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SLEEP ON, AMERICA–”Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention and Prosecution Act of 2010.”

In the past 36 months, the Constitution for the United States has been delivered a series of death blows. The first was delivered by the arrogant 110th congress with the passing of the “Bailout.” This “Bailout” passed with major DEMOCAN-REPUBLICRAT support. Then the “Stimulus” was passed by the equally arrogant 111th congress even though the majority of Americans railed against it. Lately the Health care (at least no republicrats signed on to that) passed even with the majority soundly against it on CONSTITUTIONAL grounds. Our leaders have showed us they care nothing for our compact. NOW THIS:

On March 4, Sens. John McCain and Joseph Lieberman introduced a bill that is a direct assault on the rule of law. It is entitled: “Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention and Prosecution Act of 2010.” This fascist bipartisan bill, if enacted, would require that anyone anywhere in the world, including American citizens, suspected of involvement in terrorism (undefined) can be imprisoned by the military on the authority of the president as commander in chief.

According to McCain and Lieberman, those held will be designated as “unprivileged enemy belligerents,” what used to be called “unlawful enemy combatants.”

A section of the bill, “Detention Without Trial of Unprivileged Enemy Belligerent,” declares that these suspects “may be detained without criminal charges and without trial for the duration of hostilities (as long as there is terrorism?) against the United States or its coalition partners.”

Imprisoned indefinitely without charges, trial or any civilian judicial review? Come on America, is this what we want?

The Supreme Court, (in one of the few things it has gotten right), authorized the habeas corpus rights of what were then called “enemy combatants,” that is, American citizens at Guantanamo, ruling:

“The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times.” Boumediene v. Bush (2008)

Introducing his legislation, “Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention and Prosecution Act of 2010″ McCain said, “we must establish a system for long-term detention of terrorists who are too dangerous to release, but who cannot be tried in civilian court.” Does anybody know the Constitution up there in Washingtonland? This violates “due process.” The very reason we have a Constitution is protect us from the emotion of extraordinary times. What this legislation and the Patriot Act and the Enemy and Sedition Act proves is that those that sought to change us through TERRORISM have won. They have made us so afraid that we have cashed in our liberty.

Of course there is no coverage by the corporate media of this latest infringement on our rights. Disney (ABC) is playing with Mickey and Mini, General Electric (NBC) is doting with Leno and Lettermen, National Amusements(CBS) has the movies over which to drool, and Murdoch (FOX) has the Glenn Beck Religious Revival upon which to focus. It is all a joke while the country is sold out by a group of congressmen who know nothing of their own responsibilities concerning the principles they swore to protect.

Nat Hentoff, member of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and the Cato Institute wrote:
“On March 8, on the Law Professor Blogs Network (lawprofessors.typepad.com), there was a post by R. Decker that asked McCain and Lieberman this:

“Is there a clause buried somewhere in the ‘Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention and Prosecution Act of 2010′ stating: “‘Place the Bill of Rights in the shredder as it is no longer needed’ (a ‘quaint but no longer useful notion’)? Or are we at the point now in our history where even the concept of a Bill of Rights is considered ‘immaterial’ and/or ‘irrelevant’?”

We are giving the country away, bill by bill.

April 8, 2010   2 Comments

Alex Stephan on The Sacrifice for Liberty

Last month (November 11, 2009) our church, the Arnold Baptist Tabernacle hosted its annual Veterans Day celebration. We had a traditional roast beef dinner, desserts, a patriotic program and a speech given by Paul Curtman, candidate for state senate.
One of our young men, Alex Stephan 15 yrs, wrote and read an essay. His work I am posting here for your enjoyment. –Pastor Beller

Veterans Day Tribute, 2009
By Alex Stephan
The Founding Fathers of this nation were aware that signing a declaration of independence from Great Britain would be considered treason against the crown, punishable by death, but privately John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin began the fight for independence in the Continental Congress. By June of 1776 those three men had gained enough support in Congress, to call for a month long recess, to allow the delegates to return to their state conventions to attain that state’s acceptance or rejection of independence. When they reconvened in July 1776 the Congress ratified the Declaration of Independence by a vote of 12 to 0 in favor with 1 abstain; giving America a birth of freedom, and liberty; that liberty, that freedom, then had to be purchased by the blood, sweat, and tears of the soldiers of the Continental Army. During that eight year war 25,000 Americans died to purchase our liberty, and freedom. That was the price to end Great Britain’s tyrannical grip over America; that was the price of freedom.
The United States found itself in a second war with Great Britain, again because of the unlawful boarding and impressments the British Royal Navy was forcing on the American navy, and one remarkable day in 1815, in that war, the British Navy sailed into Baltimore Harbor with the intent to take Fort McHenry and demoralize America, but the Star Spangled Banner remained waving above Fort McHenry stating we would not bow to tyranny. Francis Scott Key, viewing this from a British naval vessel, received the inspiration to write the following words:

“O! Say can you see by the dawn’s early light,

What so proudly we hailed at the twilights last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,

O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof thro’ the night our flag was still there;

O! Say does that star spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!”

The Civil War, begun on April 12, 1861, lasted four year. During this war over six hundred thousand American servicemen died- that is more than all the other American casualties of war combined; however the United States of America survived this war, showing, in the words of Lincoln,” A nation so conceived, can long endure.” The effects of this war were far reaching with, three percent of the population of the American states injured; 8 percent of white men between the ages of 13 and 43 dead, and reconstruction was imposed on the southern states, along with martial law followed with economic collapse.

On the date of April 6, 1917 the United States declared war on the Central Powers due to public outcry after the sinking of the Lusitania, and the sending of the Zimmerman Note. The War had already cost nearly ten million lives globally 6.8 million of them being civilian lives, and fifty- six thousand additional American lives were lost during World War I. America’s involvement undoubtedly ended the war much more quickly than it would have and saved millions more from dying; however, the Treaty of Versailles probably sped the coming of World War II.

