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Friday, December 30, 2011

Egalitarian Newspaper
Houston Community College
May 5-1993


Government Tyranny Invading Constitutional Rights?
By Silvia Stagg


      On Saturday, April 24, five days after the Branch Davidian Compound went up in flames, approximately 70 people peacefully assembled and protested the Waco fiasco, under the watchful eye of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) a branch of the IRS falling under the domain of the Treasury Department, Department of Public Safety (DPS) and local police of Waco. The protestors were kept far from the site of the Davidian ranch, with the DPS screening each passing vehicle while state and federal officials  continued their secret investigations of the remains of Mount Carmel.
       Later that day, this writer had the opportunity to interview, via the telephone, ruth Mosher, the mother of Shery Jewel age 43, a Davidian follower who died at the complex.  Mosher expressed outrage that she was continually denied access to her daughter by the FBI even after traveling to the compound on March 11 for her daughter's birthday.  According to Mosher,  Jewel was a teacher, very devout in her bible studies, and had been affiliated with the Davidians for nearly five years.  It was approximately one year ago that she made the final move to the Mount Carmel commune.  Mosher believes that had the family members been allowed in to visit the Davidians, the Waco tragedy might have been avoided.
       Never complaining about David Koresh, Jewel, according to her mother, was very comfortable with the family-like atmosphere at the Davidian ranch and had said that members were free to come and go as they wished.  Mosher also denied allegations that children were taught how to commit suicide.  She admitted having prior knowledge of Koresh's multiple wives and numerous children, and said that though children were spanked, they were never abused.  Mosher also were never abused.  Mosher also denied prior knowledge of any guns or munitions.  She added that although she does not condone any wrong doings by Koresh, she still holds the government responsible for her daughter's death.
       In this writer's opinion, it is not an open and shut case that the Davidians were a fanatical cult group, stockpiling guns and munitions and endangering their community, thus necessitating federal agents to raid their home.  The heart of this matter lies in answering the unnerving question of whether or not our federal and state governments are abiding by the Constitution and Bill of Rights as set forth; or have they devised an effective methodology of usurping one's constitutional rights upon their determination that a particular group or individual is a threat to their survival, to their brand of social order?  For such a methodology to be effective it mus have at least two components: a) the belief by the government that is is omnipotent and that it has the power to enforce what it deems is just regardless of one's constitutional rights and b) the general public's complacency with such actions.
       The government's argument that they believed Koresh to be a fanatical cult leader, possibly endangered children, his followers and his community, seems on the surface a legitimate one for storming the so-called "compound."  Though, the right to keep and bear arms is protected by both the 2nd and 9th amendment, our government, nonetheless, frowns upon anyone exercising this right as possibly being a threat to their idea of social order.
       The government has proven that it has neither respect for the law nor the lives of innocent people, especially the 17 children and two pregnant women inside the compound on the day of the final attack.  Neither did they have the expertise or patience required to diffuse a potentially violent confrontation.  Their total disregard for the right of due process or for the lives of the Davidians is a direct result of the unconstitutional drug laws Congress has passed, which allows the search and seizure of all private property, without a person having an involvement with drugs or violating other federal laws.   As a result of the government's assault on the constitutional rights of individuals, it is quite obvious that there is virtually nothing protecting the average citizen from immediate governmental excessive use of force, except perhaps the right to keep and bear arms--a right our founding fathers vigorously sought to protect and which has been under constant attack by those in government. The rights of the press were violated as well, when a few journalists, one with the Houston Chronicle, were arrested because they dared to get closer to the compound.
