Crimes,’ HR 1955 Passed With 404 Votes
Ye Citizens, Silently to State
by Jeff Knaebel
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed HR 1955, titled
Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007.
It was passed with 404 votes in favor.
A close reading within an historical context – keeping especially
in mind the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and
Presidential Executive Orders, pursuant to which the government has
engaged in massive surveillance of its own citizens, as well as
detentions, extraordinary renditions, assassinations, and torture –
leads me to the following conclusions:
- This is a "Thought Crime" bill of the type so often discussed
in an Orwellian context.
- It specifically targets the civilian population of the United
- It defines "Violent Radicalization" as promoting any belief
system that the government considers to be extremist.
- "Homegrown Terrorism" and "Violent Radicalization" are defined
as thought crimes.
- Since the bill does not provide a specific definition of
extremist belief system, it will be whatever the government at any
given time deems it to be.
A few extracts of the Bill are presented below to show you its
tone or "flavor."
"(2) VIOLENT RADICALIZATION- The term `violent radicalization’
means the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief
system… to advance political, religious, or social change."
SECTION 899B. FINDINGS.
"(3) The Internet has aided in facilitating violent
radicalization, ideologically based violence, and the homegrown
terrorism process in the United States by providing access to broad
and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda to United
"(6) The potential rise of self radicalized, unaffiliated
terrorists domestically cannot be easily prevented through
traditional Federal intelligence or law enforcement efforts, and
requires the incorporation of State and local solutions."
Section 899D of the bill establishes a Center for the
Study of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism in the
United States. This will be an institution affiliated with the
Department of Homeland Security. It will study and determine how to
detain thought criminals.
THIS LEGISLATION ENDS THE POSSIBILITY OF A CULTURE OF
It is an attempt at legislative lobotomy of conscience. It aims
to eviscerate ethical sensibilities of an entire culture.
Having usurped the power of war and peace, life and death, the
Corporatocracy now bludgeons even the thought of speaking for
conscience. This is State murder of the mind.
It is just too awesomely obscene for words. It exceeds not only
the scope of my vocabulary, but my imagination as well.
The minions and hired agents of politicians are free to murder,
rape and pillage on government hire using our money, but to imagine
alternatives to them and the degraded, psychopathic political
"leaders" who design and perpetrate these atrocities is legislated
as a thought crime!
This is the legislated, politically promulgated end of man as a
thinking, self-directed being. Surely this must be the outer limit
of "positive law," that is, statutory laws passed by "Lawmakers."
It further entrenches the Power Elite as separate from and above
their "subjects." It clearly demonstrates the paranoid delusions of
the Establishment, pursuant to which it legislates a massive defense
mechanism to protect itself from the populace that it subjugates.
I use these terms deliberately, because the so-called freedom of
the vote has turned out to be a big con game. It is only the
"freedom" to choose one set of thieves over the other. The blue
suits or the red suits… all of them manufactured suits of the
Following in the train of this legislation will doubtless be
internal travel documents, neighborhood snoops and spies, rewards
granted for turning in politically incorrect thought criminals, mass
civilian detention centers – in short, the whole totalitarian
control mechanism that we associate with the SS, KGB and other code
words of criminal regimes. There will be "re-programming /
rehabilitation" centers to correct errant free thinkers.
Take note that the Department of Homeland Security already has
more than 750,000 persons on its watch list. For a glimpse of past
as prologue, read Solzhenitsyn.
Who Will Be Thought Police and Under What Standards?
Who will define radical thought, and by what standards? For
example, how about the reported millions who believe that 9-11 was
an inside job, citing a mass of evidence from eye witnesses,
physicists, engineers, and recorded statements such as "We pulled
it," essentially a confession by the building’s owner of the planned
demolition of Building 7?
Will the writings of John Perkins in Confessions of An
Economic Hit Man and The Secret History of The American
Empire be thought crimes? Will this very essay be a thought
What about Operation Northwoods, pursuant to which the
Joint Chiefs of the United States planned for innocent people to be
shot on American streets, for boats carrying passengers to be sunk
on the high seas, for a wave of violent terrorism to be launched
within the country, and for other depraved acts conceived in the
minds of government-hired psychopaths? Previously top-secret
documents about this were released on 18 November 1997 and can be
researched at www.wikipedia.org. Evidently,
members of the Establishment will be permitted to engage in thought
Soon enough, we will all be killing each other, and the statement
of Mohandas Gandhi will be borne out: "An eye for an eye makes the
whole world blind."
Will thinking about cleansing the national soul of our atrocities
– of Iraq, Guantanamo, Abu Gharib, the advanced plans underway to
nuke Iran, the crimes of Blackwater murderers, the government’s
domestic coercion and violence – be "Thought Crimes?"
Will it be thought crime to conceive of a domestic Truth and
Reconciliation Commission pursuant to which high government
officials are brought to book for crimes against humanity?
Will it be "radicalization" to think of alternatives to a
government of, by, and for the Corporatocracy, which accumulates its
vast wealth through the blood money of endless war?
What about imagination-consideration of a non-coercive society of
free individuals acting in voluntary cooperation, what is commonly
referred to as anarchy?
Will it be radical to conceive of preventing the Cheney-Bush
cabal from launching WWIII and the incineration of earth through a
false flag operation against Iran?
WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF OUR
BECAUSE WE PAY FOR IT
It has taken me too many years – and too much income tax – to
come to the awful realization that these "public servants" are only
hired mouthpieces and puppets of the Money Powers who operate behind
the scenes to orchestrate war, to coordinate the Military Industrial
Complex, the Homeland Security Complex, the NGO Help-The-Poor
Complex, the "Third World Corporate Development" Complex. In short,
the Exploitation Complex.
