A New Declaration of Independence For Free Men


I decided to read through the grievances and indictments of the representatives of the colonists when penning the Declaration of Independence. As I read through each one, I was surprised to find that not much has changed. The king has simply become a federation of central “federal” government – a monarchy now re-branded as an oligarchy. And I have found that this federal government is and has acted worse, with leaps and bounds, in its tyranny over the States, once colonies, and the people in general. And so I have re-written this Declaration of Independence with just three changes, since most of the declaration needed no such change.

Change #1 was to simply replace the names of “Great Britain” and its “King” with the Federal “government” and its many “presidents”. With this simple alteration, the document shines brightly with the same tyranny of current affairs.

Change #2 was to change the context of this declaration to that of the disposition of one man claiming his own sovereign independence from all forms of government, while still pledging his love, respect, and devotion to natural law to his fellow natural man.

Change #3 was to simply update the list of indictments and grievances to reflect a situation that is much worse today than was even technically possible back then – and yet many current indictments and grievances are not even included here today.

Perhaps, after reading through these new indictments, you may find that we have vastly more reasons today to abolish this government than the colonists ever did way back in history…

Though most of this original declaration remains the same with perfect clarity and assimilation to that of today’s tyrannies, those changes that I have made are in bold, with the former words crossed out for reference.

–=–

A Free Man’s Declaration Of Independence

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. And the people should naturally and politically expect, as amongst themselves, that their chosen form of government does no harm to the people or to their property, both collectively and individually, as natural law so dictates.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator, and that this be the highest form of law over that of man, whatever that belief be to each individual, so long as natural law be protected and practiced within, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, specifically all contractual obligations to it and to its own monopolized monetary debt system, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies States, and the individual people in general; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain the presidents and congresses of this United States, is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States and of free men. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

(Note: The following indictments and particulars have been changed for the modern disposition of government. The original indictments have been included here in italics and then replaced to show that modern concerns and tyrannies are  in all cases equal if not worse than when the original Declaration was penned in the late 1700’s. Old grievances are in italics, followed by current grievances.)

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

Government has exempted itself from its own laws that so govern the people, breaking them with perfunctory legal privilege as any King or dictator might. Many of these laws that do govern the people do not promote or assist in the public good, and are not wholesome or necessary for the good of the people.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

Government ignores and often breaks State laws; especially those propositions and amendments passed in elections by the vote of the people without need or want of government approval. It knows no boundaries or borders in its attempts to enforce violently its federal laws despite the people’s and the individual State’s will. Its federal courts lay waste to the people’s will of law, falsely claiming judicial due process and the authority of the constitution, though these courts indeed are often not constitutional and often act unlawfully.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

Government has created the 14th Amendment and other like acts and legislation, creating in all men, many at birth without informed consent, an involuntary “citizen” in commerce as residents of Washington D.C, where all of the people’s power is entrapped by implied and manufactured consent into a federal legislature that represents government and corporations, and no longer the people. Government has in the past and present ignored State’s secession attempts, and forbids the inception of new States or countries within its self-appointed and militarily offensive and defensive jurisdictional borders. Government has required municipal incorporation and corporate charter for all districts and cities of people in order to govern themselves, forcing compliance to its federal and now international laws via forced citizenship, a right formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

Representatives of each state must travel and live outside of the 50 states united, to the District of Columbia, Washington D.C, to meet for legislative purposes. This legislative body lives and works outside of their state of origin, forced to work and act in the District of Columbia; not his or her state of representation, and are subsequently stripped of any responsibility for their personal actions both ethical and legal, as representatives and employees of that government. This unusual governance is only trumped by these representatives’ voluntary involvement and participation in the United Nations and in its obedience and promotion of international uniform laws and codes and Agenda 21 policies, which do not meet the principles of the American people or of its constitution. The government often stands in abeyance of the constitution in lieu of international standards and practices. And government itself decides through committees of its own members on the ethics and lawfulness of its own deeds, without judicial review or public involvement, as an unregulated oligarchy – regulators with no regulation or supervision; no punishment for crimes.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness of his invasions on the rights of the people.

