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Police State

 
Keeping the Peace is not the same as Law Enforcement

When the head of the secret police took charge, the people of the fair land looked the other way. A veteran of war in the service of his country, he was well trained for the task that he was assigned. Police work came natural, and his talents were well suited to collecting information about members of groups that were enemies of the State. When he was put in charge of the secret police he involved himself in the tracking down of potential opponents to the Fatherland. His methods became infamous. His orders were followed with total obedience. And the carnage that ensued, will never be forgotten! Or has it?

The name of this man was Mueller. You heard of him, haven't you? Just recently that name appeared in the press with the announcement of a change in his mission. The domestic and national force of federal policemen, would now expand their role and scope. Borders would be crossed, warrants would be abundant and interrogation would be intense. Fear would be their weapon and the snitch their tongue. Anyone who posed a threat of terror against the regime, would feel the wrath from this Reich. Who is this man?

If you think this person responds to the name Robert, you may be half right. But this top cop was born with the name of Heinrich, and his police force was not the FBI but the Gestapo. Herr Mueller was the prototype of this vast enforcement spy network. It would be most difficult to present a soft and sagacious absolution for their work. Who among us could defend or advocate their deeds? So why are so many Americans remaining docile in the face of a pattern that some of us view with deep concern?

Some will say it could never happen here in America. Well, have you ever heard of Pastor Niemoller? You certainly know his story - a German clergyman under the Nazi regime, later confessed that when the Nazis attacked opposing groups such as the Communists, he was a little uneasy. But, he said, after all, he was not a communist, so he did nothing. When the Nazis began to attack the Jews he was even more uneasy, but he still did nothing. Then they attacked the Church, and because he was a clergyman he tried to do something, but it was too late.

But have you ever heard this account from the pulpit in your church? "We have no more thought of using our own powers to escape the arm of the authorities than had the Apostles of old. No more are we ready to keep silent at man's behest when God commands us to speak. For it is, and must remain, the case that we must obey God rather than man."

This subject is painful for many Americans to confront. They are comfortable in their safe cocoon of denial. The facts don't matter and for many of them, their rights are optional. When the priorities of the FBI are transformed into a blueprint to turn America upside down, we 'Old Cause' conservatives should take pause. You don't have to be a card carrying ACLU member to agree with their spokeswoman Laura Murphy: "You no longer have to do anything unlawful in order to get that knock on the door . . . You can be doing a perfectly legal activity like worshipping or talking in a chat room, they can spy on you anyway."  As for the expanded scope and mission of the FBI is it correct when she says: "The government is rewarding failure" ?

The excuse that we are at war is as bogus as the claims that the 'Carnivore' network has been tamed with its change in name to DCS1000. But what is the justification for a systemic monitoring program of private communications to begin with? By their own admissions, they capture e-mails unconnected to targets of an investigation. And we are suppose to trust the FBI to obey the law! Now the Herr Mueller overhaul plan circumvents and lifts restrictions on conducting surveillance at public gatherings. If this isn't a return to the Cointelpro domestic surveillance program of J. Edgar Hoover what would you call it? But we are supposed to be at war! Protecting the public is supposed to be the primary mission . . . Where did we hear that before?

From the National Archives and Records Administration we learn that Heinrich Mueller managed security and counterespionage operations. His most spectacular counterespionage success was the development of a double-cross network, capturing a number of these agents and "turn" them. This sure sounds like a function that the CIA is suppose to be charged with.

Now we are being conditioned to accept that the FBI deserves an expanded role to conduct these kind of operations. What is the point, even if you are one that encourages such operations, when all the government would need to do is absolve the CIA from the 'so called' domestic restrictions? Could it be that the "Agency" is so involved with waging their own private wars that they forgot about spying?

So Robert Mueller, comes to the rescue in order to avoid turf disputes, and wants to establish a constant "Big Brother", after we were told that 'Carnivore' was only used to catch the bay guys? Where are the sunset guarantees that this change in direction will not become a permanent expansion of purpose?  Well, the aim should be obvious. That magnification in Gestapo powers is exactly the intent of the FBI. Efram Zimbalist, Jr retired a long time ago. Now the Bureau only hires graduates of the Hitler Youth, who have their certificates from the Reichspropagandaleitung.

If real security and elimination of the terrorism from an Islamic adversary is the objective, when will the borders be closed to their ranks, or when will these illegal's be deported? Better yet, when will America renounce the foreign policy of empire and stop supporting causes of phony allies? . . . Probably not until the surveillance and eavesdropping of the G-men is put back in their box.

Conservatives are defined as people who favor traditional values. What is traditional in the imitation of the Fascist Gestapo model for national security?  Read the entire FBI mission statement: “The mission of the FBI is to uphold the law through the investigation of violations of federal criminal law; to protect the United States from foreign intelligence and terrorist activities; to provide leadership and law enforcement assistance to federal, state, local, and international agencies; and to perform these responsibilities in a manner that is responsive to the needs of the public and is faithful to the Constitution of the United States.”  We do not need Herr Robert to become an American version of Heinrich?

