Thu Dec 7, 2006 08:46

Ladies and Gentlemen of the World:

TREASON AND MURDER are grounds for Impeachment within the United States of America and like many Veteran's from around the World we sit in amazement at the number of Executive Orders passed or Orders given to go to WAR.

Here is something we received today in Florida:

"Written by: CRAIG THORN V, Editor The Deep End - December 5, 2006

Often invoked by American politicians and policy members and later echoed throughout the chambers of the national media, the attacks of September 11th, 2001 have provided the political capital for increased involvement in the Middle East, foreign policy directives, numerous political campaigns and the “War on Terror.” However, the mainstream media has routinely ignored the area where 9/11 has had the most impact – and also arguably the most important area – domestic security.

In response to the attacks, Congress passed the PATRIOT ACT, a sweeping “anti-terror” bill supposed to help protect America against further terrorism. It is in this legislation, however, that we saw the beginning of what has become a disturbing trend in America. First, the widening of the definition of “terrorist” to include more and more people, now pertaining to involve any acts “dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State” or anything that attempts “to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion.” (USA Patriot Act of 2001, Sec. 802). Section 215 of the same act allows FBI agents to obtain a warrant in camera (in secret) from the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for library or bookstore records of anyone connected to an investigation of international terrorism or spying. On its face, the section does not even refer to "libraries," but rather to business records and other tangible items in general. Civil libertarians and librarians in particular, argue that this provision violates patrons' human rights and it has now come to be called the "library provision." The Justice Department defends Section 215 by saying that because it requires an order to be issued by a FISA Court judge, it provides better protection for libraries. However, it has become clear that the Bush Administration sees little to no need to consult the FISA Court, as they have been caught ignoring the secret court regarding another major civil liberties issue, domestic wiretapping.

The first PATRIOT ACT also allows the seizure of private voicemail (209), lower standards of evidence of a crime to obtain a FISA warrant (218), authority to share massive amounts of private information between federal agencies, such as between intelligence and investigative agencies and civil agencies like the Department of Education and the IRS (203), and, possibly the most controversial provision of all, 213 which allows for “sneak and peak” searches in which the citizen whose persons, places or belongs were searched or seized does not even have to be notified.

Another disturbing fact about the first USA PATRIOT ACT: it was passed at about 5am and, according to numerous congressmen and women, most were not even allowed to read it. To make a long story short, after 9/11, the people’s representatives voted to severely invade on Americans’ privacy, authorizing numerous constitutionally questionable actions, such as warrantless searches and seizures, substantially sweeping domestic surveillance abilities and the designation of “terrorist” for anyone who breaks an American law.

Opposition to the USA PATRIOT ACT has been widespread and serious, though virtually ignored by the mainstream media. In Congress, Bernie Sanders (I-VT) with Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), C. L. Otter (R-Idaho), and Ron Paul (R-Texas) proposed an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations Bill of 2005 which would cut off funding to the Department of Justice for searches conducted under Section 215. The amendment initially failed to pass the House with a tie vote, 210–210. Although the original vote came down in favor of the amendment, the vote was held open and several House members were persuaded to change their votes.

In 2003, the Domestic Security Enhancement Act was passed, widely dubbed “PATRIOT ACT 2.” The draft legislation was written by Attorney General John Ashcroft’s Department of Justice and introduced secretly. He was looking for even more expansive provisions relating to numerous civil liberties that our founding fathers proclaimed were granted by God himself. Had it not been for the Center for Public Integrity, which obtained a leaked copy of the legislation marked “confidential,” the American people would likely have not found out about this bold request from John Ashcroft.

The bill authorized the FBI to conduct searches in America and surveillance on intelligence gathered in foreign countries without first obtaining a court ordered warrant, as guaranteed in the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution. The federal government now had the power to revoke the citizenship of any US citizen whom they find to be either members of, or providing material support to, “terrorist” groups, essentially anyone that was deemed to be a “terrorist” as defined back in 2001 in Section 802 of the 2001 PATRTIOT ACT. Those who are merely accused of “terrorism” related crimes would have their bail automatically denied, a literal reversal of the ordinary common law burden of proof principle that is a founding principle of American jurisprudence. All alleged terrorists would be required to demonstrate why they should be released rather than the government being required to demonstrate why they should be held, a stark reversal of the “innocent until proven guilty” doctrine. These are direct attacks on the foundations of American freedom and law.

This September, the Congress passed the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which many legal scholars and Congressional members – including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) – have pointed out that the habeas provision of the Act violates the clause of the Constitution that says the right to challenge detention “shall not be suspended” except in cases of “rebellion or invasion.” Indeed, Section 5(a) of the Military Commissions Act applies to all cases involving an “enemy combatant” and specifically authorizes the government to deny the writ of habeas corpus to all defendants in said cases.

According to legal experts from the Center for Constitutional Rights and Findlaw, the bill redefines unlawful enemy combatant in such a broad way that it refers to any person who is engaged in hostilities or who has purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States. This makes it possible for US citizens to be designated an “unlawful enemy combatant” because it could be read to include anyone who has donated money to a charity for orphans in Afghanistan that is later accused of having a connection to the Taliban or to a citizen who is organizing an anti-war protest in Washington, D.C.

