Morphing of Amrerica:
Good or Evil?
Are we living in a country that is good and
righteous, promoting liberty, freedom and democracy around the world? On
inauguration day, George W. Bush said,
“America has need of idealism and courage, because we have essential work
at home - the unfinished work of American freedom. In a world moving toward
are determined to show the meaning and promise of liberty…
In America's ideal of freedom, citizens find the dignity and security of
economic independence, instead of laboring on the edge of subsistence…
In America's ideal of freedom, the public interest depends on private
character - on integrity, and tolerance toward others, and the rule of
conscience in our own lives….
In America's ideal of freedom, the exercise of rights is ennobled by
service, and mercy, and a heart for the weak…
We go forward with complete confidence in the eventual triumph of freedom….
When the Declaration of Independence was first read in public and the
Liberty Bell was sounded in celebration, a witness said, "It rang as if it
meant something." In our time it means something still. America, in this young
century, proclaims liberty throughout all the world, and to all the
inhabitants thereof. Renewed in our strength - tested, but not weary - we are
ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom.”
Does America have a mission from God to bring
liberty and freedom to the world? Or are the seeds of tyranny already planted
and taking root in America? In this section, we will look at “liberty and
freedom” in America. In many respects, one could argue historically that
America was a “light on the hill” to the rest of the world. That is why the
of the world is so perplexed by our recent actions. That is also why so many
good and patriotic Americans are beginning to question what is happening.
Like our friend the frog in the pot, from the
previous section, laws are quietly being changed, and few seem to notice. The
point of this section isn’t to be an American “basher” but to point out subtle
and not so subtle changes in laws, court interpretations and enforcement that
has essentially gutted the Bill of Rights and put our “freedom” at jeopardy.
Of course, the caveat here for Christians is
that this world isn’t our home. “The whole world lies in the evil one.”
We have no hope or are looking for justice in the world or our government.
Yet, many sincere Christians have a foot in both worlds and are being deceived
because they so want to believe the best about their country.
Historically America has known no enemies that
could reach her soil until after World War II and the beginning of the Cold
War – kind of a nuclear “Mexican stand off” with Russia that lasted for the
next 45 years. As we pointed out in Part 2 of this series, this gave the
American government a reason to establish bases throughout the world in order
to defend themselves against the threat of Communism. But once that threat
faded, America needed a new enemy to justify the expansionist policy and
military build up. At first that enemy became the drug traffickers which
justified the RICO and other money laundering laws, but that was hardly a
worthy enemy to justify a massive military.
It wasn’t until 9/11 that America discovered
the perfect enemy – the terrorist! A terrorist could be anywhere – on an
airplane, in a shopping mall or the house next door. The American government
justify tapping anyone’s phone line or checking their computer, bank or
library records, breaking into their home, arresting citizen and non-citizen
alike on suspicion or an accusation and set aside the usual Constitutional
protections accorded to the accused. Americans embraced the RICO laws, the
Patriot Act I and II, the CAPPS and finally the organization of a new
intelligence super agency. In the process, they had no idea how this could
affect them personally. The fall of the “twin towers” and subsequent hype
about terrorist threats somehow justified any and all measures taken by the
government to “protect” their citizens. These draconian measures are of
obvious importance to any prophetic scenario that includes an apparently
wonderful ruler (the antichrist) who turns on his people. And yet, convinced
the potential of terrorism is great, Americans are willing to make the trade
off – security in exchange for freedom.
Before we explore the implications of these
changes, let us listen to the warnings of our forefathers:
James Madison wrote to Thomas Jefferson "Perhaps it is a universal
truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provision against
danger, real or pretended, from abroad."
“They who would give up an essential
liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security”.
” When liberty is taken away by force
it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default
it can never be recovered.” (Dorothy Thompson)
And here is the rub, “The average man
does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe.” (H.L.
Things were not the same after the end of the
Cold War in 1989. We failed to find a worthy
In the decade of the ‘90s, the best we could do was declare war on narcotics
trafficking and money laundering. RICO laws were initially designed to combat
organized crime. Over time RICO was expanded to include all kinds of
suspicious activity and thousands of innocent people found their homes and
bank accounts confiscated and the burden of proof was on them to prove their
innocence – not on the government. “In reality, RICO acts as an arbitrary
penalty enhancer and prosecutorial bargaining tool. A violation of RICO is a
crime of convenience—for prosecutors, that is.” RICO laws have been
expanded to use against abortion protestors, internet spammers, and the
Catholic Church. Although no one would object to its use against true
criminals, all too often they are aimed against innocent people.
