March 20, 2012 § 1 Comment
March 19, 2012
On Friday, March 16, Obama issued another unconstitutional executive order. The National Defense Resources Preparedness EO allows the government to confiscate your property without due process under the direction of Janet Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security.
Obama’s EO allows the president to “take actions necessary to ensure the availability of adequate resources and production capability, including services and critical technology, for national defense requirements” in the event of a “potential threat to the security of the United States.”
Obama’s latest EO demonstrates once again that the executive will continue to violate the Constitution, in particular Article I, Section 1, which states: “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
Any enactment of law by the executive is made in Excess of Jurisdiction and is by definition treason.
Fascist Executive Orders
Obama’s latest EO underscores and reemphasizes Bill Clinton’s EO 12919, signed on June 6, 1994.
Clinton’s 12919 followed a number of earlier executive orders allowing the government to steal your property – and also force you to be a slave laborer – during a vaguely declared “national emergency.” The government has given itself the authority to seize all communication (from television stations to CB radios), confiscate all food resources (including farms and farm equipment), take control of all transportation (including your family car), and compel you at gunpoint “under federal supervision” to work as a slave.
National Defense Resources Preparedness is a textbook example of fascism. It allows the government to steal privately owned property and publicly owned infrastructure and hand it over to its preferred corporate partners under the guise of a national emergency: “(b) provide for the modification or expansion of privately owned facilities, including the modification or improvement of production processes, when taking actions under sections 301, 302, or 303 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2091, 2092, 2093; and (c) sell or otherwise transfer equipment owned by the Federal Government and installed under section 303(e) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2093(e), to the owners of such plants, factories, or other industrial facilities.”
Fascist philosopher and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini used his principle of a “nation in arms” to steal private property from citizens. Obama’s latest EO declares the right to do the same. Mussolini devised fascist corporatism – the philosophy of the “corporative state” – and Obama under the direction of his Goldman Sachs and transnational corporate and bankster controllers has updated this corporate-statist doctrine, including the ability to steal privately earned and held wealth under the pretense of a national emergency.
Previous administrations installed the groundwork for Obama’s authoritarian move. Under Reagan, executive agencies were granted sweeping emergency powers to not only grab infrastructure and private property, but also round up citizens and put them in concentration camps and force them into slave labor brigades.
During the Iran-Contra hearings in 1987, it was revealed that the program was a secretive “scenario and drill” developed by the federal government to suspend the Constitution, declare martial law, assign military commanders to take over state and local governments, and detain large numbers of American citizens determined by the government to be “national security threats.”
Obama’s NDAA was established to provide the legal mechanism for tasking the military to round up activists and others targeted by the government. Prior to the NDAA, the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act and other related programs, the government devised Rex 84 and in particular Operation Garden Plot, an operational plan to use the Army, USAF, Navy, and Marine Corp. in direct support of civil disturbance control operations. It has since added numerous elements under the rubric of Continuity of Government, the overall war on terror, civil disturbance and emergency response.
With the scantily covered National Emergency Centers Establishment Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the recent NDAA sailing through Congress, and a raft of lesser legislation and unconstitutional directives, we are beginning to see the contours of the police state.
Corporate Media Ignores National Defense Resources Preparedness
A Google News search produces virtually no mention of Obama’s latest assault on the Constitution from the establishment media. The alternative media began covering the latest Obama executive order from the moment it was posted on the White House website on Friday, but the corporate media remains silent.
Obama’s EO should be headline news. It is a direct assault on the Constitution and further empowers an executive branch dictatorship and allows it to exploit a “full spectrum of emergencies” and permits it to confiscate private property and turn citizens into slaves.
As John Adams noted, the very basis of the Constitution rests on the concept of private property. “The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God,” Adams wrote, “anarchy and tyranny commence. Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist.”
March 17, 2012 § 1 Comment
Nine days ago, House Resolution 347 was signed and approved by Barack Obama, officially damning the right to a peaceful assembly or protest under the First Amendment. The Resolution was penned as the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, with Congress simply calling it the “Trespass Bill.” The Bill was advertised as an effort to maintain and upkeep Federal installations and buildings, with one little nasty by law. Upon its approval, any person can be arrested and charged with a felony for knowingly entering a space that is under the jurisdiction of the Secret Service, and behaving in a way that they deem unlawful. That equates to protest, peaceful assembly, holding a sign that disagree’s with government policy, and any act that does not suit the Secret Service’s liking.
