A Weekly View from the Foothills of Appalachia
January 31, 1999 #120
by: Doug Fiedor
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CONTROL YOUR SENATE
Recent events have made it obvious; something many of us have snickeringly joked about for 35 years may unfortunately be true: The United States Senate has become a self-centered body with absolutely no real allegiance to anyone.
This week, it's the Senate's disregard for the Constitutional mandate that they sit as a jury for the impeachment trial. Instead of a trial, they are forcing an examination by a committee of 100. Most of that "jury" wants to give the verdict before even seeing any evidence or witnesses. And nearly half of this "jury" is admittedly prejudiced in favor of the defendant -- and actively aiding the defense. Consequently, the Senate "trial" appears publicly to be little more than a sick parody of a real trial, conducted by Senators who display zero understanding of the American rule of law.
But, this is far from the first time the Senate has vacated the realm of the Constitution. Last year, it was the Senate attempting to freeze small groups out of the political process, fine the tobacco industry for selling a legal product, give the national police heretofore unheard of powers over the American people, steal our Constitutional right to keep and bear personal arms, allow government agents to steal out property under color of law and without a trial, and limit our personal liberty and privacy.
The year before last, it was all of the above, plus the Senate was trying to have nearly every citizen who did not agree with the actions of the central government branded a terrorist, and most of the Senate wanted to socialize medical care.
Clearly, something is wrong with that group of one-hundred. These are Constitutional nonconformists. They act as though they believe the rule of law is no more than whatever they say it is. Throughout their truncated working year, they prance around like Lords and Ladies, babbling on about all kinds of strange things foreign to the government intended by the Founding Fathers. Then, at the end of their working year, they slam huge bills through without knowing anything more about the bills than what the cover summaries say.
Because they do not respect the Constitution, this group of 100 think they can control or ban any function or product they wish. But, it wasn't always that way. Back when we had honorable people in Congress, the Senate knew better. That is, when government wanted to ban a product (alcohol), they followed the Constitutional process and passed a Constitutional amendment to do it. And later, when the people vetoed the Amendment by not obeying, they canceled it.
Yet, with zero Constitutional authority,
Congress made recreational drugs illegal with a simple statute. Again, the people vetoed the drug laws. Consequently, we now have the world's largest per capita prison population.
Then, Congress started on guns. Well, excuse me, but for guns there is already a Constitutional Amendment saying government may not interfere. Yet, they do.
Years back, before the Seventeenth Amendment, the House of Representatives was to represent the people and the Senate the State governments. That is, the people elected their Representative and the State Legislatures elected the Senators. That system was designed to protect both the individual rights of the people and the separate jurisdictional rights of the States.
Back then, Senators actually had to report to their respective State legislators. Really! Can anyone strain their brains enough to even imagine such a thing happening today? Today's Lords and Ladies of the Senate report to no one, for any reason. This recent impeachment fiasco is but a well publicized indicator of how poorly that body has operated for over half a century. One of the Senate's most egregious violations of the rights of the American people came in a committee hearing in 1973. (Senate Report 93-549 of 1973) At the time, the Senate committee was investigating the unconstitutional war and emergency powers available to the president upon his decree. The committee admitted the emergency powers were unconstitutional, and called in the Attorney General for an opinion. Therein, the AG told the Senate:
. . . a 'national emergency' is now a practical necessity in order to carry out what has become the regular and normal method of governmental actions. What were intended by Congress as delegations of power to be used only in the most extreme situations, and for the most limited durations, have become everyday powers, and a state of 'emergency' has become a permanent condition.
The report reflects that the United States Senate (as well as the AG) knew these powers were unconstitutional and that many of the functions of the federal government were far afield of any authority granted under the Constitution -- they are, therefore, illegal acts. However, because these "emergency" powers also made it possible (unconstitutionally) for the federal government to regulate people living within the jurisdiction of the States, the Senate did nothing. Worse, later Senates added to the unconstitutional "emergency" powers available to the administration. The cumulative result is that today's central government is much more oppressive to the American people than the British government the Founding Fathers went to war to break away from ever thought to be. Had the Senate, in 1973, been responsible to their respective State Legislatures, as originally planned by the Founding Fathers, State's Rights would have been protected and many oppressive federal regulatory agencies created by FDR as an emergency measure during the depression would have ceased to exist.
