Hijacking America: Part IV

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Photo: 2ndLt Joe McHugh at TBS with “Foreign Reporter”

I will never forget that I am an American

By now, you should question my motivation for publishing my views, especially since they may run counter to the prevailing views of the US government and perhaps to America at large as well. It is a discomforting circumstance that anyone rightly championing liberty, the basis upon which this great country was formed, may be lampooned, discredited or outright subjected to surveillance, economic isolation, and attempts at entrapment, for the grand crime of fervently believing in our Constitution and discerning governmental plans that lead us away from our Constitutional rights.

In Hijacking America: Part II, I described my experience in December 2017 in which an overnight wire lasted 23 days and nights to complete, that each of my brokers closed my trading accounts concurrently and without valid explanation, and that when I inquired with FinCEN, they directed me back to the brokers, who claimed that I badgered their customer support representatives. (A false allegation. Apparently, my please and thank you’s were presumed to be offensive speech. Go figure.) While this may be more common than one would think, I have reason to suspect that this was yet another attempt by the government to catch me in an illegal act. Just as the government had their reasons for investigating me, an investigation that continues into its seventh year, I too have my self-interested reasons for publishing my viewpoints; Three separate sources have independently informed me that it would be dangerous to share my knowledge. Accordingly, if my interpretations, as described in this Hijacking America series, prove to be accurate, and I believe they will, then mere possession of understanding poses as great a threat as an unquantifiable estimate of a person’s likelihood of sharing their knowledge. If something should happen to me, then at least you know who did it.

Fighting for Freedom

While I frequently reference my time as a Marine, in the words of one of my personal heroes, John McCain, “I was an imperfect servant.” While I was slow to adapt and had been an underperforming officer, I was just beginning to hit my stride in my second deployment when I made a fateful error. I failed to follow simple instructions and report a violation of order that I was instructed to enforce, a Marine Corps General Order, and that decision changed the course of my life.

While serving as team lead for my Marine detachment in Africa, my Marine, one of nine Marines on the team, nearly succeeded in taking his own life with a cocktail of valium and alcohol. It was my job as the Detachment Officer-in-Charge to protect my Marines by enforcing order. In this case, I was charged with enforcing an alcohol ban while detached from command. My Senior Enlisted Advisor had other plans and authorized alcohol at a port stop. While I wrote up my Gunnery Sergeant, I failed to report the incident to my chain of command and subsequently failed to continue enforcing the ban, unknowingly risking the life of my Marine in the process. To me, having nearly lost a Marine due to my failure to something so simple as to report a violation of order to my chain of command was an egregious error, a sin that was not deserving of immediate forgiveness, nor fitting of my rank and status as a Marine Officer. It was for fear of similarly endangering other Marines as a result of my poor judgment that I violated security protocol in a manner that would end my career as a Marine without compromising national security while also keeping me out of prison. If my failure were a one-time lapse in judgment, I may not have compounded matters to end my career in this manner, however as this was my second deployment and third year of active duty in which I had consistently fallen short of expectations, I believed that it was time to take action. Had I known that I would be committing myself to a different kind of imprisonment, one in which I was free to wander, but not to contribute, similar to Galileo’s house arrest, I like to think that I would have made a different decision. The best decision, however, would have been to simply follow orders.

Responsible for my Actions

I accept full responsibility for my actions, and have paid a serious price for them. I have lost now seven years of my life to a game of cat and mouse; seven years, from the ages of 33–40 years, in which I could have been a productive member of society, a husband, a father, an entrepreneur or political leader. Instead, I have been the subject of government overreach, extra-legal attempts by law enforcement to put me behind bars for everything from alleged money laundering to tax evasion, none of which is true. That their attempts have failed to produce evidence of criminal activity is a testament to my innocence and adherence to the law. Concurrent with their entrapment operations, they ran an economic isolation campaign to quash my attempts to secure a job, build my business, and to gradually drain me of my resources. It is for that reason, to live and work on a tight budget, that I moved to Puerto Rico where I could live comfortably on just $1,000 per month. Unfortunately for me, they were determined to find evidence of something that would end my freedom. In just the last few months, under increasing pressure, they engineered the theft of my computer and external hard drives from my house in an effort to determine either my guilt or innocence with regard to having knowledge of, possession or access to classified information, which allegedly provided the insight necessary to produce this article series.

Let me state clearly: I have no possession now, nor have I ever had possession of any information that is not freely available through open sources online. I have never viewed any classified information of any sort that was not directly related to my role as Officer-in-Charge of my detachment in Africa. I have neither the interest nor the ability to access classified information now that I am returned to civilian society. Moreover, I don’t know that I ever had access to such information while in uniform because I never looked. I am, however, educated in international relations and political economics, trained as a leader of Marines, and have chosen to make finance, economics, the preservation of liberty, and pursuit of truth the focus of my post-collegiate self-learning practice. My writings are the result of deductive reasoning and rational thought alone. That my inquisitors have pursued me with such vigor, driving an MBA-educated former Marine Corps Officer to the point of bankruptcy, periodic homelessness, and occasional outright hunger, shows their hand, that they are guilty of the plot as I have outlined in this series, further reinforcing the need to take aggressive action in defense of individual liberty to preserve the values outlined in our Constitution.

Dedicated to the Principles which made My Country Free

Our Founding Fathers granted us the right to a trial by jury for our sins in order to bring about fair and impartial judgment. Whether we still retain that right or if that too was swept away with the Patriot Act following 9/11, I have yet to investigate. Either way, entrapment in lieu of trial and systematic removal of individual rights and liberty, as has been the case since the neo-conservative agenda kicked off in 2001 with the World Trade Center attacks, is unequivocally un-American. That my self-interest is not only aligned, but in a heightened state of alignment with the threat to our God-given American rights, the decision to share my experience is that much easier. True failure only occurs only when one stops learning and trying to improve — and I have absolutely learned my lesson. To that end, I hearken the words of our Military Code of Conduct: “I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.”

My next chapter is already underway; I estimate that I am off to face the music, and I am hopeful that we reach amicable conclusion. I believe that I have paid my dues many times over relative to my error. Ironically, my short-circuiting of the process provides a parallel for America: when I abdicated process, I caused more harm than good. This point underscores the importance of adhering to the process of securing American liberty, not dominance, through the development of strictly Constitutional policy. While my actions harmed only myself, a collective failure to demand appropriate process and public scrutiny of policy in the context of Constitutional merit will harm America as a whole. I should also note that while I disagree with the methods for ascertaining my supposed guilt or innocence as well as the means for securing American hegemony for the next 100 years, I understand and share the motive for safeguarding liberty on both the personal and national front. In any case, if my conclusions prove to be true, then the plans ought to stand on their own merit. That I am still alive, well and free to write this series is evident that while overreach happens and should be guarded against, liberty and justice is still alive in America. It seems that there still is hope for America after all.

Read: Hijacking America: Part V.

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Joe McHugh is an Independent candidate for President, Forex & crypto CTA; political-economic analyst, and founder of Earth Loans. LibertyStrikesBack.com

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