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The Freedom To Pursue Happiness – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on May 28, 2020

Please don’t misunderstand me. I recognize the scientific value of personal efforts to control contagion. But under the Constitution, these social-distancing, wear-your-mask, shut-your-business, stay-at-home edicts constitute mere recommendations that should induce rational voluntary compliance, because the government in America is without lawful power to compel compliance.

The governors complain about resistance. They need to know that Americans will resist efforts to interfere in behavior that remains as moral, natural, lawful and constitutional as it was 60 days ago.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/05/andrew-p-napolitano/the-freedom-to-pursue-happiness/

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The governors of all 50 states, and the mayors of many large cities, have assumed unto themselves the powers to restrict private personal choices and lawful public behavior in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

They have done so not by enforcing previously existing legislation but by crafting their own executive orders, styling those orders as if they were laws, using state and local police to enforce those so-called laws and — presumably when life returns to normal and the courts reopen — prosecuting the alleged offenders in court.

It is hard to believe that any judge in America would permit a criminal trial of any person for violating a standard of behavior that has not been enacted into law by a legislature. We know this because under our system of representative government, separated powers and guaranteed liberties, only the legislative branch can craft laws and assign punishments for noncompliance. This is Constitutional Law 101. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has written that the executive branch cannot enforce a law that it has written. If it does, we will have approached tyranny.

Have we approached tyranny already?

During the past eight weeks, governors and mayors have closed most businesses, public venues and houses of worship, prohibited public assembly and restricted travel — all of which they have unilaterally decreed to be nonessential.

In his terrifying novel “1984” — which posits a future of total control of all persons by the government and total control of the government by one political party — George Orwell argued that he who controls the meaning of words controls the laws as well.

That Orwellian truism has been manifested like never before here in America, where executive branch officeholders have used state and local police to restrain people from engaging in private and public behavior which they concede was lawful two months ago because today it is not deemed “essential.”

Frankly, I am surprised at the ferocity of police enforcement and the lameness of police compliance. The police have taken the same oaths to uphold the same Bill of Rights — it’s not the Bill of Safety; it’s the Bill of Rights — as have all other officeholders. The police also know that it is unlawful for them to obey an unlawful order, particularly when they use force.

The lockdown orders are all unlawful because none of them — none — has been enacted by a legislature, and all of them — all — interfere with fundamental liberties, each of which is guaranteed — guaranteed — by the Constitution.

Please don’t misunderstand me. I recognize the scientific value of personal efforts to control contagion. But under the Constitution, these social-distancing, wear-your-mask, shut-your-business, stay-at-home edicts constitute mere recommendations that should induce rational voluntary compliance, because the government in America is without lawful power to compel compliance.

The governors complain about resistance. They need to know that Americans will resist efforts to interfere in behavior that remains as moral, natural, lawful and constitutional as it was 60 days ago.

Last week, President Donald Trump, sounding fed up with gubernatorial lockdown orders, declared that religious worship is essential — meaning, in his opinion, all houses of worship should be opened — and he offered that he was prepared to “override” any governors who disagreed with him.

When he realized that he lacked any authority to override even unlawful gubernatorial decrees, he dispatched the Department of Justice to begin filing challenges to governors in federal courts and to argue that constitutional freedoms are being impaired by the states.

I applaud this, but it is too little, too late. Where was the DOJ when Catholic priests were threatened with arrest for saying Mass or distributing palms and when Jewish rabbis were put in COVID-19-infested jails for holding funerals? At all these religious events, folks freely chose to exercise their freedom to worship; and to take their chances.

These DOJ interventions provoked the question: Who should decide what goods, services or venues are essential — the states or the federal government? The question is Orwellian, as the answer is: neither of them. The government in America — state or federal — has no power and no right to determine what goods, services and venues are essential.

Those determinations have been for individuals to make since 1776, and those individual choices have been constitutionally protected from the feds since the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791 and from the states since the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868.

What is essential to the laborer or student or housewife may not be essential to the former Goldman Sachs partner who was elected governor of New Jersey, and who decreed last week, “It shall be the duty of every person or entity in this State… to cooperate fully” with his orders, or essential to the ideologue who is mayor of the Big Apple and who, for all his professed liberality, threatened to close permanently — permanently — businesses and houses of worship that flaunt his guidelines.

