Saturday, December 17, 2011

Guest Article - Be Afraid

The Truth About the New Detainee Policy
by Rep. Justin Amash (R, MI)

"On Thursday, Congress gave the President sweeping new power to detain American citizens indefinitely, without charge or trial. A provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) empowers the President to detain anyone who “substantially supported” groups he determines are “associated forces” of terrorists.

The provision at issue, sec. 1021, was tucked into an 1800-page conference report that was shuttled through Congress in a matter of days. Given the complexity and weight of the issue, I was interested to read House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon’s post on RedState explaining the bill’s detention policy. Unfortunately, the post is almost useless because it muddles two separate provisions of the NDAA.

Sec. 1021, the bill’s discretionary detention provision, authorizes the President to detain persons who “substantially supported” forces “associated” with al-Qaeda or the Taliban that “are engaged in hostilities” against the U.S. or its “coalition partners.” None of the quoted terms are defined. We do not know what constitutes substantial support, hostilities, or our coalition partners. Critically, the bill does not attempt to define “associated forces,” either. Without knowing what qualifies as an associated force, no one can be sure they are safe from the government’s detention.

Sec. 1022, the bill’s mandatory detention provision, requires the President to detain members of al-Qaeda who have planned or carried out attacks against the U.S. or its coalition partners. Only sec. 1022 states that it “does not extend to citizens of the United States.

(You can read the language of both provisions in the conference report. Sec. 1021 begins on p. 653; sec. 1022 begins on p. 656.)

What’s troubling is that Chairman McKeon’s post gives you the impression that it defends sec. 1021—the discretionary detention provision—when, in fact, his post is all about sec. 1022, the mandatory provision. The post conspicuously defends “the provision,” without referencing a specific section number. And, at the end, it includes a chart titled “Section 1021 of the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act,” even though one of the two quotes in the chart is from sec. 1022, not 1021. Sec. 1021—the provision I and other constitutional conservatives are most concerned about—is much more difficult to defend. Its expansive, undefined, and dangerous detention power goes well beyond what Congress authorized in its September 2011 Authorization for Use of Military Force (9/11 AUMF), even though the bill claims it only “affirms” the President’s authority under the 9/11 AUMF. To understand how much power sec. 1021 gives to the President, consider the 9/11 AUMF’s text, which Congress passed just days after the most deadly attack in U.S. history:

"[T]he President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons."

The 9/11 AUMF authorizes force only against persons and groups who have a connection to the September 11 terrorist attacks. The 9/11 AUMF says nothing about detention, let alone the indefinite detention of American citizens.

Despite the 9/11 AUMF’s plain language, the past two administrations have argued in court that the 9/11 AUMF authorizes the President to indefinitely detain certain persons the administration determines are enemies. Both administrations also have claimed the 9/11 AUMF applies to persons and groups that are “associated” with al-Qaeda or the Taliban. No 9/11 nexus is required, according to the President.

Section 1021 thus claims that it merely “affirms” the President’s authority under the 9/11 AUMF, including the alleged authority to detain persons the President determines are “associated forces.” While the section is framed as an The Truth about the New Detainee Policy affirmation, it can be viewed as that only if Congress adopted the President’s expansive interpretation of the 9/11 AUMF—an action Congress never had taken before Thursday. To be clear: When the Senate passed the NDAA conference report on Thursday, for the first time in history, Congress approved the indefinite detention of persons who “substantially supported . . . associated forces.

Who could this cover? An American citizen living in Michigan makes a one-time donation to a non-violent humanitarian group. Years later, the group commits hostile acts against an ally of the U.S. Under the NDAA that just passed Congress, if the President determines the group was “associated” with terrorists, the President is authorized to detain the donor indefinitely, and without charge or trial.

NDAA proponents sometimes point to an amendment to sec. 1021, added by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, as proof that the NDAA doesn’t apply to Americans. The amendment, now subsection 1021(e), states:

"Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States."

