De-Manufacturing Consent- War & Empire: “All Enemies Foreign & Domestic”

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Shahid Buttar

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by Shahid Buttar, a writer, poet, musician, and executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

In a country seemingly in a perpetual state of war, have any of the freedoms listed in the Bill of Rights survived the test of time? Shahid Buttar explains why he believes the greatest threats to liberty in the United States are not foreign, but domestic and found within our own government, and why the NSA could be said to have found a "political ally" in the Islamic State.

Shahid also discusses some potential solutions to the growing police state. Do police dashboard and body cameras truly offer the public at opportunity at better accountability, or is this technology another brick in the panopticon wall?

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  1. firehorse says:

    Joke: Sad to think that this doesn’t even scratch the surface of their many crimes. Please feel free to add on

    Bob: “Did you hear about the Obama administration scandal?”
    Jim: “You mean the Mexican gun running?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the invasion of Libya without a declaration of war by congress?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean SEAL Team 6 Extortion 17 and deaths?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the State Dept. lying about Benghazi?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the continuation of violence in Iraq and Afghanistan long after the claims behind the Authorization to Use Force were proven false?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the rampant voter fraud?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean that 3 or 4 of Obama’s boyfriends were mysteriously MURDERED when they came forward with claims he was gay too?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.
    Jim: “You mean the president demoralizing and breaking down the military?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the president ordering the military to NOT follow the news?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the Boston Bombing false flag?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the Sandy Hook false flag?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the Aurora theater false flag?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The FISA courts allowing domestic spying without having jurisdiction domestically?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The FBI monitoring our domestic phone calls, e-mails and everything else without warrants?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The NSA monitoring our domestic and international phone calls, e-mails and everything else without warrants?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The bribing of technology companies to assist intelligence agencies?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The transmission to Israel of the unfiltered spying results?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The FBI hit squads?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The CIA death squads?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The DHS hit squads?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The private mercenary hit squads?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the president wanting to kill Americans with drones in our own country without the benefit of the law?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Giving 123 Technologies $300 Million and right after it declared bankruptcy it was sold to the Chinese?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the president arming the Muslim Brotherhood?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the president arming the Al-Nusra?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the president arming the Al-Qaeda?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the president arming the ISIS/ISIL/IS?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the president arming Israel at taxpayer expense?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the president arming nuclear powers at taxpayer expense in violation of the Symington Amendment of 1976 and the Glenn Amendment of 1977 (which prohibit US military assistance to countries that acquire or transfer nuclear reprocessing technology outside of international nonproliferation regimes)?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the president ordering drone strikes on counties Congress has not declared war on?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the president ordering drone strikes on counties Congress has not declared war on?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The IRS targeting conservatives?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The IRS targeting Occupy?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The IRS targeting Truthers?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The IRS targeting enemies of Obama?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The IRS visiting Obama every 4 days for new target lists?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The IRS targeting ex’s, neighbors, and celebrities?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The DOJ spying on the press?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The DOJ spying on the Congress?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The DOJ spying on the federal and state judges?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The DOJ spying on the state and local politicians?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The DOJ offering delayed prosecution and claiming financial institutions are too big to jail?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The DOJ usurping the state attorneys general in prosecuting the fraud closure mess?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The DOJ usurping the state’s voter ID regulations?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The DEA usurping the state’s rights in the prosecution of legal marijuana?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The DOE arbitrarily violating its own regulations and existing laws to interfere with the Yucca Mountain study for safe storage of nuclear wastes costing the taxpayers at least $30+ billion?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The NSA targeting everyone everywhere?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The NSA targeting businesses for financial gain?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The FCC regulating the Internet despite a court order from the Circuit Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. stating that the FCC does not have the power to regulate the Internet?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The EPA imposing Cross State Pollution rules without allowing for state or public comment?