In an attempt to combat money laundering,
several times in the last four years of the Clinton administration, the “know
your customer laws” for banks were soundly rejected by Congress as an
intrusion of privacy. Within a month after 9/11, those provisions previously
rejected by Congress quietly passed into law.
I am not an alarmist or into conspiracy
theories. The following information comes from “mainstream” sources or the
government itself – not conspiratorial fringe sources.
The “Patriot Acts”
The ACLU reports, “Just 45 days after the September 11 attacks, with virtually
no debate, Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act. Many parts of this sweeping legislation take away checks on
law enforcement and threaten the very rights and freedoms that we are
struggling to protect. For example, without a warrant and without probable
cause, the FBI now has the power to access your most private medical records,
your library records, and your student
and can prevent anyone from telling you it was done.”
The US Patriot Act expands terrorism laws
to include “domestic terrorism” which could subject political organizations to
surveillance, wiretapping, harassment, and criminal action for political
advocacy. Expands the ability of law enforcement to conduct secret searches,
gives them wide powers of phone and Internet surveillance, and access to
highly personal medical, financial, mental health, and student records with
minimal judicial oversight. Allows FBI Agents to investigate American
citizens for criminal matters without probable cause of crime if they say it
is for intelligence purposes.” Permits non-citizens to be jailed based on
mere suspicion and be denied re-admission to the US for engaging in free
speech. Suspects convicted of no crime may be detained indefinitely month
increments without meaningful judicial review.
What rights are being
First Amendment - Freedom of religion, speech, assembly, and the
Fourth Amendment - Freedom from unreasonable searches and
Fifth Amendment - No person to be deprived of life, liberty or
property without due process of law.
Sixth Amendment - Right to a speedy public trial by an impartial
jury, right to be informed of the facts of the accusation, right to confront
witnesses and have the assistance of counsel.
Eighth Amendment - No excessive bail or cruel and unusual
punishment shall be imposed.
Fourteenth Amendment - All persons (citizens and non-citizens)
within the US are entitled to due process and the equal protection of the
The Patriot Act was so bad that in September
2004, the courts ruled key provisions unconstitutional. “"Under the mantle of
secrecy, the self-preservation that ordinarily impels our government to
censorship and secrecy may potentially be turned on ourselves as a weapon of
wrote. ". . . At that point, secrecy's protective shield may serve not as much
to secure a safe country as simply to save face." "This is a wholesale refutation of the
administration's use of excessive secrecy and unbridled power under the
Patriot Act." The article quotes a
1972 Supreme Court ruling that the
has a tendency to abuse its powers in the name of domestic security.
Patriot Act II was so bad they had to break it
up into pieces and slip it through in other legislation. “The "Domestic
Security Enhancement Act," which opponents have dubbed "PATRIOT II," is
designed to further expand federal law enforcement's powers to limit alleged
terrorist suspects' access to the protections afforded to criminal defendants.
“According to a "Confidential...Section-by-Section
Analysis" of the proposal, it would allow the Justice Department to
declare a person suspected of somehow being involved with international
terrorism as a "foreign power," making the individual subject to the reduced
judicial oversight and lower thresholds of proof required under the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)”.
Patriot Act II removes the sunset provisions
of the original law. It expands wire-tapping authority and, some provisions of PATRIOT II have been
introduced separately as the "Vital Interdiction of Criminal Terrorist
Organizations" or VICTORY ACT.
Banks, automobile dealers, realtors, yacht and
motor home dealers, jewelers, etc., all are required to report suspicious
activity. An amount as low as three thousand dollars can trigger a suspicious
activity report (SAR) and banks are not allowed to even let you know they
filed one. A bank employee may be fined and imprisoned for not filing a SAR.
The facts are that terrorists don’t need much
money. They use credit cards and ATMs just like we do. They also use major
U.S. banks rather than obscure offshore banks. The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports that, “The Know Your Customer
proposal regards every bank patron as a potential suspect and eliminates
financial privacy by inspecting all banking transactions and establishing
customer profiles.” The real reason for all of this red tape is to
gain control over every aspect of the financial system (with the eventual goal
of the “mark of the beast” – necessary to buy or sell)
The ACLU says the technology is here to turn
us into a “surveillance
In addition, there are plans to
· Track all foreigners.
