by L. Neil Smith

On Thursday, December 15, 2011, the 220th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, members of the United States House of Representatives betrayed their oaths of office and voted overwhelmingly to follow in the felonious footsteps of their criminal accessories in the Senate, by attempting to pass the so-called “National Defense Authorization Act”.

This act, among other obscenities, allows the military—who will also be betraying their oaths—to kidnap and “indefinitely detain” any American citizen on American soil or anywhere else, for any reason they wish, without due process under the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or a thousand years of precedent under English law which is at the core of our legal culture. It is, in fact, a stab at terminating the rule of law in America, and with it, America’s unique civilization.

There are many things that can be said of this event. One wonders why the cretins, criminals, and crazies in both Houses bothered to wrap it up in false respectability, rather than simply continue to let the state rule by decree, which it has pretty much been doing anyway, under the splendid excuses provided by the events of September 11, 2001.

But why do you suppose I said “attempting to pass” in my initial paragraph? Because one thing is absolutely certain: the NDAA is not the law, since it contradicts a higher law—the highest law of the land—the first ten amendments of the Constitution, commonly known as the Bill of Rights. Americans have fought and bled and killed and died believing—often falsely—that they were preserving the Bill of Rights. The current crop of politicians can’t conceive of such dedication to an idea. It’s what frightens them witless, spitless, and shitless about Muslims, or anybody else (gun and religion “clingers”, for example) willing to offer their lives in the defense of a “mere” concept.

There is indeed a legal process for amending the Constitution, one that might theoretically make this recent travesty possible, but its problem is that it requires the explicit consent of a great many more individuals than the few hundred simpletons, saboteurs, and psychotics infesting Congress who voted for the NDAA, and it probably wouldn’t pass.

And get this: even if it did, as I have been pointing out for more than thirty years, that would nullify the Bill of Rights, which was an absolute precondition under which the Constitution—from which these low-lives claim to derive their authority—was ratified in the first place. Put as simply as I can (somebody may need to read them the big words): no Bill of Rights (under the NDAA or anything resembling it), no Constitution; no Constitution, no government; no government, no them.

It isn’t just a good idea, it’s the law.

But the crimes against the Constitution keep on coming. As a measure of the administration’s confidence and arrogance, the “Federal Emergency Management Administration”—FEMA—concentration camps that the government used to deny exist are now being openly stocked with supplies, and the hiring of future concentration camp guards has been announced in certain military circles. I suppose that’s one of the benefits of having deliberately engineered the worst unemployment in American history. People will do anything—even pry the fillings out of murder victims’ teeth—if they think they’re feeding their families.

It’s more than a job—it’s an adventure!

The next step, of course, is the United Nations’ Agenda 21, under which—by their own admission—the countryside will be “cleared” of its human “infection”, and the populace reduced to a “sustainable” ten percent of what it is now. If you’re reading this, you won’t be part of that ten percent—unless you’re a government spy, and even then …

The ironic, shameful thing is that Republicans, who could have taken the 2012 election in a landslide at every level have revealed themselves, instead, as belly-crawling traitors. I wish I didn’t believe it’s because George Soros or someone like him offered them dachas in the empty countryside and lots of pretty, grateful peasant boys and girls from the crowded, dirty arcologies to do what they want with.

Now I understand Gingrich, Romney, and the rest of our would-be Slave-masters tacitly approving the NDAA as the beginning of the fulfillment of all their most cherished secret desires. Maybe Limbaugh and Hannity, as well. But where in bloody hell was Ron Paul to vote against this mess? I mean to ask the question again and again, right up to next November, until I receive a satisfactory answer. Get ready, Ron.

So: the anticipated “October Surprise” has turned out, almost a year early, to be raw treason. Will there even be a 2012 election? I wonder what odds-makers in Las Vegas and Atlantic City are saying about that.

I suppose we can all take heart of some kind in the fact that this is not the first time that this sort of idiotic criminal insanity has happened. Just ask the Japanese-Americans in the 1940s who, for the unforgivable crime of simply being who they were, found themselves sent to illegal concentration camps—with scarcely a voice raised against it—by Democrats and Republicans who had no more regard for what America is supposed to be than the Democrats and Republicans of today.

