On July 30, 2002, President George W. Bush signed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a post-Enron law “aimed at fraud in corporations,” as summed up in a headline in the New York Times.
The newspaper elaborated:
The bill, an extensive overhaul of corporate fraud, securities and accounting laws, creates a regulatory board with investigative and enforcement powers to oversee the accounting industry and punish corrupt auditors. It also establishes new standards for prosecuting wrongdoing and gives corporate whistle-blowers broad new protections. Executives who deliberately defrauded investors would face long prison terms.
Did you know that this same bill crafted to stop white-collar-crime is being used as a big stick felony charge against January 6 protestors?
I refer to the provision of the law against “obstruction of an official proceeding.” It’s a crime, the DOJ website tells us, which carries “a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, fine of $250,000 or twice the monetary gain or loss of the offense.”
The financial penalty — that fine of $250,000 “or twice the monetary gain or loss of the offense” — really gives it all away. That is, the crime this law is meant to prohibit is inextricably connected to financial activity, not political protest.
This provision already has an infamous and unjust past.
Perhaps its very first application was by mad-dog-prosecutor Andrew Weissman, who was able to convince a jury to convict and thus bankrupt the accounting firm Arthur Andersen for its business-as-usual, internal-policy-perfect destruction of Enron documents in the period before the company ever received a subpoena.
The Supreme Court overruled the lower court verdict, 9-0.
Now the misbegotten provision is being totally and willfully misapplied to political protest.
Indeed, in President Bush’s brief remarks on signing the bill twenty years ago, he singled out this one section of the lengthy law to reassure the American people that it would not be used to infringe on the People’s right to protest.
As Bush put it:
To ensure that no infringement on the constitutional right to petition the Government for redress of grievances occurs in the enforcement of section 1512(c) of title 18 of the U.S. Code, enacted by section 1102 of the Act, which among other things prohibits corruptly influencing any official proceeding, the executive branch shall construe the term “corruptly” in section 1512(c)(2) as requiring proof of a criminal state of mind on the part of the defendant.
It’s well worth remembering that the right to petition the Government for redress of grievance, as attorney Joseph D. McBride explains, was continually exercised across the country for much of the year 2020 during the George Floyds protests which preceded the January 6 protest.
“January 6 did not happen in a vacuum,” McBride recently told the Blaze’s Daniel Horowitz. “In the year or so that preceded January 6, you had all the BLM and Antifa riots all over the United States of America. We saw the burning down of cities, the attacking of police officers. Members of antifa out there in black bloc covered head to toe in full riot gear going at it with police, the looting of stores—you name it, we saw it.”
As reported by Deborah Heine in American Greatness:
McBride posited that the left-wing agitators got a pass in 2020 because of new and expanded definitions of “civil disobedience, and political protest” which allowed government entities to view even violent riots “as grounded in the First Amendment, not criminality.
In the wake of this, he explained, the pro-Trump protesters showed up in Washington, D.C. on January 6 with the impression there was this “new and modern definition of political protest.” Of course, most of the January 6 rioters came nowhere near the levels of violence the nation saw during the George Floyd riots, McBride was careful to point out.
Because of who they were, however, (that is, mainly white, middle-class, patriotic, pro-Trump Americans) they were targeted, persecuted, and not given the constitutional protections the much more violent and destructive left-wing rioters were routinely given, he argued.
“For the first time in U.S. history, the political party in power is hunting down and jailing members of the opposition party for political dissidence, and not only that, they’re torturing them in jail,” McBride said. “This is the stuff of dictatorships.”
It is also the stuff of dictatorships to twist the law, hold show trials, and criminalize the state of mind of the political opposition.
Diana West is an award-winning journalist, a syndicated columnist for 15 years, and the author of The Red Thread: A Search for Ideological Drivers Inside the Anti-Trump Conspiracy (Center for Security Policy Press, 2019), American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character (St. Martin’s Press 2013) and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America’s Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin’s Press 2007). In Fall 2013, West brought out a companion volume to American Betrayal titled The Rebuttal: Defending American Betrayal from the Book-Burners, which includes essays by the late Vladimir Bukovsky and M. Stanton Evans. She blogs at dianawest.net, and makes videos here. Having earned her Twitter suspension, Diana now thinks aloud and uncensored at Gab @realDianaWest.
