The following is a summary I wrote up and sent to my Federal senators and representative this weekend. It’s essentially a summary from this blog of Federal offenses committed against the American people since the holidays. The challenge, I find, is not finding enough to write about but narrowing down the vast number of examples.
Dear Member of Congress:
Congress has been very busy figuring out new ways to confiscate wealth and liberties from the American people in order to enrich the banking, defense, insurance, pharmaceutical, and other industries that own you.
So you may not have been able to keep up with the various ways in which the Federal government has been abusing the American people over the past month. Here’s a handy digest, for your convenience, of some of the highlights:
A federal court ruled in San Francisco Jan. 20 that mass telecommunications surveillance is immune from judicial review. The court’s reasoning: As long as all the people are being abused equally, it’s not abuse.
The Supreme Court has decreed that there are no limits to what corporations may spend on political campaigns, effectively ending the idea of government for the people.
Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz said Jan. 19 that the U.S. no longer is capitalist—that profit has been privatized and loss socialized, the very hallmark of fascism.
“The FBI illegally collected more than 2,000 U.S. telephone call records between 2002 and 2006 by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist or simply persuading phone companies to provide records,” reported The Washington Post Jan. 19. In my lexicon, the phrase “illegally collected” means “crime.” Does Congress care? Of course not.
The President created a “council of governors” Jan. 11, making state executives subordinate to the federal government, a grotesque trampling of the Tenth Amendment.
A representative of the Federal Reserve committed financial terrorism Jan. 15 by threatening “financial mutually assured destruction” if that private and unconstitutional institution is audited.
It was revealed that Information and Regulatory Affairs Czar Cass Sunstein advocates removing deceased people’s organs without prior consent. The same traitor recommends “cognitive infiltration” of private citizens’ groups that question official federal explanations of controversial events.
Bloomberg reported Jan. 8 that the federal government is considering seizing 401(k)’s and IRA’s and replacing them with annuities—no doubt in order to finance more corporate colonial wars and to pay for Predator drones to kill more brown people. The vast pool of capital thus obtained by the Federal government would no doubt be drained as thoroughly as the laughably named Social Security “trust fund” has been.
Tax resistor Ed Brown was given what amounts to a life sentence Jan. 10.
CNN reported Jan. 11 that naked body scanners can store and send pornographic images, contrary to assurances made by proponents of the devices. Among those who stand to profit from these obscene devices is former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, according to the Boston Globe. But caring about flagrant conflicts of interest is so last-century.
During the Christmas holiday, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were granted unlimited financial support for the next three years. This means it wouldn’t be necessary for the Secretary of the Treasury to threaten Congress for bailouts for his Wall St. pals the way Henry Paulson did in the fall of 2008. It would grease the skids for more transference of wealth from the people to the banks that, in the words of Sen. Richard Durbin, “own” Congress.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported Jan. 7 that children in government custody are 12% more likely to be sexually abused than those who live with their families.
The Washington Post reported Jan. 4 that 20% of 84,000 deadly chemicals in commercial use in the U.S. are deliberately kept secret by the Environmental Protection Agency. Meanwhile, the EPA has classified carbon dioxide, which is essential for life, as a deadly poison.
Two bloggers were visited and harassed by agents of the Transportation Security Administration after the bloggers posted airport screening procedures that were already widely available. The TSA was later forced to apologize and admit that the bloggers had committed no crime. It turns out that the criminals, in this case, were the TSA agents.
I may send you additional monthly summaries in the future.