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Month: August 2017

Government and Military’s Faithfulness to Constitutional Oaths

Here is my latest article on Activist Post, Government and Military’s Faithfulness to Constitutional Oaths

August 17, 2017

Should those working in government and military be expected to obey the U.S. Constitution they have sworn to support and defend?

For instance, in domestic policy Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to enforce federal drug laws even in states whose voters approved of some drug legalization, a violation of the Constitution’s Tenth Amendment regarding policing authority. The Constitution doesn’t even authorize the federal government to get involved in drugs, period. The AG is also violating the due process clause when he directs law enforcement to steal cash from citizens regardless of whether they are charged with any crimes.

And when it comes to foreign policy, even the military and its Uniform Code are clear on the ideas of swearing or affirming to support the U.S. Constitution and following lawful orders.

All U.S. military enlistees swear or affirm an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same … according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice…”

Now, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, or Title 10 U.S. Code Chapter 47, indicates that military personnel must obey “lawful” orders. For example, if accused of “willfully disobeying a lawful command of his superior commissioned officer,” a serviceman may be punished accordingly. And if accused of “willfully disobeying the lawful order of a warrant officer, noncommissioned officer, or petty officer,” a serviceman may be punished accordingly. And the law specifically states that one who “violates or fails to obey any lawful general order or regulation,” or who has “knowledge of any other lawful order issued by a member of the armed forces, which it is his duty to obey, fails to obey the order,” the serviceman may be punished accordingly.

Note how military personnel must obey “lawful” orders. Therefore they are not legally obligated to obey unlawful orders, by superior officers, or even by the President of the United States.

And all military officers, such as the current Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis and former Homeland Security Secretary and now White House chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly, also swear or affirm an oath similar to enlistees when commissioned.

The President of the United States also swears an oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Now, when military and other government officials swear an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution, does that mean they are obligated to support and defend each and every article, section, clause and amendment of the Constitution? Obviously that would have to be the case.

But just how much have U.S. Presidents including Donald Trump been “preserving, protecting and defending” the U.S. Constitution?

The Bill of Rights consists of the first ten amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Sadly, there are those who consider themselves “Constitutionalists,” yet they believe that these “rights” only apply to U.S. citizens.

The Bill of Rights recognizes rights which are inherent in all human beings, rights which preexist the formation of any government, or the formation of any nation, in fact. For example, all people have the right to defend themselves against aggressors, and they have the right to possess the means of self-defense they believe to be necessary. “The right of the people to keep and bear arms” is one of those inherent rights which preexist government.

If foreigners invaded the U.S. most Americans would think that taking arms against the invaders would be justified. That is everyone’s right. But when it comes to the right of the people of Iraq to defend themselves against the U.S. invaders there, many Americans have been conditioned to believe that no, the Iraqis don’t have such a right to self-defense. Sadly, most Americans including “gun rights” advocates probably applauded U.S. troops going door to door in Iraq to steal their firearms.

Obviously, being a citizen of the United States of America is not a requirement to have natural rights which are inherent and unalienable.

And all people have a right to due process and presumption of innocence by the ruling government which controls the judicial apparatus.

This right to due process means that the accused have a right to require the accuser to present evidence against the accused, and in a public setting, and the accused has a right to defend oneself against accusations which may very well be false accusations. The accused has a right to confront the accuser and challenge the accuser’s testimony or evidence which may very well be fabricated. And the accused has a right to show evidence or present testimony which may exonerate the accused.

Those are basic individual rights, because anyone can accuse anyone else of anything. This includes Presidents, military generals, judges, and policemen. No one should be empowered to be accuser, judge, jury and executioner.

Sadly, some people are very authoritarian in their mentality, and they have a blind faith in the decisions, assertions, and accusations of or by government bureaucrats, military generals, government police, judges and U.S. Presidents. Authoritarians believe that if the President and others say that this person here is a “terrorist,” he therefore doesn’t have “rights”  and thus it’s okay to put the accused in a prison and detain him indefinitely and even torture or kill him.

Taking the government’s word that someone is a “terrorist” is dangerous because the government could have any one of us detained, tortured, indefinitely imprisoned or killed, and for whatever reason the bureaucrats or their enforcers claimed.

For instance, out of 779 prisoners held at the unconstitutional Guantánamo prison in Cuba since 2002, over 700 of them have been released, because they were innocent and there was no evidence against them. Only 5% were captured by U.S. troops, but 86% were turned in by Afghan villagers who were paid bounties by the CIA. According to investigative journalist Andy Worthington, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney knew that “the vast majority of Guantánamo detainees were innocent” and that senior intelligence analysts believed that such Guantánamo detainees were “mistakes” and “had no connection to terrorism whatsoever.” Some of the detainees who were released had given false confessions, which is the real purpose of bureaucrats violating the Eighth Amendment and using torture in the first place.