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Its has the hallmarks and title (clickbait) of the thing one would come across in 2017 from either Notthatbreitbart or rebel media.
“Of course, most of the January 6 rioters came nowhere near the levels of violence the nation saw during the George Floyd riots, McBride was careful to point out.
Because of who they were, however, (that is, mainly white, middle-class, patriotic, pro-Trump Americans) they were targeted, persecuted, and not given the constitutional protections the much more violent and destructive left-wing rioters were routinely given, he argued.
I see OG has gone all in for the extreme right. MAGATS
Just don’t FORGET to execute a proper VOTE this coming November election cycle…
After all YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
The US legislative and judicial system commonly abrogate constitutional rights and have created a substitute administrative state within. A local judge will tell you,as they have told us in fighting against a mask mandate false arrest: “The Constitution does not apply here. It gives us the right to make our own rules. You don’t understand the rules.” In a similar fashion these rats-that-rule write laws they know to be unconstitutional, and use them, as they choose, in circumstances they want to punish disobedience (doing ANYTHING they don’t like or feel threatened by), and twist the plasticity words to fit their needs.
“Left” or “right” here has no relevancy. Redress grievances goes well beyond voting rights, Abolition, Labor Rights, the Haymarket riot, the Palmer Raids, civil rights, Cointelpro, wars and virtually anything, and must be tolerated. That’s why it’s in the Bill of Rights.
There will be no justice in this country until the leader elite ruling class is replaced by 99% egalitarian self-rule and appropriate oversight by same in the implementation and administration of OUR constitutional laws and government administration to remain within the Constitution.
But wouldn’t 99% mass rule have had the same results re mask mandates?
Opposition to the mandates was a minority in the US.
“To ensure that no infringement on the constitutional right to petition the Government for redress of grievances occurs in the enforcement of section 1512(c) of title 18 of the U.S. Code, enacted by section 1102 of the Act, which among other things prohibits corruptly influencing any official proceeding, the executive branch shall construe the term “corruptly” in section 1512(c)(2) as requiring proof of a criminal state of mind on the part of the defendant.”
This paragraph inclusion was an act of treason perpetrated by the executive branch of the United States government. The executive branch (established within the Constitution) has no legal authority to construe definitions of criminal design. These definitions are delegated (by Law) to Judicial proceedings, only.
The congress also violated its responsibilities to review and consult with the Judiciary, prior to allowing vote on this Statutory construct.
The Patriot Act is also an egregious violation of virtually all civil rights, as defined by Amendment within the Bill of Rights.
All three branches of government have been engaged in criminal activity and multiple acts of treason since 1856. (See: The Original Thirteenth Amendment, and subsequent Organic Act of 1871.)
is this the UK/London maritime stuff I read about with those pipeline fights not so long ago? came out war-loans to union from brits? allegedly..
republic ceased to exist at Civil War??
US.gov.uk.HM ??? infiltration of all Yankeedoms(!) by Brits thereafter??
I believe it was 1871 when D.C. incorporated and became a state separate from the US. This was done to bypass the Constitution, and as a means of working with the world central banks to settle Civil War Debts, and take on more debt.
This was the foot in the door to establish the FED.
There are three independent nation states, within states, that represent the power base of the One World Government. Can you name them?
i cannot, my heid is too full, : )
i would guess.. ? norman/franko/german crown? vatican? city of london?
there has to be berlin or siclike in there too? or is that the helvetti?
i don’t know if I even believe all that shit anymore, maybe that was part of the plan too. . . .
and all that is so honkie-centric too?
D.C. is the Military and Information Gathering and Intelligence control vector.
The Vatican is the religious and spiritual control vector.
The center of the financial district in London is an independent nation state controlled by Rothschild. The economic and monetary control vector.
This is why the Vatican flag, the D.C. flag, both have three stars.
buddy, that is total honkie centric. it has merit too in the clownworld?
they certainly try too, and hold a certain sway. i have open eyes.
are you really suggesting DC, London and the Vatican control the entire world?? i get the khazar shtuff, but….??
do we really believe they conquered the entire world? WEF?
they didn’t conquer we/me/us??
hegemoron? that’s them. hah
and myself with all this “other” speak, argh.
we’re still here, seeing them for what they are.
where will the weight reside?
