TODAY’S NEWS : June 08, 2012
NDAA unconstitutional: Federal judge bans Obama from indefinitely detaining Americans
Posted on June 7, 2012 by Admin
RT News Sorry, Mr. President.
A US Federal judge has clarified a decision made last month with some news sure to upset the Obama administration: the White House cannot use the NDAA to indefinitely detain American citizens.
Judge Katherine B. Forrest has answered a request made by US President Barack Obama last month to more carefully explain a May 16 ruling made in a Southern District of New York courtroom regarding the National Defense Authorization Act.
Clarifying the meaning behind her injunction, Judge Forrest confirms in an eight-page memorandum opinion this week that the NDAA’s controversial provision that permits indefinite detention cannot be used on any of America’s own citizens.
Last month Judge Forrest ruled in favor of a group of journalists and activists whom filed a suit challenging the constitutionality of Section 1021 of the NDAA, a defense spending bill signed into law by President Obama on New Year’s Eve.
Specifically, Judge Forrest said in her injunction that the legislation contained elements that had a “chilling impact on First Amendment rights” and ruled that no, the government cannot imprison Americans over suspected ties with terrorists.
“In the face of what could be indeterminate military detention, due process requires more,” said the judge.
The Obama administration responded nine days later by asking Judge Forrest to reconsider her ruling, adding that, in the interim, the government would interpret the injunction to mean that only the few plaintiffs listed on the lawsuit would be excluded from indefinite detention.
One of those named, journalist Chris Hedges, had previously said, “I have had dinner more times than I can count with people whom this country brands as terrorists … but that does not make me one.”
Responding to the White House’s demands, Judge Forrest writes in a June 6 memo, “Put more bluntly, the May 16 order enjoined enforcement of Section 1021(b)(2) against anyone until further action by this, or a higher, court — or by Congress. This order should eliminate any doubt as to the May 16 order’s scope.”
Judge Forrest does include in her ruling, however, that Americans can be indefinitely detained, but only providing that the government can link suspects directly to the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Attorney Carl Meyer represented the plaintiffs in the lawsuit and told RT last month that he expected the Obama administration to challenge Judge Forrest’s ruling, but warned that “it may not be in their best interest because there are so many people from all sides of the political spectrum opposed to this law.”
Previously, state lawmakers in both Utah and Virginia have proposed legislation that would negate provisions of the NDAA on a local level.
FALSE FLAG – Coming Soon With Patriot Support!
From American Pictures
Read the screen play - click here.
FALSE FLAG is a powerful, contemporary story of action, intrigue and romance – which connects the little known, but devastating assault on the USS Liberty (a defenseless intelligence ship) with Zionist intrigues.
This sneak attack killed 34 Americans and wounded 173 others, in a botched Israeli operation to be blamed on their Arab enemies.
The massacre was covered-up by top U.S. government officials and, with media complicity, altered America’s role in the Middle East.
Since then, our nation’s representatives have consistently placed the interests of Israel above our own, endangering every American and replacing peace and justice with war and tyranny.
This story introduces a franchise character, “the Echo”, a popular journalist who must go underground to prevent the “war on terror” from becoming WWIII.
Air Force Set to Be Deployed Inside U.S. to Collect Data and Search Citizens
From The Intel Hub
By Alex Thomas
June 7, 2012
The United States Air Force, through the use of unmanned aerial drones, is set to be deployed inside the United States to collect data, investigate places of interest, and share data with local police agencies.
An unclassified Air Force Memo from late April documents the fact that the military is operating drone aircraft domestically and that, through a complete end run around the Constitution, can essentially share it with local law enforcement even if it has no relation to terrorism.
While many articles have already been published detailing the fact that the military is or will be sharing information they collect with local law enforcement, a more startling fact has been largely ignored by the corporate controlled media. (until now)
In a recently published op-ed, Andrew Napolitano outlined the fact that once the military identifies something of interest they can apply to a military commander for permission to conduct searches of American property and or citizens which in turn is a form of martial law.
“It gets worse. If the military personnel see something of interest from a drone, they may apply to a military judge or “military commander” for permission to conduct a physical search of the private property that intrigues them.
And, any “incidentally acquired information” can be retained or turned over to local law enforcement. What’s next? Prosecutions before military tribunals in the U.S,” wrote Napolitano.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has also publicly commented on the fact that the Air Force is now openly recording information on the American people in domestic situations.
“We’ve seen in some records that were released by the Air Force just recently, that under their rules, they are allowed to fly drones in public areas and record information on domestic situations,” explained Jennifer Lynch, of the EFF.
Madison Ruppert, writing for EndtheLie.com, detailed the broad exceptions to a guideline that is supposed to limit the military from non-consensual surveillance.
While the U.S. Air Force’s guidelines claim that drones are not allowed to carry out “non-consensual surveillance” on U.S. citizens or property, there are plenty of exceptions to this allowing such surveillance to occur.