But many people blindly believe the word of government authority, that someone who is accused by the government of something is therefore guilty of the crime.

So for many years now U.S. military and bureaucrats have been violating their Constitutional oaths by violating the unalienable rights to due process of many innocent people. The wars themselves that U.S. bureaucrats have started these past 25 years have also been violations of Constitutional oaths. Aforementioned military bureaucrats James Mattis and John Kelly have also been complicit.

During the first U.S. government war of aggression on Iraq that President George H.W. Bush started in 1991, then Lt. Col. Mattis led the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines which forced the Iraqi army out of Kuwait.

However, the U.S. Constitution doesn’t authorize the U.S. government to get involved in conflicts between foreign populations or governments. The Constitution also doesn’t authorize the U.S. government to have any military bases on other territories such as Kuwait which are not U.S. territories.

The U.S. military bombed Iraq and its civilian water and sewage treatment centers during that 1991 Gulf War, which, with the sanctions the U.S. government imposed, caused the Iraqis to have to use untreated water and that led to high rates of disease and hundreds of thousands of deaths throughout the 1990s.

Then the U.S. government’s post-9/11 war on Iraq caused hundreds of thousands more civilian deaths, white phosphorus and all, causing horrifying birth defects in Iraq.

Yet, more recently regarding “invasions” across U.S. borders, Gen. Kelly was quoted as stating, “The border is, if not wide open, then certainly open enough to get what the demand requires inside of the country. Terrorist organizations could seek to leverage those same smuggling routes to move operatives with intent to cause grave harm to our citizens or even bring weapons of mass destruction into the United States.” How ironic, to say the least.

Gen. Kelly was a commander of the 1st Marine Division and “Task Force Tripoli” in Iraq in 2002-2003, and returned to Iraq in 2007-2008.

During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan of 2001-2017, while commanding the Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan James Mattis oversaw the prosecution of several servicemen accused of killing or assaulting civilians. All of the accused pleaded guilty or were convicted of the war crimes, yet Mattis had the charges against several dropped and commuted the 8-year sentence of one of the murderers who pleaded guilty.

Mattis himself had, allegedly, committed war crimes with the murders of civilians when he ordered the assault on a wedding party in Iraq that U.S. officials asserted was a “suspected foreign fighter safe house,” although video helped to verify the victims’ claims. (And the U.S. military’s war on civilians continues unabated — and virtually unreported by mainstream media.)

Regarding the U.S. military’s invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, Mattis was quoted as stating, “Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”

The truth is, those generals and thousands of troops and commanders had no moral case to invade Iraq, either in 2003 or in 1991.

Following World War II, the Nuremberg Trials established that “planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression” is in and of itself a war crime.

When federal bureaucrats have so much disregard for their Constitutional oaths and for the due process rights of innocents, and with the possibility of civil unrest and martial law in America, military and local law enforcement should be urged to disobey any unlawful order by any superior officer or even the President, such as to unlawfully detain innocent people or unlawfully confiscate firearms, without due process.

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“White Nationalist” and “Alt-Right” vs. “Antifa” and Leftists: Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off (UPDATED)

There was a “white nationalist” rally in Virginia that was to do with alt-right or restoring the right or something, that leftist antifascist fascists and counter-protesters joined to counter-protest, and then some young neo-nazi wacko allegedly drove a car into a crowd of leftists and allegedly killed one person and injured several more. Do I have that correct?

And now we’re hearing from the anti-free speech fascists who want to ban “haters” from having their rallies and protests. Why is it that so many people on the left are extremely bothered by others who have “racist” attitudes or beliefs, or who want to preach their ignorance in the public square, and the censors want to banish the “haters” and have them arrested for “hate crimes,” for having forbidden thoughts or saying forbidden things, yet these same caring and compassionate people on the left aren’t too bothered by Bush-Obama-Trump’s CIA drones dropping bombs and murdering mostly innocent civilians in Yemen, Syria and Iraq, targeting wedding parties and funerals?

And why are many leftist activists out there protesting every time a white police officer shoots or kills a black victim, but not when the cops shoot white or Asian victims? Most of the victims of police brutality and murders of innocents are white. But today many activists only see black people as victims. The truth is, anyone who is victimized by government authorities is a victim, regardless of race. Skin color doesn’t matter, in my view.

