Indefinite Detention Bill Signed: We Now Live in a Declared War Zone

Uncle Sam I want youWe now live in a declared war zone.

That means something — and not necessarily what Lindsay Graham and John McCain intended — or maybe they did. But one thing we do know is that Obama signed it — after making sure he had complete AND SOLE authority to implement it.

Doesn’t establishing in law that the US mainland is a war zone allow anyone who feels the need to go armed, and protect themselves, their families and their homes against forceable intrusion and attack by terrorists?

Why else would the homeland be codified as a war zone?

How can anyone now believe that the people kicking down their doors are really police officers and not terrorists who have stolen police uniforms? Or that they really have a reasonable-cause warrant signed by a judge who had jurisdiction?

They cannot — because the law specifically says detention and rendition do not require the approval of the judge of a civilian court. Anyone in a military uniform can kidnap anyone and no protections for innocents against this exist in law.

Cannot everyone now defend themselves anywhere within the declared war zone against attacks by co-opted military forces or hired mercenaries? Because Obama has just signed a piece of legislation which says individuals no longer have any civil rights except the ones they can enforce themselves. We cannot depend on our own military to defend us.

If Colonel Klink wants my farm, he can send a squad to ‘disappear’ my family as terrorists — and it’s not even my word against his — I no longer get to say anything about it. I can’t demand to see the warrant. He doesn’t need one.

I can’t call the President’s office to ask if he approved my rendition. There is no one to ask, and there are no safeguards against the abuse of the law. Any base commander can quietly set themselves up as warlords — and that is exactly what will happen.

You will just disappear. No one has to account for you – you are gone or dead. There is no recourse but one. Don’t go. There aren’t enough military to kill all of us. And of those who try, I can only hope that most of them will disobey the orders — but I know from history that it never happens that way.

If the President intended to start another civil war, I think he has probably succeeded. The imaginary FEMA concentration camps may now become reality.

We have been warned. We now live in a war zone. We can fight and die or surrender and die.

Dr. Tom is a retired scientist who is now farming on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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  • Tom Burnett

    I sure draw out the nutcakes. Fortunately, after a preponderance of readers red-flag them, they disappear.

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  • Tom Burnett

    All that pap dissing ideals and you mention the Way of the Warrior. Get a life, kid. You are an LED warrior. Read The Sword of No Sword by John Stevens. Get back to me if any lights go on.

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  • Mike heiss

    “You miss MY point. I don’t think I’m safe. I think I’m the canary in the coal mine. I’m not going. It doesn’t matter whether or not they come for me. I’m not going. And I’m not going precisely for the reason that I understand I couldn’t possibly escape, and certainly not at my age. I will simply not walk into slavery willingly in hopes of another year or two of life at any cost.”

    You say you’re old, but the real problem is you believe you are old. Still, you reason like a child. What do you mean, ‘I’m not going’? Of course you are; or maybe you’ll stay and die in a most stupid fashion. Either way, you’re moving, something is making you move, something external. And you have no control over it. That’s the price you pay for believing in everything you believe. To escape a fate like this, it doesn’t matter the desire alone; one needs more than that – that is – if one wants to survive. One needs energy, a special kind of energy we all humans have been depleted of. If you were focused on storing it, you would never talk of yourself as an old man, or use your age to justify your actions. You would never see yourself at the mercy of your age.

    “In fact, I have a difficult time understanding why they would want to feed and clothe me at all at some remote location. More likely, someone would just kick down my door and shoot me like they have been doing to former Marines lately – and anyone else they like.”

    They might find you annoying enough – after all, they have been devoting themselves to exterminate harmless people for a while. That’s kind of their sport. They have the time and the means to do that. The point is, you would be there, even in denial. And that’s where I wanna reach you, really.

    “Knowing that they don’t need a warrant or, really, an excuse; and knowing that we now all live in a designated combat zone – my personal determination, based upon the Constitution and Bill of Rights, is that the traitors to the country are not the majority of citizens – certainly not enough to warrant a military response on American soil. That concept is stupid, unprecedented, and unconstitutional – and everyone knows it. But now everyone is too afraid to say anything.”

