Federal Powers at the Local Level
Lew Rockwell is a political commentator. At Lew Rockwell’s web site, he outlines how, since 1995, the Federal government has been pushing the militarization of local law enforcement through the Pentagon’s Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO), which is a part of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The problem with this Federal assistance, Rockwell states, is that “Any police agency that receives so much as a particle of federal aid is no longer a local police force. It is, in principle, a federal army of occupation.” Rockwell states that this “principle [was] recognized in the Supreme Court’s 1942 Wickard v. Filburn decision.
With local law enforcement receiving additional Federal assistance after the 9/11 attacks, all local law enforcement became de facto members of a Pentagon-led army. Year after year since 1995, the White House has been expanding Federal powers, eliminating independent local law enforcement, and charging private citizens with the newly create laws – laws which violate civil rights and violates the Bill of Rights. To see the progression, a nice timetable has been listed at TinWiki.org.
In the past year, local law enforcement agencies were given a Federal order to report any suspected terrorists. An outline of how a “suspect” is determined, prior to any crime, was not given. Thus, your city police can now act as part of the Pentagon Gestapo. Under the Patriot Act, you have no rights to an attorney, and should you be whisked away in the dead of night, no one in your family has to be informed of your situation. The Patriot Act cancels Habeas Corpus which guarantees your right to an attorney. Ironically, the Supreme Court restored Habeas Corpus to Guantanamo detainees in June 2008, however the Supreme Court has yet to restore Habeas Corpus to American citizens cornered by the unpatriotic Patriot Act.
Is Hope of Change for Better Ethics Already Lost?
Coincidentally, Obama was endorsed by Jay Rockefeller, who is part of the Rockefeller family legacy. It is no secret that the Rockefeller family believes in manipulation of politics, economics, and even the law itself to obtain the true objective, that of centralized wealth and power.
“Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”
What has become of America? Where are the leaders with conscience and ethics? Is this country doomed? Have we been hoodwinked into believing Obama represents a change in political agenda?