America is so fearful that we naively hand our Liberty to the Usurper. He gladly takes it and we are the more endangered for the bargain.
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It was a massive raid with agents taking more than a thousand guns from an Albuquerque man’s home and business, but now that man is suing.
His guns were returned to him, but he said they never should have been taken in the first place. After the criminal charges were dropped, he said he’s still feeling the effects of what he says was an illegal search and seizure of his property.
This was a direct affront to Liberty. The Government stole this man’s property without cause. They damaged and destroyed his property. They damaged his reputation. They caused harm, discomfort and inconvenience to this Citizen.
This is unacceptable.
The Police, the State, the Politicians should pay. Let the rich Liberals who want to punish Citizens for exercising their Natural Human Rights pay for these excesses of the State. Why should the Citizens pay for their excess, criminality, corruption, incompetence and imbecility.
The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America prohibits the unlawful and unreasonable search and seizure of a Citizen’s property. This means that a Citizen’s home is his Castle. The government has no right to enter unless there is a justifiable reason to do so in the form of some probable cause or suspicion of a crime. The American Police and their Masters no longer respect this basic human right that is protected and guaranteed by the Constitution but not granted by the Constitution. Yes, that is correct. The Constitution grants no rights. The Constitution merely protects and guarantees this right. We do not hold these rights by virtue of the United States Constitution. These right pre-exist the Constitution.
The person who signed off on this attack on Liberty should be impeached and removed from the bench. The Police who conducted this attack on Liberty should be terminated. The State stooges and thugs who damaged this man’s property and reputation should be terminated and prosecuted.
The violation of Human Rights by the State has become all too common place. It is time to hold the State and its corrupt officials responsible for their incompetence and their hatred of Liberty.
I grew up in a family that honors the police. My grandmother was friends with a Police Captain. My Uncle is a Police Officer. His son is an Security Police Airman in the USAF. Another Uncle was a Sheriff for a small town outside of Louisville, KY. I have a nephew in Law who is in the process of joining the LMPD. One of my best friends is the widow of a Police Officer. A great many friends are Police Officers and I have still more friends who were Military Police in the US Army.
For a great part of my life, I did not question the activities of the Police. Even though I had witnessed some corruption myself in the Army Military Police Corps and had been involved in some idiotic, though not corrupt, interactions with civilian police.
I never questioned.
When something like the Michael Brown shooting occurred, my initial and, usually, lasting reaction was “he deserved it.” When laws were passed that allowed the police to violate the rights of citizens, I thought; “If you don’t have anything to hide…if you aren’t guilty, you’ve nothing to worry about.”
That all changed.
In the past few years, I’ve noticed a slow creep in police attitudes. I’ve noted changes at the airports in America. I’ve noticed changes in the justice system. I’ve noticed a large amount of people being set free from incarceration due to incompetence, negligence or willful corruption of the American Justice System.
This has, to put it mildly, upset me.
I grew up believing that America was the Greatest Nation on Earth. I grew up believing that we were the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
I’ve lost faith in these concepts.
America has the largest prison population in the world. We incarcerate more people than China, Russia, Iran and, it is said, North Korea. This is, to my way of thinking, insane. Many of the people whom we have imprisoned in America are guilty of nothing more than partaking of a weed that grows in nature. Yes, I speak of marijuana. Others are in prison due to various other drugs. This is legislated criminality. This is immoral. We imprison people, violate their person, destroy their spirit because they desire to smoke a plant that can be found in the forest. We raid farms and property and destroy families because people wish to smoke a plant.
This must change.
The War on Crime and the War on Drugs has done more damage to America and to the United States Constitution than the Soviet Union, al Qaeda, Saddam Hussein, ISIS, North Korea and Iran combined.
These pseudo-wars are fully supported by the majority of our police forces. The State lied and continues to lie to this day about drugs and crime. They lie to support the State and centralization of power to the Federal Government.
This must change.
