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Anarchy 101: Time to Begin Ignoring Law?

Food for thought on our national military/legal industrial complex...

Anarchy

(SALEM, Ore.) - We have tried and failed as a nation. The voice of the American people has been reduced to the point of ridiculous exasperation. Support for the murderous politics of Israel, two poorly selected wars based on false flag information, stolen presidencies; laws designed to purely favor the insurance and pharmaceutical industries; endless greed- these things take their toll.

Iraqi boy at Balad by Tim King.

It is terrible when we start envisioning the end, purely out of spite, because we are so frustrated and terribly aware of our mistakes and question whether we actually deserve to go on. This has been in place for many of us since the invasion of Iraq in the most recent Bush war.

I've been to Iraq, and Afghanistan, and I can tell you clearly that nothing has been gained as a result of our military occupation there. The conflicts represent massive scale death and little else. The spirit of the tired American military is no match for these people, particularly in Afghanistan.

Talk about tough as nails; in certain Middle east countries people only know war and determination, and it is mostly thanks to western policy. On the other hand, most American soldiers don't even know why they are in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. They have been lied to and manipulated, but the military is a solid paycheck in an unstable economy so financially pillaged by the rich, and thanks to advertising, and Bush era rules that allow recruiters in high schools, it goes on signing fresh faces. It is a cruel, sad repetitive game.

Police state at home

As the military is killed and injured in a goalless Middle east war, the "boys in blue" are here to keep the civilian population in line, and most cops in this day and age are operating outside of the bounds of the law at least to some degree, on a daily basis. Considering how underpaid and heavily challenged as the military is, the police in America are living at the opposite end of the spectrum; huge benefit and retirement packages, great pay, union protection, etc. I challenge any cop out there to say otherwise.

And the worst thing, is that they are encouraged to only be true to each other, the same way a certain political group was instructed by its vaunted movie actor leader back in the 80's, to never speak out against or criticize another... Republican[1].

The notion that we need millions of city, county and state police on our roads hassling, fining and arresting, is equally ridiculous; a real American tragedy for millions. The news today that the nation's top law official; Attorney General Eric Holder, will maintain draconian laws against the simple plant marijuana, might as well serve as the final reminder that the current model is a total failure.

Of course the other news today, that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer in Oregon was arrested on charges of possessing heroin near a school, really takes the cake. It defines the measurable integrity of the people who comprise the law enforcement side of the federal government as well as anything[2] .

Cops versus Americans

The over structuring of law accomplishes one goal; that is to lock more Americans up in prison. This is a problem that affects the working class, particularly people of color.

A slave owner established nation, the United States always did operate with racism as an established program. But the idea that we're still wrestling with it in 2010 is astounding, and believe me it is the case, particularly here in Oregon which have mostly stayed off the national radar in this regard.

In places like Arizona, the philosophy is on the rise.

Cops as janitors

Police in Yamagata, Japan.

U.S. Marines are known as the most accomplished killers in the world, and they know how to scrub the decks.

Police in America are highly paid and heavily protected and pampered. They kill like Marines, but they don't scrub toilets in their off hours; I suggest that and far more. Other countries understand.

In April 2009, Ampontan - Japan from the inside out, published an article about a group of 19 police officers in Yonezawa, Yamagata, who brightened up the public toilets at the Matsugasaki Park on the banks of the Matsu River. They began the practice the year before, "to inculcate a sense of public service and to 'clean their spirit' (literally, polish their hearts)." [3]

If so many American officers were not on the road in their super expensive taxpayer funded big V8 cars, guzzling petrol and being paid more than almost anyone else, with endless benefits, all paid for by the taxpayer; they wouldn't need the revenue that is derived from writing traffic tickets.

The bottom line is that cops should be a responsive, reactionary group; they should not anticipate crime, but they do.

This is why your rights continue to fly out the window in America.

