RON PAUL'S RED CARPET
FOR LIBERATING AMERICA

By: Nathanael

Another pivotal opening has been created for the Texas Congressman and Presidential candidate. It comes via the current assault on the Constitution and the People by GWBush, aided and abetted by certain members in the US Congress.  

For insight into the domestic spying committed by GWBush and others, watch this video (click here). It is of Mark Klein, a 22 year ATT technician who quit after being personally involved.  He described his ex-company’s surveillance dragnet as a “… massively unconstitutional, illegal operation.”  

Mr. Klein was wise to leave because he had been induced by his superiors to commit felonies under US Code Title 18, Chapter 19 – Wire and Electronic Communications Interception and Interception of Oral Communications, § 2511. Interception and disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic communications prohibited. Neither the FISA nor any other court had issued search warrants authorizing these blanket electronic interceptions. There was no statutory basis for the domestic spying/wire tapping crimes perpetrated by the GWBush Administration and those who followed its insistence.  

As explained in “Bush's Life of Constitutional Crime” by Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan's first term and past Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal, not all of the Telecoms participated with the GWBush Administration. 

Bush pressured telecom companies to break the law in order to enable his illegal spying. In court documents, Joseph P. Nacchio, former CEO of Qwest Communications International, states that his firm was approached more than six months before the September 11, 2001, attacks and asked to participate in a spying operation that Qwest believed to be illegal. When Qwest refused, the Bush administration withdrew opportunities for contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Nacchio himself was subsequently indicted for insider trading, sending the message to all telecom companies to cooperate with the Bush regime or else.  

Bush has not been held accountable for the felonies he committed and for leading telecom companies into a life of crime. 

To date Democrats in the House of Representatives have been able to derail the extension to the Protect America Act of 2007. The Senate version of that Bill is a seditious gutting of the FISA court law, the Fourth Amendment, the Constitutional prohibition on ex post facto law and the rule of law in general. In order for any bill to lawfully pass retro-active immunity for these crimes, an Article V Amendment process must be first completed that eliminates the prohibition in the Constitution. 

Article I, Section 9, Clause 3 - Limits on Congress 

No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed. 

Passage and signature of any version of the Protect America Act of 2007 that includes retro-active immunity would only result in a treasonous color of law, as it would be neither constitutional nor legal. The PAA poses a fundamental threat to the Constitution and America, effecting a totalitarian coup d’état wrought by the GWBush Administration. 

Willing accomplices in the Senate (click here for how each Senator voted) passed its version of the PAA on February 12, 2008 with 68 for, 29 against and 3 not voting. McCain voted for the bill with Obama and Clinton being 2 of the 3 not voting.  Not any of the Republican Senators voted against the PAA.  

On January 25, 2008 Democrat Senator Christopher Dodd from Connecticut gave an impassioned speech from the floor of the Senate detailing many of the reasons why this bill must be defeated. The whole of his speech is a worthy read (click here). Certain portions have personal significance to Senator Dodd and the country as a whole. Here are a few of the important quotations.   

And standing for the rule of law anywhere means standing for it everywhere: in our courts, and in our Senate. 

Mr. President, I spoke yesterday about a crime that may have been committed against millions of innocent Americans: their phone calls, their faxes, their e-mails, every word listened in to and copied down by government bureaucrats into a massive database. 

I spoke about how our largest telecommunications companies leapt at the chance to betray the privacy and the trust of their own customers. That spying didn’t happen in a panic or short-term emergency, not for a week or a month—it went on, relentlessly, for more than five years. And if the press didn’t expose it, I imagine it would still be going on today. 

I’ve promised to fight those scare tactics with all the power any one senator can muster. And I’m here today to keep that promise. 

Why are so many people spending so much energy all to keep a few lawsuits going forward? Because this is about far more than the telecoms. This is about the choice that will define America: the rule of law, or the rule of men. 

That’s why I’m here today. I am speaking for the American people’s right to know what the president and the telecoms did to them. But more than that, I am speaking against the president’s conviction that he is the law. Strike it at any point, with courage, and it will wither. 

Generations of leaders handed over to President Bush a system that brought security under the law, a system primed to bless nearly any eavesdropping he could conceive. And he responded: “No thank you. I’d rather break the law.” 

This administration shares a similar level of secrecy, and similar level of abuse. Its push for immunity is no different—secrecy is at its center. And we find proof in their original version of retroactive immunity: a proposal to protect not just the telecoms, but everyone involved in the wiretapping program. In their original proposal, that is, they wanted to immunize themselves. Think about that. It speaks to their fear and, perhaps, their guilt: their guilt that they had broken the law, and their fear that in the years to come, they would be found liable or convicted.  

