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“Continuity of Government” – A Threat to the Constitution
by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul
The COGC Proposal
The “Continuity of Government Commission” (COGC), spearheaded by the Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute, recently issued proposals for the operation of Congress following a catastrophic terrorist attack. Specifically, COGC advocates a constitutional amendment calling for the appointment of individuals to the House of Representatives to fill the seats of dead or incapacitated members, a first in American history. An examination of the proposal reveals that it is both unnecessary and dangerous.
Note that COGC is “self-commissioned,” its members being neither elected nor appointed by any government body. The biographies of the commissioners demonstrate that COGC is made up mostly of professional lobbyists. Of course COGC is well-intentioned, but the nation should know exactly who is trying to substitute their wisdom for that of James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and other framers of the Constitution. I think most Americans would prefer that proposals to amend the Constitution come from elected lawmakers or grassroots efforts, not from think tanks and lobbyists.
One reading the COGC proposal cannot help but sense the familiar Washington conceit at work, a conceit that sees America as totally dependent on the workings of Capitol Hill. It is simply unthinkable to many in Washington that the American people might survive a period in which Congress did not pass any new laws. But the truth is that the federal state is not America. The American people have always been remarkably resilient in the face of emergencies, and individual states are far more equipped to deal with emergencies and fill congressional vacancies than COGC imagines.
COGC is Unnecessary
Every generation seems to labor under the delusion that it lives in the most dangerous and turbulent time in human history. COGC certainly proves this point. Its proposal provides doomsday scenarios designed to make us believe that the threat of modern terrorism poses a much greater risk to our government institutions than ever existed in the past. Yet is Congress really more vulnerable than it was at the height of the Cold War, when a single Soviet missile could have destroyed Washington? Surely Congress faced greater danger in 1814, when the British army actually invaded Washington, routed the city, and burned down the White House! Somehow the republic survived those much more perilous times without a constitutional amendment calling for the emergency appointment of Representatives.
The scenarios offered by the commission, while theoretically possible, are highly unlikely to disable Congress. Remember, a majority of members assemble together in one place only rarely; even during votes most members are not on the floor together at the same time Inauguration ceremonies and State of the Union addresses often bring together a majority of members in the same place, but simple precautions could be taken to keep a sufficient number away from such events. Even a direct terrorist attack on the Pentagon failed to disrupt the operation of the Department of Defense. The COGC proposal exaggerates the likelihood that a terrorist strike on Washington would incapacitate the House of Representatives, and exaggeration is a bad reason to amend the Constitution.
Existing Constitutional Provisions are Adequate
It is important to understand that the Constitution already provides the framework for Congress to function after a catastrophic event. Article I section 2 grants the governors of the various states authority to hold special elections to fill vacancies in the House of Representatives. Article I section 4 gives Congress the authority to designate the time, manner, and place of such special elections if states should fail to act expeditiously following a national emergency. As Hamilton explains in Federalist 59, the “time, place, and manner” clause was specifically designed to address the kind of extraordinary circumstances imagined by COGC. Hamilton characterized authority over federal elections as shared between the states and Congress, with neither being able to control the process entirely.
COGC posits that states could not hold special elections quickly enough after a terrorist act to guarantee the functioning of Congress. But even COGC reports that the average length of House vacancies, following the death of a member until the swearing in of a successor after a special election, is only 126 days. Certainly this period could be shortened given the urgency created by a terrorist attack. We should not amend the Constitution simply to avoid having a reduced congressional body for a month or two.
In fact, Congress often goes months without passing significant legislation, and takes long breaks in August and December. If anything, legislation passed in the aftermath of a terrorist event is likely to be based on emotion, not reason. The terrible Patriot Act, passed only one month after September 11th by a credulous Congress, is evidence of this.
Also, advances in technology can be used to reduce the risk of a disruption in congressional continuity following an emergency. Members already carry Blackberry devices to maintain communications even if cut off from their offices. Similar technology can be used to allow remote electronic voting by members. Congress should focus on contingency plans that utilize technology, not a constitutional amendment.
States have a wide variety of electronic and telephonic technology at their disposal to speed up the process of special elections. Consider that popular television shows hold votes that poll millions of Americans in a single night! Yet COGC ignores alternatives to standard voting and incorrectly assumes that states will be in disarray and unable to hold elections for months.
COGC is Dangerous because the House Must Be Elected
At its heart, the COGC proposal is fundamentally at odds with the right of the people always to elect their members of the House of Representatives. The House must be elected. Even “temporary” appointees would be unacceptable, because the laws passed would be permanent.