Perhaps it is possible to elect responsible leaders who will enact new programs that can make a real difference, though I suspect it is too late for that. No Utopian visions of America are likely to manifest. The nation struggles financially while maintaining military bases in all African nations except one, that is almost sixty countries. There is plenty of money in America, but the top 2% of the population absorbs 98% of the nation's wealth. Many believe it is time to end the charade and enact redistribution programs without government involvement. In case you forgot, Robin Hood was a hero.

A grateful nation?

Veterans are increasingly learning the reality of their existence. The government doesn't care, the Veterans Administration constantly fights its responsibility to those it serves, and most politicians don't care.

But even worse, the government doesn't stand behind the health issues it inflicts on those who serve. This ranges from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) prevalent in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), other combat related issues, and also includes the ungodly amounts of toxic contamination present at U.S. military bases all over the globe, and sometimes in our own backyards.

Every form of relief that a veteran ever sees represents a hard won battle; there are no rewards even for those who offer themselves fully in service of their country. Once a person signs their name on the dotted line, the fight begins and sometimes never ends.

American gift to Vietnam: Agent Orange

So why bother? I would like to see a campaign that raises awareness of young people considering service. We need activists passing out information every day at every military recruiting station in America. We need them in our schools.

These activists need to pass out photos of slaughtered Iraqi children, eradicated villages in Afghanistan, widows crying at their lost loved one's graveside, soldiers with their limbs blown off, Marine male breast cancer survivors at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The list is long, almost endless.

They should pass out stories about combat veterans battling to "prove" their injuries with the VA. They should distribute material about what police do to combat veterans who come home from war suffering from PTSD.

Perhaps also, they should show young people photos of Vietnam Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange, and the babies in Vietnam born with two heads thanks to our integrity and ingenuity. The endless birth defects now taking place in several nations, all have a red, white and blue signature.

Drug Dealer Uncle Sam

Look around and see what is taking place, examine the inner turmoil that defines American culture. When it comes to our 'drug problem', which has nothing to do with pot, blame the United States government itself for ruining this nation. One of the worst aspects of U.S. history is the government's supplying of deadly white drugs to our streets.

That's right; the Iran-Contra connection. Right wing Republican funding efforts for a clandestine war against poor people Thank the movie actor Ronald Reagan for it. The same year Nancy R. launched 'The Drug War' - undocumented aircraft began delivering cocaine from Nicaragua, 'dope' traded for U.S. weapons, sold on America's streets, in order to suppress the popular uprising of the Sandinistas.

So when Holder and his array of American cops arrest people for marijuana use, it is the worst hypocrisy they could deliver. It's a damned plant the God put on this earth. Trust me, this government is as dishonest and corrupt as any that has ever existed.

Stop Snitchin'

Movements are underway in the United States, particularly in inner urban areas, to remove police from the mix by simply refusing all contact and services.

Whosarat.com claimed in May 2007, that it has identified 4,300 informants and 400 undercover agents since 2004. Surely the number has grown significantly since then. While police in the U.S. like to offer rewards for those who "rat out" drug users, we have to admit that it is a practice uncomfortably close to Hitler's protocol in the 1930's in Germany. He had children turning their parents in for befriending Jews. Today the D.A.R.E. program encourages kids to snitch on their parents.

When police snatch kids out of a functioning home over drug use allegations, they don't just break up an American family, they set the kids up for harm and abuse in the unregulated and shoddily executed foster care system.

Then the courts levy fines, forcing people to enter treatment programs operated by for profit agencies, that are often owned by the judges who send people there.

The 'suspects' are almost always financially challenged, so it leads to disastrous realities.

The government is far too incompetent to effectively carry out such practices. Interestingly, the educated mother of Malcolm X- had her children seized by state officials. You want to build animosity in Americans, just keep these practices in place.

Accomplishments and goals

The Internet is today's police. It allows the crimes of law enforcement officials to be aired in front of massive audiences. It has the potential to unite people at a new level that dismisses the law and sets real morality into place. Today's police by and large have absolutely nothing to do with morality.

All I can say is that we are constantly emerged in the wrongdoings of today's American society. Salem-News.com views people of all backgrounds, regardless of who they are, their affiliations, or what religion they are, as the same. We center on the most unfortunate and deprived.

