Friday, January 28, 2011

My Comment to Dr. Paul Craig Robert's piece

Great Piece
Well researched, well written, concise, I love your writing Dr. Roberts.

We the people are told we are being protected from terrorists by the perpetrators of worldwide terror. We are told that are money and assets are protected and safe by those who are stealing us blind.

We don't have a government in the US anymore, we have international organized crime with a Police State, domestic and international spying, a military that will be used inside the US as it is being abused in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Columbia, Iraq, and other areas of war crimes and illegal occupation. Citizens who want an accounting of the money being stolen, legitimate government, or connect the dots are placed on secret police arrest on sight target lists.

We either stand up, or we're all going to be in the prison nation, US.

-Steven G. Erickson

The below re-posted [from source,]

The dissolving Constitution: The Enumerated Rights Are Hanging By A Thread
By paul craig roberts

While people in Tunisia and Egypt have taken to the streets in attempts to gain their liberty, Americans are losing their liberty with minimal protest. Even the American Civil Liberties Union seems unfocused. At a time when we are being surrounded by a police state and the federal judiciary is being taken over by the Federalist Society and unitary executive theory that places the president above the law, we need a heightened appreciation of civil liberty and the Constitution on the part of the American people. The American people need to come together and to take a united stand against the police state and unaccountable executive branch power.

During my many years of writing in defense of law as a shield of the people instead of a weapon in the hands of the state, I have identified two important reasons that Americans are losing the protection of the legal principles that made them free. One reason is that a significant portion of the population, especially among those who think of themselves as conservative, there is indifference and even hostility to civil liberties. The other reason is that Benthamite thinking has made inroads into the Blackstonian conception of law that is the basis of the Constitution. Jeremy Bentham argued for pre-emptive arrest before a crime is committed, for torture in order to obtain confession, and for subverting the attorney-client privilege. Bentham's views, fiercely hostile to those of our Founding Fathers, are now represented on the federal bench (federal appeals court judge Jay S. Bybee, for example) and in prestigious law schools (John Yoo, UC Berkeley, for example).

In chapter 3 of The Tyranny of Good Intentions, Larry Stratton and I contrast Bentham's views with those of William Blackstone and our Founding Fathers. This article is about the division of the American public on the matter of civil liberty.

Court decisions by "activist judges" in behalf of criminals, abortion, homosexual rights, and against school prayer, all in the name of constitutional rights and civil liberty, have resulted in many Americans identifying civil liberty with procedures that provide protections and immunities for criminals and with judicially created rights that are destroying morality. All the fights over Supreme Court appointments have to do with "social issues" such as abortion. The enumerated rights in the Constitution, such as habeas corpus, due process, free speech and association, long ago receded into the background and play scant role in Senate confirmations of Supreme Court appointees.

As a member of the ACLU, I look to that organization for the legal defense of our enumerated rights. The ACLU does stand up for the enumerated civil liberties spelled out in the Constitution. However, reading the current issue of the ACLU newsletter, I found myself wondering if the ACLU is unconsciously contributing to the public's indifference and hostility to civil liberty. The newsletter's list of legal highlights for 2010 presents the ACLU's activities as being concentrated in efforts to legalize homosexual marriage, to protect abortion from curbs, and to end the promotion of religious beliefs in public schools.

These are all issues that infuriate conservatives, and these are the issues that conservatives identify with civil liberties. Therefore, much of the public is not the least bit perturbed to hear that civil liberties are under attack when many understand civil liberties to consist of criminal rights, prayer bans, abortion, and homosexual marriage. This is dangerous, because in the public's mind, civil liberty can easily morph from procedures that coddle criminals into procedures that coddle terrorists. Should this occur, all would be lost. Defense of the enumerated rights would become "giving aid and comfort to terrorists."

It is not my purpose to argue the validity of the ACLU's position on abortion and homosexual marriage. I am sure that the ACLU is convinced that homosexual and abortion rights are somewhere in the Constitution, but they are not enumerated rights, and the conservatives know it. When the Constitution and Bill of Rights were written, I don't know if abortion and homosexual acts were the statutory offenses that they were during much of my lifetime, but they were not socially approved behavior that the Founding Fathers thought worthy of Constitutional protection. The separation of church and state means no state church or taxpayer support. It does not mean no prayer in public schools. Ironic, isn't it, that today with faith-based initiatives we have taxpayers' money going to religious institutions, but no prayer in school.

