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Dear Family and Friends,
Please tell me you cherish your freedom and liberty in America. Then you owe it to your country to read the SF Chronicle article "Rule By Fear or By Law?" [below] and Naomi Wolf's latest book "The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot" [see above link].
Wolf's research shows that the US Congress and Executive branches have already taken the ten steps historically taken just before free societies become police state/dictatorships. The President has now been handed the power to define the "emergency" that can then be used to justify martial law and suspension of the US Constitution. This is not theoretical. The laws were put in-place in 2006-2007 [see below].
You have not been informed about this because instead of the free press our founders saw as critical to survival of the US Republic, we have a media monopoly that grossly misleads we citizens on critical issues. During the past 30 years, 50 major media companies have been consolidated into 10 media companies. During 2002-2003 this monopoly media repeated the 935 lies this Administration told used to get US citizen support for attacking Iraq. The same corporate monopoly has blacked-out the critical news about the pending US dictatorship and its false basis which is9-11-01. We no longer have an informed citizenry and therefore our beloved Republic is in peril.
But far worse, it is possible that Mossad/CIA might soon conduct another false flag operation, like9-11-01, and this time it will be blamed on Iran. Then, as retired Gen. Tommy Franks warned in 2003, Bush will go to martial law and suspend the Constitution. Our military does not want this attack of Iran but Israel does and they, together with the strongly Zionist media monopoly, disproportionally control public opinion and therefore public policy.
We can disrupt their plans for another false flag attack/war with Iran/martial law/suspension of the Constitution. The one way that is successful is to continue to expose their basis for these radical plans: 9-11-01. It must be exposed for what it is; a false flag operation, with strong evidence that it was conducted by Mossad/CIA . We the People must have an immediate, independent investigation o f9-11-01. As retired Bishop Thomas Gumbleton has done, please join the paramount struggle to expose 911Truth. See thousands of other courageous US citizens who have joined this struggle @ Architects&Engineers for 911Truth.org , PatriotsQuestion911.com and numerous other 911Truth web sites.
Please forward widely...we are the free press.
Rule by Fear or Rule by Law?
by Lewis Seiler,Dan Hamburg San Francisco Chronicle, Monday, February 4, 2008
"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist" -- Winston Churchill, Nov. 21, 1943
Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or constitutional recourse in the event of "an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs."
Beginning in 1999, the government has entered into a series of single-bid contracts with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States. The government has also contracted with several companies to build thousands of railcars, some reportedly equipped with shackles, ostensibly to transport detainees.
According to diplomat and author Peter Dale Scott, the KBR contract is part of a Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of "all removable aliens" and "potential terrorists."
Fraud-busters such as Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, have complained about these contracts, saying that more taxpayer dollars should not go to taxpayer-gouging Halliburton. But the real question is: What kind of "new programs" require the construction and refurbishment of detention facilities in nearly every state of the union with the capacity to house perhaps millions of people?
Sect. 1042 of the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), "Use of the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies," gives the executive the power to invoke martial law. For the first time in more than a century, the president is now authorized to use the military in response to "a natural disaster, a disease outbreak, a terrorist attack or any other condition in which the President determines that domestic violence has occurred to the extent that state officials cannot maintain public order."
The Military Commissions Act of 2006, rammed through Congress just before the 2006 midterm elections, allows for the indefinite imprisonment of anyone who donates money to a charity that turns up on a list of "terrorist" organizations, or who speaks out against the government's policies. The law calls for secret trials for citizens and noncitizens alike.
Also in 2007, the White House quietly issued National Security Presidential Directive 51 (NSPD-51), to ensure "continuity of government" in the event of what the document vaguely calls a "catastrophic emergency." Should the president determine that such an emergency has occurred, he and he alone is empowered to do whatever he deems necessary to ensure "continuity of government." This could include everything from canceling elections to suspending the Constitution to launching a nuclear attack. Congress has yet to hold a single hearing on NSPD-51.
U.S. Rep. Jane Harman, D-Venice (Los Angeles County) has come up with a new way to expand the domestic "war on terror." Her Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (HR1955), which passed the House by the lopsided vote of 404-6, would set up a commission to "examine and report upon the facts and causes" of so-called violent radicalism and extremist ideology, then make legislative recommendations on combating it.
According to commentary in the Baltimore Sun, Rep. Harman and her colleagues from both sides of the aisle believe the country faces a native brand of terrorism, and needs a commission with sweeping investigative power to combat it.
A clue as to where Harman's commission might be aiming is the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, a law that labels those who "engage in sit-ins, civil disobedience, trespass, or any other crime in the name of animal rights" as terrorists. Other groups in the crosshairs could be anti-abortion protesters, anti-tax agitators, immigration activists, environmentalists, peace demonstrators, Second Amendment rights supporters ... the list goes on and on. According to author Naomi Wolf, the National Counterterrorism Center holds the names of roughly 775,000 "terror suspects" with the number increasing by 20,000 per month.
What could the government be contemplating that leads it to make contingency plans to detain without recourse millions of its own citizens?
Constitution does not allow the executive to have unchecked power under
any circumstances. The people must not allow the president to use the
war on terrorism to rule by fear instead of by law.
Lewis Seiler is the president of Voice of the Environment, Inc. Dan Hamburg, a former congressman, is executive director.
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