THE RISE OF THE FOURTH REICH
NEW CRIMES DEFINED AS:
For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Luke 21:35
THE IMMINENT MILITARY TAKEOVER OF THE U.S.
“The Imminent Military Takeover of the United States” was the title of a 1996 speech by the Rev. Jim Ammerman to the Prophecy Club of Topeka, Kansas. In this videotaped presentation, Ammerman warned that President Clinton, aided by masses of foreign troops already on American soil, would soon place the nation under martial law, unless God intervened to save America. Now that the Clinton administration is safely out of the White House, most conservative Christians believe the danger is past and the United States is experiencing the promised national revival under the “born-again” administration of George W. Bush. With their guard down, few Christians suspect that the military takeover of America of which Ammerman warned is about to occur
The Uniting and Strengthening America Act of 2001 was described as “A bill to deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and for other purposes.” Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Daschle, the USA Act passed the Senate on October 11 without amendment by a Yea-Nay Vote of 96 - 1. On Sunday, October 14, the House of Representatives voted 339 - 79 to approve the USA Act. This piece of legislation, which gives broad surveillance powers to the federal government to combat terrorism, may be found at the Library of Congress. (Go to SEARCH BILL TEXT page and insert S. 1510 in “2. Bill Number”)
During the Senate debate on S. 1510, the lone dissenting voter, Sen. Russell Feingold [D-WI] revealed that that the senators were allowed insufficient time to read, understand and debate this piece of legislation. The tentatively scheduled debate was moved from Thursday, October 11, to Tuesday, October 9, and restrictions on debate/amendments were the order of the day:“But there has not been an open process in the Judiciary Committee, much less the full Senate, for Senators to have an opportunity to raise concerns about how far this bill goes in giving powers to law enforcement to wiretap or investigate law-abiding U.S. citizens. As of the end of last week, we were told the bill would probably come up on Thursday of this week. Today the request is made to bring it up immediately under extremely restrictive [[Page S10364]] terms for debate that would not allow any opportunity for amendments other than the one the majority leader mentioned. Senators must have the opportunity to read and debate this 200-plus page bill and offer amendments. It does not have to take weeks or even days, but it cannot be done before most Senators have even had a chance to read and understand the far-reaching changes this bill makes on our laws.”Senator Feingold’s pleas for a full debate went unheeded and three amendments he proposed to safeguard precious liberties were rejected by the Senate. Similar protests against the anti-terrorist legislation have issued forth from the conservative, libertarian and liberal sectors of American society. In Washington, a hastily organized In Defense of Freedom Coalition appealed to Congress to exercise caution and presented "a list of principles they hope Congress will follow when weighing laws in response to...attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.""Our overriding concern is that the country may move too far too quickly without a good plan, just for the appearance of doing something," says Bradley Jansen, an analyst at the Free Congress Foundation.Cato Institute’s position paper on the recent legislation, Watching You: Systematic Federal Surveillance of Ordinary Americans, concluded:
"Lori Cole of the Eagle Forum says she's worried about a national I.D. card, tentatively endorsed by Rep. Mary Bono (R-California) during a recent newspaper interview.
"We are greatly afraid that in the name of anti-terrorism, they're going to suggest bad ideas," says Cole. "Bad ideas before are bad ideas now."“Having exposed most areas of American life to ongoing government scrutiny and recording, Congress is now poised to expand and universalize federal tracking of citizen life. The inevitable consequence of such constant surveillance, however, is metastasizing government control over society. If that happens, our government will have perverted its most fundamental mission and destroyed the privacy and liberty that it was supposed to protect.”Even the American Civil Liberties Union criticized the Senate bill saying it "poses significantly more danger to civil liberties than the measure adopted earlier this week by the House Judiciary Committee... Most Americans do not recognize that Congress has just passed a bill that would give the government expanded power to invade our privacy, imprison people without due process and punish dissent."
