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Before the War on Drugs, only 9% of murders went unsolved!

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SPECIAL MEDIA NOTICE: Jim Babka will be guest hosting a national radio show on Wednesday. One of his guests will be Rand Paul. You will be able to listen online, and you might get to ask Rand a question. We’ll keep you posted with more details.

Quote of the Day: “Even if you don’t like drugs, you really, really don’t like murder, rape, robbery, and so forth.” – Ted Balaker

An important video by Reason.tv and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) succinctly addresses how the War on Drugs cripples police work and endangers children. DownsizeDC.org would like to express our gratitude to Reason’s Ted Balaker and LEAP’s Neill Franklin for laying out the facts.

We urge you to . . .

* Watch the video
* And then tell Congress to watch it too, using our End the Mexican Civil War campaign

You may borrow from or copy this letter . . .

The Mexican government reports that its War on Drugs has killed 28,000 people over the past four years. This ongoing tragedy is undermining Mexico’s stability, which is bad news for the United States.

But that’s not the only way drug prohibition is hurting us. I urge you to watch this interview with Neill Franklin, the Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (under 9 minutes) 

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If there is violence in grassroots meetings, it will come from the government

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By: Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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The discontent expressed by the public over the ever increasing spending and taxation of the American people is of major concern to the power elite who have for so long, had everything their way.  No questions asked.  Every effort is being made to marginalize or define those who are standing up in opposition as somehow “the crazies” or right wing/left wing radicals of some sort. 

It is apparently coming as somewhat of a surprise to the power brokers in the District of Criminals and their corporate donor’s and special interest friends, to see the uprising of the middle class and the accompanying demand that the corruption in Washington cease; immediately.

Of most concern to the power brokers in the Criminal district is the rise and growth of the patriot movement.  In fact, it is of so much concern the MSM (for morons) has dutifully helped those who have profited from the unregulated graft, theft, corruption, bribery, legislative fraud, and legislative declarations of what is nothing less than an openly declared war against the people of the (50) united yet sovereign states by the corporate government.  More

Bush criminalizes anti-war movement and humanitarian aid

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This is only one of the Executive Orders issued by a tyrant; a man totally dedicated to eradication of the Constitution, civil liberties and inalienable rights. 

What you can read in this Order are the words of man terrified of his own people; one who seeks to silence them.  Notorious for his own criminal activities, threatened by possible prosecution for crimes against humanity, Bush has effectively rendered dissent against government actions as criminal.  This Executive Order is written to be intentionally and broadly interpreted.  On its face it appears to criminalize persons who might be actively involved in supporting Iraq either physically or monetarily against the United States. This can even include those (religious groups?) who might try to give humanitarian aid. 

As in almost all of Bush’s E.O.’s, he grants himself the power at will to be the single or unilateral “decider” of who is or is not one of this newly created class of criminals.

Its an odd turn of events when the most corrupt and criminal among us abuses its power and authority to criminalize Constitutional rights. 

July 17, 2007

Executive Order: Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, as amended (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.)(IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.)(NEA), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,

I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, find that, due to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by acts of violence threatening the peace and stability of Iraq and undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq and to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people, it is in the interests of the United States to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13303 of May 22, 2003, and expanded in Executive Order 13315 of August 28, 2003, and relied upon for additional steps taken in Executive Order 13350 of July 29, 2004, and Executive Order 13364 of November 29, 2004. I hereby order:

Section 1. (a) Except to the extent provided in section 203(b)(1), (3), and (4) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(1), (3), and (4)), or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the date of this order, all property and interests in property of the following persons, that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of United States persons, are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense,

(i) to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, an act or acts of violence that have the purpose or effect of:

(A) threatening the peace or stability of Iraq or the Government of Iraq; or

(B) undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq or to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people;

(ii) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, logistical, or technical support for, or goods or services in support of, such an act or acts of violence or any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or

(iii) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

(b) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section include, but are not limited to, (i) the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order, and (ii) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

Sec. 2. (a) Any transaction by a United States person or within the United States that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

(b) Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

Sec. 3. For purposes of this order:

(a) the term “person” means an individual or entity;

(b) the term “entity” means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization; and

(c) the term “United States person” means any United States citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States.

Sec. 4. I hereby determine that the making of donations of the type specified in section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) by, to, or for the benefit of, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order would seriously impair my ability to deal with the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13303 and expanded in Executive Order 13315, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by section 1 of this order.

Sec. 5. For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that, because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render these measures ineffectual. I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13303 and expanded in Executive Order 13315, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to section 1(a) of this order.

