Wednesday, November 14, 2007
by David Weber
Beloved, everything that God does is in accordance with His Divine Law. His Law is perfect. Grace sets us free, not from the Divine Law itself, but free to come to God so that His righteous ways can be carved on our hearts and on our minds through righteous judgments. Without the Law there can be no righteous judgments. Without the Law, there cannot even be grace!
The righteous judgments of God are soon going to flood the earth in an unprecedented way, and this will have a profound effect on all of the inhabitants of the earth. These judgments will all be made in accordance with the Divine Law of God.
His Law is perfect, and so are His judgments. The legal process of divine judgment IS the fiery stream which flows from God's Holy Throne. His Law is His FIRE, and it is something that is administered to sinners to set them free ... not to torture them! Those who teach that God's fire is to be used for the purpose of torturing and tormenting sinners, don't know the heart of God, nor do they understand His Law, nor do they understand the purpose for His judgments.
When the Son visited the earth in the form of a man, He made clear His desire to kindle a FIRE on the earth. In that statement, the Son was not expressing a wish to bring people into the torture of "hell-fire" - as many understand it, but He wished to restore the earth by means of GOD'S LAWFUL JUDGMENTS.
This process of restoration through judgment was seen by the prophet Daniel as a river of fire, and was seen by John as a lake of fire. In vision form, these two prophets were both shown God's PROCESS for the full restoration of His creation man, but each prophet saw this PROCESS at different stages.
To share just briefly here on "the lake of fire" that was seen by John; IT IS A PICTURE OF THE END PROCESS OF GOD'S LAWFUL JUDGMENTS! The "lake of fire" is not a specific judgment in and of itself, but rather it is a prophetic description of a process which consists of many different types of judgment, all which fit the specific crimes committed. At the Great White Throne Judgment the dead will be raised to be judged according to their "deeds." Despite what religious Babylon teaches about the lake of fire, those cast into this "lake" do not all receive the same judgment, for how could they if they are each "judged according to their deeds"? Again I say, "the lake of fire" is a prophetic picture of a PROCESS of judgment. It is not a specific judgment in and of itself!
In regard to the punishments of God, they are, and shall be meted out in degrees, and can be short in duration, or they can last for many ages. But be assured, they are "eonian," which means that they have a distinct beginning and a definite end! Punishment itself would be meted out by tormenting sinners forever - but JUSTICE would not be served! The Lord God is a JUST AND LOVING GOD! His punishments are benevolent and constructive they are NOT vindictive and retaliatory! God's fire is that which consumes all of the wood, hay, and stubble of man's carnality. It is NOT a literal fire, and it sure as heck is NOT an "eternal" one!
Beloved ones, our Father has a wondrous and benevolent plan that will eventually be wrought out to the full restoration of His entire creation. Unfortunately though, many people (even most Christians) have not yet vision for this, mostly because they've been blinded by their religion and the erroneous traditions and teachings of men. To most of you here though, I believe that it has been granted for you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. Keep your hearts as little children.
Bless you ... D
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
by Mike Farris
A kingdom consists of four elements… 1) the king’s domain, or territory, over which he reigns, 2) citizens or subjects, 3) laws, and 4) administrators to teach and administer the king’s law, or government, with equity (no respecter of persons) and justice for all (same punishment for same crime). In an earthly kingdom, the people die for the king; in the heavenly Kingdom (the one Jesus came preaching), the King dies for the people.
Jesus Christ is the King of all the nations because of Who He is. Jesus has not overthrown another king to make His claim. He is King lawfully by divine appointment… “the earth belongs to the LORD, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1). God the Father has decreed Him to be King: “But as for ME, I have installed MY King upon Zion (a permanent capitol)… and I will give the nations for your inheritance.” (read all of Psalm 2). God has anointed and sealed Him to His regal office. God has set the crown upon His head.
Jesus came to earth to announce the Kingdom of God. The time has come for Christians to demonstrate to all nations there is a superior form of government. After His resurrection, Jesus spoke to his disciples saying, ” All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations”… (Matthew 28:18-20). An earthly king is only authorized to administer the law of God, not make his own laws. In the Kingdom of God there are only two branches of government… administrative and judicial… no legislative branch is needed because man cannot improve upon the law of God.
Ecclesiastes 12:13: "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man".The “kings” of the earth are in their postions for one purpose only… to administer the Law of God. They have no authority, even though they have power, to go above and beyond the Divine Law. Just because the “kings” of the nations are in rebellion to the Kingdom of God and His righteous rule, does not negate His authority. One may ask, if Jesus has all authority, why doesn’t He use it to subdue the nations by force? That’s typical carnal thinking… might makes right. Jesus taught that His Kingdom is not of this worldly way.
All actions originate in the heart (Mark 7:20-23; James 4:1), and acknowledging Jesus Christ as King must began in the heart. Instead of ruling by force as man does, from the top down, Jesus sets up His throne where no earthly king can break in and steal - in men’s hearts. No nation can survive forever unless Jesus Christ is acknowledged as King and the people embrace His Law which insures personal and national peace and prosperity.
The written Word of God is the only standard for earthly kings’ rule: “Now it shall come to pass when he (earthly administrators) sits on the throne (holds an office) of his kingdom, he shall WRITE for himself a copy of this (God’s) LAW on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests (judges in the Law). And it shall be WITH him, and he shall read it all the days of his life that he may LEARN to fear (respect) the LORD his God, by CAREFULLY OBSERVING ALL THE WORDS OF THIS LAW and these statutes (Deuteronomy 17:18-19). The earthly kings, as well as his people, come under God’s Law.
For those who doubt that the Kingdom of God is a reality, the Bible emphasizes that all people are Christ’s subjects in a variety of ways.
First, Jesus speaks to Nicodemus about the necessity of a “new birth”, a comprehensive transformation of the carnal nature of man (John 3:5-7). Mankind is not ’sick’ and will get better with scientific advancements, rather mankind is “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). Only the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit can make a dead man live. The fundamental issue is ethical, not medical or psychological. Read the book, SonPlacing, by Garrison Russell to learn how to obtain the Life of Christ… in you the hope of glory.
Second, the written Word of God must be acknowledged as the only rule of faith and practice. Law is not found in the vote of the people (if voting changed things it would be illegal), the decree of the courts, or the pronouncements of rulers. The Law of God is Christ’s the King’s Law; therefore, it must be obeyed to live. God gives man only two choices…Life or Death. Furthermore, being set free in Jesus Christ liberates neither citizen nor ruler from the guidance, obligations, and benefits of the Law (Romans 3:31), only the final curse (penalty) of the Law (Galatians 3:13).
Third, the regenerate mind is renewed (Romans 12:2). Every individual operates from a particular view of the world in his mind, and evaluates all life from this perspective… meaning his chosen religious presuppositions. True Christianity is not a religion, it’s the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Prior to acknowledging Christ as King, all life is seen from man’s carnal perspective: “For as a man thinks within himself, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). The new creature in Christ will start to evaluate life from the perspective of the Word of God, and began to think God’s thoughts, “taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Fourth, those who do not want Jesus as King “will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them (not by force, but with His mercy and love) … and those who are with Him are called the chosen and faithful” (Revelation 17:14).