Salem-News.com has reported honestly and positively about the progress of medical marijuana for years, working with the legendary doctor who helped establish the law over a decade ago; the honorable Phillip Leveque.

We have written numerous articles about the intense and well known levels of corruption in Oregon's law enforcement, judicial and corrections communities. The prisons here are rampant with illegal activity, and it is the law enforcement officials who are behind it. We will continue to report about this until the federal government does something about it[4].

We advocate for veterans of all nations, knowing that those who have experienced the military and war are advanced individuals in their own rite; with far more general knowledge about life and death than the average civilian. Salem-News.com has numerous military veteran writers and they are the most capable and qualified people for this role, particularly when the nation is at war.

We are against police taser use and believe that each time a cop uses one, they need to undergo the exact scrutiny that they do when they shoot somebody. Tasers are lethal; I blame no one who evades or flees police, since they have shown us that they will continue to employ these weapons that are allegedly "less than lethal" by nature, in deadly ways.

We busted the conversion of the toxic El Toro Marine base in California; slated to become a park and housing community in spite of its lethal tendencies toward half a century of Marines. This ongoing wrestling match between Marine veteran/journalists of good will and a small number of politicians, against the city of Irvine, California, continues to rage. Our Environmental Reporter in Laguna Beach, Roger Butow, is simply smarter and more connected than the powers to be, and that fight; to keep Irvine from putting homes and a park on a contaminated deadly piece of ground, will only end with our victory.

The one subject that possibly receives the most 'ink' around here, is Israel's occupation of Palestine. The fact that Americans are squarely behind the genocide of an entire culture, both spiritually and financially, is the last chapter in the temporary lifespan of a place called the U.S.A.

The clock is ticking, this is a nation founded on the concept of a government by and for the people. We do not have that. It is time for people to figure it out and to take bold, positive positions.

There is nothing to fear but fear itself.

References:

[1] Do Republican Politicians Have a Gang-Like Mentality? - Political Perspective by Tim King Salem-News.com

[2] MPP Says Attorney General Holder is Wrong to Oppose California's Marijuana Initiative - Salem-News.com

[3] Ampontan - Japan from the inside out

[4] Exposé: Skeletons Falling Out of the Closet of Oregon Corrections - Tim King Salem-News.com

Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer

Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.

Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Tim has several years of experience in network affiliate news TV stations, having worked as a reporter and photographer at NBC, ABC and FOX stations in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. As News Editor, Tim among other things, is responsible for publishing the original content of 65 Salem-News.com writers. He reminds viewers that emails are easily missed and urges those trying to reach him, to please send a second email if the first goes unanswered. You can send Tim an email at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com




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Soothsayer October 18, 2010 6:22 pm (Pacific time)

You doomsayers realize how long "Chicken Little" has been saying the same things you are? Get focused and vote for conservatives, for the sooner they gain full power, the better for all of us on the entire planet. So goes us, goes the rest of the world, especially Canada.


Vinnie the Weasel October 18, 2010 9:17 am (Pacific time)

"I've been to Iraq and Afghanistan and I can tell you clearly that nothing has been gained as a result of our military occupation there." U R Wrong Tim, there is mucho gain. Haliburton is now worth tens of billions as opposed to only hundreds of millions. Drug companies have hired plenty of family members and friends of the politicians who support the research costing thousands more than it is worth. Vegas would go broke w/o bribes camouflaged as hard earned vactions. Lawyers could no longer drive Porsches or hide their mistresses in lavish condos from the mega bucks made defending the guilty and getting them off scott free. What's up Tim? U R so out of touch. Get with it Bro. Start slapping these crooks on the back. Quit exposing their lies and false innuendo. Cease being the guy who believes in the Constitutional Rights of all the people. Know what I dislike about and your news? You try to be fair, honest and just all the time. This is not Kyrpton it is America. And you'd better start acting like it. All it takes is one phone call and you'll be swimming with the fishes. Bada Bing Bada Boom. Capiche?