Oath-breakers, liars, and perjurers every one, then and now.

The question to have asked back then was why were we Americans even bothering to fight the Nazis, since our leaders wanted so much to be just like them? Why did we bother to fight the Communists? And why are we fighting now? The answer is that, over its 220-year history of conniving, corruption, and conspiracy by politicians, the Bill of Rights has survived, more as a tattered ideal than as an everyday actuality.

As a science fiction writer and an observer of history and human nature, I’ve successfully predicted a great many things, but I don’t have any idea what’s going to happen now. I do know the only rational, reasonable alternative to simply giving up and trying to hide is to pledge ourselves, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor, to change things, now and forever, and among those changes, to enforce the Bill of Rights as if it were what it is, the highest law of the land.

We might start with something like this …


Any official, appointed or elected, at any level of government, who attempts, through legislative act or other means, to nullify, evade, or avoid the provisions of the first ten amendments to this Constitution, or of the Thirteenth Amendment, shall be summarily removed from office, and, upon conviction, deprived of all pay and benefits including pension, and sentenced to imprisonment for life.

After December 15th, I’m willing to discuss extending the penalty.

Now I know—so please don’t bother to write to me snide messages about it—that the chances of passing this proposal are vanishing and slight at the moment. But at the moment, this nation’s grafters, grifters, and grabbers are trying to put the Bill of Rights itself on hold (as I clearly remember—but can no longer prove—Gingrich proposed doing back in the 1980s “for the duration of the War on Drugs”).

My proposal sets a standard for the future, on the assumption that there will be one. And since, in addition to being criminals, cretins, and crazies, these creatures are all cowards, once they—or their network spies—start seeing it everywhere on line, they may be inclined (if my dealings with the pusillanimous punks and poltroons of the Libertarian Party are any indication) to back off, at least for a while.

There are already measures in place, of course, in the second paragraph of the Fourteenth Amendment, for example, which removes from authority anybody convicted of “rebellion against the Constitution”, forbidding the perpetrator ever to hold public office again. I would call the NDAA an act of “rebellion against the Constitution”, wouldn’t you?

And there are much-neglected provisions under Title 18 of the federal code, Sections 241 and 242, which provide harsh punishment for cops and politicos who try to violate anybody’s rights “under color of law”. Me, I’d make it one count for each and every paragraph in the legislation.

Whatever happens over the coming year, afterward—provided that there is an afterward—we must strive to see that all the maniacs, miscreants, and morons responsible for this atrocity are brought to justice, to my preference, in the little Rust Belt town of Nuremberg—Pennsylvania.

Afterward—provided that there is an afterward—they will be placed in solitary confinement for the remainder of their miserable, unworthy, treacherous lives, to my preference, on a little rock called Alcatraz.

Nancy should feel right at home.

Courtesy of The Libertarian Enterprise

18 Responses to TREASON!

  1. Bad form, Mr. Smith! You of course know that Dr. Paul was campaigning in Iowa last week and thus was not present for the vote, same as Michele Bachmann. His nay-vote would have made no difference to the final tally, which was 283-136 for. To take this as an opportunity to denigrate the only principled pro-liberty candidate on the Republican side is going a bit overboard. Apart from this, however, I am in complete agreement with your assessment of the NDAA.

    • Senator-Blutarsky says:

      Absolutely correct, jenkins – RP knew the scorecard on this was impossible.

      Neil- you have a considerable brain – be sure it is fully in gear before hitting the “send” button on an otherwise superb essay

  2. Richard says:

    From the choir loft:

    Americans don’t care.

    That’s how we got here in the first place.

    We will not fight for liberty, but we will do deadly battle for first place in the sale line at the shopping mall. Like Esau who sold his birthright for a bowl of chili we’ve cast aside our dearest possession for another shiney car/truck, another hit of cocaine and a free check from the Feds.

    DC has bribed its way to the foremost position of American life and the majority of Americans have bought the deal. We squeal now only because we realize the price we have agreed to pay.

