“Your Papers Please…”

Just three little words. Rather harmless-sounding at first, and yet…entire volumes have been written on the consequences of allowing those three little words to become commonplace in a previously free country. And make no mistake about it, when the new US President mentioned in his first major speech (to both Houses of the Government) since his inauguration, that he was having the Department of Homeland Security set up a special police force that would deal specifically with crimes committed by immigrants, he was definitely taking the first step to singling out immigrants as a special group, isolated from the rest of the American public, making it just that much easier to vilify them as a single body, in the exact same manner that so many other groups have been singled out for “specialized” treatment by other governments throughout history. The method is to report daily ONLY the crimes committed by immigrants, WITHOUT specifying how small a percentage that is of the total crimes committed; the result is that very quickly people first start to think that a DISPROPORTIONATE amount of crime is being committed by immigrants, and then they begin thinking that ALL immigrants are criminals. It’s a tried and true method that has led to some of the worst atrocities recorded in the histories of many countries in times long past, and just how many times have we told ourselves, “It could never happen here”?

John Whitehead is a Constitutional Attorney, and author, who founded The Rutherford Institute in 1982, which is now, “…one of the nation’s leading advocates of civil liberties and human rights, litigating in the courts and educating the public on a wide spectrum of issues affecting individual freedom in the United States and around the world…” “The Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization which…provide(s) legal services in the defense of civil liberties and to educate the public on important issues affecting their constitutional freedoms…”

Aside from being a published author of books, Mr.Whitehead publishes as well, timely articles in various  Independent media outlets. Below, I have linked to one of his latest articles, the inspiration for this post, in which Mr.Whitehead explains with a far greater amount of articulation than I will ever possess, exactly why we all have to be concerned about this proposed attack on some of the most vulnerable people in American society. His message is clear, and truly makes it plain why this is not just an American issue. It is an issue that needs to be recognized, and addressed, by people everywhere. No one should just stand by, perhaps thinking that this has nothing to do with me.

When we do on occasion take time to look back at history, and ponder some of the terrible things that have happened to people on this planet, one of the questions that so frequently arises, is why didn’t the people see the catastrophe coming? Where were those who should have been wise enough to recognize the signs, and brave enough to alert the people as to what was happening? Surely a man like Hitler didn’t just wake up one morning and begin marching 6 million Jews off to the death camps. There had to be some warning signs of what was about to happen. So why did no one warn the average citizen of what was happening in their own country? Why did no one explain things to those who might not have understood all the intricacies of the actions that were taking place?

The sad fact is that there were plenty of those type of people around, just as there are today. People who were screaming the facts from the rooftops. They were writing articles (that the mainstream, government-controlled publications refused to print), they were giving speeches (that the people never heard as they preferred the ample supply of cheap entertainment to keep them busy), and most importantly, those people who were trying to warn their fellow citizens, they were smeared as radicals, or crazies, or conspiracy-nuts, or whatever, by the government, the mainstream media, and the ruling elite who certainly didn’t want any change in the status quo. And by the time anyone DID listen, the war was raging, the death camps were full, the world was in ruins, and finally everyone was asking WHY?

But we have a choice, this is our time, and it’s still early enough to do something about it. We can start by listening to less of the mainstream media, who have proven time and again over the last years that they are not to be trusted, and more to people like John Whitehead, and others in the Independent media, who have taken on the thankless task of trying to educate people on the unpleasant Truths that we, as adult citizens of the world, need to face if we are going to survive. I know I just said we have time, but as always, time keeps running, and we need to use it…or lose it. I know that no one has asked for my opinion, but if they had asked where I think they should start, I might suggest that the article below is as good a place as any, and better than most. Till next time, stay healthy, happy and safe.

https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/ihre_papiere_bitte_your_papers_please_are_we_being_set_up_for_a_nation

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Proof That Corporations Have No Respect For Law??

A while back, Energy Transfer Partners, the firm that is building the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, the pipeline that has been such an item in the news as the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, and their allies from all over the world, have fought to stop it’s progress, announced that it would take 60 days from the time that it received permission to drill under the Missouri River (the clean drinking water source of over 18 million Americans), to complete their pipeline. They received that permission 19 days ago. Yesterday, February 25th, 2017, ETP announced that they were finished drilling, and that oil would be flowing through their new pipeline in as little as two weeks. This means that they somehow completed the drilling in just 17 days from the day they received permission to drill,  OR,  they began drilling long before they had permission to do so.

It is exactly this type of disregard for the law, this feeling that they, as Multi-National Corporations are above the common man, and the very government the people have elected to serve their countries, that make these entities so dangerous. Now you might argue that they didn’t violate the law, that instead they really did wait for the permissions to be granted, and they just worked REALLY fast. Well maybe they did (I’m sure that’s what they want the legal system of the United States to believe). But if that IS what they did, then like my friend at TYT Politics, Jordan Cheritan points out in his segment where I was alerted to all of this (and to which I provide a link at the bottom of this article), then I hope you remember that not if, but when that pipeline bursts (because it will), then I hope you will remember that the company had no concern about building it correctly, only as fast as possible.

There is also another problem to worry about. Sort of like the old adage of leaping from the frying pan into the fire. This following excerpt from an article entitled “Leader in Oil Spills Buys Dakota Pipeline’s Energy Transfer Co.” in the November 21st, 2016 issue of Telesur explains the problem, and it’s anything but reassuring,

Sunoco’s (the company planning to buy ETP) spill rate shows protesters may have reasons for concern about potential leaks at the Dakota pipeline.

Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. is set to buy its competitor Energy Transfer Partners — under fire over the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline — for about US$20 billion, AP reported Monday. Shares for both companies fell in the afternoon by 8-9 percent.

Sunoco Logistics has been found to spill crude more often than any company, with more than 200 leaks since 2010, according to a Reuters analysis of government data…”

At any rate, there are several lawsuits in progress against both Dakota Access Pipeline, and President Trump at the time of this writing, and for explicit details about those suits, and what they entail, I would refer you to the first of the links below which will take you to the TYT Politics site, where Jordan Cheritan can be viewed talking about the drilling being completed, and the second link, which is Jordan once again at TYT Politics, but this time he is interviewing one of the people bringing suits against both DAPL, and President Trump. The third link is the source for my information on the purchase of Energy Transfer Partners by Sunoco, and is provided only as verification of my facts.

I’m posting this because the people of the Standing Rock Sioux won somewhat of a victory when President Obama finally ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to do an Environmental Impact Study, and when the Corp of Engineers agreed to accept input from the public. To suddenly give the company the go-ahead before either of those things have been completed is not only unlawful by the very laws of the United States (hence the lawsuits that have been initiated), but is morally reprehensible, and should not be seen in a developed country such as the US. This world-wide trend of valuing corporations over people has simply got to be resisted, until it is a thing of the past, and we are a civilized people once again.

Until next time, please stay safe, healthy, and happy.

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Leader-in-Oil-Spills-Buys-Dakota-Pipelines-Energy-Transfer-Co.-20161121-0018.html

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