The WEF is just a downstream organization for creating agendas and gaining consent by non-action of the masses.
Klaus Schwab is married to a Rothschild by relation.
We see Rothschild all over the English Crown, and that means all Commonwealth Nations.
D.C. is all about money, and who controls more money than anyone on the planet? Rothschild. They essentially own and control the BIS, and by extension the World Bank and IMF.
The Vatican is the oldest of the three and they control massive wealth themselves in money and knowledge. Vatican has been manipulating the world since inception.
Climate Change is just a euphemism for the elites to communicate that the masses are beginning to wake up to their machinations and the rope is close behind. So they better do something to cull the herd. Satanists one and all.
agreed, no issue, but heads up,
fuck them all,
there exists an entirely non-western world out there
even in the “west”.
i don’t like the associations entirely.. but..
is apt. if i was any indigene.
stop seeing thru honkie eyes only,
my main redhaze-head with yourself is the total “white”-mentality…
do you really think the world never existed, or still does not exist a MILLION-fold before and beyond all our wee blanched villes and their legacies…?
ye , are aff yer heid if so, and a massive part of the reason non-whites, hate whites. Empire won nothing other than bloody vulgar profit, graves and eternal resentment…
are we going to dis the Hittites over the Romulans (lol) and Remusans, lol, do we still believe any of this ?? ;? did india ever exist, were the “chinese” throwing spears at “us” when we were firing muskets? did the turks not bring europa to its knees… jings who ever heard of Chingiz…; )
the world, whatever it is, has always been a bigger place than europa.. that seems a small, dark, overcrowded space, vomiting its abused peasants/proles forth.. in the name of “progress” on every other continent…
what I mean is: who the fek are honkies to dictate the world cultures/history (ha) on anything?
justified and ancient,…?
far-eastern/northern world? MIDDLE EASTERN WORLD? STEPPE PEOPLES? non honky? lol do they not count?
new zion? rome dc london… eh… a bigger pond surely exists?
i’ll take the silk road
Suggesting that the problems in the world are “white” only, or primarily, is intellectually dishonest and divisive.
South Africa, and the behavior of many all black governments in Africa, or the government of india, or the governments in Asia, are factual proof, and evidence, that tyranny, and corruption, are not racially exclusive.
Racial hatred isn’t a solution.
A solution is something like parallel economies and systems.
aye, you twist the point,
you chose that perspective with your myopia.
i pointed that out.. now you call me racist…
FUCK OFF. you are a fool or a paid fool.
i am not failing to note that nutters abound, always, forever, everywhere.
just that you insist a certain “triangle”+ of nutters define this world.
puleez, am i so misunderstood….
lol hence i am here? OG?
Hello Thomas Frey: I’ve read your many responses to this thread and am impressed. You seem to have an excellent grasp of the situation, both historical and present. Thank you for your contributions to a much-needed education…
Correction, Vatican Flag has Three Crowns, not three stars.
D.C. Flag has three stars.
The Rothschild Coat of Arms and Shield reveal their own secrets.
? i was just saying amigo.
do you really believe the core-event of the earth (?) lies between rome, london and DC? or just the evil facade of “order”
did your ancestors recently come out of the Baltic ; ) ?
what is duplicate? double posting? reinforcing?
Duplicate as in I didn’t see my previous post until the page refreshed.
It is called Order out of Chaos. I call them Stantists because they are evil. We are in a spiritual war for the human soul.
This war is also an opportunity to reveal what is behind the veil.
My mother is Swedish, so yeah, I guess my ancestors did come from the Baltic. The Viking Warrior class, I think. Something that is mostly dead in the Sweden of today.
“viking warrior class”… lol
the baltic is a satanic lake that you eejits bathe in.
make sure you sign up for Kraken.
Yes. The Organic Act of 1871 entrenched the corporatocracy of world banks and set the stage for all debtor nations under the aegis of centralized banking. IE: The Rothschild – Shiff – Warburg crime syndicates. >
ROTHSCHILD PYRAMID & HOW IT CONTROLS THE WORLD’S FINANCIAL SYSTEM
Rothschild Pyramid & How it Controls the World’s Financial System – American Digital News
Every US war since the “civil” war, has been overseen by a criminal element which named itself “The American Bar Association”. The term “esquire” designates a person of royal blood or relation. The Original Thirteenth Amendment prohibited persons of this class from serving within public office.