When the issue is raised that perhaps the Constitution, like common law, can change as people's mores change, conservatives reply that if the Constitution can change, anything can be put into it or be taken out, such as the civil liberties that I am complaining about Bush taking out. As for abortion and gay marriage, these are things that conservatives think activist judges and the ACLU put into the Constitution. Strictures against abortion and homosexuals should have been overturned legislatively, not by inventive interpretations of the Constitution.

The unintended consequence of the judicial branch exercising the legislative function in the name of Constitutional rights has been the alienation of a large percentage of the population from civil liberty concerns. Today much of the population views the ACLU as a threat to society comparable to terrorism.

With the police state destroying protections against searches, the First Amendment, habeas corpus, due process, and the right to an attorney, with grand jury subpoenas issued to war protesters, with lists of American citizens to be assassinated, with ongoing war crimes committed in wars based in lies and deceptions, with the executive branch's seizure of the power to violate statutory laws against torture and spying without warrants, should the ACLU refocus, stop alienating conservatives, and bring the people together against the police state?

Should the ACLU be devoting its scarce resources to convincing courts to legalize homosexual marriage when the executive branch can declare people to be suspects and throw them into a dungeon? Reproductive rights and homosexual marriage will not stop people from being thrown into dungeons. If the enumerated rights are lost, no other rights are meaningful.

Dr. Roberts is coauthor with Lawrence Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions, a book that documents the erosion of the legal principles that protect liberty.

Paul Craig Roberts was an editor of the Wall Street Journal and an Assistant Secretary of the U.S. (more...)

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New York City Mass Transit, Proof to the World that America has Sunk

A country’s health can be measured by some, just looking at the cleanliness, efficiency, and how modern mass transit is. New York City is a measure of America’s health.

Mass transit was an enemy to the car, tire, and energy monopolies in the US. Companies would buy trolley, train, and bus lines to put them out of business, to bolster their main line. If you’re a racist owner, you don’t want inferior races in your neighborhood. Again, not having mass transit as much as was possible, was American covert backroom policy. What we now see in the aging, broken, unreliable, dirty, and inefficient mass transit system in New York City is American government in a nutshell.

Taxes, fees, and revenue collected is being mismanaged, diverted, stolen, and used to abuse.

Traveling around Manhattan is still pretty pleasant. Go outside to Queens, Brooklyn, and other outer lying areas and lines, routes, and mass transit is unreliable, ancient, dirty, inefficient, and looks almost 3rd world compared to most nations in Europe and of the industrialized world. I used mass transit in many points of Europe and even in the former USSR just after the fall of the wall, and haven’t been so disgusted with mass transit as I am with what I am faced with in the USA.

There is peeling paint, broken concrete, leaks, smells, noise, rivets in aging iron, wagging tracks, and overwhelming evidence that the US government in charge is slacking, out of touch, corrupt, mismanaged, and is falling behind the rest of world is evident to all, just in New York City, evidence of an entire broken USA.

The police dressed in Star Wars Storm Trooper goon attire is only more proof of where the US is heading. Orwell’s Winston Smith would at home in modern America, except the Police State would be more obvious than in the novel.

I drove in to Queens from Connecticut, I had to wait in traffic for over an hour just to pay $5.50 for the pleasure of driving in. How much business, productivity, and enjoy of life is stolen each day from all those people just to wait in line to be further ripped off by an out of control government? I was further annoyed getting pulled over by New York City Police just outside of the tolls for a “random stop”. I overheard two New York City Police officers talking about me after they pulled me over, saying, “He’s highly annoyed that we pulled him over, he’s okay, let him go.”

Besides, the minimum of two illegal wars of occupation, war crimes included, it is harder, and harder, to be a proud American inside of America.

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Interesting conversation in the below videos, regardless of how you feel about conspiracy theories and Alex Jones:

Tunisian Wikileaks Putsch: CIA Touts Mediterranean Tsunami of Coups - Webster Tarpley 1/3

Text with video:
TheAlexJonesChannel | January 18, 2011 | likes, 6 dislikes

Webster Tarpley
January 17, 2011

The Arab world needs to learn a few fundamental lessons about the mechanics of CIA color revolutions, lest they replicate the tragic experience of Georgia, Ukraine, and so many others.

