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Liberty, Never Forget

September 11, 2012 by  

Liberty, Never Forget
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Eleven years have passed since the fateful day terror struck the United States and New York City’s twin towers fell. In the wake of the horrific event, many Americans burst at the seams with patriotism and adopted the mantra “We will never forget.” For the most part, we haven’t forgotten the falling towers; but, in the grand scheme of things, we have managed to forget something that will prove far more detrimental to our way of life.

When the United States of America was envisioned more than two centuries ago, it was envisioned as a Nation where fear would never allow the populace to succumb to the tyranny of the few who are motivated by greed and desperate to protect themselves from the consequence of their malice.

America was to be first and foremost “the land of the free, the home of the brave.” But, we must remember, we cannot defend freedom without bravery just as we will not be able to act on bravery if we don’t preserve freedom.

Without a doubt, no matter which account of the events on 9/11 you believe, the shock and awe of the tragedy made it much easier for the few to lull the masses into accepting tyrannical and unConstitutional rule in the United States, the likes of which were unimaginable for the Nation’s Founding Fathers.

If the goal was to deliver what have been some of the most devastating blows in history to American liberty, the enemy — whether foreign or domestic — has prevailed in the years following 9/11.

Here’s why:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Just days after Sept. 11, 2001, Congress overwhelmingly passed the USA PATRIOT Act. It has since been reauthorized under President Barack Obama, and it was extended again in May 2011.

From the Bill of Rights Defense Committee:

Section 802 of the PATRIOT Act broadly defines domestic terrorism…

This broad definition allows for inconsistencies in the application of the law. For example, radical animal rights and environmental organizations (e.g., the American Liberation Front and the Environmental Liberation Front) have been targeted and labeled as domestic terrorist groups. These groups’ political acts are destructive to property, but have not caused a single death. However, individuals and groups motivated by political ideology to kill an innocent victim by flying a plane into an IRS building, assassinate a doctor during church services, or murder dozens of schoolchildren at a summer camp are not described or treated as terrorists. By using such a vague definition for “domestic terrorism,” the PATRIOT Act chills Americans’ freedom of speech and assembly, since it is entirely unclear whether First Amendment-protected activism may be categorized as terrorism.

Furthermore, other Patriot Act provisions permit government investigators to track book purchases, library checkouts and Internet information if they believe the material could be conducive to “terror” activities.

More recently, the National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law by Obama, has exactly the provisions the government needs to make certain that domestic journalists are unable to get any other version than the official government-provided narrative regarding foreign affairs.

The next assault on free speech is very close at hand. In the name of safety, Obama will certainly implement Internet censorship by executive order in the near future.

A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

In the years since 9/11, it seems the Federal government has been in a mad rush to brand as terrorists and whackos any individual or group who believes the 2nd Amendment is vital to the preservation of all others.

Because of anti-gun fervor and talk of terror over the past decade, American leaders are ready to willingly sell out the American populace to a U.N. arms treaty to keep weapons out of the hands of “non-state actors.”

The United Nations, by the way, has never defined terrorist. But the Federal government of the United States has — and in some surprising ways. Here are some possible indicators, as described by an 18-year law enforcement veteran, that the Department of Homeland Security may think you are a terrorist:

  • Expressions of libertarian philosophies (statements, bumper stickers).
  • Second Amendment-oriented views (National Rifle Association or gun club membership, holding a concealed carry permit).
  • Survivalist literature (fictional books such as Patriots and One Second After are mentioned by name).
  • Self-sufficiency (stockpiling food, ammo, hand tools, medical supplies).
  • Fear of economic collapse (buying gold and barter items).
  • Religious views concerning the book of Revelation (apocalypse, Antichrist).
  • Expressed fears of Big Brother or Big Government.
  • Homeschooling.
  • Declarations of Constitutional rights and civil liberties.
  • Belief in a New World Order conspiracy.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

If you walk, drive or fly anywhere in the United States or have been subject to criminal investigation in recent years, no explanation of how tyranny has prevailed with regard to the 4thAmendment is needed. The obvious violations aside, a vast majority of Americans aren’t even aware their 4th Amendment rights are being violated.

