstein and
Rogers’ bill essentially rubber stamps the mass spying program, while making meaningless “transparency”
“There is no limit — apparently, according to the NSA — on what they can collect. And that has got to be
stopped,” he said during the interview, pinning further blame squarely on the Judiciary Committee, which paved the
way in 2006 for the NSA to gain secret approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to use provision
215 of the Patriot Act to collect records on all U.S. phone calls.
“I don’t think the oversight was vigorously done by the Judiciary Committee,” Sensenbrenner said. “When I was
running the Judiciary Committee, it was being vigorously done.”
While Sensenbrenner’s legislation would no doubt do more to rein in the NSA than the Feinstein bill, his opinion
of whistleblower Edward Snowden outlines the fact that his ultimate goal is not to further empower the American
people against government surveillance.
“He’s a criminal,” Sensenbrenner says of Snowden. “I believe that the Russians, in showing good faith, ought to
return him to face the music.” he told reporters.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of
Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from
Nottingham Trent University.
This article was posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:31 am
TECHNOCRACY - A form of government in
which scientists and technical experts are in control "technocracy was described as that society in which those
who govern justify themselves by appeal to technical experts who justify themselves by appeal to scientific
forms of knowledge"
The Roots of Technocracy with Expert Patrick M.
Who You Are – Collected information includes names, addresses, biometrics,
social media accounts .
What You Do – Travel history, communications, financial transactions and
movement of physical assets.
Who You Know – Relational information including family, friends, associates
Context – Contextual data such as demographics, politics, cultural norms
Acloser look at the
upcoming Jade Helm military exercise, specifically its “master the human domain” motto, reveals a larger agenda in
regards to domestic policy.
...“They’re building an infrastructure of tyranny,” stated Infowars David Knight.
“There’s a legal infrastructure with things like the NDAA, there’s a technical
infrastructure with things like the capability to do dragnet surveillance, and then of course there is going to be
a military and law enforcement infrastructure, and those are merging.”
Through a press release, Socrata announced a “strategic investment and technology development
agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT), the independent strategic investment firm that identifies innovative technology
solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community.”
“Under the agreement, IQT will make a strategic investment in Socrata,” the press release states. “The two
entities will work together to further develop Socrata’s data consumerization platform for internal business
analysts in data-rich organizations.”
“Users of Socrata’s technologies can transform raw data from multiple sources into more sophisticated and useful
In other words, Socrata will work with the CIA and other intelligence agencies to transform raw data into a
format easily utilized and accessible to the intelligence community.
The CIA’s interest in Socrata is crystal clear considering that the Department of Health and Human Services is
establishing a centralized Federal Data Services Hub, a comprehensive database of Americans’ private
information made available to multiple federal entities.
Healthcare.gov captures the personal data provided during the Obamacare enrollment process for this spy grid
In-Q-Tel has been investing in firms developing data mining technologies for years.
In the early 2000s, In-Q-Tel invested in Keyhole Inc., the company that developed 3D “flyby” images of buildings
and terrain from geospatial data collected by satellites.
An independent agency of the United States government responsible for
collecting and coordinating intelligence and counterintelligence activities abroad in the national
interest; headed by the Director of Central Intelligence under the supervision of the President and
National Security Council...There has been considerable criticism of the CIA relating to security
and counterintelligence failures, failures in intelligence analysis, human rights concerns,
external investigations and document releases, influencing public opinion and law enforcement, drug
trafficking, and lying to Congress. In 1987, the former CIA Station Chief in Angola in 1976, John
Stockwell, said the CIA is responsible for tens of thousands of covert actions and destablization
programs since it was created by Congress with the passage of the National Security Act of
1947.At the time, Stockwell estimated that over 6
million people had died in CIA covert actions.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a governmental agency
belonging to the United StatesDepartment of Justice that serves as both a federal criminal
investigative body and an internal intelligence agency (counterintelligence). Also, it is the
government agency responsible for investigating crimes on Indian reservations in the United States
under the Major Crimes Act. The branch has investigative jurisdiction over violations of more than
200 categories of federal crime. The agency was established in 1908 as the Bureau of Investigation
(BOI). Its name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1935. The agency
headquarters is the J. Edgar Hoover Building, located in Washington, D.C. The agency has fifty-six
field offices located in major cities throughout the United States, and more than 400 resident
agencies in lesser cities and areas across the nation. More than 50 international offices called
"legal attachés" exist in U.S. embassies and consulates general worldwide.