The roaring inside me is about the self-disgust at living by the
whims of Nice Government Men and their intellectual and financial
pimps – men who, for just one example, can force starvation upon
Indian farmers by their money printing press maneuvers to save their
own hides from the overreach of blind greed. Men like those in
Goldman Sachs who have the power to bail out their own companies and
pay billions in bonuses while manipulating currencies such that
basic food staples become priced out of reach of the rural Indian
Let our excuse for the sorry state in which we find ourselves be
not ignorance, for history is quite clear to those who would study.
I quote founding father James Madison, "History records that
money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and
violent means possible, to maintain their control over governments,
by controlling money and its issuance." A more honest excuse
would be our own greed and laziness. The quick buck. Buy now, pay
Statement of Conscientious Objection
HR 1955 as recently passed by the House of Representatives is in
effect a Thought Crime Prevention Bill. This action simply stops my
mind. It cannot be absorbed. This ultimate Police State freezes my
This newest version of draconian legislation on thought control
is where Jeff Knaebel says enough is enough. Speaking truth to
Power, I say, I am not your puppet. I declare my self-ownership.
Come and get me if you wish. If you wish to own my body, you will
have to imprison it. I am breaking the paper chains by which I have
allowed you to enslave me.
Imagine with me for a moment (it may not yet be a thought crime).
I say to Dick Cheney, "I refuse to obey. Come and get me, boss. Come
alone – I’ll not run, and I am unarmed and harmless. Meet me in
yonder open field." Standing in front of him, I remove my shirt,
challenging him to do likewise. To prove his manhood equal, he
follows along until we stand facing each other naked in the open
field. I ask, "Now, what is your business with me?"
You see, it is all a mind game. The government is powerless
before our non-cooperation. Of course, although an abstraction, it
is a heavily armed abstraction. This argues for the right to bear
arms and a well-armed citizenry in the American tradition. But if
the mind behind the gun is cowardly and subdued, the gun is of no
use. I suggest that nonviolent civil disobedience has proven to be a
more effective method of regaining control of our lives. There would
be significant loss of life, but much less than with an armed
Is murder an act that involves the human conscience? Can any
other hear the voice of my inner conscience? Then, how can any such
other claim the power to "represent" me in choosing to kill? How can
such other "represent" me in determining which of my thoughts is
To say, or even to imply, that these people "represent" me cannot
be described as an obscenity. It is an absurdity. Really, I should
laugh. Instead it generates a roaring inside me – the inner roar of
a man who would be free.
THIS IS MY PLACE OF "LIVE FREE OR DIE."
One cannot deal with this except to speak out and be willing to
put his life on the line. One must resist this legislation and this
government, or else surrender his humanity and become a dead
This is the place where the soles of my feet meet the path of
Liberty. This is where Jeff Knaebel refuses to renew his "permission
to live" identification documents pursuant to which Big Brother
tracks him like an owned domestic animal. Any situation in which I
am not free to leave means that my presence is by coercion or threat
of coercion. If one cannot leave some "place" except by permission
of the "owners" (passport), then he is a slave. To learn more about
issues of expatriation and "man without a country," visit my website
I was never the property even of my biological father, leave
aside the absurdly stupid abstract concept of Nations – bounded by
arbitrary lines drawn on maps – across which opposing armies of
blood relations gun down the other.
My body is not the property of the U.S. Government. I will
challenge the U.S. Government for ownership of my body, with my body
itself. My mind will be forever free.
I did not ask for US citizenship, and I will not accept its rules
even if forced upon me.
Any situation in which I am not free to leave means that my
presence is by coercion or threat of coercion. If I cannot leave
some "place" except by permission of the "owners" (passport), then I
am a slave.
The US State does not own the land called America, and it does
not own anybody who was born there or lives there.
No bureaucrat has the right to define who I am – and the murder
of which other person I may be forced to finance – by his stamp upon
some arbitrary piece of paper.
I belong to none, other than Almighty Creation.
I claim my freedom to respect the lives of others, as I would be
respected. Freedom to do no harm, and to eschew violence. Freedom to
express compassion in action. Freedom to support life. Freedom not
to finance murder.
No other can hear the voice of my conscience, let alone
"represent" it, or speak for it. My conscience will be muffled by no
person and by no law. Nor will I ever knowingly aggress against
It Is Man’s Duty To Love.
It now must be of the "tough love" variety. We must see clearly
and face bravely the reality of what we continue to create for
ourselves. We must take up tough ethical positions.
We have proved again and again, over spans of millennia, that any
kind of violent revolution will only turn the wheel of violence
another revolution, around and around.
If we will but cease to destroy, we may live. We cannot negotiate
with melting glaciers. Perhaps we can negotiate with the storms of
insatiable greed and desire raging within our own minds. Perhaps we
can come out of our addiction to more, more and faster, faster.
The revolution we must undertake to save ourselves is a
revolution within our own minds toward loving kindness, truth, and
respect for life.
To those who would accept a legislated statutory slavery, I
say – may your shackles bind you without too much pain. May you go
quietly into oblivion, and may you not burden me with the memory
that you ever stood a watch with me on Spaceship Earth.
If you are interested in further exploration of personal
statelessness, stop by and visit www.statelessfreedom.org.
November 5, 2007
Jeff Knaebel [send him mail] is an
expatriate American domiciled in India since 1995. He formerly
practiced as a registered professional engineer, having been trained
at Cornell Univ. and the Colorado School of Mines.
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