A duty is undertaken voluntarily or by nature, not by executive command, Governor Murphy. And the government cannot take property away from its owners except for a legitimate public use and only for just compensation, Mayor de Blasio.

Governors and mayors can make all the dictatorial pronouncements and threats that they wish. But they cannot use public assets to enforce them. And when they seek to use force, those from whom they seek it should decline the offer.

In America, we decide for ourselves what produces happiness. We have never delegated to the government — ever — the power to make personal choices for us.

And some of us are willing to take chances and even do “nonessential” things. The essence of the freedoms for which we have fought since 1776 is the liberty to be ourselves.

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Recalling George Orwell’s 1984 and Allan Moore’s V for Vendetta: Demystifying – and Stopping – Creeping Totalitarianism – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on March 18, 2020

“I remember how the meaning of words began to change. How unfamiliar words like ‘collateral’ and ‘rendition’ became frightening. While things like…The Articles of Allegiance became powerful, I remember how ‘different’ became dangerous. I still don’t understand it, why they hate us so much. They took Ruth while she was out buying food. I’ve never cried so hard in my life. It wasn’t long till they came for me.” — Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

“… no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.”

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/03/gary-g-kohls/recalling-george-orwells-1984-and-allan-moores-v-for-vendetta-de-mystifying-and-stopping-creeping-totalitarianism/

Examining the Role of America’s Un-elected, Globalist, Oligarchic, Sociopathic, Robber Baron, Multimillionaire Elites that are Perennially in Power

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“Every year America’s oligarchs take three trillion dollars out of America’s economy. This is how the rich have rigged the system – so that it benefits them at the expense of everyone else all of the time. To keep this fraud going, the public must be convinced of the need for military expenditure, and this is where all of the phony terror attacks come in. Here is Orwell’s definition of totalitarianism: ‘ A society living by and for continuous warfare in which the ruling caste have ceased to have any real function but succeed in clinging to power through force and fraud.” – From JFK to 9/11: Everything is a Rich Man’s Trick

Please, please, please take a step back, take a deep breath and watch the four short videos below (about 30 minutes total). Then later, when you have time – watch the equally important 3+ hour long “Rich Man’s Trick” video that will help any interested person de-mystify the current chaos of the planet’s manufactured Zombie Apocalypse and the inevitable world-wide economic Depression that is designed to enable the Oligarchic, Multi-billionaire Robber Barons to make massive investments and buy up as many of the struggling and/or bankrupt companies that couldn’t pay their mortgages because of the artificially-imposed Recession/Depression (a la the Cheney/Bush Big Bank Crisis/Stock Market Crash of 2008).

But – be mindful that the current planned social and economic catastrophes could possibly still be prevented or at least alleviated.

But how? Besides organizing resistance movements per the V for Vendetta video (perhaps without the violence), several points need to be made – among a number of others that I have described in other articles:

1] By thoroughly understanding – and therefore logically refusing, to fully comply with the standard overuse of Big Pharma’s dangerous, non-curative, often addictive synthetic drugs that are all potentially toxic because these drugs have never been thoroughly tested for safety or efficacy long-term (especially when prescribed in combinations).

Shame on Big Pharma for pushing their dangerous and addictive synthetic drugs up everybody that they can fool into accepting another prescription.

2] By thoroughly understanding – and therefore logically refusing to fully comply with – the standard overuse of allegedly “preventive”, universally neurotoxic vaccines that are intra-muscularly-injected (in un-tested-for-safety combinations) with disease-inducing, autoimmune disorder-inducing aluminum adjuvants that only provide partial, short-term infectious disease protection but never results in life-long immunity (as occurs with natural-occurring infections).

The “normality” of the widespread uses of Big Pharma’s unaffordable synthetic substances has been consistently promoted by corporate-controlled Big Medicine, corporate-subsidized (and therefore controlled) federal government agencies like the CDC, the FDA, the NIH, the HHS (and their subsidiaries) and then endorsed – 24/7 – by corporate-controlled Big Media outlets, whose ubiquitous Big Pharma advertisers DO NOT allow any mention of the multitude of safe, non-synthetic, curative, nutritionally-based, disease-preventive alternatives.

Shame on Big Vaccine and their lapdogs at the CDC, the FDA, the NIH, the HHS and Big Media for continuing to try to fool the people into trusting the neurotoxic substances in their vaccines and allowing their children to continue to be over-vaccinated..

