Posts Tagged ‘NDAA

16
Mar
13

Alaska Joins The Fight Against Federal Encroachment

AK Senator John Coghill

AK Senator John Coghill

The Last Frontier state, Alaska, has now joined in to say that they will not allow the NDAA to be implemented on it’s 663,268 sq mi and some 731,000 citizens. This is one of the latest states to fight back against the NDAA, the attack on the 2nd Amendment, the REAL-ID Act of 2005, and even the Authorization for Use of Military Force (the authorization from Congress in 2001 that has been used as a justification for the War on Terror).

Alaska’s monumental bill SB75 was introduced by Alaska Senator Coghill on 11 March 2013.

This bill seeks to prohibit the use of Alaska state assets to aid or implement a multitude of federal encroachment that may violate any of the first ten Amendments. Specifically it mentions a person’s right to bear arms (2nd Amendment), a person’s right to due process (5th Amendment), the REAL ID Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-13, Division B), National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (secs. 1021 and 1022, P.L. 112-81), National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (secs. 1021 – 1028, P.L. 112-239), and lastly the Authorization for Use of Military Force (P.L. 107-40). This bill is seeking to limit any Alaska funds, facilities, equipment, services, or other resources of a state agency to be used to strip its citizens of their rights but also to continue to participate in much of the War on Terror that has been ongoing since 2001.

Senator Coghill’s district has a strong base of libertarians and Constitutional Conservatives. Many of them have reportedly encouraged the Senator to introduce legislation that protects against federal overreach. He does not expect much resistance from his colleagues and believes that he may be able to garner bipartisan support. In his press release he is quoted to say, “Federal laws are very difficult to enforce without any help from the State” and also “we will defend Alaskans and their rights.”

Below are some action items you can do.

  1. Contact the Alaska Senate State Affairs Committee members – (Chair) Dyson, (Vice-Chair) Giessel, (Members) Coghill, Stedman, and Wielechowski – and urge them to pass it through committe.
  2. Find Senator Coghill on Facebook, friend him, and thank him for taking the initiative to protect his citizens from the Federal Government. Or alternatively, write or call Senator Coghill to thank and encuorage him.
  3. Write your Alaska Senator here to encourage them to co-sponsor or vote YEA on SB75.
  4. Log into LegiScan and track the bill’s progress.
20
Feb
13

Guilty Before Innocent… In America? – Arizona HB2573 to Nullify NDAA

We can learn a lot about a nation by how they treat their supposed law breakers. In a peaceful, lawful, and liberty minded society even suspected criminals are treated with respect. After all, the accusations might be false.

In a tyrannical state the powers to be decide people’s fate on a whim. Just a few weeks ago there was a man-hunt for Christopher Dorner, the supposed cop-killer who wrote a manifesto calling for the deaths of multiple people. I say supposed because we never confirmed or verified beyond a doubt that Christopher Dorner wrote that manifesto. We also never confirmed or verified beyond a doubt that Christopher Dorner killed anyone.

In fact, we don’t even know if the LAPD and other forces actually killed Christopher Dorner by setting a cabin on fire.

We don’t know any of this because our system of law has been turned absolutely non-transparent. Today we use the NDAA, the PATRIOT Act, NSA wiretapping, or other like-minded legislation to bypass the judicial practice of proving suspects guilty. Gone are the days of “innocent until proven guilty” and in it’s place rests the mantra of “they were too big of a threat to society to use the proper channels… so we bypassed them.”

The LAPD/SWAT could have easily waited for Dorner to exit the building or starved him out but instead they shot multiple – seven if I remember correctly – incendiary tear grenades inside a wooden cabin. For those who do not know, incendiary grenades are grenades made to heat up by a chemical reaction. Do we really need to use seven of these in a wooden cabin? After all incendiary weapons are not even supposed to be used in war according to the Geneva Conventions and the UN Convention on Conventional Weapons Protocol II.

Guilty or not, doesn’t the man have the right to a trial in which the accusers carry the burden of proof of proving he was guilty?

Even if the qualm is not as high of a profile as Dorner, as it stands now the NDAA allows the government to do many things to bypass justice. Section 1021 of the NDAA bill of 2012 allowed for the “indefinite detention of American citizens without due process at the discretion of the President.” Indefinite detention? Without due process? At the discretion of the President? Or and this is for AMERICAN CITIZENS? This isn’t some sort of legislation or command of of Hitler’s Nazi Germany so he could detain whoever he wanted for whatever reason that he wanted (which he did) – no this is for you and me.

Arizona has introduced HB2573 to effectively nullify any sort of NDAA action. This bill has bi-partisan suppport. After all, nobody wants to have an invisible threat hovering over their head in knowing that they could be the next person that is captured “at the discretion of the President.” Below is a letter written to my Arizona Representative on the issue.

Mr Forese,
There are bad people in the world and I don’t think that anyone is going to say that there are not. However, I believe that everyone should have the right to a trial. We cannot be running as a society of Liberty and Freedom and locking up people indefinitely – no matter how unsavory they are. They should be afforded the right to a trial as a free man – innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. I am asking you to please vote YEA on Arizona HB2573 which nullifys the National Defense Authorization Act passed by our federal government.

-Kyle Huwer, PC, LD17

I will leave you with a few relevant quotes to think about when entertaining a peice of legislation that allows your government to come and round up whoever they want with no oversight.

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me – Pastor Martin Niemoller

and

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana

24
Nov
12

Maricopa Arizona — were you aware that the Federal Government labels you as a hotspot for terrorist activity?

I like Arizona. I have never felt unsafe here. Admittedly this is probably largely due to the fact that I live in suburbia-Chandler where there is barely a bar around. Nevertheless, I feel that Arizona does a lot right and that I feel safe.

However, according to a report written by the University of Maryland for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) in January 2012 Maricopa County is a hot spot for terrorism (p 2).

Terrorism? I honestly have no idea what they are talking about but apparently we have had 7 “single issue” terrorist attacks from 1970-2008 (p 18) with 6 of them being in the 2000’s (p 23).

What is more troubling is their definitions of who is considered “extreme right-wing.” They describe someone as extreme right-wing as a,

“group that believe that one’s personal and/or national ‘way of life’ is under attack and is either already lost or that the threat is imminent (for some threat is from a specific ethnic, racial, or religious group), and believe in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism. Groups may also be fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation), anti-global, suspicious of centralized federal authority, reverent of individual liberty,and believe in conspiracy theories that involve great threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.” (p 8-9)

Now mind you, the START report is the report that was written for the Department of Homeland Security to combat terrorism. So I must ask, why is one that trains with firearms or survialism considered terrorism? Or why is it considered terrorism if one believes that sovereignty is a good thing?

I’m already shooting myself here in the foot in regards to this START report, but this just goes hand-in-hand with the 2009 Department of Homeland Security report entitled Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment (here). In this specific document the DHS also calls out people concerned about “martial law, impending civil strife or racial conflict, suspension of the U.S. Constitution, and the creation of citizen detention camps” (p 4). So now we have two separate government documents that are labeling anyone that is concerned about the role of government… to be terrorist. The 2009 report also specifically calls out anyone that has purchased ammunition in bulk or that is a returning veteran.

Pair all these reports with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that allows indefinite detention of American citizens without charge or trial and you have the making of a police state that even North Korea would be proud of. The only difference is that in America people still think they are free and will call you out as a kook (or now a terrorist) if you try to say otherwise.




Quotes:

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

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