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Analysis posted Sep 30 2006, 10:41 PM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: Prison Planet Print

Torture Bill States Non-Allegiance To Bush Is Terrorism

Legislation tolls the bell for the day America died, birth of the dictatorship
By Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones


Buried amongst the untold affronts to the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and the very spirit of America, the torture bill contains a definition of "wrongfully aiding the enemy" which labels all American citizens who breach their "allegiance" to President Bush and the actions of his government as terrorists subject to possible arrest, torture and conviction in front of a military tribunal.

7:25PM CST UPDATE

After five hours of searching through the 80-plus page bill, Alex Jones, who won the 2004 Project Censored award for his analysis of Patriot Act 2, uncovered numerous other provisions and definitions that make the bill appear as almost a mirror image of Hitler's 1933 Enabling Act.

In section 950j. the bill criminalizes any challenge to the legislation's legality by the Supreme Court or any United States court. Alberto Gonzales has already threatened federal judges to shut up and not question Bush's authority on the torture of detainees.

"No court, justice, or judge shall have jurisdiction to hear or consider any claim or cause of action whatsoever, including any action pending on or filed after the date of the enactment of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, relating to the prosecution, trial, or judgment of a military commission under this chapter, including challenges to the lawfulness of procedures of military commissions under this chapter."

The Bush administration is preemptively overriding any challenge to the legislation by the Supreme Court.

The definition of torture that the legislation cites is US code title 18 section 2340. This is a broad definition of torture and completely lacks the specific clarity of the Geneva Conventions. This definition allows the use of torture that is, "incidental to lawful sanctions." In alliance with the bill's blanket authority for President Bush to define the Geneva Conventions as he sees fit, this legislates the use of torture.

The media has spun the bill as if it outlaws torture - it only outlaws torture for "enemy combatants," and in fact outlaws the retaliation of any military against the United States as "murder." Those deemed "enemy combatants" are not even allowed to fight back yet the government affords itself every power including the go-ahead to torture.

Further actions that result in the classification of an individual as a terrorist include the following.

- Destruction of any property, which is deemed punishable by any means of the military tribunal's choosing.

- Any violent activity whatsoever if it takes place near a designated protected building, such as a charity building.

- A change of the definition of "pillaging" which turns all illegal occupation of property and all theft into terrorism. This makes squatters and petty thieves enemy combatants.

In light of Greg Palast's recent hounding by Homeland Security, after they accused him of potentially giving terrorists key information about U.S. "critical infrastructure" when filming Exxon’s Baton Rouge refinery (clear photos of which were publicly available on Google Maps), sub-section 27 of section 950v. should send chills down the spine of all investigative journalists and even news-gatherers.

"Any person subject to this chapter who with intent or reason to believe that it is to be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of a foreign power, collects or attempts to collect information by clandestine means or while acting under false pretenses, for the purpose of conveying such information to an enemy of the United States, or one of the co-belligerents of the enemy, shall be punished by death or such other punishment as a military commission under this chapter may direct."

Subsection 4(b) (26) of section 950v. of HR 6166 - Crimes triable by military commissions - includes the following definition.

"Any person subject to this chapter who, in breach of an allegiance or duty to the United States, knowingly and intentionally aids an enemy of the United States, or one of the co-belligerents of the enemy, shall be punished as a military commission under this chapter may direct."

For an individual to hold an allegiance or duty to the United States they need to be a citizen of the United States. Why would a foreign terrorist have any allegiance to the United States to breach in the first place?

This is another telltale facet that proves the bill applies to U.S. citizens and includes them under the "enemy combatant" designation. We previously cited the comments of Yale law Professor Bruce Ackerman, who wrote in the L.A. Times, "The compromise legislation....authorizes the president to seize American citizens as enemy combatants, even if they have never left the United States. And once thrown into military prison, they cannot expect a trial by their peers or any other of the normal protections of the Bill of Rights."

The New York Times stated that the legislation introduced, "A dangerously broad definition of “illegal enemy combatant” in the bill could subject legal residents of the United States, as well as foreign citizens living in their own countries, to summary arrest and indefinite detention with no hope of appeal. The president could give the power to apply this label to anyone he wanted."

Calling the bill "our generation’s version of the Alien and Sedition Acts," the Times goes on to highlight the rubber stamping of torture.