Now, why is it that a lot of people these days equate “hate speech,” i.e. words, with actual physical violence? More and more it seems to me that especially the younger crowd are unable to distinguish between mere words and actual physical violence. I have seen declarations by activists that it’s okay to physically assault someone who says something of a racist nature, or says whatever goes against the latest PC trend. So now words are not tolerated but actual physical violence is.

I think that inability to distinguish between mere words and actual physical violence is because the average IQ of people has been going downward. In the younger people they have their beloved marijuana which has been shown to lower IQ, as well as their pharma drugs, their antidepressants, anti-psychotics, anti-ADHD, and so on, and the chemicals in all those processed foods and all the vaccines that have gotten into their brains and disrupted their neurotransmitters. Perhaps it would be helpful if they would stop having all that stuff?

UPDATE: It appears that the suspect, 20-year-old James Alex Fields, who allegedly drove the car into the crowd and killed at least one person, was arrested in 2010 or 2011 because his mother had repeatedly called police to complain that he was beating her and threatening her with a knife, as well as having locked her in the bathroom. According to CBS News, at that time Fields’s mother Samantha Bloom told police that “he was on medication to control his temper, transcripts from 911 calls show.”

And I would like to know what medication that was, specifically. Xanax? Zoloft? You see, as I have reported many times now, those psychiatric drugs have a history of making people’s problems worse, not better. Some of them have dangerous side effects such as extreme aggression and violence.

Several mass killings in recent years were committed by people who had been taking those dangerous psychiatric drugs, such as the South Carolina church shooter, Dylan Storm Roof, the Germanwings Airlines co-pilot Andreas Lubitz who took down his plane and mass-murdered 144 people, the Aurora Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, the Sandy Hook school shooter Adam Lanza, the Santa Barbara college shooter Elliot Rodger, Columbine High School shooter Eric Harris, and Ft. Hood shooter Nidal Hasan. (And see this.)

But we rarely if ever hear about the psychiatric drug-use aspect of those mass killers because many outlets in the mainstream media have the pharmaceutical companies for sponsors.

Also according to the CBS News article on the Virginia rally car-ramming killer, James Alex Fields, in 2010 he allegedly locked his mother in the bathroom “after she told him to stop playing video games.” And that’s another thing, this video game addiction that some people have. As I wrote in my lengthy article on Adam Lanza and Elliot Rodger, they both were obsessed with their video games. And while Lanza did have violent video games, it was the non-violent ones, such as Dance Dance Revolution, he was really obsessed with.

Frankly, I think the video games turn some of these youngins into zombies. And I think we can expand that into not just video games but the young people’s addictions to their little electronic gadgets, their iPhones and so on, and all the time-wasting zombie stuff such as Facebook and Twitter.

I would say with confidence that all these things with people constantly staring into their little gadgets all day every day will affect their ways of thinking. And so it’s no wonder we have more people attracted to superficial aspects of life, such as the “importance” of their skin color or race (on both the left and the right), or the resurgence on the right in nationalism, which is a form of evil collectivism, or this obsession on the left with their own form of group identity politics, as well as the moronic PC censorship stuff.

A Military Coup at the White House?

Robert Wenzel asserts that Donald Trump’s installing of military generals in the White House including the new chief of staff John Kelly and national security advisor H.R. McMaster is a “military coup in front of our eyes.”

Gen. McMaster is ousting Trump loyalists who are not in line with the generals’ military-control agenda, as I wrote in my previous post. And, as Wenzel points out, McMaster is however giving Susan Rice, Obama’s national security advisor, access to classified info even though she is out of office and is currently under investigation for her “unmasking” of Trump transition team personnel while they were under surveillance by the Obama regime.

And it appears that Gen. Kelly attends private meetings between Trump and cabinet members including while on the phone, and is acting like a true control freak.

Now, I know that Trump is fascinated with the military people and is turned on by their swagger and all that. But throughout the campaign Trump was very critical of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he recognized just how much our military destroyed those countries. It is these very generals who took part in the destruction of those countries, in which the U.S. military invaded two countries that were of no threat to us, that didn’t attack us, had nothing to do with 9/11, and in which the U.S. military have turned both countries into Islamic, Sharia law theocracies. Both U.S.-formed governments, in Iraq and Afghanistan, state in their new constitutions just that. And thanks to these generals and their cohorts in the U.S. military, they have engendered the creation of ISIS.