    Welcome to the new America, the Hotel California version. You can check out, but you can never leave.

    But that’s just me, wailing from the choir loft…..

  3. There are only two peaceful ways to Break this BEAST down and preserve or resurrect our Bill of Rights and constitutional rule [rule of law]:

    One is for a number of states, hopefully in scattered locations to secede as we all once did from Britain….and for pretty much all the same reasons.

    CRITTER. If he or she is breathing, I GUARANTEE YOU he or she is a real part of our problem.

    Don’t go third party is my advice. Just switch as many votes as you can OUT OF THE INCUMBENT’S VOTE TOTALS AND INTO THE TOTALS OF HIS OR HER POLITICALLY STRONGEST OPPONENT. Forget party. Forget the Presidency. Forget decency. Forget ideology. Just vote all the bastards now sitting in our Congress….into oblivion……..and their replacements…..I GUARANTEE YOU….will suddenly learn some real respect for us and for our constitution.


    Dennis Morrisseau
    Second Vermont Republid
    Lieutenant Morrisseau’s Rebellion
    802 645 9727

  4. […] DumpDC links to this L. Neil Smith essay on the NDAA. […]

  5. Mike says:

    Absolutely Jenkins Brigade!
    Smith — Your slight of hand attack on Ron Paul only discredits you. How can I trust your writing anymore now that you use false innuendo against a man that has a VERY LONG history of voting against bills like this — not to mention the multiple books he has written that typically agree with your writings. You insinuate that even Ron Paul approves of the heinous “National Defense Authorization Act” — But YOU KNOW that he was one of the first to rail against it. SEE Ron Paul’s speech on the house floor on May 25 2011—- “THE LAST NAIL”

    …I generally like your writing Smith, but jumping on board the GOP Demonization train against Ron Paul will do you no good.

    Have you become one of “them”?

  6. Milt says:

    In Brooklyn, when some people say ‘ask’, it sounds like ‘axe’.

    We need to literally ‘axe’ the traitors to leave office, permanently. To reiterate,I don’t mean that figuratively – I think a couple of pounds of razor sharp Swedish steel vigorously applied to their faces (they really need to see it coming) would be appropriate, after ‘due process’, of course…

    On a more realistic note, we will never be able to vote our way to Liberty; as I clearly remember Mr. Smith saying, “If voting could change things, it would be illegal.” That was true those many years ago and it is no less true today. Even if we had the opportunity to vote on matters of actual substance, we are now outnumbered by the Free Shit Army – the ‘peaceful’ part of this game is over. It is now time for us to physically manifest Jefferson’s ‘manly firmness’. ‘Civil disobedience’ with teeth seems the most appropriate action for these times.

  7. I recommend a book that is worth reading: John Ross’s UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. Try to borrow it; Amazon’s prices have gone from ridiculous to absurd. Although I have to say I wouldn’t sell my copy even for the prices being asked on Amazon, so maybe they’re not absurd after all. The free market at work.

    Even though this may be considered an act of shameless self-promotion, I suggest m own book, RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. It’s a primer on armed revolt. It covers many subjects you might not think of at first, but should think about.

    The 2nd Amendment is there for a reason, and it isn’t duck hunting. The concept of deterrence can be applied domestically just as well as internationally. If the bastards are scared enough, they may quit doing what they’re doing.

  8. TPaine says:

    Only one point to make here – Ron Paul would never vote for this abomination. To think otherwise is just plain stupid. Dr. Paul is the ONLY candidate right now that would protect and defend our Constitution – the rest would sell out their own mother to be elected.

    And we did gain some attention, not respect, for changing the roll call massively in Congress last year. Didn’t mean squat, and John Boehner is a prime example. Most Ron Paul supporters will be voting for him whether or not he gets the Republican nomination. We’ll vote for him in the primaries, and we will vote for him as a Republican, independent or write-in in the general election. If this gives Obama the win, well, any other outcome that wasn’t Ron Paul wouldn’t have changed a thing, except maybe the party in power.

