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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."
Taxes and Rights
By Asha Ariel Aleia
The Target Project has been an evolving and at times enlightening process - shining light on some critical issues for our time. Some points have come to mind and hopefully will come up for public debate and further exposure. They intertwine throughout the investigation into the character of the "Target" project; however, the relevance spans many other issues. They are the following questions:
1. Police and Law Enforcement - can they be spies? Should they be allowed to be?
I would respond, "NO."
- Some would say that the National Security Act of 1947 should be interpreted as barring police and law enforcement from also being spies.
- The target's "right to remain silent" and "not to incriminate" himself/herself are easily abridged - taken away by deception and intimidation. Information is gathered from the target for the "spies" through intimidation by police or law enforcement with contracts for spying or through the "impersonation of a police officer" by a spy. The target may be led to believe that he MUST provide information, when that is not necessarily the case and it may even be detrimental to the target to do so.
2. Is "need-based" government funding becoming a racket - a scam on the taxpayers' dollars?
"There's a sucker born every minute and two to take him." (P.T. Barnum quotation). If "one" instance of a "problem" brings money to the coffers, will "one hundred" instances of the "problem" bring one hundred times the money? The numbers game, when used by the corrupt, greedy or overly competitive to obtain funds creates a system of "targets," in which falsely high numbers can be generated at the expense of the target for the financial benefit of the agency and its employees and contractors. Those seeking the funding create the illusion of need which is greater than the reality.
3. Does an agency's "protocol" allowing for extending or even continuing the illegal or otherwise corrupted investigation of a citizen violate the law?
Again, I would say that it does. Agency protocol may NEVER over-ride the Constitutional Rights of the citizen under investigation. If the citizen's rights indicate that the investigation is illegal or should be stopped at once, the agency's protocol should become null at that point.
4. Do public libraries have the right to block flyers and other communications among citizens?
Public libraries are tax-supported buildings and grounds, with tax supported equipment, utilities and employees. On this, we must say, "NO." We should remember that it is not "private property" and that public library policies cannot infringe on a citizen's (the public's) Constitutional rights to free speech and assembly.
Have we become too complacent about our rights? Are we too easily intimidated into paying taxes and fees but allowing ourselves to be blocked from using the very things for which we are paying? It is our taxes and our laws, but do we allow others to tell us what we can and cannot do with them? Think. Think before writing the next check or allowing more taxes to be appropriated. Hopefully this will be one step toward stabilizing our economic woes.
"Target" is part two of the Vulnerables Series, dealing with the issue of those who profiteer from the lives of those who are homeless, poor, mentally or physically disabled, newly immigrant, less educated, or otherwise vulnerable. To read some of the many actions Department of Homeland Security (FBI, NSA, CIA, local, state and federal law enforcement, military, neighborhood watch, business and charitable organizations, etc.) brought against Asha, see Asha's preliminary list for lawsuit on LISTCASE
Initial reactions during early days can be read in DIARY
After reading "Why," you may want to read the follow-up comments at: FOLLOW-UP ARTICLE TO "WHY"
Part One of this series was called, "Rippers In America."
Brought to you by the world of spirit: always watching.
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Read RIPPERS IN AMERICA,
PART I of the Vulnerables Series
Applied PSI allows communication in the meantime and the way to structural healing.
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