...more government control...speak up

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    SparklingJewelposted 4 years ago

    http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/56 … 875#action

    can use above link to take action

    Recently Congress, proving that bipartisanship reigns, at least where the power of the bureaucracy is at stake, has considered a series of bills to increase agency powers both in domestic and in foreign affairs. Often these laws increase criminal penalties, expand civil forfeitures ("Administrative Detention") or even proport to permit "extraordinary" (read: unconstitutional) executive power over individuals. Coupled with an unprecedented tsunami of new government regulations by rogue agencies like the FDA, Americans find themselves ever more hampered and burdened by governments that cannot deliver what they promise...

    Action Item Here.

    Examples abound.

    [0] ACTA - Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement - "Opponents have argued that the treaty will restrict fundamental civil and digital rights, including the freedom of expression and communication privacy. "The bulk of the WTO's 153 members" have raised concerns that treaty could distort trade and goes beyond the existing Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. Opponents also criticize ACTA's removal of "legal safeguards that protect Internet Service Providers from liability for the actions of their subscribers" in effect giving ISPs no option but to comply with privacy invasions. According to an analysis by the Free Software Foundation, ACTA would require that existing ISPs no longer host free software that can access copyrighted media, and DRM-protected media would not be legally playable with free or open source software."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Count … _Agreement

    [1] The new FDA "New Dietary Ingredient" guideline is just one example of how government hampers innovation. The separate action item about that issue is here: http://tinyurl.com/FDApowerabuse. FDA policy outlawing raw milk interstate commerce is another example. The separate action item about that issue is here: http://tinyurl.com/rawmilkfreedom.

    [2] The failed criminal penalty companion bill to the 2010 Food Control Law has been reintroduced in the current Congress as S.216. The bill has been reworded slightly, but still criminalizes speech involving "food safety" failings that are only after-the-fact ("ex post facto") declared illegal by uncontrolled FDA criminal power.

    [3] In foreign affairs, also here in the "homeland", the National Defense Authorization Act (S.1867) would legalize rendition and other mistreatment of "combatants" (very broadly defined!) which had been previously considered war crimes. This bill pretends to exclude US citizens from its purview, but a careful comparison of Section 1031 and Section 1032 shows that it only excludes citizens from being held by the US Military (which would thus prevent Oath Keeper members of the Military from obeying their Constitutional Oath to defend the Constitutional order). It requires the Military to turn-over citizens apprehended "in battle" (very broadly defined!) as provided in the law, which pretends to legalize procedures that violate the Bill of Rights' guarantees in criminal cases. You can read the clauses in question here: http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/the-rush … ns-of-ndaa -- but we caution, they are written to obscure what is being done!

    Says Foundation Counsel Ralph Fucetola JD about S.1867:

    "1032 only "exempts" citizens from US military protection, mandating that the military turn-over citizens it may be holding for rendition as determined by the national executive. What it does is to make sure that members of US military will violate their Oath to defend the Constitution, including those provisions of the Bill of Rights protecting us from arbitrary executive power."

    [4] In addition to the "NDI "Guideline" the FDA also seeks to mandate, per FDA Docket 2011-N-0197 greater power to seize foods through "Administrative Detention" procedures ( http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDe … -0197-0001 ). Under the prior law, to administratively detain food, FDA needed “credible evidence” that a food presents “serious adverse health consequences or death to humans and animals.” The new rule grants the FDA enhanced authority to detain any food or supplement when the agency has “reason to believe” it be “adulterated” or “misbranded.”

    Agencies love vague terms like “misbranded” and “adulterated” as a standard!. This sort of bureau-speak gives the FDA discretionary power to use against small food companies and dietary supplements and allows the agency to detain food and supplements for even minor alleged violations. Under this “adulterated” or “misbranded” standard, small farm paperwork mistakes could be used to destroy local food autonomy.

    [5] SOPA - the so-called "Stop Online Piracy Act"is, in our view, an outrageous power-grab by bureaucracy. Says the Washington Post:

    "The measure has been praised by Hollywood titans, pharmaceutical giants and record labels who want stronger enforcement of copyright-infringement laws online. But it has drawn the ire of Silicon Valley types, including founding Internet engineers such as Vint Cerf and Web giants Yahoo and Facebook, who worry that the bill gives law enforcement too much power to shut down their sites"

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/ … tid=pm_pop

    OPPOSE H.R. 3261 "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA) and S. 968 "Protect IP Act" (PIPA). We strongly oppose giving any govt agency any additional power over our Internet communications. We oppose granting any sort of "immunity" to private companies that choose to cooperate with "homeland security" agencies.

    [6] Oppose S.1698 / HR. 3166 - "On the heels of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), otherwise known as the “Indefinite Detention Act,” comes another draconian bill designed to give the federal government the power to turn American citizens into enemies of the state for virtually any reason it deems necessary. Congress is considering HR 3166 and S. 1698 also known as The Enemy Expatriation Act, sponsored by Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Charles Dent (R-PA).  This bill would give the US government the power to strip Americans of their citizenship without being convicted of being ‘hostile’ against the United States." http://thefederalist-gary.blogspot.com/ … n-act.html

    [7] White House Exec Order Sets the Stage for Total Govt Control -- read the National Defense Resource Preparedness Order of March 16, 2012 here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-off … eparedness
    The White House has set in motion the regulatory basis for an American version of Lenin's "War Communism" whereby the entire civilian economy is militarized and marshaled as the Leader directs through five specific Federal Departments, not unlike the all-powerful Ministries in Orwell's 1984. Notice which Department now has control over which aspects of your lives.

    This section is what provides for the socialization of the means of production:

        Sec. 201.  Priorities and Allocations Authorities.  (a)  The authority of the President conferred by section 101 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2071, to require acceptance and priority performance of contracts or orders (other than contracts of employment) to promote the national defense over performance of any other contracts or orders, and to allocate materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense, is delegated to the following agency heads:

        (1)  the Secretary of Agriculture with respect to food resources, food resource facilities, livestock resources, veterinary resources, plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm equipment and commercial fertilizer;

        (2)  the Secretary of Energy with respect to all forms of energy;

        (3)  the Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to health resources;

        (4)  the Secretary of Transportation with respect to all forms of civil transportation;

        (5)  the Secretary of Defense with respect to water resources; and

        (6)  the Secretary of Commerce with respect to all other materials, services, and facilities, including construction materials.