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How About This as an Amendment to the Constitution?

Buffet Rule

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NSA – STOP WATCHING US

 

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Exiled in the Cause of Liberty

Snowden

Why Wikileaks Is More Important to Us Than Obama

An officer in the Afghani National Police raped a 16-year-old girl. When the girl went to report this to the local police commander, the commander ordered his body guard to shoot her. The bodyguard refused and the commander shot him. The only reason we know this is because WIKILEAKS reported it in a release of confidential government documents.

This is why JULIAN ASSANGE is besieged in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London. This is why Bradley Manning is serving time in a stockade. And this is why EDWARD SNOWDEN is in exile in Russia. The U.S. Government doesn’t want the truth to be told.

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SOURCE: The Afghan news item was published in The New Yorker (August 9, 2010). The opinion is ours.

 

Targeting Assange, and . . . . .

Democracy Now reports (Feb 18, 2014):

Top-secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden have revealed new details about how the United States and Britain targeted the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks after it published leaked documents about the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. According to a new article by The Intercept, Britain’s top spy agency, the Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, secretly monitored visitors to a WikiLeaks website by collecting their IP addresses in real time, as well as the search terms used to reach the site. One document from 2010 shows that the National Security Agency added WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange to a “manhunting” target list, together with suspected members of al-Qaeda.

This means that if you merely visited the WIKILEAKS website, as has the Dissenting Democrat, the NSA has monitored your visit.

And JULIAN ASSANGE is now on the “Target List”. Will he end up on Obama’s Kill List? We don’t know but it’s certainly possible. For those readers who live outside America, how does it feel to be subjects of the American Empire? For American readers, how does it feel to live in a Rogue State?

Heads up, drones in the air.

Barack Obama & Nuremberg 2017

The AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (ACLU) has told President Obama that he cannot legally kill Americans overseas based on suspicion and secret evidence.

Nevertheless, the President, who is supposedly a “constitutional lawyer” continues to maintain his imperial right to do so. It is the prerogative of his Majesty to ignore the Constitution, to short-circuit due process of law, in order to kill whosoever he chooses as long as it is in the cause of Empire, or so he says.

What should the American people do with a President who thinks he is above the Law? or one who violates the law and breaches his oath to protect the Constitution? The Constitution provides for Impeachment and the Nuremberg precedent provides for prosecution as a war criminal.

Although it is little noticed by American media, it is true that former President George W Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney cannot enter a number of nations, including some European allies, because there are arrest warrants issued in those jurisdictions for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity. Barack Obama may be the first Nobel Peace Prize winner who will be wanted for war crimes.

The Myth of “Rights”

We live in a free country where the rule of law forbids the police from abusing individuals. We have constitutionally guaranteed rights which cannot be over-ridden by the police, prosecutors or judges.

Yes that’s the myth.

The reality is different.

We all know that the police cannot force their way into your home without a warrant. Jason Alan Kemp was suspected of reckless driving in Grand Junction, Colorado in 2010. Kemp denied the police entry into his home since they had no warrant. The police kicked in his door, sprayed him with pepper spray and then shot and killed him.

Ordinarily things that happen in public can be recorded.

But when Melvin Jones was being beat by the Police in Springfield, Massachusetts, Tyrishia Greene videorecorded the assault. Though Jones was blinded in one eye and suffered multiple skull fractures, the police weren’t  charged. No, the police filed a criminal complaint against Tyrishia reinterpreting videorecording as illegal wiretapping.

If an officer stops  but does not arrest you, you have no obligation to answer questions and may leave. That’s the law but it didn’t work for Jesse Kersey, a mentally handicapped teenager. Jesse has a speech impediment which the officers determined to be evidence of disrespect. Although wanted for no crime, Jesse was tasered, pepper sprayed and body slammed into a squad car.

Every year there are 3445 reports of police misconduct involving 4778 victims of police abuse. 258 of these victims died as a result.

One of 266 police officers have been accused of a violent crime. One of 947 officers were accused of sexual assault. And one of  1875 officers have been accused of killing someone.

We delegate authority to the police as a safeguard. The police alone may exercise physical force even deadly force as necessary. But that delegation is contingent upon the police using this power lawfully. Increasingly, the police fail to police themselves. The death penalty is not the proper punishment for reckless driving. Beating and tasering is not the proper way to deal with a mentally handicapped teen who has committed no crime.

SOURCE: criminology.com