· Profile all air passengers.
· Track all financial transactions.
· Use Biometric passports
· Set aside the Bill of Rights
the intelligence apparatus
· Carnivore is retired but the government still snoops the internet.
· Do a pilot “eye
scan” program at JFK airport
· Require a national ID in the form of a Driver’s License (with biometric data)
· Coming soon – internal check points!
The New York
Times reported yesterday (1/25) in an article titled, “Nonstop
Scrutiny – as Orwell Foretold.”
“Another company is intent on gaining
control of all records - including state and local files, financial
information, employee dossiers, DNA data and criminal background checks - that
define our identity. In addition to iris scanners, voice analyzers and
fingerprint readers, there now exists face recognition machines and cameras
that can identify an individual by how he or she walks. One government group
is working on infrared detectors that could register heat signals around
people's eyes, indicating an autonomic "fight or flight" response; another
federal agency has floated a proposal to assess risk by examining airline
passengers' brain waves with "noninvasive neuro-electric sensors."
This surveillance state is not a futuristic
place conjured in a Philip K. Dick novel or "Matrix"-esque sci-fi thriller. It
is post-9/11 America, as described in Robert O'Harrow Jr.'s unnerving new
book, "No Place to Hide" - an America where citizens' "right to be let alone,"
as Justice Louis Brandeis of the Supreme Court once put it, is increasingly
imperiled, where more and more components of our daily lives are routinely
monitored, recorded and analyzed.”
Management of the Media, Global
Empire and Freedom
Essential to taking away our freedom and
liberty is to make sure we don’t know what is going on. Therefore the
government and the elites manage the news.
“Because dissent is often equated with
disloyalty, the national security bureaucracy has waged a determined effort to
co-opt, intimidate, and exclude the press on foreign policy issues, since
members of the news media who question the logic of policy decisions or the
veracity of officials raise doubts about the wisdom of U.S. globalist
strategy, thereby sowing division among the American people. That is
especially true of those individuals who dare to penetrate the veil of secrecy
and reveal evidence that might discredit that strategy.”
The globalist intentions of America, personal
freedom and the media are intertwined,
politics of loyalty, the pervasive cult of secrecy, and governmental attacks
on the press all have one thing in common... A strategy of global
interventionism, to be effective, requires domestic unity and conformity.
Those requirements run directly counter to the values of political pluralism
and unfettered debate so essential to the maintenance of a democratic system. An interventionist foreign policy promotes the growth of a centralized and
remote political structure, creates economic regimentation, and undermines a
variety of civil liberties, especially freedom of expression.”
More than fifty years ago, Garet Garrett observed that
“The adverse domestic consequences of
global interventionism raise serious questions about the future of individual
liberty in the United States. At the dawn of the Cold War, social commentator
Garet Garrett warned that America could not indefinitely remain a republic at
home while taking on the trappings of empire abroad. He noted a fundamental
contradiction between the desire to play the role of global policeman and the
objective of maintaining long-standing American traditions of limited
government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. Garrett’s warning is even
more applicable today. Americans are rapidly reaching the point where they
must confront a stark choice. Either the United States will adopt a more
circumspect role in the world in order to preserve domestic freedom, or that
freedom will continue to erode (perhaps beyond the point of recovery) to
satisfy the requirements of a globalist foreign policy. That choice will
determine not only how the United States is defended but whether this country
retains the values and principles that make it worth defending.”
Remember Garrett wrote this a half century
Frankly, I could go on and on but I want to be
brief. I would encourage you to read the links for there is much more
material which would make up a huge book if the whole story were told. You
get the idea. Bad things are happening right now but you seldom hear
it in the media. The problem isn’t that we are living in a police state today
but that this legislation is in place. Richard Clark, the Administration’s
counterterrorism advisor said that Ashcroft “rather than bringing us
together, managed to persuade much of the country that the needed reforms of
the Patriot Act were actually the beginning of fascism.” He has shown a
willingness to enforce the most onerous parts of the law with a vengeance.
Alberto Gonzales, the new Attorney General, has also shown his willingness to
throw out the Geneva Convention and rewrite the rules of war and treatment of
prisoners. In fact, the POWs in Gitmo have no status and fall through the
cracks – imprisoned for years on end without a hearing or a trial.