3] By acknowledging that there are known mitochondrial-, white blood cell- and chromosomal-disabling-effects from any massive exposure of cities like Wuhan to 5G Electromagnetic Radiation (not to mention many other cities in China, South Korea, Japan, Italy and even Iran). Big Technology corporations don’t want any negative news broadcast about 5G, their “Next Big Things”. After all, self-driving cars and the Internet of things (IoT) absolutely need their risky 5G networks.

Shame on Big Technology, the Federal Communications Commission and the US Department of Energy for the propaganda they are using to push 5G’s toxic products.

4) By acknowledging that cheap Vitamin C, either intravenously or orally, has been highly successful in China in both treating and preventing viral infections (not to mention some cancers). Big Pharma and the CDC prefer to do research on unaffordable and much more dangerous drugs than admit that there are cheaper, safer and more curative alternatives than what they have to offer.

Shame on Big Pharma and Big Media and every other entity that discredits alternative approaches to health care.

5] By acknowledging that the sunlight-blocking effect of toxic smog and hazy polluted skies above Wuhan and other industrial cities drops the blood and body levels of Vitamin D in everybody. Big Corporations and the Big Media outlets that accept their advertising money) don’t want to admit that many sicknesses are their fault, and therefore many epidemics and pandemics are theoretically preventable. Big Corporations therefore remain in denial and would rather crash the economy than admit their guilt.

Shame on all Big Corporations that produce smog-and smoke-inducing, air pollution and the Air Forces that are spraying chemicals in the atmosphere in a futile attempt to block the sun’s rays

It must be understood that these safe, holistic, disease-preventive approaches to viral infections (and an assortment of many other medical disorders) are affordable and don’t necessarily require costly clinic visits or unaffordable and consistently dangerous prescription drugs – especially when used chronically.

And there is the rub.

Such non-drug, non-vaccine, non-prescription approaches are seen as dangerously un-profitable for the corrupt crony capitalist Oligarchs that own Big Pharma, Big Medicine, Big Government, Big Media and Big Technology. Therefore, the existence and usefulness of such non-drug alternatives are always un-mentioned by the talking heads and their editors each of whom are not above demonizing the competitors of their clients.

Today, with the suggestions of several internet acquaintances of mine, I watched the videos whose links are listed below, which include excerpts from or summaries of the films V for Vendetta and 1984 that should help de-mystify the chaos that is happening all around the world.

A bunch of the credit for the chaos goes to a gathering called Event 201 that was presented –  invitation only – and hosted by the World Economic Forum, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Health Security. The event occurred on October 18, 2019, just a couple of months before the Wuhan incident became public. (Learn more about it at here.)

Below is just some of the information that needs to be considered when deciding how far to go in complying with the draconian Medical Martial Law clamp-down which was proposed by the elites at the Event 201 gathering.

Hopefully readers of this article will be able to decide what to do if and when the police or US soldiers knock on your door or beat it down in order to force you to submit to an un-tested for safety or efficacy vaccine or vaccines, which contain toxins that even the public health authorities don’t understand – except that they are made in China or India.

Medical Martial Law – a la 1984 – has been on the books for generations – just waiting for an opportunity to be launched. Nobody should think that “it couldn’t happen here”.

Please cross-post this essay to your local, state and national political leaders, physicians, public health officials, media types, family and friends. The future of our planet – and the future of the children – is at stake.

Below are a short explanations of a handful of short videos that are essential viewing that will help folks comprehend what is happening in the halls of power and in the dens of the secret societies like Skull and Bones, whose members have supplied so many political and corporate elites over the last 150+ years – ever since the slave system that their ancestors established in America and which allowed them to accrue their obscene levels of wealth and power.

One of the several reasons for my writing this particular column is that I recently (finally!) got around to watching a DVD that had been on my bookshelf for several years. This video-documentary is actually still watchable on YouTube.

The title of the video is “JFK to 9/11: Everything is a Rich Man’s Trick”, and it deserves to be made required viewing for every person that wants to vote or even express an opinion in any discussion that concerns American history or politics. I highly recommend it.

The following much shorter videos should be considered as required viewing as well:

1] A 4-minute excerpt from “V for Vendetta”. This is a short sequence from the powerful film that describes a global crisis that was planned and executed by a “pharmaceutical company” that released pathogenic viruses into the entire world, which created a viral pandemic – and panic – among the increasingly fearful, desperate and therefore increasingly obedient public.