The problems with appointment of “representatives” are obvious. COGC calls for a general constitutional amendment that gives Congress wide power to make rules for filling vacancies “in the event that a substantial number of members are killed or incapacitated.” Such an amendment would be unavoidably vague, open to broad interpretation and abuse. In defining terms like “vacancy,” “substantial,” and “incapacitated,” Congress or the courts would be setting a dangerous precedent for a more elastic constitutional framework. Members of Congress simply cannot appoint their colleagues; the conflict of interest is glaring.
Alternate proposals allowing state governors to appoint representatives from a list of successors nominated by members are no better. The House of Representatives represents the people, not the states. Single states often exhibit wide variations in political makeup even among voters of the same party. Appointment by governors, even though the successors represent the dead member’s party choice, could change the ideological composition of Congress contrary to the will of the people. Furthermore, voters choose an individual candidate, not a panel. They should not be required to consider the qualifications of a candidate’s potential successors.
COGC focuses on government legitimacy, arguing that a House of Representatives with only a handful of surviving members would not be seen as legitimate by the public. In fact the opposite is true: appointed “representatives” will never be seen as legitimate and in fact would not be legitimate. Without exception, every member of the House of Representatives has been elected by voters in the member’s district. Madison states in Federalist 52 that “The definition of the right of suffrage is very justly regarded as a fundamental article of republican government.” The very legitimacy of the House of Representatives is based on its constitutional status as the most directly accountable federal body.
The House passes numerous laws, often by voice vote, with very few members present. The legitimacy of those laws is not called into question. Even a House made up of only five elected members would have more legitimacy, as the living continuation of the only elected entity in government, than a House composed of five surviving members and 430 appointees. Furthermore, even a decimated House membership would have to pass legislation with the concurrence of the Senate, which could be restored to full strength immediately by state governors.
Consider a scenario COGC forgot to mention. Imagine a terrorist strike kills a majority of members of the House of Representatives. 200 members survive, and 235 are appointed by state governors on a “temporary basis.” This new body considers a bill that drastically increases taxes to pay for emergency measures, while suspending civil liberties and imposing martial law. The bill passes, with 195 elected members opposed and all 235 appointed members in favor. Only 5 elected members support the measure. Would the electorate consider this legislation legitimate? Hardly. Yet this is the type of outcome we must expect under the COGC proposal.
To quote Professor Charles Rice, a distinguished Professor Emeritus at Notre Dame Law School: “When it is not necessary to amend the Constitution, it is necessary not to amend the Constitution.” We must not allow the understandable fears and passions engendered by the events of September 11th to compel a rushed and grievous injury to our system of government. The Constitution is our best ally in times of relative crisis; it is precisely during such times we should hold to it most dearly. Rather than amending the Constitution, Congress should be meeting to discuss how to preserve our existing institutions- including an elected House- in the event of a terrorist attack. The Constitution already provides us with the framework, while technology gives states the ability organize elections quickly. The COGC proposal not only makes a mountain out of a molehill, but also acutely threatens the delicate balance of federal power established in the Constitution.
This article was written by Gregory Patin and originally published at Examiner.com
The U.S. government has spent up to $1.4 billion of taxpayer money since 2003 to create “threat fusion centers” under the guise of fighting terrorism. Yet a two-yearbipartisan report recently released by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has found that these “fusion centers,” operating under the control of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in efforts to engage national, state and local intelligence, have not yielded any useful information to support federal counterterrorism intelligence efforts.
Most people who rely on print and TV news probably have never heard of fusion centers. There are as many as 72 of these facilities. 50 state-based and 22 urban centers were set up during the Bush presidency in cooperation between the DHS and the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Fusion centers contain large data warehouses that collect information from all 16 US intelligence agencies, including the CIA, FBI, NSA, the military, state and local police agencies, as well as privately owned corporations and organizations. That information includes the cell phone data and emails of every American citizen. There is one of these facilities in Madison near the Dane county regional airport, at 2445 Darwin Road. (See slideshow or view an interactive map of their locations here).
According to Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the DHS described its fusion centers as “one of the centerpieces of [its] counterterrorism strategy” and its database was supposed to be a central repository of known or “appropriately suspected” terrorists. In theory, local law enforcement officers, in conjunction with DHS officials, conduct surveillance and write up a report known as a Homeland Intelligence Report (HIR) for the DHS to review. If credible, the DHS would then spread the information to the larger intelligence community.
The Senate report, however, found that the fusion centers failed to uncover a single terrorist threat and only gathered information that is used for ordinary criminal investigations that local law enforcement agencies are well-capable of doing. Even DHS officials told the panel the fusion centers produce “predominantly useless information” and “a bunch of crap.”
Five centers the Senate studied spent their federal terrorism grant money on “hidden ‘shirt button’ cameras,” cell phone tracking systems and other surveillance tools. They also spent taxpayer money on things like “dozens of flat-screen TVs” and SUVs, sometimes claiming that Chevrolet Tahoes were intended to help “respond to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) incidents.”