And Gen. McMaster took part in the first Iraq war in 1991, in which then-President George H.W. Bush sent the U.S. military to invade and bomb the crap out of Iraq, even though Iraq was of no threat to us and hadn’t attacked us at that time as well. Besides destroying Iraqi civilian water and sewage treatment facilities during the 1991 war on Iraq, forcing the Iraqis to have to use untreated water thus causing skyrocketing rates of diseases including cholera, the U.S. government then imposed sanctions and no-fly zones which prevented the importation of medical supplies and construction materials to repair the civilian water and sewage treatment centers the U.S. military destroyed for no good reason. As Leslie Stahl pointed out on 60 Minutes in 1996, by that point 500,000 innocents had died. Many more died because of the sanctions up to the year 2000. In my view, there wouldn’t have been a 9/11 had there never been a criminal invasion by the U.S. military in 1991. Everything the national security state, the “intelligence” community, and the generals and their cohorts have been doing since 9/11 has made things worse and worse, and made us less safe and more vulnerable.

And Donald Trump wants these guys to be in charge of the U.S. government now? Given the references that Wenzel cites in his post asserting that a military coup* is happening right now, Gen. Kelly is a complete control freak, and it isn’t just that he as WH chief of staff is “running the White House,” it is that he and his fellow incompetent psychopath generals are running the country, with The Donald being the Puppet-in-Chief.

But Trump can go back to his old self by firing all these generals and bringing back his personal staff but also bringing in actual advisors who can guide him on a non-interventionist foreign policy that he campaigned on. (I know, he also said things like “bomb the sh*t out of ISIS,” etc., because he doesn’t understand that our own government created ISIS and continues to support it, but whatever.)

*(However, the actual coup occurred on November 22, 1963. If you believe otherwise, I have a bridge to sell you.)

The “Deep State” Works with the Left to Take Down a Potential Anti-Establishment Threat

Donald Trump is his own worst enemy, but he doesn’t realize it. He has appointed H.R. McMaster as national security advisor, and John Kelly as chief of staff, among all the other generals of the Pentacon and the national security state apparatus. They along with the Left and the mainstream media are working feverishly to take down Donald Trump as President.

The latest news is that Trump’s national security advisor H.R. McMaster has fired Ezra Cohen-Watnick from the National Security Council. Cohen-Watnick had briefed U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes on the intelligence (sic) community’s “incidental surveillance” of Donald Trump’s transition team, according to the New York Times. McMaster seems to be acting on behalf of the national security state (a.k.a. “Deep State”) as he is purging those who along with Trump himself (at least candidate Donald Trump) have been not particularly obedient to the Establishment and its national security state wing.

According to the Times and WND, McMaster also fired Rich Higgins, a director of strategic planning, and Derek Harvey, a National Security Council Middle-East advisor. McMaster fired Higgins because Higgins had written a memo critical of the Left and the “globalists” and “Islamists” as “Maoist insurgencies” within the so-called deep state who are trying to remove Trump based on Trump’s own criticism of Establishment globalist activists within the federal government. Higgins also brought up the collusions among the Left, political activists, and the mainstream media, which he is exactly right about.

Cohen-Watnick, Harvey and Higgins all seem to be associates of Steve Bannon, Trump’s closest advisor and self-described “economic nationalist” (i.e. national socialist) who is sometimes derogatorily referred to as a member of the “alt-right.” The WND article mentions that McMaster’s real goal may very well be Bannon to oust.

The WND article also mentions that Harvey had kept a list of Obama “holdovers,” federal employees still working under the Trump administration who may not be favorable to Trump or Trump’s agenda and who may be among the saboteurs and/or leakers who are working to get Trump out of the White House. One big indication that McMaster is a part of the Establishment or “deep state,” along with the Obama holdovers is that McMaster was quoted as stating that “there is no such thing as a holdover.” Not good.

So Trump’s initial efforts to criticize, expose and “drain the swamp” of the Establishment are being sabotaged not only from the national security state apparatus, the intelligence (sic) community, the Pentacon, CIA, etc., but from the Left and the Obama-Clinton activists. This is why McMaster is firing Trump associates but no one from the Establishment national security state and no one from the Obama holdovers.

Sadly, regarding those Obama holdovers and those on the Left who have been critical of Trump and his supporters, the Obama-Clinton leftists are mainly concerned about words and rhetoric specifically based on race, sex, LGBT, and ethnicity, i.e. superficial matters that really don’t matter in the real world. They couldn’t care less about Trump’s CIA drone bombings and murders of innocent civilians overseas on a daily basis, or his love of police brutality and lack of understanding of due process. And in fact, some of Trump’s economic central planning are policies that many on the Left agree with!

Regarding Donald Trump and Steve Bannon’s “economic nationalism” (i.e. national socialism), such collectivist policies go against just about every principle America was founded on, such as private property, private property rights, freedom of association, free markets, individualism and self-determination. In other words, freedom. Trump’s economic central planning violates those principles, and is thus “un-American.”