The key to subsection 1021(e) is its claim that sec. 1021 does not “affect existing law or authorities” relating to the detention of persons arrested on U.S. soil. If the President’s expansive view of his own power were in statute, that statement would be true. Instead, the section codifies the President’s view as if it had always existed, authorizing detention of “persons” regardless of citizenship or where they are arrested. It then disingenuously says the bill doesn’t change that view.

In fact, the Senate expressly rejected a provision that would have prevented the indefinite detention of American citizens. Sen. Feinstein offered another amendment to sec. 1021 that stated the section “does not include the authority to detain a citizen of the United States without trial until the end of hostilities.” That amendment was rejected 45-55. Sen. Feinstein’s other amendment, which does nothing to protect U.S. citizens, passed 99-1.

Our Constitution does not permit the federal government to detain American citizens indefinitely without charge or trial. I strongly believe in protecting the country’s security and equipping our Armed Forces with the tools they need to defeat our enemies. But the American people cannot support measures that, in the name of security, violate our constitutional rights.

The NDAA’s backers succeeded in part because of the bill’s length and complexity. And I concede that this issue takes time to understand. Over the next few months, I hope to join others who value our country’s constitutional rights to block the NDAA’s dangerous detention provision. Once the American public sees for itself what’s included in the NDAA, I’m confident they will demand we do so."

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Day America Died

America Died Wednesday
America died on Wednesday this week when nobody was looking. That was December 14, 2011. It will be recorded in the history books as such. We were all too busy working, taking care of the family, or shopping for Christmas. We didn't feel a thing and yet the death blow was delivered silently and deliberately by OUR own Congress. What was this terrible thing that we all missed in our cluttered lives?

The House Passed NDAA
In a not-so-published act, OUR Congress just passed the "National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)" on Wednesday this week under the guise of protecting you from "TERRORISTS." They did so silently, without a lot of fanfare. It didn't even make the 6:00 PM news. No, it wasn't worth reporting. Obama said he will now sign this legislation. Surprised?

What's The Big Deal?
This new law is more powerful than the Patriot Act (which also destroys the Constitution) because it has built-in, unintended consequences! Unfortunately for all of us, it looks like the government IS NOW BECOMING THE TERRORIST!

This bill allows the United States Military to to make arrests of US citizens ANYWHERE in the world! They can hold you (without making ANY CHARGES) indefinitely - probably ship you down to Gitmo! Yes, they can now arrest you without any charges indefinitely on the whim that they "think" that you are a "terrorist." In other words, we just established the GESTAPO of the 21st Century! Our military is officially our new police force to "protect" us all from "terrorists. History repeats itself!

Unintended Consequences
This is no joke. Some call it the slippery-slope. Congress wrote and passed a law that can be abused by the President of the USA if they so choose. There are no checks or balances. This is the beginning phase of a totalitarian state. Nobody got excited or even took the time to protest while we still can. We just allowed OUR Congress to give the OK for our military to become a POLICE STATE! Congress said that this would NEVER happen. Congress lied!

Now, if the President "thinks" that you're a terrorist, he can have you arrested without ANY Miranda Rights, no charges, no trial, and no lawyers! The government does not have to give ANY reason for arresting you! They can now detain (imprison) you indefinitely (forever) without you getting the benefit of a trial.

In effect, Congress just nullified the Constitution this week while you were thinking about work and Christmas shopping.

Why Be Afraid?
So what's to fear if you're not a terrorist? EVERYTHING! This puts absolute power in the hands of one man - the President. If you're stupid enough to believe that this law can't or won't be abused - then you're dead wrong! Look at history. When Hitler had these powers, he was responsible for mass murders of an unspeakable nature. (The Holocaust).

If you don't think that this can happen in America, don't be that naive. Do you trust the government right now? Are we heading the right direction? Don't you already believe that the government is getting too powerful? They keep dissolving the Constitution and your God Given Rights. The Government keeps growing and "absorbing" more and more power each day. They "legislate" away the Bill of Rights right in front of your nose under the hoax that this is to fight Terrorism. They "regulate" what you can eat, which light bulbs to buy, or even where or when to use your cell phones.

No! Just paying attention to the ever-present, ever growing, ever consuming Big Government control over our daily lives. It's time to choose your friends wisely. You will need to be able to trust a small handful of people. It's abundantly clear that you cannot trust the government.