'Federal Bureau of Investigation organizes almost
all terror plots in the US' ...The report reveals that the FBI regularly infiltrates communities
where they suspect terrorist-minded individuals to be engaging with others. Regardless of their
intentions, agents are sent in to converse within the community, find suspects that could
potentially carry out “lone wolf” attacks and then, more or less, encourage them to do so. By
providing weaponry, funds and a plan, FBI-directed agents will encourage otherwise-unwilling
participants to plot out terrorist attacks, only to bust them before any events fully
There are over 30 million closed-circuit television cameras in America recording 24-7,
catching the average citizen on film nearly 200 times daily. Every American has a 9-digit government Social
Security number assigned to them at birth. We require government licenses to drive, to get married, and have pets,
government passports to travel, and corporate credit cards to book tickets, make reservations, and shop online. Our
phone lines are tapped and our emails are compiled and saved. Intelligence agencies and corporations share and
maintain huge databases full of information on every citizen. The government, corporate, and media interests have
all melded into one cohesive unit, propagating the “official” version of reality through every newspaper and TV
Among the variety of ways of subverting a nation, coopting its monetary system is the
most powerful tool in doing this. America was taken over in 1913...watch the documentary below to see how the
Federal Reserve bank has trodden the Constitution and enslaved America in unpayable debt.
FIAT EMPIRE :
Why the Federal Reserve Violates the U.S.
Click the following links to see more videos on this most important subject of debt
Passage of the so-called “health care reform” bill in the House of Representatives this past
Sunday, March 21 (I won’t even address the inferred unconstitutionality of Congress doing business on the Lord’s
Day. See Article. I. Section. 7. Paragraph. 2.) drove yet another stake into the heart of America. For all intents
and purposes, it is the health of the United States that is in dire need of healing. In fact, the US has been on
extended life-support for decades. With its condition being rendered critical, and absent major surgery, its days
are numbered. The passage of this bill only serves to further weaken an already frail Constitution. In fact, this
one may prove to be the fatal blow. Lady Liberty may never recover.
The decision by Congress to socialize medicine in the US ranks among the most
draconian, most egregious, most horrific actions ever taken by the central government in Washington, D.C. This bill
rocks the principles of liberty and constitutional government to the core. It changes fundamental foundations; it
repudiates historical principle. Oh! The same flag may fly on our flagpoles, the same monuments may grace our
landscape, and the same National Anthem may be sung during our public ceremonies, but it is not the same America.
The Congress of the United States has now officially turned America into a socialist state.
On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the health care bill into law,
and as such, this date–along with March 21–joins a list of dates that have each inflicted unconstitutional,
socialistic, and sometimes even tyrannical action against the States United and have, therefore, contributed to the
destruction of a free America.
April 9, 1865
This is the date when General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern
Virginia to U.S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Regardless of where one comes down on the subject of
the Civil War, one fact is undeniable: Abraham Lincoln forever destroyed the Jeffersonian model of federalism in
America. Ever since, virtually every battle that free men have fought for the principles of limited government,
State sovereignty, etc., have all stemmed directly from Lincoln’s usurpation of power, which resulted in the
subjugation and forced union of what used to be “Free and Independent States” (the Declaration of Independence). In
fact, the philosophical battles being waged today regarding the recent health care debacle (and every other
encroachment upon liberty and State power by the central government) have their roots in Lincoln’s
July 9, 1868
This is the date when the 14th Amendment was ratified. This amendment codified
into law what Lincoln had forced at bayonet point. Until then, people were only deemed citizens of their respective
states. The Constitution nowhere referred to people as “US citizens.” It only recognized “the Citizens of each
State.” Notice also that citizenship was only recognized among the “several States,” not among people living in
non-State territories. Until the 14th Amendment, people were “Citizens of each State.” (Article. IV. Section. 2.
Paragraph. 1.) The 14th Amendment created a whole new class of persons: “citizens of the United States.” This false
notion of “one nation” overturned the Jeffersonian principle that our nation was a confederated republic, a
voluntary union of states.