Here a few more details of what the Senate report reveals:
- A DHS intelligence officer filed a draft report about a U.S. citizen who appeared at a Muslim organization to deliver a day-long motivational talk and a lecture on positive parenting.
- An intelligence officer decided to report on two men who were fishing at the US-Mexican border. A reviewer commented, “I…think that this should never have been nominated for production, nor passed through three reviews.”
- A report was submitted on a motorcycle group for passing out leaflets informing members of their legal rights. A reviewer commented, “The advice given to the groups’ members is protected by the First Amendment.”
And more from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) which filed a lawsuit against the FBI, DOJ and NSA regarding fusion centers:
- A DHS analyst at a Wisconsin fusion center prepared a report about protesters on both sides of the abortion debate, despite the fact that no violence was expected.
- A Texas fusion center released an intelligence bulletin that described a purported conspiracy between Muslim civil rights organizations, lobbying groups, the anti-war movement, a former U.S. Congresswoman, the U.S. Treasury Department and hip hop bands to spread Sharia law in the U.S.
- The same month, but on the other side of the political spectrum, a Missouri Fusion Center released a report on “the modern militia movement” that claimed militia members are “usually supporters” of third-party presidential candidates like Ron Paul and Bob Barr.
- In March 2008 the Virginia Fusion Center issued a terrorism threat assessment that described the state’s universities and colleges as “nodes for radicalization” and characterized the “diversity” surrounding a Virginia military base and the state’s “historically black” colleges as possible threats.
Like so many post-9/11 surveillance laws passed under the vague guise of “national security,” these fusion centers violate the civil liberties of ordinary Americans that should be guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and other laws. An entire section of the Senate report is dedicated to Privacy Act violations and the collection of information completely unrelated to any criminal or terrorist activity in the HIRs.
The Senate report and the activity of fusion centers makes it clear that these facilities are designed to spy on American citizens, invading their privacy while doing nothing to stop terrorism. With all the talk in the Presidential campaigns about frivolous spending, perhaps these worthless facilities should be addressed, instead of Medicare or Social Security.
This may sound like a conspiracy theory, but it is reality. In fact, the one episode of “Conspiracy Theory” done by former navy SEAL and Governor Jesse Ventura that dealt with these fusion centers was refused to be aired by TruTV. In that episode he interviews a young woman from Missouri who was put on the terrorism watch list by her local fusion center for supporting Ron Paul in the Republican primary election. (See“banned” video to the left).
This is yet more evidence that America is turning from a democracy or constitutional republic into a corporate fascist state. Just look at the 14 defining characteristics of fascism and decide for yourself.
This article was written by Mac Slavo and originally published at SHTFplan.com
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. - The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution
With local, state and DHS checkpoints randomly popping up all over America many of our citizens believe that we must comply with what more often than not amounts to unlawful requests and orders from law enforcement officials.
While driving through California, Steven Anderson came upon three such checkpoints and he chose not to play ball with officers who asked him, among other things, to prove his citizenship, prove his identity and pull over for further inspection and questioning.
When asked whether he was a citizen Anderson’s immediate response was, “that’s my business.” When advised that it was the officer’s job to ask the question, Anderson calmly responds by saying, “I don’t have to answer you, because I have rights as an American.” The law enforcement official courteously asks Mr. Anderson to do him a favor and pull over for further questioning, no doubt expecting Anderson to comply. But not today, as Anderson patently refuses to do so per his Fourth Amendment Constitutional protections. He subsequently makes his own request, saying to the officer, “no thanks, I’d like to just go on my way.”
All of it was recorded on a digital camera in Anderson’s car and out of view of officers.
What you’ll see below is a crash course in exercising your Constitutionally protected rights when faced with the threat of detention, interrogation and random searches by Federal or local law enforcement officials. You won’t see this one in mainstream media, and it’s something they certainly don’t teach in college:
Anderson: Is this Nazi Germany now, that I have to show my papers?
Officer: It’s a simple yes or no. I need an answer or we can detain you until we figure out whether you’re a U.S. citizen.
Anderson: Well, you know what’s more simple is the fact that my freedom is a little more important than you seem to think. Setting up checkpoints where people have to prove that they’re a citizen is not something that America is supposed to be about. So, I’m not sure if you understand that.
Supervisor enters scene: Grunt
Supervisor: Just pull up over there (points to line of detained cars)
Anderson: No, thank you… I want to go free on my way. Here I am just going about my own business and I don’t need to stop at a checkpoint to prove who I am because this is America. Correct me if I’m wrong – did I stumble into Mexico or is this still the United States?
Supervisor: This is the United States.