How then, can the blessings of real peace, prosperity, and happiness be secured which will assure liberty and guarantee justice for all? King Jesus answered this question when He said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness (which is the perfection of the administration of the Laws of that Kingdom); and all these things ( the needs of life of which He had been speaking) will be added (that is, given) unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
This is a call for all Christians, from the least to the greatest, to restore the administration which God established over the Kingdom. God gave us the Laws of Righteousness which His people are instructed to administer. This Divine Charter of National Administration of establishing equity, justice, and liberty is only possible when the Divine Law is kept personally and nationally. And while God never granted man (or any group of men) the right to make law, He absolutely enjoins all nations to keep, observe, and administer His Laws. Get a copy of the book, Digest of the Divine Law, by Howard B. Rand, available from Stone Kingdom Ministries.
Learn the Divine Law, teach it to your children and grandchildren. Be the “salt and light” God called you to be. Become an overcomer, even as Jesus Christ overcame, and sit with Him on His throne (James 1:12; Revelation 3:21). Pledge your allegiance to the Kingdom of God.
Christ himself says the Law is to be fulfilled on earth. Our earthly life is a ‘dress rehearsal’ for Kingdom service. Christians should demand that all government be based on the firm foundation of God's Laws and abolish corrupt government.
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-19)
Our Father which art in heaven… Thy Kingdom come… Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The Kingdom is a prepared place for a prepared people.
The National Anthem of the Kingdom of God
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
by Mike Farris
If one can ignore the incessant propaganda that bombards us from what passes as “news” on TV, movies, and even music, one might ponder why Americans no longer have Rights over themselves, their children, and their property. The 14th Amendment made all natural free-born American Nationals into "federal citizens" with privileges granted by the master government.
In the pre-socialist days prior to 1935, the Common Law based upon justice, reason, and common sense was the Law of the land. Since the Common Law is a prerogative of sovereigns, the servant government had no lawful authority to enact nor prosecute Common Law offenses. Many judges agreed that the Common Law was too harsh for a democracy. And they were right because Americans were promised a Republic form of government wherein the People (not federal citizens) were the sovereigns. Since property and sovereignty are inseparable, only those who absolutely owned property could rely upon the promises in the organic documents that instituted America’s governments at the Federal, State, and Local levels. In the original instrument, the Declaration of Independence, it was clearly stated that governments were instituted among men to do two things: help secure property rights, and govern by consent.
What are property rights? The absolute right to own ourselves, our labor, the fruits of our labor, and that for which we choose to trade our labor. Private property is defined as land, houses, and chattels (property other than real estate). Real estate is not private property. If two or more persons have a claim it ceases to be private property and devolves to estate. Estate is held with qualified ownership. It’s no surprise to me that State constitutions only list “real and personal property” as subject to taxation and regulation. Private property is sacred, and exempt.
Before the politicians (poly from the Greek, meaning many; and tic, an ugly bloodsucking parasite) sold out America, a sovereign who owned private property was the supreme authority and absolute monarch over his domain. An example of the absolute power to decide and act (sovereignty) was the landlord’s right to defend his property from trespass with deadly force. If capital punishment without benefit of trial isn’t evidence of individual sovereignty, I don’t know what else will suffice.
To retain the status of private property, only one individual can own said property, therefore, coverture was essential. Coverture was the transfer of the wife’s property to her husband for the duration of the marriage. This made the man the sole authority over the property insuring that servant government had to respect the family’s property rights in all things. There were very few problems as long as men loved their wives and treated them as equal partners. Historical revisionists would lead one to believe that men “owned” their wives and children, not unlike slaves, and that it was a bad thing (as if collective ownership by “Big Brother” is superior).
If one will recall, though men had the rights of ownership, they also had the sole duty of support and defense of their family. As the saying goes, “women and children first” into the lifeboat. Men were obligated to lay down their lives, if necessary, in defense of their family. Was it a burden that women and children had to obey the man of the family in exchange for his lifelong obligation to them? I don’t think so. Even the Law recognized that only the man could be held legally liable for failure to support his family. A wife who was forced by circumstances to “work outside the home” was tantamount to giving notice that the man was either unable, or worse, in violation of the Law, unwilling to support his family. At the very least, it was an insult to the manhood of the husband.
All this changed with the institution of national socialism in 1935. Known as the Social Security Act, or Federal Insurance Contribution Act (F.I.C.A.), this treacherous enactment was the final nail in the Grand Old Republic’s coffin. The ground work had been laid in 1913, giving control of America’s money to a privately held loan shark operation known as the Federal Reserve; and in 1916, the creation of the Fed’s collection agency, the Internal Revenue Service. It took the Fed less than 25 years to totally bankrupt America. The wealthiest nation in the history of the world was brought to her knees by the “Great Depression”, and had desperate Americans demanding that the government “do something”, which led to the destruction of individual property rights. For the truth about the Federal Reserve (which is no more “Federal” than Federal Express), read FOURTH REICH OF THE RICH by Des Griffin and SECRETS OF THE TEMPLE: HOW THE FEDERAL RESERVE RUNS THE COUNTRY by William Greider. Find out who owns your Representative and Senator at Open Secrets.
Unknown to the gullible participants, enrollment into “Social Security” (I call it socialist insecurity), had dire effects. First, it changed their status as Free men to paupers eligible for charity from the public treasury. Second, it eliminated their private property Rights to own, and thus have a domicile, in exchange for a residence. Third, it obligated them to pay the claims made upon the bankrupted United States of America (upper and lower case spelling), replaced by a bankruptcy trustee, the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (all capital letters, a clever legal deception), and made the federal debt into their “national debt”. Fourth, it made it legally impossible to object to the worthless federal reserve notes. Fifth, it was prima facie evidence that a national socialist security number made them wards of the government and status criminals without the former protections accorded Free Inhabitants. Sixth, it made men (and women) subject to, and object of, administrative bureaucracy without constitutional restrictions. Seventh, it made them co-signers on all the loans the politicians borrow (present tense) from the Federal Reserve and foreign banks. China and Japan hold over 40% of America's debt. Every penny confiscated from American workers' paychecks goes to pay just the interest on the "national debt".
When Americans were reduced to bleating paupers, hands out for a share of their “entitlements”, the government could rightly ignore the centuries of Law based upon securing private property rights, and shift to policy based on voluntary consent. Without Common Law rights, the Common Law evaporated from public awareness (with a little help from public schools). In its place the strict rules and regulations of “civil law” have become the standard, Instead of natural and personal liberty, those birthrights of free Americans, we now have civil and political liberty as permitted by our master government. Contrary to popular belief, “Civil Liberty” is not freedom, but license (permission). Who needs permission (license) to own a dog, marry, build a house, travel public roads, carry a gun, and so on? Not a Free Man. Who needs to pay a tax for the privilege to live, work, or hold property? Not a Free Man!
