USA PATRIOT Act Defined
“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” — Benjamin Franklin
With the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, the neoconservative Fascist regime redefined terrorism and installed a police security-state with the potential to morph into an American Gestapo or KGB. With the stroke of the pen, the FBI redefined “terrorism” from the proper objective definition involving the use of violence for political gain to the current subjective, tyrannical form that subjugates free speech to the Orwellian Thought Police of 1984. As a result, “We the People” no longer own our constitutional right to free speech, key to a free and democratic society. With the loss of our media, election process, court system, and our right to free speech, we are in danger of losing America entirely.
Intercept and Obstruct
The name of the Act, “USA PATRIOT Act,” is an acronym that stands for “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism” Act of 2001.
Take note of the words “intercept and obstruct terrorism.” As usual, the devil lies in the details.
Dictionary.com defines “intercept” as follows:
1. To take, seize, or halt (someone or something on the way from one place to another); cut off from an intended destination
2. To see or overhear (a message, text, email, phone call, conversation)
3. To stop or check (passage, travel)
4. To take possession
This could be used to intercept, seize and prevent the delivery of your email and text messages, to stop and search you for any reason, even to inhibit your efforts to get a job, launch a business or share your opinion.
Dictionary.com defines “obstruct” as follows:
1. To block or close up with an obstacle; make difficult to pass
2. To interrupt, hinder, or oppose the passage, progress, course, etc.
3. To block from sight; to be in the way of (a view, passage, etc.)
In other words, the USA PATRIOT Act enables the government to: take, seize, halt, cut off, see, overhear, stop or check, take possession of, block or close up with an obstacle, interrupt, hinder or oppose the passage of, block from sight and stand in the way of — any objective associated with anyone deemed a “terrorist,” as defined by the FBI.
Terrorism, As Defined by the FBI
As described in Hijacking America: Part III, the current FBI definition of terrorism is a catch-all for anyone who challenges our authoritarian government. The objective Pre-9/11 and subjective Post-9/11 definitions are listed to highlight the differences and to translate the current definition into common language.
Objective, Pre-9/11 Definition of Terrorism:
“The unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.”
This definition is explicit. It identifies the action, “use of violence and intimidation”, the target, “civilians”, and the purpose, “political aims”. This is a definition that can be trusted. It provides a meter-stick by which an action and person may be measured in order to judge the action. The current, subjective definition doesn’t do that.
Current, Subjective, Post-9/11 Definition of Terrorism:
“Perpetrated by individuals and/or groups inspired by or associated with U.S.-based movements, …designated foreign terrorist organizations or nation-states that espouse extremist ideologies of a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature.”
This definition is a catch-all, like your email inbox that is overloaded with spam. If the government supposedly had difficulty keeping track of terrorist threats before 9/11, imagine the challenge now.
Let’s compare the two side-by-side.
Today’s Definition of Terrorism
“Anyone who exercises their right to free speech or does anything else against anyone at any time, anywhere, for any reason, and in any way.”
Written another way…
“Anyone who does anything to champion any thought [that we don’t like] of any kind.”
“Anyone who champions free speech may be deemed a terrorist.”
“Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism” Defined
When we evaluate the combined definition of “intercept,” “obstruct,” and “terrorism,” it reads as follows:
“We the People” have authorized the USA PATRIOT Act to: take, seize, halt, cut off, see, overhear, stop or check, take possession of, block or close up with an obstacle, interrupt, hinder or oppose the passage of, block from sight and stand in the way of — Anyone who exercises their right to free speech or does anything else against anyone at any time, anywhere, for any reason, and in any way.”
Think about that for a moment.
Environmental activists? Yep. Bernie supporters? Soon enough. Trump government? Nope, because they get to choose who to call a terrorist. The government could also use terrorism as a reason to suspend elections, but that’s another topic for another time.
This Act enables unconstitutional, unlawful entrapment and obstruction of everyday Americans for any reason at any time, subject to the discretion of the FBI.
Words of Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” He continued, “Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins. Republics and limited monarchies derive their strength and vigor from a popular examination into the action of the magistrates.”
We hear you, Ben. Thank you for your wisdom…for as long as it remains on the internet.
It’s clear that we — both you and me — are all terrorists in America since “extremist” and “ideology” are subjective undefined terms. The FBI is our new judge, jury and executioner.
Our Founding Fathers fought for freedom, democracy and an America free from tyranny. Indeed, the British labeled our forefathers of America as “radicals,” another name for extremists or terrorists.
Each of us now has a similar opportunity to decide who we want to be. Do we fight for freedom, democracy and America as our Founding Fathers did in the Revolutionary War — and be labeled as a terrorist — or do we join Fascist America?
Our very own Declaration of Independence makes the case clear, “…when a long train of abuses and usurpations…evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government…”
To put it simply: you are either a Fascist or a Freedom Fighter; those who choose neutrality are choosing fascism as the status quo.
As for me, it’s clear. If fighting for freedom means that I’m a terrorist in the eyes of the FBI, then so be it. I’m siding with Ben Franklin and our Founding Fathers.
I’m a #Terrorist4America.
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