  9. revjen45 says:

    The proper name for this treasonous legal pustule is The Nacht und Nebel Decree of 2011. Not only does it make the Bill of Rights null and void without a Constitutional amendment, but it is specifically in violation of Article I, Section 9, paragraph 3 of the U.S. Constitution as a Bill of Attainder.

  10. Molon Labe says:

    Spot on. This is not the America I grew up in.

  11. carroll price says:

    The first mistake the author makes is in assuming that the American people have been living under a viable constitution for the past 150 years. If there is anything a commentator on this blog should know, it is that as a viable document, the US Constitution ceased to exist the day General Lee surrendered his troops at Appomattox Court House. The only thing missing from the McClean House grounds (and which should be added) is a grave and marker showing where the US Constitution has lain entombed for the past 150 years.

  12. blah blah says:

    My two cents …

    1) Folks that want to argue about NDAA 2012 applying to US Citizens. Even if it doesn’t, there’s an easy work-around; simply charge a US Citizen with treason, and after a speedy trial they can have their citizenship revoked. Once revoked, they are now considered a foreigner, and everything in NDAA 2012 can be applied to them in full-force.

    2) The irony here is that Congress is not exempt from NDAA 2012. If the POTUS wanted to be a dick, he could charge them all with treason, send them through trial, and if their citizenship is revoked, he could have them all shipped off to a foreign country to get their collective nether regions electrocuted for the rest of their lives. Essentially (while this is a major, major long-shot “dooms day” scenario), the POTUS would have the ability to eliminate Congress and make him/herself a Military Dictator (since s/he is Commander in Chief, and as such the head of the military).

    3) Even if the POTUS is dumb enough to sign off on this as it is, the ACLU and others would be taking this to the Supreme Court so fast, it would be ridiculous. The House and Senate can pass all the bills they like. The President can sign them into law as much as he likes. But, if “we the people” find fault with them, then we can make a court case out of it, which lets the Judicial Branch have final say on whether it is Constitutionally legal or not.

    4) Let’s say even the Judicial Branch is a bunch of idiots, and deem it’s constitutional. The Constitution affords us, the collective citizens, the power to get together and hold a convention to push through or revoke laws as we see fit if enough of us get together and put our collective names on it WITHOUT Congresses or the POTUS’ approval. So, even if all of these other checks-n-balances fail, we the people can still get together and revoke this junk if we decided to use this last-resort legal measure. (Of course, that may be difficult if suddenly the POTUS does declare martial law and starts carting off citizens by the bus-load).

    5) If all of THAT fails miserably, then each of our armed service members took an oath to protect this country from all invaders, both foreign and domestic. While the POTUS is the Commander in Chief, ultimately it would be the military branches deciding if what he is doing is for the best. In military dictatorships, the military is always behind the dictator, b/c they get the most luxuries. So, depending on how good our military personnel have it, they may or may not go along with the POTUS if he tried to pull a military coup of our nation.

    Bottomline … I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I don’t think there’s some great Illuminati pulling strings to machinate all this junk into place. I think things like this just end up in place b/c of human nature; human nature has us wanting to be lazy and take the path of least resistance. We do things with the best of intentions (which I think Congress and POTUS have with this bill), but by enacting broad, ambiguous laws, they can later be used in means that were not intended, and provide loopholes of great abuse. We see the continuing militarization of local police. We see ourselves conditioned to think we’re in perpetual “war” due to a “War on Terror”. “Terrorism” is an ambiguous term that has even been used to label bullies on school busses. We see police with search warrants no longer knocking on doors to search a property peaceably, but instead using SWAT to break down doors at 2am and round up suspected citizens while they trash the place looking for whatever evidence they’re looking for in whatever case they’re following. All of these things are not the machinations of some great, behind-the-scenes power. They’r merely independant things that have evolved over time. BUt when they all come together, they make a perfect scenario that is very scary to think about.

    • Richard says:

      Well said. Much thinking behind your words. The problem is THE THREAT that those who disagree may simply disappear. Disappear! Pls Plz think about this. We’re headed there. Soon. OMG & I’m not kidding. 3am visits from the Feds followed by a disappearance! Think.

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