A similar bill, the "PATRIOT Act" -- which stands for Provide Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism -- was passed in the House of Representatives. Like S. 1510, H.R. 2975 gave the State unprecedented surveillance powers over the American people in the name of the War on Terrorism. PATRIOT was merged into the Senate Bill and, on October 24, the full House of Representatives adopted the USA Patriot Act (HR 3162) by a vote of 357 to 66. The next day, October 25, the Senate passed the final piece of legislation with one dissenting vote (Feingold) and almost negligible news coverage, which was diverted to the Anthrax scare [see below] and the war in Afghanistan. On October 26, 2001, President Bush signed the USA PATRIOT Act into law.
The U.S. Congress used highly irregular procedures in passing this legislation. Both House and Senate were forced to vote on legislation which members did not have time to read. House and Senate offices were closed during the highly exploited Anthrax scare and staff members were not able to access their papers to fully prepare for this important vote. Regular order was rejected which the ACLU rightfully declares was "an offense to the thoughtful legislative procedures necessary to protect the Constitution and Bill of Rights at a time when the rights of so many Americans are being jeopardized." The hasty procedure forced upon the Senate and House was described as follows:
"After bypassing a Judiciary Committee mark-up, a few Senators and their staffs met behind closed doors, on October 12, 2001 to craft a bill. The full Senate was presented with anti-terrorism legislation in a take-it-or-leave-it fashion with little opportunity for input or review. No conference committee met to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill."
"Once again, a bill is coming to the House floor that bears little resemblance to the significantly modified version of the bill unanimously adopted by the House Judiciary Committee on October 3, 2001. No conference committee met to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill."
With the powers of the federal government now dangerously expanded, Americans who publicly question or disagree with government activities and policies may be considered terrorists, placed under surveillance and subjected to the unconstitutional provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, from which terms they no longer have legal recourse.
Among the more flagrant violations of constitutional rights contained in the USA/Patriot Act of 2001 are also those which:
- Permit the Attorney General to indefinitely incarcerate or detain non-citizens based on mere suspicion, and to deny re-admission to the United States of non-citizens (including lawful permanent residents) for engaging in speech protected by the First Amendment.
- Minimize judicial supervision of telephone and Internet surveillance by law enforcement authorities in anti-terrorism investigations and in routine criminal investigations unrelated to terrorism.
- Expand the ability of the government to conduct secret searches -- again in anti-terrorism investigations and in routine criminal investigations unrelated to terrorism.
- Give the Attorney General and the Secretary of State the power to designate domestic groups as terrorist organizations and block any non-citizen who belongs to them from entering the country. Under this provision the payment of membership dues is a deportable offense.
- Grant the FBI broad access to sensitive medical, financial, mental health, and educational records about individuals without having to show evidence of a crime and without a court order.
- Lead to large-scale investigations of American citizens for "intelligence" purposes and use of intelligence authorities to by-pass probable cause requirements in criminal cases.
- Put the CIA and other intelligence agencies back in the business of spying on Americans by giving the Director of Central Intelligence the authority to identify priority targets for intelligence surveillance in the United States.
- Allow searches of highly personal financial records without notice and without judicial review based on a very low standard that does not require probable cause of a crime or even relevancy to an ongoing terrorism investigation.
- Allow student records to be searched based on a very low standard of relevancy to an investigation.
- Create a broad new definition of "domestic terrorism" that could sweep in people who engage in acts of political protest and subject them to wiretapping and enhanced penalties.
It has been documented in The Rise of the Fourth Reich that the grandfather and great grandfather of President Bush were directors of the London-affiliated New York banking house of Brown Brothers-Harriman and various fronts which funded and directed the military-industrial complex behind Hitler and the Nazi revolution. As well, the president's father, George H.W. Bush is presently a paid senior adviser to the Carlyle Group, a Washington-based investment firm and the 11th largest defense contractor in the nation, which also shares joint investments with the bin Laden family, and that President George W. Bush himself has also been a business partner, through his oil drilling company, Arbusto Energy, with Osama bin Laden and his father.
Consider also that the terrorist event of September 11 has the signature of being an “inside job,” planned and executed by U.S. intelligence, that the only logical explanation for the numerous evidentiary discrepancies is that the planes involved were controlled by advanced robotics and remote-control technology rather than suicidal Arab hijackers, and that this domestically orchestrated catastrophe has issued in Hitlerian decrees by the Bush Administration which nullify the Bill of Rights.