The only thing that stands to be exposed if these cases go to trial is the extent of President Bush’s lawbreaking. That, he will keep from the light of a courtroom at all costs. 

But we can do this. We can vote down this immunity. We can grab hold of the one thread left to us, and pull until the whole garment unravels. We can start here. 

Senator Dodd’s speech had at least 19 references to the Telecoms’ retro-active immunity, 11 references to the rule of law or the rule of law being violated and 20 references to laws broken/crimes committed/illegal acts by the GWBush Administration. All of these pertain to GWBush’s unconstitutional, warrantless domestic spying program and not any of his myriad other crimes.  

Senator Ed Kennedy also contributed powerful words in a New York Times article (click here) that rightly describes the criminal behavior of the GWBush regime.  

If the telecommunications companies didn’t break the law, they do not need immunity,” the senator said. “If they broke the law, the American people deserve to know the size and scope of their lawbreaking. Adhering to the rule of law would not ‘aid our enemies’ — it would uphold the very principles we are fighting for.  

This five minute YouTube video of Kennedy’s speech (click here) from the Senate is worth watching.  

Citing liberals like Kennedy and Dodd in the affirmative is a rare occasion for this writer. But whenever they are constitutionally and legally on point, so be it. On the Republican side here is a relevant excerpt from Ron Paul’s speech (click here) from the floor of the House.  

Madame Speaker, I rise in opposition to the extension of the Protect America Act of 2007 because the underlying legislation violates the US Constitution. The mis-named Protect America Act allows the US government to monitor telephone calls and other electronic communications of American citizens without a warrant. This clearly violates the Fourth Amendment, which states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” 

Dodd, Kennedy and Paul (who are bound by their oaths of office to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic) have stated in the Congressional Record that crimes have been committed, laws violated and the rule of law shattered. How many crimes have been committed by the Telecoms, the GWBush Administration and his accomplices?  

A bunch! But first, the recent indictment of GOP Congressman Rick Renzi, one of the two dozen co-chairs of McCain's Arizona campaign, provides a necessary frame of reference. On February 23, 2008 The Arizona Republic article “Renzi indicted in theft, extortion” explained Renzi’s 35 count indictment for extortion, embezzlement, money-laundering and other crimes.  

During a Phoenix news conference, Diane Humetewa, U.S. attorney for Arizona, said all three men will receive summonses to appear at a March 6 U.S. District Court arraignment in Tucson. She added that the indictments suggest Renzi "betrayed the trust of the citizens of Arizona" by misusing his office.

Amy Hess, special agent in charge for the FBI in Tucson, said agents put in more than 25,000 hours during the probe, which began with a tip in June 2005. "Illegal activities purported by our public officials . . . impact the very core of how our society is supposed to function," she added. 

However, Humetewa lauded the work of FBI and IRS agents, adding, "This indictment demonstrates a commitment by the Department of Justice to root out public corruption wherever it is found." 

If the rule of law exists, then it applies uniformly and to all. There are no special, unwritten exemptions. No one is out of its reach when crimes have been committed, even and especially the President.  

The following is a list of the likely crimes perpetrated against millions of Americans. It is derived from the US Code Chapter 18 – Crimes and Criminal Procedure.  

President George W. Bush as an individual, numerous members of the Executive Branch as individuals and related others are potentially subject to indictment as:

·         Principals under § 2. Principals,

·         Accessories after the fact under § 3. Accessory after the fact,

·         Having committed criminal violations under § 4. Misprision of felony,

·         Co-conspirators under § 241. Conspiracy against rights,

·         Having committed criminal violations under § 242. Deprivation of rights under color of law,

·         Co-conspirators under § 371. Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States

·         Having committed criminal fraud and false statements under § 1001. Statements or entries generally,

·         Having committed various forms of treason under § 2382. Misprision of treason, § 2383. Rebellion or insurrection, § 2384. Seditious conspiracy and § 2385. Advocating overthrow of Government and

·         Having committed criminal Wire and Electronic Communications Interception violations under § 2510. Definitions and § 2511. Interception and disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic communications prohibited. 

The Executives, Officers, Legal Counsel, certain Managers and certain Operators of the Telecom businesses that participated at the instruction of George W. Bush, numerous members of the Executive Branch and related others are potentially subject to indictment as:

·         Principals under § 2. Principals,

·         Accessories after the fact under § 3. Accessory after the fact,

·         Having committed criminal violations under § 4. Misprision of felony,

·         Co-conspirators under § 241. Conspiracy against rights,

·         Having committed criminal violations under § 242. Deprivation of rights under color of law,

·         Co-conspirators under § 371. Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States,

·         Having committed criminal fraud and false statements under § 1001. Statements or entries generally and

·         Having committed criminal Wire and Electronic Communications Interception violations under § 2510. Definitions and § 2511. Interception and disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic communications prohibited. 