    The problem is you’re trying to see change in the social order, and that shouldn’t be your goal. Your goal is to cause a revolution within yourself. Who gives a crap about the world, really? It’s completely out of our hands, as you yourself recognize in the end. Yeah, in the end, ‘everybody is too afraid and they do what they want to do with us.’ To talk about this is not enough to improve our personal lives in a significant way.

    “Maybe if I stay quiet they won’t notice me in the middle of the other sheep.” Like you. That’s what you have wrong. Defending the Constitution, upon which ALL OF OUR LAW IS SUPPOSED TO BE BASED is not ‘saying dangerous things’. It is part of the Oath of Office of every elected official, military officer or enlisted person, and peace officer in this entire country. Apparently you have never served the country in any capacity.”

    Wow, funny you call me sheep, because that’s exactly what you are. Not only you, but the ‘bad guys’ too. You’re all together. You misunderstood me; I’m not hiding, or staying quiet. I’m playing from another level, a new level we are discussing here. It’s the level of the warrior; a level that will fill your body with energy, that will make you young again, if you but believe it was possible. So, you shouldn’t defend the Constitution of anything else, for that matter; you should ONLY defend your existence, and that has nothing to do with any written paper of anything at all; It’s something you learned because you were born, but you just forgot it, like the rest of us. You might pretend you haven’t, like we all do, but you did, and I’m here to tell you that you did indeed forget. I did too. We don’t need written words to understand that we are one, that we are the same and that we have the same needs. Those frozen ideas are too a barrier against our real unification.

    “ Additionally, I don’t have a fancy website. I have a free website – and all my work for FEMA is volunteer work. I don’t have a fancy job. I am retired – in fact, I live below the effing poverty level – but I don’t ask for food stamps or anything else. I get $544 a month from Social Security, but no telling for how much longer. So I think you may have me confused with someone else.”

    I was talking about this website, which looks real fancy to me. I didn’t mean it in a bad way, though, I really enjoy reading this place. And I talked about your life in a good way – even though you might think you are having it rough, you are still benefiting from all fake wealthy your country provides you, while billions around the globe don’t. So, your ‘suffering’ is still something very manageable. And I’m not confusing you with anyone because I don’t know you.

    “And I think you are a coward. So yes, I am different. I’m an American. The Betsy Ross Stars and Stripes flies at my house on a 30′ flagpole, 24/7.”

    Coward? I’m no such thing. I’m prepared to talk to you about anything, or maybe you say that for other reasons. I see myself as a citizen of the world, and I don’t defend any stupid ideas to keep our land and ourselves divided in any way. And no, you’re not different. You are as common as can be. Look at yourself talking: ‘I’m an American. The Betsy Ross Stars and Stripes flies at my house on a 30′ flagpole, 24/7’. One day people like you won’t even exist. We will know then that the only flag that’s going to stand is the human flag. Your values just separate us. While you confuse yourself with the mess around you, you lose the true battle – your body battle. When you were born, this whole deal of ‘being an american’ was already set in place, in motion for you. Who said this has anything to do with what you came here to do? Who said you should be devoting large quantities of your precious energy to sustain those beliefs?

    “The choice is not to hide and pretend it isn’t happening.”

    I never said I was doing that. The control I have in my life is something you can’t even conceive. My only goal is to change myself – and myself only, and, believe it or not, by interacting with you, I change myself even more, because that’s what I want so much, to change myself. I have no hopes of affecting you – or anyone, for that matter – because you hold the key to your slavery, and you alone. You might even die without finding out the truth. We die like cattle because we live like cattle, but we can change that anytime we decide to.

    “ It is not a matter that if the military decides to send you to prison without charges, you have to smile and go willingly. It is a matter of whether you are a coward or an American with certain unalienable rights. It is a matter of whether you will let Lindsey Graham and John McCain strip those freedoms out of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. I am not willing to do that. And I am willing to die for those freedoms and liberties.”