I wish that the conservatives and nationalists understood that immigration controls imposed by the centralized government are socialist controls, as Jacob Hornberger pointed out recently. And that’s why they don’t work. Socialism really doesn’t work, and it never has worked. Just let people have their freedom — immigrants, workers, businessmen, and employers. It is the control freaks in government and their supporters who are the real “intruders,” not the immigrants. Just don’t let the immigrants get any government welfare. Ya think?

Anyway, I really wish that Trump had more balls and would stick to his guns on the anti-war rhetoric he gave during the campaign, and the anti-Establishment stuff as well. Obviously, the so-called deep state didn’t even have to threaten to give him the JFK treatment or even blackmail him. While Trump has a super ability to play the media like a violin, which is quite enjoyable, the national security state has that same ability to play Trump like a violin, because he is so simple-minded and has a maturity level of a 7th grader and a low IQ. All the national security state needed was their psy-ops, which all those generals surrounding Trump are very good at. So while I find Trump’s policies and his agenda of Big Government central planning socialism quite loathsome and un-American, I have to nevertheless come to his defense when it comes to the daily attacks, the lies and made-up “fake news,” the sabotages coming from both the national security state and “intelligence” community, and the Left and mainstream media.

Several Developments This Past Week

So only a week after being hired as White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci has been fired, apparently by the new White House chief of staff John Kelly who replaced Reince Priebus who Scaramucci accused as a WH leaker, which I also believed was the case. And Sean Spicer has been shown the door as WH spokesman.

Besides Rancid Reince Priebus, I also believe that Mike Pence is another WH leaker. Priebus and Pence are Establishment hacks and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if I heard that they as well as other WH staff members were leaking stuff against Trump. What a bunch of clowns.

And now Trump has appointed former DHS paranoid police statist Gen. John Kelly to be chief of staff. You see, former Marine Kelly is going to run a tight ship and any WH staff members who get out of line will be given their pink slips. However, Ivanka Trump tweeted that she is “looking forward to serving alongside John Kelly…” My interpretation of that “alongside” is that the meddling Ivanka, who apparently has input in just about every policy discussion at the White House, may think that Gen. Kelly will welcome her input. I see possible conflict between Ivanka and Kelly, and guess who will survive that conflict? (Heh.)

Anyway, can someone please tell me why Donald Trump is surrounding himself with Establishment flunkies in his administration? He promised to be the bull in the china shop, he promised to rock the boat, and all that stuff. But he is just replicating all the bad parts of past administrations who continued the escalation of America’s decline and the growth of the police state in Amerika. Something must be really wrong with him, or perhaps the “Deep State” a.k.a. national security state have threatened him that he had better be an obedient puppet or else he’ll get the JFK treatment. Something “happened” between November 8th and January 20th, that’s for sure.

And by the way, was it really a good idea to appoint as chief of staff someone like Gen. Kelly who was very upset that Trump fired former FBI director James Comey? Not good. And then there’s Trump’s decision to hire former FBI director Robert Mueller as the special counsel to investigate made-up fake news about non-existent ethics violations or non-existent crimes associated with Russia. Didn’t Trump know that Mueller and Comey are close friends? (Biased much?) And all the staff and investigators that Mueller hired for his fishing expedition are either Democrats or donated money to Democrat candidates such as Hillary Clinton. Not good. (Is there a reason why Mueller and AG Sessions aren’t investigating Clinton and her corrupt Foundation?)

And also this past week, Trump announced that the military will ban transgenders from joining. Good. Then I want them to ban cisgenders from the military. I also hope they ban homosexuals, as well as heterosexuals and all points between. As Laurence Vance frequently asks, why would anyone join the military? After the wars Washington has started against other countries and for no good reason, murdering and injuring millions of innocents overseas and sacrificing young Americans. Don’t be another dupe. Don’t join.

And finally, speaking of someone who did so well in the military, Sen. John McCain returned to Washington to vote against repealing some of the really bad parts of ObamaCare that he promised he would vote yes to repealing. So another betrayal by McCain. And the repeal’s defeat really was all based on his vote. What a schmuck. The Establishment knows that crony corporatist ObamaCare was meant to fail and what they really want is “single payer” or nationalized health care, or “universal health care,” or a government-run medical and insurance system. Naturally, everything else the government runs it runs into the ground. So why would this be any better? Have the hacks in Washington ever actually read Hayek’s “Fatal Conceit“? The statists want the government to have access into the private medical matters of every American because for bureaucrats that means control.