A lot of huff and puff has been made lately about this administrations ability to fight the war on terror. Or better said as, their unwillingness to call it a war, or terror, or terrorists, or Muslim terrorist, or Muslim extremists, or radical Islam. We all know their approach to it. Don’t look for things to really change from these people. It is as far down their list of priorities as global warming is for you and me. They are only using it right now to distract you and me from their real plans. Fundamental change.
I don’t think they are hoping for a terrorist attack. I certainly do not think they are plotting one, (that was for all you 911 truthers out there, Van Jones, You listening?) But, with this being said, a major attack might be something they would try and use to their advantage. “Never let a good crises go to waste.”
The City of New Orleans and its Mayor decided to disarm their citizens during the Katrina debacle. They took citizens ability to defend themselves during a time when they most needed that ability. I personally saw news footage of an Oklahoma National Guardsman saying,” I hope it doen’t come down to shooting an American…” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm5PC7z79-8
Protecting oneself is a right given to us by God himself, not this government, not any government. The government cared nothing of these citizens 2nd Amendment rights or their safety. Nothing, a lesson for us all to learn.
Presidential Proclamation 2537 was issued on January 14, 1942, requiring aliens to report any change of address, employment or name to the FBI. Enemy aliens were not allowed to enter restricted areas. Violators of these regulations were subject to “arrest, detention and internment for the duration of the war.” Those that were as little as 1/16th Japanese could be placed in internment camps. Korean-Americans, considered to have Japanese nationality (since Korea was occupied by Japan during World War II), were also included.
February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt authorized the internment with Executive Order 9066. Approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese residing in the United States were sent to camps called “War Relocation Camps,” The executive order allowed local military commanders to designate “military areas” as “exclusion zones,” from which “any or all persons may be excluded.” This power was used to declare that all people of Japanese ancestry were excluded from the entire Pacific coast, including all of California and most of Oregon and Washington, except for those in internment camps.
The Sedition Act of 1918 was passed by the United States Congress during World War I. President Woodrow Wilson was concerned that dissent, in time of war, was a significant threat to morale. The passing of this act forbade Americans to use “disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” about the United States government, flag, or armed forces during war. The act also allowed the Postmaster General to deny mail delivery to dissenters of government policy during wartime. Is it just me or does this sound remarkably similar to “Local programming rules and The Fairness Doctrine?
Debs v. United States, 249 U.S. 211 (1919), was a United States Supreme Court decision that upheld the Espionage Act of 1917. Eugene V. Debs was an American labor and political leader and five-time Socialist Party of America candidate for the American Presidency. On June 16, 1918 Debs made an anti-war speech in Canton, Ohio, protesting US involvement in World War I, and he was subsequently arrested under the Espionage Act of 1917. He was convicted and sentenced to serve ten years in prison and disenfranchised for life.
The Espionage Act made it a crime to help enemies of the United States, but the Sedition Act made it a crime to utter, print, write or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the United States’ form of government.
Hundreds if not thousands of U.S. citizens, including members of the Industrial Workers of the World union, were also imprisoned during World War I for their anti-war dissent under the provisions of the Sedition Act. Anti-war protesters were arrested by the hundreds as speaking out against the draft and the war became illegal under this law.
Freedom of speech in the United States is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution;
Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791.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.
In the 80 days that elapsed between President Abraham Lincoln’s April 1861 call for troops–the beginning of the Civil War–and the official convening of Congress in special session on July 4, 1861, Lincoln performed a whole series of important acts by Presidential usurpation. Lincoln called forth the militia to “suppress said combinations,” which he ordered “to disperse and retire peacefully” to their homes. He increased the size of the Army and Navy, expended funds for the purchase of weapons, instituted a blockade–an act of war–and suspended the precious writ of habeas corpus, all without congressional approval.
Lincoln determined that these actions were not the declaration of “civil war,” but rather the suppression of rebellion. Only Congress is constitutionally empowered to declare war; Article I – The Legislative Branch, Section 8 – Powers of Congress, To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; – To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress; but suppression of rebellion has been recognized as an executive function, for which the prerogative of setting aside civil procedures has been placed in the President’s hands. (This sounds bad to me, what about you?)
Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus, (habeas corpus n. Law A writ issued to bring a party before a court to prevent unlawful restraint. [<Med. Lat., you should have the body] The basic premise behind habeas corpus is that you cannot be held against your will without just cause. In other words, you cannot be jailed if there are no charges against you. If you are being held, and you demand it, the courts must issue a writ of habeas corpus, which forces those holding you to answer as to why you are being held. If there is no good or compelling reason, the court must set you free. If you will notice, of all the civil liberties we take for granted today as a part of the Bill of Rights, the importance of habeas corpus is illustrated by the fact that it was the sole liberty the Founding Fathers thought important enough to be included in the original text of the Constitution Article I – The Legislative Branch – Section 9 – Limits on Congress – The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.
What about the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863? Although with this one, I am in total agreement, but it might set precedent for a future President. Nothing in the Constitution authorized the Congress or the President to confiscate property without compensation. Lincoln said in giving the proclamation, “I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States, and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do…Order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States and parts of States are, and henceforward shall be free”