"Coerced evidence would be permissible if a judge considered it reliable — already a contradiction in terms — and relevant. Coercion is defined in a way that exempts anything done before the passage of the 2005 Detainee Treatment Act, and anything else Mr. Bush chooses."

Since with this bill, in the aggregate, Bush has declared himself to be above the Constitution and the laws of the United States, the allegiance of American citizens is no longer to the flag or the freedoms for which it stands, but to Bush himself, the self-appointed dictator, and any diversion from that allegiance will mandate arrest, torture and conviction in a military tribunal under the terms of this bill.

Similar to the UK's Glorification of Terrorism law, which top lawyers have slammed as vague, open to interpretation and a potential weapon for the government to kidnap supposed subversives, the nebulous context of "wrongfully aiding the enemy," could easily be defined to include publicly absolving an accused terrorist of involvement in a terrorist attack.

That renders the entire 9/11 truth movement an aid to terrorist suspects and subject to military tribunal and torture. In addition, Bush's recently cited National Strategy for Combating Terrorism, which is available on the White House website, labels conspiracy theorists as terrorist recruiters.

This should leave us with no doubt as to which parties are the target of the government's torture and intimidation campaign.

Could protesting a war approved by the government and their bootlickers in Congress and the Senate be considered breaching an allegiance to the United States? Could campaigning against the bombing of a target country be considered wrongfully aiding the enemy?

When the USA PATRIOT act was rushed through at the height of an anthrax scare without any members of Congress even having time to read it, we were assured that it was to fight terrorists and would not be used against the American people.

Since then a plethora of cases whereby the USA PATRIOT act was used against U.S. citizens emerged, including the internment without trial for over three years of Jose Padilla, an American citizen who was finally released after no evidence of terrorism was uncovered.



The so-called "compromise" before the bill was passed and the media acclaim of John McCain as some kind of human rights champion is one of the biggest con jobs ever inflicted upon the American people.

Shortly after the bill was finalized it was spun by Bush security advisor Stephen Hadley as "good news and a good day for the American people." McCain said that it safeguarded "the integrity and letter and spirit of the Geneva Conventions."

In truth the legislation does the exact opposite, giving Bush carte blanche to "interpret the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions."

In addition, under the bill, "No person may invoke the Geneva Conventions or any protocols thereto in any habeas corpus or other civil action or proceeding to which the United States, or a current or former officer, employee, member of the Armed Forces, or other agent of the United States is a party as a source of rights in any court of the United States or its States or territories."

The bill also allows hearsay evidence (obtained via phony confessions after torture) to be considered by the military tribunal and bars the suspect from even having knowledge of the charges against him - making a case for defense impossible. This is guaranteed to produce 100% conviction rates as you would expect in the dictatorships of Uzbekistan or Zimbabwe and other torture protagonists who are in many cases allied with the Bush administration and provide phony confessions obtained from torture that allow the U.S. government to scare its people with the threat of imaginary Al-Qaeda terror cells waiting to kill them.

Following the Supreme Court's ruling to previously strike down Bush's shadow penal system, Alberto Gonzales is already out threatening federal judges to shut up and get behind the dictator or face the consequences.

Gonzales has the sheer gall to attack judges for even considering to "overturn long-standing traditions or policies without proper support in text or precedent," which is exactly what Gonzales, Bush and the rest of the White House criminals are doing themselves by de facto abolishing the Bill of Rights!

This is a dark day for the United States, the day America died and the bastard birth of a literal dictatorship.

Related:
> The White House Warden: Congress may give the president the power to lock up almost anyone he thinks is a terror threat.
> Is your daughter a future detainee? What the media didn't tell you about the new anti-terror bill or Bush's power grab
> Attorneys For Guantanamo Detainees Could Be Detained As Enemy Combatants Under New Legislation





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Anonymous

Posted: Oct 03 2006, 3:44 PM

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2419 America has woken up, the problem is that you're still asleep dumbass. Libs are prone to hysteria...
Anon

Posted: Oct 03 2006, 7:16 PM

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7211 I'd like to see an exact copy of the bill rather than this individuals twisted interpretation. No doubt our President is up to no good, goverened by his own agenda. We as a people need to stand up for ourselves; take back OUR country and put an end to governmental corruption.
DirtyNate

