Rule of Law Applies to Everyone
Reason and Jest
by Scott Lazarowitz: The
War Propaganda Continues
This is really
a follow-up from my previous article on the government-media complex’s
propaganda. To clarify, my bringing up Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki
was not a defense of him but a defense of due process and the rule
I happen to
believe that all people must act under the rule of law with no exceptions,
including government bureaucrats.
And in my previous
article, I referred to "war" as an artificial concept.
There’s really no such thing as war – only criminal aggression,
which is what "war" is. You are either behaving aggressively
in society, or you are peaceful and respectful of the lives and
property of others. There’s no middle ground there.
are those who believe that "9/11 changed everything,"
and that "we’re at war with al Qaeda." They believe those
things because they had been bamboozled by government bureaucrats
and their apparatchiks who already had questionable
plans in place for wars – in Afghanistan
– and for a police state for America well
And our rulers
say we are "at war with al-Qaeda," even though our own
government has been supporting
al-Qaeda in Syria, supported its rise in Libya,
and in fact supported Osama bin Laden early
on (similar to the Israeli government’s own dippy central planners
helping to create
Do people know
So I personally
find the corrupt buffoons of the U.S. government terrifying. We
are not "at war with al-Qaeda"; the U.S. government has
been at war against
the American people.
But some people
want to suggest that my wanting to tell the truth about our government’s
shenanigans, or my defending the right of all people to due process,
or suggest that a Bradley Manning exposing government crimes, could
possibly be "aiding and abetting" the enemy, or being
an "enemy combatant."
So given our
dangerous government’s absurdly broad
and ambiguous definition of "enemy combatant," you
can see why I find these U.S. officials terrifying.
And it isn’t
just the President’s unconstitutional power to kill an innocent
human being sans due process, it’s also the NDAA’s
detention of Americans without due process, the FISA or otherwise
searches and seizures without due process, all these thoroughly
un-American police state policies now.
U.S. government agents had paid
villagers in Pakistan to drop spy transmitter chips in areas
that would lead to innocents being captured for torture or innocents
being murdered by drones. And many of the Guantanamo detainees who
were taken by U.S. forces from abroad had been found
to be totally innocent, having been turned in by local villagers
being paid by U.S. government officials, or in which no evidence
against them existed or whose capture had been a result of informants
giving false confessions (which is the real purpose
of torture, by the way).
Can you imagine
combining those imbecilic central planner-type policies with the
more recent "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign?
Can you imagine being the victim of some Nazi-brownshirt neighbor
falsely turning you in for no good reason, and government agents
treating you like a "terrorist"?
I hear Mark Levin on the radio. Sometimes he can go on and on and
on about how great the Constitution and Bill of Rights are, and
criticizing the Obama socialist agenda with point after point on
ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank, etc., and lately he has even been criticizing
the Establishment Republicans in Congress. Good so far.
But then, he
starts talking about U.S. government foreign policy, and pulls a
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on us – totally turning against the Bill
of Rights, due process and the rule of law, and spewing the ignorance
and moral relativism of the neo-conned
chickenhawks who have been starting the wars and occupations that
have caused terrorist blowback against America.
neocons have unwittingly turned Thomas Jefferson’s America into
America. The neocons brought their deranged
collectivist and globalist vision to America, and the conservatives
and "constitutionalists" such as Levin bought it, hook,
line and sinker.
One issue that
Mark Levin was discussing late last week (on 3/8/13)
was the decision of the Obama Administration to bring a terrorism
suspect into a civilian court for trial, rather than bring him to
Guantanamo or some other torture regime. Of course, the cognitively
dissonant Levin was against the idea of a civilian trial.
Levin and other
actually believe that we’re really at war, as our central planning
rulers have been telling us since 9/11, and that "war is different."
an exception, and therefore the Bill of Rights needs to be suspended,"
seems to be what the zombie neocons have been saying.
– supposedly a big fan of the "Founding Fathers" – doesn’t
seem to understand that the Bill of Rights includes inalienable
rights that all human beings have, pre-existing any government.
And these rights, such as the right to due process, the right to
require your accuser to present evidence against you in a court
of law, the right to self-defense and the right to bear arms, the
right to be secure in your person, papers, property and effects,
apply to all human beings, everywhere.
