Saturday, January 23, 2016

McConnell Proposes Martial Law

Click here for related story [National Journal: Sarah Mimms]

Senate Majority Leader McConnell slipped a ringer past the Senate late Wednesday [21 Jan 2015] using the "fight against ISIS" to justify his "Resolution for the 'Authorization to Use Military Force' [AUMF] by the President".  
[Keep in mind, the evidence now shows ISIS/ISIL was created by the US/Saudi Arabia/Israel.]
This move came as a surprise to Congress, to include McConnell's deputy, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, who responded upon being informed of this action "He did?"

Cornyn, in December [2015] said
"Republicans would not present an AUMF of their own until the President outlined a strategy.  We need a cherent strategy from the President, which we don't have, and we don't need to tie the hands of the next President by restricting what the President can do."

[So much for leadership internal communication; are these guys bestowing dictatorial powers on the President?]

In essence, McConnell is attempting to fast-track the measure while Congress's attention is diverted to "SnowMaGeddon", which has artificially paralyzed Washington, DC and most of the East Coast.

McConnell's AUMF gives the President unlimited power -- i.e., NO RESTRICTIONS -- on the President's use of ground troops, nor would it impose any limits on time or geographical boundaries.

Translated, that means that the 2001 AUMF is designed to give the President flexibility in fighting foreign enemies, e.g., "terrorists" on foreign soil, would now be expanded to conduct military operations [i.e.,] Martial Law, against "designated Enemies of the State"  on US soil.
[This empowers the President to legally impose Martial Law without consulting Congress.]

[Enemies of the State have now include
a.  General Petraeus [Director, CIA; CDR, US/ISAF forces in Afghanstan] Benghazi Whistleblower
b.  Lt Colonel Jason Amerine [Silver Star/Special Forces] Whistle-blower
c.  Major Matt Golsteyn [Silver Star/Special Forces]
d.  Captain Wm Swenson [Medal of Honor] Whistle-blower
e.  Sergeant First Class Earl Plumlee [Medal of Honor nominee/Silver Star/Special Forces]

We recall that, as the Nazis took control of Germany, they targeted, and eliminated the German War Heroes, substituting their own politically correct "heroes".  Sound familiar?

A different, and more limiting version of the AUMF proposed by the President has been the subject of considerable argument and in-fighting in both Parties.

As late as this past December [2015], McConnell  "dismissed the idea of bringing up a new authorization, telling reporters:
'It's clear the President does not have a strategy in place, so it would hard to figure out how to authorize a non-strategy'."
[So, Mitch, what's the rush now?]

Co-sponsors of this bill are Senators
a) Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
b) Daniel Coats [R-IN]
c) Joni Ernst [R - IA]
d) Orrin Hatch R-UT]

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker [R-TN]
... there is still a wide diversity of opinions on the issue" and that " new authorization was needed."

Editorial Comment:

We interpret McConnell's action as bringing us one step closer to a Martial Law situation; most shocking is that it is the Republican Leadership pushing Congress to surrender its powers to the President!

Advice & Consent -- a Separation of Powers with three separate but equal powers.  
Specifically, Congress has the ultimate power to create and fund legislation to prevent the President from becoming a dictator.  The third power, the Supreme Court, could interpret the actions of either or both to determine whether or not what they had proposed met Constitutional standards.
That process seems to have fallen by the wayside.

Since 9/11, the Presidents and Congress have both created laws which shred the Bill of Rights; e.g., the Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act.  We were appalled when President Bush endorsed "torture" as an acceptable interrogation process -- even though professional interrogators clearly stated such practices rarely, if ever, produced accurate intelligence.  We previously condemned our enemies for such practices, only to find it not only now acceptable, but even encouraged in our training manuals.

The Bottom Line on the AUMF is that Congress and the Oval Office have seemingly joined together to create the "perfect storm" by which Martial Law can, and most likely will be enacted, ratified, and institutionalized -- in direct contradiction of the Posse Comitatus Act, which forbade the use of US Military in a law enforcement role.  

The structure and the Constitution were specifically designed to prevent the possibility of there EVER being a dictator in the United States.  

That guarantee is now fading.

Cruz vs Trump

As I've mentioned before, Cruz is an honorable man, with great moral principles. And his followers today embrace him as Mainstream America followed Jimmy Carter, also an honorable man with great moral principles.

Once in office, Jimmy proved ineffective since the pros ran all over him; he surrounded himself with strange folks, most of whom were not honorable or immoral.

In the end, he became amoral, manipulating international issues to meet his own political goal [e.g., selling the Shah,to whom he had offered asylum, back to the Iranians in exchange for our embassy hostages. In that process, he compromised the WH communications encryption system.]

Now, like Cruz, Jimmy was a very bright fellow [nuclear engineer], but he was a bit naive. He had no experience in international affairs, or in dealing with political heavy hitters, or with the global power brokers in NY, London, Brussels, Zurich, or with the CFR, or with the major international corporations whose annual revenues dwarf the GDPs of all but a few nations.

Jimmy got stomped, and I fear Cruz would as well.

If we're going to regain our independence, we need to put a guy in the ring who has the financial and political muscle to take on the power brokers at all levels. Trump may not be the most palatable candidate, but I believe he is the most capable -- given the current opposition.

You don't bring a knife to a gunfight.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Scores Killed in Gun Confiscation Attempt in Massachusetts

[T.R. Eddlem, New American Magazine [6 February 1995)]
National guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.

Governor Thomas Gage
Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Tom Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. 

Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group's organizers as "criminals," issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government's efforts to secure law and order. The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.

Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting in early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms.

One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that "... none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily." 

Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government's plans. 

During a tense standoff in Lexington 's town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists. Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.

Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel Smith, finding his forces overmatched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.

Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. 

The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops.

Extremist ringleaders remaining at large were identified as Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock.

And this, fellow Americans, 
is how the American Revolution began on 20 April 1775.

Editorial Comment:

We publish this historical report for those who don't remember US history, and to reinforce the rationale of the institution of the Second Amendment.  This report is especially dedicated to our students who are currently forbidden, under Common Core, from learning about the American Revolution or the Civil War, or, virtually any relevant US history.

We look forward to the end of this Administration when it may be possible for us to return to pre-Socialism normality, and to rid our government of nihilists and authoritarians -- and to emplace politicians who actually represent their constituents.