Since 1935, Americans have surrendered their Republic form of government, guaranteed by Article 4, Section 4 of the constitution for the united States of America, and the promise to the Free Inhabitants of the Land from Article IV of the Articles of Confederation, in exchange for the mob rule of democracy. If you think democracy is something fine and good, you have been brainwashed, programmed, and indoctrinated with ANTI-AMERICAN propaganda. If you think it’s good that American lives and property are being used to make the world safe for democracy, your ancestors are spinning in their graves in outrage. Patrick Henry would spit on you. George Washington would turn his head from you. Ben Franklin would kick you in the arse.
All Law is for the protection of life and property. All else is mere policy, and policy requires fully informed consent. And though involuntary servitude was outlawed, there is no restriction on voluntary servitude, howbeit by fraud and deceit. Why do Americans keep re-electing the same politicians year after year? None of them ever honor their oath of office to defend and protect the constitution, and restore the Republic. Public service is a brief civic duty, not a career.
In answer to the question why 14th Amendment citizens have no rights, national socialism is to blame. However, our continued consent to national socialism is the mechanism that has locked the chains of tyranny upon us. He who consents can’t complain… don't bite the hand that feeds you… beggars can’t be choosers… you get the idea.
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it".
Paul Harvey in 1993
Ask Your Representative About Social Security. They keep saying it's going broke, but you never hear anything about their salaries and benefits running out of funds.
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A Democracy is two Wolves and a Sheep voting on what to have for dinner. A Republic is a well-armed Sheep defending his Rights.
Do you really think America is a free country in the 21st century ….
When over 40% of your paycheck is confiscated(stolen) by fraud via an unlawful income taxes to support a central government bureaucracy gone mad?
When Americans can’t travel on “free”-ways or public streets without a permit called a driver’s license? Can you imagine the pioneers needing a tag for their wagons?
When Americans must pay a “ransom” to the insurance company monopoly who got “laws” passed to make insurance mandatory to travel in your vehicle?
When you must send your children to a government licensed school or the State will confiscate your property, kidnap your kids, and put you in jail?
When your State approved “tax exempt” 501(c)3 church corporation teaches the one-world religion of obedience to man’s government and ignores God’s Laws?
When the nation’s police are more of a threat to life, liberty, and property than so-called “common criminals”?
When Americans must get permission from the State to marry? Even when they marry in their Church… what happened to separation of Church and State?
When Americans cannot practice “free” enterprise without being regulated, licensed, and taxed by the government?
When Americans can be jailed for contempt for exercising any of their God-given rights by corrupt judges?
When Americans must read underground publications, or “freedom movement” blogs to learn the truth because the “controlled” media only puts forth party-line propaganda?
When the State tells you when, where and how to build on your property and even denies you the right to modify it unless you get their permission? (for a fee, or course)
When America has more “political” prisoners under lock and key than any other nation in the world?
When prisons are a growth industry and private companies are building more “concentration camps” to house even more?
When the government knows every financial transaction you make and your private banking records are available to their prying eyes?
When the UNITED STATES President is more concerned with “making the world safe for democracy” than the Sovereignty of the American nation he took an oath to preserve and protect?
When the government and the people have no common interest whatsoever and exist in a state of perpetual hostility?
When everything you and your children will ever work for is mortgaged to the bankers and collectable on demand?
NO! dear fellow Americans, if you think America is the Land of the Free, you are sadly mistaken. America has been stolen. We have been made slaves by a shrewd Constructive Criminal Fraud that has caused us to be permanent debtors, bankrupt, in legal incapacity, rendered commercial “persons”, “residents”, and corprorate franchisees known as “citizens of the UNITED STATES”, all capital letters, a legal fiction instead of our former status as Free Inhabitants of the Land of The United States of America(upper and lower case letters).
How did this happen? It started with the so-called “14th Amendment”. Said ‘Amendment’ was never lawfully ratified - see Congressional Record, June 13, 1967: DYETT v. TURNER, (1968) 439 P2d 266, 267; STATE v. PHILLIPS, 1975 (affirmed) - created a citizenship of corporations (privilege, not free God-given rights) to supposedly give the newly freed Negro slaves citizenship. These abstract statutory entities are the product and definitions of the legistature and are fully taxable and regulatable under the law. The 14th Amendment transferred all citizens from one master and placed them under another master, and was the first step in ensalving America. Notice when you receive a letter from the government your name is always all capital letters, signifying your corporate “privilege” status.
Step two occurred on the night of December 23, 1913 when most of Congress was on Christmas break. The criminal element in the United States Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act and thereby committed the greatest act of TREASON in history. These criminals surrendered our nation’s sovereignty and sold the American people into slavery to a cabal of arch-charlatan, anti-Christ international bankers who proceeded to plunder, bankrupt, and conquer America with a money swindle.
The “money” the banks issue are merely bookeeping entries. It costs them nothing, the government does the printing for them free of charge, and is not backed by their wealth, efforts, property, risk, or any collateral whatsoever. It is not redeemable except in more DEBT paper. The Federal Reserve Act forces Americans to pay compound interest on thin air. We now use these worthless “notes” backed by our own credit, effort, property, risk, and collateral ( try getting a loan without it), and are made to compelled performance for the “priviledge”. In exchange for using(renting) notes belonging to bankers who create them from nothing, Americans are forced to repay in substance (labor, property, land, businesses, resources - life) in ever-increasing amounts. This is the greatest heist and fraud of all time.
Step three was accomplised in 1916 with the passage of the Internal Revenue Act. The bankers, ever fearful of betrayal, demanded that Congress secure the payment of loans with the forced collection of taxes. In effect, the IRS is the collection agency for the Federal Reserve, which is no more “federal” than Federal Express. Congress was able to convince the American public that the Income Tax was only for the “rich”(those who earned $3000 per annum in 1916), and would never affect 99% of the population. With their payment system firmly in place the Federal Reserve made more and more loans, and the United States paid the interest with more and more gold. The structured inevitability transpired in 1933 when the U.S. Treasury was empty, and the old United States declared bankruptcy.
In 1933, the United States declared bankruptcy as expressed in Roosevelt’s Executive Orders 6073, 6102, 6111, and 6260, House Joint Resolution 192 of June 5, 1933, confirmed in PERRY v. UNITED STATES, (1935) 294 U.S. 330-381, 79 L.ed 912, as well as 31 USC 5112, 5119, and 12 USC 95A. The bankrupted United States went into trustee receivership of a new UNITED STATES (cleaver, huh?) and reorganized in favor of 115 Creditors, and new owners, the Federal Reserve System. Read the well-documented books: Secrets of the Temple, How the Federal Reserve Runs The Country, by William Grieder, and Fourth Reich Of The Rich by Des Griffin.