Any attempt by the people, including those of the confederate side of the civil war, who long for a true representative house on behalf of the people, are halted, dissolved, and the people fined and/or incarcerated for opposing with manly firmness of governments invasion upon the rights of those people. Government forbids alternative and competitive currencies, and protects the wrong doings and invasions of the people’s rights by its representatives and officers under color of law.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

Through the political party system, those who would truly represent the people are shut out of the electoral and election system, due to laws that allow for this exclusion, and that are incapable of annihilation but by the so-called representatives of the people, which are of a vast controlling majority members of these same political parties. The borders of the States are continuously left insecure, even as the States and the individual people are halted, by color of law, by this federal government from protecting those borders, again, through legislation by that same government. Meanwhile, government’s constitutionally forbidden standing armies are in foreign lands in times of peace, protecting profitable international trade under the guise of spreading democracy to people’s that do not seek such governance nor have requested it or this government’s army’s presence there. The people’s taxes are not requested for such military campaigns, but are instead apportioned by the congress, sometimes with the creation of new debt in that apportionment, against the overwhelming will of the people.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

Government has created unreasonable bounds, fees, and hurdles for the purposes of legal immigration into this country, while failing in its duties to enforce the already established laws relating to illegal immigration and the employment of such foreign men, women, and under-age children with no legal status; causing to suffer the remainder of its natural born citizenry to lower wages and a lack of equitable employment. It refuses to equitably halt the hiring of these non-natural born foreigners, who cross our borders freely, by the corporations who do so unlawfully. This has created an unprecedented dependence of the natural-born citizenry to that same government for sustenance. Also, this government has permitted and indeed required the equitable hiring of foreigners with unconstitutional work permits, through its homeland security program entitled “E-Verify”, which forces employers to hire illegal workers with such permits and limits said employers from both dismissing those foreign (illegal) workers and from hiring whom that employer so chooses; so creating a system of government-protected and forced unnatural equality punishable by fines and purposeful interference of government in that private venture, including removal of license to do business and to employ.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

-And-

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

Government has assigned all authority of the judicial to the Executive branch, via the “Justice Department”, thus never having acted according to its constitution, creating this judicial “department” with no actual independent third branch of government as a check and balance structure in the “Act of 1789”. Whereby justices of that misnamed “supreme court” are appointed not by the people, but by that Executive officer (president) and approved by congress, not the people. The administration of government’s courts has been handed over to a private association called the BAR association, which unconstitutionally has ties of a contractual nature with the International BAR Association, including uniform administration with many foreign countries, and that purposefully avoids the “common law”. A president, being a member of that BAR association, is an unacceptable conflict of interest. As well, since many in the congress are also a member of the BAR and also of their perspective private associations called political parties, which indirectly elect that president through the electoral college, the constitutional intent of a “separation of powers” and of “checks and balances” in no way can be met by this government. This government fails to recognize the ultimate power of the people, ignoring in totality any grand jury findings and indictments that are made by these lawful juries of the people. In short, with regards to the government, the legal system is indeed lawless.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

Government, via the congressional process and via consent or approval of the Executive branch, has erected numerous New Offices, including all Executive Departments and their unelected, appointed Secretaries, as well as the Executive’s recently appointed “Czars” – a government not elected but appointed. Congressional creation of such Offices as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and other known and Unknown Offices are unacceptable and unconscionable in an open and transparent constitutional government of the people, and these organizations act without the consent of the people as independent agencies of government not constitutionally enumerated, and certainly against that document’s and the people’s intent. Confiscation of property, financial harassment, debtor’s prisons, and other methods of harassment and tyranny have truly eaten out the substance of a free people, whom have been forced into a contractual debt servitude to this government against their will and without their consent.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

Government has created a standing army, with several branches of that service, and with several secretive, covert, and unlawful smaller agencies within that standing and active army, despite being in a time of peace. This standing army numbers in the multi-millions of men and women, whom draw a salary from the people’s taxation, and is now engaged in multiple congressional undeclared wars and occupations of other countries, many without navy or air assets or the ability to defend themselves. These unlawful and unconstitutional invasions and occupations are utilized under emergency power declarations of the Executive Officer (president) without necessity or legitimacy, and without the will or consent of the people or of the legislature needed to declare war. And in its worst action, government’s armies are now standing within the borders of these states united, with Executive Orders and other legislation in place to stand against the people of this homeland. This egregious and aggressive placement of troops within the places where the people co-habitate is unacceptable and stands alone as a cause for disillusion of this government.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

With the disbandment of lawful and constitutional militias, in its stead was created an Executive controlled military power as a standing army in times of peace against the intent of the constitution, that is independent of congressional powers and utilized at the presidents “privilege” under His emergency powers. For its use, no voter or congressional approval is needed. Thus, the military is independent of and superior to the Civil Power, not held accountable for its actions in death, harm, and pillage; nor in the personal responsibility of its members, which are protected under color of law. An army of men with no responsibility for their actions abroad is no substitute for an honorable volunteer militia with the purpose of protecting the American lands and its people at home from such government military intrusions, both foreign and domestic.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

