"The contest is not between Us and Them, but between Good and Evil,
and if those who would fight Evil adopt the ways of Evil, Evil wins."
Abuses and Usurpations
|Find out just what the people will submit to and you have
found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon
them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or
blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of
those whom they oppress.
— Frederick Douglass, civil rights
activist, Aug. 4, 1857
Any power that can be abused will be abused.
Tyranny Law #1
Abuse always expands to fill the limits of resistance to
— Tyranny Law #2
If people don't resist the abuses of others, they will have
no one to resist the abuses of themselves, and tyranny will prevail.
Tyranny Law #3
Usurpation is the exercise of powers by an agent which
have not been delegated to him by the principal. In a constitutional
republic like the United States of America, acts by officials are
legitimate only if they are consistent with and based on a constitution,
a body of laws which are superior to all subsequent statutes and other acts of
officials, which embodies all delegations of power, and which may
recognize certain rights to further define the limits on the powers
delegated. It is a fundamental principle that all acts of officials not derived
from the delegated powers of the constitution are null and void from
inception, not just from the point at which a court may find them
unconstitutional. Every person who has an encounter with the acts of officials
has the duty not only to obey legitimate official acts, but to help enforce
them, but, when there is a conflict among acts of officials, to enforce the
superior one, which, when an act of an official is in conflict with the
constitution, means enforcing the constitution and not the act in conflict with
it. Judges and other citizens do not decide constitutionality, but
discover it, and every person who is involved with any act by an
official has a nondelegatable duty to make a determination of the
constitutionality of that act. This determination is called constitutional
review, and, when exercised by a judge in a case, judicial review.
Since the ratification of the Constitution for the United States and
each of its properly ratified amendments, there have been numerous acts by
officials, including statutes, regulations, executive orders, court rulings,
and ordinary decisions and actions taken while on duty and under color of law,
which have been unconstitutional, and in many cases, in violation of civil
rights of persons and of constitutional laws. We will try to identify some of
the worst of such violations of the Constitution, and discuss how compliance
with the Constitution can be restored.
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- Jefferson: Federal Criminal Powers Limited
- Law and
- Federal Jurisdiction — Brief by lawyer Larry
- Nondelegation and the Administrative
State — Questions of the legitimacy of delegations of legislative
powers to executive branch agencies.
- Money Matters — Constitutional issues involving
- Tax Matters — Questions of the
legitimacy of certain taxes and the methods of collecting them.
|Political corruption begins with every voter who votes his
pocketbook instead of for what's good for the country. There is little
difference between the selling of his vote by an elected official and the
selling of his vote by a voter, to whatever candidate promises him some
— Jon Roland, speech during his campaign for Congress,
|In politics nothing gets done until you first create a channel
— Jesse Cuellar, cynical observer of the political
scene, San Antonio, Texas, 1982
Abuse in general
Besides usurpations, there is a larger class of abuses which include
corruption and violations of constitutional statutes. It becomes a matter of
special concern to citizens when officials conspire with one another to not
enforce the law against such corruption, and use the resources of government
and the powers of their offices to cover up such crimes or otherwise protect
the perpetrators, whether such crimes are committed by officials themselves or
by powerful persons who are allowed to become a privileged class that is above
the law. When officials fail to enforce the law, citizens must step in and take
action to see that the laws are enforced, and replace those officials with
others who will do their constitutional duty.
- Constitution in Peril
- The Shadow Government
- The Cost of Corruption and Abuse
- Abuses by and among lawyers and judges.
- Abuse of Immunity.
- Abuse of Judicial Discretion, Jon Roland.
- List of Public Corruption Cases — Compiled by
attorney Larry Becraft.
- Garden Plot & Rex 84. Government plans to round up and detain dissidents.
Megiddo (1999) — Report of FBI analysis and recommendations for response
to possible disorders.
- FBI domestic terrorist brochure
— Distributed to law enforcement officials, it identifies anyone who
defends the Constitution as a potential terrorist who should be
reported to the Joint Task Force.
- MIAC Special Report: The Modern Militia Movement
(2009) — Distributed to law enforcement officials in Missouri, later
retracted and the responsible official fired. It identifies dissidents
and members of the Libertarian and Constitution parties as potential
terrorists. Reportedly similar documents distributed to police in other
states. Apparently authored by an ADL/SPLC team.
- Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment (2009) — Department of Homeland security.
Distributed to law enforcement officials, it identifies anyone who defends the
Constitution as a potential terrorist.
- Domestic Extremism Lexicon
(March 26, 2009) — Department of Homeland security. Document supporting
the above document that goes into more detail and presents a chilling
insight into how the government views us.
- Revolting Judges: Continuing Education Credit Prejudices Judges, by June Wisniewski — How outside groups try to unduly influence judges against political dissenters.
- Points of
Rebellion, by William O. Douglas — Supreme Court justice reveals
the breadth and depth of official corruption and abuse of constitutional rights
and limits on powers.
- Testilying: Police Perjury and What to Do About It,
Christopher Slobogin, Fall 1996 (67 U. Colo. L. Rev. 1037) — Proposes
measures to restore integrity of law enforcement and the judicial system, but
can they work?
- A Lawyer's View of the Justice System,
Joseph H. Delaney, July/August, 1999, issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact,
Vol. CXVIX No. 7 & 8 — "... the proportion of judges who are dishonest, who are on
the take, who harbor prejudices against parties or counsel, is far greater
than the lay public realizes. ... Corruption is rampant in courts at every level
throughout the country. It is equally rampant among prosecutors and law enforcement people.