The Federal government is now using drones in cities here in the USA. Not just the border towns. TSA is deploying roadblocks in several states to search vehicles for "Terrorists". Surveillance cameras are popping up everywhere. New apps are being developed to use the GPS capabilities in your cell phones to "know" where you are going next. These invasions of civil liberties are cumulative and have one overall effect. They destroy your freedoms!

Action To Take
Light a candle and say a prayer for America. Pray to stop what is happening to our country. Our government is out-of-control.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Real Party Of No

Listen To The DEMs Words
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid always seems to float under the radar. Only God knows why. When the House of Representatives sends him a bill that HE doesn't like, he always warns that the new bill will be "dead on arrival." In other words, he will make sure that the new legislation has no chance in ever making it out of committe for a vote. Hence, the legislation will be"dead on arrival" or another example of the self-fulfilling prophecy.

Harry Reid is THE main reason why legislation is not coming out of Washington, DC. If it's not to HIS philosophical liking, he kills it. Often he decides before he even sees the legislation - he never reads it first before deciding. All Harry needs to know is that the GOPs wrote it. Harry Reid is the obstructionist. He is leading the Party of "No." Don't be fooled by the lies and finger pointing.

Pay Attertion
It's time to start paying more attention to the underlying causes why we dislike Congress and the fact that they cannot do anything. It's easy to see if you stop and take the time to figure out where the log-jam is and who's causing it.

Turn It Around
The 2012 elections are critically important for America. If you want to restore the country, we have to get a majority in the Senate, keep the majority in the House of Representatives, and elect a Republican President. This is the only way we can undo the terrible policies imposed by Obama and the DEMs the first two years of his administration.

If you recall, Obama had total control over both houses in Congress. That's when he was able to slam ObamCare down our throats, nationalize the automobile industry, and pretty well take control over the banking system in America. We need full GOP control of government to overthrow these misdoings and restore America in the direction that is not heavily bend towards Marxism. Without full GOP control over Congress, America will continue on the path of destruction as directed by Obama and his fellow Comrades.

Action To Take
Vote in the 2012 elections. Get your friends and family to vote in the 2012 elections. It's the only way you can make a change in government.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The 1st Community Organizer

Who Is Saul Alinski?
Saul Alinski (1909 - 1972) is a well known and revered by Secular Progressives (Marxists), and credited as the man who coined the phrase "Community Organizer." He is also credited for coining the Phrase "Think Globally, Act Locally." He lived and worked exclusively in Chicago where he developed a method of local organizing. In Alinski's eyes, the word "Organizing" was a nice substitute word for Revolution." The intent of this "organizing" was to collapse the existing government system (Capitalism) by overloading it with too many demands. Saul Alinski's nickname was "the Red" for his efforts and methods. The ultimate objective of Alinski's method is the slow acquisition of power by the oppressed segment of the population and the RADICAL transformation of America's moral, social and economic structure. (Doesn't his sound like Obama?)

Saul Alinski was also a Communist.

Using confrontational and revolutionary tactics, Alinski's disruptive protests helped members obtain a bargaining status so they could get their "fair Share" of the pie. Does this have a familiar ring to it America? (Occupy Wall Street comes to mind immediately). Study history and see what's happening today!

Alinski's Famous Book
Saul Alinski also wrote and published a book titled "Rules For Radicals." The strategies outlined in this book have been adopted by the Secular Progressive Democratic Party. (The "Democratic Party" is no longer "democratic" because it has been co-opted by Progressives). They use these techniques all the time to manipulate and wangle their way on just about any issue. They try to re-distribute the wealth using it. Alinski viewed his tactics as a slow patient process. Penetrate existing institutions like churches, unions, political parties, school boards, colleges and universities and destroy America from the inside out.

Alinski's book is full of propaganda tactics that are still used today. These strategies work well in deceiving mainstream Americans and this explains why today's OWS movement hasn't gone away. They are using the Alinski methodology. They are manipulating government (and YOUR) behavior to gain what THEY want!