       In regards to Koresh, concern for its image and not with substantiating facts, federal officials publicly argued that they were acting on behalf of the public's welfare, setting the stage for what was yet to come. The demonization of Koresh and his followers was a very useful tactic.  Once branding someone in this light it was easier to turn public opinion against Koresh and his followers.  The illegal use of tanks against U.S. Citizens, British Citizens, innocent men, women and children should have been avoided in order to protect the good faith necessary between the government and the people.  Gerald Treece, law professor at the University of Houston and constitutional expert, has suggested that the Waco siege may have violated the Davidians First Amendment rights of freedom of religion as well as their Fourth Amendment protection against illegal search and seizure.  If persons are suspected of illegal behavior, do they then relinquish their constitutional rights? This writer would argue that they do not.
       The American public has become used to being spoon fed information from so-called "reliable" sources and does not stop to think independently. Few question he events that led up to to the federal government marching into Texas: violating Texas sovereignty with ATF and FBI agents and tanks; isolating 112 people who were held up in their home with their children, not allowing them to leave the compound without permission.  Governor Richards did not properly discharge her duties as Governor, when she handed over her responsibility to protect the safety of every Texan to the federal government.  Surely, the Texas Rangers, or other such local authorities had the jurisdiction to handle this matter providing it was ever necessary.
      Koresh and his followers were determined to be guilty ot every crime under the sun without due process.  The public has forgotten why this country was founded, as well as the plight of many peoples who have suffered under the iron fist of a totalitarian regime.  Holocaust survivors still cannot comprehend how the German population could tolerate their being dragged off to some unknown place, under the guise of a government sanctioned policy.  Though, the genocide of the Holocaust has not comparison, whenever a country's citizens give up control over their thought processes, the dictates of their moral conscience, and their lives in general, allowing the "state" to make their decisions for them on a mass level, it historically sets the stage for government totalitarianism.
       The ultimate responsibility, therefore, lies with the public, as to whether it will continue to allow the government to take whatever action it deems fit regardless of the price to freedom and the consequences to human life.  Our founding fathers knew all to well that absolute power corrupts absolutely; that is why they produced, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, written to protect the individual from the 'state.'  It is therefore, periodically necessary to assert our collective will and vigorously voice our protest when government errs, clearly defining government's role and power instead of the other way around. 
        The Waco tragedy is not the first instance of excessive use of force by the ATF  or FBI.  There have been many other instances, such as that of a family man in Idaho named Randy Weaver whom they labeled a white supremacist.  In August 1992 the ATF and FBI invaded Weaver's home, killing his wife and child in an 111 day siege; all this over a misdemeanor weapons charge.  Chris Struble, owner and writer for the Freedom Observer, notes in a recent article on the Waco siege that, "Because of their 'sovereign immunity' these agents cannot be held responsible [to the ordinary citizen] for such conduct in their case." That is they cannot be sued for acting in their official capacity and carrying out the orders of the government.* 
      Unfortunately, such forceful tactics by this government will only serve to further incite fear and distrust om the population, encouraging increased guns and munitions sales, exacerbating the situation.  It is time for the U.S. government to return to its original purpose intended by our founding fathers, that being the servants of the people. 
      The announced investigation of the federal government's role in the Mount Carmel siege, will most likely end in a white wash, not unlike that of the investigations into the assassinations of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Jane Reno's recent announcement that given all that she now knows, she would not have handled this matter differently, serves as a chilling reminder that the federal government will probably repeat the excessive use of force in the future.
      If Waco continues to remain a carnival side-show for the sale of T-shirts and memorabilia, without significant protest by the public, then the use of tanks and other weapons, traditionally targeted for national defense against outside attack, will become the standard weapons of choice for Americans against their own countrymen.

