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Jackboots in the Morning: No One Is Spared From This American Nightmare


"This is jackboots in the morning. This is an American nightmare that they would arrest somebody like this."—Judge Andrew Napolitano

The American Police State does not discriminate.

Whatever dangerous practices you allow the government to carry out now—whether it's in the name of national security or protecting America's borders or making America great again—rest assured, these same practices can and will be used against you when the government decides to set its sights on you.

We've been having this same debate about the perils of government overreach for the past 50-plus years, and still we don't seem to learn, or if we learn, we learn too late.

For too long now, the American people have allowed their personal prejudices and politics to cloud their judgment and render them incapable of seeing that the treatment being doled out by the government's lethal enforcers has remained consistent, no matter the threat.

All of the excessive, abusive tactics employed by the government today—warrantless surveillance, stop and frisk searches, SWAT team raids, roadside strip searches, asset forfeiture schemes, private prisons, indefinite detention, militarized police, etc.—will eventually be meted out on the general populace.

At that point, when you find yourself in the government's crosshairs, it will not matter whether your skin is black or yellow or brown or white; it will not matter whether you're an immigrant or a citizen; it will not matter whether you're rich or poor; it will not matter whether you're Republican or Democrat; and it certainly won't matter who you voted for in the last presidential election.

At that point—at the point you find yourself subjected to dehumanizing, demoralizing, thuggish behavior by government bureaucrats who are hyped up on the power of their badges and empowered to detain, search, interrogate, threaten and generally harass anyone they see fit—remember you were warned.

Take Roger Stone, one of President Trump's longtime supporters, for example.

This is a guy accused of witness tampering, obstruction of justice and lying to Congress.

As far as we know, this guy is not the kingpin of a violent mob or drug-laundering scheme. He's been charged with a political crime. So what does the FBI do? They send 29 heavily armed agents in 17 vehicles to carry out a SWAT-style raid on Stone's Florida home just before dawn on Jan. 25, 2019.

As the Boston Herald reports:

"After his arraignment on witness tampering, obstruction and lying to Congress, a rattled Stone was quoted as saying 29 agents 'pounded on the door,' pointed automatic weapons at him and 'terrorized' his wife and dogs. Stone was taken away in handcuffs, the sixth associate of President Trump to be indicted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. All the charges have been related to either lying or tax evasion, with no evidence of so-called 'collusion' with Russia emerging to date."

Overkill? Sure.

Yet another example of government overreach and brutality? Definitely.

But here's the thing: while Tucker Carlson and Chris Christie and other Trump apologists appear shocked that law enforcement personnel would stage a military assault against "an unarmed 66-year-old man who has been charged with a nonviolent crime," this is nothing new.

Indeed, this is blowback, one more vivid example of how the government's short-sighted use of immoral, illegal and unconstitutional tactics become dangerous weapons turned against the American people.

3 Comments in Response to

Comment by Ed Price
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Exactly the point. You don't want an attorney to be an attorney, and, an attorney would have to stretch attorney rules to be a co-counsel for you without being an attorney. The thing you want is someone who has experience in the courts, and how to file paperwork. There are multitudes of experienced paralegals and others who you can use. - What to do? How to fight a government complaint against you? Convert it to a claim against government people, man-to-man, by entering claim paperwork into the case, and by getting the case moved to Federal District Court, often held in a U.S. District Court building - CJS vol. 25 section 334. A claim is stronger than a complaint in the USA and other common law countries.

Comment by Ed Martin
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Good luck on finding an attorney who will "co-counsel". "Laws are maintained in credit, not because they are essentially just, but because they are laws. It is the mystical foundation of their authority; they have none other." ~ Michel de Montaigne

Comment by Ed Price
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There is nothing wrong with having many attorneys to guide you on your way. In fact, it is a good idea. The question is HOW you have the attorneys. Stone is going to blow it. Why? Because he is going to be a client of his attorneys, rather than have his attorneys be co-counsel with him. Corpus Juris Secundum says that a client of an attorney is a ward of the court. This means that the court can decide what to do with him any way that they want. See This holds for the rest of us as well.