Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he knew the law violated the Constitution, as did others. That didn't stop them from voting for it.
A question comes to mind. If they knew the bill they approved was unconstitutional were they black-mailed or paid off to vote for it?
We must remember that the Anthrax scare beginning in late 2001 after 9/11 targeted Democratic members of the Senate who initially balked at supporting the Patriot Act.
What is the significance of this new law? (1)
Essentially, it provides legal cover for the executive branch of government to violate the rights of the people in the U.S. The law says that if the government suspects that someone is an enemy of the U.S. or gives material aid to someone who is an enemy, that person can be taken into custody and held indefinitely with no way of challenging his or her detention.
The new law essentially gives the executive branch of government the ability to create its own processes and procedures for how it will behave. And it removes any oversight processes from the other two branches of the government.
This new law has been compared to the "Enabling Act" that Hitler used to consolidate fascism in Germany in March 1933.
Hitler was appointed Chancellor in Germany in January 1933. In February, there was a fire in the Reichstag (the German parliament building). There are many who believe the fire was set by the Nazis.
In March, using the fire as an excuse, Hitler had the Enabling Act passed by the Reichstag. The Enabling Act gave the executive branch of government in Germany the right to make the laws, bypassing the Reichstag. This required a change in the Constitution, and by using intimidation and force, Hitler got the two-thirds majority of votes in the Reichstag needed for a constitutional amendment. Hitler used the legal authority this gave him to outlaw opposition to the Nazis and fascism.
The events in Germany in 1933 strike a discomforting parallel with recent events in the U.S.
On Sept 11, 2001, the World Trade Center was destroyed and the Bush administration opposed an investigation into the government's role in the events. When a commission was finally established to investigate what had happened, Henry Kissinger, an advisor and confidant to the president, was appointed as the head. When there was criticism that this was a crony appointment, Philip D. Zelikow, who had been on Bush's 2000-2001 transition team was made the executive director of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, aka the 9/11 Commission. He is now a top aide to Condoleezza Rice at the State Department and serious questions remain unanswered about what responsibility U.S. government officials may have had regarding 9/11.
On October 17, 2006 President Bush signed bill(S.3930) into law with characteristics similar to the Nazi Enabling Act. Both laws take legislative power and transfer it to the executive branch of the government.
In Germany, the Enabling Act required an amendment to the Constitution. In the U.S., the Military Commissions Act also requires a constitutional amendment, which requires that two-thirds of the Congress consider and approve the amendment and then a vote by the legislatures of two-thirds of the states to approve the amendment. An alternative means for seeking an amendment is to have two-thirds of the states call a constitutional convention, approve the amendment, and then vote in favor of the change.
Unlike Hitler, Bush didn't seek a constitutional amendment. Instead, he asked Congress to pass this fundamental change to the Constitution as a normal bill, and they complied.
The signing into law by the President of a bill that takes away significant rights from a whole group of people with so little attention to the seriousness of the event demonstrates the great weakness of the minimal democratic structures remaining in the U.S.
One Senator, Russ Feingold from Wisconsin, explained how the bill invests unchecked power in the hands of the president and thereby undermines the foundation of the government. He explains:
"The rule of law is something deeper and more profound than the collection of laws that we have on paper. The rule of law tells us that no man is above the law -- and as an extension of that principle -- that no executive will be able to act unchecked by our legal system. Yet by stripping the habeas corpus rights of any individual who the executive branch decides to designate as an "enemy combatant", that is precisely where we end up -- with an executive branch subject to no external check whatsoever, with an executive branch that is king."
How the government determines the designation of "enemy combatant" or "terrorist" is left up to the President and so violates the fact that there must be procedures for government processes and oversight over those procedures.
Congress is specifically prohibited by the Constitution from suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus. With this new law, Congress has put aside that part of the Constitution. In addition, it has increased the powers of the presidency, also in violation of constitutional checks and balances. These violations by Congress are setting the U.S. further along the road to a dictatorship of the executive branch of government, a hallmark of Fascism and Nazism.
We now have only the illusion of freedom until the government begins to enforce the Patriot Act more strictly, and military tribunal trials begin on American citizens for whatever the government deems fit. Once you are labeled a "terrorist" or "enemy combatant" which is now at the governments' total discretion you have no right to a trial by jury of your peers, no legal basis to request the charges brought against you and no legal right to face your accusers. You have no rights of appeal to our regular judicial system. No writ of habeas corpus.
In short you have been stripped of your legal rights as an American citizen to proper judicial review.
Amendment VI to the United States Constitution (Bill Of Rights) states:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.(2)
The Military Commissions Act of 2006 states (S.3930) in section 7
SEC. 7. HABEAS CORPUS MATTERS.
`(e)(1) No court, justice, or judge shall have jurisdiction to hear or consider an application for a writ of habeas corpus filed by or on behalf of an alien detained by the United States who has been determined by the United States to have been properly detained as an enemy combatant or is awaiting such determination.
`(2) Except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3) of section 1005(e) of the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 (10 U.S.C. 801 note), no court, justice, or judge shall have jurisdiction to hear or consider any other action against the United States or its agents relating to any aspect of the detention, transfer, treatment, trial, or conditions of confinement of an alien who is or was detained by the United States and has been determined by the United States to have been properly detained as an enemy combatant or is awaiting such determination.'(3)
What is habeas corpus?