Anderson: Therefore, I should have the freedom to travel unmolested, because I’m in America here.
Supervisor: Ok, go ahead and go.
Score one for liberty and the US Constitution.
It really is that simple.
Sure, some officers will overstep their bounds in an attempt to intimidate and instill fear, but in this case cooler heads prevailed and the officer in charge understood that Mr. Anderson was on the right side of the law, and that their requests for him pulling over and showing identification at a random checkpoint were nothing more than requests, as no such mandate exists without probable cause that criminal activity is taking place.
Mr. Anderson stood up for his rights – his own individual rights. To be free and to enjoy the liberties reserved and protected for the people by the Constitution of the United States it falls upon each of us, as individuals, to ensure the rule of law.
On another day Mr. Anderson may have been detained, perhaps even arrested (unlawfully).
But today in America freedom prevailed.
“THE CONSTITUTION – On the Edge of Extinction”
from - The Parallax Prophecies -
By Ron Ewart, President
National Association of Rural Landowners
© Copyright Sunday, July 1, 2012 – All Rights Reserved
[Republished here by permission.]
“Rules, agreements, contracts and constitutions work fine, that is until they are broken by one or both parties and then their power to hold man’s avarice and greed in check begins to disintegrate rapidly. Disintegration is final when unresolvable conflicts arise between the parties. Unresolvable conflicts are all that is necessary to end up resolving those conflicts by the last negotiation alternative ….. war.” - Ron Ewart
“NOTE: When we started this column the U. S. Supreme Court had not yet ruled on the constitutionality of Obama Care. By now most of our readers are aware that the Supreme Court essentially up held Obama Care and by some twist of fiat logic, five of the justices, including the supposedly conservative Chief Justice John Roberts and the four liberal justices, converted the individual mandate to a tax, even though the Congress and the President did everything in their power to say that the mandate was not a tax. We were tricked and lied to by the President and the liberals in Congress ….. again!
To say that we are angered by the Supreme Court decision is an understatement. The fact is, if Obama Care is allowed to stand, a Coup d’ etat by the federal government has been thrust upon the American people by the force of law and we are now just “subjects” of that government. We are no longer sovereign individuals with certain unalienable rights. Our rights are limited to what the government mandates. If Congress and a new president do not over-turn Obama Care, America ceases to exist as a Constitutional Republic and will become a Banana Republic. This conversion, or transformation if you will, has been a long time in coming and has been pushed for 10 decades by the Progressive movement. Obama Care, if not repealed in its entirety, completes this transformation. America and its people will be but pawns of a government that will rule by whim and Presidential executive orders, rather than by the rule of law. There are many Americans that will not take this decision lying down. The battle lines are drawn and if not resolved, it could lead to the “last negotiation alternative.”
It must be remembered that Obama Care is overseen by Health and Human Services, a cabinet bureaucracy under the President. The Cabinet Secretary of that bureaucracy serves at the pleasure of the president and must do his bidding, thereby giving the President the power to control your health care by his decision and his decision alone. This immense power eventually evolves into an Absolute Presidential Monarchy. That increase in executive power is the subject of this column.
Everyone talks a good game about America being a Constitutional Republic, but are we? The facts speak otherwise. Increasing Executive Branch power, eroding judicial power by its own decisions and congressional abrogation of power have changed America so drastically that it is but a shadow of its former self.
The Separation of Powers doctrine, as established by the Founding Fathers in the three branches of government, is now just a mirage. The only thing that holds the federal government in check is the power of the states and after last week’s U. S. Supreme Court ruling, essentially striking down three out of the four major elements of the Arizona immigration law, SB 1070, the states’ power is eroding as well.
Since President Lincoln, presidential powers have increased dramatically. Subsequent presidents have increased executive branch powers even more. Both president’s Wilson and FDR greatly expanded executive power and muscled the Congress and the Supreme Court to get what they wanted. Commander-in-Brief, Obama, has been working on his radical version of fundamental transformations since he took office in 2009. With any luck his advances toward his distorted vision of a socialist utopia will be brought up short this November.
With U. S. Supreme Court decisions in the last several decades, a seal of legal approval has been placed upon that expanded executive power. We are approaching what can only be described as an Absolute Presidential Monarchy and when the reader has absorbed what we present here, he or she should be shaking in their boots over the fundamental transformation of America that started long before His Majesty, Barack Hussein Obama, came on the scene. Obama has just accelerated the transformation and with malice aforethought. Reversing this long-running, clandestine transformation (the signature achievement of the Progressive movement) may be the task relegated to all of the freedom-loving people of the 21st Century, if it can even be transformed. America’s military and economic supremacy and exceptionalism may have been relegated to the history books because the people have been looking the other way for the last 100 years while the traitors amongst us and their lieutenants, were walking the halls of government, breaking the constitution and weaving a tangled web of laws and rules that even the most agile spider could not escape.
