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President of the
United States of America
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
Declaration of Independence
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 to 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."
President Lincoln's Address at Gettysburg
"... that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
F A L S E C H A R G E S
How could the average person recognize that false charges were being generated against an innocent citizen?
In the instance here, we have at least two signals: One: The type of charge changed frequently (coincidently to the need to keep the case open...) Examples included: illegal alien, terrorist, terrorist supporter, spy or traitor or knew too much, stole a million bucks, threatened the president, cracked the homeland security code.
Second: The charge was vague. Examples: Spy or alien or "close" to code.
If confronted for particulars on any one of these charges, the accusers backed away or shifted the emphasis of the discussion (distraction). One cannot be simply accused of being a spy! There are particulars that must be named: on whom, what, where, when was this person accused of spying? What particular piece of information is this person accused of gaining through espionage? In what form has it been presented (speech, video, written document?) In other words, if they have done something, what specifically have they done? One cannot simply go around and point to random American citizens (or any human being for that matter) and accuse them vaguely of spying, a crime with very severe penalties.
Nor can one simply accuse persons randomly of being illegal aliens! When confronted with the possibility of needing to be specific, the subject, and the charge, was changed. If a human being is going to be accused of being an illegal alien, then to what country are they to be deported? No answer? What proof then do you have that they are not U.S. citizens?
Charges such as these are not easily dismissed and should not be taken seriously unless made in specific fashion. To do otherwise is to encourage corruption, stereotyping, and sloppy law enforcement. Citizens deserve better. Human beings deserve better.
Similarly, saying that someone was "close" to breaking a code is not only on the vague side of things, it begs the question of whether or not the person making the charge knows the definition of "code." Generally speaking, a "code" in the useage referred to above, must have at least the following three criteria: 1)It must be exact. (numbers, letters, symbols, sounds) 2)It must be in sequence. 3)It must be in context. If these three criteria are not in place, the "code" will not work. Have you ever tried to enter a coded gate without all three components used correctly? Without these components, it must be said that, for example, in English, a number is not more than eight digits (plus zero) away from exact and a letter is not more than twenty-five letters from being exact. With that logic, any set of phrases in the English language could be considered as being "close." But, it would not be exact, and by the necessary definition of a code, would not work. Taking similar phrases or numbers out of context and claiming that they are "close" to a code is the same as making vague charges.
Vague charges and repeated, outdated remarks about a target or defendant are signs of bad practices and corruption. Which other indicators may also be present? Two - money and revenge - are common and illegal. Funding (money, contracts) which increase over time (six month-contracts, for example, can be extended to twelve months by changing to another vague charge); revenge or special interest (no real charge is in place and false charges are used simply as a means to create loss of time, money, property, or reputation for the target).
In such serious matters as the security of the country and the rights of the citizen, more care should be made in airing such matters before they are placed before the public, placing the citizen at jeopardy.
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