Thomas Jefferson

"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 it.
— 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

Usurpations

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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  1. HTML Version Text Version Zipped WordPerfect Jefferson: Federal Criminal Powers Limited
  2. HTML Version Text Version Zipped WordPerfect Law and Anti-Law
  3. HTML Version Text Version Federal Jurisdiction — Brief by lawyer Larry Becraft.
  4. HTML Version Nondelegation and the Administrative State — Questions of the legitimacy of delegations of legislative powers to executive branch agencies.
  5. HTML Version or Menu Money Matters — Constitutional issues involving money.
  6. HTML Version 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 benefit.
— Jon Roland, speech during his campaign for Congress, 1974
In politics nothing gets done until you first create a channel of corruption.
— 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.

  1. HTML Version Text Version Zipped WordPerfect Constitution in Peril
  2. HTML Version Text Version Zipped WordPerfect The Shadow Government
  3. HTML Version Text Version Zipped WordPerfect The Cost of Corruption and Abuse
  4. HTML Version Abuses by and among lawyers and judges.
    1. HTML Version Abuse of Immunity.
  5. HTML Version Abuse of Judicial Discretion, Jon Roland.
  6. HTML Version Text Version Text Version List of Public Corruption Cases — Compiled by attorney Larry Becraft.
  7. HTML Version Garden Plot & Rex 84. Government plans to round up and detain dissidents.
  8. Adobe PDF HTML Version Text Version Zipped WordPerfect MS Word Version Project Megiddo (1999) — Report of FBI analysis and recommendations for response to possible disorders.
  9. Adobe PDF 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.
  10. Adobe PDF Internment and Resettlement Operations, Department of the Army, FM 3-39.40, 12 February 2010 — Instructions for the detention of dissident U.S. citizens.
  11. Adobe PDF 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.
  12. Adobe PDF Adobe PDF 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.
    • Adobe PDF Adobe PDF 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.
  13. Remote Link - HTML Revolting Judges: Continuing Education Credit Prejudices Judges, by June Wisniewski — How outside groups try to unduly influence judges against political dissenters.
  14. HTML Version Text Version 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.
  15. HTML Version Text Version 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?
  16. HTML Version 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."
  17. Remote Link - HTML Defrauding America, Rodney Stich — Criminal activities by the U.S. Government
  18. Remote Link - HTML Office of Human Radiation Experiments — So you think all this stuff is the rantings of paranoids? Here is the government admitting it does it!
  19. Remote Link - HTML 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 potential abuse.
  20. HTML Version Text Version 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.
  21. Remote Link - HTML Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs)— In case you thought we live in a free enterprise economy.
  22. Remote Link - HTML Abuses by BATF.
  23. HTML Version Internment Camps in the United States— They really exist and have been used.
  24. Remote Link - HTML Dave Feustel Archives — Much interesting material.
  25. HTML Version SAFANStop All Federal Abuses Now — Internet Newsletter published by Dot Bibee, Pensacola, Florida
  26. Remote Link - HTML 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 copies:
    HTML Version Day 1, HTML Version Day 2, HTML Version Day 3.
  27. HTML Version Invisible Contracts, by George Mercier — Presents adhesion theory of the legalistic fictions used by usurpers.
  • Remote Link - HTML Commentary by Larry Becraft— Critique of Mercier's ideas.
  • HTML Version 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

Abusive Legislation

  1. HTML Version Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Act of Congress, sometimes called "Obamacare", which threatens our constitutional liberties.

Potential abuses

  1. HTML Version Anti-Terror: Actual or Potential Abuses

Confirmed abuses

  1. HTML Version Text Version Votescam, by James & Kenneth Collier — Report of investigation of vote fraud in the United States. Guide for how to conduct such investigations.
  2. HTML Version Mind Control Technology — Tools to alter human mental processes other than through the senses.
  3. Remote Link - HTML The Wounded Knee Massacre — This massacre of Native Americans in 1890 led to an armed standoff in 1973. Also see Remote Link - HTML From Wounded Knee to Capitol Hill, an article by Jeremy Schneider.
  4. Remote Link - HTML Leonard Peltier, Defense Committee, PO Box 583, Lawrence, KS 66044, 785/842-5774, or contact their attorney, Jennifer Harbury, 512/751-5852.
  5. Remote Link - HTML Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 — And other atrocities documented by the Black Holocaust Society.
  6. Remote Link - HTML Black Panther Party — Defends the rights of people of color.
  7. HTML Version Waco: The Massacre at Mount Carmel — Links to sites and documents on this incident.
  8. HTML Version Ruby Ridge — 1992 assault on Weaver homestead in Idaho.
  9. HTML Version Gordon Kahl — Tax protester brutally murdered by federal agents.
  10. Congressman George Hansen — Read how this respected former congressman was persecuted for his reform efforts. His Remote Link - HTML official site has gone down, but there is HTML Version our collection of documents and links.
  11. Remote Link - HTML 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 story.
  12. Remote Link - HTML John Brian Burke — Unlawful detention with Orwellian implications.
  13. Remote Link - HTML 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".
  14. HTML Version Charles Lincoln— Target of retaliation for suing a police department for civil rights violations, and for suing judges for rules violations.
  15. HTML Version 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.
  16. HTML Version 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.
  17. HTML Version John 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.
  18. HTML Version 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 Amendment rights.
  19. HTML Version Joe Gray Family — Persecuted because they threaten to expose high level wrongdoing by officials.
  20. HTML Version Racism and Hatred in Government

Suspected abuses

  1. HTML Version Oklahoma City Bombing — Alfred P. Murrah Building, April 19, 1995. Suspected complicity by government agents.
  2. HTML Version JFK Assassination — Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963. Suspected complicity by government agents.
  3. HTML Version RFK Assassination — 1968. Suspected complicity by government agents.
  4. HTML Version MLK Assassination — Suspected complicity by government agents.
  5. Remote Link - HTML The Boys on the Tracks — Investigative journalist Mara Leveritt's site on government complicity in narcotrafficking.
  6. HTML Version 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.
  7. HTML Version Suspicious Indications of Crime at the Highest Levels of Government.
  8. HTML Version 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 jury.

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Legal Assistance

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