The WSJ pointed out that "If Mr. Mueller had wanted to send a message to change the FBI mindset, he would have fired the supervisory special agent who ignored the Minneapolis warnings on Moussaoui. Instead, Ms. Rowley says, that agent was promoted." The Wall Street Journal is right - Robert Mueller must go.

America can do better - protect her citizens and respect the Constitution. When will you speak out?

SARTRE - June 1, 2002

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The Patriot Act is the worst grab for pure political power. The intent is to enslave Americans under the boot of a permanent dictatorship.

911 marks the end of the Republic and the start of a dictatorship. The only war on terror is the real assault upon the American public, by its own government. Your loyalty should be towards the Nation, not the STATE.

Defend your natural rights and defy illegal measures to destroy the remnants of a free country. This evil empire is making war upon citizens.

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Whether you like the police or not, we all have experiences in dealing with them in one capacity or another. Officers are humans beings, your neighbor and maybe part of your own family. Robo Cop has yet to get a patrol car or go on duty. So why do so many public safety careerists want to be separate from the populace, while chasing a claim of special privilege?

The easy answer is that the civic culture of the police: “To Protect and Serve” often translates into harass and control. Protecting the peace is not synonymous or equivalent to the enforcement of the law. Ordinary citizens live lives of voluntary respect for most laws. The threat of punishment or the fear of penalty does not infuse moral conduct. It is the ethos of the individual and their respective community, that produces law abiding citizens.

Nearly all people would prefer to get along with the sheriff then to confront them, as most deputies seek to evade, avoidable risky situations. Despite, such norms; frequently, the law is indistinguishable from rogue cops. An outlaw cop is a betrayer of the public trust. Accountability for one’s own actions is essential to every citizen and especially applies to those who wear the badge of public servant. If one is dedicated to authentic protection and service, the constituents for law and order will support the constable. A “Good Cop” has no fear of who he is and who knows it.

So why is William Sheehan an antagonist of the State of Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs? At the risk of citing the New York Times, Mr Sheehan publishes a web site that posts lists of police officers’ addresses, home phone numbers and Social Security numbers. In the spirit of accuracy and fact finding, the site in question is:  JusticeFiles.org

The stated mission of this endeavor is the dissemination of critical information.

“The site’s owner believes that only with a continuing and accurate data base of police officers, prosecutors and those that are part of the criminal justice system, can true accountability in government be achieved . . .  When it gets right down to it, our employees are not any more knowledgeable or moral than the rest of us. Yet, they persist in telling us that they know better. They persist on compiling vast databases in order to “police” us. They persist on building empires of bureaucrats, by taxing us far beyond the rate of inflation. Finally, they persist in their resistance any attempt at reform. This site intends to change that.”

Do you agree with the intent and essence in this concept? One’s answer may well be determined by your attitude about the nature of any and all, “PUBLIC SERVANTS”. Do they work for you, are you the ultimate boss? Or are you content to be a subject of their orders and obedient to the boot of enforcement?

Well, when bill, S.B. 6700 was proposed, passed and signed into law by the governor of Washington State, you got the answer from the Order of the Gendarme. The law stated: "A person or organization shall not, with the intent to harm or intimidate, sell, trade, give, publish, distribute or otherwise release the residential address, residential telephone number, birth date or social security number of any law enforcement-related, corrections officer-related, or court-related employee or volunteer or someone with a similar name, and categorize them as such, without the express written permission of the employee or volunteer unless specifically exempted by law or court order."

Surprisingly, an appeals court in Seattle ruled that the King County Sheriff must disclose full names of police officers and salary information to the publisher of a Web site. The appeals court noted that the lower court's decision runs counter to the state attorney general's interpretation of the public records law, which states: "A decision to permit inspection [of public records] cannot be based on the identity of the requester or the stated purpose, if any, of the request."

Finally, as reported by the Gannett News Watch, the court held that releasing the full names of the officers would not invade their privacy. Even if more private information about the officers could be tracked down from their full names, this is "a fact of modern life in this age of technology," according to the court, so the release of the names -- especially when the county routinely releases them in other situations -- does not invade the officers' privacy.

Friends, this is a minor victory; not for the usual culture that defends privileged privacy, but for little people - the real chiefs of ALL the police. A policemen can be a “Pig” or a “Super Hero” depending on their behavior and conduct. Most of the time they are doing a job that the vast majority of honest citizens respect. However, the inherent suspicion and recurrent mistrust for strong arm methods and deceitful intimidation, has diminished worthy regard for maintaining the peace. Goon squads have no place in a civil society.

Personal privacy has become a figment of the imagination, as the appeals court points out. There is no special status for any government employees. On the contrary, peculiar additional standing belongs to the citizen, since legitimate authority flows from their permission. When bureaucrats are exposed to the same rules, regulations and accountability as the average inhabitant, they will begin to serve their rightful intended purpose. The content on Mr Sheedan’s site is not out of line, it’s plain old fashioned public record access. No where to hide applies to everyone. Acting responsibly is the duty of all the people - public officials included.

SARTRE - July 16, 2003

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