The Bill of
Rights doesn’t say "These rights only apply to Americans, or
to people who happen to be within the borders of the United States."
So, if some
government bureaucrat, the President, a military general or soldier,
or one’s next-door neighbors want to accuse someone of something,
then one has a natural, inherent right to require the accuser to
present evidence against the accused or otherwise they must leave
him alone. That’s the American way. (It might not be the
Nazi Germany way, but it is the American way.)
And it doesn’t
matter what crimes others or the government accuses someone of,
terrorism, murder, rape, doesn’t matter. Nor does it matter who
is being accused, foreigner or American, "over there"
or "over here."
But due to
the widespread cognitive dissonance of today’s Americans (and generations
afflicted with government-controlled schooling), one type of crime
is now different from all others. Terrorism is different.
Because of terrorism, we must remove what used to be seen as inalienable
rights from all people domestic or foreign, and we must blindly
and obediently trust the judgment of politicians and militarists.
This kind of
trust in politicians is quite misplaced, to say the least, as Future
of Freedom President Jacob Hornberger observed
The fact is,
a crime of aggression is a crime of aggression, whether a suicide
bomber blows up a marketplace, whether a drugged-up psychopath shoots
innocents at a school, or whether a government ruler takes an organized
military overseas and invades a country that was of no threat to
his people, and occupies those foreign lands by force and destroys
those entire societies. Those are all crimes of aggression.
You see, in
1991 when the U.S. government initiated a criminal act of military
aggression against Iraq, intentionally
destroyed Iraq’s civilian water and sewage treatments and electrical
centers, imposed sanctions
zones and prevented materials from being imported to repair
the damage and prevented medical supplies from being imported, and
the rates of cancer and cholera and other illnesses amongst the
Iraqi civilian population skyrocketed as a result during the 1990s,
leading to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents, those
acts are all crimes, regardless of the propaganda government bureaucrats
1990s, Ron Paul actually warned
us several times that, if the U.S. government continued with
those aggressions against people on foreign lands, there could very
well be a terrorist attack within the U.S.
But there are
a lot of people now in America who actually think it’s absurd to
bring up the actions of our own government which preceded 9/11.
They think it’s absurd for someone to suggest we apply the Golden
Rule to U.S. government foreign policy. "How dare you
suggest that our government shouldn’t "do unto others what
we would not want others to do unto us"!
of human rights in others, the same inalienable rights that one
claims for oneself, is incredibly selfish and shows how self-centered
and anti-social the philosophy of "Exceptionalism" really
So the American
Exceptionalists believe in our government’s right to invade and
occupy other countries, but that the people in those countries do
not have the same kind of right to self-defense that we Americans
have, as Glenn Greenwald pointed
while many of the conservatives, the "moral values" crowd
and self-proclaimed "patriotic Americans" now fear the
Left and the feds’ gun control agenda because "patriots"
believe in the 2nd Amendment, the right to self-defense
and the right to bear arms, they nevertheless supported U.S. troops
arms from innocent civilians in Iraq, making Iraqis totally defenseless.
the obsessive bureaucrats and their flunkies fail to see the big
picture – they fail to understand the causes
and effects regarding terrorism.
And so Bradley
Manning has been referred to by ignoramuses as a "traitor,"
because he released so-called classified documents and videos to
WikiLeaks. As I mentioned in my previous article, Manning wanted
the American people – not jihadists or al-Qaeda, mind you, but the
American people – to know about the crimes, incompetence
and corruption of our rulers.
But the real
traitors here are our central planners who have been intentionally
starting wars and provoking foreigners to justify the always-expanding,
tax-eating central planning and military bureaucracy.
central planners had a duty is to "protect the peace,"
to keep Americans safe and secure from foreign aggression. But what
they have been doing – starting wars and provoking foreigners –
has made Americans less safe and less secure.
planners are derelicts of duty who have not been "promoting
the general welfare" or well-being of America and instead have
But the Exceptionalists
still don’t see it that way. The zombies continue to stare at their
iPhones and their TVs, and let the propagandists hypnotize them.
And then we
have a well-meaning filibuster by Sen. Rand Paul, but the real rulers
still seem to be the ignorant Sens. Graham and McCain, and the dangerous
Obama and John Brennan, to our detriment.
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