xexon October 18, 2010 6:57 am (Pacific time)

Fact facts. We were all brought up to have an image of the United States it just didn't deserve. While all the flag waving and prayer services went on, nobody noticed the back door had been left open. We are a colony still. A farm actually. American opinion is worth it's weight in gold on the international market. It has allowed for atrocities to be done in our good name and the result of which is we now have terrorists on our home soil. When you vote at the federal level, all you're doing in participating is a puppetshow. You don't control this country, as no president of the past 100 years has ever told Washington what to do. Our military is now in service to private agendas rather than we the people. I'd be worried about that if I were you. Here's a list of what to watch for in regards to creeping fascism. I actually met the author of this a few years ago online. See how many you can pick out: http://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/fasci14chars.html x


Mr. Carl Strecker October 17, 2010 6:53 pm (Pacific time)

DJ I have no idea what you are talking about,

Okay, whoever you are, we'll leave it at that... DJ

 


Carl Strecker October 17, 2010 1:12 pm (Pacific time)

I am not the other Carl, I always use my full name Carl Strecker. Hopefully the below poster asking Carl to leave was not addressing me. I sure earned my rights to live in America compared to some others.-

And you also use the names Roger, Tooth Fairy, Mike, Anonymous, David Blum, Ben, Oscar...I'm getting tired of typing. DJ


M. Dennis Paul, Ph.D. October 17, 2010 1:14 am (Pacific time)

I believe that Tim could write a rather large book outlining the decline of humanity, reason, compassion and justice in the US. This brief article scratches the surface. I also believe that the reason Tim speaks out about this decline is his sense of justice, his compassion, ability to reason and overall humanity. To me, that makes him a genuine "Patriot" as opposed to the "Love it or leave it" pinheads using fake names or "anony-mouse" to spout their tired cliches about "freedom".


Leave Carl October 16, 2010 9:48 pm (Pacific time)

Why don't you leave Carl, I love this country as we can argue and fight for change, It is extremest such as yourself that want to outlaw dissent. I will not leave I will fight for it and you spineless "do as you're told" losers can move to China they are far closer to the Nation you seek


Wally Carsoni Jr. October 16, 2010 7:00 pm (Pacific time)

Rachel Corrie died under a pile of debris in an area clearly marked to keep out by the military because of cave-in danger. This has been verified by our state department and all major news agencies. To compare the two American drillers who saved the miners with your Israeli bs is so typical of those who cannot debate, or give credit to some real heroes. In time you will come under the Patriot Act and then we'll see how you talk to those 12 jurors that decide your fate. You no doubt are very passionate, but you have no idea what's going on. Maybe that could be a defense? All of your so-called unpaid writers are so far to the left they have their noses up their asses. You have your freedom because of people you have zero in common with. You are an American hater and may you soon harvest the hate you have planted.

Tim King: Rachel Corrie was a thousand times the person you have probably ever been.  For those reading this, you are reading a comment from a person who uses multiple names, both male and female, in launching verbal attacks against us.  I publish it for the entertainment value. 

To address the comment: First, you don't even have a right to state your propaganda here, and next time I will flush your comment down the toile.  The whole thing is simple; Israel is a state run by religious extremists, and it doesn't matter if they are Christian, Muslim or Jewish; people who use religion to gain personal benefits are wrong, in any society, or time in history.  There are many good people in Israel, sadly they are mostly silenced.  They know that the Zionist ambitions to rid Israel of Palestinians is evil.  Evil defines any society that has genocidal ambitions.  David has become Goliath.  As for your suggestion that I am someday 'charged' for free speech is about what I expect.  Israel greets free speech and humanitarian activism with live bullets.  You represent one of the most cowardly, cruel, polito-religious regimes in the history of the world.  Look forward to it all changing in the future and look forward to my reports about it, because I will be standing there..  