But in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade: Besides feeling you up and looking at your naked body, the Transportation Security Administration now also reserves the right to test food and beverages that you buy in the airport — even if you buy it in areas you had to be scanned to enter.

 


 
The TSA is no longer simply an airport hassle; agents can now be found violating your rights on highways, at public events and rallies.
 


 

If you believe staying home is a safe way to avoid 4th Amendment violations, consider that nearly everything you do online is capable of being tracked without your knowledge.

Also, you are not permitted to possess certain “dangerous” things in your home, such as raw milk. Doing so could lead to a government raid.

The partial or complete abrogation of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th amendments (those dealing with the rights of the accused) has been facilitated by illegal wiretapping and spy measures implemented by the Patriot Act and completed in January when Obama signed into law NDAA and its indefinite-detention provision.

The 11 years following 9/11 isn’t the first period of American history during which fear, shock and awe or paranoia have been used by the Federal government to quash the liberties of the citizenry.

In 1798, during an undeclared naval war with France, President John Adams authorized agents of the government to target foreigners and dissidents. The Sedition Act, which forbade “any false, scandalous and malicious writing,” led to the arrest of 25 men — most of them editors of newspapers whose publications were then shut down. Fortunately, an enraged American populace drove the Federalists out of power and elected Thomas Jefferson to the Presidency. Jefferson pardoned those who had been arrested under the unConstitutional laws.

During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus and made it a crime to speak ill of the government.

Later, World War I brought forth a dark moment for Constitutional rights when Woodrow Wilson used the Espionage Act and the Sedition Act of 1918 to target political dissidents.

During World War II, the 1940 Smith Act made it criminal to speak of overthrowing the government and was applied to simply being a member of any organization affiliated with fascism or communism. The 1798 Alien Enemies was brought back to life and used to suppress Japanese, Italian and German Americans. They could not own guns, shortwave radios or cameras. The same law was used to imprison nearly 100,000 ethnic Japanese American citizens.

While many of these cases sound more extreme in hindsight than the gradual displacement of power from people to government we see today, they are not. You see, the aforementioned wars ended, and the laws were shelved until the next conflict. We’re now 11 years in to the post-9/11 world; but instead of seeing the Federal government lessen its stranglehold on liberty, the assault on the Constitution is becoming ever more rapid and its consequences more irreversible than ever before.

We should not forget what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, but we must not let those events undo the triumph of the event that occurred Dec. 15, 1791. If we do, tyranny has forever prevailed.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • GiveMeLiberty

    Gee, I would normally agree with the entire article but I’m afraid to respond with any comment except the “official party line”!

  • eddie47d

    These government crack downs have been occurring since the beginning of time. Few countries have not tried it whenever a major event happens and lets face it the Patriot Act was widely accepted. Now we have buyers remorse in being so eager in accepting what Big Brother has done over the years.It’s never a pretty sight when civil liberties are taken away especially when they are so hard to achieve in the first place. We also think it is okay when one side cracks down on another and call it justifiable. No one should support the suppression of someone elses rights for it can come back and bite you.

    • Smithkowitz

      Who are WE that was so eager to accept it? I know many people who were and are against the whole pile of laws trampling upon our Freedoms.

      • http://www.facebook.com/RagesFury Rage Fury

        Indeed there are many that oppose it, but there are equally as many, if not more, that think The Pat Act is necessary. Those people are the “we” and they continue to elect losers to office that agree and keep it alive while passing other trash that is just as bad. I present to you the NDAA and Rmoney who supports both the NDAA and The Patriot Act…
        These same people do not do their own research and so they have no idea about the ramifications on that which they blindly support. These same people do watch the TV and they buy everything that is shoveled to them.
        These same people go on to bleat about terrorists and the danger they pose to our freedom because of that freedom and thus justify repeating the cycle…

  • sabulaman

    We are probably considered terrorists for reading this article. let’s face it, we’re done.

    • Smithkowitz

      Well, there certainly are not near as many comments to this article as one might expect; are people scared? Has the Fear Factor finally taken it’s toll upon the citizens of the USA?, or are they going into hiding and . . . . .

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Sometimes not saying a word is more eloquent.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      So you will run when noone is chasing you. The rustle of a leaf leaves your heart palpitating in fear. When it is night you wish it was morning and when it is morning you wish it was night.