With the ERIE R.R. v. TOMPKINS case of 1938, the Supreme Court confirmed their success. America is now in an international private commercial jurisdiction in colorable admiralty-maritime under the Law Merchant. Americans have been conned and betrayed out of our God-given sovereignty, rights, property, freedom… our REPUBLIC. The Bill of Rights are nothing but “civil rights” in commerce.
Every American ‘knows’ in their heart of hearts that ’something’ is wrong with the Land of the Free, but few have ever considered the root cause. Thomas Jefferson’s prophesy has come to pass: “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of currency… the banks… will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” What will happen when Americans realize that their alleged “public servants” are willingly or stupidly compliant parties to the plunder, bankruptcy, subjugation, and ruin of their lives and counrty?
It may take another bloody revolution, but let’s pray that we can regain our country by peaceful means at the ballot box. From this day forward, let Americans commit themselves to driving out of elective office anyone who runs for re-election. Public service is a brief civic duty, not a career. Never re-elect anyone! We won in 1776 against all odds, we can do it again. Get more information at Tenure Corrupts
Every thing is already in place for martial law here in the United States. All we need is the right contrived crisis, whether it’s another “attack” on our soil, a health “crisis,” or a “managed” monetary collapse, martial law will be imposed. Will you submit, go along with this farce? If not, be advised that retired police officers around the country are telling NewsWithViews that they have been notified that civil unrest is on the horizon and that they may be called back to duty.
So... what can freedom-loving Americans do? Well, first and foremost, if you call yourself a Christian, remove your children from government schools... home school or send them to a private school. Nothing puts the fear of God into the Wolves more than a well informed, faithful Sheep who only listens and obeys the Master's voice. Second, get out of debt. And third, read and obey 2 Chronicles 7:14. God will heal and restore America without firing a shot.
Watch this full length movie: The Fall of the Republic.
And the truth will make you mad!
An excerpt from the book, Fourth Reich Of The Rich, by Des Griffin. World War I was then raging in Europe. With the prospect that the U.S.A. would soon join the war, two Skull and Bones “Patriarchs” Averell Harriman (class of 1913) and Percy A. Rockefeller (class of 1900), paid special attention to Prescott Bush’s class of 1917. They wanted reliable cadres to help them play the Great Game, in the lucrative new imperial era that the war was opening up for London and New York moneycrats. Prescott Bush, by then a close friend of “Bunny” Harriman, and several other Bonesmen from their class of 1917 would later comprise the core partners in Brown Brothers Harriman, the world’s largest private investment bank.
The U.S entered World War I in 1917. In the spring of 1918, Prescott’s father, Samuel P. Bush, became chief of the Ordinance, Small Arms and Ammunition Section of the War Industries Board. The senior Bush took national responsibility for government assistance to and relations with Remington and other weapons companies. With the war mobilization conducted under the supervision of the War Industries Board, U.S. consumers and taxpayers showered unprecedented fortunes on war producers and certain holders of raw materials and patents. Hearings in 1934 by the committee of U.S. Senator Gerald Nye attacked the “Merchants of Death” – war profiteers such as Remington Arms and the British Vickers company –whose salesmen had manipulated many nations into wars, and then supplied all sides with the weapons to fight them. Most of the records and correspondence of Samuel Bush’s arms- related section of the government have been burned, “to save space” in the National Archives. This matter of destroyed or misplaced records should be of concern to citizens of a constitutional republic. Unfortunately, it is a rather constant impediment with regard to researching George Bush’s background: He is certainly the most “covert” American chief executive. Captain Bush (Prescott)went to the 1919 reunion of his Yale class in New Haven, Connecticut. Skull and Bones Patriarch Wallace Simmons, closely tied to the arms manufacturers, offered Prescott Bush a job in his St. Louis railroad equipment company. Bush took the offer and moved to St. Louis–and his destiny.
Then on May 1, 1926, Prescott Bush joined W.A. Harriman & Co. as its vice president, under the bank’s president, Bert Walker, his father-in-law and George’s maternal grandfather–the head of the family. The firm’s first global lever was its successful arrangement to get into Germany by dominating that country’s shipping. Averell Harriman announced in 1920 that he would re-start Germany’s Hamburg- Amerika Line, after many months of scheming and arm-twisting. Hamburg-Amerika’s commercial steamships had been confiscated by the United States at the end of the First World War. These ships had then become the property of the Harriman enterprise, by some arrangements with the U.S. authorities that were never made public. The deal was breathtaking; it would create the world’s largest private shipping line. Hamburg-Amerika Line regained its confiscated vessels, for a heavy price. The Harriman enterprise took “the right to participate in 50 percent of all business originated in Hamburg” ; and for the next twenty years (1920-1940), the Harriman enterprise had “complete control of all activities of the Hamburg line in the United States.” The Hamburg-Amerika takeover created an effective instrument for the manipulation and fatal subversion of Germany. One of the great “merchants of death,” Samuel Pryor, was in it from the beginning. Pryor, then chairman of the executive committee of Remington Arms, helped arrange the deal and served with Walker on the board of Harriman’s shipping front organization, the American Ship and Commerce Co. Walker and Harriman took the next giant step in 1922, setting up their European headquarters office in Berlin. With the aid of the Hamburg-based Warburg bank, W.A. Harriman & Co. began spreading an investment net over German industry and raw materials. In those interwar years, Prescott Bush made the family fortune which George Bush inherited. He piled up the money from an international project which continued until a new world war, and the action of the U.S. government, intervened to stop him.
We shall examine here the alliance of the Bush family with three other families: Farish, Draper and Gray. The private associations among these families have led to the President’s relationship to his closest, most confidential advisers. These alliances were forged in the earlier Hitler project and its immediate aftermath. Understanding them will help us to explain George Bush’s obsession with the supposed over-population of the world’s non-Anglo-Saxons, and the dangerous means he has adopted to deal with this “ problem. ”. On March 25, 1942, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Thurman Arnold announced that William Stamps Farish (grandfather of the President’s money manager) had pled “ no contest ” to charges of criminal conspiracy with the Nazis. Farish was the principal manager of a worldwide cartel between Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey and the I.G. Farben concern. The merged enterprise had opened the Auschwitz slave labor camp on June 14, 1940, to produce artificial rubber and gasoline from coal. The Hitler government supplied political opponents and Jews as the slaves, who were worked to near death and then murdered. After pleading ” no contest ” to charges of criminal conspiracy with the Nazis, William Stamps Farish was fined $5,000. (Similar fines were levied against Standard Oil–$5,000 each for the parent company and for several subsidiaries.) This of course did not interfere with the millions of dollars that Farish had acquired in conjunction with Hitler’s New Order, as a large stockholder, chairman and president of Standard Oil. All the government sought was the use of patents which his company had given to the Nazis–the Auschwitz patents–but had withheld from the U.S. military and industry. Will Farish at 25 years old was a personal aide to Zapata chairman George Bush in Bush’s unsuccessful 1964 campaign for Senate. Will Farish used ” that Auschwitz money ” to back George Bush financially, investing in Zapata. When Bush was elected to Congress in 1966, Farish joined the Zapata board.