On the Sunday morning of December 7, 1941, there was a surprise attack from the Japanese Imperial Navy, the results of which was devastating. Four battleships and 2 destroyers were sunk; 188 aircraft were destroyed; 5 more battleships, 3 cruisers, another destroyer, and 155 aircraft were damaged, 2,402 people died along with 1,282 injured. So began America’s involvement in World War II. Pearl Harbor, D- Day, Guadalcanal, Monte Casino, Battle of the Bulge, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa, are just some of the names of battles fought by Americans to defend our freedom, and the lives of people around the world. Why did America fight in World War Two? It was because the freedoms of Americans were in jeopardy, and you took up the cost to defend it.

With the defeat of the Axis Powers came the rise of Communism and the beginning of the Cold War. The first of these wars was the Korean War. On June 25, 1950 North Korea invaded the Republic of South Korea, causing the United States, and the UN to take action against those invaders. With the cunning of General MacArthur the United States repelled the aggressors to the Far Northern parts of the Korean Peninsula. The Chinese and Soviets then involved themselves, pushing the free forces back into South Korea. Slowly the free forces regained the country and held the Communists at the 38 parallel. The South Koreans now live with freedoms unimaginable to the repressed peoples to the North because of the sacrifice you were willing to make for the people of South Korea.

America’s youth was in open rebellion, the political system was in turmoil, and America was again at war. South Vietnam was being threatened by the Viet Cong, and you answered the call once more. Your bravery and your resolve showed the world America was strong and not afraid of the Communist threat. Your sacrifice showed your devotion and bravery and America owes you her gratitude.

We awoke on September 11, 2001 as a country in peace and prosperity, but we went to bed a different nation. We were a nation that had just observed the most devastating attack on America in its history; we witnessed American commercial airliners- being high jacked by terrorists- fly into two of our office towers that were filled with innocent civilians. We watched in horror as a 757 crashed into the Pentagon. We watched as at the least 200 people threw themselves out of windows in excess of 1000 feet to keep themselves from being incinerated alive. We watched in terror as 2,976 innocent lives were taken and more than 6,000 people were injured, because of the extremist will of radical Islamic terrorists. Those events, still so lodged in our memory, prompted the world to war, that has cost this country such a great price. This is a war being fought so America and many other countries can be free.

What is this freedom that we cherish so dearly? What is this freedom why you sacrificed so much to protect? It is the freedom to worship God as your conscience dictates, it is the freedom of speech, the freedom to peaceably assemble and petition the government, it is the freedom to bear arms, it is the freedom to let your voice be heard, it is the freedom of your vote. This is your freedom. Because “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 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 to abolish it, and 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.”

“We the People” have so long lived under these rights and liberties because of your sacrifice and resolve for the freedoms of all Americans. It was because of you we can meet here tonight– which this freedom, to assemble in such manner, is illegal in more than 50 countries around the world. It is because of you I can stand here tonight and say thank you for all that you have done for us. On behalf of a most grateful nation we thank you for your sacrifices for our freedom that we hold so dearly.–Alex Stephan

December 6, 2009   Comments Off

Corporate Olbermann and the Town Hall Protests

Since Mr. Obama became President of the US, CNN has taken the mantle of obnoxious “news” casting, while the American people are given precious little information on the Obama plan. This short video shows vividly the ongoing ignorance of the most important discussion in our distracted country: Our own Constitution. Forgive us for the bad video quality, but observe:

The Corporate Olbermann and Town Hall Protesters from James Beller on Vimeo.

August 10, 2009   Comments Off

Video evidence that Dearborn Michigan no longer American

Here is a disturbing video every American ought to see. U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds needs to see this to view the unconstitutionality of forbidding literature distribution. Amendment One of the Constitution includes the freedom of the press. The city ordinance forbidding distribution fueled the fire evidenced in this video. Every American ought to tell the city council of Dearborn (and Detroit) what they think of this. -James Beller
Dearborn MI no Longer American

July 23, 2009   Comments Off

Dearborn Michigan no longer American

Judge: Group can’t walk with literature at Michigan festival

By David N Goodman
June 18, 2009

A federal judge Thursday denied an evangelical Christian group’s request for permission to hand out literature on sidewalks at an Arab festival in the heart of the Detroit area’s Middle Eastern community.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds denied Anaheim, Calif.-based Arabic Christian Perspective’s request for a temporary restraining order.

The group describes itself in its court filing as “a national ministry established for the purpose of proclaiming the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ to Muslims … (that) travels around the country attending and distributing Christian literature at Muslim festivals and mosques.” [Read more →]

July 22, 2009   1 Comment

S.909 The Hate Crimes Prevention Act and H.R.1966 The Cyberbullying Prevention Act

8 Reasons “Hate” Crimes Legislation is Illegitimate, or,
Reasons to Reject S.909 and H.R.1966

By James Beller

1. “Hate” is not a crime, it is only a sin of the conscience. And the conscience cannot be legislated in America. Even though “hate” is not the object of prosecution in S.909, the bill will be used to bring greater punishment on the perpetrator, making “hate,” which is an opinion of the conscience, measurable. [Read more →]

July 18, 2009   2 Comments

Chain the Beast Webcast and the Penny Patriot Circular

For a revival of American liberty to take place, a massive education campaign must be launched. This web site, the coming webcasts, and the Penny Patriot Circular is our way of getting information out quickly and cheaply. Click on the links in this introductory post to see how you can help turn hearts and minds in our distracted political climate.

You can stream the Chain the Beast webcast every Sunday evening beginning in September, and download the Penny Patriot for distribution.

July 16, 2009   Comments Off