The systematic erosion of the U. S. Constitution has taken place over many decades, presidents and U. S. Congresses. Whenever the Constitution got in the way, the President or the Congress found ways around it, either by fuzzy interpretations of Constitutional clauses, or simply by ignoring the Constitution altogether. If there was no challenge to what the president or the Congress did, the action was affirmed as the law of the land by inaction. And even if there was a legal challenge to the action, that didn’t mean that a lower court, or the U. S. Supreme Court, would rule in accordance with the full intent of the Framers of the Constitution. Judicial activism was born soon after the ink was dry on the Constitution.
When societal biases entered the purview of the Court and courts became divided by political agendas, Supreme Court decisions became muddied by social and societal wish lists. Literal interpretation of the Constitution went out the window. Once the Constitution was broken, it was an easy matter to keep breaking it.
This gives rise to the question, why is the high court occupied by political ideologues in the first place? Why is adjudicating law and legislation being decided by politics and not be literal interpretation of the Constitution? Why do liberal judges and conservative judges vote as a block? To say that Supreme Court decisions aren’t driven by politics is to say that the Sun doesn’t rise in the East.
The 16th Amendment, which gave rise to the Federal Reserve and the Internal Revenue Service, broke with the Constitution in several ways, which we won’t go into here. The 1922 decision by the U. S. Supreme Court expanding the police powers of government to include zoning and land use planning, was an attack on the U. S. Constitution, not to mention freedom and liberty. Property rights were altered dramatically by this decision, giving government the right to tell you what you could or could not do with your land, forever changing the allodial character of privately held land as envisioned by the Founding Fathers. (”Beware, when government plans, freedom gets trampled in the dust!”)
Government’s police powers have been expanding ever since and with the advent of the United Nations’ version of Social Justice and radical environmentalism (Agenda 21), land ownership and 5th Amendment protected property rights have been all but eradicated.
Another case that took a huge bite out of the Constitution was the 1938 Erie Railroad vs. Tompkins. It severed the Constitution from the Common Law upon which it was based and substituted Common Law with Admiralty Law under the Uniform Commercial Code (U.C.C.), fully sanctioned by the U. S. Congress. Congress literally told the U. S. District Courts to change the law to whatever the courts thought it should be and they did. Now, all courts, state and federal, have adopted the UCC.
How the Erie vs. Tompkins decision evolved into Admiralty Law under the UCC is well defined in a treatise from the Fordham Urban Law Journal (Volume 8, Issue 3, Article 6) by Louis S. Robin entitled: “The Uniform Commercial Code as Federal Law: United States v. Kimbell Foods, Inc.” We have posted a link to this article at the top of the home page of our website at: http://www.narlo.org. (click on the picture for a PDF version of the treatise.)
But a recent U. S. Supreme Court decision has all but put absolute power into the hands of the Executive Branch, virtually circumventing the other two branches of government. In Chevron USA vs. National Resources Defense Council (June 23, 1984) the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that in absence of strict legislative instructions from the U. S. Congress, federal agencies (a creation of Congress but under the control of the Executive Branch) can do pretty much whatever they damn well please. But even worse, since the Federal agencies fall under the purview of the President’s Cabinet, an incoming President can totally undo what the previous President decided and vice versa. There is no permanency to the law and it can vary from presidential term to presidential term. The Congress can’t do anything about it unless it inserts itself into the executive branch and since federal agency decisions (rules) are often very technical, the Congress is reluctant to get involved.
NOTE: Congress doesn’t even read the legislation they are passing now and Speaker Pelosi had the audacity to tell the American people that Congress had to pass Obama Care so that they could find out what’s in it! This lady has got to be 10 cards short of a full deck.)
The 1984 U. S. Supreme Court decision also removed any federal agency decision (rule) from being adjudicated by the Supreme Court. This was somewhat altered by a recent U. S. Supreme Court decision in Sacketts vs. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wherein the Court ruled that an individual may challenge an EPA ruling in lower court, where before the individual had no judicial recourse against a federal agency ruling. The individual only had an administrative recourse and guess who controlled the administrative process ….. the EPA?
The 1984 decision by the Supreme Court is in direct conflict with the basic legal foundation established by the Marbury vs. Madison decision of 1803. The decision in the 1803 Supreme Court Case established the right of the high court to determine the constitutionality of the actions of the other two branches of government. In summary:
“Outgoing President John Adams had issued William Marbury a commission as justice of the peace, but the new Secretary of State, James Madison, refused to deliver it. Marbury then sued to obtain it. With his decision in Marbury v. Madison, Chief Justice John Marshall established the principle of judicial review, an important addition to the system of “checks and balances” created to prevent any one branch of the Federal Government from becoming too powerful.”