    So, you would die like a fool, that’s what you’re saying? Crushed by an insane machine completely out of control – or at least, human control? Your death will mean nothing, because we die like that all the time, and it doesn’t really matter. We’re all expendable. It will only matter to you; you are going to be the one that lose his chance to advance to the next level in this life. Or do you think you have seen all there is? Don’t you think you should have a better strategy? A strategy that will make you more aware of your body?

    “Allow me to quote Patrick Henry: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” Saying that was dangerous to him, but he was one of the Founding Fathers and he had the courage of his convictions. “

    Well, what a piece of shit quote! How come he talks about freedom and asks strength from ‘god’?! He actually bows down to his idea of god, the ‘almighty’. He was tricked, he was a slave all along. A slave having delusions about freedom.

    “I believe that – and I believe the traitors to America are the politicians who pushed this amendment into law under the guise of defending us against terrorism.”

    Look at yourself, talking like that again. ‘The traitors to America’ …. Blah blah blah …’terrorrism’… blah blah blah … don’t you see you look just like them? You are flawed at the core of your beliefs. You’re like that crazy north Korean guy holding his picture of Kim Il-sung to this day, eyes filled with tears. There are no traitors to America, or even evil in this world. There are only confused human beings. They don’t understand they aren’t in control. They would never believe that, and so they go on living their lives the way they think they should live. Just like you. Even though what you say could be considered dangerous, even those words are, in a way, socially acceptable. So, you still maintain the social order by just believing in what you believe. The human race is going to vanish from the face of this planet because of them. Do you believe they can be reached?

    “By ‘traitors’ I mean people who have literally ignored their oath of office and committed treason – defined as an intentional act to weaken or destroy the Constitution in a declared war – which the bill also manages to covertly declare – except it declares war on everyone – and no one. It’s a law Inspector Clouseau might have written.”

    Yeah, more ‘blah blah blah’ about a bunch of words written on a paper, and words said somewhere in time. I say fuck the constitution and the bill of rights and all that crap! If you’re gonna write a document about human freedom, make it worth for the whole human race. If it doesn’t unite us all, throw it in the garbage and start from scratch.

    “So I consider that the authors of that amendment and their supporters and enablers have committed the actual act of treason against the United States. Further, by signing it into law, I consider that the President has set himself against the very people who own the government by declaring that his opinion carries more weight than the Constitution and that he can arbitrarily declare civil rights to be null and void if he wishes. If he doesn’t use the power, someone will. Everyone knows that, too, will happen eventually.”

    Wow, it’s funny the way you explain reality, kind of denying it. It’s like your whole version of what reality is. And I’m not saying that it’s not correct, it is, it’s perfect. But, sadly, the world doesn’t care about perfect. It is the way it wants to be, even if it means turning America more into China. And they didn’t fuck up the internet only because it’s something still sacred. Somehow this shit is only going to get bigger and bigger, but in the meantime things will get worst for you. Don’t resent it; you yourself know how much of that you own country has inflicted in others, and still do, in a scale never seen before. You even support it passionately, giving it all your valuables – your precious beliefs! The truth is each one of us is completely out of control, guided by our ‘beliefs’. Do you want anything dumber than patriotism? That’s always the core for a monumental massacre, anywhere in the globe.

    “Therefore, should the military ever come for me, they would get me – of course they would. But I would not go into indefinite detention willingly. No one should. When you give up, you are already dead. That’s what happened in WWII. No one believed that they could simply be deported and murdered by the millions – but they were. And now it’s legal to do here.”

    I do believe you could kill yourself in such a meaningless way. You say all of that because you see yourself as old and at the end of your life, but still, proud as a lion. But what if youth was at your fingertips? Would that be worth your full attention? Would you change anything for that? Would you pay any price for that?

