Daily Archives: May 30, 2016

John W. Whitehead/The Rutherford Institute: “War is a Grisly Business, a Horror of Epic Proportions”

Re-posted with thanks from The Rutherford Institute, an opening excerpt from John Whitehead’s commentary on war for Memorial Day, reminding us about the horrors and many pointless deaths and injuries of war, and offering a list of war films to watch, exploring the psychological, surreal, social, managerial and other aspects of war. (Just commentary below, please visit there for the list.)

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Memorializing the Horrors of War with 10 Must-See War Films

By John W. Whitehead
May 27, 2016

“The horror… the horror…”—Apocalypse Now (1979)

“You can’t show war as it really is on the screen, with all the blood and gore. Perhaps it would be better if you could fire real shots over the audience’s head every night, you know, and have actual casualties in the theater.”—Sam Fuller, film director and author

Hiroshima, 6 agosto 1945: lo scoppio della bomba atomicaNearly 71 years ago, the United States unleashed atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing more than 200,000 individuals, many of whom were civilians.

Fast forward to the present day, and President Obama—the antiwar candidate and Nobel Peace Prize winner who has waged war longer than any American president and whose legacy includes targeted-drone killings and at least 1.3 million lives lost to the U.S.-led war on terror—is paying lip service to the victims of America’s nuclear carnage, all the while continuing to feed the war machine.

America has long had a penchant for endless wars that empty our national coffers while fattening those of the military industrial complex. Since 9/11, we’ve spent more than $1.6 trillion to wage wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Adding in our military efforts in Pakistan, as well as the lifetime price of health care for disabled veterans and interest on the national debt, that cost rises to $4.4 trillion. Even now, the war drums are sounding as Obama prepares to deploy U.S. troops on a long-term mission to Libya and continues to police the rest of the world with more than 1.3 million U.S. troops being stationed at roughly 1000 military bases in over 150 countries.

To this end, as I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, Americans are fed a steady diet of pro-war propaganda that keeps them content to wave flags with patriotic fervor and less inclined to look too closely at the mounting body counts, the ruined lives, the ravaged countries, the blowback arising from ill-advised targeted-drone killings and bombing campaigns in foreign lands, and the transformation of our own homeland into a warzone.

Nowhere is this double-edged irony more apparent than during military holidays such as Memorial Day, when we get treated to a generous serving of praise and grandstanding by politicians, corporations and others with similarly self-serving motives eager to go on record as being pro-military.

Yet war is a grisly business, a horror of epic proportions. In terms of human carnage alone, war’s devastation is staggering. For example, it is estimated that approximately 231 million people died worldwide during the wars of the 20th century. This figure does not take into account the walking wounded—both physically and psychologically—who “survive” war.

War drives the American police state. The military-industrial complex is the world’s largest employer. War sustains our way of life while killing us at the same time. As Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent and author Chris Hedges observes:

War is like a poison. And just as a cancer patient must at times ingest a poison to fight off a disease, so there are times in a society when we must ingest the poison of war to survive. But what we must understand is that just as the disease can kill us, so can the poison. If we don’t understand what war is, how it perverts us, how it corrupts us, how it dehumanizes us, how it ultimately invites us to our own self-annihilation, then we can become the victim of war itself.

War also entertains us with its carnage, its killing fields, its thrills and chills and bloodied battles set to music and memorialized in books, on television, in video games, and in superhero films and blockbuster Hollywood movies financed in part by the military.

War has become a centerpiece of American entertainment culture, most prevalent in war movies.

War movies deal in the extremes of human behavior. The best films address not only destruction on a vast scale but also plumb the depths of humanity’s response to the grotesque horror of war. They present human conflict in its most bizarre conditions—where men and women caught in the perilous straits of death perform feats of noble sacrifice or dig into the dark battalions of cowardice.

War films also provide viewers with a way to vicariously experience combat, but the great ones are not merely vehicles for escapism. Instead, they provide a source of inspiration, while touching upon the fundamental issues at work in wartime scenarios.”

Please continue reading at The Rutherford Institute.

