Dangerous Precedents Set By SCOTUS

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The US Supreme Court has ruled that Americans can sue Nations such as Iran over terrorist acts that may or may not have been supported by those Nations.  There is a ruling about to be decided upon currently concerning Saudi Arabia. These are extremely dangerous rulings that could set precedent that place Americans in danger across the Globe. I would love to see any and every avenue taken to bring Saudi Arabia down. The House of Saud is a great evil and are responsible for 90% of Islamic Terrorism across the Planet. If Saudi Arabia and its Wahhabi Death Cult could be crushed, much of the unrest and division between Muslims and other people across the world could be arrested and turned around. With Saudi Wahhabis funding global terrorist groups, terrorism and groups such as al Qaeda and ISIS will continue to rise and wreak havoc and sow division everywhere.

Even so, our Supreme Court is treading dangerous waters with these rulings.

American Foreign Policy has place the US Military around the globe “combatting” terrorism. Our strategies, tactics, techniques and procedures are not always on solid footing with International Norms. Strictly speaking, much of what we do would be illegal in a International Criminal Court. Our Soldiers and Leaders are placed at risk because of these rulings. Now, I have no problem with politicians such as Barack Obama or George Bush being held to account for their illegal, inhumane and downright evil acts. My issue is that Joe the Private or Sam the Colonel might be renditioned whilst on vacation in the Bahamas. A US Citizen might be held and extradited to Iran, France or Syria for prosecution for breaking Iranian, French or Syrian law. We do it. Why could they not follow suit?

What if the people of Pakistan, Syria,Iran, Guatemala, Iraq, Afghanistan took this to its logical conclusion? Each of those nations could sue us for terrorism and mass murder. We have bombed the hell out of those places. We have indiscriminately targeted “military aged males.” One need not be guilty of anything more than being in a cricket club to be bombed by our drones and missiles. We have made this more than obvious. We have publicly stated the “military aged males” targeting. We have bombed civilians for no other reason than they were in the same general area as suspected terrorists.

If Citizens of the US can sue those governments for their crimes then Citizens of other nations can sue our government for crimes we have committed even if we will never admit that they are crimes. SECDEF Gates warned against this. He called it “Lawfare.” Our military members and civilians could be targeted for rendition and extradition by other nations. Our politicians could be targeted.

This smacks of lunacy, idiocy and a lack of comprehension of International Law and Treaty. I fully expect stupidity from the American People. Congress and SCOTUS should know better.

As the State Accrues Power, Liberty Abates

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To the extent that government power grows, liberty diminishes. Remember this as you vote, America. Liberty is at a perilous crossroads thanks to lunatic voting of the Far Left and Right. Obama and Bush accomplished more in the name of government intrusion and centralized power than the last 42 Presidents combined.

Presidents are not Gods to be worshiped but men who are voted in to office to do the bidding of the people. Every power that they accrue to themselves comes at the expense of the citizenry. Every worshiper of the office of the President and of the men who are elected President chips away at the sovereignty of the American Citizen.

The trend continues towards centralization of Executive Power. The trend continues towards the diminishment of civil rights. The State grasps for power continuously. It is the responsibility of the American Citizen to ensure that our Liberties remain. If Liberty is lost, we have only ourselves to blame and Liberty, once lost, is never regained without revolutionary bloodletting.

“The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all.”
— George Washington (Farewell Address, September 17, 1796)
(see George W. Bush’s comment on this subject)

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”
— Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Archibald Stuart – 1791)

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
— Wendell Phillips (speech in Boston, Massachusetts, January 28, 1852, citing Thomas Jefferson, though it has also been attributed to Patrick Henry)

“When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny.”
— Thomas Jefferson (attributed to Jefferson, by his contemporaries)

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”   — John Quincy Adams (attributed to Adams, by his contemporaries)

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The Patriot Act is the most unconstitutional legislation since the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, which proscribed speech critical of the government; yet the FBI loves it. Its premise is that in dangerous times, if we surrender our freedoms to the government, the government will keep us safe until the danger passes. This is a flawed argument.