Considering all of the evidence of a globally-planned overthrow of the U.S. Constitution, conservative Christians will soon have to face the fact that America is not on the threshold of a national revival, but instead is about to become a military police state. This will be a direct violation of the Posse-Comitatus Act of 1878 which prohibits the use of the military in any action against the civilian population of the United States. With the Chinese military controlling the Panama Canal and stationed at our borders, having access to NAFTA Corridors throughout America, and NATO dispatched German AWACS [Airborne Warning and Control System] surveillance aircraft deployed over U.S. skies for support of anti-terrorist operations here, America is poised for a military takeover once Congress repeals the Posse Comitatus Act.
Please see: The Coming American Holocaust
What would be the logical next step toward reducing the U.S. to a police state? Watchman Ricardo Lopez provides insight:"Foreign troops stationed in the U.S. and Mexico and German Luftwaffe (Air Force) jets flying around the American Southwest from Alamogordo, New Mexico will undoubtedly be utilized to smash and round up anti-government militias, menacing street gangs, and patriotic citizens who’ll refuse to surrender their national sovereignty." [R. Lopez, 10/16/01-What’s Next?]The real global terrorists must disarm the U.S. citizenry before a military takeover can occur. A formidable threat needs to be "perceived" and feared by the masses in order to justify extraordinary measures for law enforcement authorities to deal harshly with the perceived terrorists. Already there are rumblings on Capitol Hill that the next terror event would be of a biological nature.*Anthrax Exposures to Close Capitol Hill*Oct. 17 — The House of Representatives will be closed for at least five days so that half of the Capitol complex can be swept for the presence of potentially deadly anthrax spores, Speaker Dennis Hastert announced Wednesday. Hastert said the closure was prompted by the discovery of the bacteria in the ventilation system of the Senate and in a Capitol mailroom. The shutdown came after 29 employees at a Senate office building tested positive for exposure to anthrax as a result of a letter containing a “very potent form” of the bacteria that was sent to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle’s office." [ Ed. note: Sen. Tom Daschle sponsored the USA Act of 2001 in the United States Senate.]
Not that the pathological danger of a biological scare must be warranted by scientific facts. One biologist has created a web site to educate the public on the facts about biological warfare which are grossly exaggerated by the mainstream media. Interestingly, Gary Novak states that no one except the United States and Russia is producing anthrax spores in the powdered form necessary for use as a biological weapon, and even in the event that anthrax is released on a large population, only a few dozen people would contract the disease.The Dark Cellars of Government: A Biologist's PerspectiveThe real warfare against America has been on the psychological level rather than biological. According to Media Rant-'100% Chance of Bioattack in the US', the source of the bio-warfare propaganda is the U.S. Defense Department in partnership with two private enterprises, Bio Port and Global Options, which manufacture anthrax and paranoia respectively:
"Propaganda on biological weapons including anthrax originates in the dark cellars of government for the purpose of swaying the public for increased police powers. A terrorist threat is hyped or contrived, while military research on contagious diseases is concealed."
Anthrax As Disinformation
"Biowarfare is promoted through a combination of ignorance and propaganda. The researchers, who should know better and often do, are getting paid to produce the agents, so they do not want to admit the futility of it. The nonresearchers cannot realistically evaluate the claims, and they have propaganda motives. They want to militarize society, and scare tactics go a long ways in that direction.
"The point here is not that large countries cannot make a lot of persons miserable with biological weapons. It's that the small countries and terrorists cannot do so on their own; and it cannot be done on a large scale and in some magical way as described in the media.
"Numerous persons have asked me how I interpret recent events. I think recent events substantiate my statements to the nth degree. Only half a dozen persons have been stricken by anthrax instead of the millions which authorities were predicting upon a terrorist attack. It shows that anthrax is almost impossible to use effectively.
"The question is who succeeded in converting it to a dry powder. Certainly bin Laden could not have. It must have been some country.