Nikola Tesla, father of radio and holder of 700 patents, had the idea before 1930: We can use a powerful electronic transmitter to both transmit communications and control the weather. Did Tesla control the weather? Many say he did, and he published the idea back in 1930s. Anyway, in 1997, a U.S. Patent was issued for a "Method and apparatus for altering a region in the earth's atmosphere, ionosphere, and/or magnetosphere." The inventor claims (this is heavy) the purpose of the device is:
A method and apparatus for altering at least one selected region which normally exists above the earth's surface. The region is excited by electron cyclotron resonance heating to thereby increase its charged particle density. In one embodiment, circularly polarized electromagnetic radiation is transmitted upward in a direction substantially parallel to and along a field line which extends through the region of plasma to be altered. The radiation is transmitted at a frequency which excites electron cyclotron resonance to heat and accelerate the charged particles. This increase in energy can cause ionization of neutral particles which are then absorbed as part of the region thereby increasing the charged particle density of the region.
Now comes the Navy and Air Force project called HAARP. The acronym HAARP stands for: High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program.
HAARP was built near Gakona, Alaska, by the Air Force and the Navy. The installation consists of several sections, the most prominent being the Ionospheric Research Instrument (IRI).
The IRI is the largest high-frequency radio transmitter ever built. Using a huge antenna system, IRI can concentrate several million watts of energy into a focused ray of very high intensity. In effect, the IRI is an ionospheric heater. Its ultra-high-power emissions cause the targeted region in the atmosphere to be electrically charged and vibrate. The targeted area will then heat dramatically.
The official line is: "The purpose of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program is to use active probing techniques to study the physics of the ionosphere."
In reality, there's just a wee bit more to it than what our government will admit. At some frequencies, the device will provide a type of electrical umbrella, or mirror, in the ionosphere. This "mirror" may then be used to bounce other radio signals to receivers over the horizon. By exciting the ionosphere above a given region, HAARP will also be able to disrupt enemy communications. In time of war, both of the above functions would be a very useful to the military.
At other frequencies, HAARP is also being used for weather modification.
The military has been interested in predicting and controlling the weather for many years. Back in the early 1970s, the Air Force used very fine carbon powder and/or chemicals, depending, for airborne cloud generation and seeding. The idea was to cause rain downwind. Today, as many Americans in certain areas of the country are noticing, they are experimenting with various types of chemicals to cause desired weather changes. When completed, HAARP will beam in excess of one gigawatt (1 billion watts) of radiated power into the Earth's ionosphere. And, as the old saying goes, what goes up must come down -- in this case, 80-90% of that power would be reflected back to earth somewhere. What will be the effect on humans? Just as with the chemical weather control experiments currently in progress, no one really knows exactly. However, as someone with more than just a couple years invested in studying electrical affects on human physiology, I know we can start with a list that would (depending on exposure) include fatigue, irritability, memory loss, cataracts, leukemia, birth defects, and cancer. High power levels, at any frequency, insure some of these problems. Furthermore, if they ever get that thing focused properly at the gigawatt level, they would be able to make a real mess out of a small city block in a very short time. Or, if we don't all behave to government's specifications, perhaps they could lower the frequency, open up the width of the transmitted signal, and push that Arctic Stream down to around Miami. That would put the country in a deep freeze and tend to keep people indoors. As one Air Force report puts it:
The number of specific intervention methodologies is limited only by the imagination, but with few exceptions they involve infusing either energy or chemicals into the meteorological process in the right way, at the right place and time. The intervention could be designed to modify the weather in a number of ways, such as influencing clouds and precipitation, storm intensity, climate, space, or fog.
The problem is, however they do it will have some element of danger to us humans living on the ground. Personally, I liked it better when only Mother Nature controlled the weather.
For background information and references, go to:
Last Tuesday, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) released their annual "Results Act" report titled "Major Management Challenges and Program Risks." And, as usual, the report portrays a long list of waste, fraud and abuse within the federal government. It appears that federal bureaucrats and agents have an uncanny ability to loose, misappropriate and even embezzle many hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars each year -- and that's besides the stupidity included in what they call waste and abuse.