When George Bush became U.S. Vice President in 1980, the Farish and Bush family fortunes were again completely, secretly commingled. As we shall see, the old projects were now being revived on a breathtaking scale. The Nazi regime surrendered in May 1945. In July 1945, General Draper was called to Europe by the American military government authorities in Germany. Draper was appointed head of the Economics Division of the U.S. Control Commission. He was assigned to take apart the Nazi corporate cartels. There is an astonishing but perfectly logical rationale to this–Draper knew a lot about the subject! General Draper, who had spent about 15 years financing and managing the dirtiest of the Nazi enterprises, was now authorized to decide who was exposed, who lost and who kept his business, and in practical effect, who was prosecuted for war crimes. Draper and his colleagues demanded that Germany and the world accept the collective guilt of the German people as the explanation for the rise of Hitler’s New Order, and the Nazi war crimes.
After several years of government service (often working directly for Averell Harriman in the North Atlantic Alliance), General Draper was appointed in 1958 chairman of a committee which was to advise President Dwight Eisenhower on the proper course for U.S. military aid to other countries. At that time, Prescott Bush was a U.S. Senator from Connecticut, a confidential friend and golf partner with National Security Director Gordon Gray, and an important golf partner with Dwight Eisenhower as well. Prescott’s old lawyer from the Nazi days, John Foster Dulles, was Secretary of State, and his brother Allen Dulles, formerly of the Schroder bank, was head of the CIA. This friendly environment emboldened General Draper to pull off a stunt with his military aid advisory committee. He changed the subject under study. The following year the Draper committee recommended that the U.S. government react to the supposed threat of the “population explosion ” by formulating plans to depopulate the poorer countries. The growth of the world’s non-white population, he proposed, should be regarded as dangerous to the national security of the United States! President Eisenhower rejected the recommendation. But in the next decade, General Draper founded the “Population Crisis Committee ” and the Draper Fund, joining with the Rockefeller and Du Pont families to promote eugenics as “population control.” The administration of President Lyndon Johnson, advised by General Draper on the subject, began financing birth control in the tropical countries through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). General Draper was George Bush’s guru on the population question. But there was also Draper’s money–from that uniquely horrible source–and Draper’s connections on Wall Street and abroad. Draper’s son and heir, William H. Draper III, was co-chairman for finance (chief of fundraising) of the Bush-for-President national campaign organization in 1980. With George Bush in the White House, the younger Draper heads up the depopulation activities of the United Nations throughout the world. In 1950 and 1951, John Foster Dulles, then chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation, led John D. Rockefeller III on a series of world tours, focusing on the need to stop the expansion of the non-white populations.
In November 1952, Dulles and Rockefeller set up the Population Council, with tens of millions of dollars from the Rockefeller family. In 1988, the U.S. Agency for International Development signed its latest contract with the old Sterilization League (a.k.a. Association for Voluntary Surgical Contraception), committing the U.S. government to spend $80 million over five years. Having gotten away with sterilizing several hundred North Carolina school children, not usually less than eight to ten years old, the identical group is now authorized by President Bush to do it to 58 countries in Asia, Africa and Ibero-America. The group modestly claims it has directly sterilized only two million people, with 87 percent of the bill paid by U.S. taxpayers. Evidence to clarify any role the polio vaccine played in the AIDS epidemic is being sought by the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, which made the vaccine more than 40 years ago.
We couldn’t clean up the adeno virus vaccine seed stocks grown in monkey kidney cells. The seed stocks apparently were always contaminated but the vaccines were still administered. [The supplier of these contaminated monkeys from at least 1962 to the mid 1970s was Litton Bionetics, a top U.S. Army biological weapons contractor. Dr. Hilleman was the chief investigator overseeing the Merck contract to develop the hepatitis B vaccine that appears to have most plausibly initiated the AIDS epidemic. Merck’s President, George W. Merck, was an America’s biological weapon industry director personally appointed by President Roosevelt following WWII. Merck and Company, Inc. also is infamous for having received a large infusion of cash around the same time to secure a virtual monopoly over the chemical and pharmaceutical industries by Martin Bormann, Hitler’s top financial officer for the Third Reich. (See: “Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile” by the reputable CBS News correspondent Paul Manning published by Lyle Stuart Inc., 1981, pp. 29, 56 and134). According to Manning, Merck along with Germany’s leading industrial organization–I.G. Farben (a Rockefeller Standard Oil partner)– received the money to help actualise Hitler’s proclaimed “vision of a thousand-year Third Reich [and] world empire. This was outlined with clarity in a document call ‘Neuordunung,’ or ‘New Order,’ that was accompanied by a letter of transmittal to the [Bormann led] Ministry of Economics. It declared that a new order for the chemical [and pharmaceutical] industry of the world should supplement Hitler’s New Order (pg. 56) . . .. ‘Bury your treasure,’” Hitler advised Bormann, “for you will need it to begin a Fourth Reich.” According to Manning’s report, that is precisely what Bormann did “when he set in motion the ‘flight capital’ scheme August 10, 1944, in Strasbourg. The treasure, the golden ring, he envisioned for the new Germany was the sophisticated distribution of national and corporate assets to safe havens . . .” such as Merck.]
And the beat goes on… look at what the criminal element in government is up to now.
“We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our union and have respected their promise of discretion for almost four decades…it would not have been possible to develop our world project if we had been subjected to the full fire of publicity all these years. The supranational sovereignty of an international elite and of world bankers is surely preferable to the self-determination which has been practised for centuries past.”
David Rockerfeller at a re-union of The Bilderberg Group (where politicians get their orders from bankers) The Council on Foreign Relations, and the Trilateral Commission (on which banks and governments meet) at Sand, Germany in June 1996.
Evil forces have always been present in the world since it was introduced by God in the Garden of Eden. God has a purpose for evil and will let it collaspe under its own corruption. Read The Eliyah Message.
America’s Pastors: Preachers of Truth or Promoters of Tyranny?
by Chuck Baldwin, August 21, 2007
Once again, the burden of responsibility to help maintain America’s liberty rests upon the shoulders of the men in the pulpits. That should not surprise us, because it has always been this way. Part of what made America great was old fashioned, tell-it-like-it-is, no-nonsense preaching. Most of what we hear today is a bunch of mealy-mouthed, pussyfooting, ear-tickling, don’t-offend-anyone preaching, which has largely contributed to America’s current slippery slope into the sewer. But if you thought it could not get any worse, guess again.
A startling television news report from Shreveport, Louisiana has revealed a sinister plot hatched deep inside the diabolical brain cells of the Bush administration to use America’s pulpits as promoters of tyranny. That is a strong statement, I know. But it is true.
According to KSLA television in Shreveport, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intends to use America’s preachers to help pave the way for martial law in the event of another terrorist attack upon the United States.