One cannot blame just Barack Obama, proxy as he is, with the development of this unconstitutional restraint and exploitation of the American people in this manner. This has been in the works for longer than his administration. The first “Free Speech Zone” was utilized in the 1988 Democratic National Convention is Atlanta, where protester’s were told they would have to stand in a parking garage and protest so as not to disturb the event. Then again at the 2004 DNC, where a plethora of protestor’s of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were kept out of eyesight and herded into what they referred to as “protest pens” and “Boston’s Camp X-Ray.”
The worst of these examples and the true introduction into the evolution of this nation as a police state was seen at the 2009 Pittsburgh G-20 Summit. 4000 law enforcement officers from across the state were brought into the city, as well as an unknown number of U.S. Army personnel, with AH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, as well as Mk23 water craft mounted with M240 machine guns brought in from the Coast Guard. All of these preparations were a direct violation of posse comitatus and conducted in the name of protection from a “terrorist attack.” The protestors were met with force by police and soldiers, dressed as futuristic storm-troopers, and cordoned until they could be gathered and arrested.
It leaves me completely dumbfounded to imagine when the ruling class, referred to as the Executive Branch, living within their doomsday structures in Fort Washington D.C., came to the conclusion that it was acceptable to corral the American people and keep themselves away from the very people that they are meant to report to and serve. The entire concept is extremely reminiscent of the construction of the Palace Versailles by Louis XVI. He was encouraged to construct his palace 20 kilometers from the existing boundaries of the capital so that the people could not surround him, engage him, and threaten his power. So now here we are, 250 years later and being told “No you may not look into the face of those you elected, no your voice and your concerns will not be heard, and you can stay in your designated places away from our sight where you belong.”
There are those who will read this article and many other’s like it and refer to the content there-in to be extreme and a radical point of view. I would ask them what it would take to bring them to the realization that all they know and love is being stripped away. The movement gains daily and a cloud of containment and violation now gathers over all of us, no matter what our opinions may be. Just like the frog being submerged in cool water over the stove and cooked slowly until he perishes, so are the American people being slowly indoctrinated so they will not leap from the pot once they become awakened of their plight.
So now, if you ever feel the urge to travel to the sight of a political gathering to voice your opinion and gather peaceably with like-minded individuals, don’t bother. That right is now gone with a growing list of others until the only words that will be left in the Constitution are “we the…”
“A modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined; one discovers how far one can go only by traveling in a straight line until one is stopped.” Norman Mailer
“Death is softer, by far than tyranny.” Aeschylus
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” Thomas Jefferson
March 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
It’s been said many times now that the Primary Elections are being twisted and not showing real numbers. Here Obama is stating that the “powers that be” do not want Ron Paul running in October and that he doesn’t blame them. Please watch and show to everyone you know.
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell
March 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
Yesterday I decided to email one of my state senators, for the first time, and was suprised when I received a response just a day later. Whether he personally penned the response or whether an aide is responsible, I do not know.
When I emailed his office I asked him a direct question, “How will you respond to the movement to send American troops into Africa in effort to track down Joseph Kony and the LRA?” I then cited, no less than ten, triple checked facts about the cross motives of those involved in this movement, as well as the discovery of oil in this immediate region just two years ago. His response;
“Dear Mr. Farlow,
Thank you for contacting me regarding the decision to deploy US military troops to Central Africa. It is good to hear from you.
Recently, the Obama Administration decided to send approximately 100 military personnel to Uganda to support those opposing the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), led by Joseph Kony, who has been charged with war crimes for a decades-long campaign against civilians in Central Africa. These US troops will be in Central Africa in a strictly advisory role and will engage in the use of force only in acts of self-defense.
For more than two decades, the LRA has been operating in the border regions of northern Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other Central African nations. Although comparatively small in size, the movement is notorious for its civilian killings and kidnappings, particularly of children.
My support for any foreign aid or deployment of US troops will continue to be based on relevance to national security and other important U.S. interests. Please know that I will keep your views in mind when legislation regarding these issues comes before the Senate for a vote.”
So Senator Chambliss confirms that there are already troops on the ground in Africa (even though corporate media will not report this) and that they are in an advisory role (so were deemed American troops in Vietnam leading up to active hostilities and the false flag attack in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1965) and will act as such and will only protect themselves in self-defense.