Carl Strecker October 16, 2010 3:04 pm (Pacific time)

In 1776, when America announced its independence as a nation, it was composed of thirteen colonies surrounded by hostile powers.
Today, the United States is a country of fifty states covering a vast continent. Its military forces are the most powerful in the world. Its economy produces almost a quarter of the world's wealth. The American people are among the most hard-working, church-going, affluent, and generous in the world. Our founding was the culmination of 4,500 years of Judeo-Christian, Greco-Roman, Anglo-American civilization. At the time of this founding slavery existed throughout the world, we were the first nation to take steps to stop it. Unfortunately slavery still exists in other parts of the world, and in these locations of oppressed people, you will hear them berate America as a horrible country as they take our foreign aid that pays for their leaders mansions in places like Switzerland. We also have our own domestic detractors, maybe they should start trying to help develop solutions to the problems they see rather than point fingers. Usually there is considerable ignorance and lack of "meaningful experience" behind those finger pointers. Many nations have very little meaning and purpose that they can point to as a common national characteristic and generally have a good deal of discord and disharmony rather than unity. The high murder rates in Mexico is an excellent example. As an "exceptional nation" we will always overcome our problems, and that just irks the hell out of our detractors. Too bad. We are the greatest nation and always will be because of our form of government allows for the individual pursuit of life, liberty and happiness, and that is exactly why we always prevail over any problems we encounter. Our neighbor to the south is imploding and our neighbor to the north is starting a death spiral from out of control pollution and one of the highest energy per capita consumptions on the planet. We in time will help them, that's what Americans do. When the next major world catastrophe happens we will be there. Also the recent recovery of the miners in Chile, it was good old American know how that drilled that escape shaft. As they said in my time, love it or leave it. None of you will because you know there is not a better place to live.

Tim King: OK Carl, first, a substantial number of our writers at Salem-News.com are expats or are from other nations, so the love it or leave it line stops short of being effective in this event.  Next, and I don't mean to be insulting, but it is well established history that England banned slavery decades before the US did.  Hell, it only took the USA experiencing the Civil War and losing millions of people to accomplish it.  I would not call that a nice natural progression into non-slavery.  Also, France never did have slaves in the same context; they were years ahead of even England in this event.  You want to talk about Murder in Mexico, well why is that happening again?  Oh yeah, U.S. drug laws guarantee that business, don't they?  Followed of course by the wonderful American consumer.  Yes, it doesn't all come from Nicaragua anymore.  It is true that Americans respond to catastrophe, but it is generally not the government.  The churches and groups like the Red Cross (actually very international in nature) do amazing things, they convey the good spirit of America, but again you and I aren't paying for these efforts with our tax dollars.  Those are used to kill, not save.  And you want Americans to have credit for the amazing accomplishments and dedication of the people in Chile?  OK, the U.S. had a role in that, the same way that almost all of Israel's killing of Arab people is accomplished with U.S. weapons.  Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli Cat operator, no pride there.  At any rate, I think the point is that we're tired of the lies and people aren't going to leave, but perhaps they will take the morons and toss them out.  I wish you were right Carl, but I think you have misplaced faith.  Nothing wrong with being positive, but pride is sometimes a poor virtue and we have to be honest.  


Anonymous October 16, 2010 1:29 pm (Pacific time)

I read the article. It took some time to finally get through it. I'm on pain medication. Regarding the birth defects in Vietnam that you said was caused by Orange, how does Vietnam stack up with the rest of the world statistically on birth defects? I saw one poster state our nation is nearly ungovernable. What evidence exists for that statement? I'm from Oregon and that's what one of our candidates for governor said years ago after he left office as a two-term governor. And he runs for that position again! Ironic.

Editor: Thanks for writing, I think the frustration is the dominating factor.  Insanity is described in some circles as repeating the same action and expecting different results.  I see a large degree of insanity in this nation.  As for the Kitz man, I can't explain, I only wish he was more dialed in with the attitude of local voters, particularly on the medical marijuana issue.  Regarding Agent Orange defects in Vietnam, please check this story from our writer Chuck Palazzo IN Da Nang: Victims of Victims  


Anonymous October 16, 2010 1:07 pm (Pacific time)

I suppose if the U.S. just went along with the tyranny, and said nothing, like canadians do, then we would not have as much of a problem with government. Seems as tho, even with all the propaganda and brainwashing, they have still not beat the American spirit, and the American Spirit is waking up. Canadians never had this type of spirit, so they are left alone. Proof in the pudding; lets see what happens when our government tries to take away our 2nd ammendment. We wont bow down like the canadians did.

