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February 2012

Changing Moral Values

Dear Friend of Radio Liberty,

"Oh, it is excellent to have a Giant’s strength, but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant."
Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, II:2

"Among precautions against ambition, it may not be amiss to take one against ours. I must fairly say I dread our own power and our own ambition. I dread our being too much dreaded… Sooner or later, this state of things must produce a combination against us which may end in our ruin."
Edmund Burke, “Policy of the Allies,” 1793 (1)

“…while I have considered the preservation of the constitutional power of the General Government to be the foundation of our peace and safety at home and abroad, I yet believe that the maintenance of the rights and authority reserved to the states and to the people, not only essential to the adjustment and balance of the general system, but the safeguard to the continuance of a free government. I consider it as the chief source of stability to our political system, whereas the consolidation of the states into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it.”
Robert E. Lee, letter to John Dahlberg Acton (better known as Lord Acton), December 15, 1866. (2)

“…once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force.... She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit...”
John Quincy Adams, Independence Day oration, July 4, 1821.

“Have a good day, buddy,” chortled a Marine as he and his comrades urinated on the corpses of Afghan guerillas. “Golden like a shower,” snickered another.

When video of that incident became public earlier this year, the preponderant reaction on the part of the “conservative” population was to insist that it would be improper to condemn the actions of the Marines; after all, we were told, “war is hell” – and the deceased, as the “enemy” got “better than they deserved.”

The problem with that reaction – apart from the fact that a country calling itself a Christian nation shouldn’t countenance the casual sadism and cruelty involved in defiling the body of an enemy – is that we know nothing about the details of that incident, apart from the fact that the people involved in this repellent episode were U.S. military personnel. On the basis of that fact alone, we’re supposed to assume that they are the “Good Guys” in any and all circumstances, irrespective of what they do and to whom they do it. Because they are “Good,” whatever they choose to do is made morally appropriate by the fact that they do it.

This assumption is incurably anti-American. It is also a species of idolatry no Christian can countenance. It is what we do, not who we profess to be, that defines us. Good and Evil, Right and Wrong exist independently of individual identity.

During the 1930s, as their country succumbed to the rule of a pagan collectivist party led by a demonic degenerate who dressed and acted like a male prostitute, patriotic German Christians embraced the idea that the government was entitled to their unconditional loyalty. Many of them were willing to countenance the behavior of soldiers and paramilitary police abusing Jews and other outcasts in the streets – abuse that included urinating on the prone figures of their victims.

Rudi Wobbe was a young man in Germany at that time, and a member of a resistance cell led by the martyred Helmuth Heubner; Wobbe offers this account:

“Near our home was a shoe store, owned and run by a Jew. Even before 1933 his store windows (were smashed) and swastikas had been painted on the walls and door. But, after the ‘takeover,’ the Nazis demolished his store in broad daylight. They broke all the windows, threw the merchandise onto the sidewalk, and dragged the proprietor and his wife and two children into the street. They started beating and cursing them, all the while calling them dirty names and shouting that they weren’t fit to live among the exalted German, Aryan people. The greatest indignity of all is that after the family was lying in the gutter in agony, the Nazis urinated on them. I was only seven years of age when this took place, but I remember it vividly.”(3) (Emphasis added.)

Granted, comparisons to the Nazi era are clichéd, facile, and often spurious. This one – an episode involving urination as an act of ritual humiliation – might be considered a coincidence, if taken in isolation. Unfortunately, the relevant context actually strengthens that association.

“Marine Corps scout snipers used the logo of the notorious Nazi SS organization while in Afghanistan in 2010,” reported the Marine Corps Times on February 9. “The logo appeared on a flag in a photograph of the platoon taken in September 2010 in Sangin district, a hotly contested area in Helmand province. The Marines were with Charlie Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., and are shown sitting in combat gear with the U.S. flag and a blue flag with the stylized “SS” logo hanging behind them.”

“The logo also appears on a 7.62mm M40 sniper rifle carried by a Marine in another photograph distributed Thursday by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation,” continued that report. “Information embedded electronically with the image shows that it was released by the Marine Corps in 2004 and taken at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif. The two Marines in it were with the scout sniper platoon with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines.” (4)

Examining this matter with a slightly wider scope, the urination episode in Afghanistan could be considered kindred to a similar outrage that occurred a year ago in Pennsylvania.