Some of these many exceptions outlined in the Air Force documents include:
- Investigating or preventing clandestine intelligence activities by foreign powers, international narcotics activities, or international terrorist activities
- Protecting DoD employees, information, property and facilities
- Preventing, detecting or investigating other violations of law
Seems pretty broad, doesn’t it? “Other violations of law” leaves the door wide open for the drones to be used for just about everything.
After all, jaywalking is a violation of law. Does this mean that if a drone captures someone jaywalking, the use of military drones in U.S. airspace is somehow justified?
That’s right, the Air Force now has the authority to carry out drone surveillance on American citizens for essentially any violation of law.
Sadly, we now live in a country were 30,000 drones are set to be launched by various law enforcement agencies, the military, and private companies.
The idea of the military not being used against the American people has now been completely thrown out the window with the only hope citizens of this country have left being the support of individual military members who choose to go against these Unconstitutional directives.
America In Decline: The Soul Crushing Despair Of Lowered Expectations
June 06, 2012
The Economic Collapse
All over America tonight there are people that believe that their lives are over.
When you do everything that you know how to do to get a job and you still can’t get one it can be absolutely soul crushing.
If you have ever been unemployed for an extended period of time you know exactly what I am talking about.
When you have been unemployed for month after month it can be very tempting to totally cut yourself off from society.
Those that are kind will look at you with pity and those that are cruel will treat you as though you are a total loser.
It doesn’t matter that America is in decline and that our economy is not producing nearly enough jobs for everyone anymore.
In our society, one of the primary things that defines our lives is what we do for a living. Just think about it.
When you are out in a social situation, what is one of the very first things that people ask?
They want to know what you “do”.
Well, if you don’t “do” anything, then you are not part of the club.
But the worst part of being unemployed for many Americans is the relentless pressure from family and friends.
Often they have no idea how hard it is to find a job in this economy – especially if they still have jobs.
Sometimes the pressure becomes too great.
Sadly, we are seeing unemployment break up a lot of marriages in America today.
Things are really hard out there right now.
A very large number of highly educated Americans have taken very low paying service jobs in recent years just so that they can have some money coming in even as they “look for something else”.
Unfortunately, in many cases that “something else” never materializes.
In the past, America was “the land of opportunity” where anything was possible.
But today America has become “the land of lowered expectations” and the worst is yet to come.
We live during a time when “the American Dream” is literally being redefined. In the old days, just about anyone could get a good job that would pay enough to make it possible to buy a house, buy a nice car and raise a family.
Unfortunately, those days are long gone. The following is from a recent NPR article….
The town of Lorain, Ohio, used to embody this dream.
It was a place where you could get a good job, raise a family and comfortably retire.
“Now you can see what it is. Nothing,” says John Beribak. “The shipyards are gone, the Ford plant is gone, the steel plant is gone.” His voice cracks as he describes the town he’s lived in his whole life.
“I mean, I grew up across the street from the steel plant when there was 15,000 people working there,” he says. “My dad worked there. I worked there when I got out of the Air Force. It’s just sad.”
We live in an economy that is in serious decline. In this environment no job is safe. In fact, even Goldman Sachs is laying off workers these days.
Millions of Americans are suffering from deep depression because they can’t find jobs.
Many of them are sitting at home right now blankly starting at their television screens as they wonder why nobody wants to hire them.
Some have been unemployed for years and have sent out thousands upon thousands of resumes.
The following is from a recent article by J.D. Hicks….
I have a brilliant cousin with a $180K Syracuse education working part-time at a department store.
She has literally sent out 38,000 resumes in the span of a year to no avail.
I have another very bright friend with the kindest heart who is so desperate he has applied for dishwashing jobs and didn’t get them, sending him deeper into depression.
I’m sure we all know people like this, or perhaps have even been there ourselves.
Society has trained us to believe that we are worthless without a job. Indeed, we feel worthless when we are unemployed with few prospects of making money.
Family, friends, and peers constantly remind us in subtle and not-so-subtle ways that we “need” a job.
Have you ever been unemployed?
How did it make you feel?
How were you treated by your family and friends?
In the old days, a college education was almost a guaranteed ticket to the middle class.
But these days, a college education guarantees you absolutely nothing.
As a recent article by Jed Graham detailed, most young unemployed workers in America today have at least some college education….
For the first time in history, the number of jobless workers age 25 and up who have attended some college now exceeds the ranks of those who settled for a high school diploma or less.
Out of 9 million unemployed in April, 4.7 million had gone to college or graduated and 4.3 million had not, seasonally adjusted Labor Department data show.
Overall, 53 percent of all Americans with a bachelor’s degree under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed last year.
It is tough to tell young college graduates with their whole lives ahead of them that they need to lower their expectations because America is in decline.