"The field tests of white powders are not credible. Anthrax powder is gray or brown, not white.""Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. William J. Crowe Jr. was part of the crew that sold Saddam Hussein the deadly means to wage war with anthrax germs...There is a similar expose on The Great Anthrax Stock Swindle. Both reports are valuable and should be read in their entirety.
"Not only is it disturbing that such a means of mass destruction was provided to Saddam Hussein (and who knows how many others) by our own government, it is equally disturbing to consider that retired Admiral William J Crowe Jr. is now in a position to reap profits from the sale of anthrax vaccine to the US Department of Defense. Or, one shudders to think, in a position to perhaps prevent the manufacture of the vaccine.
"Crowe is on the board of directors and owns a 13% share of the Lansing, Michigan-based BioPort Corporation, the only company in the United States licensed to make a vaccine for anthrax. His 13% share ensures he will make a tidy profit from any sale of anthrax vaccine to the government. However, and this is what disturbs me most, BioPort has not produced a single drop of vaccine since they purchased Michigan Biologic Products Institute from the State of Michigan in 1998. In the meantime the Defense Department advanced BioPort $18 million in 1999 and another $24 million in 2000.
"Admiral Crowe is also an advisor to Global Options LLC, 'an international crisis management firm based in Washington'. Their web site (http://www.globalops.com) contains the slogan, 'The Corporate Equalizer'.
"Also on the advisory board for Global Options is former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, R. James Woolsey.
"The chairman and CEO of Global Options is Neil C. Livingstone, one of the people quoted in a 11 September 2001 article published by the Boston Globe after the attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. He was quoted as saying, 'I think we are at war. I liken this to Pearl Harbor.'
"The President and every talking head at every major media outlet repeated this theme for days after the attacks. Is there a connection? Or, would we all have come to this same conclusion?"
NEXT ON THE *MOST WANTED* TERRORIST LIST
A CNN anchorman stated early the morning of October 17 that there was no known connection between the Capitol Hill bio-terror attack and Osama bin Laden. Later in the day, CNN analyst Greta van Susteren interviewed national correspondent Eileen O'Connor who suggested *domestic terrorists* like militia and anti-abortionists as likely suspects in the Capitol Hill bio-event:CNN THE POINT WITH GRETA VAN SUSTEREN [selected excerpt]On October 6, the day before the Capitol Hill spectacle, the British press published an article suggesting that a future bio-terrror event ought to be blamed on the militias. It seems the militia movement have been under investigation by the FBI for threatening to use biological weapons against the global conspirators. The article in the UK Herald ominously portends that these armed patriots will be next on the most wanted list of terrorists. Christians also received dishonorable mention in the article which, notably, was authored by a descendant of the Merovingian "Bruce" family. The profile of the militia movement presented in the very loaded language of the UK article is that of neo-Nazi Aryan race bigots. And it is true that the militia movement is led by agents provocateurs, such as Larry Pratt, who conspire with neo-Nazi organizations such as Aryan nations. Agents provocateurs are undercover agents who infiltrate resistance groups in order to incite violence which will then be used as evidence of the need for greater tyranny. (See: The Next American Revolution) However, the UK article also casts doubt upon the constitutional right to bear arms, as if the jury is still out on the 225 year-old Constitution:
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ANNOUNCER: THE POINT: *Tracking the Terrorists, The World's Most Wanted.*
ANNOUNCER: Where did it come from? And who is responsible?
ANNOUNCER: Tonight, the anthrax terror that has a nation on edge. And what has history taught us? Could the cause of the anthrax scare be domestic?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There are a lot of people who still don't like the United States, and some of them are right here within this country.
ANNOUNCER: How a national scare evolved. THE POINT: *Tracking The Terrorists: The World's Most Wanted.*
Now from Washington, Greta Van Susteren.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: Now we know what to watch for. I took a good, long look and you will probably want to, as well. Authorities today made public the similar envelopes, which contained anthrax, received on Capitol Hill and at NBC News in New York. CNN national correspondent Eileen O'Connor has more on the envelopes, plus today's latest developments in the anthrax story.