2] This 7 minute clip is a short summary of “V for Vendetta” which gives a recipe for how any ruling class of Oligarchs can easily orchestrate the unquestioning cooperation of the “ruled” with their rulers orders and thus enable the smooth introduction of profitable, fast-tracked, allegedly “curative”, but unproven-for-safety-or-efficacy vaccinations that likely contain dangerous, but invisible ingredients in them.

3] This 12-minute video is a powerful summary of George Orwell’s novel “1984” that tells the story of a post-WWII, right-wing, totalitarian, proto-fascist nation-state that is similar to the ones that regularly pass through the White House to receive Trump’s counsel, blessings and promises of collaboration.

The exploited “useless eaters” in those poor, war-ravaged foreign countries are being ruthlessly exploited in their native countries and looking for a place where they can escape the violence and hunger. Tyranny seems to be confronting the working people almost everywhere in the world with the help of the brain-washing, the “double-think”, the alteration of historical facts, the corporate/”One Party” control of governments, the corporate control of information (“Newspeak”), the constant technological surveillance, perpetual war, etc.

For extra credit (from “Alternate History Hub”) in understanding more thoroughly the message of George Orwell’s “1984”, click on the 15-minute video here.

And here are a number of pertinent quotes from 1984 (except for the final one)

“… no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.”

 “The ideal set up by the Party was something huge, terrible, and glittering—a world of steel and concrete, of monstrous machines and terrifying weapons—a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting—three hundred million people all with the same face.”

 “Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’”

“Tragedy, he perceived, belonged to the ancient time, to a time when there were still privacy, love, and friendship, and when the members of a family stood by one another without needing to know the reason.”

“Never again will you be capable of ordinary human feeling. Everything will be dead inside you. Never again will you be capable of love, or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, or curiosity, or courage, or integrity. You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty, and then we shall fill you with ourselves.” 

 “To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free, when men are different from one another and do not live alone—to a time when truth exists and what is done cannot be undone: From the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude, from the age of Big Brother, from the age of doublethink—greetings!”

 “There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always—do not forget this, Winston—always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking into the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.”

Addendum: Note that the quote below from the movie V for Vendetta seems to accurately refer to “Extraordinary Rendition”, the euphemistic term for “Torture and Other Forms of Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment” when they are performed by the CIA, Mi5 or the Mossad in “dark sites” outside the borders of the US and the term “collateral” seemingly refers to “Collateral Damage”, the euphemism that refers to unintended civilian war crime killings and casualties caused by the soldiers doing the shooting.

Incidentally the term “Collateral Damage” doesn’t apply to the civilian killings as portrayed in the video of the episode that occurred on July 12, 2007. The 24-minute video of the event was titled “Collateral Murder” and released by Julian Assange on his website WikiLeaks. The video has been repeatedly banned on the internet but is still viewable here and especially the video at here to listen to the testimony of one of the Army rescuers.

The US Air Force perpetrators of the war crimes committed by those airmen in the Apache helicopter were never punished, but one wonders how many of them either committed suicide later or perhaps “just” suffer life-long combat-induced PTSD and “just” become depressed, angry, sociopathic, addicted to prescription drugs, alcohol, illicit drugs or emotionally violent or neglectful to family members or friends in the decade since. The same question could apply to the US soldier-rescurers – usually referred to as “our heroic defenders of our democracy” when they get back home – who had to deal with the carnage of the dead and dying unarmed civilians on the ground.

And one needs to wonder how forgiving of America are any of the tens of millions of Muslim Middle Easterners who have become aware of the atrocity.

And, of course, it goes without saying that this exposure of a war crime perpetrated by the US, would make Assange an enemy of the state. With the way the establishment is treating Julian Assange and Bradley/Chelsea Manning, one must conclude that “Exposing War Crimes in America is a Crime”.

“I remember how the meaning of words began to change. How unfamiliar words like ‘collateral’ and ‘rendition’ became frightening. While things like…The Articles of Allegiance became powerful, I remember how ‘different’ became dangerous. I still don’t understand it, why they hate us so much. They took Ruth while she was out buying food. I’ve never cried so hard in my life. It wasn’t long till they came for me.” — Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

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How’s That Alternative Reality Working Out For You? by Robert Gore

Posted by M. C. on December 9, 2019

https://straightlinelogic.com/2019/12/06/hows-that-alternative-reality-working-out-for-you-by-robert-gore/

Robert Gore

Two plus two equals four. Epstein didn’t kill himself.