Abby Martin/The Empire Files: 100 Years of US Troops Used as Lab Rats

Re-posted from Telesur English, with many thanks.  A timely reminder from intrepid journalist Abby Martin of The Empire Files at Telesur of the many ways the US Government has abused and exploited military servicemen and women since the time of WWII by enrolling them non-consensually in classified, experimentation programs for the testing of deadly bio-weapons, chemical weapons, physical weapons, and then refusing them medical care for harm caused. These have included radiation exposure, lobotomies, Sarin gas, Agent Orange, depleted uranium shells.

Hard-hitting and panoramic, this overview with historic war footage offers grim evidence of long-lasting US Government policies of private exploitation and abuse of soldiers propped up by public facades of gratitude for their service–exploitation as reported by many in the military that continues today. Which raises the question: who or what are we supporting when asked to “support the troops”?

For the whole article, please visit Telesur. Excerpt and video below.

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teleSur English Empire Files

“There was never any accountability for destroying the lives and minds of thousands of soldiers,” Martin explains.
 
The abuse extended from the end of WWI to the recent wars on Iraq.

WATCH: The Empire Files: Used & Betrayed – 100 Years of US Troops as Lab Rats

U.S. government denies 80 percent of insurance claims from veterans of the first war on Iraq, even though one similar program cost less than a third of a warplane. An estimated 250,000 servicemen are expected to endure lasting effects from their service there.

Hundreds of thousands of U.S. soldiers were also exposed to Sarin gas during the two wars, not because the Iraqi army used it, but because they were ordered to destroy stockpiles and then breathed it.

Officers told their subordinates to disregard the alarms meant to inform them it was time to evacuate. The Department of Defense admitted in 2015 what had happened.

Depleted uranium shells, intended to maximize destruction, have also poisoned both civilians and servicemen in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cancer rates in Iraq skyrocketed after the invasions, as did rates of birth defects in hospitals in Fallujah, one of the cities hardest-hit by these toxic shells.

Politicians espousing the mantra of “support the troops” are not the friends of servicemen, Martin claims, “but their greatest enemy.”

Source: Telesur

 

Judge Anna von Reitz: Letter to Pope Francis, Memorial Day 2016

Re-posted with many thanks to Judge Anna, from Facebook.  A reminder to Pope Francis: “As the single largest employer of all lawyers and attorneys worldwide as well as inheritor of the copyrights and trademarks of the statutory law, you are uniquely responsible for this continuing situation and the related abuses.

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Beaches of Normandy/D-Day

“Nobody can ever repay the sacrifices made at Dunkirk and Normandy and Hiroshima and Treblinka, but we can all certainly learn our lessons. The Americans have learned.

No other nation has to worry about what they owe us, except the moral obligation to support us when we are right and to assist us now by fully recognizing the fact that the United States Congress has been operating a rogue secondary government and promoting a confusion between that government and our lawful government.

…The American people are still provably the Priority Creditors of the entire planet. We have not abandoned our position nor our property assets. We have paid the piper and what we say has to hold, or all the laws of commerce and all the laws of nations fail. So what do we say?

Neither we nor the rest of the world should suffer for the sake of greed, lies, and delusions. A cupcake is a cupcake and a crook is a crook.”

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Letter to Pope Francis– Memorial Day 2016

Anna von Reitz
Most Beloved Francis,

The lawyers have been bill collectors for the Roman Pontiff since the second century BC. Please redirect them with respect to their activities on American soil.

As you can see from our attached Judicial Notice and Order to Cease and Desist forwarded to the World Court – the Hague and the Office of the Special Prosecutor, they have been running private corporate administrative tribunals as if they were lawful public courts, employing Glossa to misrepresent and mischaracterize living Americans as corporate “persons” and otherwise running amok on our soil.

As the single largest employer of all lawyers and attorneys worldwide as well as inheritor of the copyrights and trademarks of the statutory law, you are uniquely responsible for this continuing situation and the related abuses.

As has already been established by the Vatican Chancery Court, people born on the land of the American organic states are the lawful beneficiaries of the land and no one may claim otherwise.

As has also been established by the Treaty of Westminster 1794 and the Treaty of Ghent 1814 we are also beneficiaries of the international jurisdiction of the sea “in perpetuity”.