VAN SUSTEREN: You know, the -- there's -- you've said in your piece that there's no -- that they're not focused on a particular group, that nobody has been ruled out. Who is in the university of possibilities according to these investigators?
O'CONNOR: Well, there's a lot of international terrorist groups, but there's a lot of domestic terrorist groups.
VAN SUSTEREN: Like?
O'CONNOR: Like, for instance, white supremacist group, anti-abortion rights groups. There's also left wing groups. There could be people who are militia groups and others. There also could be just a person out there perhaps deranged who has a particular ax to grind, a person like the convicted Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.Backwoods militias suspected of being behind biowar threat"THE FBI's domestic terrorism unit is investigating the possible role of illegal militia groups in the spate of anthrax outbreaks in Florida and New York.Have you noticed how the British seem to be running the show from across the Atlantic? When the United States was asked to produce evidence against Osama bin Laden, Tony Blair responded to the world on our behalf! Then New York mayor, Rudy Guiliani, was knighted by the Queen of England, an honor reserved for British subjects alone. Is the United States a British colony? In fact, British Freemasonry is now enfolding the nations of the world in the vision of Cecil Rhodes -- the federation, expansion and consolidation of the British Empire.
"Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma bomber who killed 168 people when he blew up a federal building in 1995, was a supporter of one such group, the National Alliance.
"Others have threatened to use biological weapons, including anthrax, botulism, and ricin, in their struggle against what they see as a global conspiracy between the US administration and the United Nations to disarm and enslave them. Every state has its own "patriot" group of disaffected right-wing Christian radicals opposed to central government and federal regulations. Most are organised along paramilitary lines...
"They range in outlook from Pat Robertson, a failed 1988 presidential candidate, with his vision of a *Christian America* to the sinister Posse Comitatus, Aryan Nations and Minnesota Patriots' Council, who favour armed insurrection.
"All have links with the National Rifle Association, the influential lobby group which represents weapons' manufacturers, hunters and gun clubs and campaigns for the right of all Americans "to own and bear arms".
"There is some doubt as to whether this right is enshrined legally in the American constitution but the NRA has powerful supporters in both senate and congress and no-one has yet managed successfully to challenge the all-pervasive nationwide gun culture.
"Most of the militias' philosophy is based on white-supremacist principles, looking down on blacks as 'mud people' and Jews as instigators of the global plot against them and manipulators of the world economy for their own benefit."
UPDATE: Now that the necessary legislation is in place to round up and eliminate anti-New World Order resisters without the inconvenience of due process, the news media is openly pointing the finger at right wing militia groups. The October 27 Washington Post announced:
"FBI and CIA Suspect Domestic Extremists: Officials Doubt Any Links to Bin Laden."
"Top FBI and CIA officials believe that the anthrax attacks on Washington, New York and Florida are likely the work of one or more extremists in the United States who are probably not connected to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist organization, government officials said yesterday... 'Everything seems to lean toward a domestic source,' one senior official said. 'Nothing seems to fit with an overseas terrorist type operation.' The FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service are considering a wide range of domestic possibilities, including associates of right-wing hate groups and U.S. residents sympathetic to the causes of Islamic extremists."
A DIFFERENT KIND OF WAR
The globalist planners of this military coup knew better than to expect American traditionalists to surrender their civil rights under an administration of New Age, ultra-liberal, Communist-sympathizers such as Bill Clinton or Al Gore. A right-wing party with a conservative platform sufficiently duped pre-Nazi Germans and has worked as well on American conservatives, many of whom are naively trustful that George W. Bush and Co. will restore the Bill of Rights once “terrorism” has been eradicated throughout the world.