At the end of 1984, Slavery is Freedom, two plus two equals five, and Winston Smith loves Big Brother. The Party has destroyed Smith’s mind, he embraces whatever narratives it promulgates. The fictive Party has solved the conundrum that bedevils any individual or organization seeking to exercise power: coercion can exact physical compliance and the desired verbalizations, but how do you compel the subjugated to think and believe as you want them to think and believe?

Our Party, the confederation of powerful people who promulgate the narratives that always point the same direction—more government and power for the powerful, less freedom for the subjugated—has yet to reach the mind control of Orwell’s Party, but not for want of desire or effort. We know the Party’s narratives: globalism, climate change, surveillance, incarceration, political correctness, open borders, free migration, fiat debt, central economic planning, socialized education and medical care, and wars on terrorism, drugs, poverty, any regime that refuses to toe the Party line, hydrocarbons, private firearms, individual rights, privacy, precious metals and cash, and socialized education and medical care. We know the Party’s institutions: governments, central banks and their central banks, intelligence agencies, military forces, police, permanent bureaucracies, multinational corporations, multilateral economic, political, and financial institutions, foundations, universities, nonprofits, and NGOs. We know the Party’s overlapping mouthpieces: the mainstream media, think tanks, government and intelligence agency propaganda organs, crony executives and their companies, Hollywood, and academia. And we know the figureheads who stock governments and their allied institutions, and the Party puppeteers who pull their strings…

See the rest here

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The Very Book The Government Does Not Want You To Read Just Went #1 In The World – Collective Evolution

Posted by M. C. on September 20, 2019

https://www.collective-evolution.com/2019/09/18/the-very-book-the-government-does-not-want-you-to-read-just-went-1-in-the-world/

In Brief

  • The Facts:Edward Snowden recently released a book titled “Permanent Record.” The US government is now suing the publisher of the book for not giving the CIA and the NSA a chance to erase classified details from the book.
  • Reflect On:What is the government really protecting? Are they protecting the well being of the citizenry or are they protecting immoral, unethical, political, corporate and elitist interests?

George Orwell’s 1984 is a classic book depicting a populace ruled by a political regime that persecutes individualism and independent critical thinking as “thoughtcrimes” that must be enforced by the “thought police.” This party seeks power above all, and, through the propagandist Ministry of Truth, presents the people with their version of truth and casts away all other information and opinion. Sound familiar?

 

This is exactly what’s happening today right in front of our eyes. The “ministry of truth” comes in the form, at least on social media, as FakeNews watchdogs. These are entities that are flagging information that threatens corporate and political interests and labels it as “fake news” when a lot of it, is in fact, the complete opposite. Since when does an authoritative entity like the government have to step in and decide for the people what is real and what is not? Are people not capable of examining sources and determining this for themselves? These fake news watchdogs have some interesting sponsors. One of these sponsors, for example, is NewsGuard. They are funded by Clinton donors and big pharma, with ties to the CFR. You can read more about that entity here.

Companies and government agencies who are threatened by information also seem to be employing an “army of bloggers, surrogates, trolls, and bots on Twitter, Facebook, and by email” (Robert F. Kennedy Jr.) to try and sway discussion and brainwash people. We here at Collective Evolution have been experiencing them as well.

The world knows why the hunt for Julian Assange was ongoing for so long, it’s because he leaked secrets and exposed those who keep them. He exposed the lies, corruption and deceit that represents the backbone of the Western military alliance and the American empire. He exposed, in the words of John F. Hylan, former Mayor of New York City, the “real menace of Republic”, the “invisible government, which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation.” He exposes the ones “who virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes.” (source)(source)

He exposed immoral and unethical actions that have no basis and justification, he is a hero.

The same thing goes for National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden, who leaked classified documents regarding the scope of the US governments surveillance programs, which is and was huge. He is and was not the first, William Binney did the same, along with Thomas Drake and many others.

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Keep in mind that this is a global mass surveillance program. Snowden recently released a book about it, and more.

The Takeaway

At the end of the day, the US government suing the publisher of Snowden’s book is only bringing more attention to the truth of mass censorship and that this global elite is losing power. The more the global elite respond the way they are, with this like the mass censorship of information, alternative independent media outlets being shut down, and jailing people like Julian Assange, the more they hurt their own interests… which is inspiring for humanity as we awaken

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2002 Landmarks on the Road to “1984” Orwellian Hell – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Posted by M. C. on August 31, 2019

…columnist William Safire captured the sweep of the new surveillance system: “Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book, and every event you attend — all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as ‘a virtual, centralized grand database.’”