The KSLA report (which you can read for yourself here: http://www.ksla.com/Global/story.asp?S=6937987 ) begins, “Could martial law ever become a reality in America? Some fear any nuclear, biological or chemical attack on U.S. soil might trigger just that. KSLA 12 has discovered that the clergy would help the government with potentially their biggest problem: Us.”
The report continued by saying, “[G]un confiscation is exactly what happened during the state of emergency following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, along with forced relocation. U.S. Troops also arrived, something far easier to do now, thanks to last year’s elimination of the 1878 Posse Comitatus act, which had forbid regular U.S. Army troops from policing on American soil.
“If martial law were enacted here at home, like depicted in the movie, ‘The Siege’, easing public fears and quelling dissent would be critical. And that’s exactly what the ‘Clergy Response Team’ helped accomplish in the wake of Katrina.”
The report went on to say: “[C]lergy response teams would walk a tight-rope during martial law between the demands of the government on the one side, versus the wishes of the public on the other. ‘In a lot of cases, these clergy would already be known in the neighborhoods in which they’re helping to diffuse that situation,’ assured Sandy Davis. He serves as the director of the Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
“For the clergy team, one of the biggest tools that they will have in helping calm the public down or to obey the law is the bible itself, specifically Romans 13.”
Dear Reader, are you getting this?
In order to convince American citizens to surrender their firearms to the government during a time of martial law, DHS is enlisting the assistance of America’s pastors. According to the DHS, my job as a church pastor, is to tell my congregation that, according to Romans 13, they must surrender their firearms when the government asks them to do so.
Of course, faithful readers of this column know that I have already addressed the Romans 13 question. See http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/c2007/cbarchive_20070810.html
For those who are ignorant of Romans 13, let me address the issue bluntly: According to Romans 13, every citizen is only bound to obey his or her governing official to the degree that the governing official does not violate the duty of the citizen to obey the “higher powers” which, for Americans, are God and the U.S. Constitution. In other words, no Christian can be ordered to disobey God, and no American citizen can be ordered to disobey the U.S. Constitution. Properly understood, Romans 13 teaches that each and every governing official (including the President of the United States and all those under him) must submit to the U.S. Constitution.
Article. VI. Paragraph. 3. of the U.S. Constitution states, “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution.”
So, what does the Constitution say regarding the disarmament of American citizens? The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution could not be clearer: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Did you get that? “[T]he right of the people to keep and bear Arms, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.” [Emphasis added]
Therefore, any attempt to disarm the American people must be viewed as an act of tyranny and must be resisted.
The right to keep and bear arms is rooted deep in American history. I remind readers that it was the attempted gun confiscation of the colonists’ arms, which had been cached at Concord, Massachusetts, that directly precipitated the beginning of America’s fight for independence.
America’s founders were clear on this subject. Our first President, George Washington, called our firearms “the people’s liberty teeth.” Our third President and author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, said, “No free man shall ever be de-barred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
America’s founders spoke unanimously on the subject. Patrick Henry said, “The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun.” Samuel Adams said, “The said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
And what did the Lord Jesus Christ tell His followers on this subject? Jesus said in Luke 11:21, “When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace.” Did you see that? Jesus said that in order for a man’s goods to be “in peace” it was necessary that he be ARMED. Now, I don’t know about you, but I will take the word of Jesus over the word of a DHS official anytime.
Furthermore, Jesus told his disciples in Luke 22:36, “[H]e that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.”
Upon hearing the words of Jesus, Simon Peter responded by saying, “Lord, behold, here are two swords.” (vs. 38) That means at least two of Jesus’ disciples were armed with swords (the 1st Century equivalent of a modern handgun, something used for personal protection), and Jesus did not rebuke them or ask them to surrender their swords. He merely said, “It is enough.”
I realize that after Simon Peter used his sword to cut off the ear of the man as soldiers came to arrest Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus told him to “put up thy sword.” But notice, He did not tell him to “give up” his sword; he merely told him it was not time to use it, because it was in the plan and providence of God that Jesus be taken to Pilate, that He might be crucified for our sins.
Don’t tell me that the Bible teaches pacifism, because it doesn’t. I am a Christian, and I am a pastor. And I agree with Charlton Heston who said that they could have his guns “over my cold, dead hands.” If DHS believes that I will ask my congregation to give up their firearms, they are grossly mistaken.
It also needs to be pointed out that, apparently, DHS must already be planning to declare martial law in the United States or else this kind of advanced strategy would not even be necessary. Why would they already be asking pastors to be prepared to request their church members give up their guns if they did not intend to declare martial law?
Now, what every single church-going Christian in America should immediately find out for themselves is, What does my pastor intend to do? Will he ask me to surrender my guns, or not? I highly encourage every reader who currently attends church to ask your pastor this question RIGHT NOW.
Of course, the next question Christians need to ask themselves is, What will I do if my pastor says he would ask me to surrender my guns to the government? I suggest that every church member in America settle this matter right now. And if you discover that your pastor would indeed ask you to surrender your guns (or equivocate by saying he would have to “pray about it”) if asked to do so, you should immediately leave that church and find a pastor who believes the Bible and supports the U.S. Constitution. Furthermore, if you do not currently own a firearm, you might want to heed the words of Jesus and go buy one.
So, once again, the burden of responsibility to help maintain America’s liberty rests upon the shoulders of the men in the pulpits. Will we be preachers of truth or promoters of tyranny?
© Chuck Baldwin
Immigration ‘Compromise’ Sells Out Our Sovereignty
by Ron Paul
The much-vaunted Senate “compromise” on immigration is a compromise alright: a compromise of our laws, a compromise of our sovereignty, and a compromise of the Second Amendment. That anyone in Washington believes this is a credible approach to solving our immigration crisis suggests just how out of touch our political elites really are.
The reality is that this bill will grant amnesty to virtually all of the 12 to 20 million illegal aliens in the country today. Supporters use very creative language to try and convince us that amnesty is not really amnesty, but when individuals who have entered the United States illegally are granted citizenship – regardless of the fees they are charged – what you have is amnesty.
What is seldom discussed in the immigration debate, unfortunately, is the incentives the US government provides for people to enter the United States illegally. As we know well, when the government subsidizes something we get more of it. The government provides a myriad of federal welfare benefits to those who come to the US illegally, including food stamps and free medical care. Is this a way to discourage people from coming to the US illegally?
Additionally, one of the most absurd incentives for people to come to the US illegally is the promise of instant US citizenship to anyone born on our soil. That is why when Congress returns next week I will be re-introducing my Constitutional amendment to deny automatic citizenship to individuals born on US soil to parents who are not US citizens or who do not owe permanent allegiance to the United States.
There are many other very troubling items buried deep in the Senate’s immigration compromise. The bill explicitly calls for an “acceleration” of the March 2005 agreement between the US president, the president of Mexico, and the prime minister of Canada, known as the “Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America.” This somewhat secretive agreement – a treaty in all but name – aims to erase the borders between the United States, Canada, and Mexico and threatens our sovereignty and national security. The SPP was agreed by the president without the participation of Congress. It should be eliminated, not accelerated!