We Canadians weren't born in violence and worshiping guns.

This from the Canadian Encyclopedia: "Peace, order and good government" is the introductory phrase of section 91 of the CONSTITUTION ACT, 1867, generally stating the scope of the legislative jurisdiction of Parliament. In the eyes of some of the FATHERS OF CONFEDERATION, this clause was a general power enabling Parliament to enact laws on matters not specifically conferred upon the provinces, ie, on "residuary" matters. When examining a particular law to ascertain which legislature had jurisdiction, it became necessary to review the 2 lists of enumerated powers, including the provincial power to legislate in the matters of "property and civil rights in the province." In the 1920s the power of this provision was emasculated by Lord Haldane's interpretation of it as an "emergency" power, an interpretation rejected by Lord Simon in the 1946 Prohibition case. The Supreme Court of Canada has, since 1949, done much to revive the clause, particularly through such references as the ANTI-INFLATION ACT REFERENCE. 

You have the guns, but peace, order and good government are missing ingredients in modern America. DJ 


Amanda October 16, 2010 2:47 am (Pacific time)

Anyone who ignores the truth, is a fool, or blended by politics as usual. What was once the strength of our Constitutional foundation, has indeed been chipped away
by imperialism, greed, and
ignorance, for all the world to see. We have descended to a
third world status, if one cares to look behind the digy fassade. Tim, you could not have said it better.


Roger von Bütow October 16, 2010 10:02 am (Pacific time)

“A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth.” Albert Einstein


Douglas Benson October 16, 2010 8:53 am (Pacific time)

I WILL NOT OBEY ! When they put me in the ground they can tell me what to do ,untill then I will ignore thier LAW and do as I please . I was never an activist untill they put me in prison.I will use every means at my disposal to fight legally and god help them if they ever tread on me again. No justice no peace.


Daniel Johnson October 16, 2010 8:48 am (Pacific time)

I hate to say it, but it looks like the U.S. is approaching or has already arrived at the condition of a Failed State, basically ungovernable.


Anonymous October 16, 2010 6:09 am (Pacific time)

I hate to say it, as well written as this article is, its actually much worse out there than even what is written here. Well done tho Tim. As long as we allow the bankers/corporations/israel to run our country, its only going to get much worse. People really need to wake up to this draconian, out of control, corrupt system. Thanks for the article, maybe it will help. Our main stream media is nothing but half-truth deceptions, and I feel saddened for the Carl's out there that dont see this coming, but I have been talking about this stuff for years, and there is enough factual evidence out there if people would turn off their tv more often and do some research. Salem-news is a good place to start, and recommend those such as Gerald Celente, Max Keiser, Gordon Duff, and Paul Craig Roberts for starters.


Amanda October 16, 2010 2:24 am (Pacific time)

Anyone who ignores the truth, is a fool, or blended by politisc as usual. What was once the strength of our Constitutional foundation, has indeed been chipped away by imperialism, greed, and ignorance, for all the world to see. We have decended to a third world status, if one cares to look behind the digy fassade. Tim, you could not have said it better.


Mary October 15, 2010 11:57 pm (Pacific time)

I'm with you Tim, things have gone so far that I don't believe we can muster the strength to out do the ignorance that keeps things just so. I hate to think that freedom and democracy are just rotting away from the body that once was a great country which has become as toxic as the bottom of the gulf and el toro.

Tim King: Thanks for dropping by Mary, I appreciate your comments.  Power to the people- 


Carl October 15, 2010 7:33 pm (Pacific time)

I do not know what you are smoking but hopefully it never reaches the masses.

Tim King: I'm not sure what you are smoking either Carl.  The truth is a real bitch isn't it?  

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