    “I am not the first person who has spoken up and I won’t be the last. George Carlin was pretty outspoken too. I posted him at my blog earlier this evening: http://drtom.posterous.com/george-carlins-best-three-minutes”

    What a joke, you mentioning George Carlin as if he’s your pub buddy! He would laugh at your face, for sustaining your naïve beliefs… you’re as far from George Carlin as America is from justice…

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    • Tom Burnett

      @Mike

      I don’t even know where to begin…

      You are pretty good at ineffectual ad hominem. But at logical rebuttal, not so much. I mean that constructively, not as sarcasm.

      I shall respond to the points I can decipher.

      I notice that you laugh because I mention George Carlin and Patrick Henry. I also quote Thomas Jefferson on occasion, the founding documents and their precursors, the occasional logician, one or two cartoonists and anyone else I happen to like. I am a strong atheist but I quote the Bible a lot, too. Not the parts people want to hear. I didn’t know George Carlin, and I didn’t refer to him in any personal connection. I merely quoted him. I have been out pubbing with Rick Dawkins – I quote him frequently as well.

      That you consider yourself a citizen of the world merely means you have no loyalties. A free spirit – perhaps a Bohemian. But that disadvantages you because, as a citizen of the world, you must agree with every opinion you hear – just as Christians (and there aren’t any) cannot pick and choose between the Bible passages they like, but must accept it entirely or not at all. But clearly, you DO have opinions and they surely conflict with someone, somewhere. You cannot be a citizen of THAT place. So I think you are avoiding the issues that face us by not accepting them as real – and I think that’s what you just accused ME of doing – so we may be in complete agreement and arguing semantics.

      Whether my beliefs are naïve or not, they certainly must sound that way, for I am addressing one specific point, not writing general philosophy – and I write to evoke a specific response. Thus I address the specific point and write to draw responses through the use of what little skill I have as a writer. I have to do that. The Chipmunk is becoming too expensive to use for dramatic effect anymore. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af-ezch1L4c&feature=related

      Your responses were interesting. You did have one or two good comments which I am pleased to address. The human race IS dashing headlong toward extinction. I subscribe to the name change which designates this as the Anthropocene Era, and I have published repeatedly – not here – The HND editor only infrequently picks up my OP-EDs – that the current extinction event, a perfect storm of greed, apathy and overpopulation will be in full swing by ~2020 and will probably peak by the solar max of ~2034. No one will stop doing anything they are doing now and no one will believe a problem exists until it overwhelms them. No, they cannot be reached. The social order is failing (the derived point of my original post) and the draconian social measures, adopted by EVERY government as it fails, will only get worse.

      I have another hypothesis you will love to hate. It states that all life-forms which can develop intelligence are evolution-based by definition; that the prime directive of every evolution-based life form must be to reproduce without regard to the welfare of the civilization (Dawkins); and that every developing intelligence which manages to arrive at type 0 will simultaneously (<500 years) deplete the natural resources of it's planet and go extinct. (1) there are therefore no type 1 civilizations; (2) we cannot become a type 1 civilization. Jared Diamond also provides background but doesn't make that hypothesis.

      So we are off the cliff and the trip to the bottom doesn't really hurt. It's the landing that will be a problem and it's getting close. I can't stop any of that. Maybe someone could have stopped it once by doing the right thing instead of the politically expedient thing but they didn't. Now no one can stop it. I know it – and I think you know it.

      Having lived through the halcyon days of America, and the world (more or less – my father was born before the Wright brothers flew – and television was uncommon in my youth), I would not care to go back to a youthful existence and repeat the ordeal. I would trade nothing for another shot at youth. I don't miss it. Back then our heads were full of dreams. Slowly those dreams were achieved – or not – and we were exposed to knowledge through experience and critical thinking skills. We watched friends die in useless wars and finally understood how the cycle of stupid repeats for every generation.