So where did all the jobs go?
Well, one place they went is overseas. Over the past couple of decades, millions upon millions of good jobs have left the United States and have gone over to the other side of the world.
That is why you see gleaming new factories going up all over China even while our once great manufacturing cities are turning into crime-infested warzones.
But as a recent WND article reported, the WTO has a solution. They plan to replace “Made in China” labels with “Made in the World” labels so that we don’t feel so bad about losing our jobs and our economic infrastructure…
The World Trade Organization is moving closer to eliminating country-of-origin labels and replacing them with “Made in the World” initiative labels because they say we need to “reduce public opposition to free trade” and “re-engineer global governance.”
As the number of middle class jobs has steadily declined in recent years, the number of low paying service jobs has increased.
In a previous article, I discussed how approximately one out of every four U.S. workers now makes $10 an hour or less.
Could your family survive on 10 dollars an hour?
Today, you can find hordes of very smart, very talented Americans flipping burgers, waiting tables and welcoming people to Wal-Mart.
Sadly, the United States now has a higher percentage of workers doing low wage work than any other major industrialized nation does.
Perhaps we should applaud our leaders for doing such a great job of destroying the American Dream.
Because so many Americans are working crappy jobs, a very large percentage of them have absolutely no savings to speak of.
According to one survey, 42 percent of all American workers live paycheck to paycheck.
I am constantly encouraging people to save up an “emergency fund” that will enable them to pay their bills for at least 6 months if they suddenly become unemployed.
Unfortunately, for many Americans that is simply not possible. Way too many families are just barely scraping by from month to month.
Another area of the economy where Americans are facing lowered expectations is in housing.
In the old days, most Americans dreamed of owning their own homes.
But today we are being told that things have changed. For example, a recent USA Today article was entitled “Home rentals — the new American Dream?“….
Steve and Jodi Jacobson bought their Phoenix-area “dream home” in 2005. They built flagstone steps to the front door. They tiled the kitchen and bathroom. They entertained often, enjoying their mountain views.
“We put our soul into that house,” says Steve Jacobson, 37.
Then, home prices tanked more than 50%. Steve, a software quality assurance engineer, suffered pay cuts. In 2010, foreclosure claimed the home and their $100,000 down payment.
The Jacobsons didn’t lose their desire to live in a single-family home, however. They now rent one, like many other former homeowners displaced by foreclosure.
Is that what we are supposed to tell future generations of Americans?
“Listen Johnny and Suzie, if you work really, really hard at your minimum wage jobs perhaps someday you will be able to rent a home that has been foreclosed by a big, greedy bank”.
It is so sad to watch what is happening to this country.
These days many Americans are scratching and clawing and doing everything that they can to make it, but they still find themselves short on money at the end of the month.
Many are turning to debt in an attempt to bridge the gap. According to CNN, 40 percent of “low- and middle-income households” are using credit cards to pay for basic living expenses.
Overall, U.S. consumers have more than 11 trillion dollars in debt right now.
That is an incredible number.
As the economy has declined, a lot of families have completely given up trying to make it on their own and have turned to the U.S. government for financial help.
Today, an astounding 49.1 percent of all Americans live in a home where at least one person receives government benefits.
Just think about that number for a while. It is one of the clearest signs that America is in deep, deep decline.
Unfortunately, things are about to get even worse. The next wave of the financial crisis is unfolding in Europe and we will all be talking about another “major global recession” very soon.
That means that unemployment in the United States is going to get a lot worse.
For the millions upon millions of Americans that are already suffering through the horror of unemployment, that is really bad news.
Posted below is a trailer for a new HBO documentary entitled “Hard Times: Lost on Long Island”. Please take a few minutes to watch this video, because I think it does a good job of showing the soul crushing despair that many unemployed Americans are going through right now….
Time for Civil Disobedience?
June 5, 2012
Exclusive to STR
Underlying approaches to the great problem of how to rid society of government parasites without violence is the insight of Etienne de la Boëtie:
“Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces.”
That young Frenchman put his finger right on the great weakness of the governing classes: they absolutely depend on the acquiescence of their victims, or “support.”
Take that away, they will implode or fall.
No pushing is necessary; no violence, from either bullet or ballot.
His advice has been around– and repeatedly ignored–for over four centuries.
It is, however, a fundamental premise underlying both the Freedom Academy and the movement for nonviolent resistance in the tradition of Gandhi.
What did he mean, exactly, by “Resolve to serve no more”?
Probably both the main senses, the general and the particular.
Serving the master in general means obeying his commands or laws; everyone living in the domain claimed by a government is affected by this sense.
If everyone stops obeying, there is nothing he can do about it; he becomes powerless.
He may let off a volley of grapeshot or spray the crowds with machine gun bullets, but ultimately his goose is cooked.