(My thanks to Chris Struble who provided me with helpful insights from his latest article, 'Nightmare in McLennon County.')



End of Article by Silvia Stagg



*Note- Unknown to me at the time of the writing of this article as per US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Book 'Memoirs of Five Chiefs': The Term 'Sovereign Immunity' comes from 'English Common Law' invoked by the Royal Family limiting the rights of their Royal Subjects, which was stricken down by our US Supreme Court as unconstitutional.  Though, still misused in debate or public discourse.  The US Supreme Court further recognizes that any Illegal/Erroneous action is NOT an Act of Government. Government is only recognized when it is Lawful/Perfect in its day to day operations and enforcement of our US Constitution.  


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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Egalitarian Newspaper
Houston Community College
February 19-1992

(Note: Minor Edits to Grammar and In Body of Article Presidential Candidates Named).

Commentaries, letters and opinions

Media Censorship And American Politics 
By Silvia Stagg

      Recently, the major free access networks, i.e. CBS, NBC, ABC, have answered an FCC Notice of Inquiry and have requested greater access to the cable and video markets.
      It is the position of the major networks that due to the emerging Cable and Video Markets the major networks are taking a beating and meeting with financial difficulties.  Therefore, they are requesting that the FCC relax what they term 'outdated rules and regulations which do not apply to the needs of today's communications market.'
      It is the opinion of this writer that the only logical answer as to where the blame for their financial difficulties rest is on the shoulder of the major networks as they have historically enjoyed a monopoly in an enormous market. And have failed to offer a competitive product which keeps pace with the needs of an ever changing free society.   This problem by the way is very widespread throughout America today.  It challenges every American business to keep an eye on the needs of its consumers or else the consumer will rightfully and ultimately turn elsewhere. To other more satisfying alternatives, even if forced to pay extra for a particular service or product. 
      For the most part, the cable and video markets offer relief from the fast food mentality of the major networks, who still refuse to recognize, include and address the diversity of individuals and ideas which comprise our society today.  Thus, instead of meeting the challenge of todays' market, the Big Three Networks are embarking on a search and destroy mission against their smaller more avant-garde competitors.
      However, the most insidious practice, most harmful to the public's welfare and to our democratic system of government is media censorship. To which the remainder of this Editorial will address. 
      An alarming trend since the creation of a monopoly known as the News Election Service (AKA NES, devoted to compiling and disseminating election result information) was formed during the Kennedy administration by the major networks, CBS, NBC, ABC, as well as UPI and AP.  It operates as the exclusive gathering and reporting of vote results for all Campaign Elections including Independent and Third Party Candidates.   The Anti Trust Division of the US Department of Justice during its consideration as to whether or not to award an exemption to NES was concerned that NES would interpret the news instead of reporting it.  This is why, the Anti Trust Divsion before awarding this exemption was promised by the promoters and founders of NES during mutual administrative correspondence that they would REPORT the news and not INTERPRET it.
      This writer believes that it is in the best interests of the American public to repeal that exemption because NES failed to live up to this original promise.  The Anti Trust Division never gave NES permission to interpret, alter or make up the news for the American viewing and voting public and elections results, and it if had it would be unconstitutional and clearly not int he best interests of the American public,  not to mention contrary tot he favorite argument frequently employed by the media that the public has the right to know.  It is not the media's right to or place to define the parameters of the public's right to know, that remains the people's right to decide.
      Furthermore, the media enjoys a privilege of access to government officials as well as the corporate structure in our country and throughout the world.  And acts as an intermediary between them and common individuals and therefore has an obligation to report news in an accurate, unbiased and uncensored manner.   I would argue the the public's right to know is more important than the First Amendment argument that the media uses as an excuse to censor important campaign election information as well as other information concerning our domestic and foreign policies (including CIA operations), which the public has not only a right, but a resposibility as citizens to keep abreast of, and depends on the media in which to do so.  By controlling dissemination of such information the media can and actually does control who gets elected and who does not since television is and will continue to be the most expedient and effective mass communications medium of all time.
      Yet, despite the protest of thousands beforehand, during the 1988 national elections, NES interpreted the news by determing what was in their opinion news worthy or significant to the American public! NES determined that all third party candidates such as those of the Libertarian Party (Ron Paul Presidential Candidate 1988 to date), the Populist Party (David Duke/Bo Gritz Presidential Candidates 1988-1992) and the New Alliance Party (Dr. Lenora Fulani 1992), the three largest third parties in America were not news worthy or significant!  The method that NES used during the 1988 national elections divided equally  the third party national election percentage resultsand then added these results to both the Republican  and Democratic results totalling the results on the television screen to equal 100%, with no further explanation, giving the viewing and voting public the impression that there were no third party election results, that all of those who voted, voted either for Republican or Democratic Candidates!
      To add further insult to injury the governmental bureaus which disseminate election results to the public uses and is restricted to the NES election return results because they do not have an independent ongoing system of disseminating election results to the public, so they in turn elevate NES to a quasi governmental entity, creating another monopoly amidst a monopoly, clearly infringing upon the public's constitutional rights and voting franchise, not to mention interfering with the public's right to know.
      However, this practice backfired, and was met with outrage, lawsuits, letters from Congressman, political organizations and individuals around the country requesting and demanding that the Big Three Networks as well as CNN cease such undemocratic practices excluding coverage of Third Party and Independent Candidates, their campaign and election results. Already CNN has at least attempted to minimally cover some third party candidates, such as Dr. Lenora Fulani of the New Alliance Party, and Nacy Lord of the Libertarian Party. Though still avoiding coverage of others, such as the National Populist Party.  How thorough the 1992 campaign election coverage will be remains to be seen. 
     The TV networks including CNN are still relying on sensationalism and exploitation of sexist/racist issues for increased ratings, as well as promoting political terms and ideologies without explanation such as 'The New World Order' which sounds suspicious and menacing to the very least.
     And the term which Patrick Buchanan has been labled as an 'Isolationist.'  I assume that is what someone is called whenever he or she does not believe that the US should annihilate over 100,000 Iraqi men, women and children, destroying an entire country, leaving the remaining children to starve because once again our CIA bungled another covert operation! 
     In Holland, all national party candidates receive equal access to television coverage regardless of their political views.  The U.S. media (as well as our government) responds in a manner reminiscent of George Orwells' 1984 where there are thought crimes, public ridicule and punishment for not having the accepted political thought of the brainwashed majority.
     It is necessary therefore to inform oneself, become involved, write letters to ones' House and Senate Representatives, and most importantly get out and vote.  Never forget that each vote does indeed count if for only to send a message.  For it is in the hearts and minds of the young, the educated, the courageous to keep forever alive the tenents on which this great country was formed without which the American Dream will remain exactly that - a beautiful dream... 