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/2002-landmarks-on-the-road-to-1984-orwellian-hell/

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Next month will be the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Politicians
and bureaucrats wasted no time after that carnage to unleash the
Surveillance State on average Americans, treating every person like a
terrorist suspect. Since the government failed to protect the public,
Americans somehow forfeited their constitutional right to privacy. Despite
heroic efforts by former NSA staffer Edward Snowden and a host of
activists and freedom fighters, the government continues ravaging American
privacy.

Two of the largest leaps the largest leaps towards “1984” began in 2002. Though neither the Justice Department’s Operation TIPS nor the Pentagon’s Total Information Awareness program was brought to completion, parcels and precedents from each program have profoundly influenced subsequent federal policies.

In July 2002, the Justice Department unveiled plans for Operation TIPS — the Terrorism Information and Prevention System. According to the Justice Department website, TIPS would be “a nationwide program giving millions of American truckers, letter carriers, train conductors, ship captains, utility employees, and others a formal way to report suspicious terrorist activity.” TIPSters would be people who, “in the daily course of their work, are in a unique position to serve as extra eyes and ears for law enforcement.” The feds aimed to recruit people in jobs that “make them uniquely well positioned to understand the ordinary course of business in the area they serve, and to identify things that are out of the ordinary.” Homeland Security director Tom Ridge said that observers in certain occupations “might pick up a break in the certain rhythm or pattern of a community.” The feds planned to enlist as many as 10 million people to watch other people’s “rhythms.”

The Justice Department provided no definition of “suspicious behavior” to guide vigilantes. As the public began to focus on the program’s sweep, opposition surfaced; even the U.S. Postal Service briefly balked at participating in the program. Director Ridge insisted that TIPS “is not a government intrusion.” He declared, “The last thing we want is Americans spying on Americans. That’s just not what the president is all about, and not what the TIPS program is all about.” Apparently, as long as the Bush administration did not announce plans to compel people to testify about the peccadilloes of their neighbors and customers, TIPS was a certified freedom-friendly program.

When Attorney General John Ashcroft was cross-examined by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on TIPS at a Judiciary Committee hearing on July 25, he insisted that “the TIPS program is something requested by industry to allow them to talk about anomalies that they encounter.” But, when George W. Bush first announced the program, he portrayed it as an administration initiative. Did thousands of Teamsters Union members petition 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue over “anomalies”? Senator Leahy asked whether reports to the TIPS hotline would become part of a federal database with millions of unsubstantiated allegations against American citizens. Ashcroft told Leahy, “I have recommended that there would be none, and I’ve been given assurance that the TIPS program would not maintain a database.” But Ashcroft could not reveal which federal official had given him the assurance.

The ACLU’s Laura Murphy observed, “This is a program where people’s activities, statements, posters in their windows or on their walls, nationality, and religious practices will be reported by untrained individuals without any relationship to criminal activity.” San Diego law professor Marjorie Cohn observed, “Operation TIPS … will encourage neighbors to snitch on neighbors and won’t distinguish between real and fabricated tips. Anyone with a grudge or vendetta against another can provide false information to the government, which will then enter the national database.”…

Total Information Awareness: 300 million dossiers

The USA PATRIOT Act created a new Information Office in the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In January 2002, the White House chose retired admiral John Poindexter to head the new office. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer explained, “Admiral Poindexter is somebody who this administration thinks is an outstanding American, an outstanding citizen, who has done a very good job in what he has done for our country, serving the military.” Cynics kvetched about Poindexter’s five felony convictions for false testimony to Congress and destruction of evidence during the investigation of the Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages exchange. Poindexter’s convictions were overturned by a federal appeals court, which cited the immunity Congress granted his testimony.

Poindexter committed the new Pentagon office to achieving Total Information Awareness (TIA). TIA’s mission is “to detect, classify and identify foreign terrorists — and decipher their plans — and thereby enable the U.S. to take timely action to successfully preempt and defeat terrorist acts,” according to DARPA. According to Undersecretary of Defense Pete Aldridge, TIA would seek to discover “connections between transactions — such as passports; visas; work permits; driver’s licenses; credit cards; airline tickets; rental cars; gun purchases; chemical purchases — and events — such as arrests or suspicious activities and so forth.” Aldridge agreed that every phone call a person made or received could be entered into the database. With “voice recognition” software, the actual text of the call could also go onto a permanent record.