      Yes, dying for no reason is stupid, but most people do. They wither away or a crocodile eats them. Dying for your principles, even unnoticed and in obscurity, is a hero's death. Not to the world, which won't notice – but to the person – my life is the ultimate commitment. So your suggestion might have been that I should go quietly, or die uselessly and either way they'd get me. But we all die. Making an opponent understand that that I came to the killing fields willingly and stood my ground – knowing that I had no chance. And that there are others like me who won't quit and will exact a toll would mean nothing to a citizen of the world, but it means something to the people who stand and deliver.

      You are clearly young because you write with knowledge but without experience. I understand where the world is going. That's why I am self-sufficient for the most part for food, water and energy. I understand that the only thing that measures a man is how he will keep his word – and, thus, whether he will remain true to his principles. But you never really know until he does.

      What am I doing? Offering to die for no reason? Not at all. You think I use my age as an excuse not to participate, but that's not true. Developing self-sufficiency over a period of years is a chore. Last year I blew out my medial meniscus again and tore an anterior cruciate ligament. And I managed to nearly-amputate a finger (90%). I didn't think I needed the finger, so I taped it back on and didn't go to a doctor for a couple of months. THAT was stupid because they had to cut it off again and rebuild it and it's better. At least the nail is on top again. But they can't fix the knee and I'm not going to be doing a lot of bungee jumping.

      So I choose to work to my strengths. If that means being made an example, it does. But it will be an example of the kind of character my generation thought and believed we were making for yours – a world of peace and plenty – and we are having to watch, in our abject horror while it is being stolen from you – and not by us. We wanted to leave you a grand legacy and we are leaning an extinction event. Call me names and try to ridicule my efforts if it makes you feel better. The legacy I'm going to leave isn't the one I intended, but maybe it's better. Lessons which have been lost over the years – how to live without grocery stores. How to be sanitary. How to treat people and you will allow them to treat you. How not to be afraid. How to deal with tragedy and how to deal with pain and injuries. How to deal fairly with people and why. How to prevent a rogue government or a local warlord from predating on you.

      I am going to leave you with principles without any need for organized religion. Because when you mix religion and politics, you get religion.

      I am going to leave you with the knowledge of the things we could have done right and didn't. You'll need it. The non-renewable resources will run out and that will prevent a lot of renewable ones from being built.

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  • Thomas

    With between 70,000 and 80,000 SWATzi raids a year in the US already they are coming for plenty of people already. Roger Christie like him or not has been held since July of 2010 with out bail, no visitors, no trial, and no chance to mount any meaningful defense. His assets seized, his life destroyed without due process under the constitution, his crime marijuana, not the drug as much as being effective in getting the lowest law enforcement for cannabis ordnance passed. He is a political prisoner and there are lots more for any number of crimes.

    A 2 year investigation by 13 LEA’s when they could have walked in any time and grabbed him. They do not need NDAA they already do as they want.

    Roger had no criminal record, and is an honorably discharged veteran that ran for mayor in Hawaii county twice. He is no threat to anyone except the government, and the 1% getting rich off the drug war.

    When they came for the pot smokers I said nothing because I did not smoke pot……When they came for the peace activist I said nothing because I was not an anti war activist…….When they came for occupy wall street I said nothing because I was not wall street protester……..When they came for the Hawaiian sovereignty movement I said nothing because I am not Hawaiian….When they came for the Muslims I said nothing because I am not a Muslim….And when they came for me there was no one left to help me……

    It’s foolish to think you can escape this, even if your willing to live as a slave…..There are too many people on the planet and when they cull they heard so they can enjoy the what’s left of it you will not be spared…….It’s already started with drugs and chemicals introduced into the population like fluoride, an incredibly toxic by product of aluminum manufacturing being put in water and tooth paste but that is hardly the only one…….