HOWEVER, our president has told us that this war against terrorism is going to take a loooong time—30 years or so! Why so long?“There can be concerted international action against international terrorism only if the international community is of one firm mind and resolve as to what is terrorism, who are the terrorists and how they are to be fought. Will George W. Bush insist that [Pakistan President] Musharraf’s reward for joining hands with him in tracking Osama is that Musharraf must henceforth stop referring to the terrorists in Kashmir as ‘‘freedom-fighters’’? Will Bush tell the Dutch government that harbouring Isaac Chisi Swa and T. Muivah of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland in Amsterdam is no longer acceptable international practice? Will George W. convey to his British, French and Canadian lapdogs the message from the Sri Lankan president that succour and safe havens to the LTTE must end forthwith? Will Washington promise to nuke Beijing if China’s assistance to the Maoist terror groups in Nepal does not cease forthwith? Are the insurgents of the Chittagong Hill Tracts people who must be eliminated — or freedom fighters who must be helped? Should Bhagat Singh and Chandrasekhar Azad be celebrated or denounced?Of course, the coalition against terrorism does not plan to eliminate the state-sponsored terrorists which serve the national security, economic and expansionist interests of their own nations. We must inquire WHO ELSE is among the global terrorists that will take 20-30 years for the coalition against terrorism to exterminate in their “very different kind of war.”
”Will George W. tell Ariel Sharon of Israel that sending helicopter gunships into Gaza to target bomb the Al-Fatah headquarters of President Yasser Arafat is terrorism of the same order that destroyed the World Trade Center? Or swear they will never again bomb someone else’s palace as they did when Muammar Gadhafi’s three-year old daughter was killed by the US Air Force sleeping in her cot? Or a pharmaceuticals factory in Khartoum pummelled because the CIA thought (oops, wrong again!) that it was Osama’s munitions manufacturing facility?
”Does Washington regard the Chechnians as terrorists, as Moscow does? If Spain moves to do a Guernica on Basque separatists, will US marines be landed landed at Biarritz? Do Tibetans of the Dalai Lama’s persuasion qualify as terrorists, as Beijing insists? Are Altaf Hussain’s people in Karachi mujahirs struggling for justice — or terrorists, as the Pakistan government sees them? Is Aung San Suu Kyi a noble rebel, as we believe, or a dangerous subversive, as the Myanmar government perceives her? Why go so far? Will the US president crack down on Catholic and Protestant Irish Americans who have been relentlessly stoking terrorism in northern and southern Ireland?
”Yes, it is a terrible tragedy that 5,000 innocents lost their lives to terrorism at the World Trade Center. But is it not worse that 500,000 infants have died in Iraq because the Americans orchestrated a blockade of essential medicines for over a decade?” [Ready for World War III?]
In the PATRIOT and USA Acts of 2001, the definitions of a “terrorist” and “terrorism” are deliberately vague, broad and subjective, which gives enormous freedom of interpretation to law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Under Section 803 of the USA Act of 2001, a person commits the crime of domestic terrorism if within the U.S. they engage in activity that involves acts dangerous to human life that violate the laws of the United States or any State and appear to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion, or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping.
How the terms “intimidation” and “coercion” will be interpreted remains to be seen, but we can gather some clues from those who are working diligently to stamp out terrorism, as well as our Bill of Rights, especially the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th amendments. [See Bill of Rights below] A three-pronged attack on the Constitution has been launched within the very sectors of society which Alice Bailey predicted would be infiltrated and controlled by Freemasonry to bring about a New World Order: government, education and religion. Although the second example occurred in Canada, the profoundly disturbing PATRIOT and USA Acts of 2001 portend that it is only a matter of days before political dissent in American educational institutions is silenced.
Under the new "Homeland Security" laws, state and federal security agencies are being merged into one super agency under Federal control -- a sort of Super FEMA. This is the underlying theme of the "Homeland Security" premise. Governor Tom Ridge, newly appointed head of the newly instituted Office of Homeland Security, has stated that his definition of a terrorist includes someone who merely “lashes out” at a fellow citizen:
See Cutting Edge News: Bush Administration is Already Redefining TerroristRidge Vows Balance of Rights, Security", News-Item Newspaper, Shamokin, Pennsylvania, 10/3/01, Page 1.
“To those Americans who would lash out at your fellow citizens, simply because they worship differently, or dress differently, or look differently than you, there is one word for such behavior: terrorism.” [Governor Tom Ridge, in his farewell address to the State Legislature as Pennsylvania Governor, before taking up his new position at the White House as Director of Homeland Security].