I have written about these issues fairly extensively on this blog. I will not repeat everything that I’ve written in this blog.
I will say only this. The American people need to wake up to these facts of our existence. Our police have become tools of State oppression. The Bill of Rights is being dismantled. Look only to Ferguson to see this. Look past Michael Brown. Look past the looters. Look to the peaceful citizens who assembled and how the State reacted to them. If you can say with a straight face that the Bill of Rights meant anything to the police of Ferguson, you are a better actor than I.
Another issue that I have is with folks who have family who are police. WAKE UP! Yes, you are emotionally invested. Certainly, your family member may not be one of the corrupt State Goons. Your family member or friends may be one of the “good Cops.” It doesn’t matter. If he or she is one of the “good” guys, they have no voice. They follow orders and fall in line or they will be fired, jailed or, worse yet, killed. Just ask Frank Serpico and numerous other Cops who tried to fight the corruption and Statism that prevails in America’s police forces today.
You can be as mad at me as you wish for stating my opinions and shouting my facts as to the State of American Policing and the Federal power grab that has been occurring since Nixon. Fact is, I don’t care about your feelings. I don’t care that you have a good cop as a friend, Uncle, Father, spouse, grandfather or BFF. I care that the American Police Forces and the American “Justice” System is killing innocent people. They are incarcerating innocent people. They are ruining lives.
You can stay huddled up in your little bubble for as long as you like. I care not. Do not expect me to not speak out about what I see as a great injustice and a direct attack on America’s soul.
In a nation known around the world for its respect for individual freedom, citizens are spread-eagling themselves on the pavement and begging to be strip-searched. No liberty is too precious to be thrown on the sacrificial pyre.
Each week, someone is murdered in America by uniformed Statists thugs.
Most of these actions take part on behalf on a war that is more unpopular than Vietnam and Iraq combined. That war, of course, being the American War on Drugs or as I like to call it, the War on Civil Liberties.
The majority of Americans do not want it. No matter, like Obamacare, it’s the law of the land. Like Slavery and Jim Crow, the War on Drugs is the StatistsThugs tool of oppression. Incarcerate millions of minorities and poor in the name of keeping America safe from the evil scourge of drug abuse and drug violence. Never mind that drug “abuse” has accelerated under the war on drugs. We’ll disregard that drug prohibition has turned whole neighborhoods in American cities into war zones.
And we’ll ignore the fact that the War on Drugs has all but obliterated what we used to call Liberty. The US Constitution was long ago discarded in the name of drug prohibition even as the United States Government and our largest Corporate institutions and Banks have colluded with Drug King Pins to launder all illicit drug money…for a share, of course.
Mexico is in the grip of a murderous drug war that has killed over 150,000 people since 2006. It is one of the most violent countries on earth. This drug war is a product of the transnational drug trade which is worth up to $400 billion a year and accounts for about 8% of all international trade.
The American government maintains that there is no alternative but to vigorously prosecute their zero tolerance policy of arresting drug users and their dealers. This has led to the incarceration of over 500,000 Americans. Meanwhile the flood of illegal drugs into America continues unabated.
One thing the American government has not done is to prosecute the largest banks in the world for supporting the drug cartels by washing billions of dollars of their blood stained money. As Narco sphere journalist Bill Conroy has observed banks are ”where the money is” in the global drug war.
In March 2010 Wachovia cut a deal with the US government which involved the bank being given fines of $160 million under a ”deferred prosecution” agreement. This was due to Wachovia’s heavy involvement in money laundering moving up to $378.4 billion over several years. Not one banker was prosecuted for illegal involvement in the drugs trade. Meanwhile small time drug dealers and users go to prison.
If any member of the public is caught in possession of a few grammes of coke or heroin you can bet your bottom dollar they will be going down to serve some hard time. However, if you are a bankster caught laundering billions of dollars for some of the most murderous people on the planet you get off with a slap on the wrist in the form of some puny fine and a deferred prosecution deal.