... The primary corrupting influence is the drug business. ... the dope interests own
contemporary justice. ... There is no greater shock than to find that even with both law
and the facts in your favor your constitutional rights are worthless because you can't
get the crooked regime to enforce them."
- Defrauding America, Rodney Stich
— Criminal activities by the U.S. Government
- Office of Human Radiation Experiments — So you think
all this stuff is the rantings of paranoids? Here is the government admitting
it does it!
- The Controllers — By Martin
Cannon. Paper on government mind-control research. Although originally written
as a hypothesis on alien abductions, it is largely of interest for what the
author has uncovered from public sources on research that involves actual or
- James Norman & Jim Quinn— Interview of
James Norman, formerly Senior Editor of Forbes Magazine and now with Media
Bypass Magazine, by Jim Quinn, DJ of WRRK 96.9 FM in Pittsburgh, December 7,
1995. Exposes criminal activities of high officials.
- Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports
(CAFRs)— In case you thought we live in a free enterprise economy.
- Abuses by BATF.
- Internment Camps in the United States— They
really exist and have been used.
- Dave Feustel Archives — Much interesting
- SAFAN— Stop All Federal Abuses Now
— Internet Newsletter published by Dot Bibee, Pensacola, Florida
- Dark Alliance — Three-part series
of articles, with a postscript, in the San Jose Mercury-News by Gary
Webb, August 18-20, 22, 1996. Presents evidence of involvement of CIA and other
U.S. government agencies in the international narcotics trade. Here are local
Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.
- Invisible Contracts, by George Mercier
— Presents adhesion theory of the legalistic fictions used by
- Commentary by Larry Becraft— Critique of Mercier's ideas.
- Commentary by Jon Roland— Explanation and critique of Mercier's ideas.
|Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of
authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made
to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are
men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They
promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.
— Daniel Webster
- Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Act of Congress, sometimes called "Obamacare", which threatens our constitutional liberties.
- Anti-Terror: Actual or Potential Abuses
- Votescam, by James & Kenneth Collier
— Report of investigation of vote fraud in the United States. Guide for
how to conduct such investigations.
- Mind Control
Technology — Tools to alter human mental processes other than through
- The Wounded Knee Massacre — This
massacre of Native Americans in 1890 led to an armed standoff in 1973. Also see
From Wounded Knee to Capitol Hill, an article
by Jeremy Schneider.
- Leonard Peltier, Defense Committee, PO Box 583,
Lawrence, KS 66044, 785/842-5774, or contact their attorney, Jennifer Harbury,
- Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 — And
other atrocities documented by the Black Holocaust Society.
- Black Panther Party — Defends the rights of
people of color.
- Waco: The Massacre at Mount Carmel — Links to
sites and documents on this incident.
Ridge — 1992 assault on Weaver homestead in Idaho.
- Gordon Kahl — Tax protester brutally murdered
by federal agents.
- Congressman George Hansen — Read how this respected
former congressman was persecuted for his reform efforts. His
official site has gone down, but there is
collection of documents and links.
- The Tatum Chronicles — Chip Tatum
served as a black ops pilot for the U.S. government during the periods 1971-78
and 1980-91, and was given the code name Pegasus. Under orders from U.S.
government officials, he ran drugs and killed persons who got in the way of the
criminal operations of those officials. Then he became a whistleblower, and was
prosecuted for it. He has recently been released from prison. This is his
- John Brian Burke — Unlawful detention
with Orwellian implications.
- Trail's End — The murder of rancher Donald P.
Scott by law enforcement agents in 1992 provides a typical example of civil
rights violations arising out of the "War on Drugs".
- Charles Lincoln— Target of retaliation for suing a police department for civil rights violations, and for suing judges for rules violations.
- Michael Williams— Read how feds abused this
former backer of Gary Hart, and why he now lives in exile, warned not to return
to the U.S.
- John Wolfgram — Wolfgram is a dissident
attorney and philosopher of law, residing in the Sacramento, California, area,
who challenged the corrupt judicial system, and was blacklisted for it. How and
why that was done needs to be studied by anyone who is concerned about
defending constitutional liberties, and defending those few noble lawyers who
still take seriously the Constitution and the ideal of justice under law.
Pitner — Prosecuted on federal charge using fabricated evidence and
suborned perjury, then held in prison without being sentenced as a way to avoid
an appeal or writ of habeas corpus review.
- Richard Finley — Prosecuted for fraud for
trying to determine whether some warrants issued to him had value. Decide for
yourself whether he had criminal intent or was only exercising his First
- Joe Gray Family — Persecuted because they
threaten to expose high level wrongdoing by officials.
- Racism and Hatred in Government
- Oklahoma City
Bombing — Alfred P. Murrah Building, April 19, 1995. Suspected
complicity by government agents.
- JFK Assassination — Dallas, Texas, November
22, 1963. Suspected complicity by government agents.
- RFK Assassination — 1968. Suspected complicity
by government agents.
- MLK Assassination — Suspected complicity by
- The Boys on the Tracks — Investigative
journalist Mara Leveritt's site on government complicity in narcotrafficking.
- HIV/AIDS — There are persistent suspicions
that HIV/AIDS may have been created by human researchers, either deliberately
or by accident. Here are a few links to sites on this.
- Suspicious Indications of Crime at the Highest Levels of Government.
- Presidential Eligibility — Controversy over the meaning of "natural born" and "subject to the jurisdiction" call into question the eligibility of candidates for president.
Independent Counsel's Report
Called a "referral", it is technically a presentment of the grand
- House of Representatives
- Local copy
- Directory of Pro Bono Programs — Provided
by American Bar Association.