Felons disguised as lawmakers hold America hostage

Felons disguised as lawmakers hold America hostage
Michael Berry
U.S. Veteran Journalist

In an unprecedented attempt to blatantly usurp Constitutional authority from the federal government, lawmakers in California on September 16th passed Senate Bill 54, with a 27-11 vote along party lines, which limits state and local law enforcement communication with federal immigration authorities and prevents officers from questioning and holding people on immigration violations. This bill was signed into law by California’s Governor Jerry Brown on October 5th.

Regardless of the staunch opposition from Republican sheriffs or threats from the Trump administration that this action has faced, California lawmakers have chosen to directly violate federal law and impose their views upon the Nation.

Under Title 8, U.S. Code § 1324 a person (including a group of persons, business, organization or government) commits a federal felony when he harbors, encourages, or aids in the commission of either offense. The criminal nature of the action holds true whether the person did so knowingly or simply by the reckless disregard of the fact.

“Harboring – Title 8, U.S.C. § 1324 Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) makes it an offense for any person who -- knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation.”

“Encouraging/Inducing -- Title 8, U.S.C. § Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv) makes it an offense for any person who -- encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law.”

“Conspiracy/Aiding or Abetting -- Title 8, U.S.C. § Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(v) expressly makes it an offense to engage in a conspiracy to commit or aid or abet the commission of the foregoing offenses.”

Penalties include criminal fines, imprisonment, and forfeiture of vehicles and real property used to commit the crime. Provisions in the law allow for harsher penalties when such action result in serious injury or death.

“With regard to violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(ii)-(iv) and (v)(ii), domestic transportation, harboring, encouraging/inducing, or aiding/abetting, the basic statutory maximum term of imprisonment is 5 years, unless the offense was committed for commercial advantage or private financial gain, in which case the maximum term of imprisonment is 10 years. In addition, significant enhanced penalties are provided for in violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1) involving serious bodily injury or placing life in jeopardy. Moreover, if the violation results in the death of any person, the defendant may be punished by death or by imprisonment for any term of years.”

Charging an ordinary citizen with violating a federal law is a fairly simple process. A local prosecutor simply refers the case to a federal prosecutor who, after review, presents a criminal complaint to a Federal Magistrate Judge who determines if there is probable cause. Unlike a civil case, the person referring the case to the federal court must be acting under the authority of the U.S. Attorney General.

But what happens when politicians or ranking officials violate federal laws? In the case of Hilary Clinton, the director of the FBI simply drafts a memo in advance stating his investigation showed no evidence. In the case of political adversaries, politicians demand the appointment of special prosecutors charging them with the mission of finding violations regardless of evidence.

The question then becomes, how does the average citizen force accountability upon these legislators and ranking officials?

Average citizens do not have the means nor ready access to vast media conglomerates like those they are trying to hold accountable. Average citizens don’t have vast networks of people nor do they have large scale platforms to express their views.

Average citizens can vote, yet those they believe need to be held accountable control the time, structure, and methods of elections. So how can they initiate change?
In the case of runaway politicians from other states trying to impose their views, like those in California and similar states, the old adage “give me a lever and a place to stand and I will move the world” comes to mind.

To institute change and force accountability, average citizens must leverage the system which they do have access and encourage that system to act. For most, this system is that of local and state government.

States, like the Federal government and most other governmental bodies, cannot be sued by individuals; however, suits can be brought against a State by another State. Moreover, Under Article III, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, the Supreme Court of the United States has original jurisdiction over cases between states…. thus, by-passing the fickle U.S. circuit courts which have confused, delayed, and often attempted to legislate from the bench.

True change will only begin by average citizens uniting together and urging their state government to fight back against other states’ intrusion upon federal law and against other states attempting to impose their will upon the entire nation.

Average citizens are being harmed (i.e. increased threat of terror, increased spending, economic instability, etc.), by the actions of the California State lawmakers. Average citizens are being harmed by the multiple frivolous lawsuits being filed by California’s and other state’s Attorney Generals aimed at disrupting the Constitutional powers of the Federal government and forcing their political view upon all states in this Nation.