Posted: Oct 04 2006, 12:46 AM

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69212 I am curious where EXCATLY in this bill does it say that a citizen can be held without charge, essentially have his rights as an American taken. Can someone please link, or paste the EXCACT passage in the bill? I cant seem to find it, and I dont want to read the entire thing. If this is truly the case, I think it might be too late. The post about "1984" couldnt be more true. With the way history gets re-written today, and our short memory as a society, we could be entering a terrible time in human history, and I for one need to get the fuck out of here asap if it is. Off to Iceland. No one bothers with Iceland. J/k, I hope.
LLL

Posted: Oct 04 2006, 5:47 AM

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6748 I suggest doing a search on the illuminati. these bloodlines can be traced back to the original tribes. all those in power trace back to this group. it will give u insight into plans, how they move so we can be alert.
These are terrifying days. I am sure I will be fed to the lions. I am for the people, we the people, of the united states of america....this the preamble of our constitution, is being taken from us. we r no longer our government, we r to be used in efforts to control the world.
so many ppl are non chalant, not a care in the world, and praising bush, are they putting something in our water? air? low frequency signals? all this killing? all this acceptance? those of us who maintain our minds, we must do something, only what can we do now, we will not even be able to write our opinions on internet. the trigger words will cause attention to us. so we must speak a new language. new words to cover the signal words their computers will pick up and point us out. i fear, this is going ot be as bad as it was in the days of hitler...maybe worse, if one can think of worse. i cant, but they can. we must gather together, and remain calm, bottle your fear within u, knowingly that u can tap on it and change this energy as a weapon to fight when the time comes. do not use drugs, or booze or any mind altering substance. we need clear minds, the drugging of american ppl was deliberate. we r thrust into a battle we did not want as peace loving ppl, now, we must not break, we must stand firm, knowing we can suffer whatever suffering is at hand. we r not alone, there are those in position who saw this coming down way back in the sixties. they have made some preparations, and doing the best they can to save us. we must stand firm. it may help for us to gather in spirit, praying in whatever way we pray, for prayer, like chanting, bring us together in spirit. God be with us all in these times we are entering.
Anonymous

Posted: Oct 04 2006, 11:52 AM

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67151 Okay I agree this bill is BS. And yes there should be something done about it, But unless the remaining to branches of the US goverment decide to remove bush from office. The nothing can be done. He can remain in office until he either resigns, or his time expires.

That is not to suggest attacking the president, for that you or anyone else would be held as a assassin.

In voting, all you do is try to get your congressmen and women to vote the way you would believe to think the best for the country. No as we all know, every person has thier fears and weaknesses. Congress's fears and weakness, losing office. Okay so what do you do? Have the states detached from the US government and then declare war against the US until Bush and this amazing bill are removed and people are prosicuted? Well that's no good, for then your state will have no bearing on the US whats so ever.

So please think of a reliable way to oust President Bush, without tearing America apart from civil war, and or international war. Then continue to rebuild America.

Yes I believe the war on terriorism is/ was a good idea, but to get rid of terrorism you need to destroy an idea, beliefs, religions, etc. To do that you'll need to destroy portions of the world at large, well good, lets go take over the switz, germans, and every othe piece of land that is the world. Imagine that, the world under one government... wait we are back to a dictatorship then, or atleast a moshpit of people trying to form as one, which is bullshit.

So as a final note, figure a way to properly form a fair government, get it established, and then continue to OFFER it to the rest of the world.
Anonymous

Posted: Oct 04 2006, 11:46 PM

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6758 How is is that one man can rise abovethe constitution? He should not be able to do any of this BS. I'm glad I am not part of the US, but it worries me that he might find a way to control other countries as well. Why is the international law stepping in and settling this? What makes him think he can just take over and be above everyone and everything? It is an outrage. There has to be an end put to this. It's time to take a step forward.
liz k

Posted: Oct 05 2006, 11:57 AM

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20854 I just joined the ACLU.