The rest is a very tainted history…
Hello rubberheid: Your feigned lack of education is apparent in your replies to Mr. Frey. I’m not buying it…
things got wrongly-directed on my part. too late too much.. angst.
I quite enjoyed Thomas’ post but got carried away in my mood.
You not buying what? i do not know much about the crown control over usa, that was genuine, read an article, as said, and was made aware.. yep.
so, it is all that piracy? why not just say so.
the baltic is still dark, and a maritime domain lol, that’s another story beyond mere education..
so, feigned lack of education (!?) is apparent to what, whom? i feign nothing. you misunderstand irreverence for a lack of, . . . something?
maybe its cultural ; )
Hello rubberheid: I could send links to plenty of information. You seem to have some knowledge of how the Maritime system works. Yes. It is piracy of all persons and collateral properties. This video is just one aspect. >
The Top of the Pyramid: The Rothschild the, Vatican and the British Crown Rule the World – 2017 – YouTube
Published on Apr 18, 2017
This link is to a rather long document. The Crown controls all Social Security funding throughout all commonwealth Nations. Read it carefully…
Supplement No. 99 [June 2012] 10.8221
1984 No. 1817
The Social Security (United States of America)
Given, the USA knows a thing about coups (WilliamBlum.org), turning up for a ‘coup’ without any weapons seems a bit un-American.
One wonders also if Ray Epps will be the Reps presedential candidate for the 2024. He’ll win hands down, cause the Dems seem to believe he’s untouchable.
If what I saw in some of the videos of the Capitol incursion is rioting…then what the hell would you call Black Friday Walmart shopping? A full scale revolution?
Part of the new Proud Girls movement..?
Look, all these articles and discussions are still predicated on the ridiculous assumption that the USA is the last bastion of freedom, fairness and democracy.
It never has been and is not currently.
For most of its life it has embraced racism. For all of its life its political officials have been corruptible by monopolist rentiers.
For 50 years, the two major political parties have ceased to represent the people, taking bungs routinely to serve the interests of oligarchs, corporations and tax dodgers.
There’s absolutely nothing surprising going on here. It’s just the typical characteristics of the USA painted with a slightly new brush.
You clearly have one opponent, Rhys – like any of us here with a brain – but you speak the indelible truth.
Correction: two opponents…
As an American, thank you.
In 2003, people who called themselves “patriots” yelled at me for protesting the illegal actions of my (and their) government, the invasion of Iraq. When those illegal actions were pointed out to them, they’d yell back “my country right or wrong.”
I often hear people refer to themselves today as patriots, but I cannot help remember my own past experience. I can’t figure out what these self-proclaimed patriots are proud of. Proud of your country? Well, it is not a dumb question to ask what does “country” mean? Does it is simply mean its natural beauty, or its history and political institutions? (What history/politics do they embrace, what history/politics do they ignore?)
If being a patriot means my country right or wrong, then I don’t know what they are complaining about now.
The huge global 2003 antiwar movement was quite a phenomenon. I now wonder if it was genuine. It was ignored and treated with contempt by war criminals like Dubya and Bliar. It may have been an exercise in making it known to the people that dissent was useless. In any case the “leftists” that controlled those demonstrations are now muzzled and support government offensives and have completely abandoned antiwar activity.
I was part of that movement. It felt like the Democrats turned it on, then turned it off. I learned a lesson when the antiwar movement “ended” when Obama ran for office – in 2007.
Yes, it is. But with regard to this:
See this point of view:
Ask them what they think of freedom, justice and democracy in the United States and the Western world in general, those who come from China, India, Africa, Latin and South America, the Arab world, and the former Eastern socialist bloc, for example. For them, what objectively is and now still more antithetical to freedom, democracy and justice is a paradise compared to those opportunities in their home countries for self-expression; personal prosperity that fairly reflects the efforts they have made; existence within the law, just judgment; and so on, opportunities that they did not have in their home countries.
