Mitchell’s laws: Reduced money growth never stimulates economic growth. To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments. Austerity breeds austerity and leads to civil disorder. Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
Lest you believe I have been exaggerating in my criticisms of Congressional intelligence and patriotism, consider this:
The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.”
That seems clear enough. ” . . .the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial . . .” . . . be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation . . have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.” You don’t need to be a Constitutional scholar to understand the plain language.
So why did the Senate approve the National Defense Authorization Act by a 93 to 7 vote and why did the House approve it 322 to 96? The NDAA says the United States is a battlefield, so the military can indefinitely detain any American citizen perceived to be a threat.
Think about it. If someone in the government perceives you to be a threat, they can lock you up and throw the key away. No proof necessary. No lawyer. No trial. Just a perception.
So let’s say that you comment to your friend that Obama stinks. Obama could “perceive” you to be a threat, or even claim he perceives you to be a threat, and you’re gone.
Wrote a nasty note to your Congressman? You’re a threat. Goodby.
Your Senator has designs on your wife, and you’re standing in the way. So long, threat.
You’re dunning the President for a debt he owes you? Adios.
You decide to run against the President, and he feels you’re an election threat? Bad news.
You’re Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, gay, elderly, a protester, fat, Japanese descent, homeless, part of #OWS? You’re a threat. Off with you.
Hard to believe? The VigilantCitizen web site says:
According to Firedoglake.com, sections 1031 and 1032 of the NDAA will:
1) Explicitly authorize the federal government to indefinitely imprison without charge or trial American citizens and others picked up inside and outside the United States;
(2) Mandate military detention of some civilians who would otherwise be outside of military control, including civilians picked up within the United States itself; and
(3) Transfer to the Department of Defense core prosecutorial, investigative, law enforcement, penal, and custodial authority and responsibility now held by the Department of Justice.
A provision of S. 1867, or the National Defense Authorization Act bill, written by Senators John McCain and Carl Levin, declares American soil a battlefield and allows the President and all future Chief Executives to order the military to arrest and detain American citizens, innocent or not, without charge or trial.
In other words, if this bill passes and the President signs it, OWS protesters or any American could end up arrested and indefinitely locked up by the military without the guaranteed right to due process or a speedy trial.
Here’s what Sen Lindsay Graham (R-SC) says:
It is not unfair to make an American citizen account for the fact that they decided to help Al Qaeda to kill us all and hold them as long as it takes to find intelligence about what may be coming next. And when they say, “I want my lawyer,” you tell them, “Shut up. You don’t get a lawyer”.
So how does the patriot Senator Graham know that someone decided to help Al Qaeda? He doesn’t have to know, since there will be no lawyer, no accusation, no evidence, no witness, no trial and no communication. The person Sen. Graham dislikes simply will disappear. Could be you.
The bill literally makes it possible for President Obama to declare the entire Republican Congress to be a threat, and have them all arrested without trail, without attorneys or even without accusations. While many feel this may be a good thing for America, don’t believe it’s impossible. It has happened in many countries, and there is no reason America is an exception. Russia and China do it all the time.
Senator Dianne Feinstein of California proposed an amendment that would have prohibited U.S. citizens from being held in indefinite detention without being charged or brought to a trial. Incredibly, this amendment failed by a vote of our patriotic Senators, 45 to 55.
The good news is Obama threatened to veto the bill. The bad news is, his threat is based on the bill not being tough enough. He said, “Any bill that challenges or constrains the President’s critical authorities to collect intelligence, incapacitate dangerous terrorists, and protect the Nation would prompt the President’s senior advisers to recommend a veto.”
Supposedly, the bill is to protect us from terrorists who also are U.S. citizens. But, are you really in more danger of being killed by a U.S. citizen, who also is a terrorist, or by a local gang or a robber or some other criminal? Think about it. How many U.S. citizen terrorists have you heard of, versus the number of street criminals you’ve heard of?
What did Osama bin Laden want? What has Congress now accomplished? Sound similar?
To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, those who would trade liberty to purchase safety,
deserve neither. And isn’t it ironic that those who consider themselves the greatest patriots are the first to take away our freedoms.
It will be interesting to learn what our “originalist” Supreme Court says about this blatant violation of the United States Constitution.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
I award Senators John McCain, Carl Levin, Lindsay Graham and all in Congress who voted to destroy our Constitutional protections of freedom, four traitor images. (Yes, yes, I know. McCain was a war hero. But confinement must have done something to his brain. He’s no hero, now.)
I recommend they all be arrested without charge, trial, counsel or communication.
How could they complain?
No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. Monetary Sovereignty: Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia. Two key equations in economics:
Federal Deficits – Net Imports = Net Private Savings
b>Gross Domestic Product = Federal Spending + Private Investment + Private Consumption + Net exports