It's important to understand why Alinski is important. We don't worship Communists - but the Secular Progressive do! Alinski's methods were used to destroy Herman Cain's reputation and cause him to withdraw from the Presidential election. The basic premise of Alinski is to promote CLASS WARFARE. Take from the haves and give to the have-nots! Alinski said "Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-nots on how to take it away [from the haves]" Sounds just like the rhetoric we hear today from the so-called 99% AGAINST the 1% doesn't it? DUH? They're using Alinski tactics against us!

The Alinski Connection
President Obama was trained in the Alinski tactics. He taught the Alinski tactics and used them to help ACORN. His Secretary of State Hillary Clinton researched, analyzed Alinski, and wrote a college paper supporting his ideas.

America, it's time to stop being ignorant and face up to reality. Don't be fooled again! History is repeating itself only this time America is the TARGET! Now do you see why Alinski is important?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

See the Big Picture

Be Aware
Why are we are paying members of Congress $175,000 per year? What is their job description? Aren't they suppose to be running the government? Congress has the power (and the duty) to budget and spend taxpayer money. So why hasn't the Congress passed a true annual budget in almost 3 frigin' years? These pathetic bastards can't even agree on funding the government budget.

No wonder Americans are upset. If we could not execute one of the basic duties of our job description, we would be FIRED! And, rightly so! So why do we let Congress under perform and ignore their obligations and reward them with outrageous salaries and medical benefits? What's wrong with this picture?

Short-Term Funding
Our Congress has passed 14 short-term funding measures since O-Blame-O has taken office. He's not too upset about it because Congress keeps on giving him more money so he can keep spending us into oblivion. Why does Congress only pass a 3 month funding measure and not an annual budget? Seriously, WHY NOT?

Unfortunately, the answer is clear. Congress has no long term view of America's finances. Congress has no long-term plan for the USA. No, they just keep ON spending and appropriating more borrowing and they REALLY don't seem to care. Just look at their behavior - don't listen to their words. (Does that sound familiar? We said the same thing about Obama a while back). You cannot trust the government. Their record is the reason why!

Americans think that we have a two party political system. WRONG! No, we have a ONE PARTY system (The American "BullSXIT Party") that has two wings - the Democratic and the Republican wing. They are both on the same side ideologically and politically. Both political parties have been co-opted by Secular Progressives. This explains why we never have a great choice for our Presidential candidates. John McCain is a perfect example. So is Newt Gingrich! If you actually believe that big government will disappear under Newt, you are sadly mistaken. It's all there in the history books. Look at Newt's Congressional record. He's one of the Good-Old-Boys and a Washington insider if there ever was one!

Don't misunderstand, this is not an endorsement for Mitt Romney either! He calls himself a "Conservative" too. But that's just a label folks. Look at His record. He passed RomneyCare in Massachusetts! That's pretty Progressive huh? Not much difference after all. If you don't like BIG GOVERNMENT, don't vote for either of these two guys. You'll get the opposite!

The Bad News
So it's not just Congress that's broken. Our whole system is corrupted. America is in decline, in part, because of our own apathy. We have no serious leader on the horizon to save us all. That's not happening.

Action To Take
The answer lies within you! It's up to you! You cannot continue to sit back and watch America and it's values and liberties dissolve into the NEW WORLD GOVERNMENT. You have to become active in your community, your government, and your family. Join a 912 Project or local Tea Party. Make a difference. Protests are over. It's time to take some political action or regret the loss of your freedoms forever.

It's up to you... It's time to act.

Monday, December 12, 2011

The GOP Does It Again

Down To The Wire
Has the Republican Party failed again? We are coming close to the end-of-the-line to decide the GOP candidate for the Presidency. Look at the front runners. We have Two seriously FLAWED candidates. We have Mitt who is NOT very Conservative and we have Newt who claims to be a Conservative. But are they?

Look At Their Records
Romney is a man who has flip-flopped just for the sake of trying to get elected. True, most politicians have done this at least once, but NOT Romney. He has changed positions quite a few times on many important issues. He also passed mandatory government health care in Massachusetts as governor. This is not very Tea Party of him now is it? True, he knows how to create jobs, but how will he stand up to Iran? It's no wonder why he can't get more the 20-25% of the polls. 75% of voters don't trust him!