I am not aware and have not paid attention, but I can assume that many of these people are now among the most inspired advocates of the observance of the new (even more) anti-democratic order, with their personal motive to defend this more democratic, free and just, for the lack of which in their homelands they fled to the West. It’s funny, it’s freedom-slavery, but they come from worse (at least in many ways).
So they would do even more, for fear of losing their status, to defending the illusion imposed by the authorities that if you observe the current order, the old will come back eventually (respectively: if you do not observe, it will not come back, but it will get worse)
This, of course – which has been clear for a long time – can explain much of the meaning of hard-pressed “racial justice” and “equal opportunities”, which we can see increasingly realized in “science” and academia, the education system, high/important business and management positions, and elsewhere.
In a more forward-looking way, it a man wouldn’t be too strange if one thought back in history to that man “an Austrian-Japanese politician, philosopher and Count of Coudenhove-Kalergi”.
“A pioneer of European integration, he served as the founding president of the Paneuropean Union for 49 years.”
“He had already left the Viennese Masonic Lodge in 1926 to avoid the criticism that had occurred at that time against the relationship between the Pan-European movement and Freemasonry. He wrote about his Masonic membership in Ein Leben für Europa (A Life for Europe) published in 1966. In fact, its Nazi propaganda book also described his action in 1924–1925 only. However, this propaganda also stated that “The Grand Lodge of Wien went enthusiastically to work for the Pan European Union in a call to all Masonic chief authorities. Even the Masonic newspaper The Beacon enthused about the thoughts of the higher degree Freemason Coudenhove-Kalergi, and stated in March 1925: “Freemasonry, especially Austrian Freemasonry, may be eminently satisfied to have Coudenhove-Kalergi among its members. Austrian Freemasonry can rightly report that Brother Coudenhove-Kalergi fights for his Pan European beliefs: political honesty, social insight, the struggle against lies, striving for the recognition and cooperation of all those of good will. In this higher sense, Brother Coudenhove-Kalergi’s program is a Masonic work of the highest order, and to be able to work on it together is a lofty task for all brother Masons.”
“In his 1925 book Practical Idealism, Coudenhove-Kalergi envisioned an all-encompassing race of the future made up of “Eurasian-Negroids”, replacing “the diversity of peoples” and “today’s races and classes” with a “diversity of individuals”
But this thought has to be very short, because…
“The Kalergi Plan (Italian: Piano Kalergi), sometimes called the Coudenhove-Kalergi Conspiracy, is a far-right, antisemitic, white genocide conspiracy theory, which claims that Austrian-Japanese politician Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi concocted a plot to mix white Europeans with other races via immigration.
The conspiracy theory stems from a section of Kalergi’s book Praktischer Idealismus, in which he predicted that a mixed race of the future would arise: “The man of the future will be of mixed race. Today’s races and classes will gradually disappear owing to the vanishing of space, time, and prejudice. The Eurasian-Negroid race of the future, similar in its appearance to the Ancient Egyptians, will replace the diversity of peoples with a diversity of individuals.” Modern far-right individuals seek to draw relationships between contemporary European policy-making and this quote.”
The truth, beyond malicious conspiracy theories, is that he had a humane and bright ideal for the future of the Western world.
This creation of a new Europe, a Pan-Europe, based on new ideals of social democracy rather than feudal aristocracy and a new European identity deprived of its ethnic characteristics, would be overseen, according to Kalergi, by a “social aristocracy of the spirit”. He claims that the traits — “[s]trength of character combined with sharpness of spirit” — that are required for the spiritual aristocratic leadership of Europe can be found in the Jewish people alone. These traits, peculiar to the Jewish as a people, “predestine” them “to be leaders of urban humanity, the protagonists of capitalism as well as the revolution.” But it is “the Jewish Socialist leaders” who “want to redeem us with the highest self-denial from the original sin of capitalism, free people from injustice, violence and serfdom and change the liberated world into an earthly paradise”
// archive.org/details/theoriesofeurope00benr ,21-22;
archive.org/details/Coudenhove-Kalergi-Praktischer-Idealismus/mode/2up, 27-28, Chapter 5, titled ‘Pagan and Christian mentality’
Wise words of a wise man with a far-sighted vision for Europe. It is no coincidence that he was a desirable interlocutor among the highest circles and highly regarded by the most prominent persons, such as Baron Louis Nathaniel de Rothschild, with whom he was a personal friend, and who in 1924. introduced Kalergi to the banker Max Warburg, who introduced him to his equally prominent brothers, the bankers Paul and Felix Warburg, who introduced him to the American financier and durzhavnik Bernard Baruch. Among all his other acquaintances.
