Posts Tagged ‘Fifth Amendment’


July 9, 2016

This is the third  of a series of abbreviated or unfinished rants.  To read the first two, please visit   and


Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Over the past 7 years, there have been more federal inquiries into corruption, illegal activities, unconstitutional mandates and over-extension of presidential authority than ever before in history. It is an ongoing and growing problem for decades and is now overwhelming.

One of Obama’s signature promises was that he’d have “the most transparent administration” in U.S. History. His has proven to be the least` transparent administration. Each respondent to a congressional or criminal investigation has either voiced their Fifth Amendment rights, claimed ignorance of the situation under their jurisdiction, claimed inability to recall information or simply was never made aware of the situation under investigation.

Documentation requested under FOIA is either so heavily redacted that no benefit is received by their release or the full release is delayed until the investigative commission is disbanded.

Understanding that invoking the Fifth Amendment is a declaration of possible criminal activity, shouldn’t the investigating committee or agency make the declarant a target of involvement in that activity and investigate him or her extensively? The witness can’t be forced to answer any questions in such a way that might incriminate himself or herself. But what is wrong with including them, not as witnesses, but as targets from that point forward?


According to President Obama’s national security advisor, Susan Rice, there are too many white people in key government positions. This endangers the national security because they all look alike.

Perhaps a few more Muslim Brotherhood members or illegal aliens would satisfy Ms. Rice’s need for more and greater security through diversity. Personally, I believe fewer sycophants of all colors, religions and ethnicities might be the answer. More people dedicated to the nation instead of global socialism and absolute power would definitely be an improvement over what we now have.

The recent event at Andrews Air Base was one of conditioning. This is the kind of thing we can expect to continue to happen. Seeing the U.S. Military active in law enforcement situations on United States soil is necessary before declaring martial law.

The activity was broadcast by every major news station. People alerted one another and all tuned in to see how a military base could have been infiltrated and how the incident would be handled. As it turns out, it was just a drill; an active shooter drill about which seemingly few people were made aware.

We are at the end of the holy month of Ramadan in which ISIS has pledged to carry out as many terrorist activities throughout the world as possible. They have carried out their pledge, but this event was meant to acclimatize the American public.

The “active shooter” event might be a public display of the Jade Helm exercise. The military taking groups, areas or towns under command through intimidation and authoritarian assertiveness is what we can now expect from this and future administrations.

Desensitizing the masses through repetition is a controlling measure necessary for any autocracy to assume absolute power.



May 22, 2013

Let’s forget all about Fast and Furious and amnesty and entitlements for people who have stolen their way into the country.  We need not be attentive to the AP or FoxNews reporters individually and collectively spied upon or trampling on freedom of the press.  Benghazi?  Not a problem, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”  Let us not be bothered by whatever still lurks under the desk in the oval office.  This time it’s probably not Monica. 

Oh hell, let’s just consign to oblivion everything in the founding documents and everything we’ve known about liberty in the past.  It’s all gone.  We have ignorantly relinquished, through our personal votes, everything the founders of this nation gave us as citizens.  Not everyone chose to shoot themselves in the foot, but now we all walk with a limp because of those who did.

Can we now agree there is little left of the America in which we’ve been proud?  We have survived through good periods and tough times, Republican and Democrat administrations.  It is time to revert to what made this nation the global leader in the first place and we must no longer shrink from being a strong and free society.  It is time for “We the People” to regain control of the behemoth government currently usurping our wealth, freedoms and opportunities.  Our government is not only affecting the well-being of our nation, it is destroying the morale of almost every individual within, even those who voted for the change. 

If you think, even for one second, that a government can gather every bit of information about your life for use against you when needed and not be bothered by that you are not American.  You are not one who enjoys rights, freedoms, and self created opportunities.  You are one who wants someone else to think and do for you as you muddle your way through life as an ignorant, uncaring bondservant.  You willingly forfeit all prerogatives to protest for equality or humanity.

Click on the link below for more on how we have carelessly relinquished our rights and freedoms and put our personal lives in jeopardy through our votes.

If you think that the current or any future governments getting away with the illegal and frightening moves we’ve seen in the past four and a half years won’t affect you, you must be in the throes of death as you read this or as you hear it read to you.  If the government can specifically target individuals and make their lives miserable just because the individuals do not share, completely, the political views and goals of the nation’s leader, we are all subjects of tyranny.

Granted, the practice started long, long ago.  Underhanded government over reach occupied center stage during the Watergate trials exactly forty years ago this month.  The American public on both sides of the political aisle were outraged at what executive power could produce.  It cost Richard M. Nixon the presidency and it was nothing, by comparison, to what is happening right now.  What is happening is right out of the Cloward/Piven playbook – overwhelm the system, destroy the nation.

When the Department of Homeland Security contracts for huge blocks of ammunition deliberately making it difficult, at best, for citizens and even some local police departments to obtain a practical few rounds, it should alarm “We the People”.  However, if you have willingly forfeited all prerogatives through compliance or complacency, you deserve what you get. 

Today, as currently scheduled, Lois Lerner the head of the IRS tax-exempt division intends to invoke the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs.  The Fifth Amendment provides that U.S. citizens may not be compelled to incriminate or testify against themselves while under oath.

By invoking the Fifth Amendment, Ms. Lerner is not only protecting herself, she is shielding her superiors from indictment.  This is a very convenient use of the Constitution when there is a political or personal benefit, by those whose goal it is to destroy that very document.

By today’s standard, Nixon did virtually nothing. The poor guy got the proverbial shaft.