The fact is deception is rampant. We have no
sense of perspective. While people starve and Christians are slaughtered in
countries like Rwanda, Sudan and Indonesia we turn a blind eye and spend
hundreds of billions on Afghanistan and Iraq. Yes, what happened on 9/11 was
terrible – 3,000 deaths but 24,000 died of hunger and related causes that same
day and every day. But does that really compare to the hundreds of thousands
of civilian deaths from the first and second Gulf Wars? This is not to mention the many hundreds of thousands that
died as a result of uranium hardened materials (please read this article). That not only
includes hundreds of thousands of civilians in Iraq, the radioactive dust has
spread throughout the world and is a “gift that keeps on giving.” This is the
real reason for the so-called “Gulf War Syndrome” that afflicts so many of our
own troops. The government keeps insisting it is due to nerve gas and
chemicals but that has been completely discredited. They frankly can’t admit
fault and pay the price of their health care. The fact remains, America has
left death and destruction in its wake the past 15 years in the name of
bringing freedom and liberty to the world.
A tsunami that kills a few hundred thousand
people gets our attention. Yet we have disasters going on around us all the
time. More than that die every month from AIDS and you can hardly get the U.S. or anyone else that excited about
it. Famine, malaria, dysentery are totally preventable and kill millions
Since 9/11 there have been no incidents in the
U.S. (which the government may say is because they have been doing such a good
job). Look at the causes of death in the U.S. every year.
Adverse Reactions to Prescription Drugs
All Licit & Illicit Drug-Induced Deaths
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Why don’t we declare war against the tobacco
industry or doctors and hospitals for the high rate of infection? My point
here is that the government controls us by fear, by hyping the “terror card”.
Let’s face it, you are statistically far more likely to be killed or injured
driving to the store in your car. But the fear of a terrorist lurking,
plotting and scheming to kill you at any moment sells and we pay billions of
dollars a year for nothing other than financing the American military
around the world to protect our economic interests.
There seems to be a concerted conspiracy
between the government and the major news organizations. Listen carefully to
Fox News or any of the major networks. They pass on the government hype and
fear. They rile the people up against not just the terrorists, but all of
Islam they claim is out to wage holy war against us. They convince us we are
fighting in the name of God.
So we willingly wait for hours on end as we
pass through the airport security and feel safer. We hear about people being
falsely accused, having their property confiscated and even going to jail but
say, “it could never happen to me.” That’s exactly what the Jews said.
Brothers and sisters, a government doesn’t put
together the laws and controls unless it intends to use them. The water
temperature is rising and those of us here in “frogland” don’t even know it!
Where is this leading? In the early parts we saw the three horsemen of the apocalypse –
· The first horse, going forth to conquer
on a white horse but without arrows in the bow subduing through things such as
enticing products, the promise of a consumer market to
their products, loans, technology, know how and entertainment. We saw how America built her commercial empire.
We drew the nations into our web.
· The second, the red horse, makes war
and conquers. We saw the shift made by America in 2000 when the current
Administration came in.
· The black horse deals with the
impoverishment of the earth and the growing gap between the rich and the
poor. We saw the way the American government and elites are not only stealing
from the world but from their own people.
And in this one, we have seen how the
government has set in motion the laws and mechanisms it will need to establish
the most despotic nation the world has ever seen – willing to betray not only
the world, but its own citizens. Revelation 18 describes the end of that
great “end times” nation that pollutes the world with her goods and services.
"Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen,
and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and
a cage for every unclean and hated bird! 3For all the nations have
drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the
of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the
earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury…
the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same
measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, "I sit as
queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.' 8Therefore her
plagues will come in one day--death and mourning and famine. And she will be
utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her…
kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her
will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, 10standing
at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, "Alas, alas, that great city
Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.'
11"And the merchants of the
earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore: 12merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine
linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of
object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and
marble; 13and cinnamon and incense,
oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep,
horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men. 14The fruit that
your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and
splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all. 15The
merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance
for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16and saying, "Alas,
alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and
adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! 17For in one hour
such great riches came to nothing.' Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship,
sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance 18and
cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, "What is like this
19"They threw dust on their
heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, "Alas, alas, that great
city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in
one hour she is made desolate.”
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