In Canada, hate crimes may now include denial of the Holocaust, distribution of anti-Muslim literature or criticism of U.S. foreign policy. Sunera Thobani, a professor at the University of British Columbia, has been accused of a hate crime, viz., “publicly inciting hatred against Americans” after she “argued that the U.S. government -- not international terrorists -- is the most dangerous global force, ‘unleashing prolific levels of violence all over the world. From Chile to El Salvador, to Nicaragua to Iraq, the path of U.S. foreign policy is soaked in blood,' she said in comments that received front-page coverage in Canada's daily newspapers, including The Vancouver Sun.”
Canadian professor accused of hate crime against Americans (excerpts from full article)“Section 319 of the Criminal Code of Canada allows for a jail sentence of less than two years for anyone convicted of the ‘public incitement of hatred’ against an identifiable group of people, when the comments lead to a breach of the peace.”The issue, of course, is not the truth of the professor's criticisms of the U.S. government, or the accuracy of the Holocaust deniers or the truth of Christianity as opposed to the false religion of Islam. The burning issue is the right of citizens to express their convictions in a free society. Amendment I of the Bill of Rights states: "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..."
“’This is just pure harassment," [Sunera Thobani] said. "They are trying to silence dissent in this country.’
“Thobani said her speech was intended to explain how U.S. foreign policy has affected life in many countries of the world.
“’If you point to the factual record of U.S. foreign policy, you are now accused of spreading hate,’ she said. ‘It really is unbelievable.’
“The RCMP's Labossiere wouldn't disclose any more specifics about the complaint or the complainant. He said he forwarded the complaint to the hate crimes unit of the Ottawa-Carleton police force, which has jurisdiction in the area where the offence is alleged to have occurred…
“Convictions for public incitement of hatred are rare in Canada, but not unprecedented.
“In 1982, Alberta public high school teacher Jim Keegstra was fired for teaching students that the Holocaust -- where millions of Jews died in Nazi concentration camps -- was a fabrication of a ‘Jewish conspiracy’ that wanted to destroy Christianity. The courts later convicted Keegstra of promoting hatred and ordered him to do 200 hours of community service work.
“In 1999, a Christian evangelist in Ontario was convicted of inciting hatred against Muslims in flyers he distributed and in a phone-line message. Mark Harding received a three-month conditional sentence and was required to perform more than 300 hours of voluntary service for the Islamic community.”
RELIGION TO BLAME
According to the founder of the United Religions Initiative, Episcopal Bishop William E. Swing, members of any religion who hold to the fundamentals of their particular “scriptures” should be classified as terrorists. According to Swing and others present at a meeting of the U.N. Church Center in Washington, D.C., the scriptures of all religions contain violent content which must be removed.
The following account of the U.N. Church Center meeting was found on the web site of a Catholic organization located at the United Nations Plaza:UN RELIGIOUS MEETING BLAMES RELIGION FOR TERROR ATTACK ON USBased on this new definition of “terrorism”, certain prophetic events in the book of Revelation, which at one time may have seemed obscure and remote, are suddenly up close and personal: Christians who refuse to use sanitized versions of the Bible will be tried in global tribunals -- without the protections of due process required by their Constitution -- and executed as “terrorists”.
The founder of the United Religions Initiative, a movement that seeks to become the dominant religious voice at the UN, blamed religion for the September 11th terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. At a Wednesday meeting at the UN Church Center, the Episcopal Bishop of San Francisco, William E. Swing, asserted that the hijackers did not hold a corrupted version of Islam because religions - all religions - are guilty of fostering terrorism. "There is a lot of terror and violence in a lot of scripture. There has to be a critique of that. We have to hold the religions' feet to the fire for the violence and terror within them."
Swing said, "The nations of the world have met every day for the past fifty years, the religions of the world have not. Who is more moral, the nations of the world or the religions of the world?" URI seeks to create a permanent body of religious ambassadors - a parallel organization to the UN - to address the problem of "fundamentalists in our own groups," an issue that traditional religion "wimps out on." Swing proclaimed that, in light of the terrorist attack, "It's a new day for inter-religious activity in the United States."