According to the pro-Second Amendment Gun Owners of America, the legislation also makes it easier to target gun dealers for prosecution. Even gun clubs could find themselves targeted under this immigration reform legislation.
Immigration reform should start with improving our border protection, yet it was reported last week that the federal government has approved the recruitment of 120 of our best trained Border Patrol agents to go to Iraq to train Iraqis how to better defend their borders! This comes at a time when the National Guard troops participating in Operation Jump Start are being removed from border protection duties in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas and preparing to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan! It is an outrage and it will result in our borders being more vulnerable to illegal entry, including by terrorists.
I will continue to oppose any immigration bill that grants amnesty to illegals or undermines our liberty and sovereignty.
May 31, 2007
Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.
Welcome to the Richer Scale!
By Bill Richer
President Bush and most Republicans and Democrats want our borders open. They justify the open border with reasons such as immigrants providing more votes or taking jobs Americans won’t do.
Then they are pushing for more Visas like H1Bs to bring more foreigners to replace high-tech American workers. Bush once said, “All Americans have to do is take an extra course or two to compete!” In other words he wants Americans to compete with the world for not only American high-tech jobs but for every job in USA. Then they also are outsourcing many jobs overseas and taking with them high technology and personal data of Americans that can easily be used to steal identities and money! In another article I read about a few years ago in an interview, George W. Bush told the interviewer, “I don’t have to answer to the American people!”
So what does “Open Borders” mean?
1. It means that Republicans and Democrats are working together for a global government! This makes them one party!
2. It means that the FTAA which calls for open borders from the bottom of South America to the top of Alaska is being pushed ahead of time even before it is voted on!
3. It means that the President and Congress do not care about what 80 to 90 percent of the American people think. They act as if we are not here!
4. It means that Homeland Security is a farce and a waste of money as long as the borders are open. It is like fishing with a net with a huge hole in it. It was even said recently that they have a huge amount of money not even used! What are they doing?
5. It means that the King George we got rid of in the Revolutionary War is back!
6. It means that the President and Congress and both Republican & Democrat Parties no longer follow the US Constitution!
7. It means that the sovereignty of the United States borders is at least in question and at most we have none!
8. It means that since sovereignty is in question, is the United States dissolved?
9. It means if the United States is dissolved, the war on terror must be a phony war!
10. It means the military that is fighting overseas, that says it is fighting for its country, may not have a country. Our military has been blinded by a false patriotism. (Also, there are questions why experimental shots and depleted uranium are taking its toll on our men and women in uniform).
11. It means that any draft should be flatly refused! We should instead join civilian militias or minutemen like groups in our states.
12. It means that the new masters of the government are the Banks and Corporations. The government is now only a criminal element with a flag on the wall for false patriotism.
13. It means that the Patriot Act and Homeland Security were not made for security of the American People but for the security of banks and corporations. They will be used to enslave the American people.
When a government makes laws against the people, it gets paranoid because it becomes fearful of the people so it makes laws like Patriot Act for their protection.
14. It means that the continuing flow of Illegals will continue to close hospitals because hospitals cannot afford to care for all of them for free.
15. It means that the closing of hospitals and the continuing flow of Illegals with various diseases could start a violent epidemic of one of these diseases throughout America with not enough hospitals to care for all people.
16. It means that criminal gangs from Illegals are setting up shop in many cities creating war zones in many areas in the USA.
17. It means that drugs flow in smoothly with the border wide open!
18. It means that open borders, Illegals, Visas and outsourcing are turning America into a third world country if we don’t stop it soon! Our pays go down and prices go up! Some Americans cannot even get jobs!
19. It means that because the President and Congress do not obey the Constitution to guard our borders, there is a question of sedition and treachery. Is this government truly the US government or is it a domestic enemy of the Constitution as many of us have sworn to defend? (How dare Bush call the Minutemen, “Vigilantes!”)
20. It means that all we have heard from the John Birch Society in the past 25 to 30 years about conspiracies and takeovers is coming to fruition even though the left has told us time and again that it wasn’t true.
21. It means they will try real hard, soon, to take away our guns! This we must never let happen. We should have never allowed one law in any state about guns at all.
22. It means the George Bush is not a very good Christian. “Behold, the wages you withheld from the laborers who reaped your fields are crying out” (Jas 5:4). Yes the people who have no jobs or are working for peanuts are crying out!
23. It means that George Bush is not serious for changing Social Security for the good of the American people when he wants to add Illegals to Social Security. This would bankrupt it! (It seems that everything George Bush does seem to point to bankruptcy of the USA).
24. It means that the Corporations and Banks have been stealing American Taxpayers money through the politicians for decades.
25. It means that military training is stopped because of thousands of Illegals crossing in military training areas.
26. It means high gas prices keep many from traveling. Could mean they don’t want people leaving their areas.
27. It means we can’t believe much of what the government says. The crash of KAL 007, crash of TWA 800, WACO, Bombing in Oklahoma City and the events of 911 leave us with many unanswered questions.
28. It means that the American people must watch foreign peoples brought to this country by our government because they may very well be military from foreign governments. (Friends of the management, the Banksters) Remember both Clinton and the Bush has helped China build up economically and militarily. China is on both sides of Panama Canal, has base in Bahamas and recently put bases in Cuba. They have about 3000 companies in US and most of their companies are owned by their military. You don’t hear this in the news!
29. It means that if things don’t go in the neo-con’s way, look for another 911 and this time they will declare Martial Law. Americans must not allow Martial Law to take effect! By leaving borders open they are allowing anyone in here to cause another 911. They can’t be trusted! If we allow Martial Law, the American people will be slaves!
30. It means that the American people are blinded and addicted by their pleasures so much so that they don’t care what happens, not even to their children. They may know all the stats of all athletic games but know nothing of the goings on of their government or know their US Constitution. Many believe the old adage, “Leave Politics to the Politicians!” This we cannot allow!
31. It means that there can be no patriotism while this government goes about business ignoring the American people!
32. It means that all men and women who fought and died or were wounded physically or emotionally for the American Dream to go on in America in all past wars would have panic attacks if they saw what George Bush and company are doing today! I wonder if the heroes of those wars would repeat what they done if they saw in the future what the government is doing today!
33. It means that our Founding Fathers must be rolling in their graves at what is happening today! Yet, I still hear their words, “As for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
Well, if I thought about this I could think of a lot more items that I could add but this is pretty good the way it is.
I just want to say that not to give up hope! We all must think we are now at Valley Forge with George Washington. Things seemed hopeless then too. Yet, the prayerful Washington surprised all with victory! We all must pray to God for America and do everything to help our country come back to God and the Constitution.
I leave you with four of my favorite quotes:
“Man proposes, God disposes!” - Author Unknown
“Pray as if everything depended on God, and work as if everything depended upon man.” - Cardinal Francis J. Spellman
“There are no great men. Just great challenges which ordinary men, out of necessity, are forced by circumstance to meet.” - Admiral William Frederick (Bull) Halsey Jr.