Also, I agree that American democracy is a delusion, and not recently.
Whenever the corporate Hydra appears to stumble, an army of suited psychos comes to its aid.
Heh, heh… Handy indeed.
Believe it or not Diana West is an award-winning journalist, which isnt hard in 2022.
this part is brilliant,
“For the first time in U.S. history, LOL the political party in power is hunting down and jailing members of the opposition party for political dissidence, and not only that, they’re torturing them in jail,” McBride said. “This is the stuff of dictatorships.”
I don’t think what happned on January 5th. was “petitioning for redress of greivances”. It was part of a coordinated campaign to obstruct the mechanisms of the Constitution in order to prevent the transfer of power from a party that lost an election to the party that won it. The ensuing witch hunt is merely an attempt to find out just how deep the rabbit hole went.
The fact that the people involved claim that one political party is “hunting down and jailing members of the opposition party for politicial dissidence” is specious. Its also a bit rich given the chorus of “Lock her up” at 2016 campaign rallies and other venues.
That’s horseshit, pretty much in its entirety.
The fall of the house of Usher….
“… and the deep and dank tarn closed sullenly and silently over the fragments of the ‘House of Usher'”.
Hillary Clinton is and was then a war criminal. She should be locked up.
However, the crucial point is, she wasn’t even tried let alone locked up.
Allowing for the entire brouhaha being staged to give the public the illusion of a real representative government where the elected actually call the shots, it’s still a stretch to conclude that the tepid congregation which was let into the Capitol had the remotest chance of preventing “the transfer of power.”
Again allowing for stagecraft, what the “rioters” attempted was to ask/make/beg Congress to allow a recount of the mailed in votes. Doesn’t that goal qualify as a “redress of grievances?”
So you mean to tell us that in one of THE most surveilled and protected spots in this country, Jan 6 qualifies as a real attempt to obstruct the mechanisms of the Constitution? Funny, I did not watch much footage of it, but I didn’t see weapons or much real violence at all. That’s not much of a coup, is it? As Howard reminds us below, those protestors were LET IN to the Capitol buildings by cops supposedly there to stop just this type of situation.
As for Hillary Clinton, while “Lock her up” may have been obnoxious, there are certainly plenty of reasons to call for that, although it is quite obvious to anyone with one brain cell who’s paying any attention at all that would never, ever happen. All our politicians are criminal and many of them need to be locked up. For those who still refuse to see that in the good old USA, I’m sorry but those of us who know better cannot help anyone who still thinks they aren’t ALL criminals.
As for a coordinated campaign, I think you’re correct there, but not in the way you mean it. It was coordinated, it was organized on Fuckbook for God’s sake. How on earth would the NSA et al be “unaware” that was going to happen? It was spectacle, a pseudo-event, if you will, to keep the divide and conquer going as well as to attempt to portray the US as a real democracy, where redress is still possible. It isn’t. And if it was, removing a bunch of corrupt politicians who sold their souls to the highest bidder long ago is hardly redress in any real sense. It would not change one damned thing since they’re all puppets on a string for the real owners – those who print and control the money. Those who are really in control don’t play party politics and they will never allow true redress of citizen grievances against any government they control, and they control them all.
I think the NSA didn’t know what was happening for the same reason that the FBI screwed up over 9/11. They just were not looking in the right direction. This is typical of all organizations of that type, they’re always prepared for the last war.
As for our politicians we’ve always prided ourselves in the US as having the best government money can buy. Of course its the catspaw of special interests, the well heeled and the well connected. That should not be a reason not to get involved, though.
USHER is a spook name.
Now fuck off, like a good spook
Please cut the crap. I’m not a Spook of any stripe (although I’m open to offers….) My handle is my real name — unlike most Internet users being an old pro in this business so I know that handles do not hide your identity.
I don’t claim to know everything or have all the answers but I have been around long enough to have seen it all before.