Fortunate are we who can access the new media and alternative news services available on the World Wide Web. If you really want to get to the bottom of a story, if you’re willing to do some investigative digging behind and beneath the headlines, it’s often possible to connect the dots and arrive somewhere close to the truth of the matter.
Today- using what the Daily Bell web site has termed “the internet reformation”, we citizens still have the capacity to access an un-censored media that constitutes the global free press.
This site is an effort to take advantage of the ease and power of publishing that is available to us citizen journalists who are motivated enough to learn the ropes for uploading our reporting of the truth into the new media platforms.
Of course, even the new media still has its rules and conventions. Truth –Sayers can go on a rant and reach a few with their extremely confrontational views or you can moderate your tone and use a voice that will reach a wider, more discerning audience.
I’ve witnessed how whistle-blowers are treated in the real politics of contemporary America. It’s a topsy-turvy world when someone like Edward Snowden has to seek political asylum in Russia after exercising his 1st Amendment rights as an American citizen. Argue what you will, the reality is that he would be behind bars right now had he not fled the American “Justice” system when he did.
And for what? Bringing the truth to the American people…
Powerful Special Interests buying Political Influence
Alright, granted; Snowden may have betrayed the security clearance he gained by whatever background check was run on him before being employed by government contracting giant Booz Allen Hamilton. Weigh that against the apparent illegal activity he witnessed the National Security Administration (NSA) systematically conducting while covertly spying on virtual and tele-communications of the American public.
One problem is that our government representatives and policymakers reach political office in campaigns largely financed by powerful corporate interests. Those interests can be totally at odds with the best interests of the majority of the American people. And yet, now our elected public servant owes his success to the special interests that helped bankroll his election. The small guy, the everyday citizen hardly has a voice in influencing decisions made at the national or federal level. Today, concentrated wealth in the hands of paid lobbyists exercises most of the clout defining the politics surrounding issues and agendas.
What I’m talking about is the lack of transparency and accountability in our systems of government. Even sincere politicians that start out with the best of intentions to represent the best interests of their constituency, encounter a system that can effectively neutralize their stance for the populace.
Ron Paul, (Retired) Representative from the State of Texas in his book, Liberty Defined writes:
Today’s military and CIA efforts are almost totally unrestrained by the U.S. Congress… Money spent by the CIA receives virtually no oversight by the U.S. Congress…Eighty billion dollars are spent on intelligence gathering to protect the American people, without much to show for it”.(1.)
Government-contracted security professionals, Snowden notwithstanding, are currently working in jobs that are paid out of that eighty billion dollar (and counting) annual budget. As marginalized outsiders to the huge federal/military/ security apparatus, you and I could cynically ask whether that massive work force is pushing for national security or their own job security…
Politics—Trust but Verify!
As bad as things are for truly effective citizen input for oversight and control of the U.S. government, the still nominal law of the land is our U.S. Constitution. And admittedly, there are effective bands of concerned, activist citizens that have organized themselves in persuasive political action groups that have countered the entrenched corporate, special interests with strategies proving essential to preserving democratic principles and ideals. You could say they’ve learned how to play the game.
Our Constitution and the original framers that authored and ratified it, ingeniously provides us, WE THE PEOPLE, with THE legal framework we require to restore the Republic to its founding principles.
This is still true — today. Right now.
It really does come down to a citizenry that is engaged enough to hold the (financialized) political class accountable to their oath of office and the rule of law. If we continue to passively allow the status quo and business-as-usual practices (that sometimes qualify as white-collar-crimes and criminal fraud),—often unreported by mainstream news–to go un-challenged, the shenanigans of shadowy operatives in the behemoth bureaucracy will go on –unrestrained by public oversight. Continue at Top
I happen to favor some political initiatives that are constitutionally sound and grounded that would ensure the empowerment of citizen involvement. Unfortunately the Common Law which serves as the foundation to our Republican form of government (as found in the Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution with its Bill of Rights) and serves and protects the People has been eclipsed by decades of coded law whose precedents have subverted the practical enforcement of this nation’s original Constitutional prescriptions.
Federal or Local Control?
Although I focus most of the articles on this site writing about securing the grid, what ultimately matters most is that we’re really trying to save the most lives in a possible national catastrophe. An EMP, worst-case scenario could in effect make most big cities un-inhabitable in a relatively short period of time.
Without adequate preparations, emergency management services (EMS) would soon be overwhelmed with the amount of casualties needing help. In many big-city neighborhoods, things could devolve rapidly into looting, riots and street violence. The lives of the rescuers as well as the residents could be at risk from desperate street people if the grid goes down for any length of time. And this is where emergency management can start getting charged with a lot of interesting dynamics.
One very simple equation is that all 1st responders are trained to ensure their own safety in any emergency scene. They should not be endangering their own lives needlessly to rescue others. This can mean that the ambulance rescue personnel will call law enforcement first before entering a particular area. If paramedics and/or police support is already stretched really thin because there are city-wide casualty incidents all happening at-once, you might be unable to get emergency medical teams to cover certain areas safely.
Now, people are becoming increasingly worried about the imposition of “martial law” in the course of any “national emergency”. They are being told by “the Powers That Be” that “martial law” is legitimate, and that sufficient steps are being taken to prepare for it—especially in the para-militarization of State and Local “law-enforcement” and “emergency-management” agencies. (2.)
This dynamic can put emergency rescuers in the middle of a super-charged, politicized, confrontation when it might have been avoided if the community took control of its emergency preparedness back before the calamity struck. As it now stands, it’s not always so easy to identify who the good cops are.
Through the media, [viewers] have witnessed an example of the implementation of “martial law”, on a small yet highly organized scale, in Watertown, Massachusetts, hard upon the bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Many of them have had personal experiences with the bestiality of “martial law” in the myriad episodes of unpunished “police brutality” which take place almost every day throughout this country. (3.)
And that was written even before what happened in Ferguson, MO. Or the “I Can’t Breathe” choke-hold death of Eric Garner in the New York City, video-captured-arrest, episode that went viral.
Politics IS Local
I don’t propose to tackle in one article, some of the thornier issues that crop up when you start talking about the role law enforcement must play in maintaining civil order in a disaster situation. Especially in one that could engulf the whole nation at once.
As a good-ole Montana boy, I can say I feel good about getting my county sheriff to make a show of swearing allegiance to upholding his oath to defend the Constitution and abide by its laws.
As a supporter of the 2nd Amendment and strong believer in the 13 words that appear in the first clause of that Amendment, I know and appreciate what it means for…”patriots who intend to keep their heads out of the sand, their feet on the ground, and their eyes on the ultimate goal of living in what the Second Amendment calls “a free State”. (4.)
You might say things look pretty basic to me on how our County would keep law & order. Some of us irregulars could head to town, get deputized by the sheriff, and our posse would patrol the block around the city court building in support of the Justice of the Peace staying in business for the dispensing of justice. No FEMA or National Guard required!
Now on the mean city streets of a huge metropolis in a city where you have neighborhoods whose streets are divided along racial or gang-turf lines, you’d be getting into an area that requires (at least) a post all its own.
One thing is for sure though. If we’re going to work-out the knotty politics around the present-day Incident Command structure as configured by FEMA and the rest of the agencies handling a major event, we should take care of those priorities now — while it’s only a drill– and not under live fire. Get notified when new articles post HERE.
(2.) Paraphrased from “The Bastardy of Martial Law” by Dr. Edwin Vieira featured on newswithviews.com under Dr. Vieira’s archives column To The Point
(3.), (4.) Quoted “The Bastardy of Martial Law”