    GMO corn that is now found in many of the products we consume every day has been shown to cause sterility in animals…..Check the sterility rate of men and women and you will find its sky rocketing…..No you can not escape with your hiding in the herd plan even if you could what about your children? Is that the kind of life you are going to leave for them?….Not me I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees, and I will not leave that for the next generation to save my own ass…….But that is just me, I am with Tom, its time to stand up. I am all for doing this peacefully but I am not going willing to jail for nothing with out due process simply because I will not defend myself…..and I will not stand by while they take my friends and family, we have a window of opportunity to come together and do this peacefully but it will not last. NDAA is not the end it’s just the next step that came after the patriot act, TSA, Homeland Security, and many other laws passed to strip us of our rights. Like frogs in a pot the temperature is rising to a boil, sit there if you want but I am jumping out, if we do it together we have a chance if not your life as you know it will be gone forever or until some violent act brings a change of power. Throwing your hands up and saying I can do nothing I will hide in the herd is a failed plan. The herd is being led to slaughter..

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  • Mike heiss

    “You will just disappear. No one has to account for you – you are gone or dead.”

    Oh, come on, Tom, that’s just not true. For most of us, we are just average people. We don’t expose ourselves in a political way because we have no say in it; we are too meaningless. But those words can certainly apply to you, and that’s why you’re saying them.

    The problem is that nobody’s got the “time” to talk about freedom. Everybody is too busy concerned about the noise of the world to really understand our dire situation. Like your friend Michael, when he talked about freedom, he used a Mel Gibson video shouting “freedom” to illustrate his thoughts. We are that clueless, it seems.

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    • Tom Burnett

      @ Mike:

      “You will just disappear. No one has to account for you – you are gone or dead.”

      ‘Oh, come on, Tom, that’s just not true. For most of us, we are just average people. We don’t expose ourselves in a political way because we have no say in it; we are too meaningless. But those words can certainly apply to you, and that’s why you’re saying them.’

      They are unlikely to apply to me. I am a FEMA communications officer among other things. However, my statement is exactly true. The military, under the jurisdiction of the President, can indefinitely detain and render to another country, anyone, including US citizens on US soil, without any hearing whatsoever, or the approval of a civilian judge, or any benefit of their civil rights – by simply stating to some military authority, supposedly supervised by the White House, that the person(s) in question are suspected terrorists- OR ARE SOME WAY AFFILIATED WITH SUSPECTED TERRORISTS. In addition, there are discussions being held in congress about unilaterally revoking the citizenship of these suspected persons.

      Ummm… I don’t recall having a friend named Michael. I ‘know’ a Michael – he’s the owner and editor of HND. But we aren’t friends – we are acquaintances. If I have a ‘friend’ named Michael, “HEY Michael! Where is my Christmas present?”

      But don’t take my word for it. Read this and then come back and tell me which part isn’t true:

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/01/02/president-obama-signed-the-national-defense-authorization-act-now-what/

      If you STILL don’t believe me after that, this video is from Watsonville, CA. YESTERDAY (1.20.2012).
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urBtjHLY0RM&feature=email

      These aren’t tanks though. They are armored personnel carriers with rubber tread inserts. Just perfect for urban crowd control. I suppose they are on the way to San Pedro for shipment to… well, somewhere that is predominately green. They aren’t painted for the desert.

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      • Mike heiss

        “They are unlikely to apply to me. I am a FEMA communications officer among other things.”

        Oh, so you think you’re safe because of that? Well I say you are in much more danger than any of us because of that. There are no ‘insiders’, Tom, haven’t you read that book 1984? And clearly you’re not from the 1%; so, even though you believe you have a ‘free pass’, you have only made yourself much more available than you should.

        “The military, under the jurisdiction of the President, can indefinitely detain and render to another country, anyone, including US citizens on US soil, without any hearing whatsoever, or the approval of a civilian judge, or any benefit of their civil rights – by simply stating to some military authority, supposedly supervised by the White House, that the person(s) in question are suspected terrorists.”

        I agree with you, but still you miss my point. They don’t have the need to use this power against the majority of us because we are just too meaningless to even matter. They don’t even care to waste time with a nobody like me. For them, I’m just cattle. Like everybody else. But you’re different, aren’t you? Working in your fancy website, fancy job …saying dangerous things…

        Let’s imagine they get you. Let’s think for one moment that for any reason they send you to Gitmo, far away from everybody, from everyone. Imagine you’re there, without hope and locked for life. Do you believe you could escape from there, against all odds, without their permission, and under their watch?