As Pope Benedict XVI has fully admitted, the secret Treaty of Verona of 1822 was an egregious Breach of Trust, an illegal, unlawful, and immoral act by the then-Pope and the British Monarch, owed nothing but confession, repudiation and correction.

We call upon you to exert your full empowerment as the ultimate comptroller of the statutory law creating all corporations on Earth and your office as the Roman Pontiff to correct the operations of the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the International Monetary Fund, the Federal Reserve, the UNITED STATES, (INC.), and THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, (INC.), the UN Corporation, and all their franchises and affiliates including the corporation calling itself the GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES and the PENTAGON.

These entities have functioned as crime syndicates on our shores and have been grossly misdirected by both the British and French Governments and various Vatican operatives in the past and present. This entire mess must be cleaned up, and it cannot be accomplished by pretending that the Creditors are Debtors, via the use of scapegoats, or the avoidance of the facts.

Your efforts of the Motu Proprio of July 11, 2013 are much appreciated. Your decision to give the miscreants three years to clean up their acts and come into compliance with their charters has, as we feared, only encouraged them to redouble their acts of criminality, but we have nonetheless waited out the grace period.

The American people are owed the guarantees of their actual Constitution— what the Vatican calls our “Original Equity Contract”— and we have acted properly to claim our property assets, have issued our Sovereign Letters Patent, have established our Joint Declaration of Sovereignty together with the Federal Indigenous Nations preserving our “Original Equity Contract” and have properly asked you in your capacity as Trustee to fascilitate the settlement of the so-called United States National Debt by application of our National Credit to balance the books. We have likewise directed the Board of Governors of the Bank for International Settlements regarding our Will.

May we now consider these issues done and settled?

We also understand the embarrassment of the British, French, Japanese, Germany, and many other national governments with respect to the debts owed to the American people. These debts arising out of the need to rebuild after the Second World War together with the interest accrued would indeed be insurmountable and would result in the enslavement of most of the world if we were to insist on repayment. We understand that this concern—the gross indebtedness of the world— has been the entire motivation behind the apparent international collusion against our lawful government.

Let us ask how much a life is worth and who will hazard to pay it back?

While distracted by the chicanery of international bankers and the digits accruing on ledgers most of the world has been deluded into believing what we can only describe as “lies we have told ourselves”. We have not succumbed to such silliness.

We assert that we cannot give life and have no right to take it. We assert that the value of even one life is beyond the ability of the world to repay. We assert that the essence of a good life is to have all that we truly need, to possess some of the things we merely want, to love and to be loved, to serve a noble purpose, to have a home and to live at peace. We assert that this is well-within the ability of each of us to achieve and within the Earth’s ability to sustain for a long time into the future.

A higher law than any “law” of commerce is called for at this time, a law that requires each man of every faith and nation to come to terms with our actual nature and our actual needs.

We assert that money is nothing but a tool, like a shovel or a rake, which everyone must have access to use to fulfill both their daily needs to pay for food, fuel, housing, water, safe sanitation and similar needs— and their dreams. Depriving people of money so as to make it a false god is a crime that renders us all in the ridiculous position of worshiping something of our own creation, as if we baked a cupcake and then bowed down to it.

The accumulation of debt and the holding of debt has to cease and the forgiveness of debt must commence. Let it begin with the American people and their lawful government. We didn’t give in order to commit usury against everyone else— as the “United States” defined as the “territories and District of Columbia” has done.

We gave to give, to restore, to help. We gave of our bodies in war and in peace. We gave of our natural resources, too. We did it to assist other nations to rebuild and have all that they need to live good lives according to their own dreams and traditions—not to ensnare them in a web of insurmountable debt.

Nobody can ever repay the sacrifices made at Dunkirk and Normandy and Hiroshima and Treblinka, but we can all certainly learn our lessons. The Americans have learned.

No other nation has to worry about what they owe us, except the moral obligation to support us when we are right and to assist us now by fully recognizing the fact that the United States Congress has been operating a rogue secondary government and promoting a confusion between that government and our lawful government.

