*** An Indictment Of Our Federal Judiciary
- Federal Law Enforcement(An Indictment Of Our Federal Judiciary) *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,
Ga. Our constitution did not give the law enforcement function to the federal government. The 10th amendment PROHIBITS federal law enforcement functions.
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 in:
"The Disturbing Trend Toward Federal Police" by Congressman Ron Paul
The House of Representatives recently approved a massive
appropriations bill 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.
ATF 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
disturbing trend 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 agency.
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 individually.
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.What difference 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 JAIL.J.A.I.L. (Judicial Accountability Initiative Law)
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