The 68 Senators who voted for the passage of the extension of the Protect America Act of 2007, certain members of their staffs and related others are potentially subject to indictment as:

·         Principals under § 2. Principals,

·         Accessories after the fact under § 3. Accessory after the fact,

·         Having committed criminal violations under § 4. Misprision of felony,

·         Co-conspirators under § 241. Conspiracy against rights,

·         Having committed criminal violations under § 242. Deprivation of rights under color of law

·         Co-conspirators under § 371. Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States,

·         Having committed criminal fraud and false statements under § 1001. Statements or entries generally and

·         Having committed various forms of treason under § 2382. Misprision of treason, § 2383. Rebellion or insurrection, § 2384. Seditious conspiracy and § 2385. Advocating overthrow of Government and  

A flood of criminal corruption such as this has not been seen for over 100 years. Where is the pathway to restoring the Constitution, the republic of republics (it is not and never was a democracy) and the preservation of freedom for which it was founded? As always, it comes from individuals who will stand for the truth.  

At the very least Senator Dodd, Senator Kennedy and Congressman Paul have set themselves apart with their welcome and serious words. However, they have also clearly established certain legal obligations under the US Code Title 18:

§ 4. Misprision of felony

Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.  

§ 2382. Misprision of treason

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States and having knowledge of the commission of any treason against them, conceals and does not, as soon as may be, disclose and make known the same to the President or to some judge of the United States, or to the governor or to some judge or justice of a particular State, is guilty of misprision of treason and shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than seven years, or both.  

Misprision is a lesser known cousin to perjury. When one discharges their obligations under the misprision statutes, information is submitted in a sworn affidavit or criminal complaint under penalty of perjury. Both misprision statutes give the affiant an option of disclosing the alleged criminal actions directly to a judge or military authority without having to inform the Justice Department or the President. The receiving judge can convene a grand jury independently without the initiation of a federal prosecutor. All attorneys are sworn officers of the court and work at its behest. Having alternative paths of disclosure is intentional and allows for independent criminal indictments of the Justice Department or the President, thereby sidestepping any potential obstruction of justice.  

The crimes of GWBush et al can and must be taken directly to the courts. The renegade lawlessness of GWBush and his despicable Attorneys General was mentioned in Senator Dodd’s speech (click here).  

It’s about the Justice Department turning our nation’s highest law enforcement offices into patronage plums, and turning the impartial work of indictments and trials into the machinations of politics. 

It’s about Alberto Gonzales coming before Congress to give us testimony that was at best wrong and at worst perjury. 

It’s about Michael Mukasey coming before the Senate and defending the president’s power to openly break the law. 

Senator Dodd, Senator Kennedy and Congressman Paul are legally obligated to immediately submit sworn affidavits of the crimes they believe to have been committed by George W. Bush and others.  Their oaths of office and the applicable criminal statutes leave them no options.  

What are the ramifications to Presidential election politics from the boundless criminality of GWBush and others? McCain is permanently disqualified for having voted for the treasonous Senate version of the Protect America Act of 2007 extension. Clinton and Obama are effectively/politically disqualified for not making the time to vote against the PAA, since upholding the oath of office is their preeminent responsibility. Huckabee is effectively/politically disqualified for standing mute in the face of such a fundamental assault on the Constitution and the rights of the People.  

That leaves Ron Paul – the Defender of the Constitution - as the only valid candidate for the Presidency, which has been evident all along. All he has to do is fulfill the duties of his oath of office and file his sworn affidavit describing the crimes and constitutional violations that have been on going since the beginning of the GWBush presidency. The rule of law, the Constitution, the US Code, the US Courts and the will of the People will do the rest. 

Luke 11 - NASB

45 One of the lawyers said to Him in reply, "Teacher, when You say this, You insult us too."

46 But He said, "Woe to you lawyers as well! For you weigh men down with burdens hard to bear, while you yourselves will not even touch the burdens with one of your fingers.  

Ephesians 5 - NASB

6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

7 Therefore do not be partakers with them; 

11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;

12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 

James 4 - NASB

17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

 

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Nathanael is a self-employed engineer and lives in metropolitan area of Dallas, Texas. He had only ever been a life long registered Republican but changed to the Constitution Party in May of 2004. During the fall of 2007, he registered Republican for the sole reason of voting for Ron Paul in the Texas primary. He is a regular columnist for Ether Zone.

Nathanael can be reached at nathanael4551@yahoo.com

Published in the March 3, 2008 issue of  Ether Zone.
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