Sec. 6. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including the promulgation of rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this order. The Secretary of the Treasury may redelegate any of these functions to other officers and agencies of the United States Government, consistent with applicable law. All agencies of the United States Government are hereby directed to take all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the provisions of this order and, where appropriate, to advise the Secretary of the Treasury in a timely manner of the measures taken.

Sec. 7. Nothing in this order is intended to affect the continued effectiveness of any rules, regulations, orders, licenses, or other forms of administrative action issued, taken, or continued in effect heretofore or hereafter under 31 C.F.R. chapter V, except as expressly terminated, modified, or suspended by or pursuant to this order.

Sec. 8. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right, benefit, or privilege, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, instrumentalities, or entities, its officers or employees, or any other person.

GEORGE W. BUSH

THE WHITE HOUSE,

July 17, 2007.

 

Five Reasons We can’t Win the War in Iraq.

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 April 20, 2008 – First released: March 4, 2006

Five reasons we can’t win the war in Iraq
by Leslie Davis and other sources

1.
Iraq is a guerrilla war, yet for political purposes we are discouraged from calling it a guerrilla war, so the guerrillas are called “terrorists, criminals insurgents, and dead-enders.” By the way, an insurgent is a synonym for a guerrilla. There are few effective tools to fight a guerrilla war. You can’t defeat a guerrilla army by trying to destroy every man since he hides by day amongst the populace. Rather, in a guerrilla war the objective should be to erode or destroy his base of support. As long as there is support in the populace for the guerrilla, two will rise up to replace every one you kill. When precision guided bombs, raids, and other destructive acts are used, it creates casualties among the innocent populace, increases support for the guerrillas and undermines support for us. A 500 pound bomb has a killing radius of 1,300 feet (1/4 mile). Think about what happens to your credibility when you drop huge bombs on populated areas. Everyone hates you.

2. We have no idea what motivates the average Iraqi. American leaders went to war in Iraq with a fantasy that the natives would line the streets and pelt us with rose petals, and be eternally grateful for our attack on their country. At one time there may have been support and respect from the locals, but months of occupation by our military have turned the formerly friendly into the recently hostile. Attempts to correct the thinking in this regard are futile; it is not politically correct to point out that the locals dislike us more and more, and they are growing increasingly upset and overtly hostile. Instead of addressing the real reasons why the locals are becoming angry and discontented, politicians feed us canned reasons that do not reflect reality. We are told that the locals are not upset that a hostile, aggressive American army is occupying their country. We are told that they are not upset at the police state we have created, or at the manner of our picking their government representatives for them. Rather we are told, they are upset because a handful of terrorists, criminals and dead enders in their midst made them upset.

3. The guerrillas fill their losses faster than we can create them. This is almost always the case in guerrilla warfare, especially when your tactics are aimed at killing guerrillas instead of eroding their support. For every guerrilla we kill with a “smart bomb” we kill and maim many more innocent civilians and create rage and anger in the community. This rage and anger translates into more recruits for the guerrillas and less support for us. We have fallen victim to the body count mentality. We have shown a willingness to inflict civilian casualties as a necessity of war without realizing that these casualties create waves of hatred against us. These angry Iraqi citizens translate into more recruits and more support for the guerrilla army.

4. The guerrilla lines of supply and communication are much shorter than ours and much less vulnerable. We import everything we need; this costs lots of money and is dangerous. Whether we fly the supplies in or bring them by truck, they are vulnerable to attack, most especially those brought by truck. This increases the likelihood of the supplies being interrupted. Every bullet and bandage becomes infinitely more expensive. Conversely, the guerrillas live on top of their supplies and are showing every indication of developing very sophisticated networks for obtaining them. Further, they have the additional advantage of close support from family, friends and traditional religious networks.

5. We have consistently underestimated our opponents (a.k.a. the enemy) and his capabilities. We did it in Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, and we are doing it in Iraq, Colombia and elsewhere. Our military leaders are not prepared to fight the type of guerrilla war we are facing in Iraq, and they are squandering the lives of our noble, honorable and valuable soldiers. Our tactics have not adjusted to the battlefield and we are falling behind. Meanwhile the enemy has updated his tactics and has shown a remarkable resiliency and adaptability.

Respectfully submitted in honor of our military.

Leslie Davis
U.S. Army veteran, businessman, 
candidate for Governor of Minnesota and
president of the Earth Protectors.
Leslie@EarthProtector.org
www.EarthProtector.org
www.LeslieDavis.com

 

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