An editorial in The New York Times described the Act as "a tyrannical law that will be ranked with the low points in American democracy, our generation’s version of the Alien and Sedition Acts. Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said that “the president can now, with the approval of Congress, indefinitely hold people without charge, take away protections against horrific abuse, put people on trial based on hearsay evidence, authorize trials that can sentence people to death based on testimony literally beaten out of witnesses, and slam shut the courthouse door for habeas petitions.” (AP 10.17.06)

Jonathan Turley, constitutional law expert and professor at George Washington University, in an interview with Keith Olbermann of MSNBC’s Countdown, called the Military Commissions Act of 2006 “a huge sea change for our democracy. The framers created a system where we did not have to rely on the good graces or good mood of the President. In fact, Madison said that he created a system essentially to be run by devils, where they could not do harm, because we didn’t rely on their good motivations. Now we must.”

Thus, Americans can have their home raided without a warrant, be arrested and held automatically without bail, designated enemy combatants, stripped of their citizenship, put up against a military tribunal with no jury, convicted on evidence that they have not themselves seen, denied their right to petition for habeas corpus, held indefinitely and deported to a foreign country, all thanks to Congress and the silence of the American people, scared and feeling vulnerable in the “post 9/11 world.”

Indeed, since 9/11, the PATRIOT ACT and related legislation passed as “anti-terror” legislation that didn’t affect American citizens, has been used in numerous cases around the country against American citizens, including strip club owners, toy store proprietors, the homeless, owners of websites, writers, artists, photographers, and common criminals.

Then there are the FEMA executive orders, which are essentially a blueprint for Martial Law in the United States:

Executive Order 10990 allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.
Executive Order 10995 allows the seizure of all communications media in the United States.
Executive Order 10997 allows the seizure of all electric power fuels and minerals, public and private.
Executive Order 10998 allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.
Executive Order 10999 allows seizure of all means of transportation, including personal cars, trucks or vehicles of any kind and total control of highways, seaports and waterways.
Executive Order 11000 allows seizure of all American people for work forces under federal supervision including the splitting of families if the government finds it necessary.
Executive Order 11001 allows seizure of all health, education and welfare facilities, public and private.
Executive Order 11002 allows the Postmaster General to register all men, women and children in the U.S.
Executive Order 11003 allows the seizure of all airports and aircraft
Executive Order 11004 allows seizure of all housing and finance authorities to establish Forced Relocation designated areas
Clearly, these orders give the Executive Branch of the United States government the ability to create internment work camps where citizens could become slaves to a government work force, loose all their property and perhaps their family, as the federal government takes over literally everything.

Last week, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich argued that the threat of terrorism demands that we limit the freedom of speech, suggesting that “new rules might be necessary for terrorists using freedom of speech to get out their message.” Talking with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC’s Countdown, Jonathan Turley said, “This really could happen. The fact is that the First Amendment is an abstraction, and when you put up against it the idea of incinerating millions of people, there will be some citizens who respond, like some pavlovian response, and deliver up rights… we’ve already seen that. But you really can’t save a constitution by destroying it.”

Both the Republicans and the Democrats have approved and codified these measures. In the past, laws of this nature have been enacted solely for use in wartime, such as President Lincoln’s suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War. This is one of the most disturbing and important pieces of this political puzzle: the Bush administration has said that the “War on Terror” is likely to last generations, assertions echoed by many politicians on both sides of the isle, as well as British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Essentially, these are intended to be permanent.

In the name of preserving freedom, how much more freedom will the American people happily give away? All we need is another major attack inside the United States and we will surely find the American people more than happy to relinquish more of their civil rights.

And, for their part, the politicians in Washington have repeatedly said that “it’s not if, but when” another terrorist attack might occur.

We have had disputes over election results, successful degradation of our national sovereignty from open boarders policies and our civil rights through federal legislation, our national image severely hurt around the world, our privacy thoroughly invaded by our own government, and all the while the majority of Americans have been faced with serious financial setbacks and impediments.

So, my plea is this. To every American citizen who loves this country and cherishes its Constitution: when the next attack comes, remember that the power of our society lies not in its government, but amongst its people. Don’t surrender the Bill of Rights and let America become the police state that is looming just over the horizon."

When a PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE get together to PUT AMERICA AND AMERICAN'S AT RISK BY WAR not declared by Congress nor approved by Congress... you have another blueprint for disaster and WHO WILL STOP THEM?

Not the Supreme Court of the United States as a Co-Equal Branch because of the EXECUTIVE ORDER POWER which could lead to MARTIAL LAW ALL OVER THIS NATION!

Not the CONGRESS who are so wrapped up in their pensions and sitting day after day looking ROYAL doing nothing but trying to figure out how THEY can get the most money.

GIVE ME ONE TRILLION DOLLARS AND SEE WHAT WE CAN DO FOR AMERICAN VETERAN'S AND THEIR FAMILIES IN AMERICA! The Money is going out to other Nations and we throw Billions away or the 'Football' is buried in the sand to be retrieved later when the WAR cools down.



People must wake up and call for impeachment before it is too late. America WILL NEVER RECOVER from this Depleted Uranium Weapon USE and if we do not stop such use and sales AMERICA WILL DIE ALONG WITH OTHER NATIONS!




Ralph Charles Whitley, Sr.
a Decorated American Veteran of One
4532 W. Kennedy Blvd. PMB-276
Tampa, Florida 33609-2042

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