I want to find a way to maybe make them think about everything they're seeing and listening to on TV or at home or from their friends (or their friend's mom's blog, hehe) and to help them understand all the things that are at stake for them and this country. I hope that they can feel my love for them and this country and my sincerety in keeping them properly informed at what exactly is taking place. These are some very interesting times, indeed, but they are also some very scary times as well. I hope they listen but most of all, I hope they learn something and agree with it and start getting involved now. They are their last hope.
OK, kids....sorry, young adults! Ok, you guys, here's the thing. You all know that I am a conservative and I know that you all are mostly liberal. You know I love Ron Paul and I know you laugh at me for that. I'll bet you didn't know I knew, hahaha! I know that you think I'm a crackpot or a crazy republican (shame on you for calling me the R word!!) or even a far-right,ultra-conservative freak! I know you love Obama and it both saddens and humors me. Well, it doesn't really humor me but I know why you like him and what you THINK he stands for. But it's not just Obama that I'm writing about. I'm writing about republicans, democrats and media, too. I'm writing about the constitution and what that means to you and your country.
I spent all of yesterday and last night listening to a filibuster by Rand Paul against the confirmation of a man named John Brennan for the head of our Central Intelligence Agency. Obama has picked him for this post, as he has a right to do as president. The filibuster, as I'm sure you have learned in school ( but may not since we're talking about crappy public school and they don't teach you anything anymore) is when a member of congress makes a prolonged speech to put off or obstruct any piece of legislation someone doesn't like as a means of putting off a vote. For 13 and a half hours, I watched as Rand Paul, senator of Kentucky, who started the filibuster, talk about the drone program of the White House and the CIA and the Department of Justice. I know you liberals are against war and the killing of innocent people - so am I - so this drone program will probably take your breath away as this is the epitome of evil and government mixed together. What Mr. Paul talked about during this filibuster was OUR 5th amendment rights to due process and a fair trial. Guys, this is very important because it is this amendment, along with our 4th, 6th and even the 7th and 8th amendments is what separates the United States from the rest of the world. Our right to be secure in our papers and possessions, our right to not have to worry about someone coming and busting down our doors to rifle through our personal belongings, accusing us of committing a crime, without a signed warrant from a judge giving permission based on solid evidence.
Attorney General Eric Holder, who also took an oath - AN OATH - to preserve, protect and defend our constitutution had this to say about the president having the authority to order the killing of Americans on American soil. This is a link to an article that sums up the program and what our Attorney General had to say about it. Keep in mind, Obama and Holder are old school buddies:
Ok, so I know you didn't click the link or read the story so here's an excerpt from it since I know you kids are kinda lazy unless it's a link to porn:
Eric Holder said:
"It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the president to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States,"
Mr Holder stressed in his letter that the prospect of a president considering the assassination of an American citizen on US soil was "entirely hypothetical" and "unlikely to occur".
See how Mr. Holder says that it would be constitutionally OK for the president to authorize such a hit? He's absolutely WRONG! He's an attorney and he's lying under oath.
Here are our 4th, 5th and 6th amendment rights under the constitution:
Amendment IVThe 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.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Amendment VIIn all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
I want you to listen to these few video clips. I'm almost positive none of you heard this filibuster and I hope you will just take a few minutes of your time to just listen to what these men are talking about - they are talking about your future. They are talking about your rights being taken away on even a mere suspicion that you or anyone else may be a target for the simple SUSPICION that you are an enemy of the United States - there doesn't have to be any proof that you are, just an accusation or suspicion and then BOOM! You're gone!
This is an hour long but if you give it 10 minutes, you'll get the idea of what he's talking about and fighting for; not that Obama is bad or horrible, but that Obama has an obligation to The People to let us know how he feels and how Mr. Brennan feels about the killing of Americans on American soil with targeted drone strikes.
This drone program has already claimed an innocent 16 year old boy in Yemen. His father was a known terrorist, Anwar al-Awlaki, that renounced his US citizenship and was a really bad guy and plotted against the United States. When a reporter asked Robert Gibbs, the press secretary for Obama, about that killing, he simply said "he should have had a more responsible father." OMG! Really? That's it?? Another excerpt from that story:
But the reporter pressed him, noting that the teen had not renounced his citizenship and was underage. The Atlantic suggests that if Gibbs is giving the genuine rationale for the killing, it's grounds for impeachment.
"Again, note that this kid wasn't killed in the same drone strike as his father," writes The Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf. "He was hit by a drone strike elsewhere, and by the time he was killed, his father had already been dead for two weeks. Gibbs nevertheless defends the strike, not by arguing that the kid was a threat, or that killing him was an accident, but by saying that his late father irresponsibly joined al Qaeda terrorists. Killing an American citizen without due process on that logic ought to be grounds for impeachment."
"He was a boy who hadn't seen his father in two years, since his father had gone into hiding. He was a boy who knew his father was on an American kill list and who snuck out of his family's home in the early morning hours of September 4, 2011, to try to find him. He was a boy who was still searching for his father when his father was killed, and who, on the night he himself was killed, was saying goodbye to the second cousin with whom he'd lived while on his search, and the friends he'd made. He was a boy among boys, then; a boy among boys eating dinner by an open fire along the side of a road when an American drone came out of the sky and fired the missiles that killed them all."