I enjoyed the ending where he stated that he would choose to send troops into harm’s way only when it was relevant to national security, even though he didn’t authorize the 100 odd troops currently on ground in the Congo. The reason being is that our President doesn’t request Congress’ permission whenever he mobilizes troops. We now have troops in two combat zones (Iraq numbers declining) and war was never declared in these countries, it was a war declared on a group and an idea and not a geographical location.
Just last week Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta sat before Congress and made these statements concerning the deployment of US troops:
“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 – I think those are issues we would have to discuss as we decide what to do here.”
This was Panetta’s response to the question asked by Senator Jeff Sessions concerning the fact that Panetta stated that the U.S. military and the reasons for thier use would be dictated internationally by the UN and NATO. This means that The United States Military will now be able to fight any war, be deployed for any purpose and any amount of time, and take any amount of losses, and the People and Congress will have no choice nor oversight in the manner.
“They can provide no legal authority. The only legal authority that is required to deploy the United States military is of the Congress and the president and the law and the Constitution,” Sessions told Panetta.
After these hearings Senator Walter Jones introduced a resolution that would impeach Barack Obama, (I will not call him President), if he deploys troops to Syria without Congressional approval.
“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,” the resolution states.
First, I would like to say that I’m amazed I would even get a response from Saxby Chambliss, especially within 24 hours. However, it is my concern that in light of the hearings conducted last week and the statements made by Leon Panetta on behalf of this administration, that Mr. Chambliss doesn’t even understand his part in this mess and what is required to turn it around.
There has to come about an Enlightment on all levels, from the blue collar worker to the President, of what it is that is broken and wrong and what needs to be discovered and acted upon. I ask you to put pressure on yourself to learn, and to your leaders to actively seek out the problems and have the intestinal fortitude to address them and ask the hard questions. For all the rights you enjoy and excercise, always remember the right to stand up for the truth.
“Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.” Sir Winston Churchill.
March 14, 2012 § 4 Comments
Upon review of all the things that we can find wrong around us, it’s strange for the little things that stick out the most. I found myself sitting at a lunch table today, eating at a normal sports-type pub that serves a pretty decent lunch. Now places like these usually have tv’s all over the place for clientele that come in to watch their favorite teams and drink a beer. While staring at the screen, my mind was going through all the things I had to do for the rest of the day before my thoughts hit a wall. I focused on a word that was out of place and saw it was the name for a segment ESPN was airing. The title? “Barack-etology”
It was then and there that I started thinking of points and direction to post this evening’s blog..
How can a man with so much free time have the ability to screw so many things up?
This man is supposedly running a country but he has the time and ability to walk into an ESPN studio and give his predictions to who will win the NCAA basketball title this year. Let’s not even think about what that field trip cost’s the tax payers, let’s think of the things he should’ve been doing instead. Balancing the budget, replenishing the social security fund, finding a way to remove our troops from Afghanistan and tell the “mayor of Kabul”, Karzai, to shove it, repealing all the bills he’s helped put through in the last 3 years that has continuously violated the civil liberties of Americans, and that is just a start.
Did you know that by Christmas of 2011, Barack Obama had played golf 95 times, he’s probably close to 120 right now. That is 3 solid months of his presidency that he has spent on a golf course! And American’s still support this man and want him to win another election. The principle behind this melt’s my mind and makes me want to bury my face in the couch cushions and scream.
There was a great article I read today (that’s sarcastic if you don’t know me) showing a democratic couple in Florida who are flying an American flag and the blue union section has its stars removed and Obama’s face added. Let’s think about this, not only are they wanting the guy to become elected again, they somehow are validating the idea of desecrating Old Glory and plastering a man’s face on the threads that has never done anything but symbolically spit on the fabric and ideals it presents.
And what really grinds my gears is the idea that I work forty hours a week, go to school in the evenings, teach martial arts to kids, garden (because it’s the only way one can afford non-poisonous produce), and maybe get to play golf once a month. I’ve obviously got it all wrong though, and he’s the one with the great answers. So tonight Barack “Scratch” Obama, thank you for taking my off-time for me, you’ve truly earned it, wrecking a country and it’s amazing people’s hopes and dreams is obviously a tiring task.