You should too: <a href="http://action.aclu.org/site/Ecard?ecard_id=2162">http://action.aclu.org/site/Ecard?ecard_id=2162</a>
liz k

Posted: Oct 05 2006, 11:58 AM

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20854 meh, here's the unbroken link:
http://action.aclu.org/site/Ecard?ecard_id=2162
Margie Current

Posted: Oct 05 2006, 3:35 PM

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207200 it is time to rid the White house of the drunken,liars,theives and pedifiles that fill it.
Anonymous

Posted: Oct 05 2006, 10:46 PM

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6849 What happened? Bush isn't a Republican. He isn't a Christian. Yet, he has so many people fooled. As a former Republican, I have been set adrift politicly--unable to vote for the other Skull and Bones candidate in '04, I voted Libertarian, but they are full of Internationalists. The Reform party never got its act together. Nobody wants this crap. We have a president who wipes his butt with the Constitution. Next time I'll probably vote Democrat...unless they run Hillary. I just can't stand the thought of her making it a crime for me to pick a doctor. Whatever happened to Liberty? When the United States doesn't exist anymore, where can we go? Where is there a country that comes anwhere near having the proud tradition of Liberty that the US once had?
Tries to be Intellig

Posted: Oct 06 2006, 11:25 PM

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16684 Anonymous 68.49.XXX.XXX, the Progressive Democrats of America might be worth looking into. They were founded in 2004 in opposition to the Republican party and in skepticism of the Democratic party. Dunno much about them myself as of yet, but their speaker at the Oct.5 protest in New York made it sound like they knew what they were doing.

\\\"\\\'Sec.950j
(b) Provisions of Chapter Sole Basis for Review of Military Commission Procedures and Actions- Except as otherwise provided in this chapter and notwithstanding any other provision of law (including section 2241 of title 28 or any other habeas corpus provision), no court, justice, or judge shall have jurisdiction to hear or consider any claim or cause of action whatsoever, including any action pending on or filed after the date of the enactment of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, relating to the prosecution, trial, or judgment of a military commission under this chapter, including challenges to the lawfulness of procedures of military commissions under this chapter.
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I looked up \\\"Notwithstanding\\\" at OneLook.com, and it gave me a link from <a href=\\\"http://www.duhaime.org/dictionary/dict-no.aspx#__2twithstanding\\\"Duhaime\\\'s Canadian Law Dictionary</a>: \\\"In spite of, even if, without regard to or impediment by other things.\\\" So what this means is that the regular courts cannot touch these tribunals with a ten-foot barge pole, DESPITE violations of habeas corpus and the other sections it mentions. The only \\\"as otherwise provided in this chapter\\\" I can find is the sections on the appeal and review of the final judgment.

It is very true that the chapter continually specifies \\\"<b>alien</b> unlawful enemy combatant,\\\" but it is equally true that \\\"alien\\\" is NOT specified in the definition of an UEC. Where are the provisions for trying non-alien UECs? And furthermore, forgive me if I find it hardly reassuring that the U.S. has only taken away the rights of the 95% of the world it does not govern.

Aside from these more dubious claims, there is also the clear fact that this bill discards the Supreme Court, the Geneva Conventions, and the writ of habeas corpus like a pair of old shoes. If you want me to cite, habeas corpus is Sec.7(a); the Geneva Conventions is Sec.6(a)(3) and (b)\\\'(d), which redefines the Geneva Convention\\\'s definition of torture to be much more vague; and the Supreme Court is the bit I cited above and \\\'Sec.948b(b), which says that the President is authorized to set up these kangaroo courts -- if I\\\'m not mistaken, these are the same kind of thing that the Supreme Court shot down a couple months ago.

By the way, here\\\'s an amusing contradiction: assuming I\\\'m not mistaken, and the Supreme Court did in fact shoot these courts down, Bush did NOT have the authority to set them up before the bill was passed; however, Sec.2 says

\\\"The authority to establish military commissions under chapter 47A of title 10, United States Code, as added by section 3(a) [of the Military Commissions Act], may not be construed to alter or limit the authority of the President under the Constitution of the United States and laws of the United States to establish military commissions for areas declared to be under martial law or in occupied territories should circumstances so require.\\\"

If the bill is not in any way to alter the authority of the President to establish military commissions, then he still does not have the authority. =) I\\\'m probably mistaken about this somewhere, but I still think it\\\'s funny.
Tries to be Intellig

Posted: Oct 06 2006, 11:26 PM

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16684 Wow, they made that post look ugly.
Oi

Posted: Oct 07 2006, 10:38 AM

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202154 To those who say "if you don't like it, leave"--I don't suppose it's occurred to you that expatriation is quite a difficult process. I don't like it, and I've damn well been trying to leave. In the meantime, I'll question the fiends and usurpers in power all I want, which, ironically, is a lot more patriotic than what you're doing--accepting everything that's spoon fed to you and not questioning it, and giving crap to those of us who exercise our right to free speech. But I don't suppose you true patriots value that old boring scrap of paper called the Constitution.
ShadowReign

Posted: Oct 07 2006, 3:08 PM

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To 202.154 and too with similar concerns or feelings:

Remember, they are always going to have a contrary viewpoint to whatever it is you propose, especially if they can find some sort of leftist ideals to your responses. In the event they can't, they'll attempt to fabricate them.