Government has accepted numerous treaties of international laws and organizations, not the least of these being that of the United Nations as a member. Government’s Executive Officer has accepted titles from foreign bodies to become leader of these international organizations while serving as president at home in violation of all standards of tradition and law. And He has accepted, and congress has given its Assent to these international laws and codes, knowing full well the goal of unification of United States law into the international standards set by these foreign bodies is with the ultimate intent of snuffing out this great established country and its laws as subordinate to outside ones. Government has long enough pretended in its legislation and in the public opinions of its fictional courts that the people are subject to any thing that government demands and the courts approve, without the consent of its people.

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

Government’s acceptance of foreign troops into these states united for training and other purposes, its use of United States troops to forcibly guard and search the people in public places, as well as its inclusion of its own troops in N.A.T.O and United Nations and other international organizations for the purposes of undeclared war-for-profit operations abroad, does not meet the standards of consent of the people, its constitution, and in many cases its congress.

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

Military courts and tribunals are not sufficient for the purposes of liberty and justice for all people of the world. For, no Army should be in a position to judge for itself the competency or legality of its own actions. No man should stand trial before such a military establishment without the protections of his country and his natural rights. And no man should have immunity for his actions at home or abroad, acting with impunity in the taking of another’s life, liberty, property, and happiness. Yet this is the state of government’s unlawful, unconstitutional, standing army.

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

Government is guilty of trading with the enemy, by its own enumerated standards and laws, in its trade with China and other nations who self-proclaim to be communist in nature. Its promotion of international trade with foreign nations, many of which this government has invested into the building and operation of those foreign economies, has created hardships and unemployment standards in this country bordering on criminal, creating starvation and poverty previously unknown to such a wealthy land of natural resources, many of which are now imported at the expense of the people who might otherwise harvest the land. Government’s promotion of corporate and quasi-governmental corporation monopolies and its extrication of basic anti-trust laws have all but monopolized foreign trade within government and its investment-held corporations. Government stands in a severe conflict of interest, as a main shareholder of all major and influential corporations, receiving benefits and emoluments (royalties) for such investments, and creating legal loopholes to promote corporate greed and opportunity instead of protecting the people of the nation from that corporate greed and opportunity. In this nation, where the shareholder has more rights than the common man, government’s allowance of such standards and protection of corporate harm against its people, are reason enough for its dismissal.

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

The very act of retaliation, exaction, extortion, punishment, incarceration, eminent domain, confiscation, and other forms of the imposition of forced taxation imply the lack of acknowledgment of the people’s lack of consent to be unfairly taxed. No fair nation, by which freedom, justice, and liberty for all shall be its moniker, should have the ability to create debtors prisons or to legalize extortion and exaction for the purposes of collections of either just or unjust taxation.

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

Government courts, being relative and beholden to the Rules of Court Procedure rather than to the constitution or common law, as well as upholding the copyrighted legal precedents and opinions of the BAR Associations of the Law Society, have deprived the people of a sense of justice delivered via an educated jury of our peers, placing into conviction those who attempt to educate such people in such juries. When a judge, his prosecutor, the defending attorney, the court clerk, and any police officers involved in any case all work for the same municipal corporation, which stands to profit via the exaction of monies in that case, the concept of a fair trial becomes obsolete. And when a judge may overrule a jury in its final lawful decision, justice doth not prosper.

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

Government military tribunals now act falsely as lawful courts, utilizing rendition and other forms of kidnapping and torture methods in its justification of self-proclaimed justice. These war crimes see no punishment because government never declares war, cowardly killing or vanishing its dissenters and its critics under color of law, into established foreign military installations, prisons, and torture houses. It then profits from the forced labor of its incarcerated inmates, a commerce of souls in servitude to a corrupt, for-profit, prison system approved by congress and the Executive branch.

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

Government continues to make uniform its federal laws and legal codes, including international ones, and has encroached beyond measure into the free initiative of the individual States to depose such central tyranny of law. Government now encroaches on an international scale, deposing foreign governments and replacing those lawful leaders with arbitrary governments and military or corporate men who have United States interests above their own people’s interests, just as the people of these states united have suffered for too long. Government’s spread of it’s own form of democracy through military force is out of bounds with its constitutionally enumerated purposes.