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        • Dr. Tom

          @ Mike:

          You miss MY point. I don’t think I’m safe. I think I’m a canary in a coal mine. I’m not going. See, if “they” come for me, I’m not going. And I’m not going precisely for the reason that I understand I couldn’t possibly escape, and certainly not at my age. I will simply not walk into slavery willingly in hopes of another year or two of life at any cost.

          In fact, I have a difficult time understanding why they would want to feed and clothe me at all at some remote location. More likely, someone would just kick down my door and shoot me like they have been doing to former Marines lately – and anyone else they like.

          Knowing that they don’t need a warrant or, really, an excuse; and knowing that we now all live in a designated combat zone – my personal determination, based upon the Constitution and Bill of Rights, is that the traitors to the country are not the majority of citizens – certainly not enough to warrant a military response on American soil. That concept is stupid, unprecedented, and unconstitutional – and everyone knows it. But now everyone is too afraid to say anything. “Maybe if I stay quiet they won’t notice me in the middle of the other sheep.” Like you. At least I think I just read this from you: “They don’t even care to waste time with a nobody like me. For them, I’m just cattle. Like everybody else. But you’re different, aren’t you? Working in your fancy website, fancy job …saying dangerous things…

          That’s what you have wrong. Defending the Constitution, upon which ALL OF OUR LAW IS SUPPOSED TO BE BASED is not ‘saying dangerous things’. It is part of the Oath of Office of every elected official, military officer or enlisted person, and peace officer in this entire country. Apparently you have never served the country in any capacity. Additionally, I don’t have a fancy website. I have a free website – and all my work for FEMA is volunteer work. I don’t have a fancy job. I am retired – in fact, I live below the effing poverty level – but I don’t ask for food stamps or anything else. I get $544 a month from Social Security, but no telling for how much longer. So I think you may have me confused with someone else. And I think you are a coward. So yes, I am different. I’m an American. The Betsy Ross Stars and Stripes flies at my house on a 30′ flagpole, 24/7.

          The choice is not to hide and pretend it isn’t happening. It is not a matter that if the military decides to send you to prison without charges, you have to smile and go willingly. It is a matter of whether you are a coward or an American with certain unalienable rights. It is a matter of whether you will let Lindsey Graham and John McCain strip those freedoms out of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. I am not willing to do that. And I am willing to die for those freedoms and liberties.

          Allow me to quote Patrick Henry: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” Saying that was dangerous to him, but he was one of the Founding Fathers and he had the courage of his convictions.

          I believe that – and I believe the traitors to America are the politicians who pushed this amendment into law under the guise of defending us against terrorism.

          By ‘traitors’ I mean people who have literally ignored their oath of office and committed treason – defined as an intentional act to weaken or destroy the Constitution in a declared war – which the bill also manages to covertly declare – except it declares war on everyone – and no one. It’s a law Inspector Clouseau might have written.

          So I consider that the authors of that amendment and their supporters and enablers have committed the actual act of treason against the United States. Further, by signing it into law, I consider that the President has set himself against the very people who own the government by declaring that his opinion carries more weight than the Constitution and that he can arbitrarily declare civil rights to be null and void if he wishes. If he doesn’t use the power, someone will. Everyone knows that, too, will happen eventually.

          Therefore, should the military ever come for me, they would get me – of course they would. But I would not go into indefinite detention willingly. No one should. When you give up, you are already dead. That’s what happened in WWII. No one believed that they could simply be deported and murdered by the millions – but they were. And now it’s legal to do here.

          I am not the first person who has spoken up and I won’t be the last. George Carlin was pretty outspoken too. I posted him at my blog earlier this evening: http://drtom.posterous.com/george-carlins-best-three-minutes

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