The Federal United States composed of the “territories and District of Columbia” and doing business as the United States of America (Minor) is a separate entity from The United States of America (Major). The United States Congress has operated this kingdom made of paper (and a few stray islands) to defraud the American people and the entire rest of the world via deceit based on similar names.

We are not the problem. We have been the victims of this mischaracterization and misrepresentation and we have suffered along with the rest of the world.

This deceit has been promoted by international banking cartels, corrupt politicians, and senior members of the American and International Bar Associations, some of whom have sought refuge in Mainland China when confronted with the severity of their criminality.

This system was pioneered in China many centuries ago, so it has now come full circle and needs to be destroyed by the same people who first discerned the principle underlying it— which is summed up by the Chinese proverb: “If you collect the money, you disperse the people. If you disperse the money, you collect the people”.

The American people are still provably the Priority Creditors of the entire planet. We have not abandoned our position nor our property assets. We have paid the piper and what we say has to hold, or all the laws of commerce and all the laws of nations fail. So what do we say?

Neither we nor the rest of the world should suffer for the sake of greed, lies, and delusions. A cupcake is a cupcake and a crook is a crook.

We call upon you and all world leaders to honor our contributions and inheritance— our land, our homes, our lives, our public and organic law—-as we have honored theirs, and draw the line between us and the Federal United States which has caused all the problems, racked up all the debts, and engaged in all these crimes against us and other nations.

Source: annavonreitz.com

Judge Anna von Reitz: How To Use The Glossa Judicial Notice and Order

Re-posted from Facebook, with many thanks to Judge Anna. Relates to the previous post, Memorial Day–A Fitting Order Released.

(Emphases below mine.)

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How To Use The Glossa Judicial Notice and Order

Anna von Reitz

1. Realize that the “United States” is a federation of actual nation-states. The states of the land not the federal “government” are the actual sovereign nations. You receive your nationality at birth as a Nevadan, Californian, Virginian, etc. Your nationality and your sovereignty cannot be taken away from you or changed unless you willfully throw it away. The Founders knew this and protected your nationality

The Naturalization Act of 1802, Seventh Congress, Session 1, Chapter 28, Sections 1-4, April 14, 1802 sets forth the exact requirements necessary for anyone born in an American state to become a United States Citizen. Period.

While the “United States” has always allowed Dual Citizenship— that is, has allowed its “Citizens” to claim both State and Federal Citizenship at the same time, the States of the Union make no such allowance. From the standpoint of the organic states, you are either out or you are in.

So you have to make up your mind whether you are a man standing on your native land or a corporate fugitive merely “residing” here in a “Federal State of State” franchise existing only on paper.

Most of us will agree that we are Virginians standing on the land of Virginia or Wisconsinites standing on the land of Wisconsin, and all of us can ask for proof that we ever completed the steps necessary to become United States Citizens?

From the standpoint of the States of the Union, no such steps have been taken and no such “United States Citizenship” can be presumed absent such knowing and public declaration and action. Also from the standpoint of the States of the Union no such thing as a “citizen of the United States” exists — This purely corporate political status was created by the 14th Amendment of the Corporate Charter of the United States of America, Inc. deceptively calling itself the “Constitution of the United States of America” and has nothing to do with us and our nationality.

You must know this and give Judicial Notice along with an Affidavit affirming that your nativity occurred on the land of whichever state and you must demand to see any proof otherwise demonstrating that you completed the steps required by the Naturalization Act of 1802.

Of course no such evidence exists and they won’t be able to produce it. Their claim after-the-fact that you agreed to become a corporate slave for them doesn’t hold any water. And your Mother’s unknowing signature on an Application for a Birth Certificate doesn’t either.

2. Once you have a grasp of who you are and how to prove and assert it, you are prepared to lodge further objections with the court and this is where the Glossa Judicial Notice and Order comes in.

Ever heard anyone use the expression, “Put a gloss on it”—-? It’s a slang expression meaning to “sugar coat or otherwise apply a mask or other deliberate obfuscation of identity or fact”. That’s what the use of Glossa promotes— a form of knowing misrepresentation of fact calculated to promote personage being practiced by attorneys to hide the identity of both plaintiffs and defendants.

