Ferguson – The Police State Exposed

Ferguson simply has exposed what has been happening for many years now in the wake of the Patriot Act, NDAA 2012, HR 347, which transformed our republic into a police state and stripped us of our Fourth Amendment rights. Thanks to the military-industrial complex, which makes billions off endless wars, we now have militarized police forces as well, armed to the teeth with weapons of war. See: https://www.aclu.org/war-comes-home-excessive-militarization-american-policing

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/19/1322763/-Using-the-ballot-box-to-lawfully-disarm-the-American-militarized-police-state-Police-execution-video

Protesters nationwide hope to transform their anger into change and secure the guarantees of the U.S. Constitution & Bill of Rights. See Ferguson Protesters Hope To Transform Anger Into Change, and a quick look at social media offers insight into what people are thinking. Check out Twitter hashtags #sandydarity, #justicefor mike #protestpoliceviolence, #FergusonSyllabus, and Twitter handles @civilright.org and @ryjareilly. For more information, see the Atlantic Magazine, 8-25-14 article by Marcia Chatelan “Ferguson is on the Syllabus:” http://colorlines.com/archives/2014/08/following_ferugson_teaching_the_crisis_in_the_classroom.html

As far as the justice system response goes, Prosecutor McCullough may likely be using the grand jury as a “delaying tactic” to absolve a guilty police officer of shooting Mike Brown on the street of Ferguson, Mo near where he lived with his parents. Officer Darren Wilson will tell his tale to the grand jury and no doubt there will be no trained opposing force who will challenge his story.

According to Bill Simpich, an Oakland attorney and the 2003 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the year, the 5th Amendment mandates the federal government to use the grand jury in capital cases, but he states that “it has fallen into disfavor over time and become an essential element of the New Jim Crow”. Simpich believes that “only a new civil rights movement can end this abuse of power.” This is part of a systemic problem that only can be corrected by putting the People back in charge of our government instead of a corrupt police state run by warmongering mega-corporations who care only about profits, not the human rights of an unarmed teenager.

AB 351 Passes Assembly Committee

NDAA Nullification Assembly Bill 351 was passed a week ago today by the Public Safety Committee and now will be coming up for a vote by the full Assembly in the near future.  Now is the time to call your State Assemblyperson and urge her or him to vote for it!

AB 351 will nullify the unconstitutional provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which stripped us of our habeas corpus rights, allowing for the indefinite detention of U. S. citizens on U. S. soil.  NDAA 2012 has already been found to be unconstitutional by a federal judge in a case brought forward by a wide array of groups and individuals from across the political spectrum.  AB 351, as well, has support from people on the left and on the right who are alarmed at the assault on our civil liberties that the NDAA represents.

To quote Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

For more information on this bill see these links:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_0351-0400/ab_351_bill_20130213_introduced.html

California NDAA Nullification Bill Passes Assembly Committee Unanimously

Habeas Corpus is Like Car Insurance

Habeas Corpus is like car insurance—you don’t worry about it much until you have an accident; or, in the case of habeas corpus, until you get arrested for peaceful protest and hauled before a military tribunal.  Sound preposterous?  Isn’t this the United States, the land of the free?  Well, no, actually.  Not anymore.  Not since the Patriot Act, the NDAA 2012 (and 2013) Act, and the Trespass Bills (HR 347, S 1794), AKA the “anti-Occupy bills”.

Now, in the United States of America, U. S. citizens can be indefinitely detained, without charge or trial, for a “belligerent act”.  What is that?  Well, no one quite knows for sure.  Want to stage a protest at the Democratic convention, or question your representative on where your tax dollars are going?  Be careful, you could be guilty of “knowing” you are entering a government building or within proximate space of someone guarded by the Secret Service (if they aren’t in their hotel rooms with prostitutes), and therefore in violation of a federal crime that could land you in prison for ten years, in which case I guess at least you wouldn’t have to be paying taxes!

Add to this the attacks on our privacy and free speech by the SOPA, PIPA, and now (again!) CISPA legislation, which if passed, would eviscerate our ability to voice our outrage and connect with one another on the Internet, and a frightening picture of a world dominated by Big Brother watching and controlling our every move begins to take shape.

These laws make a mockery of our Bill of Rights by violating our First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights, and whether you are a Tea Partier or an Occupier, your civil liberties are under assault.  We the people need to demand that these unconstitutional laws be rescinded before we find ourselves in Nazi Germany, or worse, living out an Orwellian nightmare.

Like car insurance, it’s a good idea not to let your constitutional rights like habeas corpus “lapse” because you never know when you might need them. 

Help us fight this unconstitutional attack on our civil liberties!  Write and call Congress and demand that these unconstitutional laws be reversed!

ALERT: Call Congress, White House re NDAA 2013!

The House has passed an even more extreme version of the National Defense Authorization Act which again strips us of our constitutional rights, allowing for indefinite detention of U. S. citizens on U. S. soil without charge or trial, despite the last one, the NDAA 2012, being ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.  We must speak up and voice our outrage to our representatives and the White House before it is passed by the Senate and Obama signs it into law!  When you call, remind them that the billions spent on endless wars and Pentagon pork authorized by this bill can be applied to the deficit and budget instead of cutting Social Security with the outrageous and cruel chained CPI!

To learn more and act, go to:  https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/detention/

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/498/p/dia/action/public/index.sjs?action_KEY=8895

  • Call White House:  202-456-1111
  • Call Senator Boxer:  202-224-3553
  • Call Senator Feinstein: 202-224-3841

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NDAA 2013 – Even Worse than 2012!!

Well here we go again.  Just when you think it can’t get worse, Congress passes an even more Orwellian version of the National Defense Authorization Act.  The Senate has again approved the NDAA 2013 with the indefinite detention provisions intact, which allowed for the indefinite detention of U. S. citizens on U. S. soil without charge or trial, strips us of habeas corpus, and expands the sanctions against Iran, which is no serious threat to the U. S., as well as “counter-terrorism” activities, code for illegal drone wars, wiretapping, and other invasive tactics.  But the House version, which passed on Friday, December 21, replaced weak guarantees with even more nebulous language.

The NDAA 2012 was successfully challenged in court and ruled unconstitutional, but the Obama administration filed an appeal claiming these provisions were necessary for “national security,” the buzz phrase that prevents many unconstitutional laws from being overturned, so a stay was placed on the injunction that would have prevented the law from taking effect.

Like its predecessor,the NDAA 2013 is UNCONSTITUTIONAL and we must speak out before it is again signed into law over the holidays while everyone is distracted, like the 2012 version was, on New Year’s Eve!

For more information, go to:

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/congress/item/12393-senate-soon-to-vote-on-ndaa-for-2013

http://www.thedailysheeple.com/house-passes-ndaa-2013-with-indefinite-detention-intact_122012

http://rt.com/usa/news/ndaa-veto-guantanamo-detention-993/

To act, go to:

https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/detention/