At about 2:30 a.m. on February 3, 2011, Pennsylvania State Troopers Chad Weaver and Michael Zampogna pulled over a vehicle driven by Jamie Cornell, who was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. After Cornell was taken into custody, the troopers threatened to have the vehicle towed. This prompted Cornell’s passenger, Derena Marie Madison, to exit the car in protest. In short order she was arrested for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

Shackled at the wrists and ankles, Madison was taken to a nearby State Police barracks. Judge Lancaster’s memorandum describes what reportedly happened next:

“Ms. Madison, with hands still restrained behind her back, was placed on a bench. Her feet were shackled to the bench. As she sat on the bench, Mr. Weaver twice sprayed Ms. Madison’s face, head and body with pepper spray, without justification. The other defendants saw the spraying, but took no action to prevent it. Ms. Madison alleges that the actions were for the purpose of torturing her.”

Still trussed with handcuffs and leg shackles, Madison was unable to wipe the pepper spray residue from her face. When she called for help, “several defendants carried her downstairs and outside the barracks,” continues Lancaster. The victim “was unable to identify the defendants who carried her, because she was blinded by the pepper spray” – which is why the lawsuit names two officer “Does” involved in the assault.

“Once outside, one or more of the defendants, whose identities are likewise unknown, doused her with large quantities of cold water,” the memorandum recounts. “Ms. Madison blacked out momentarily, and fell to her knees in the snow. When she regained consciousness, she felt and smelled urine on her head, face, neck, and person. She believes that while she was unconscious, one or more of the defendants urinated on her. Ms. Madison remained handcuffed and in leg manacles throughout this period.”

Taken back to inside the barracks, Madison was chained to the bench again and briefly held before being released without receiving medical attention. Eleven days later, she was formally charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, and eventually found guilty on both charges.

Responding to Miss Madison’s lawsuit, the State Troopers didn’t contest her account; instead, they claimed that their actions were taken pursuant to their duties, and therefore they were protected by “sovereign immunity”:

“Defendants claim sovereign immunity with respect to [Madison’s ] tort claims of intentional infliction of emotional distress and assault and battery…. [They] argue that subduing persons is one of the acts law enforcement officers are employed to perform [and that] officers are also permitted to use force, if necessary, in the commission of their duties.”

Although the State Troopers describe Madison as an “out-of-control person,” there is no evidence that she did anything other than express her displeasure over the prospect of being abandoned once Cornell’s vehicle had been towed away. Furthermore, as Judge Lancaster astringently observes, assaulting the shackled woman with pepper spray and urine are acts “not related to `subduing’ her;” instead, they “suggest personal motivation, rather than intent to serve the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

Offering the common-sense observation that repeatedly assaulting a handcuffed woman with pepper spray and urinating on her serves “no legitimate law enforcement purpose,” Judge Lancaster rejected the “sovereign immunity” claim. (5)

That such a claim was even made offers a telling insight regarding the institutional mind-set of our Homeland Security system. That system is apparently designed to program otherwise normal and occasionally noble young men into acting as sadistic bullies for whom the torture and humiliation of perceived enemies of the State is a natural reflex.

Other examples of this kind abound.

Last October 29, Adam Greene, a diabetic, suffered a sudden fit of insulin shock while driving to work at about 4:30 a.m. when his blood sugar plummeted and he “gradually slipped towards or into insulin shock,” recounts the lawsuit. When he stopped at an intersection, a still-unidentified officer “approached Adam’s vehicle with his gun draw and kicked the window…. Adam was unresponsive to the officer’s drawn weapon, commands and kick … because of the insulin shock.”

Another officer arrived and dragged Adam violently from the car and threw him face-down to the pavement. Within seconds, Adam – who was inert and completely passive, owing to his condition — was surrounded by at least five, and as many as six, officers. Several of them restrained him while one kicked him repeatedly in the face and head, shouting “Stop resisting, motherfu**er!” Two others struck him repeatedly in the side and midsection.

After the victim was handcuffed, one of the assailants – displaying the preoccupation with “officer safety” that defines every violent interaction between police and helpless citizens – asked the others, “Is anybody hurt?” By this time, a search of Adam’s pockets had turned up a vial of insulin, and the officers were aware that they were dealing with a sick diabetic, rather than a drunken driver.

“He’s a diabetic,” one of the officers told a dispatcher over the radio. “He’s probably in shock, semiconscious.”

Nevertheless, Adam – who was still handcuffed behind his back – was dragged to his feet and forced to blow into a Breathalyzer, even though he had been beaten bloody and had difficulty breathing.

The officers involved in this gang assault have never been identified by name. A dash-cam video of the incident caught one officer expressing concern over the fact that the incident had been recorded.