TIA would also strive to achieve “Human Identification at a Distance” (HumanID), including “Face Recognition,” “Iris Recognition,” and “Gait Recognition.” The Pentagon issued a request for proposals to develop an “odor recognition” surveillance system that would help the feds identify people by their sweat or urine — potentially creating a wealth of new job opportunities for deviants.

TIA’s goal was to stockpile as much information as possible about everyone on Earth — thereby allowing government to protect everyone from everything. New York Times columnist William Safire captured the sweep of the new surveillance system: “Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book, and every event you attend — all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as ‘a virtual, centralized grand database.’” Columnist Ted Rall noted that the feds would even scan “veterinary records. The TIA believes that knowing if and when Fluffy got spayed — and whether your son stopped torturing Fluffy after you put him on Ritalin — will help the military stop terrorists before they strike.”…

In September 2003, Congress passed an amendment abolishing the Pentagon’s Information Office and ending TIA funding. But by that point, DARPA had already awarded 26 contracts for dozens of private research projects to develop components for TIA. Salon.com reported, “According to people with knowledge of the program, TIA has now advanced to the point where it’s much more than a mere ‘research project.’ There is a working prototype of the system, and federal agencies outside the Defense Department have expressed interest in it.” The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is already using facial recognition systems at 20 airports and the Transportation Security Administration is expected to quickly follow suit.

Two weeks after the 9/11 attacks, Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo sent a secret memo to the White House declaring that the Constitution’s prohibition on unreasonable searches was null and void: “If the government’s heightened interest in self-defense justifies the use of deadly force, then it also certainly would justify warrantless searches.” That memo helped set federal policy until it was publicly revealed after Barack Obama took office in 2009. Unfortunately, that anti-Constitution, anti-privacy mindset unleashed many federal intrusions that continue to this day, from the TSA to the National Security Agency to the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.

This article was originally published in the August 2019 edition of Future of Freedom.

 

 

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Stupidity, Evil and the Decline of the US – International Man

Posted by M. C. on June 11, 2019

https://internationalman.com/articles/stupidity-evil-and-the-decline-of-the-us/

by Doug Casey

(Today’s article is an adaptation from one of Doug’s speeches.)

It used to be that America was a country of free thinkers.

“Say what you think, and think what you say.” That’s an expression you don’t hear much anymore.

It’s much more like the world of 1984 where everything is “double think.” You need to think twice before you say something in public. You think three times before you say something when you’re standing in an airport line.

Regrettably, the US is no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave. It’s become the land of whipped and whimpering dogs that roll over on their backs and wet themselves when confronted with authority.

Now, why are Americans this way? Let me give you two reasons—though there are many more.

First, there’s a simple absence of virtue. Let’s look at the word virtue. It comes from the Latin vir, which means manly, even heroic. To the Romans, virtues were things like fortitude, nobility and courage. Those virtues are true to the root of the word.

When people think of virtues today they think of faith, hope, charity—which are not related to the word’s root meaning. These may pass as virtues in a religious sense. But, outside a Sunday school, they’re actually actually vices. This deserves a discussion, because I know it will shock many. But I’ll save that for another time.

An absence of virtues and the presence of subtle vices is insinuated throughout society. Worse, overt vices like avarice and especially envy are encouraged. Envy, in particular will become a big vice in the years to come. It’s similar to jealousy, but worse. Jealousy says “You have something I want; I’ll try to take it from you”. Envy says “You have something I want. If I can’t take it from you, I’ll destroy it, and hurt you if I can.” Jealousy and envy seem to motivate most Democratic Party presidential candidates. No wonder America is in rapid decline.

A second reason is unsound philosophy. The reigning philosophy in the US used to be based on individualism and personal freedom. It’s now statism and collectivism. But most people don’t think about philosophy—or even have a consistent worldview. More than ever, they do what seems like a good idea at the time.

