(An Indictment Of Our Federal
Many expressed curiosity
concerning the awards, being given today, to FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT personnel.
This will occur at the Federal Law Enforcement Training center at Glynco,
Our constitution did not give the law enforcement function to the federal
government. The 10th amendment PROHIBITS federal law enforcement
Every DICTATORSHIP gives
the law enforcement function to the CENTRAL government. This is where the term
"POLICE STATE" comes from. The best explanation of this is found
"The Disturbing Trend Toward
Federal Police" by Congressman Ron Paul
The House of Representatives recently approved a massive
that will fund various Treasury Department agencies at record spending levels.
The bill appropriates nearly 30 billion dollars, an increase over last year's
already huge Treasury budget. More disturbing, however, is the whopping 23%
increase in funding for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF)
contained in the Treasury Bill.
gets more than $730 million dollars for fiscal year 2001, an increase of $166
million over its 2000 budget. Why the increase? The administration wants the
agency to hire 600 new federal police officers to enforce ever-expanding gun
laws. Never mind the obvious failures of gun control legislation and the clear
Second Amendment prohibition against such laws. The politicians in Washington
are determined to slowly abolish gun
rights, and they are determined to use
federal police to
accomplish the task.
The American public gradually has become aware of the
toward federal policing of our nation. Many Americans do not support ATF,
especially after the disastrous events at Waco. I was widely attacked in the
media and by members of Congress for questioning the government's actions at
Waco, and for merely suggesting that many Americans were
concerned by the
possibility of federal agents taking violent action against American citizens.
Now we have Congress spending more money to increase the budget for ATF, despite
its highly questionable actions and the resulting public mistrust of the
It is important to recognize
that our federal constitution lists only three federal crimes, namely
counterfeiting, treason, and
piracy on the high seas. The founding fathers
never envisioned a federal police force, knowing that such a force would trample
on the right of each state to enact and enforce its own criminal laws. Hence
there is no provision for the creation of a general federal police force in the
enumeration of congressional powers. Furthermore, the 10th amendment explicitly
reserves the general police power to the states
Washington politicians, however, have no
interest in constitutional limitations when they seek to expand and consolidate
their power by federalizing whole areas of criminal activity. They have
consistently expanded federal criminal laws, particularly in the areas of drugs
and firearms. The result of this expansion is the inevitable call for more
federal police to enforce the new laws. We are told we need more ATF
agents to monitor
firearms, and more DEA
agents to wage the "war on drugs."
Congress is not
concerned with its lack of constitutional authority to create, much less expand
a national police force.
Washington politicians have successfully used recent
excessive- force allegations against local
police to further their goals. It is convenient to portray local police as
violent or racist, and therefore in need of federal oversight and restraint. The
question, however, is whether we should trust a federal police force more than
we trust our own local authorities. I believe there is a growing recognition
that our founding fathers were correct when they prohibited federal government
involvement in law enforcement. In Waco, Americans had a vivid example of the
impact of the growing police state. With the veneer being stripped from the myth
of federal law enforcement, our citizens are beginning to realize that it is
both unconstitutional and untenable.
* It should be noted that
while Congress has been granted all legislative powers to enact laws, it does
not follow that all those laws enacted are Constitutional. Our Founding Fathers
rightly determined to created a system of checks and balances within our form of
government to prevent "run-away" legislation.
They created a federal judicial system to determine whether laws passed by
Congress measured up to Constitutional standards. Thus, when unconstitutional
federal laws are given force and effect upon the citizens, we ask, who is a
fault? Is it Congress or the federal judiciary?
Is it not
strange that most all political efforts are directed at getting good legislators
elected, yet the watchdogs on Congress go without accountability.
We, at JAIL,
contend that if it were possible to elect 435 good legislators in Congress, and
the people still had no accountability over the judiciary, or country
would still be in grave danger. We must wake up and recognize the fact that
our warfare for freedom is not legislative, but a moral one.
would it make who was in office if it were the Constitution, and the laws made
in pursuance thereof, which controlled our country? If we had a good
Congress, but no judicial accountability, freedom would still never come
America! On the other hand, if we had accountability to
the People of the judiciary, the question of who got elected to Congress
would not be of much relevance. The first order of business then for a "good
Congress" would be to pass JAIL into law or support a XXIII Amendment to
the U.S. Constitution for judicial
accountability! -Ron Branson, author of
J.A.I.L. (Judicial Accountability Initiative Law)
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