22 months. 22 violations. Blatant encroachments of our Constitution by our elected representatives and their appointees, as if the Bill of Rights didn't exist. As we fight the individual battles, we must keep our eyes on the overall, desperate trend to remember how grave and important this cause is. We must be awake. We must act. We must spread the word if our country is to be saved.
1) Bi-partisan legislators, contrary to the constitution, handed the right to declare war to the executive branch in any situation "affiliated with terrorism." (HR 1540)
2) A bill is passed 388-3 outlawing protests within the vicinity of any building or person guarded by secret service. But that "vicinity" and the occasions where free speech doesn't apply are not defined. (HR 347)
3) The president issued an executive order declaring the right to nationalize industry, patents, and personnel at any time as long as it is "in writing." (Mar 16, 2012)
4) Our attorney general, Eric Holder, (who we thought was the top enforcer of the law and defender of the constitution) said, "'Due process' and 'judicial process' are not one and the same... The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process." (Mar 5, 2012)
5) House and senate created a "super committee," putting decisions in the hands of twelve people and mandating that if no consensus is reached, then certain defaults become automatic law.
6) The secretary of defense Leon Panetta tells a congressional committee that military engagement requires permission from the international community but that the defense department can decide whether or not to consult with congress (Mar 7, 2012).
7) Bi-partisan legislation supports right to detain without representation. (HR 1540)
8) Several legislators are exploiting high profile social tragedies to push gun control.
9) The department of justice signs off on bank fraud cases with hundred million dollar penalties, which seems like a lot of money until remembering that the frauds were of billions of dollars and that these settlements then protect the guilty from future civil or criminal suits from the victimized cities, retirement funds, or private citizens.
10) In the meantime, politicians and would-be politicians of both parties collect the largest portions of their campaign funds from the same banking (as well as drug and military) companies being protected.
11) SOPA and PIPA are nearly rushed through to enable the government to shut down websites without due process under the guise of protecting intellectual property.
12) Their replacement, CISPA, passed the house, greasing the information sharing between the government and service providers.
13) The NSA prepares to open its massive data collecting and sorting center collecting almost all wired and wireless transmissions with cooperation from cell services and isp's.
14) The senate just passed a bill, MAP-21, that allows the IRS to restrict travel of those owing taxes. (S 1813)
15) MAP-21 also mandates that all vehicles include "event recorders" tracking everything from gps location to the rate of acceleration.
16) Senate slips previously failed paragraph in must-pass budget bill bill that overrides courts, saying planters cannot be stopped by the courts from planting GMO seeds even during testing for health or environmental effects. This paragraph comes to be referred to as the Monsanto Protection Act after it appears after a 3 million dollar lobbying spree in one quarter while the senators sell it to us as "Farmers Assurance."
17) After years of evidence of government spying on US citizens without warrant is denied or ignored, its own leaked documents prove otherwise.
18) A vote to defund the NSA's internal spying fails in the House. The good news is 205 representatives DID step up for liberty, showing that the tide may be turning if we seize this momentum.
19) Regarding the citizen spying, Director of National Intelligence says he didn't lie; he answered in "the least untruthful manner" because the question "Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?" was a loaded question, along the lines of the question When are you going to stop beating your wife"
20) A national biometric ID is buried as a single paragraph in the 1000 page Immigration bill. Linked to a national database, this card has the potential to return to the days of "Show me your papers" from every fascist regime. Senators Schumer, Graham, and McCain alternate in denying it is what it is, saying it is a sacrifice the citizens have to make, or admitting it is a previously rejected element of the Patriot Act. Amendment to bill to remove this language is rejected.
21) A bill to alter the FISA courts to minimize secrecy, increase due process, and diffuse power is being left to languish in committee. (HR 2586)
22) A renewed push to Audit the Federal Reserve is currently buried away in committee despite new momentum for the cause as 25 senators and 150 representatives have attached their names to the bill.
Wow! As we fight the individual battles, we must keep our eye on the overall war and realize if WE ALL don't step up now it will be too late. Despite the setbacks, there are many signs that the tide is indeed changing for good, and we must be the bulwark against the waves of evil.
The hour is grave because of what we have forgotten.
And now there are two (er, three?). Did it matter which? After watching the debates, it seems being AGAINST Liberty is now a campaign technique. And the winners are . . . (not the Bill of Rights).
Target date is 2030
Take a failed issue. Give it a righteous new name. Get people begging for government salvation. Ram the details through in secrecy. Paranoid indeed.
A must read: on the surface it is about the people who work behind the scenes for Trump. More deeply, it is an expose on the way the world really works. How are we brought to believe what we believe?
FIA acquired emails document favorable treatment for favorable treatment
How do banks keep fees high and rates they pay low despite "Competition"? They're all owned by the same people.