For instance, over $1 billion dollars in food stamp overpayments were made to ineligible individuals such as prisoners and deceased individuals. And there were several cases of fraud and theft by federal agents. For example, GAO reports that a group of DEA employees were caught using government funds to purchase $2.7 million worth of electronic equipment for personal use and another agent was caught embezzling $6-million over a couple years. Frequent flyers might want to know that GAO reported it had added the FAA to it's "high risk" list for numerous reasons -- some of which could be dangerous. The U.S. Forest Service was also added to the GAO list of government agencies that GAO judges to be of particularly high risk. High risk, by the way, designates problems with mismanagement, public health, security and irregularities with government's finances.
Other federal agencies receiving high risk and/or "unqualified" audit opinions include the Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Interior, Department of Labor, Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics & Space Administration, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Small Business Administration, and the Social Security Administration.
Agencies receiving "disclaimers" for various reasons include the Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Department of Transportation, and the Agency for International Development.
The Treasury Department still cannot always count properly, so received an unqualified opinion on its administrative financial statements and a qualified opinion on its custodial schedules.
The report also stated that most of Treasury's information systems were not designed to read dates beyond December 31, 1999. Of the estimated $1.9 billion earmarked for Treasury's Year 2000 program, $1.4 billion has been designated for the IRS. And, that's when the report got interesting:
If IRS is unable to make its mission-critical systems Year 2000 compliant, IRS could be rendered unable to properly and timely process tax returns, issue refunds, correctly calculate interest and penalties, effectively collect taxes, or prepare accurate financial statements and other financial reports.
This means, of course, that the federal government's income will effectively be cut off. It also means that any taxpayer intending to file had better personally walk their 1040 over to an IRS office, watch it get logged in, and get a written receipt. Else, there is a very good chance it will be lost. Which, by the way, is another major gig GAO gave the IRS. Apparently, they loose a significant amount of income tax paperwork every year and then accuse taxpayers of not paying.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency received an unqualified opinion on financial statements for the agency. It seems FEMA took accounting lessons from Treasury, and so also lost a few million bucks here and there. Worse yet, FEMA did not even bother to prepare financial statements for the whole agency. If any citizen pulled a trick like that, they would be arrested. However, there doesn't seem to be any accountability laws for federal bureaucrats.
Apparently FEMA already thinks they are above the law. They are not waiting for a national emergency to act like it, either.
The Office of Personnel Management's Retirement Fund and Life Insurance Fund received unqualified opinions, too. One would think a department that does nothing but handle money would have a few qualified accountants. But, alas, this is government. Their revolving funds, health benefits, and salaries and expense accounts only received disclaimers.
As usual, the Department of Defense didn't even come close to conforming to any standards. According to the report:
No major part of DOD has been able to pass the test of an independent financial statement audit because of pervasive weaknesses in DOD's financial operations and systems, which led us, in 1995, to put DOD financial management on our high-risk list -- a situation that continues today.
And, taking care of us after all those recent terrorist attacks government keeps mentioning, but that never seem to materialize, are
over 40 agencies, bureaus, and offices -- at a cost of nearly $7 billion for unclassified programs during fiscal year 1997 -- [which] implement numerous programs designed to prevent and deter terrorism, respond to terrorist threats and incidents, and manage the consequences of terrorist acts.
For more information, check out the antics of the government's mismanagement team at:
At last, Senate Democrats admitted the truth -- the truth of an opinion pervasive throughout the Washington crowd, which includes politicians and media alike: The people are not to know.
In this case, it is the testimony of Monica Lewinsky, and other witnesses in the impeachment trial, many of the Washington elite do not want the American people to hear. But, that's just the tip of the iceberg. This has been going on for many years.
For instance, there were hearings about the Waco murders in both the House and Senate. During the hearings, military personal were brought in to say that they were not there -- or, if they were, they were only there as "observers."
Sure, just like we (Army) were just "observing" in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand back in the early to middle 1960s. But, there was one major difference between us ground-ponders back then and the Joint Task Force 6 Army assault teams of today: We didn't lie under oath to Congressional Committees.
Numerous Congressional hearings were held about the problem of the CIA and other cloak and dagger government types illegally smuggling drugs into this country to pick up a little extra cash. The CIA started with heroin during the Vietnam war, then branched out to cocaine -- by the ton. This was always a well understood scandal in Washington, but it was seldom mentioned publicly. And, no member of government was ever arrested.
Most of that drug smuggling story was swept under the carpet of national security -- a term that very often means "bureaucrat security," rather than protecting the nation as a whole.