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

Indeed, government has systematically encroached upon and dismissed many of our most cherished laws and institutions, often replacing them with pretenders that act differently while still operating under the same name. Our constitutional form of government in its intent has been absolutely altered in its most fundamental forms; now unrecognizable in its jurisdictions and in its self-proclaimed authorities. No resemblance to the original intent of said constitution is apparent within the halls of government, and its actions against the people deposing their enumerated rights are proof enough that this government now and for many decades has operated outside of the authority granted to it by the people’s consent and by the constitution itself. And government’s encroachment and avocation of independent State laws is alone a cause for its dismissal, as it fundamentally usurps the forms of state and local governments.

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever

From the time of the Civil War, military governments have replaced lawful constitutional ones under “reconstruction” acts and amendments, suspending lawful legislatures under a permanent state of the Martial’s of law (military rule), after government declared for itself the power to legislate through military force. This military rule has not been lifted, and peace never declared through treaty; martial law continuing under the Libor Code structure and government military occupation, with military bases in all 50 of these states as occupying forces. Government has created its own Legislation that no longer requires the vote of the people, only our cooperation by unlawful force of our consent and fine and imprisonment for our lack of said consent.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

Government has declared all citizens as “enemies of the State”, and in 1933 the Senate concluded that, through emergency powers under the amended Trading With The Enemy Act, that: “Under these powers the president may: seize property; organize and control the means of production; seize commodities; assign military forces abroad; institute martial law; seize and control all transportation and communication; regulate the operation of private industry; restrict travel, and in a plethora of particular ways, control the lives of all American citizens.” (Senate Report 93-549). And so, in government’s preoccupation with its emergency powers authorities, with which it declares itself all powerful through martial law (Title 32, Sections 501.1, 501.3, 501.4), it has tread deeply on that of the individual freedoms and liberties of all citizens, while making impossible for most the true pursuit of happiness in this nation through its relentless regulation of that pursuit. Let it be so declared that in history, not one dictatorship is developed out of free will of the people dictated, and that most important to the establishment of such is the abrogation of property rights, the dictatorial right to seize private property at will, the forced governmental right to organize and control all forms of production, transportation, and other infrastructure of that country including the restriction of movement and travel of its citizens, and most importantly the systematic control of the media that would otherwise criticize that dictatorship. This government has succeeded in surpassing even the most powerful of dictators and kings in its tyranny, even as most of its subjects are unaware of its dictates.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

No longer the protectorate of the people, this government has allowed for its military and other corporations, through government contract, to ravage the pristine lands, waters, coasts, and towns of this nation, and indeed the world. Government’s Navy patrols the international seas, its armies patrol the international borders, its air force patrols the international skies and the voids of space, and its Marines conduct secret operations unknown to the people. Its sonar and scalar weapons testing has devastated the marine life, and its testing, radiation, and pollution has ravished the animal and human habitats and caused untold extinction levels. Government has forced its restrictions on food and medicines, making natural healing and curative medicine all but illegal, while allowing patents that monopolize the treatment of symptoms for curable diseases as that industries main investor.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

With multiple millions of men, women, and children killed by this governments standing armies in the foreign lands it invades without the consent of the people, without its permission, and without lawful reason, this government’s works of death, desolation, and tyranny seem boundless. Its use of cruelty, perfidy, and other deceptions against adults and children via its self-proclaimed legal tools of torture, rape, pillage, humiliation, subjugation, and rendition without personal responsibility of its men in uniform, resembles the most barbarous of dictators and ages of kings, not the least of which being the very King for which this country was founded against. The long line of blood-related presidents of this United States have all proved totally unworthy as the Head of a civilized nations, not the least of which is their current president and cousin.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

Government has offered military service to foreigners as an inducement of gaining favor and citizenship in the United States. In such offer, government has enlisted foreign mercenaries to fight against their own country of origin in return for citizen status. It has also made it treasonous for its own fighting men to withdraw consent for the unlawful acts expected of them while in service of this government, and treats such honorable acts of courage with court-martial and dishonorable merits. And government has enacted laws and regulations to this effect that will require its military men and women in time of “governmental need” to take up arms against their own citizenry; against their own brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers. For this treasonous act alone, it is reason enough to declare an abolishing of this government.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