In the U. S. Supreme Court’s case of 1984, where absolute discretionary power was granted to the Executive Branch, the basic principle of judicial review was turned on its head. Thus, it is clear that more power has been granted to the President than was ever intended by the Founding Fathers.
Each new law that Congress passes brings more bureaucracies with virtually unlimited power, more government employees and greater costs, all of which leads to a higher national deficit, an increasing national debt and less freedom for the people. The new bureaucracies fall under the control of the Executive Branch, thus adding to the President’s ever-increasing power. A recent article in the “Sovereign Man” on-line magazine agrees and warns against the growing, unilateral power of the President. One paragraph in the article lays out the danger succinctly and we quote:
“The University of Chicago’s Richard Epstein warns that “government by waiver” is ‘among the most serious challenges to the rule of law in our time.’ The growth of the administrative state has concentrated enormous discretionary power in the president’s hands, and he can use that power to reward political allies and legislate by decree without the inconvenience of democratic deliberation.”
A case in point: The Dodd-Frank bank regulation bill created the “Consumer Financial Protection Board”, along with the “Financial Stability Oversight Council” and the “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau”, giving each agency effectively unlimited power under the president. It is now being challenged on constitutional grounds. From an article in “The Volokh Conspiracy” we learn that:
“The State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, the 60-Plus Association, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute filed suit against the Consumer Financial Protection Board alleging that the CFPB, as currently structured, is unconstitutional. Specifically the suit alleges that the CFPB lacks political accountability because, among other things, the President cannot remove the Bureau’s director save for cause and Congress cannot exercise control over the Bureau’s budget. Further, the suit notes, the Dodd-Frank statute limits judicial review of CFPB actions. ‘As a whole, Dodd-Frank aggregates the power of all three branches of government in one unelected, unsupervised and unaccountable bureaucrat,’ commented former White House counsel C. Boyden Gray, who is representing the plaintiffs.”
Ladies and gentlemen, when does it end? Or does it ever end? How do you stop politicians from passing law, after law, after law? How do you stop judges from legislating from the bench? How do you stop the bureaucracies, at all levels of government, from promulgating a million more rules that limit or erase our freedoms? “The Parallax Prophecies” predicts that you don’t stop them until they fear you and right now politicians, judges and bureaucrats have no fear of you at all. Why should they fear you? You’re not fighters, you’re just pawns, lackeys, ignorant voters and free-loaders to them.
But wait! What if a bunch of dedicated, fearless patriots, under the law, decided to go after each politician, each judge and each bureaucrat for malfeasance, misfeasance, violation of oath of office and corruption, one at a time? Since the entire system suffers from systemic corruption, then it shouldn’t be too hard to find one or more of these guys or gals that is dipping his or her bill where it doesn’t belong and expose them. When one politician went down to citizen scrutiny, other politicians would be looking around to see who was watching them. Their replacements would be put on notice as well. When one judge was impeached because he strayed over the line, other judges would be wondering if they were next.
The same goes for bureaucrats, like the one that spent almost a million dollars of your hard-earned tax money for a lavish conference in Las Vegas. If some concerned citizen had been watching him, he might have thought twice before going forward with his diabolical plan to steal your money and thumb his aristocratic, arrogant nose in your face.
We’re 310,000,000. There are only 545 of them in Washington DC and several thousand more in local and state government. We can’t count on them to watch themselves now can we? The checks and balances are gone and the 4th estate is more interested in ratings than they are in exposing government crime, corruption and fraud. It is our money that government is wasting and our freedom they are taking. As they are found of saying in the south, “We have a real dog in the hunt”, ladies and gentlemen. How hard can it be for thousands of us to trip them up and recall them, impeach them, or send them to jail? It can’t be that hard ….. can it?
Based on the foregoing and the very recent Supreme Court ruling on Obama care, we can only conclude that the Constitution is, for all intents and purposes, extinct. In the final analysis, it is up to us, We the People. Do we truly want freedom and are we willing to defend it no matter what it takes, or will we capitulate to an Absolute Presidential Monarchy? What we ultimately decide to do will determine whether freedom and American sovereignty will survive as intended by the Founding Fathers, or whether government tyranny will have been extended to its ultimate goal of ….. absolute power.
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Ron Ewart, President
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RURAL LANDOWNERS
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I have to say that this event, which is being labeled a “training exercise”, makes very little sense to me. U.S. Army troops all the way from Maryland running open exercises in armored personnel carriers on the busy streets of St. Louis? I know Maryland is a small state, but is there really not enough room at Ft. Detrick to accommodate a tank column and some troops? Are there not entire fake neighborhood and town complexes built with taxpayer dollars on military bases across the country meant to facilitate a realistic urban environment for troops to train in? And why travel hundreds of miles to Missouri? At the very least, this is a massive waste of funds.
