Archive for January 24th, 2010

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.

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What? An emerging taxing authority has already been corrupted by commercial interests? Say it ain’t so!

A member of a World Health Organization (WHO) panel of experts that is pondering new global taxes on e-mails, alcohol, tobacco, airline travel and consumer bank transactions, has charged that she was given only selective information at group meetings, that deliberations were rushed and that group was “manipulated” by the international pharmaceuticals industry.

All of her charges were strongly denied by the head of WHO’s Expert Working Group on Research and Development Financing (EWG), a 25-member panel of medical experts, academics and health care bureaucrats which is due to present a 98-page report in Geneva on Monday, after 14 months of deliberations on “new and innovative sources of funding” to reshape the global medical industry.

A copy of the executive summary of the report was obtained by Fox News on January 15 — the same day, as it happens, that the EWG’s dissident member first aired her charges in a letter to members of WHO’s 34-member supervisory Executive Board.

Read more at Fox News.

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Remember: Weapons and tactics developed for use in corporate colonial war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan can and will be used domestically against the people.

In the dark, in the silence, in a blink, the age of the autonomous killer robot has arrived. It is happening. They are deployed. And – at their current rate of acceleration – they will become the dominant method of war for rich countries in the 21st century. These facts sound, at first, preposterous. The idea of machines that are designed to whirr out into the world and make their own decisions to kill is an old sci-fi fantasy: picture a mechanical Arnold Schwarzenegger blasting a truck and muttering: “Hasta la vista, baby.” But we live in a world of such whooshing technological transformation that the concept has leaped in just five years from the cinema screen to the battlefield – with barely anyone back home noticing.

Read more at The Independent.

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It doesn’t matter that the recent Copenhagen climate summit ended in embarrassing disarray or that the Swine Flu pandemic is being exposed as a huge scam: The World Health Organization is plowing ahead with plans to confiscate wealth globally and to assert global control and authority.

Fresh on the heels of a Dutch investigation into the conflicts of interest of their chief influenza advisor and the bombshell announcement that the Council of Europe will be probing their role in creating and sustaining panic over the recent H1N1 outbreak in order to sell vaccines for Big Pharma, the World Health Organization is now conisdering “innovative” proposals for raising additional revenues, including levying a global tax on internet activity.

The startling revelation comes in a report submitted by an Expert Working Group ahead of the biannual meeting of the WHO’s Executive Board. Tasked with finding a financial mechanism for funding the WHO’s mandate of transfering health technologies to the developing world, the team of bureaucrats and medical researchers have spent the past 14 months developing a variety of suggestions. . . .

Read more at The Corbett Report.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Weapons and tactics developed in corporate colonial war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan can and will be used against the people. War zones are merely laboratories. See also U.S. Coasts to be Patrolled by Drones and Houston Police Launch Surveillance Drone.

Note also that the police plan to sell data gathered by the drones to private corporations–proof once again that there’s always money to be made in tyranny.

Police in the UK are planning to use unmanned spy drones, controversially deployed in Afghanistan, for the ­”routine” monitoring of antisocial motorists, ­protesters, agricultural thieves and fly-tippers, in a significant expansion of covert state surveillance.

The arms manufacturer BAE Systems, which produces a range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for war zones, is adapting the military-style planes for a consortium of government agencies led by Kent police.

Read more at The Guardian.

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The court reasons that if an abuse is being committed against everyone equally, then it’s not an abuse.

San Francisco – A federal judge has dismissed Jewel v. NSA, a case from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on behalf of AT&T customers challenging the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans’ phone calls and emails.

“We’re deeply disappointed in the judge’s ruling,” said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. “This ruling robs innocent telecom customers of their privacy rights without due process of law. Setting limits on Executive power is one of the most important elements of America’s system of government, and judicial oversight is a critical part of that.”

In the ruling, issued late Thursday, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker held that the privacy harm to millions of Americans from the illegal spying dragnet was not a “particularized injury” but instead a “generalized grievance” because almost everyone in the United States has a phone and Internet service.

Read more at Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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