Government has divided the people, through lack of education and through promotion of false education and indoctrination, creating domestically large groups of insurgent men and women of good conscious, who believe in the ideals of the intent of this nation, and whom will fight for that intent on behalf of all good peoples of this nation and of the world, even as this government demonizes and oppresses these groups of people in their efforts to educate others and organize peacefully. Government has allowed the atrocities of merciless Indian concentration camps called “reservations”, stripping the dignity and well being, life, liberty, and happiness from these Native peoples. There is no reason for the people to believe that, as dissenters and insurrectionist freedom-fighters, that they should be treated with any more regard or respect than those of these Native American peoples, or as those of the Confederacy were treated in their lawful pursuit of separation from government’s tyranny and control. And against rational and lawful constitutional concerns, this government has allowed duel-citizens of Israel and the United States to infiltrate its Agencies, its government, its media, its corporations, its infrastructure, and its citizenry, who have excited this domestic unease amongst us. And as international citizens, it endeavors to bring the inhabitants of our country and all countries against that of its own proclaimed enemies, with its well-known use of sabotage and psychological warfare for its destruction of all ages, sexes, and conditions, ethics, morals, and values, but for the sole benefit of that of its own international Jewish people. When appointed officers of the government are foreign born citizens of another civilization and country, and are knowingly appointed as such by government itself into high positions of power within that government, then the government itself can no longer be considered sovereign or of the people.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Alas, every attempt at correction of these grievances, from petitions to demands, from court decisions to governmental decrees, and from any other form, have been unanswered or ignored, or have been made trivial in governments corrupt court system. Letters are answered by form letters. Emails are copied and sent into the digital nether. And petitions are ignored entirely, all having no legal authority on government’s decisions. In short, petitions are not accepted, complaints are not taken, and redresses are not issued. This brightly lit beacon signifies that these complaints of these oppressions will certainly be answered by nothing more that repeated injury to the people by this government, under the false assumption and manufacture of that same people’s consent to this tyranny. When a government no longer listens or responds lawfully to the complaints and requests of its majority or its minority, and when that government punishes its people for such efforts, that government is no longer a representative government. A president and a congress, under a military rule, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

We have not been wanting in attentions to our British brethren federal government, from whom all past presidents and the current one have been bloodline cousins of themselves and to the current queen of England. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us as free people and as body politics within the individual states. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We I, therefore, the Representative of the united States of America myself and all contracts thereof, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our my intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies myself as a natural born man with God-given rights above that of men and their corporate governments, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies states are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, Israel, and the Federal Government, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, Israel and the Federal Government, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do, including the succession from this corrupt Union. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we I mutually pledge to each other our all fellow free men my Lives Life, our Fortunes my support in all things necessary to protect our lives, liberties, natural rights, and our mutual pursuits of happiness, and our my sacred Honor.

Signed,

Among other free men,

.

–Clint Richardson (realitybloger.wordpress.com)
–Friday, December 28, 2012

Advertisements

America Never Declared War, So War Crimes Don’t Apply ???


Is America at war with Iraq? How about Afghanistan? Pakistan?

The answer to these questions is perhaps the most important concept that the citizens of the republic of the United States can possibly understand.

The answer is… NO!

No legal or constitutional declaration of war has ever been stated, and therefore America is not officially in a state of war. And the implications of this are more far reaching than any of us realize.

Why is this fact so vitally important to the heath and welfare of America?

If you understand nothing else about the so-called “war on terror”, I wish it to be this: without an official declaration of war by way of congressional decree under Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States, America has no authority or legitimacy to attack, occupy, kill, or enter forcibly into another country. The president of the United States cannot declare war; only the congress can approve war. This means that our president, his cabinet, the Congress, and judicial branches of government are all in violation of our most cherished laws under the Constitution of the United States.

The following are the reasons this fact is so important to comprehend, and why if we don’t stop this from continuing to occur – in Pakistan, then Iran, and eventually in our own beautiful, once free United States itself – We The People of the United States of America will lose everything our Constitution grants to us.

—-> The Geneva Convention – this set of documents, of which America is a signatory, are international treaties binding all States that have accepted them. Almost every State in the world has signed the Geneva Conventions. The 1st and 2nd Geneva Conventions straight forwardly state that the sick, wounded and shipwrecked must be cared for humanely and adequately by the enemy state. “Combatants” must treat members of the enemy armies who are wounded, sick or shipwrecked as carefully as they would treat their own injured or sick. All efforts must be made to collect the dead quickly, to confirm death by medical examination, and to identify bodies and protect them from robbery. Medical equipment must not be intentionally destroyed, and medical establishments and vehicles must not be attacked, damaged or prevented from operating even if they do not contain patients. The 3rd Geneva Convention states: “Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War” members of the armed forces who fall into enemy hands are to be considered without exception to be in the power of the enemy State, not in the hands of the individuals or troops who have captured them. The state is therefore responsible for their soldier’s treatment of POW’s.