“It’s on camera,” the officer said.

“They don’t know you,” another replied. “I wouldn’t worry about it.”

After paramedics from the Henderson EMS showed up to treat Adam, one officer offered a perfunctory apology to the victim for “beating him up” – and as far as the Henderson Police Department and Nevada State Police are concerned, that satisfies the “accountability” requirement for this episode of aggravated armed assault.

After being taken to the emergency room, Adam was discovered to have several fractured ribs, as well as painful contusions, abrasions, and other injuries. When he went home, he was “unable to find any relief from the incredible pain he experienced simply from breathing, standing up, sitting down, and lying down,” relates the lawsuit. “He discovered a large, painful lump on his back. His ribs were very painful and made getting around extremely difficult. He was unable to sleep through the night for some time because of the severity of the pain.”

Not surprisingly, given what he experienced, Adam “continues to feel extreme worry and apprehension over the incident, and feels extreme anxiety in the presence of police officers.”(6)

What reasonable person wouldn’t feel apprehensive, given the tragic and ongoing corruption of law enforcement under the post-constitutional regime ruling us?

That expression, “post-constitutional,” is not intended as hyperbole. This is illustrated by the case of Washington, D.C., resident Matthew Corrigan, a veteran suffering from depression, who was arrested by a SWAT team after he mistakenly called the National Suicide Hotline.

Despite the fact that he was not a criminal suspect or a suicide risk, Corrigan was hauled away in handcuffs and spent several days in jail – only to return to a house that had been thoroughly trashed by the SWAT team and a bomb squad.

When Corrigan, an Army Reservist employed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, placed the phone call on February 2, 2010, he hadn’t slept for several days. He dialed what he thought was the number to the Military Emotional Support Hotline. While speaking with a counselor, Corrigan mentioned that he was a veteran, and answered “yes” when asked if he owned a firearm. He then turned off the phone, took a sleeping pill, and retired for the night.

At about 4:00 a.m. the following day, Corrigan was startled awake by the sound of his name being called through a police bullhorn. Ordered to come out of the house, Corrigan did so, locking the door behind him. He was surrounded by a SWAT team, handcuffed, and put in the back of a van. When the SWAT commander demanded access to his home, Corrigan replied: “There is no way I am giving you consent to enter my place.”

To which Lt. Robert Glover, the on-scene SWAT commander, angrily replied: “I don’t have time to play this constitutional bulls**t!” and ordered the team to invade the property. Corrigan was taken to a VA hospital, where he was found not to be a suicide risk. He was taken to jail for three days. In his absence, the SWAT team ransacked his residence. Without either a warrant or probable cause, the police deployed a bomb squad to search for explosives and firearms. They eventually found two handguns and a rifle, all of which were legally owned and properly stored.

Corrigan, who was never charged with a crime, was held in jail for roughly two weeks before being released. He was also required to report each week to Pretrial Services. (7)

Scarcely a generation ago, law enforcement officers – including those employed by bureaucracies of dubious constitutional standing – were required and expected to comport themselves like civilized human beings, displaying proper respect and deference to the public. They were trained to de-escalate potential conflicts, rather than exacerbating them, and most peace officers considered it a matter of professional pride to do so.

This is obviously no longer the case. We shouldn’t be surprised that a deeply degenerate culture is sustaining an utterly depraved Regime that has produced an enforcement caste composed of foul-mouthed cretins eager to inflict pain and humiliation on people who have done nothing to deserve such treatment.

For decades, the motto of peace officers has been “To Protect and Serve.” An apt slogan for today’s federalized, unionized, militarized police would be: “To harass and terrorize.” Their weapons – from pepper spray to tasers to firearms – should be emblazoned with the legend ultima ratio regum ("the king's final argument.") That Latin phrase, often etched into the cannons employed by royal armies in Europe, means, essentially, "Submit, or I'll murder you."

How has this come to pass? To be brutally candid, America has descended into the mire of undisguised tyranny because of the apostasy of the American Christian Church that has tolerated the change in the moral values of our nation.

When Satan tempted Jesus at the beginning of His ministry, he was shown a panoramic view of the kingdoms of the world, and Satan, who had a proprietary claim on those kingdoms, promised to give them to Jesus if the Savior would bow down and worship him. (8)

The Earth is the Lord’s, and someday the world’s kingdoms will become “the kingdoms of God and of His Christ.”(9) But at present they belong to the Prince of this World, who seduces people away from the Creator and the freedom He offers by promising power to those supposedly fitted to rule, and “security” to those purportedly made to be ruled.

