A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse (generous gifts) from the public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. ~Scots Historian, Professor, Alexander Tyler, 1787: The Fall of the Athenian Republic
The average age of the world's greatest [democratic] civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.
It seems, we are, in America are at the end of the progression, moving back into bondage at every turn.
The govenment adopted the new Patriot Act following the terrorist attack on 911. For a detailed section-by-section analysis of the draft bill read the following:
Within the Patriot Act, The Bush administration has developed a parallel legal system in which terrorism suspects -- U.S. citizens and noncitizens alike -- may be investigated, jailed, interrogated, tried and punished without legal protections guaranteed by the ordinary system. . . . - The Washington Post, Dec. 1, 2002 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58308-2002Nov30.html
And, now we have a plan for Establishing Martial Law in the United States. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Establishing_martial_law_in_the_United_States
For the first time in American history, the reigns of government would not be transferred from one elected element to another, but the Constitution, itself, can be suspended.
The Department of Justice had been drafting this new legislation --titled "the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003" -- in secret -- over several months -- until the documents were leaked to a journalist, and then broadcast on the Bill Moyer PBS news program, NOW on February 7, 2003: http://www.pbs.org/now/transcript/transcript_lewis2.html
Along with the new Act it became known there over 600 prison camps in the United States, all fully operational and ready to receive prisoners. The government is not hiding them. They are all staffed and even surrounded by full-time guards, but they are all empty. These camps are to be operated by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) should Martial Law need to be implemented in the United States.http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/con_camps_fema.htm
What about HOAs? Are homeowner associations [HOAs] also part of the new internmet camps of the new world order? Have millions of American's bought right into our own prison system? Under Martial Law all it would take would be a couple of military type guards at the gate, with guns and no one comes or goes. More and more neighborhoods are being turned into homeowner associations, and gates can go up and around them in a matter of hours.
It is estimated that more than 60 million people in America live in homeowner associations, and cities now require most new housing to be in homeowner associations, with layyers and politicians creating homeowner association in neighborhoods where none existed. It is a good money maker for them, and perhaps a way to have control over people in the future.
The homeowner association fraud started in California with the Davis Sterling Act. It was written with loopholes for lawyers to transfer life savings, homes and earnings of homeowners to the litigation, real estate, insurance and banking industry. These laws stripped homeowners of their constitutional and property rights and took away owners ability to limit their expenses and liabilities - the board members, lawyers and managers can fine, lien, assess, use owners homes as security for millions bank loans without the owners' consent, and charge the millions of dollars for lawyers, manager and expert fees to sue them for any reason.
Legislators and law enforcement agencies ignore homeowner's complaints of fraud and racketeering, and it appears the most powerful politicians have been on the take and have written , voted for, or failed to enforce laws.
We only have an illusion of "freedom" -- When I began to speak out against my homeowners association, and the government that is heavily invested in these little communistic-like American gulags, I found myself the victim of true injustice in and by the courts with nowhere to go for any help.
Rule by Fear or Rule by Law?
San Francisco Chronicle
Lewis Seiler,Dan Hamburg
Monday, February 4, 2008
The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist. - Winston Churchill, Nov. 21, 1943
Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or constitutional recourse in the event of "an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs."
Beginning in 1999, the government has entered into a series of single-bid contracts with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States. The government has also contracted with several companies to build thousands of railcars, some reportedly equipped with shackles, ostensibly to transport detainees.
According to diplomat and author Peter Dale Scott, the KBR contract is part of a Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of "all removable aliens" and "potential terrorists."
Fraud-busters such as Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, have complained about these contracts, saying that more taxpayer dollars should not go to taxpayer-gouging Halliburton. But the real question is: What kind of "new programs" require the construction and refurbishment of detention facilities in nearly every state of the union with the capacity to house perhaps millions of people?
Sect. 1042 of the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), "Use of the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies," gives the executive the power to invoke martial law. For the first time in more than a century, the president is now authorized to use the military in response to "a natural disaster, a disease outbreak, a terrorist attack or any other condition in which the President determines that domestic violence has occurred to the extent that state officials cannot maintain public order."
The Military Commissions Act of 2006, rammed through Congress just before the 2006 midterm elections, allows for the indefinite imprisonment of anyone who donates money to a charity that turns up on a list of "terrorist" organizations, or who speaks out against the government's policies. The law calls for secret trials for citizens and noncitizens alike.
Also in 2007, the White House quietly issued National Security Presidential Directive 51 (NSPD-51), to ensure "continuity of government" in the event of what the document vaguely calls a "catastrophic emergency." Should the president determine that such an emergency has occurred, he and he alone is empowered to do whatever he deems necessary to ensure "continuity of government." This could include everything from canceling elections to suspending the Constitution to launching a nuclear attack. Congress has yet to hold a single hearing on NSPD-51.
U.S. Rep. Jane Harman, D-Venice (Los Angeles County) has come up with a new way to expand the domestic "war on terror." Her Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (HR1955), which passed the House by the lopsided vote of 404-6, would set up a commission to "examine and report upon the facts and causes" of so-called violent radicalism and extremist ideology, then make legislative recommendations on combatting it.
According to commentary in the Baltimore Sun, Rep. Harman and her colleagues from both sides of the aisle believe the country faces a native brand of terrorism, and needs a commission with sweeping investigative power to combat it.
A clue as to where Harman's commission might be aiming is the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, a law that labels those who "engage in sit-ins, civil disobedience, trespass, or any other crime in the name of animal rights" as terrorists. Other groups in the crosshairs could be anti-abortion protesters, anti-tax agitators, immigration activists, environmentalists, peace demonstrators, Second Amendment rights supporters ... the list goes on and on. According to author Naomi Wolf, the National Counterterrorism Center holds the names of roughly 775,000 "terror suspects" with the number increasing by 20,000 per month.
What could the government be contemplating that leads it to make contingency plans to detain without recourse millions of its own citizens?
The Constitution does not allow the executive to have unchecked power under any circumstances. The people must not allow the president to use the war on terrorism to rule by fear instead of by law.
Lewis Seiler is the president of Voice of the Environment, Inc. Dan Hamburg, a former congressman, is executive director.
Watch the documentary ENDGAME