All people have to do is nothing, to ignore him. Inducing folk to do nothing is, of course, slightly less simple.
The particular sense of “serving” would be those in literal service to his apparatus of government–government workers.
These are crucial; these are the people who wield those machine guns even as the régime is falling.
When they “serve no more,” his reign ends; for government consists only of people working for it.
He can fume and yell and bark as many orders as he wishes, but with no grunts to carry them out, he will be revealed only as the pathetic bully he always was.
It’s a brave thing to do, however, to ignore the law; and it’s disruptive to quit government employ.
Both actions are life-changing and the former is very dangerous.
De la Boëtie was correct, but how does one persuade large numbers of people to take such individual action?
For such a resolve is personal, it has to be taken one at a time.
In the trenches of WWI, it was sometimes effective for a whole mass of combatants to rise simultaneously and charge the enemy, but the nature of trenches and ladders meant that they each had to go “over the top” one by one.
Hence, for a moment they were prime targets for enemy riflemen.
It doesn’t seem to me a very practical idea, therefore, to propose to our fellow victims of government to engage in civil disobedience–necessarily, one at a time–in a period when government guns and gunners are abundant.
Such a strategy would create a lot of martyrs, but not many free people.
The math is all wrong, the sell is too tough.
Both kinds of support must be withdrawn, though.
Even if all government employees walked out (and presently, no law says they cannot), it would still be necessary for the rest of the population to understand why it should no longer listen for commands and look to government for leadership–and goodies.
Otherwise, it would be back in business in a heartbeat, and by popular demand!
Hence, everyone needs to understand why government is a lethal myth.
The re-education needs to be universal; just persuading a minority as “leaders” will not do.
I rather doubt that he had worked out the practical implications of implementing his advice, but de la Boëtie was rightly addressing the whole of society, and was referring to “service” in both these senses.
The process is under way, to re-educate everyone, both those employed by government and the rest of us.
As understanding is gained, all decide to leave its employ (or not to accept it if offered).
Then, as the number of government employees reduces, the risks inherent in civil disobedience recede for everyone else.
This is the key, as I see it, to the proper and timely use of civil disobedience.
Try this out on a couple of numbers.
Suppose there are 10,000 today who feel inclined to flout government’s law–but that there are 800,000 enforcers (various kinds of police, nationwide) ready to pounce when they see us doing it.
That would be an 80:1 advantage in their favor, and fatal for us.
But take the stage when just 10% of the population has learned what freedom and government are really all about.
Then there might be 720,000 enforcers but (10% of 300M = ) 30 million “civilians” (as they arrogantly call us) ready to wave a middle finger at them.
The advantage has dramatically shifted, to 42:1 in our favor–yet that’s the stage when 90% of the task still needs to be completed!
At that stage, civil disobedience (forgetting to pay taxes, not bothering to renew licenses or register for drafts, driving at sensible speeds, using drugs of choice, carrying guns without permits, declining to accept “legal tender” money, actually committing free enterprise! etc.)
-will be both safe (it will be 3,300 times less dangerous to flout their laws) and a major assist in the process of getting the remaining 90% into the freedom school(s) by demonstrating that government is weak as well as repugnant.
It will markedly accelerate the process, at just the right time to encourage the latecomers (as well as the pioneers or “early adopters”) to take part.
To practice civil disobedience today is just premature, but at that time it will become a turbocharger.
Take a closer look at the numbers.
The Academy’s Growth Page shows how, on simple and credible assumptions, the set of people ready and eager to practice freedom and not to work for government will double annually.
Currently we are so few as to be far below noise level, but around a decade from now, one person in 64 will be in that category.
Still, few will notice.
But then a year later they will number one in 32, and soon after that government Human Resource managers across the land will observe that the normal staff attrition rate has risen by an unexplained 2% or 3%.
Then we shall be noticed.
A year on, and we’ll be one in 16 and folk will begin seriously to flout laws.
The tipping point will happen a year on from then, when we number one in 8; for at that time, government will have a hard time empaneling juries who will reliably convict victimless criminals, since there must be fewer than one in 12 for that to continue.
See the turbocharge effect?
Victim-less lawbreaking will then be seen as almost risk free, so it will blossom like the flowers in spring.
That will be the glorious heyday of civil disobedience, lasting three or four years.
Government will never recover.
One in four, and there will be a major collapse of all its alleged “services,” causing corresponding growth of the “white market.”
One in two, and even the police (who will be the last to quit) will tell the boss to take their jobs and shove them.
Finally the disastrous, ten-millennia age of government will be over, first in America and then everywhere else, and the human race will begin a dramatic new phase of peace and prosperity.
Will there be civil disobedience after that historic transition?
In one sense, yes; for freedom consists in ignoring orders.
But in another sense, no; for disobedience presumes that orders are being given, which are capable of being disobeyed.
And that will no longer be the case.
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