“Public service is a brief civic duty, not a career.” - Author Unknown
Never Re-Elect Anyone!
It’s said that over time Presidents – especially two-termers – imbue the nation with their personalities and priorities, for good or ill. If that’s true, it could help explain the small-minded mean-spiritedness that seems to be pervading the behavior of the United States these days, both at home and abroad.
On a global level, the world reads about trigger-happy Blackwater “security contractors” mowing down civilians in Baghdad, the U.S. military killing unarmed people under loose “rules of engagement” in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and the CIA “rendering” suspected Islamists to secret prisons or to third-country dungeons where torture is practiced. Inside the United States, too, a police-state mentality is taking hold.
After more than six years of having dissent against President George W. Bush equated with disloyalty, police from Capitol Hill to college campuses are treating vocal disagreement as grounds for violently “taking down” citizens, while bouncers at campaign rallies hustle away prospective hecklers and police preemptively detain protesters or stick them in faraway “free-speech zones.”
On Sept. 17 at a University of Florida public forum with Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, journalism student Andrew Meyer asked an animated question about Kerry’s hasty concession after Election 2004.
Meyer then was accosted by several campus police officers who dragged him away and wrestled him to the ground. Despite pleading with police “don’t tase me, bro,” Meyer was “tasered” with powerful electric shocks as he screamed in pain. [Watch the YouTube video by clicking here.]
Overseas, it now appears that Bush has authorized “rules of engagement” that have transformed U.S. Special Forces into “death squads,” much like those that roamed Latin America in the 1970s and 1980s identifying “subversives” and murdering them.
According to evidence emerging from a military court hearing at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S. Special Forces are empowered to kill individuals who have been designated “enemy combatants,” even if they are unarmed and present no visible threat.
The hearing involves two Special Forces soldiers who took part in the cold-blooded execution of an Afghani who was suspected of leading an insurgent group. Though the Afghani, identified as Nawab Buntangyar, responded to questions and offered no resistance when encountered on Oct. 13, 2006, he was shot dead by Master Sgt. Troy Anderson on orders from his superior officer, Capt. Dave Staffel.
As described at the hearing, Staffel and Anderson were leading a team of Afghan soldiers when an informant told them where a suspected insurgent leader was hiding. The U.S.-led contingent found a man believed to be Nawab Buntangyar walking outside his compound near the village of Hasan Kheyl.
While the Americans kept their distance out of fear the suspect might be wearing a suicide vest, the man was questioned about his name and the Americans checked his description against a list from the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan, known as “the kill-or-capture list.”
Concluding that the man was insurgent leader Nawab Buntangyar, Staffel gave the order to shoot, and Anderson – from a distance of about 100 yards away – fired a bullet through the man’s head, killing him instantly.
The soldiers viewed the killing as “a textbook example of a classified mission completed in accordance with the American rules of engagement,” the International Herald Tribune reported. “The men said such rules allowed them to kill Buntangyar, whom the American military had designated a terrorist cell leader, once they positively identified him.”
Staffel’s civilian lawyer Mark Waple said the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command concluded in April that the shooting was “justifiable homicide,” but a two-star general in Afghanistan instigated a murder charge against the two men. That case, however, has floundered over accusations that the charge was improperly filed.
The major news media has given the case only minor coverage focusing mostly on the legal sparring. The New York Times’ inside-the-paper, below-the-fold headline on Sept. 19 was “Green Beret Hearing Focuses on How Charges Came About.”
However, the greater significance of the case is its confirmation that the U.S. chain of command, presumably up to President Bush, has approved standing orders that allow the U.S. military to assassinate suspected militants on sight.
In effect, these orders have reestablished what was known during the Vietnam War as Operation Phoenix, a program that assassinated Vietcong cadre, including suspected communist political allies.
Through a Pentagon training program known as “Project X,” the lessons of Operation Phoenix from the 1960s were passed on to Third World armies in Latin America and elsewhere, allegedly giving a green light to some of the “dirty wars” that swept the region in the following decades.
Besides the periodic controversies over U.S. military killings of unarmed Iraqis and Afghanis, the Bush administration also is facing a challenge from the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki over the U.S. Embassy’s reliance on Blackwater security contractors despite their reputation as crude and murderous bullies.
On Sept. 16, Blackwater gunmen accompanying a U.S. diplomatic convoy apparently sensed an ambush and open fire, spraying a busy Baghdad square with bullets. Eyewitness accounts, including from an Iraqi police officer, indicated that Blackwater team apparently overreacted to a car moving into the square and killed at least 11 people.
“Blackwater has no respect for the Iraqi people,” an Iraqi Interior Ministry official told the Washington Post. “They consider Iraqis like animals, although actually I think they may have more respect for animals. We have seen what they do in the streets. When they’re not shooting, they’re throwing water bottles at people and calling them names. If you are terrifying a child or an elderly woman, or you are killing an innocent civilian who is riding in his car, isn’t that terrorism?” [Washington Post, Sept. 20, 2007]
The highhandedness of the Blackwater mercenaries on the streets of Baghdad or the contempt for traditional rules of war in the hills of Afghanistan also resonate back to the marble chambers and well-appointed salons of Washington, where swaggering tough-guyism reigns from the Oval Office to the TV talk shows to Georgetown dinner parties.
Inside the Beltway, it seems there’s little political mileage in standing up for traditional American values, such as the rule of law or even the Founders’ historic concept of inalienable rights for all mankind.
On Sept. 19, Senate Republicans blocked an up-or-down vote on a bill seeking to restore habeas corpus rights against arbitrary imprisonment for people whom Bush unilaterally has designated “unlawful enemy combatants.”Bush’s supporters portrayed those who favored habeas corpus restoration as impractical coddlers of America’s enemies.
“This is purely a matter of congressional policy and national policy on how we want to conduct warfare now and in the future,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama. “Are we going to do it in a way that allows those we capture to sue us?”
The Republicans also prevented a direct vote on a plan to grant longer home leaves to U.S. troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Those two factors – obedience to Bush’s claim of unlimited power as he wages his “war on terror” and refusal to relieve some of the pressure on American troops facing repeated deployments to the front lines – are almost certain to keep making matters worse.
The mix of tired and desperate soldiers operating in an environment in which every person on the street is viewed as a potential suicide bomber is a formula for continued abuses, endless slaughter and deepening hatreds.
Back home, Americans who ask too many annoying questions or don’t demonstrate the right attitude toward government leaders can expect to encounter the hostility of an incipient police state, a thug nation that reflects the pugnacious arrogance and the contempt for dissent that is the stock and trade of the nation’s current two-term President.
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Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, was written with two of his sons, Sam and Nat, and can be ordered at neckdeepbook.com. His two previous books, Secrecy & Privilege: The Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq and Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & ‘Project Truth’ are also available there. Or go to Amazon.com.
© 2007 Robert Parry
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