Can you imagine going to find your father and being blown to bits for it?
Here is the link to that story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/24/robert-gibbs-anwar-al-awlaki_n_2012438.html
Here are some videos of what drone strikes look like at about the 2:30 mark and what could happen here at the 3:30 mark!
Remember - for every ONE targeted individual, 50 innocent people die. 50 INNOCENT PEOPLE!!
I'm not going to post anymore videos. I'm not trying to be overly dramatic, either, but can you imagine a targeted drone strike like these on American soil on an American citizen that was denied his right to a fair trial? That was merely suspected of being an "immenent threat"?
When I was growing up in the Reagan days, there was never a sense of impending doom like there is now. It was never even a thought in my mind that we would ever lose our freedom - how could we? We're AMERICANS! We will always be free! Politicians didn't tell us what to do, how to live, what to eat, etc.. Yeah, they spent gobs of money on mostly worthless shit but our Bill of Rights were never under fire the way they are right now. I remember the Brady Bill after Reagan got shot. But I remember how free we all were and how patriotic everyone was and how we were all infused in each other as Americans and how proud we were to be one. I remember New York City being the freest of the free - everyone defected in NYC, LOL! Now, in NYC, the mayor is telling people they aren't allowed to wear their earbuds in their ears because it isn't good for your ears! You can't use salt in your cooking if you own a restaurant. You can't order a 2 liter of coke with your pizza delivery - I shit you not, this is really going on!
This is your future, y'all. I know you love Obama but this has got to be what changes your mind when it comes to the constitution, your/our rights and YOUR future! Is this what you want it to be? No longer being allowed to speak your mind freely? College campuses already have "free speech zones" which directly violates your 1st amendment. Gun bills that violate your 2nd. NDAA bills that violate 4th, 5th and 6th amendments. The TSA also violates your 4th amendment. I could go on and on but it's up to YOU to put a stop to it, too. You're about to graduate high school and there's a damn good chance you won't find a job. By the way, did you know there' a bill moving through the House right now that would require all 18-25 year olds to TWO YEARS of VOLUNTARY SERVICE as determined by the president? Here's that bill here:
This filibuster was extremely important and succesfully started dialog around the country about just what the president's authority entails. HE DOES NOT HAVE AUTHORITY TO KILL AMERICANS ON AMERICAN SOIL unless that American has a bazooka pointed straight at the White House or whatever national building he has his sights on. HE DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DECIDE YOUR GUILT OR INNOCENCE. That's for the courts and the jury to decide. How many times has a classmate accused you of shit you didn't do and you still got in trouble for it? Happened to me a lot! crazy bitches at school! Can you imagine being suspected of being a terrorist and being blown to bits along with 30 or 40 other innocent people without you ever having the chance to say "I'm innocent, you have the wrong Hannah Frank!" Can you imagine ANYONE having the right to end your life before you can defend yourself? Even if you are a low life POS, you still have a right to be taken before a judge and a jury of your peers. That's what America is about! Proving someone's guilt, not just deciding they are without proof!
You may think I'm being extreme and you may think to yourselves "yeah, these things happen but that can never happen in America." But think about it like this.......even Hitler had to start somewhere. For Hitler, is started after the Reichstag Fire in 1933. The decree nullified many of their key civil liberties of German citizens. With Nazis in powerful positions in the German government, the Reichstag Fire Decree was used as the legal basis of imprisonment of anyone considered to be opponents of the Nazis. Everyone loved him when they elected him. He turned into one of the world's worst human beings to ever walk around and he did his best to exterminate all of the Jews. He only got 6 million Jews, kids......6 million Jews.
I am not comparing Obama to Hitler, I am not saying he will exterminate anyone here. What I am saying is when the Department of Homeland Security ( thanks Bush the Douche!) calls people like me - a Tea Party/Grassroots girl or a Constitutional supporter - OF ALL THINGS!!!- or a military veteran - a domestic terror threat and the White House agrees with that definition as does the Department of Justice and the CIA, those are high calls that something's not right. Even the ACLU, the American Civil Liberties Union is speaking out against this drone policy. Something is definitely wrong in this country when the president can call someone like me, little ol' JTF, a threat to this nation. A possible "immenent threat" and can snuff me out like a flame on a candle. Or you. Pay attention to history because if you ignore history, you are doomed to repeat it.
Please pay attention! Ask questions! Demand answers! Demand their ass when they lie and they break the law! Demand they leave alone our Bill of Rights and that they protect them as they promised. Do not allow them the unprecedented authority they seek to run every aspect of your lives. Remember two things:
1) Any government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have, and
2) Those who are willing to give up their liberty for security deserve neither.
I want you to grow up and have families and be free without worry that the government can just come in and take it all away from you. This is your future. It's all up to you. You either fight to live in a peaceful country or you die living in one of those above in that video.