Monday, February 25, 2008

Timeline to Tyranny

The events of September 11, 2001 were the most horrific attacks on American soil in our nation’s history. Our citizens will never know if these terrible events were a planned conspiracy or simply incompetence in our highest levels of government. Either way the fallout has yielded a directed effort by our nation’s rulers to rid the people of cherished rights and liberties and move this great country into a state of corporate fascism and tyranny. The following is a timeline that traces the passage of laws by Congress from the attacks to present day. This list does not include Executive Orders or Judicial Reviews.

Erosion of the Bill of Rights

October 2001 - The USA Patriot Act becomes law. Among other things the law: makes it a crime for anyone to contribute money or material support for any group on the State Department’s Terror Watch List, allows the FBI to monitor and tape conversations between attorneys and clients, allows the FBI to order librarians to turn over information about patron’s reading habits, allows the government to conduct surveillance on internet and email use of US citizens without notice. The act also calls for expanded use of National Security Letters (NSLs), which allow the FBI to search telephone, email and financial records of US citizens without a court order.

November 2002 - Homeland Security Act of 2002 establishes separate Department of Homeland Security. Among other things the department will federally coordinate for the first time all local and state law enforcement nationwide and run a Directorate of Information and Analysis with authority to compile comprehensive data on US citizens using public and commercial records including credit card, phone, bank, and travel. The department also will be exempt form Freedom of Information Act disclosure requirements.

February 2003 - Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 grants the FBI unprecedented power to obtain records from financial institutions without requiring permission from a judge. Under the law, the FBI does not need to seek a court order to access such records, nor does it need to prove just cause. This includes all purchase transaction information.

December 2004 - Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 was a sweeping piece of legislation that covered the following issues; reform of the intelligence community focusing on information sharing, tracking security clearances, no fly list and associated background checks, border protection and immigration issues, federal grants to build local prisons and increase federal/local law enforcement communications capabilities, implementation of some items in 911 commission report.

May 2005 – Real ID Act of 2005 mandates that states adopt a National ID or “internal passport.” The National ID ties you to the massive public/private databases allowing unrestricted access to all your private information by anyone reading the card. Additionally it creates the infrastructure to track and monitor Americans as they move within the United States.

September 2006 - Military Commissions Act authorizes torture and strips non- US citizen detainees suspected of terrorist ties of the right of habeas corpus (which includes formal charges, counsel and hearings). It also empowers US presidents at their discretion to declare US citizens as enemy combatants and subject to detention without charge or due process.

October 2006 - John Warner Defense Authorization Act. The act allows a president to declare a public emergency and station US military troops anywhere in America as well as take control of state based National Guard units without consent of the governor or other local authorities. The law authorizes presidential deployment of US troops to round-up and detain “potential terrorists”, “illegal aliens” and “disorderly” citizenry.

August 2007 - Protect America Act, which is an amendment to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, allows the government to monitor phone calls and e-mails without a warrant or any judicial oversight. This act needs reauthorization in February 2008 due to sunset clause.

November 2007 - Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Act passed the House of Representatives 400 to 6 (to be voted on in the Senate in 2008). The act proposes the establishment of a commission composed of members of the House and Senate, Homeland Security and others, to “examine and report upon the facts and causes of violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence in the United States” and specifically the role of the internet in fostering and disseminating extremism. According to the bill the term `violent radicalization’ means the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, religious, or social change, while the term ‘ideologically-based violence’ means the use, planned use, or threatened use of force or violence by a group or individual to promote the group or individual’s political, religious, or social beliefs.”

The attacks of September 11, 2001 were simply an excuse for the ruling elite to strip the citizens of this great county of their constitutionally guaranteed rights. Notice that all of these laws are targeted equally to American citizens as well as "terrorists".


Oldman in the Boonies said...

The Problem becomes the definition of Terrorist. They have and will expand it to include any US citizen who speaks out, writes about or other wise is critical or disruptive to the PTB's. We will all be terrorists soon.

Anonymous said...

ah, yet another blogger documenting the onslaught of tyranny upon the USA. more writing, more fans grumbling "yes, yes, you're right, how horrible." and as usual, no one DOING a goddam thing about it.

when tyranny finally takes over this country, it won't be because of evil-minded powerful men. it'll be because americans (and i am one) are lazy, fearful, dare not take a stand on anything and basically, couch potatoes. people like you have been COMPLAINING about this stuff for years. WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GET OFF YOUR ASS AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT?

never, presumably. it's too scary. dangerous.

people get the government they deserve. always.

Alpine Acres said...

As true as it is as anonymous has mentioned about how so many talk about the changes needed yet do nothing, there is a way that some of us are speaking up!

I do believe the time will come when many people sit back and see the Country at a later time and seriously ask, "What in the world happened to us?"

Here's a link to what CAN be done and you can check my blog for some of the videos from it.

Live Simple, Live Free!

BigBear said...


I would change one thing:

People get the government they can afford.

I personally am not going to do anything about the impending decline. I am just going to sit back and watch it happen, that is why I prepare. I am happily removing myself from a society not governed by the people but by corporations.

I vote, I write my congressmen when inclined but I am not stupid enough to think it makes any difference. Taking up guns at this point is even more deluded. You will just be put in the ground there will be no glorious revolution.

Most times things need to completely fall apart before they can be rebuilt. This country is at that point.

My plan is to comfortably wait out the destruction as I move forward with my life. That is what I am preparing for and my guess is that most people who read this blog would agree.

Thanks for the input

judyofthewoods said...

Anonymous is right in part, there are plenty of people who deserve the government they get, but bigbear, I think you put it well about 'afford'. We do what we can within our means, but taking up arms to start a revolution is suicide, there are not enough people to make a dent. Voting is a waste of time in my opinion. The government is the government, all the same, different paint job. My personal way - I live in the UK where things are heading in a similar, if not identical direction - I try to live as self-reliantly as possible, prepare as well as I can, and try to subvert the PTBs by denying them their lifeblood - money - as best I can, and put out the information for others to do likewise. I have done it for a very long time on environmental grounds, but can now see the immense value in using it as a political weapon. Consumption keeps the machinery greased. Anti-consumption is the ticket to freedom. Being an economic subversive probably has its own risks, but nothing compared to the risk of letting the machinery just roll on.

judyofthewoods said...

PS - Thanks, bigbear, for your part in disseminating this important information. It is a valuable contribution.
Oldman in the boonies, you nailed it with the question of definition. The wording is a catch-all. With laws getting ever more re(con)strictive, when will any law-abiding citizen cross the line to being a terrorist? There was a time in not so distant history where you didn't even have to do anything, under new laws you just had to be something to qualify. Jews and gypsies in Nazi Germany, Japanese in WWII USA, to name just a few. Papiere bitte!

Dragon said...

it's the old how do you fry a frog.
put him in a hot skillet and he hops right out.
put him in a cold skillet and turn up the heat slowly and he cooks to death.
The time for survival is upon us.
We need to solve the basic problems of food clothing shelter.(transport?) Let the tyrant do as he will. He made the bed,now let him lie in it.
Its his Karma after all.
imagine the corporate type,with his bunker of food,booze,bimbos and black water guards. He'll make it through.then its time for ...Hello,remember us...
its time for and old joke...
How do ya tell when a tyrant is well hung? When he stops kicking. Dragon