The average American has problems. But his rulers are something else again. Most of the people running the US are either knaves or fools. How do we know if we are dealing with a knave or a fool? In other words, are you dealing with somebody who is evil or just stupid? To give a recent, but classic, example, are you dealing with a Dick Cheney or a George W. Bush? Do you prefer the knavish Obama, or the knavish Biden? The foolish Trump, or the foolish Pence. Not much of a real choice anywhere…

At this point, the US resembles the planet Mars, which is circled by two moons, Phobos and Deimos, fear and terror in Greek. The US is also being circled by two moons, Kakos and Chazos, evil and stupidity in Greek. It’s hard to imagine the Founding Fathers having seen that as a possibility.

One of the relatively few laws I believe in is Pareto’s Law. Most people are familiar with it as the 80-20 rule—20% of the people do 80% of the work, 20% commit 80% of the crime, and so forth. It also applies to character and ethics. Most people—80%—are basically decent. What about that other 20%? Let’s call them potential trouble sources because they can go either way. But 20% of that 20%—4%—are the sociopaths; they consistently have bad intentions. They’re usually hiding under rocks. But they like to emerge at election time.

In normal times when everything’s going along well, they can look normal. They’ll deliver the mail, or sell shoes or stocks. They’ll pet the dog, and play softball on weekends. But when circumstances in society get ugly, and reach a certain point, they start evidencing themselves. The rest of the 20% start swinging along with them. That’s the place where we are right now in the US. It’s Pareto’s Law in operation. You can see it in basically all the Democratic Party’s candidates—Bernie, Pocahontas, AOC, and two dozen others.

A lot of people believe in American Exceptionalism. A good argument can be made for America having been exceptional in the past. It’s factually correct that America is the only country founded on the principles of individualism and personal freedom. It was actually different. It was special, even unique. But I don’t think it’s true anymore… Read the rest of this entry »

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Coups are Peace, Censorship is Trust, Intolerance is Love: 3 Orwellian slogans Western leaders adore — RT World News

Posted by M. C. on February 21, 2019

https://www.rt.com/news/451882-orwellian-slogans-western-leaders/

Exactly 70 years after George Orwell’s 1984 came out, most fancy themselves smart to totalitarian doublespeak. But perverse lies need no torchlight or mass rallies, just a tailored suit, complacent media and a docile populace.

We know this, yet hear them so often that they become background noise, and even if they come from the mouths of politicians we do not believe, we let the distortions wash over us, unwilling to expend the mental effort to challenge them every time. But when we stop and think, they barely make any sense.

‘Peace-loving nations’

“Peace-loving nations” desire a “peaceful transition” in Venezuela where “peaceful protesters” are being “threatened with violence” by “dictator” Nicolas Maduro, Donald Trump declared recently.

In fact, the US president is openly urging what he must know will be an armed and bloody uprising perhaps magnitudes more devastating than the violence that has already taken place. A month after the same dove-releasing Western powers barely bothered to conceal how they coordinated efforts to endorse out of nowhere a little known self-proclaimed president, furnishing him with every financial tool and foreign-aid incentive to topple the elected government.

One doesn’t have to be a fan of Chavismo or hate America to appreciate the sheer gall. Unless we think of this peace as some cast-iron Western guarantee for post-revolutionary idyll (hello, Libya and Iraq) the only way these nations could be less peaceful is if they actually invaded Venezuela themselves. And it’s not like they haven’t considered that option.

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Big Brother: Police Raid Home Of Man Who Posted Pictures Of His Mushroom Dinner On Facebook

Posted by M. C. on May 18, 2018

Cops desperate for a bust and to kick some ass. Truly pathetic. That is why you should never bring police into your life unless there is absolutely no other choice.

1984 is turning out to be a very long year.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-17/big-brother-police-raid-home-man-who-posted-pictures-his-mushroom-dinner-facebook

by Tyler Durden

On May 11, a man named John Garrison posted a public photo on Facebook showing morel mushrooms he had gathered while foraging with his girlfriend Hope Deery, and wrote of his plans to “sautee them with brown sugar and cinnamon and see how that turns out.”

Garrison went on to claim that his original Facebook post about morel mushrooms, which are a legal and sought-after delicacy, led to a visit to his home hours later from law enforcement apparently investigating possible use of psychedelic mushrooms commonly referred to as “magic mushrooms.”… Read the rest of this entry »

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The Summer of George

Posted by M. C. on July 11, 2017

“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. Read the rest of this entry »

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Robert E. Lee, Confederate Flag and Government Education

Posted by M. C. on June 16, 2017

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” ― George Orwell, 1984 Read the rest of this entry »

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