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The MMS exempting BP of safety regulations resulting in the Deepwater Horizon disaster?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The HHS corruption in trading ahead of news announcements?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Sebelius shaking down health insurance executives?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The mysterious hard drive crashes, and back-up erasures in response to congressional inquiries at the IRS, DOJ, EPA, and others?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The BLS and the Census Bureau reporting staged numbers with great fanfare and quietly revising the numbers years later?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The VA abuses of surviving veterans?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Giving SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and right after they declared bankruptcy 3 months later the Chinese bought it?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Do you mean the Illegal Obamacare fiasco?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the bribery of Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska with the notorious ‘Cornhusker Kickback’ to support Obamacare?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “You mean the bribery of Senator Mary Landrieu with the infamous $300 million ‘Louisiana Purchase’ to support Obamacare?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Do you mean ignoring our Constitutional rights after claiming to be a Constitutional scholar?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Do you mean ignoring our 1st religion/speech/press/association/protest amendment rights?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Do you mean ignoring our 2nd to bear (all) arms (of military use) amendment rights?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Do you mean ignoring our 3rd amendment anti-government intrusion rights (via spy technology- xbox, cellphones, onstar, computer backdoors, etc)?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Do you mean ignoring our 4th amendment privacy/probable cause rights (via NSA, DOJ, DHS, FBI, CIA, etc)?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Do you mean ignoring our 5th amendment due process for people/property rights (via drone strikes, NDAA, terrorism, enhanced interrogation, forced confessions, civil forfeiture, eminent domain, etc)?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Do you mean ignoring our 6th amendment/speedy public trial rights (Bradley Manning, gitmo, Ft. Hood, etc)?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Do you mean ignoring our 7th amendment civil jury trials rights (via military tribunals, FSA courts, signing statements, executive orders, secret court decisions, secret laws, national security excuses, government redactions, etc.?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Do you mean ignoring our 8th humane treatment amendment rights (via water boarding, duress positions, tasering to death, use of chemical/sonic/”non-lethal” weapons against peaceful protesters, rendition, and secret prisons)?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Do you mean ignoring our 9th amendment “retained by the People” rights (via reinterpreting the Constitution at-will and transferring all non-specified rights to themselves instead of us)?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Do you mean ignoring our 10th amendment “reserved to the States” rights (via overruling state laws legalizing pot, constitutional sheriffs, relaxed gun restrictions, outlawing Obamacare/NDAA)?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The president’s ordering the release of tens of thousands illegal immigrants from jails and prisons and while falsely blaming the Sequester?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The president’s attempting to bypass congress via executive order to convert 30+ Million illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds to U.S. Citizens?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The president’s attempting to bypass the sovereign rights of states to protect their borders?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The president’s attempting to bypass health and safety standards by sending illegal aliens throughout the states at taxpayer expense without quarantining the obviously ill ones?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The president’s attempting to bypass congress via executive order to provide the employers of the newly-legal immigrants with financial rewards?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The president’s attempting to bankrupt the states by imposing the costs of supporting the illegal aliens?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The president’s gutting the work requirement for welfare recipients passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The president’s attempting to impose gun control by 20+ Executive Order in order to bypass Congress?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The president’s ordering of mental health and physical health professionals to rat on their patients?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The president’s attempting to impose climate change scams by Executive Order in order to bypass Congress?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The president’s repeated violation of the law requiring him to submit a budget no later than the first Monday in February?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The 2012 vote where 115% of all registered voters in some Ohio counties voted 100% for Obama?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The president’s unconstitutional recess appointments in an attempt to circumvent the Senate’s advise-and-consent role?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The State Department interfering with an Inspector General investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “HHS employees being given insider information on Medicare Advantage?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “Clinton, the IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The hiring of actors to be his cheering crowds?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “The scripting of questions and answers for press conferences?”
    Bob: “No, the other one.”
    Jim: “I give up! … Oh wait, I think I got it! You mean the cowardice of Congress to impeach with the most corrupt administration in American history?”
    Bob: “THAT’S THE ONE!”

  2. I thought this was an excellent discussion, even though I disagreed with quite a bit of it. I loved the part where you touched on the practical meaning of the right to bear arms. In an open fight, the Pentagon would win. But the amendment is still symbolically important and should be defended on that ground. So I think, anyway. Great stuff guys.

  3. Extremely glad to be introduced to Shahid and his work.

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