And Gods forbid that we admit that the American CIA uses the same drugs prohibited in the US to fund wars all over the globe. We’ll even neglect to mention that most of those same drugs that the CIA buys, steals and sells for a profit make it back to the shores of America.
In 1989, the United States invaded Panama as part of Operation Just Cause, which involved 25,000 American troops. Gen. Manuel Noriega, head of government of Panama, had been giving military assistance to Contra groups in Nicaragua at the request of the U.S.—which, in exchange, allowed him to continue his drug-trafficking activities—which they had known about since the 1960s.When the DEA tried to indict Noriega in 1971, the CIA prevented them from doing so. The CIA, which was then directed by future president George H. W. Bush, provided Noriega with hundreds of thousands of dollars per year as payment for his work in Latin America. However, when CIA pilot Eugene Hasenfus was shot down over Nicaragua by the Sandinistas, documents aboard the plane revealed many of the CIA’s activities in Latin America, and the CIA’s connections with Noriega became a public relations“liability” for the U.S. government, which finally allowed the DEA to indict him for drug trafficking, after decades of allowing his drug operations to proceed unchecked. Operation Just Cause, whose ostensible purpose was to capture Noriega, pushed the former Panamanian leader into the Papal Nuncio where he surrendered to U.S. authorities. His trial took place in Miami, where he was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Noriega’s prison sentence was reduced from 30 years to 17 years for good behavior. After serving 17 years in detention and imprisonment, his prison sentence ended on September 9, 2007. He was held under U.S. custody before being extradited to French custody where he was sentenced to 7 years for laundering money from Colombian drug cartels.
On March 13, this reporter contacted investigative historian Robert Morrow, whose research into the murder of CIA-sanctioned pilot Barry Seal is unparalleled. Seal claims to have run drugs for U.S. intelligence.
When asked about official criminality associated with Afghan’s opium business, Morrow replied: “U.S. government involvement in the drug trade ebbs and flows depending on a particular administration’s level of corruption. If a Bush or Clinton is in office, you better believe it’s rip-roaring.”
Morrow provided more insights. “Or, maybe their complicity is so institutionalized that presidents don’t even control it. Intelligence agencies and the military do. The government has many faces. One DEA [Drug Enforcement Administration] agent could be entirely honest while another is on the take from drug cartels and the government.”
Delving into deep state secrets, Morrow stressed: “The people who ran all the drugs into America during the Iran-Contra era were George Bush, Sr., CIA Director William Casey, Oliver North and both Clintons. Airports like the one in Mena, Arkansas that Bill and Hillary operated stretched all across the southern U.S. You need to remember that Barry Seal [who allegedly flew more cocaine into America than any pilot in history] was personal friends with Bill Clinton. He also spoke with Bush, Sr. on a weekly basis.”
In the Great and Exceptional United States of America, there have been so many drug scandals in police departments across the nation that no one bothers to keep statistics on it.
The War on Drugs was billed as a way to keep “niggers” and “spics” from sexin’ up innocent white girls. That’s how LBJ and Nixon put it anyway.
“Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.”
– John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs.
What it turned into was a War on American Liberty.
Now that a few States have legalized marijuana, you can watch the vultures (Police) in surrounding States circling around interstate highways. They sit and wait. They peer down the open road. Across the borders of their States. Waiting for any citizen of Washington or Colorado to cross that line. When they see one…THEY POUNCE! Like the Highway Robbers of old. Making any excuse to “protect and serve” that citizen out of his car, his money, his freedom.
Justice Thurgood Marshall was moved to remind the [Supreme] Court that there is “no drug exception” to the Constitution.
Every friend of freedom … must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the U.S. into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence.
— Milton Friedman
If the zeal to eliminate drugs leads this state and nation to forsake its ancient heritage of constitutional liberty, then we will have suffered a far greater injury than drugs ever inflict upon us. Drugs injure some of us. The loss of liberty injures us all.