It is unlawful and illegal for any organization promoting itself as a “court” to use Glossa or any other form of knowing misrepresentation.

So either the “court” has to admit it is a crime syndicate and a fraud, or it has to stop using Glossa and clearly identify the plaintiffs and defendants.

3. There are two reference books called similar names (sound familiar?) — One is the Chicago Manuel of Style, a popular style guide used widely by newspapers and other publications to provide uniform guidelines and standards for reporters and other writers; it is a large reference book similar to a dictionary or thesaurus. The other is The Chicago Manuel of Styles, with an “s” which is a much smaller and more limited publication the size of a larger format paperback book, that deals with the subject of “styles” or “stiles”(British) exclusively. The most recent edition I can find is 1948, though there may be more recent editions.

Both of these publications adequately explain what the Glossa is, as does Black’s Law Dictionary. The earlier versions of the American Bar Association guides to legal style and usage also plainly state that the use of all capital letters denotes either a corporation or a dead man’s estate.

And as I explained, the use of Glossa goes back to Roman times, when the use of all capital letters was used to denote the name of a slave—-so there is no excuse for anyone pretending that the use of Glossa is meaningless and no reason for anyone to scoff at your objections to its use with respect to your good name. If you aren’t a slave, you must say so.

If you don’t object, the rats are free to “presume” whatever is advantageous to them.

4. The authority for my Order is Article X of the actual Constitution, which the rats also adopted in their failed attempt to enclose and privatize our Organic Law— the “undelegated powers” of the states and the people in the international jurisdiction of the sea. There is no delegation of power granted to Congress to create any corporate “persons” and name them after us — which is an act of attempted identity theft and a trespass upon our private property— nor was Congress ever enabled to use Glossa to denote corporations, estates or other corporate entities in any venue affecting us. Our Public Law requires all corporations to be clearly identified by suffixes attached to the name of the corporation, such as “John Deere, Incorporated.” or “Hiriam Walker, LLC”. This is required as a protection against exactly the kind of personage and barratry and other legal chicanery that has been practiced upon the innocent American People.

Call the court on it. Issue Judicial Notice that there is no evidence that Congress was ever empowered to name corporate persons after living American State Nationals, nor is there any provision for Congress to require or even request registration of any child born on American soil — which is a repugnant and internationally forbidden activity resulting in involuntary servitude, press-ganging, and enslavement outlawed throughout the world since 1926. Any claim that a private contract can overcome the Public Law of this country or the International Law as a whole is in their favorite word, “frivolous”; while anyone might enter into such a contract, the contract itself is unlawful and null and void from inception.

5. Every “court” public and private operating on American soil is required to take Judicial Notice and stop accepting claims using GLOSSA. Both the plaintiffs and defendants must be clearly, explicitly identified.

I have the right under Article X of the actual Constitution and under the provisions of The Alaska Statehood Compact to require this correction and I have done so.

If they want to argue that they are dry docked on American soil and acting under treaty, they had better start obeying the treaties they owe us including the Treaty of Ghent 1814 and start operating exclusively within their proper jurisdiction. When they trespass onto my jurisdiction and address my people under false presumptions they have to answer to me and my directives.

6. It might appear that the wording of my Order is awkward and that the subjects and verbs mismatch. This is because the Order is stated in Legalese. It prohibits–separately– both the conventions using Glossa and the Glossa (NAME) itself—- both the deed and the word. This may seem a fine distinction, but it is necessary to prevent any additional fudging and chicanery.

The judges and lawyers reading it will grasp the meaning and implications readily enough.

This is all background information for you to know and use.

The Order has been forwarded via Registered Mail to the Hague and also via email to the Office of the Special Prosecutor. These outrages will not be allowed to continue in any event, but you can all assist by calling these courts and their personnel on the carpet. When they trespass on you and your name and address mail or anything else to you using Glossa— feel free to stomp them flat with objections they cannot answer.

7. And always remember that it is impossible to be “in contempt of court” with respect to a court that has no jurisdiction related to you. When they operate in disrespect of the actual Constitution and our Public Law, they are owed no treaty.

Source: Annavonreitz.com