On the other hand, such an action on the part of the Department of Defense makes perfect sense if the goal is to acclimate citizens to the idea of seeing tanks and armed military acting in a policing capacity. Just check out the two random idiots the local news affiliate picked to interview in St. Louis on the subject. Both state that they think the exercise is a “great idea”, because having the military on the streets would help to “reduce crime”:
I suspect that the news affiliate did not go out of its way to get any counter-opinions, even though they admitted to being contacted by those voicing concerns over martial law.
Even so, it’s sad and simultaneously terrifying that there are plenty of mindless dupes out there who do not understand the dangers of the Army crossing the Rubicon and acting in a civil law enforcement capacity, never mind that they are completely ignorant of the fact that it violates the Posse Comitatus Act. One of the interviewees points out that in some countries they don’t use police at all; only military. This is true. We call those countries “tyrannies”…
Add to the mix the reality that the DOD refuses to respond to any further inquiries by the press concerning details of the training, and you get yet another suspicious instance of behavior on the part of the establishment that seems preparatory for domestic action. I believe that the high frequency at which these activity reports have been coming in over the past year is certainly cause for alarm…
Brandon Smith, Associate Editor
Original Article Here -
The increasingly controversial Federal Reserve offered a green light on Wednesday [May 09, 2012] for banks controlled by the Communist Chinese dictatorship to gobble up American financial institutions and enter the U.S. banking market despite national security concerns, sparking warnings among critics about the rapid spread of the brutal regime’s influence within America. Analysts, meanwhile, called the unprecedented approval a “landmark step” for regulators that could have global implications.
Under the U.S. central bank’s decision, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the largest bank in the Communist Party-run country with assets estimated at some $2.5 trillion, will be allowed to become a holding company and acquire the Bank of East Asia in New York. It marks the first time that a Communist Chinese bank — ICBC is more than 70 percent owned by the regime — has been permitted to take over an American bank. All 13 branches of the U.S. institution will be taken over.
As part of the deal, U.S. authorities also granted bank holding company status to the regime’s sovereign wealth fund, China Investment Corp, which participated in the deal. Central Huijin Investment, which holds the regime’s shares in ICBC, was approved for the classification as well. And according to analysts, Wednesday’s decision by the Fed is just the beginning.
The central bank also approved an application by the communist dictatorship’s massive Bank of China to open another branch in Chicago, adding to its existing footprint in America that includes branches in New York and Los Angeles. In a statement released online, the state-run bank — which has an estimated $1.87 trillion in assets — said it would also be expanding into the central and western regions of the country.
Another megabank owned and operated by the Chinese regime, the Agricultural Bank of China (ABC), was given permission to open its first real U.S. branch in New York. The bank already has a “representative” office in America, but with the Fed’s decision, it will now be allowed to expand its operations with a retail branch.
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COMMENT FROM BRANDON SMITH, OATH KEEPERS ASSISTANT EDITOR:
For the first time ever, U.S. banks are now open for purchase by the Chinese Government through subsidiary corporations. If you had any doubts before over where global economic power is shifting to, the evidence should be crystal clear now. China is on the move to buy anything of concrete value, including U.S. properties and gold, and is obviously in preparation to expand its financial influence around the world. The point? China is being groomed by globalist organizations to become the next major economic hub, or engine, while America is being set up for massive system failure. The writing is on the wall for anyone with eyes…
Coup D’etat: Pentagon & Obama Declare Congress Ceremonial
Congressman Jones introduces bill that would subject Panetta & Obama to impeachment
Paul Joseph Watson
Thursday, March 8, 2012
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s testimony asserting that the United Nations and NATO have supreme authority over the actions of the United States military, words which effectively declare Congress a ceremonial relic, have prompted Congressman Walter Jones to introduce a resolution that re-affirms such behavior as an “impeachable high crime and misdemeanor” under the Constitution.
During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday, Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey brazenly admitted that their authority comes not from the U.S. Constitution, but that the United States is subservient to and takes its marching orders from the United Nations and NATO, international bodies over which the American people have no democratic influence.
Panetta was asked by Senator Jeff Sessions, “We spend our time worrying about the U.N., the Arab League, NATO and too little time, in my opinion, worrying about the elected representatives of the United States. As you go forward, will you consult with the United States Congress?”
The Defense Secretary responded “You know, our goal would be to seek international permission. And we would come to the Congress and inform you and determine how best to approach this, whether or not we would want to get permission from the Congress.”