I think we tend to forget the wordplay that exists in all of this. After all, they are called the "right" wing. In some way, in their minds, it translates to, if we are called right-wing, then in some way, we must be right. Granted, it is childish way of looking at it, but then look at the way Bush has handled the past 6 years. He's done everything in his power to assure, despite all evidence to the contrary, that he is right. It's like when we were kids playing war, and we always changed the rules, even in mid battle.

Bush has done no different. He has changed the rules, regardless of what anyone else thinks, and he has done so to ensure that he can suffer no losses.

To sum it up, Bush can be described very simply as one thing:

A spoiled brat.
Iain Westley Stiubha

Posted: Oct 08 2006, 10:41 PM

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64108 Here's the things I agree with (c'mon, we all do this to hear ourselves talk):

1) There are pieces of this bill that are scary, yes. Any hint to dissolving the power of ANY American court system is alarming, Federal (Supreme) or State. Remember, this is the United STATES of America. Not just America or Homeland or any one singularity. We are states united to the ideals of democracy or a set of laws reguarding the Union, voted for by the People. Right now, the Electoral process is so screwed up and twisted by corruption and Media spinning that it no longer serves its purpose, and We The People may need to change something about it, like reverting to personal votes. Yeah, thats about 400 Million votes, but no one ever said electing someone to help run a democracy (or what claims to be a democracy) would be easy. I'm not suggesting this is the only way or even the most feasible way. I'm just saying that it might require a little bit of sacrifice timewise on the American people. Last time I checked there was something about For the People, BY the People. To the American people: This is OUR country made up of OUR respective states. We have a responsibility to defend it against any threat, internal or external, ESPECIALLY from our own government. Remember, in the Revolutionary War, the American Colonists were considered terrorists by the British when the colonies were still considered British territory. But we remember them as freedom fighters.

2)Believe it or not, there are people actually trying to do some good out there. Yes, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, but not everyone who is a politicion or a member of Congress (House or Senate) has the amount of power that everyone fears. We're talking about public offices that take a lot of crap from thousands of screaming voices and advisors all wanting something completely different. I sure as hell wouldn't want that kind of job, especially with my anxiety issues. What they do have the power to do is keep the Executive branch in line and pass laws that the Judicial branch can act upon. If this bill truly were going to turn the United States into Nazi Germany or any kind of slope towards such a state, that bill has to make it past, if I remember correctly, a two thirds majority of the Senate. With the way this country is split down the middle, that makes about one half right now (providing that said Senate system still works correctly), which is hardly two thirds. Remember, it was one state (Ohio, I'm looking at you) that turned the tide of this last election. We just need to keep an eye out for those Bush-Stooge Senators who ignore their people when promised a reward of money or stock shares or young male pages or whatever. Pay attention to what's going on in your state and write to your Senators and Representatives. The pen is mightier than the sword.

3) To you illiterate, sister-screwing, goat-f#$&ing, one-toothed, slack-jawed, booger-eating, bible-chucking instead of bible-reading, rednecks who just leave a post to incite anger: it worked. Congratulations, I hope wasting what little life you have on that single, cowardly, anonymous "If ya don't like it, then git out!" comment was worth the big payoff. If you truly meant that, you'd have a little more intelligence to back up what you say and little more balls to post it.

But all ranting aside, I do want to say the bill hasn't been passed yet, if it is going to pass. Let's not let fear and impulsiveness spawned from extremist spins on BOTH SIDES cloud our wits, for when the time does come to march in the streets or defend our land from the internal threats that be, we need to make sure we are doing it for the right reasons and based on the best judgement possible. We are not "pussies who sit on the sidelines," as one of my more conservative FRIENDS put it (I'm not going to let a stupid thing like politics come between me and friends who've put their ass on the line several times for me). All life, all freedom is precious. To rush in without thinking is certain doom and will not bring about the change we each desire. Keep your head's about ya', gents (and ladies).