Washington DC, January 16, 2011 -- The US intelligence community is now in a manic fit of gloating over this weekend's successful overthrow of the Tunisian government of President Ben Ali. The State Department and the CIA, through media organs loyal to them, are mercilessly hyping the Tunisian putsch of the last few days as the prototype of a new second generation of color revolutions, postmodern coups, and US-inspired people power destabilizations. At Foggy Bottom and Langley, feverish plans are being made for a veritable Mediterranean tsunami designed to topple most existing governments in the Arab world, and well beyond. The imperialist planners now imagine that they can expect to overthrow or weaken the governments of Libya, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Algeria, Yemen, and perhaps others, while the CIA's ongoing efforts to remove Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi (because of his friendship with Putin and support for the Southstream pipeline) make this not just an Arab, but rather a pan-Mediterranean, orgy of destabilization.

Hunger revolution, not Jasmine revolution

Washington's imperialist planners now believe that they have successfully refurbished their existing model of CIA color revolution or postmodern coup. This method of liquidating governments had been losing some of its prestige after the failure of the attempted plutocratic Cedars revolution in Lebanon, the rollback of the hated IMF-NATO Orange revolution in Ukraine, the ignominious collapse of June 2009 Twitter revolution in Iran, and the widespread discrediting of the US-backed Roses revolution in Georgia because of the warmongering and oppressive activities of fascist madman Saakashvili. The imperialist consensus is now that the Tunisian events prefigure a new version of people power coup specifically adapted to today's reality, specifically that of a world economic depression, breakdown crisis, and disintegration of the globalized casino economy.

The Tunisian tumults are being described in the US press as the "Jasmine revolution," but it is far more accurate to regard them as a variation on the classic hunger revolution. The Tunisian ferment was not primarily a matter of the middle class desire to speak out, vote, and blog. It started from the Wall Street depredations which are ravaging the entire planet: outrageously high prices for food and fuel caused by derivatives speculation, high levels of unemployment and underemployment, and general economic despair. The detonator was the tragic suicide of a vegetable vendor in Sidi Bouzid who was being harassed by the police. As Ben Ali fought to stay in power, he recognized what was causing the unrest by his gesture of lowering food prices. The Jordanian government for its part has lowered food prices there by about 5%.

Tunisian Wikileaks Putsch: CIA Touts Mediterranean Tsunami of Coups - Webster Tarpley 2/3

Tunisian Wikileaks Putsch: CIA Touts Mediterranean Tsunami of Coups - Webster Tarpley 3/3

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Concern about aftermath of Arizona Shooting Spree

The below text was posted as a comment to this article

Official Pre-9-11 Hysteria

Prior to 9-11, police were covertly using police informants to close non-mob connected bars, restaurants, and commercial and rental property owners. They were also trying to identify gun owners and potential political big mouths. Police informants were used to set up target citizens for arrests so they'd lose their guns, business, job, and/or property for the benefit of those connected. So, it has been unofficial, off the record, but really official policy to confiscate as many guns as possible from American citizens.

When citizens got together to protest police brutality, police had operatives taking pictures, posing as protesters who were out to incited violence, and those who showed up were targets to be put on the police, ruin, discredit, and railroad to prison list: [click here]

A Stafford Springs, Connecticut, Police Officer made the mistake of laying out what police were actually doing. It's scary, and these people have no oversight and unlimited taxpayer funding. We are funding our own enslavement.

There were about 5 major threats listed to be arrested on sight if found in public near Gov. Rell's inaugural parade in 2007. There were no Al Qaeda or terrorists listed on the Connecticut State Police Enemies List. Just bloggers, journalists, and a father without a record who had contacted Rell's staff with proof that the Connecticut court system was rigged. There was one possibly unstable nobody who had written a letter to the governor critical of her administration. So targets of the realm are those who expose the truth to others. The enemies list story: [click here]

So, in a state of 3 and a half million, the biggest threats to public safety are bloggers, journalists, and average citizens exposing the truth to others. There will be no 1st Amendment without a 2nd in place.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Reporting Crime to the FBI in the Real World

I talked with a retired FBI agent recently. What I already knew has been reconfirmed.

A surgeon from Waterbury, Connecticut, went to the Meriden FBI Office according to the retired FBI agent. Allegedly, they were unwilling to take the surgeon’s complaint about having $400,000 ripped off or embezzled from him, and was barred from the facility. I was also told that if the doctor tried to report the crime to the Waterbury Police Chief he would most likely have been arrested for trying to make a complaint.

The retired FBI agent, said the FBI usually doesn’t respond to most complaints, written or phoned in. He said that the FBI looks for any inconsistencies in the facts, or any fluctuations in someone’s story, to prosecute those who lodge complaints and report crimes to the FBI.

We the people need an FBI that works.

If the FBI took citizens complaints, did investigations in the best interest of the public, stories like the one below would be a lot more rare. Check the link.