The convention clearly states that Prisoners of war MUST BE:

– Treated humanely with respect for their persons and their honor.

– Enabled to inform their next of kin and the Central Prisoners of War Agency (ICRC, the International Red Cross) of their capture.

– Allowed to correspond regularly with relatives and to receive relief parcels.

– Allowed to keep their clothes, feeding utensils and personal effects.

– Supplied with adequate food and clothing.

– Provided with quarters not inferior to those of their captor’s troops.

– Given the medical care their state of health demands.

– Paid for any work they do.

– Repatriated if certified seriously ill or wounded, (but they must not resume active military duties afterwards).

– Quickly released and repatriated when hostilities cease.

In addition, prisoners of war MUST NOT BE:

-Compelled to give any information other than their name, age, rank and service number.

– Deprived of money or valuables without a receipt (and these must be returned at the time of release).

– Given individual privileges other than for reasons of health, sex, age, military rank or professional qualifications.

– Held in close confinement except for breaches of the law, although their liberty can be restricted for security reasons.

– Compelled to do military work, nor work which is dangerous, unhealthy or degrading.

The fourth Geneva Convention is: “Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War”, all individuals “who do not belong to the armed forces, take no part in the hostilities and find themselves in the hands of the Enemy or an Occupying Power”

Protected civilians MUST BE:

– Treated humanely at all times and protected against acts or threats of violence, insults and public curiosity.

– Entitled to respect for their honour, family rights, religious convictions and practices, and their manners and customs.

– Specially protected, for example in safety zones, if wounded, sick, old, children under 15, expectant mothers or mothers of children under 7.

– Enabled to exchange family news of a personal kind. – Helped to secure news of family members dispersed by the conflict.

– Allowed to practise their religion with ministers of their own faith. Civilians who are interned have the same rights as prisoners of war. They may also ask to have their children interned with them, and wherever possible families should be housed together and provided with the facilities to continue normal family life. Wounded or sick civilians, civilian hospitals and staff, and hospital transport by land, sea or air must be specially respected and may be placed under protection of the red cross/crescent emblem.

Protected civilians MUST NOT BE:

– Discriminated against because of race, religion or political opinion. – Forced to give information.

– Used to shield military operations or make an area immune from military operations.

– Punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed. – Women must not be indecently assaulted, raped, or forced into prostitution.

In reference to torture, the Geneva Convention states:

“Prisoners of war must at all times be humanely treated. Any unlawful act or omission … causing death or seriously endangering the health of a prisoner of war in its custody is prohibited, and will be regarded as a serious breach of the present Convention. Likewise, prisoners of war must at all times be protected, particularly against acts of violence or intimidation and against insults and public curiosity.

“No physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion, may be inflicted on prisoners of war to secure from them information of any kind whatever. Prisoners of war who refuse to answer may not be threatened, insulted, or exposed to any unpleasant or disadvantageous treatment of any kind.”

“Prisoners of war shall enjoy complete latitude in the exercise of their religious duties, including attendance at the service of their faith, on condition that they comply with the disciplinary routine prescribed by the military authorities.”

“The following acts are and shall remain prohibited … cruel treatment and torture; … Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment; “

“Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory … are prohibited, regardless of their motive.”

(Geneva Convention, 1949)
———————————-

So, this certainly and without a doubt states that torture is specifically not permitted under these conventions. So why is our government and military (and private security forces contracted by the U.S. government) torturing, maiming, raping, humiliating, water-boarding, and mistreating prisoners and civilians and getting away with it? Why hasn’t anyone called foul: a violation of the Geneva Conventions against innocent civilians and prisoners of war?

Quite simply, it’s because no declaration of war was ever legally made. This is key to understanding America’s disposition…

– No declaration of war means there are no official prisoners of war.

– No declaration of war means the Geneva conventions do not apply.

– No declaration of war means that U.S. soldiers can do whatever they please with no repercussions, since the convention that places responsibility for our soldier’s actions onto the state do not apply.

– No declaration of war means that we are occupying another country or “state” against Article 1, Section 8 of the constitution, which states:

“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States …To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water… To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years…”

The term “enemy combatants” has replaced the terms “prisoner of war” and “civilians”.