Despite Sessions’ repeated efforts to get Panetta to acknowledge that the United States Congress is supreme to the likes of NATO and the UN, Panetta exalted the power of international bodies over the US legislative branch.
“I’m really baffled by the idea that somehow an international assembly provides a legal basis for the United States military to be deployed in combat,” Sessions said. “I don’t believe it’s close to being correct. They provide no legal authority. The only legal authority that’s required to deploy the United States military is of the Congress and the president and the law and the Constitution.”
In an effort to re-affirm the fact that “the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution,” Republican Congressman Walter Jones has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives.
The full text reads;
Expressing the sense of Congress that the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.
Whereas the cornerstone of the Republic is honoring Congress’s exclusive power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that, except in response to an actual or imminent attack against the territory of the United States, the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress violates Congress’s exclusive power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution and therefore constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.
Under the terms of Jones’ resolution, both Panetta and Obama would be subject to impeachment for abusing their power and violating the Constitution in disregarding the authority of Congress and placing a foreign power above its jurisdiction.
Despite the Pentagon’s efforts to claim that Panetta’s words were misinterpreted, the Obama administration itself has routinely cited the authority of the United Nations in relation to last year’s invasion of Libya, which was conducted without approval from Congress.
In June last year, President Obama arrogantly expressed his hostility to the rule of law when he dismissed the need to get congressional authorization to commit the United States to a military intervention in Libya, churlishly dismissing criticism and remarking, “I don’t even have to get to the Constitutional question.”
Obama tried to legitimize his failure to obtain Congressional approval for military involvement by sending a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner in which he said the military assault was “authorized by the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council.”
In boldly asserting the authority of international powers over and above the legislative branch, Panetta and Obama are openly declaring that they no longer represent the American people and instead are water carriers for a global dictatorship that has usurped the sovereignty of the United States.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.
Kelly Thomas / Fullerton PD Case: Recap & Invalid / Fraudulent Oaths of Office of Police Chief & Officers and City Officials
Posted by ocoathkeepers in Bill of Rights, CA Oath Keepers, Constitution, Fullerton Police Department, Kelly Thomas Beating and Death, Oath Keepers, Oath of Office, Orange County, Orange County CA Oath Keepers, Orange County District Attorney, Police Brutality, Rallys/Protests, Rights, Ron Thomas, Unconstitutional on March 1, 2012
Fullerton CA Police Beat and Kill Homeless Man, Kelly Thomas
Recap: On July 5th, 2011 Kelly Thomas was brutally beaten into a coma by six Fullerton Police officers.
He never regained consciousness. After several days in intensive care, his family was forced to make the awful decision to remove him from life support and he passed away.
Reason.TV documentary short:
Cops Vs. Cameras: The Killing of Kelly Thomas & The Power of New Media
Oath Keepers of Orange County, CA, Oath Keepers and people from all over Southern California, were present to show support for the Thomas family and to stand up peacefully to protest against the unconstitutional behavior of the 6 Fullerton police officers who beat Kelly Thomas to death:
From previous posts on ocoathkeepers.wordpress.com: Update on the Kelly Thomas Beating and Death
From this PDF file: Kelly-Thomas-Charges.PDF
SANTA ANA – Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Tony Rackauckas filed charges this morning against two police officers from the Fullerton Police Department (FPD) for their criminal participation in the beating-death of a homeless man, 37-year-old Kelly Thomas.
Officer Manuel Ramos is charged with one felony count of second degree murder and one felony count of involuntary manslaughter. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison if convicted. Corporal Jay Cicinelli is chargedwith one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and one felony count of the use of excessive force. He faces a maximum
sentence of four years in state prison if convicted.
The defendants surrendered this morning to OCDA Investigators and will be arraigned today, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. Per the statutory bail amounts, the People will request $1 million bail for Ramos and $25,000 bail for Cicinelli.
Due to a lack of evidence, as described below, criminal charges were not filed against the remaining four officers involved in the incident including Officer Joseph Wolfe, Officer Kenton Hampton, Sergeant Kevin Craig, and Corporal James Blatney.
The decision regarding the filing of criminal charges was made by District Attorney Rackauckas following an extensive investigation and thorough legal review by the OCDA. The District Attorney will be announcing the trial team at a later date.
….Please read the rest of the PDF file from the above link which includes the DA’s remarks.
Invalid and Fraudulent Oaths of Office of Police Chief & Officers and City Officials
An Interview on Republic Broadcasting Network:
Common Sense Revisited Archive Interview by Todd McGreevy with guest Corey Eib on Third Rail Blog
Corey explains how the infamous “Fullerton Six” police officers embroiled in the murder of a homeless man have invalid and fraudulent oaths of office and brings us up to speed on their status. His research is at the link directly below: