Posts tagged Constitution
By Hunter Lewis
Federal Court Couldn’t Care Less About Constitution
Apparently Congress no longer has to appropriate money for the federal government to spend it.
Under the Dodd-Frank Act, Congress put the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau inside the Federal Reserve. This was a horrific violation of the Constitution. Why? Because under the Constitution, only Congress can appropriate funds to be spent. But inside the Federal Reserve, new money is printed to finance operations without Congressional appropriation, review, or audit.
The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has grown rapidly and already is believed to cost more than the rest of the Federal Reserve put together. If this precedent stands, what will happen next? Will the entire federal government be folded into the Federal Reserve so that Congress need no longer appropriate money for anything?
A federal court has ignored all this by finding that the bank which brought the suit has no standing to sue. In the judge’s opinion, the bank must show grievous financial harm to itself from this cozy arrangement in order to object. This is very radical indeed. If a bank, which is regulated by the Fed, has no standing to sue the Fed or the government for a violation of its constitutional rights, much less ours, then no one at all has this right, since it is well understood that citizens would not be allowed to sue on these grounds.
The Fed is already at the center of our crony capitalist system. The money it prints finances not only government, but Wall St, and ultimately most of the shady deals between government and the private sector. Stuffing more and more of the government into the Fed itself is the last thing we need.
Fortunately it appears that the Federal Court decision will be appealed. Let’s hope that some other federal judges have more respect for the Constitution.
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About Hunter Lewis
Hunter Lewis is co-founder of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. He is the former CEO of Cambridge Associates and the author of 6 books. His most recent book is Where Keynes Went Wrong. He has served on boards and committees of fifteen not-for-profit organizations, including environmental, teaching, research, and cultural organizations, as well as the World Bank.
Are Americans Capable of Retaining Their Freedom? – Dave Champion
Published by NextNewsNetwork
Independent radio host Dave Champion lives by a simple and direct motto: “Whatever the question, the answer is `liberty.’” The tagline to his program is just as forthright: “The Truth — whether you like it or not.”
Mr. Champion, known as America’s Bad Boy of Liberty, believes that Americans are adults who are capable of hearing unpleasant truths and acting on them.
He pulls no punches and cuts no corners in extolling the virtues of individual freedom and personal responsibility — and condemning corrupt, dishonest, and power-hungry officials at every level.
It’s a pleasure and a privilege to talk briefly with Dave today about the George Zimmerman acquittal and several other important — and widely misunderstood — recent events.
By Travis Holte
Ron Paul on U.S. Dictatorships, Foreign and Domestic
Congressional Committee De-Funds UN Gun Bill
Published by NextNewsNetwork
Published on Jul 30, 2013
WASHINGTON –The Obama administration and UN officials adamantly insist that the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty — which targets international traffic in small arms — is not intended to facilitate a global gun grab, or invalidate the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.
Those statements do not reassure the members of the House Appropriations Committee, which approved an amendment to the 2014 State Department funding bill banning the use of taxpayer funds to implement the UN small arms accord.
This report also includes…
SACRAMENTO — The California State Senate Appropriations Committee is considering a measure entitled the California Liberty Preservation Act.
If approved, that measure would nullify implementation of the section of the National Defense Authorization Act that would permit the indefinite detention, in military custody, of California residents who are accused of terrorism-related offenses.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the exclusive power to declare war on behalf of the U.S. government, on the assumption that an informed electorate will hold Congress accountable for its decisions. But what happens when the public is forbidden to know where, and with whom, the U.S. government is at war?
Since 2001, the U.S. government has claimed to be at war with “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces” — but has never defined who or what those “associated forces” might be.
NORTH POLE ENVIRONMENTAL OBSERVATORY — Striking pictures and video of what appear to be a newly formed lake at the North Pole have been touted as evidence of catastrophic global warming — but even some proponents of the theory of man-caused global climate change are throwing cold water on that idea.
The Pentagon is spending taxpayer dollars on what?
Some will always argue that “defense” is specifically enumerated in the Constitution and therefore a legitimate expenditure. It is a legitimate expenditure.
But it is “defense” which is enumerated. Policing all of the world’s sea lanes was not envisioned by our founders. Nor was maintaining an archipelago of bases in every corner of the world. This is hugely expensive and a drain on our economy back home.
(From The Daily Caller)
The military recently spent $34 million on a construction project in Afghanistan. The money was spent building a headquarters for planning U.S. military operations. Unfortunately, the structure is unoccupied and will most likely never be used. It will either be demolished or handed over to the Afghans.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State received $3.5 million from the Department of Defense to purchase land around the base to protect gophers that inhabit the area. The DOD also gave Eglin Air Force Base in Florida $1.75 million to save a tortoise habitat.*
*For the record I am a big fan of tortoises
Role Reversal: How the US Became the USSR — Paul Craig Roberts
I spent the summer of 1961 behind the Iron Curtain. I was part of the US-USSR student exchange program. It was the second year of the program that operated under auspices of the US Department of State. Our return to the West via train through East Germany was interrupted by the construction of the Berlin Wall. We were sent back to Poland. The East German rail tracks were occupied with Soviet troop and tank trains as the Red Army concentrated in East Germany to face down any Western interference.
Fortunately, in those days there were no neoconservatives. Washington had not grown the hubris it so well displays in the 21st century. The wall was built and war was avoided. The wall backfired on the Soviets. Both JFK and Ronald Reagan used it to good propaganda effect.
In those days America stood for freedom, and the Soviet Union for oppression. Much of this impression was created by Western propaganda, but there was some semblance to the truth in the image. The communists had a Julian Assange and an Edward Snowden of their own. His name was Cardinal Jozef Mindszenty, the leader of the Hungarian Catholic Church.
Mindszenty opposed tyranny. For his efforts he was imprisoned by the Nazis. Communists also regarded his as an undesirable, and he was tortured and given a life sentence in 1949.
Freed by the short-lived Hungarian Revolution in 1956, Mindszenty reached the American Embassy in Budapest and was granted political asylum by Washington. However, the communists would not give him the free passage that asylum presumes, and Mindszenty lived in the US Embassy for 15 years, 79% of his remaining life.
In the 21st century roles have reversed. Today it is Washington that is enamored of tyranny. On Washington’s orders, the UK will not permit Julian Assange free passage to Ecuador, where he has been granted asylum. Like Cardinal Mindszenty, Assange is stuck in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London.
Washington will not permit its European vassal states to allow overflights of airliners carrying Edward Snowden to any of the countries that have offered Snowden asylum. Snowden is stuck in the Moscow airport.
In Washington politicians of both parties demand that Snowden be captured and executed. Politicians demand that Russia be punished for not violating international law, seizing Snowden, and turning him over to Washington to be tortured and executed, despite the fact that Washington has no extradition treaty with Russia.
Snowden did United States citizens a great service. He told us that despite constitutional prohibition, Washington had implemented a universal spy system intercepting every communication of every American and much of the rest of the world. Special facilities are built in which to store these communications.
In other words, Snowden did what Americans are supposed to do–disclose government crimes against the Constitution and against citizens. Without a free press there is nothing but the government’s lies. In order to protect its lies from exposure, Washington intends to exterminate all truth tellers.
The Obama Regime is the most oppressive regime ever in its prosecution of protected whistleblowers. Whistleblowers are protected by law, but the Obama Regime insists that whistleblowers are not really whistleblowers. Instead, the Obama Regime defines whistleblowers as spies, traitors, and foreign agents. Congress, the media, and the faux judiciary echo the executive branch propaganda that whistleblowers are a threat to America. It is not the government that is violating and raping the US Constitution that is a threat. It is the whistleblowers who inform us of the rape who are the threat.
The Obama Regime has destroyed press freedom. A lackey federal appeals court has ruled that NY Times reporter James Risen must testify in the trial of a CIA officer charged with providing Risen with information about CIA plots against Iran. The ruling of this fascist court destroys confidentiality and is intended to end all leaks of the government’s crimes to media.
What Americans have learned in the 21st century is that the US government lies about everything and breaks every law. Without whistleblowers, Americans will remain in the dark as “their” government enserfs them, destroying every liberty, and impoverishes them with endless wars for Washington’s and Wall Street’s hegemony.
Snowden harmed no one except the liars and traitors in the US government. Contrast Washington’s animosity against Snowden with the pardon that Bush gave to Dick Cheney aide, Libby, who took the fall for his boss for blowing the cover, a felony, on a covert CIA operative, the spouse of a former government official who exposed the Bush/Cheney/neocon lies about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.
Whatever serves the tiny clique that rules america is legal; whatever exposes the criminals is illegal.
That’s all there is to it.
Reprinted with permission from www.paulcraigroberts.org
About Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. His latest book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is now available.
Nat Hentoff at Cato: Second American Revolution Underway (?)
When a guy who who wrote for 5 decades at the Village Voice says the president, a liberal president, has violated the spirit of his office and the great American social contract (Hentoff uses stronger words) we should pay attention.
That he is also saying these things with the blessing of one of the most important think tanks in Washington DC is also worth noting.
I, too, think that in view of its record through the years, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court must no longer exist. But any credible constitutional replacement would also obviously require the replacement of this president and the current, absurdly named Justice Department.
Eric Lichtblau’s recent front-page New York Times expose is a deeply important corollary exposure of the unconstitutionality of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and its prime beneficiary — the still boundlessly unconstitutional NSA. Reading what follows about this secret court’s utter contempt for the separation of powers — fully supported by Obama — makes me ask, again, how can this president not be impeached for ravaging the oath of office?
Senator to Snowden: ‘You have done the right thing’
While some current members of Congress continue to rally for the prosecution of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, a long-serving United States senator has sent a letter of support to the NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower.
According to correspondence published Tuesday by the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, former two-term senator Gordon Humphrey (R-New Hampshire) wrote the exiled Mr. Snowden to say, “you have done the right thing in exposing what I regard as massive violation of the United States Constitution.”
Snowden, 31, is currently in Russia where he has applied for temporary asylum while he awaits assistance in traveling to one of the Latin American countries that have approved similar requests. He is wanted for espionage and other charges in the US after fleeing in May and providing Greenwald and other journalists with classified NSA documents detailing vast surveillance programs operated by the US government.
The US Department of Justice has asked Russia repeatedly to return Snowden to the US, and his revelations and conduct have caused commotion across Washington and the rest of the world. But while the administration of President Barack Obama continues to insist Snowden is sent back to the US to stand trial, Humphrey has words nowhere near as harsh.
“Having served in the United States Senate for twelve years as a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, the Armed Services Committee and the Judiciary Committee, I think I have a good grounding to reach my conclusion,” the former lawmaker wrote.
“I wish you well in your efforts to secure asylum and encourage you to persevere,” Humphrey added.
When contacted by Greenwald for verification, Humphrey wrote a second letter, which has since been shared by the Guardian journalist.
“Yes. It was I who sent the email message to Edward Snowden, thanking him for exposing astonishing violations of the US Constitution and encouraging him to persevere in the search for asylum,” Humphrey wrote Greenwald.
“To my knowledge, Mr. Snowden has disclosed only the existence of a program and not details that would place any person in harm’s way. I regard him as a courageous whistleblower,” he continued.
“I object to the monumentally disproportionate campaign being waged by the US government against Edward Snowden, while no effort is being made to identify, remove from office and bring to justice those officials who have abused power, seriously and repeatedly violating the Constitution of the United States and the rights of millions of unsuspecting citizens.”
“Americans concerned about the growing arrogance of our government and its increasingly menacing nature should be working to help Mr. Snowden find asylum. Former Members of Congress, especially, should step forward and speak out,” he concluded.
In a letter sent in response from Snowden to the former senator, the NSA leaker thanked Humphrey and wrote, “I only wish more of our lawmakers shared your principles,” adding that “the actions I’ve taken would not have been necessary” had these conversations occurred years earlier on Capitol Hill.
“The media has distorted my actions and intentions to distract from the substance of Constitutional violations and instead focus on personalities,” Snowden wrote. “It seems they believe every modern narrative requires a bad guy. Perhaps it does. Perhaps, in such times, loving one’s country means being hated by its government.”
“If history proves that be so, I will not shy from that hatred,” he wrote. “I will not hesitate to wear those charges of villainy for the rest of my life as a civic duty, allowing those governing few who dared not do so themselves to use me as an excuse to right these wrongs.”
A remarkable anti-crony capitalist video manifesto
Like I said I have no idea who this guy is. Saying that, this 12 minute analysis of our current crony capitalist system is damn good. It’s white lightning so be warned. Distilled and powerful.
Published by minivanjack
Notes from the video:
Journalists and political partisans have expressed the mistaken presumption that government is a “balancing force” against the excess powers of corporations. This video explains that most excess power of corporations is provided and granted by government and that government seeks partnership with corporations and shares in the profits. This “public-private partnership” is so advanced that the public interest is no longer a primary concern of government. Government is now a for-profit operation serving itself at the expense of the public interest.
Posted by Judy Morris
Governor Of Alaska Signs Hb 69, Nullifies Federal Gun Laws, Ndaa Indefinite Detention, Real Id Act
Following the hard work of Alaskans, the legislature, and Americans around the country, and with one swift signature from Alaskan Governor Sean Parnell, HB 69 has:
Made Alaska the second state to successfully complete the nullification of the national defense authorization act’s sections 1021 and 1022
Declared tyrannical federal gun laws infringing upon the 2nd amendment enumerated Rights unenforceable and unconstitutional, including barring any state resources or participation
Stopped and forbidden any participation or implementation of the REAL ID Act / National ID program
“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph” -Thomas Paine
The signed legislation, Alaska HB 69, which is now officially law, is summarized:
“Prohibiting state and municipal agencies from using assets to implement or aid in the implementation of the requirements of certain federal statutes, regulations, rules, and orders that are applied to infringe on a person’s right to bear arms or right to due process or that implement or aid in the implementation of the federal REAL ID Act of 2005; exempting certain firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition in this state from federal regulation; declaring certain federal statutes, regulations, rules, and orders unconstitutional under the Constitution of the United States and unenforceable in this state; requiring the attorney general to file any legal action to prevent implementation of a federal statute, regulation, rule, or order that violates the rights of a resident of the state; and providing for an effective date.”
Read the rest at Daily Paul, here.