Other participants at the meeting criticized either religion or capitalism. One person said, "The problem is religion - the whole concept of religion that requires conformity. The truth is different for every individual." Another claimed, "All religions have fanatical elements, we must delete those elements from scripture." Still another said, "The underlying causes are economic. We want more oil and bigger cars." Swing agreed, repeatedly saying "we must address the brokenness at the root of the terrorist attacks by bridging the chasm between the 'haves' and the 'have-nots.'" One participant wondered "how we can have a heart to heart dialogue with the terrorists."
Giandomenico Picco, former UN Under Secretary General, recounted his experiences dealing with terrorists in Lebanon and Afghanistan. Picco grew increasingly exasperated by the comments of Swing and the other participants. Picco said the terrorists engaged in a "hijacking of Islam, a hijacking of ideas." Picco also said that "Collective responsibility is baloney - there is individual responsibility for actions or no responsibility at all. Blaming institutions, religious or economic, allows individuals to get away with murder, literally. Why did they do it? Because they are wrong, they are criminals. We should not look for profound justifications." According to Picco, the real "chasm" Swing referred to is not between rich and poor, but between "those willing to kill innocent people and those not willing to kill innocent people." In response to the anti-Western bias of many of the statements, Picco said, "We still are very good." Picco, who is the personal representative of the Secretary-General for the UN Year of Dialogue among Civilizations, warned that dialogue with terrorists often results in death.
URI was founded in 1995 and is active in 58 countries. Along with Protestants and disaffected Catholics, URI includes witches, Druids and members of New Age movements. Swing himself is hostile to traditional and conservative faiths, once saying that "proselytizing will be illegal in the United Religions zone," an area he says he wants to create. The Vatican has condemned URI for syncretism, which is the blending together of elements of all religions. (Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute, FRIDAY FAX, Oct. 12, 2001, Vol. 4, No. 42, www.c-fam.org)“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.” (Rev. 6:9)
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hand…” (Rev. 20:4)
UPDATE - January, 2005
Confirming our report, FOX TV is presently airing a pseudo-documentary in which a terrorist deliberately infects himself with smallpox in order to start an epidemic in New York City. Before this highly sensationalized (and inaccurate) piece of agitation propaganda ends, over 60 million people worldwide perish due to a vaccine shortage. The fake documentary closes with a scene in the dead terrorist's apartment which zooms in on a Bible that has been left open to the book of Ezekiel, chapter 5. The narrator insinuates that the terrorist was inspired to start the global pestilence from his reading of the King James Bible. The narrator is very precise that the Bible was a King James Version. The viewer is left with the clear impression that, as fundamentalist Muslims are inspired to commit acts of terror by their holy book, the Koran, Fundamental Christians are inspired to acts of violence and terror from the King James Bible (even though Ezekiel 5 is similar in other versions).
THE GOOD NEWS
The good news is that the Lord Jesus has told us: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:28
A few verses later, however, Jesus qualified this statement with a condition:“But take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” Luke 21:34-36To understand what Jesus meant to “be accounted worthy to escape all these things”, let us consider the parable of the Ten Virgins:“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.In the Bible, oil is a type of the Holy Spirit, which cannot be transferred from one person to another despite what modern prophets tell us. Rather, the Holy Spirit fellowships with individual believers as they abide in Christ and obey His commandments.
“And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
“Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” Matt. 25:1-13“If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?Our first priority in this late hour must be our personal preparation to meet the Bridegroom. Dear reader, we urge you to take seriously and ACT upon the following exhortations to watchful prayer and holy living:
“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:23-26“Beloved now we are the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” I John 3:3If you have not repented of your sin and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, we invite you to read what the Bible says about God's Plan of Salvation.
“Having these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord.” II Cor. 7:1
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” Heb. 12:14
Where Is the Promise of His Coming? A Review and Defense of the Pre-Tribulation Resurrection of the Church
THE BILL OF RIGHTS
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." Luke 22:36