March 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
From Facebook post, dated March 7th, 2012
March 14, 2012 § 1 Comment
March 13, 2012
“Click this Button or African children will die”: How the “Kony 2012” video drafted a Facebook army to support the militarization of Africa
In 1877 the British Empire was at the height of its glory, the Spanish Empire would soon collapse, and a young Oxford student named Cecil Rhodes was gripped by a sudden religious vision. Rhodes scrawled out a manifesto. In it, he called for an “Anglo-American Empire” that would begin in the heart of Africa and spread out to conquer the known world.
“Africa is still lying ready for us,” he wrote. “It is our duty to take it. It is our duty to seize every opportunity of acquiring more territory and we should keep this one idea steadily before our eyes-that more territory simply means more of the Anglo-Saxon race; more of the best, the most human, most honorable race the world possesses.”
Rhodes went on to found the DeBeers diamond cartel and devote his company’s vast wealth to the colonial project in Africa. He couldn’t have known that, just over a century later, a new invention called the Internet would be tweaking his message, smoothing out his more inflammatory language, and sending his ideas around the globe through YouTube and Facebook. Nor would he ever had imagined that the first black president of the United States would be the one to carry his vision to its ultimate conclusion, under the guise of “humanitarian intervention.”
Fast-forward to March of 2012, when the non-profit “TRI” launched an online video called “Kony 2012.” Filled with lightning cuts, footage of battle-scarred African children, and tearful appeals to emotion, the movie rallies its viewers around a single goal: stopping the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and its leader Joseph Kony. With the help of the U.S. military, of course. And Oprah Winfrey.
At first glance, that’s not such a bad idea. After all, the Lord’s Resistance Army has kidnapped perhaps thousands of Ugandan children and forced them into their militia in their bid to topple the Ugandan government. The fact that the movie ignores, however, is that Uganda’s government, and its U.S.-backed leader, Yoweri Museveni, doesn’t appear to have a much better record when it comes to human rights.
After all, Museveni was recruiting child soldiers to serve in the Ugandan military before the LRA unleashed its guerrilla war against the government. His success is probably what inspired Koney to take up the same tactics. So why does “Kony 2012” try to pin the blame squarely on the LRA for a war in neither side seems to be a friend of the Ugandan people?
It’s because Museveni is a willing tool of U.S. foreign policy. His troops are helping the Obama administration back up an impotent government in Somalia, a regime so mistrusted by its people that it has no power outside of Mogadishu. Because Museveni plays ball with the United States, he is given a free pass, just like Ethiopia’s Zenawi, to commit human rights abuses. Meanwhile, African leaders who try to pursue an independent economic policy like Sudan’s Al-Bashir and Libya’s now-dead Gadhafi are rewarded with NATO bombs and arrest warrants by the International Criminal Court.
“Kony 2012” is a crafty piece of propaganda. It happens to have been released at just the right moment in history. The movie’s narrator warns “this movie will expire at the end of 2012.” Of course, it’s just a coincidence that Obama is running for re-election this year. It’s also a coincidence that the “Kony 2012” signs the group has created to publicize their campaign are the same color as Shepard Fairey’s iconic “Hope” posters that swept Obama into office. The camera often makes shy glances towards shots of the “Kony” and “Obama” posters next to one another. The message is clear: elect one man and you will defeat the other.
Never before has subliminal programming been so blatant. If the makers of the film are truly concerned about stopping violence in Africa, they might want to question the film’s premise-that the 100 U.S. Special Forces Obama sent to Uganda in October of last year are actually there to fight the LRA. After all, according to the UN, the Ugandan military has whittled the LRA down to a mere 200 fighters. With only two guerrillas for every special ops soldier, you would think the war would have been over in a weekend.
Another fact the film neglects to mention is that Uganda’s government announced the discovery of large oil deposits in the northern part of the country last spring. Of course, this is probably a coincidence and has nothing to do with Obama’s decision to send special forces to Uganda several months later, despite the fact that the LRA has shifted their operations to the neighboring Congo.
According to the makers of the film, rather than questioning the true motive of sending troops to Africa, we should use whatever means necessary to pressure the U.S. to beef up its military presence in the region. To do this, the group has hijacked the language and imagery of the anti-globalization movement. Dropping banners, wheatpasting posters at night, holding rock concerts, and raising your fist in the air all become “subversive” ways to fight for escalating our military presence in Uganda.
Cecil Rhodes would be smiling in his grave.
Dan Gordon is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C. You can follow him on Twitter at @iamdangordon or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org