Later, while investigating campaign finance money laundering by the Clinton campaign committee and the DNC, the Senate Thompson Committee learned of a coordinated effort by the communist Chinese government to buy influence and favors through illegal campaign donations. Years ago, Members of Congress (Al Gore) got the money. Later, it was the Clinton and Gore Campaign Committee. The particulars of that communist money laundering scam were declared top secret national security by the Thompson Committee and forever hidden from the American people. Last year, we were told that the whole of the Starr report was to be released. It wasn't. Kept secret were a few video tapes of Oval Office shenanigans and a dozen or more tapes of who knows what. Then, there's the matter of another six to sixty-thousand pages of evidence the House Committees still have locked up. The American people are not allowed to see the good stuff. No matter that it is all about extra curricular activities by an impeached, lying President in a public office and on public time. It's all secret from us. The House formed the Cox committee to investigate yet another aspect of the China scandal. This time, it was Clinton's trading off our high-tech military equipment and secrets to Red China for campaign funds, and other considerations yet to be determined.
Because Clinton, and his greedy Democratic friends in the military hardware industry, gave the communists much of our best military technology, we now have Red Chinese nuclear missiles aimed at our cities. And, the Chinese people now have some of the strong encryption the administration does not want the American people to have.
The communist Chinese know all about this equipment. Their new friend and potential partner in war, Russia, knows all about this equipment. And both China and Russia are exporting similar types of equipment to countries which are unfriendly to us. Yet, the Cox Committee report was classified top secret. We, the American people who paid for the development of the technology, are to be deprived of the very same information many other governments already know about. In fact, we are not even to know exactly who they paid off, and how much it took, to get this appalling technology transfer arranged. Why? As with everything in Washington, one need only follow the money trail. There were many Members of Congress, on both sides of the aisle, who received legal campaign donations from the military industrial complex. Big campaign contributions, too. And, there are quite a few Members of Congress who received illegally laundered and semi-laundered campaign contributions from communists. The American people will never know the full story of how the communist Chinese government tried to (and often did) buy influence and favors from the government of the United States. We can not be told because there are far too many past and present government officials directly and indirectly involved.
The Senate Democrats committed the truth last week. Lest one of the controlling elite be embarrassed, the American people are not to be told any more than what is absolutely necessary. And, their friends in the media are determined to see that we shall not be told. In most cases, even the Republicans agree. Because, the fingers will point both ways.
Years ago, it was no more than Members of Congress helping their corporate campaign contributors that resulted in periodic technology sales to questionable countries. Then came Clinton, Clinton and Gore. They turned what was once just a series of small questionable deals into an enterprise that quickly became a huge profit center on the fast track. And, in so doing, the money grabbers of the Clinton conspiracy, and people like the Sen. Chris Dodd at the DNC, put the American people in danger. But, that is to be hidden as a national security matter. Because, like everything else inconvenient to the reputations of the controlling elite, the American people have no need to know.
That's their story, anyway. And they are all sticking to it.
The overbearing chutzpa of the Clintons never ceases to amaze us out here in the foothills of Appalachia. We heard it first in a White House press conference last week, when Clinton apologist Joe Lockhard said that the effort has the support of the White House. But we thought it was nothing but a sick joke. Nevertheless, we checked. Sure enough, on January 6, 1999, Rep. Jose E. Serrano (D-NY) sponsored, and Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn) cosponsored, H.J. Res. 17, which states:
A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.
That's right, folks. While the impeachment trial proceedings are still in progress, Clinton had his minions in Congress proposing a Constitutional amendment to allow him to run for office again!
However, while looking around, we noticed a proposal for yet another Constitutional amendment we may want to support.
Also on January 6, 1999, Rep. Bill McCollum (R-Fla.) sponsored H.J. Res. 15 to term limit representatives and senators. Among other things, the proposed amendment extends the term for representatives to four years, corresponding to presidential terms. However, from there it improves greatly:
No person who has been elected for a full term to the Senate two times shall be eligible for election or appointment to the Senate. No person who has been elected for a full term to the House of Representatives three times shall be eligible for election to the House of Representatives.
Twelve years and out for all of them.
That would work.
Already cosponsoring H.J. Res. 15 are: Rep. Lindsey O Graham (R-SC),. Rep. Brian P. Bilbray (R-CA), Rep. Richard W. Pombo, Rep. Mark Foley, Rep. James V. Hansen (R-Utah), Rep. Tom Campbell (R-CA), Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, and Rep. Nick Smith (R-MI).