February 3, 1913
This is the date when the 16th Amendment was ratified, and the direct income tax
and IRS were instituted. This was a flagrant repudiation of freedom principles! What began as a temporary measure
to support the War of Northern Aggression became a permanent income revenue stream for an unconstitutional–and
April 8, 1913
This is the date when the 17th Amendment was ratified. This amendment overturned
the power of the State legislatures to elect their own senators and replaced it with a direct, popular vote. This
was another serious blow against State sovereignty. The framers of the Constitution desired that the influence and
power in Washington, D.C., be kept as close to the people and states as possible. For example, the number of
representatives in the House of Representatives was to be decided by a limited number of voters. In the original
Constitution, the ratio of “people of the several States” deciding their House member could not exceed “one for
every thirty thousand.” (Article. I. Section. 2. Paragraph. 3.) And when it came to the US Senate, the framers also
recognized the authority of each State legislature to select its own senators, thereby keeping power and influence
from aggregating in Washington, D.C. The 17th Amendment seriously damaged the influence and power of the states by
forcing them to elect their US senators by popular vote. The bigger the State, the less influence the State
legislature has in determining its US senator. Senators who answered to State legislators, each answering to a
limited number of voters, are much more accountable to the “citizens of the several States” than those who are
elected by a large number (many times numbering into the millions) of people. For all intents and purposes (at
least in the larger states), US Senators are more like “mini-Presidents” than they are representatives of sovereign
December 23, 1913
This is the date when the Federal Reserve Act was passed. This
Act placed oversight of America’s financial matters into the hands of a cabal of private international
bankers, who have completely destroyed the constitutional principles of sound money and (for the most part)
free enterprise. No longer would the marketplace (private consumption, thrift, growth, etc.) be the
determinant of the US economy (which is what freedom is all about), but now a private, unaccountable
international banking cartel would have total power and authority to micromanage (for their own private,
parochial purposes) America’s financial sector. Virtually every recession, depression, and downturn
(including the one we are now experiencing) has been the direct result of the Fed’s manipulation (again, for
its own purposes and with Washington’s cooperation) of the market.
June 26, 1945
This is the date when the United Nations Charter was signed and America joined the
push for global government. Ever since, US forces have spilled untold amounts of blood and sacrificed thousands of
lives promoting the UN’s agenda. Since the end of World War II, in virtually every war in which US military forces
have been engaged, it has been at the behest of the UN. And it is also no accident that America has not fought a
constitutionally declared war since we entered the UN–and neither have we won one.
Furthermore, it is America’s involvement in the United Nations that has
spearheaded this draconian push for a New World Order that George H. W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Tony Blair, Walter
Cronkite, et al., have talked so much about. The United Nations is an evil institution that has completely co-opted
our US State Department and much of our Defense Department. It is an anti-American institution that works
aggressively and constantly against the interests and principles of the United States. But it is an institution
that is ensconced in the American political infrastructure. Like a cancer, the UN eats away at our liberties and
values, and both major political parties in Washington, D.C., are culpable in allowing it to exert so much
influence upon our country.
June 25, 1962, and June 17,
These are the dates when the US Supreme Court removed prayer (’62) and Bible
reading (’63) from public schools. At this point, these two Supreme Court decisions were the most serious affront
to the First Amendment in US history. Think of it: from before a union of states was established in 1787, children
had been free to pray and read the Scriptures in school. We’re talking about a period of more than 300 years! Of
course, the various State legislatures–and myriad city and county governmental meetings–still open their sessions
in prayer, as do the US House and Senate, and even the US Supreme Court. But this same liberty is denied the
children of America. There is no question that America has not recovered from these two horrific Supreme Court
decisions. In effect, the federal government has expelled God not only from our public schools, but also from our
public life! And America has not been the same since.
October 22, 1968
This is the date when President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Gun Control Act
of 1968. Before this Act, the 2nd Amendment was alive and well in the United States. The Gun Control Act of 1968
turned a right into a privilege and forever forced the American people to bow to the altar of government when
seeking to arm themselves. Interestingly enough, this Gun Control Act mirrored Nazi Germany’s Gun Control Act of
1938. In fact, the Gun Control Act of 1968 is almost a verbatim copy of Hitler’s Gun Control Act of
Our Founding Fathers could never have imagined that governments within the
“several States” would ever be allowed to deny the people’s right to keep and bear arms. In fact, it was the
attempted confiscation of the firearms stored at Concord, Massachusetts, that triggered the War of Independence in
1775. That the people of Massachusetts would be denied their right to keep and bear arms, as they are today, could
not have been foreseen–and would never have been tolerated–by America’s founders.
Yet, most of the hundreds of draconian gun control laws that have been inflicted
upon the American people have all come about as a result of the Gun Control Act of 1968.
January 22, 1973
This is the date when the US Supreme Court issued the Roe v. Wade and Doe v.
Bolton decisions, which, in effect, legalized abortion-on-demand. These two decisions expunged the Jeffersonian
principle that all men are endowed by their Creator with the unalienable right to life (Declaration). Since then,
more than 50 million unborn babies have been legally murdered in their mothers’ wombs. Abortion is, without a
doubt, America’s national holocaust. It has opened the door to a host of Big Government programs and policies that
have resulted in the wanton destruction of human life both in the United States and overseas. It has created an
entire industry whose express purpose for existing is the destruction of human life. It has desensitized the
conscience and soul of America. Furthermore, it has forced men of decency and good will to finance–with their tax
dollars–the unconscionable act of killing unborn children.
And once again, another Jeffersonian principle was eviscerated. He said, “To
compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is
sinful and tyrannical.” The Roe and Doe decisions violate this principle in the most egregious manner
October 26, 2001
This is the date when President George W. Bush signed the USA
Patriot Act, and the federal government’s war against
individual liberty began in earnest. Most of the unconstitutional eavesdropping, snooping, wiretapping, phone
call intercepting, email reading, prying, financial records tracking, travel watching, ad infinitum, ad
nauseam, by federal police agencies began with the implementation of the Patriot Act. The Department of
Homeland Security and the “war on terrorism,” which have resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of
innocent people worldwide, and the usurpation of federal power at home, have all come about as an outgrowth
of the Patriot Act. The USA Patriot Act has forever shifted the focus of American law and jurisprudence
against constitutional government and individual liberty, toward a police-state mentality. The Patriot Act is
even turning our local and State law enforcement agencies into military-style “Jackboots,” where police
officers see themselves not necessarily as guardians of the citizenry, but, as often as not, as adversaries,
where citizens are deemed to be the “enemy.”
October 17, 2006, and October 9,
These are the dates when President G.W. Bush signed and President Barack Obama
re-signed the Military Commissions Act. This Act is the outgrowth of the Patriot Act but has, in effect, terminated
the fundamental protections of individual liberty, which are found in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. For
all intents and purposes, the Patriot Act and Military Commissions Act eviscerated the 4th and 5th Amendments, and
do serious injury to several others. The Military Commissions Act also expunges the constitutional right of Habeas
March 21 and 23,
These are the dates when Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the
“Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” the so-called “health care reform” bill that we spoke about at the
beginning of this column. While Social Security and various Welfare programs have toyed with socialism in the
United States, this bill is the largest and most expansive endorsement of socialism in American history. This bill
socializes some 18% of the US economy by socializing the health care industry in America. The fallout and
ramifications of this bill are going to be horrific.
When future historians review the demise of our once-great republic, they will
observe that the above dates, including March 21 and March 23, 2010, were the dates that destroyed America. The
American people have been far too tolerant for far too long.
People concerned about the future of freedom and prosperity in America should line
up quickly and demand that their respective State legislatures and governors resist this new health care bill, even
to the point of refusing to implement it in their states. More than 30 states are threatening to take the health
care bill to court. But states must do more than that. They must follow the lead of the State of Virginia and pass
legislation refusing to comply with it. Yes, I’m saying it: it is time for another State rebellion! If states do
not stand up and draw their lines in the sand now, it will be forever too late.
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-- Harriet Tubman --
"I freed a thousand slaves; I
could have freed a thousand more, if only they knew they were slaves."
Only the vigilant can maintain their liberties, and only those who
are constantly and intelligently on the spot can hope to govern themselves effectively by democratic
"A society, most of whose members spend a great part of their time,
not on the spot, not here and now and in their calculable future, but somewhere else, in the irrelevant other
worlds of sport and soap opera, of mythology and metaphysical fantasy, will find it hard to resist the
encroachments of those who would manipulate and control it.”