Proof of this fact – that no war has been declared in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc… can be found in the following, which aired on CSPAN in October 2002:

During the October 2nd  and 3rd, 2002 House International Relations Committee hearing on the Iraq resolution, Ron Paul introduced an amendment which actually would have simply and officially declared war against Iraq. The following is that simple amendment, which would have put the United States legally and constitutionally at war and, more importantly, subject to Geneva Convention guarantees and other war crimes documents:

AMENDMENT TO H. J. RES. Ll

To be titled: “Joint Resolution declaring a state of war between the United States and the Government of Iraq

OFFERED BY MR. PAUL

– Strike all after the resolving clause and insert the following: ‘‘That pursuant to article I, section 8 of the United States Constitution, a state of war is declared to exist between the United States and the Government of Iraq and the President is hereby authorized and directed to employ the United States Armed Forces to carry on war against the Government of Iraq and to bring the conflict to a successful conclusion.”

Mr. Paul also stated earlier of the resolution, as it existed without his amendment:

“We are giving the President the authority to defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq. In other words, we are transferring the power to declare war to the President. He can declare the war and fight the war when he pleases. And that is number one. Number two, equal to number one; (the president will) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions. In this bill that we are working on, they mention United Nations 32 times — I am sorry, 25 times. They never mention article 1, section 8, once.”

“…No matter what you call it, we are talking about a resolution that permits the President to wage war.” – Ron Paul

The committee put Rep. Paul’s amendment to rest (into the trash) with no dissenting votes, and on the afternoon of 10/03/02, the House International Relations Committee passed this resolution, which gave the president (Bush) the power to send our armies into Iraq without a formal declaration of war by congress, without consideration of the unconstitutional act of preemptively attacking a state or country which poses no imminent threat to the United States according to Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, and without the international constraints of the Geneva Convention or any war crimes legislation to restrain our troops from committing heinous acts of torture and violence against innocent woman and children, civilians, Iraqi resistance to foreign invaders, dogs, cats, livestock, or any other living thing in Iraq while “just following orders”.

And now, President Obama has sent troops illegally and unconstitutionally to Pakistan, without an official Congressional declaration of war. He has withdrawn troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and replaced them with even more private security “peace-keepers” like Blackwater (who changed its name to Xe due to such horrible publicity and war crimes charges). And he is about to make the mistake of “preemptively” invading and attempting to occupy Iran, which would be a fatal error in foreign relations considering Iran’s alliance and friendship with both China and Russia.

But then, Obama’s mentor Zbigniew Brzezinski has been after a conflict with Russia since his post as National Security Advisor in the Carter and Reagan administrations.

-Brzezinski advised Carter in 1978 to engage the People’s Republic of China and traveled to Beijing to lay the groundwork for the normalization of relations between the two countries. This also resulted in the severing of ties with the United States’ longtime anti-Communist ally the Republic of China. Also in 1978, Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyła was elected Pope John Paul II—an event which the Soviets believed Brzezinski orchestrated.

In 1979 Brzezinski saw the overthrow of US ally the Shah of Iran, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The Iranian Revolution precipitated the Iran hostage crisis, which would last for the rest of Carter’s presidency. Brzezinski anticipated – indeed some some have claimed he even engineered [Matthew Carr, The Infernal Machine: A History of Terrorism from Alexander II to Al-Qaeda, chapter 10.] the Soviet invasion, and, with the support of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the PRC, he created a strategy to undermine the Soviet presence. – [Wikipedia: Zbigniew Brzezinski]

Brzezinski has had his hands in almost all American conflicts and foreign relations, from Red China to Iran Contra to Russia to Afghanistan to Vietnam. In 1981 Brzezinski revealed that he encouraged the Chinese to support Pol Pot. This was part of a wider policy of forcing the Vietnamese out of Cambodia by funding anti-Vietnamese guerrilla groups that the U.S. helped create. [America Abroad – TIME Magazine]

Understanding that Obama is a student of and was mentored by Zbigniew Brzezinski is imperative to understanding the mentality and intentions of our president and his multitude of not-elected, appointed cabinet members. From Obama’s Chief of Staff – duel Israeli citizen Raum Emanuel, to foreign born Special Adviser Henry Kissinger, these elitist appointees rule our elected officials.