P.S. Sorry for being long-winded
Iain Westley Stiubha

Posted: Oct 08 2006, 10:45 PM

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64108 Damnit, they cut of the name. Its supposed to say "Iain Westley Stiubhard. Come and get me mother#$%&ers."
Iain Westley

Posted: Oct 17 2006, 5:23 PM

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208248 It is a sad day indeed folks. And I feel a fool for having said what I said in the last post, which it doesn't appear anyone is reading now. The act was passed. Now is the time to start marching in the streets. Just read this, and replace George III as George W. Bush, Britain as Washington, and Indians with Terrorists. Humor me on this, and see how your perceptions change. Or don't humor me, because anyone with intelligence will see the bigger picture here and let there intuition and conscience bring forth an eye-opening revelation. I'm not going to tell anyone how to feel. Just read it.


In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

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.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident: that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, 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 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, and to provide new Guards for their future Security.

The Declaration proclaims George III to be a "Tyrant...unfit to be the Ruler of a free People."Such has been the patient Sufferance so these Colonies; 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 is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let the Facts be submitted to a candid World.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

He has endeavoured 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

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

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

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured 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.

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.

Nor have we been wanting in Attentions to our British Brethren. We have warned them from Time to Time of Attempts by their Legislature to extend an unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. 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.

The Declaration of Independence was signed with the Syng inkstand, which is on display at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.The signers assert that (since conditions exist under which people must change their government, and the British have produced such conditions) the colonies must necessarily throw off political ties with the British Crown and become independent states. The conclusion contains, at its core, the Lee Resolution that had been passed on July 2.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in GENERAL CONGRESS, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great-Britain, 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. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of the divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

John Hancock
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Matthew Thornton
Samuel Adams
John Adams
John Hancock
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
George Read
Caesar Rodney
Thomas McKean
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton
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Posted: Oct 19 2006, 9:10 AM

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64121 The real American spirit was about revolution and protecting its country from its government. But I don’t know where that heart is? People keep saying when we look back on this time we will be forgiving and will say that what we needed to do. but I say bs after pearl harbor we as a people rose up and we fought, and are leader encourage us and told us not to be afraid, .but on 9/11/01 we rose up and were defiant yet are leaders told us to fear every thing, toke away freedoms and now are leaders are stile trying to make us cower and from where I stand they are winning. when are forefathers’ stood to fight for freedom they did so as one and all for every man that sigh that declaration that sign there life’s away cause if they lost they knew they would surely lose there heads. I don’t see enough people in America to do that today because they are either republican or demarcates or worst yet the whets it to me crowed and not Americans we has truly lost are way and we set and talk but do nothing. And for those that disagree say that America spirit of revolution, of protecting your country from your government still. Then say so, organize but be careful if u do! With this new law ur freedom of speech, expression, and organizing to do something has officially been revoked. If don’t believe me read the military act of 2006 carefully and wither it be this pris that abuses this power or the next the fact remains is that all of are freedoms are gone! I am saying something here and now to all u that some lawyers are going to protect us from this law will if those lawyers are deemed enemies of the state then guess what that protection is gone and that is the power of this law. Any of us can be deemed enemy of the state if the whim so pleases this pris or future ones so instead of just standing on the side lines thinking someone else will protect us from this keep wishing cause for what ever reason are government will head in this direction .
The day those plains slammed into those towers, I wonder inside if are government would head down this path off taking are freedoms away from us so to get a better grip on its people and with the passing of this law and signing I have predicted correctly. So here’s a warning to all if we do not stay vigilant we will know longer be called the united states we will be call the united prison state. And are kids and there kids will truly have to fight for there freedom why we will be to old to do anything about it. So I will end this little (to some I may seem the sky is falling person and this is not the case) piece
I us a few quotes R.A. Heinlein,” You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.” Ben Franklin says it best, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” So for any one thinking imp a radical I am no more so then Ben Franklin and 12 other men that sign there lives away so I can be free
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Posted: Apr 05 2007, 5:25 PM

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6593 Better start learning Chinese, as we are witnessing a civilization crash and burn.

By the standards of our own fouding fathers we have degenerated into the very thing from which they fled. People today forget how religous and conservative we were until only a short 2 generations ago. Today's western culture is about nothing but money, debauchery, and more over substance.

At the turn of the last century in North America women wore long dresses, gloves and in some circles veils. The baring of flesh today and the worship of the dollar would shock to the core men such as T. Paine, and B.Franklin. This is not what they had in mind.

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