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    “Sam Rolley,”

    SIR, THANK YOU FOR THIS ARTICLE. I OFTEN READ COMMENTS BY Personal Libertarians IN REGARD TO “USA PATRIOT Act” AND “National Defense Authorization Act” – BUT, I DID NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT.

    “Mr. Rolley,” YOUR ARTICLE IS EASY TO UNDERSTAND. SINCE VOTING TIME IS NEAR, I WILL BE WATCHING MORE POLITICAL PROGRAMMING. NOW, WHEN I HEAR “Patriot Act” AND “NDAA” I WILL HAVE SOME SENSE OF WHAT IS BEING DISCUSSED.

  • Jimmy the Greek

    TSA is a joke ! They are not very smart .

    • boyscout

      Yes Jimmy, but not funny HAHA

  • Bob

    THANKS FOR A VERY GOOD AND INFORMATIVE ARTICLE.!

  • boyscout

    Good post with a few minor exceptions to some blanket statements. I drink legal raw milk in PA eg. But the truth of unwarranted surveillance and the reality of gestapo like search and seizure is appalling. I see no redress imminent from “either” side of the popular republocrat or democan debacles.

  • http://PersonalLiberty Doug Dare

    We need to get back to teaching our own children in our own homes the Constitution. Do not leave this to the Government. They have forgotten the PEOPLE are in charge not the agency

    • Mary Vaughan

      Doug, I agree with you that our children do need to hear this type of information from their parents. Unfortunately, as Mr. Rolley was saying, government is atttempting, and succeeding at invading every aspect of our lives. The only reason for this is clearly not about “protecting our nation”, but empowering control over our citizens. Government has no place in our school system, in our personal homes, mandating how we raise our children, etc. My understanding is their main purpose is to protect our “freedoms” within OUR country. I feel the government is invoking fear in us regarding terrorist attacks in order to make us feel dependant on them. Can somebody please tell me of some american citizens that have built bombs, formed militias to overthrow the U.S. government? If our government officials are going to throw away the basic fundamentals from the formation of our nation, why don’t we just all get behind a fence and call it a day? When you sit back and just look at the basic “reasoning” of war, it’s almost too ridiculous to comprehend. Unfortunately, we are constantly dragged into other countries problems, many of which, we never should have involved ourselves in. It’s time for the U.S. to concentrate on becoming strong again, militarily and econimcially. So, the government is afraid of terrorism? Shut the friggen doors and sort it all out. Once that happens, open the doors again. But, certainly, u.s. citizens should NOT be treated like the terrorists. We don’t need the government baling out big businesses, controlling healthcare and education, continuing to feed, clothe, and house generations of people too lazy to work. As Benjamin Franklin wrote, “I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” When motivation and self-esteem are lost, people become like caged pets….just waiting for the hand-out to survive. But set them free and they find a way to survive without the hand-out. Let government focus on protecting the U.S. and stop creating more laws and regulations controlling our freedoms. If U.S. citizens have difference of opinions about race, sexual orientation, religion, how the government is functioning, etc., there should be absolutely no reason they shouldn’t be able to voice their opinions. The only time to draw the line is if they phsicially injure another human being. There is no place for that and, therefore, should be punished accordingly. But to harrass individuals of their basic rights and tell them how to live their lives and have to be fearful about speaking about because of our OWN government may consider us terrorists is just saddening.

  • r.p.

    Another good article Mr. Rolly. It has never been more important than now, to take the Dems and Repubs completely out of the equation. DO NOT VOTE FOR THEM!!!! For any government position. From city dogcatcher to the oval office. PERIOD!! If you can’t find an honest independant or third party person for the position then a NOTA vote is what’s needed. I might have voted for Johnson but considering the way he acted during the primaries I’ve concluded that he has neither the stamina or the moxie to protect and defend this country’s constitution. Neither does Mitt or Barack. There’s only one sane choice and he is on the ballot in all 50. You don’t have to write him in. The future is yours if you are willing to stand up for it.

  • swampfox

    obamass needs to go!
    I see a trend here that many are trying to sow division and confusion,
    my vote will go for romney,say no to socialism!!!!!!!

    • r.p.

      Then WHY are you voting for Romney?

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