Latin. "you have the body". Prisoners often seek release by filing a petition for a writ of habeas corpus. A writ of habeas corpus is a judicial mandate to a prison official ordering that an inmate be brought to the court so it can be determined whether or not that person is imprisoned lawfully and whether or not he should be released from custody. A habeas corpus petition is a petition filed with a court by a person who objects to his own or another's detention or imprisonment.(4)
Just as The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion (Wise Men of Zion) envisioned, this law, plus the Patriot Acts and other individual laws, have created a complete American dictatorship -- we the American people are the ultimate targets in the drive to global governance(one world, or Super-Government) and this is what the government will use as a weapon against anyone posing serious opposition to this plan.
Just in case some of you doubt that the Military Commissions Act Does Affect U.S. citizens here are several links to show you how the Patriot Act has been abused against American citizens. Palast Charged with Journalism in the First Degree,Homeland Security Agents Visit Toy Store,websites, another photographer.
Section 802 of the PATRIOT Act is specifically aimed at US citizens and announces any crime as "domestic terrorism". Citizens can be held without a trial as "Enemy Combatants". The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in January 2003 that U.S. citizens can be stripped of their citizenship and held as enemy combatants.
You may think in this case that Yaser Esam Hamdi should be stripped of his American citizenship but the fact remains that he was a U.S. citizen.
Once the Patriot Act strips you of your U.S. citizenship, The Military Commissions Act of 2006 will dispose of you. Not a comforting thought.
Reviewing Protocol No. 5 of the PROTOCOLS OF THE WISE MEN OF ZION reprinted in Cooper's Behold a Pale Horse we read the following:(5)
We shall create an intensified centralisation of government in order to grip in our hands all the forces of the community. We shall regulate mechanically all the actions of the political life of our subjects by new laws. These laws will withdraw one by one all the indulgences and liberties which have been permitted by the goyim (cattle), and our kingdom will be distinguished by a despotism of such magnificent proportions as to be at any moment and in every place a position to wipe out any goyim, who oppose us by deed or word.
We see here the utter contempt that the Illuminati has for our population by the use of the word goyim which Cooper translates as cattle. What arrogance! Or as Alex Jones has coined "hubris".
We read on:
We have set one against another the personal and national reckonings of the goyim,religious and race hatreds, which we have fostered into a huge growth in the course of the past twenty centuries.
We are too strong - there is no evading our power.
By all means we shall so wear down the goyim that they will be compelled to offer us international power of a nature that by its position will enable us ....to absorb all the State forces of the world and to form a Super-Government. In the place of the rulers of today we shall set a bogey....(Italics in original)
In addition we see the ultimate plan further explained in Protocol No. 6:
We shall soon begin to establish huge monopolies, reservoirs of colossal riches, upon which even large fortunes of the goyim will depend to such an extent that they will go to the bottom together with the credit of the State on the day after the political smash..
In every possible way we must develop the significance of our Super-Government by representing it as the Protector and Benefactor of all those who voluntarily submit to us.
Has not our President indicated he is our Protector from terrorism?
We must resist this tyranny! What is our most dangerous weapon? The forces that wish to rule the world, to create the Super-Government (world government) that are now in control of most of the world's national governments fear personal initiative. That's right personal initiative.
Personal initiative to object to what is happening to this once great country and to let your representatives in government know that you disapprove of their actions. That you will not just roll over and accept whatever lies they issue through the mainstream press.
In their own words from Protocol No. 5:
There is nothing more dangerous than personal initiative: if it has genius behind it, such initiative can do more than can be done by millions of people among whom we have sown discord. (Italics in original)
My friend, wake up, get involved. We have the power to change this law if enough people object and demand a change in government! Take some personal initiative to find out what is happening. Do some internet searching instead of flipping on the television wasting your precious god given time.
Open your mind to the possibility that George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheyney, Henry Kissinger and others are not the people portrayed by the mainstream press because the mainstream press is controlled by the same secret societies that these politicians belong to. i.e. Skull and Bones (The Order)and Lucis Trust (off-shoot of the Lucifer Publishing Company) among others.
Protocol No. 7 states(6):
We must compel the governments of the goyim to take action in the direction favored by our widely conceived plan, already approaching the desired consummation, by what we shall represent as public opinion, secretly prompted by us through the means of that so-called "Great Power" - the Press, which, with a few exceptions that may be disregarded, is already entirely in our hands. (Italics in original)
And from Protocol No. 2 (7)
In the hands of the States to-day there is a great force that creates the movement of thought in the people, and that is the Press. The part played by the Press is to keep pointing out requirements supposed to be indispensable, to give voice to the complaints of the people, to express and create discontent. It is in the Press that the triumph of freedom of speech finds its incarnation. But the goyim States have not known how to make use of this force; it has fallen into our hands. Through the Press we have gained the power to influence while remaining ourselves in the shade..
We have a greater power as Christians if we decide to use it.
"Finally, my brethren be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:10-12 KJV "against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" Ephesians 6:12 NIV.
Gird your loins with truth, wear the breastplate of righteousness, shod your feet with the gospel of peace, take the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God, praying always with prayer and supplication in the spirit.
Never discount the power of prayer coupled with personal initiative. The Illuminati recognize it. Why don't we!
May God open your eyes to what is happening in this great land. Our days of freedom are numbered.
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(5)Milton William Cooper, Behold a Pale Horse, (Flagstaff, AZ: Light Technology Publishing), 1991, pp. 281-285.
(6)Ibid. p. 286 -287.
(7)Cooper, p. 275.