To further decry the importance of the illegality and unconstitutionality of the occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan… a memo was given by White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales, dated January 25, 2002, urging President George Bush to declare the war in Afghanistan exempt from the Geneva Convention. In the memo, the corrupted White House lawyer referenced the 1996 law passed by Congress known as the “War Crimes Act”, which banned any American from committing war crimes – defined in part as “grave breaches” of the Geneva convention. The memo warns that the law applies to “U.S.  officials” and that punishments for violators “include the death penalty.” (NewsWeek, May 17, 2004)

Shortly after Gonzales’ memo came out, Secretary Powell wrote a dissenting memo arguing that Alberto Gonzales’ attempt to declare the war in Afghanistan exempt from the Geneva convention undermines more than a century of U.S. policy and practice. In that memo, he states:

“It will reverse over a century of U.S. policy and practice in supporting the Geneva conventions and undermine the protections of the law of war for our troops, both in this specific conflict and in general. … It may provoke some individual foreign prosecutors to investigate and prosecute our officials and troops. … We will be challenged in international forums (UN Commission on Human Rights; World Court; etc.).”

On March 19, 2003, despite these warnings by Powell and others, Bush (not Congress) declared a preemptive war in Iraq.

This one act alone – especially since it was proven that no “weapons of mass destruction” were anywhere near Iraq, nor that Iraq had the capability to produce such weapons, nor that Iraq or Sadam Huesain had anything to do with the destruction of the World Trade Center Towers 1, 2, and 7 and the attack on the pentagon – and since Iraq posed no “imminent threat” to the United States, constitutes a “grave breach” of the Geneva Convention, which states:

“Law enforcement officials shall not use firearms against persons except in self-defense or defense of others against the imminent threat of death or serious injury, to prevent the perpetration of a particularly serious crime involving grave threat to life, to arrest a person presenting such a danger and resisting their authority, or to prevent his or her escape, and only when less extreme means are insufficient to achieve these objectives. In any event, intentional lethal use of firearms may only be made when strictly unavoidable in order to protect life.” (United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Fall 1990)

The U.S. Military Code specifies that it is a crime to violate the Geneva convention:

“Whoever, … commits a war crime, … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for life or any term of years, … and if death results to the victim, shall also be subject to the penalty of death. … Definition: As used in this section the term ‘war crime’ means … a grave breach in any of the international conventions signed at Geneva 12 August 1949 [or acts] prohibited by Article 23, 25, 27, or 28 of the Annex to the Hague Convention IV, Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land, signed 18 October 1907 … ” (Section 2441: U.S. Military Code on War Crimes)

Also, after WWII in 1945, the United States led the formation of the “Nuremberg Principles” which formed the United Nations Charter. This charter binds every country in the world. It defines as a crime:

“Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances…”

For a chronological account of the actions taken by the U.S. Military under the leadership of George W. Bush as Commander-in-Chief which lead to multiple violations of the Geneva convention and U.S. Military Code, please go here: http://impeachforpeace.org/evidence/pages/torture.html

I could go on and on with countless violations of the Geneva Conventions, war crimes, Nuremburg principles, etc… but what would be the point? We are not at war.

This one little fact that has been overlooked and not reported by the media is the key to ushering in peace. Acknowledging it would mean the end of these illegal and unconstitutional occupations of innocent countries, and the unwarranted murder and impoverishing of whole populations. It would mean that torture, outrageous POW camps like Guantanamo Bay, and any other war crimes committed by this administration, our troops and Blackwater thugs overseas, and crimes against Americans themselves would be treated as such and punishable by the Geneva Conventions and other war crimes treatises.

The new president continues to abuse the jargon of the previous administration, calling for a “war on terror”. This is ridiculous, and is about as winnable as a war on mosquitoes. This war on terror can best be described as a never ending, un-winnable war, which will continue to allow the United States and the United Nations to invade and terrorize any country, any home, and even any American who challenges the corporate fascist control of America and abroad.

While we as mindless sheep continue to refer to the events in the middle east as:

the “war in Iraq

thewar in Afghanistan”

the new “war in Pakistan

and the impending “war with Iran” – which will no doubt lead to something akin to awar with the world”…

These politicians and appointed officials are making fortunes for their lobbyists and elitist co-conspirators though the corporations they own, chair, direct, advise, and profit from by awarding no-bid contracts to them in these occupied countries, but only after our military destroys them to create the need for reconstruction.

It is time for the American people to wake up and take responsibility for the war crimes and human rights violations that our government is perpetrating against the people, the families, and the innocents of the Middle-East. This will not stop until they have taken over, through the United Nations, all of the nation-states, not excluding our own. We, as responsible citizens can no longer afford to ignore these crimes. For the only other way that this will stop, is for the citizenry to stand up and say, “NO MORE KILLING”

We must do something now… for the hour is late, and every innocent death is on all of our hands. And they get bloodier by the hour.

Clint Richardson (realitybloger.wordpress.com)
Sunday, October 11, 2009