Newt, on the other hand, is a real Washington insider. He has a long reputation of being a deal maker and with it, a lot of political enemies on both sides. He IS the "Good-Old-Boy" from the Good-Old-Boy network. He's very bright, but in the past, has a bad temper that gets him into trouble. He too has supported Secular Progressive initiatives like Global Warming and Climate Change with Nancy Pelosi. He hasn't adequately explained that one satisfactorily, now has he?

Cain supporters went-over to Newt because he made great debates (except for the last one). Is that reason enough to vote for him?

Can we trust either of these candidates? Why should we?

The Worst of Evils
Will the next Presidential election boil down to choosing the worst of two evils once again? Unfortunately, it's beginning to look this way. Why does this seem to be the case? It's been his way for many years now. Americans are really not given great choices. The 2012 elections are heading the same way as the previous ones. There is NO REAL LEADER left in the pack! Where's a good George Washington when you need him?

Current Choices
On one hand, choose the guy who's destroying America, our culture, the economy, and the American Dream. On the other hand, choose the guy who will do the same things only at a much slower pace. Either way, there's not much difference. The end game will turn-out the same over time - a Socialistic/Marxist America. What a choice.

If you choose not to vote, then you will help re-elect Obama. That's a BIG disaster for America! If Obama has four more years, KISS America as we know it goodbye! If you vote for either of the two front leaders, it's like voting for Obama "LITE." Some choice! One's a smart Progressive Good-Old-Boy and the other is a middle to LEFT of the road "conservative" (with a small "C" - a NEOCON). There's the rub.

Santorum is a man of Principle but can't make it. The same holds true for Bachmann and forget Perry. Ron Paul's foreign policies have disqualified him. So what's left?

So what will you do? Will the system will remain broken and failing? Time will tell.

Action To Take
One thing we know for sure: You cannot depend on the government for ANYTHING! You need to become self-reliant! Develop a particular niche for yourself. Have a talent, skill, or product that is unique, that everyone wants. You will survive in spite of the coming apocalypse. Also, you should be able to help others willingly.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Failed Strategy AGAIN!

Drop A Dime
Back in September of this year, the Obama campaign created a website called "AttackWatch." Similar to its predecessor created by the White House, this website was established to fight negative remarks about Obama. Recall that the White House had a similar website when they were JAMMING OBAMACARE down our throats. It's purpose was to have readers drop a dime on anyone who said anything bad about ObamaCare. It was highly criticized for being just like the tactics used by Fascist governments in past world history. (But Secular Progressives don't read history - they re-write it to fit their views!). Consequently, the White House website collapsed under its own weight and was soon abolished.

Progressives Don't Learn
In spite of the fact that this SNOOP&THREATEN strategy was a failure, the Obama campaign thought that it would be a good idea to use the same strategy to help the Obama re-election. Oh well. Not our problem! It's sometimes difficult to learn from your mistakes!

So regardless of the previous experience, they moved forward creating a website and a Twitter account that set-out to repeat the same failed strategy. This time, they wanted readers to give names, email addresses, and website links - JUST LIKE LAST TIME! Anyone who made political attacks against Obama would face the wrath of his campaign.

Ridicule Backlash
As soon as the AttackWatch website was launched, it took fire from a variety of sources. The underlying theme from its critics was that it was creating "BIG BROTHER." Instead of arguing the facts, the strategy of AttachWatch was to intimidate the people who opposed Obama. AttackWatch encouraged individuals by saying "if you see something, say something." They asked readers to snoop on friends and give details on their contact information.

Soon the backlash produced a hilarious video that went viral on the Internet. It makes the point of the true nature of the AttackWatch strategy.

Well there are only two things you can conclude on AttackWatch;

1) There probably aren't too many attacks against O-BLAME-O.
2) The website and Twitter accounts haven't been a high priority of the campaign.

Both sites have been absolutely SILENT for almost a month. Let's hope they finally learned their lesson and will let a dead horse alone for a change we can believe in!