State Attorney Generals from all the “fly-over” states should be filing suit against California State and other like-minded states causing this harm to their residents. They should be seeking recovery of tax payer dollars their states have been forced to spend protecting its citizens from the actions being taken by these other states. The additional law enforcement dollars Texas, Missouri, and other “flyover” states are having to spend because California, Washington, New York wants open borders. The additional cost to life caused by these same states passing laws to harbor, encourage, and aid illegal immigrants who repeatedly sneak across our border committing heinous acts against U.S. citizens.

With so many states facing budget issues, State Attorney Generals should be jumping at the opportunity to recover the hard-earned tax dollars its citizens are being intimidated into spending to provide social welfare programs for the troves of illegal immigrants being encouraged to unlawfully enter and remain in this great Nation because of actions such as the California lawmakers have taken.

How does the average citizen force accountability? They call their State legislators, Governors, Attorney Generals and demand the State use its vast power to protect them from the unwanted and illegal intrusions being thrust upon them by these leftist states. Demand they sue to protect them and recover hard-earned dollars in the U.S. Supreme Court and maybe, just maybe, when these offending states are forced to face the reality that their actions have real repercussions; they will stop the political game play and stop trying to force their will upon the Nation.

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Taxpayers Shell Out $220K For
Another Dem’s Sexual Harassment Settlement

(TeaParty.org) – Just as the American taxpayer was finished reeling from outrage after John Conyers Jr. settled his sexual harassment lawsuit using taxpayer money, another Democrat has been caught in the same dirty act.

Up next is Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings, accused of harassment and the unwanted touching of Republican staffer Winsome Packer, who was on the United States Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. Hastings claims that he was not aware of the settlement and that he is outraged that taxpayer money was used to pay off the staffer.

“This matter was handled solely by the Senate Chief Counsel for Employment. At no time was I consulted, nor did I know until after the fact that such a settlement was made,” he said,according to Roll Call. “I am outraged that any taxpayer dollars were needlessly paid to Ms. [Winsome] Packer.”

From Politico:

The lawsuit was filed in 2011 by Judicial Watch, a public interest group. In the lawsuit, a former staffer on the United States Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, Packer, alleges she was the victim of “unwelcome sexual advances” and “unwelcome touching” by then-chairman Hastings.

Packer also claimed retaliation by the congressman and his staff director, Fred Turner, who also was named in the suit. The conservative judicial watchdog charged that Packer was unfairly targeted because she was a Republican serving in a commission ruled by Democrats.

This wasn’t the first time that Hastings has had a run in with the law. He was formerly a federal judge in a district court in his home state of Florida. In 1988, he was impeached by the House for bribery and perjury, and was later removed from the bench by the Senate. He was only the sixth federal judge in the history of this country to be removed from the bench by the Senate.

The lawsuit against Hastings in 2011 was filed by Judicial Watch. At the time, Tom Fitton, who still heads Judicial Watch, said the following:

“The allegations against Alcee Hastings as detailed in this complaint are outrageous. For two years Hastings subjected Ms. Packer to a never-ending barrage of unwanted sexual advances. And when Ms. Packer tried, time and again, to put a stop to it, he resorted to threats and intimidation to force her compliance. Even after Hastings’ behavior caused Ms. Packer’s physical collapse, he would not relent. We look forward to holding Alcee Hastings and the other defendants accountable for their unlawful behavior in court.”

Ms. Packer says that she was sexually harassed by Hastings from 2008 to 2010 and that when she complained about it, Hastings and Commission Staff Director Fred Turner made threats against her, including termination.

The news about Hastings comes at the same time that sexual assault allegations have exploded in the Congress, leading to resignations by several of its members. In addition to Conyers’ scandal, Senator Al Franken was accused by several women of grabbing their breasts and butts. There is a picture of Franken cupping the breasts of a woman that had gone on a trip for the USO to entertain the troops. Taxpayers also paid out $84,000 for sexual harassment charges against Republican Blake Farenthold.

Both Conyers and Franken have resigned from the House and Senate respectively. All told, the taxpayers have footed $17 million out in settlements. Judicial Watch and others have filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to get the complete list of all payouts made on behalf of congressmen and possibly women. What they find out could further shock and outrage Americans, and spark a fire for more reform.


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