Too many American Christian leaders have fallen prey to this seduction, convincing themselves that minor compromises in principle are justified in order to receive a “seat at the table” of power, where they can leverage their influence on behalf of what they describe as the “greater good.”

“I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no group more naive in U.S. politics than Christians,” laments Jeff Taylor, historian and author, in an essay for the eclectic conservative publication Front Porch Republic. “Our gullibility is gigantic. Both major parties take their most loyal voters—white Christians for the Republicans and black Christians for the Democrats—for granted because their votes can always be counted on, regardless of how little policy action they receive in return.”

“If we want to understand how politics and government really work, we need to stop listening to the flattery of politicians who want our vote and instead read Machiavelli. In The Prince, he describes how power really works. Nothing much has changed during the past 500 years because human nature has not changed. Jesus told his disciples that he was sending them out like sheep in the midst of wolves so they should be `as innocent as doves and as wise as serpents.’ In other words, morally pure but politically savvy. Today, most politically-engaged Christians are the exact opposite: worldly but naive, spiritually compromised yet politically gullible. It’s the worst possible combination.”(10)

Once again, we should examine the ominous parallels.

After the National Socialists came to power, writes Eric Metaxas in his splendid biography Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, "Some church leaders felt the church should make peace with the Nazis, who were strongly opposed to communism and 'godlessness.' They believed the church should conform to the Nazi racial laws and the Fuhrer Principle. They thought that by wedding the church to the state, they would restore the church and Germany to her former glory…. Hadn't Hitler spoken of restoring moral order to the nation? They didn't agree with him on everything, but they believed that if the church's prestige were restored, they might be able to influence him in the right direction."

The eternal refrain of temporizers, opportunists, and collaborators is that they can "do more good" by "working from within" the system, on the assumption that their sheer decency and inexhaustible virtue will have a purgative effect on even the most degenerate public institutions – and that obedience to “authority” will cover a multitude of sins.

Alas, most Americans no longer understand that authority must be limited, and delegated power must be limited by law. They assume that “power,” “authority,” and “law” are synonyms – and the public has been carefully indoctrinated to believe that fallen men can be entrusted with power that will be directed at “them” rather than “us.”

The problem, of course, is that those who wield such power regard everyone else as an undifferentiated mass of “them” – and that what we authorize the government to do to “them” they will eventually do to all of us.

That’s an elaborate paraphrase of the Golden Rule – which, as Ron Paul learned at the South Carolina Republican debate last January, is now considered a heresy by many of the leaders of the pious pew-fillers who call themselves conservative Christians.


REFERENCES

1) The Works of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke, Vol. VII (London: J.C. Nimmo, 1887), pg. 189
2) For a transcription of the Lee-Acton correspondence, go to: http://www.bradleyggreen.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=232:lord-actons-correspondence-with-robert-e-lee&catid=38:general&Itemid=1
3) This episode, described in Wobbe’s memoir Three Against Hitler, was recounted here -- http://www.antiwar.com/blog/2012/01/13/duh-winning-hearts-and-minds-edition/
4) Dan Lamothe, “Marine scout snipers used Nazi SS logo,” Marine Corps Times, February 9, 2012.
5) To read Judge Lancaster’s memorandum and order, see -- http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/01/06/Urine.pdf
6) “Watch the Video of Motorist kicked by Henderson Police officer,” Las Vegas Sun, February 9, 2012; see -- http://m.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/feb/07/motorist-kicked-henderson-police-officer-set-recei/
7) To read Matthew Corrigan’s federal lawsuit, go here -- http://www.scribd.com/doc/80941044/Matthew-Corrigan-v-District-of-Columbia
8) Matthew 4:9
9) Revelation 11:15
10) Jeff Taylor, “The GOP in Limbo: How Low Can You Go?” Front Porch Republic, January 26, 2012.

Written by William Grigg

I believe we will soon be at war with Iran, and perhaps the Moslem world. If that occurs, the conflict will limit the flow of oil to Europe, disrupt their economy, and destroy some of the major banks in the Unite States.

What can you do? You must continue encouraging your friends to listen to Alex Jones, Joyce Riley, and Radio Liberty because our message is getting out, and people are learning about the Brotherhood of Darkness. My syllabus and DVD “The Planned Police State” and Sheriff Richard Mack’s DVD and booklet “County Sheriff – More Power Than the President” are excellent on this subject.

Barbara and I appreciate your loyal support and your faithful prayers.

Yours in Christ,

Stanley Monteith


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