For Further Information on some of the alternative Republicans, Democratic and Third Party Candidates as well as to receive a copy of their Political Platform contact the following:

1) Patrick Buchanan
    Buchanan For President
    8130 Boon Blvd. Suite 110
    Vienna Virginia, 22182
    Tel: 703/790-9292  Texas: 512/266-2481
        
2) Jerry Brown
    Jerry Brown For President
    2121 Cloverfield Blvd. 3120
    Santa Monica, Calif. 90404
    Tel: 213/449-1922 Fax: 213/449-1903

3)  Dr. Lenora Fulani
     Fulani For President
     New Alliance National Headquarters
     2032 5th Avenue
     New York, New York 10035
     Tel: 212/996-4700 Texas: 512/479-9419

4)  Andre Marou
     Andre Marou For President
     and Nancy Lord For Vice President
     National Campaign Headquarters
     P.O. Box 12417
     Las Vegas, Nevada 89112
     In Las Vegas: 702/-434-6362

5)  Bo Gritz
     Bo Gritz For President
     National Campaign Headquarters For America
     First Coalition
     Jacksonville, Florida
     In Jacksonville Florida: 904/573-0707 
     Texas: 512/257-4790
    
     Bo Gritz Campaign For President
     Cy Minett, Campaign Coordinator For Texas
     140 Ensino Drive
     Kerrville, Texas 78028

6)  To Receive More Information On The Libertarian Party
      Contact The Following:
      Harris County Libertarian Party
      P.O. Box 27932
      Houston, Texas 77227
      Contact: John Kormylo
      Tel: 713/772-8416

7)   To Receive More Information On The Populist Party
       Contact The Following:
       Populist Party National Headquarters
       P.O. Box 1992
       Ford City, Pennsylvania 16226
       Tel: 412/763-1225 1/800-633-7692


End of Article by Silvia Stagg

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Marrou to speak

      Andre Marrou, Presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, will be speaking on Tuesday Feb. 25 at 7p.m., at the Westin Hotel in the Galleria on Alabama Street.  Marrou will also be interviewed on the John Mathews Talk Show on KPRC radio on the same day Tuesday Feb 25, at 11 a.m.
       
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