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CREDIBILITY IN SCARY TIMES

 

By Lynn Stuter
December 29, 2009
NewsWithViews.com

Ronald Reagan once quipped, "trust but verify"—an axiom that serves us well.

Increasingly, since Also Known As (AKA) Obama was given the blessing of Congress to occupy the White House and act in the capacity of "president" (even though evidence indicates he is not a natural-born citizen as required by Article II, Section 1, Clause 5, United States Constitution); as more and more Americans have come to the realization that the "different kind of politician" they voted for is a Marxist with the intent of enslaving them and turning the United States into a police state; commentaries have found validity on the e-waves that are anything but. The tendency is to look on anything put out about AKA with an eye that it certainly is possible in light of his Marxist agenda.

Possible, maybe, but whether it is true is what we need to consider and act on.

At the latter end of September, stories were flying around the internet about a detention facility in Hardin, Montana, how (sic) "AKA's goons had taken over the town as a police state model that would be spread across the United States." The stories were flying fast and hard, each one, it seemed, trying to outdo the last in the "police state" department.

People were lapping it up. The ripples of anger across the surface of the growing discontent were palpable.

According to one of the e-mails flying around the internet, put out by a supposedly Christian "intercessor," but for which no one seemed to accept responsibility and on which no author was noted, the following claims were made:

1. AKA had signed a law privatizing all the police forces in the United States;
2. The Hardin city council had disbanded the Sheriff's Office
3. A dozen "blacked out" Mercedes SUVs had rolled into town with the Hardin City colors and logos "painted" on them
4. A heavy duty gate was being constructed at the "entrance to Hardin"
5. The head of the government operation was a man who spoke with a thick Russian accent and his website "logo" was Russian
6. The security force would be made up, primarily, of foreign nationals
7. This new "police force"
a. was stopping people without cause
b. would be conducting forced H1N1 vaccinations; any who refused would be imprisoned
c. had told a local gun shop they had the serial numbers off all the guns in his shop, guns he owned, and that the people in the town owned.

It took a lot of time and a great deal of research to separate the fact from the fiction, sensationalism and hype. And when the truth was separated from the rest, the story came out a whole lot differently.

The truth was that a man, known as "Captain" Michael [Hilton] with a long criminal record of fraud of varying types, who had spent six years in a California prison, whose base of operations was in California, was attempting to lease a detention facility that the people of Hardin had been conned into building two years prior by a Texas-based group known for this; that the detention facility had since sat empty; that the bonds on the facility were in default; that officials in Hardin, Montana had jumped at the opportunity to lease the facility without thoroughly checking the background of the individual seeking to lease the facility. There had been several black Mercedes brought to town by Hilton with magnetic logos attached to them, said logos subsequently ordered removed by Hardin officials. While Michael Hilton was supposedly a naturalized American citizen, while he spoke with an accent, his country of origin was not Russia but either Montenegro or Serbia; the crest (the "logo") on his website was of Serbian royalty. That crest, as it originally appeared, has now been altered as has several other aspects of the website, including the insinuation that American Private Police Force, Hilton's company, was connected to Xe, formerly known as Blackwater.

What made me question the validity of this e-mail, initially, was the claim that AKA had signed a law privatizing all the police forces in the U.S. and the claim that the Hardin city council had disbanded the Sheriff's Office. That the number of the bill AKA supposedly signed was not provided gave rise to the question of the validity of this claim. Likewise, that the Hardin city council has no authority to disband the Sheriff's Office, a county agency over which the Hardin city council has no authority, was reason to question the validity of this claim.

When the truth of Michael Hilton's extensive criminal record came to light, when he refused to disclose who was backing his operation, when pressure was applied by the Montana Attorney General's office, Michael Hilton quietly left town.


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The problem was that, in the meantime, the wild stories circulating the internet showed up on websites otherwise considered credible. When I requested of Steve Quayle that he either remove the above e-mail from his website or post my rebuttal to the e-mail, he did neither. The e-mail still exists on his website today. It also exists on the Cutting Edge website, as does the referenced e-mail below (this link may change).

More recently, another e-mail has been circulating the internet in which it is claimed that (sic) AKA has given INTERPOL (International Criminal Police Organization) policing powers within the United States via Executive Order. The e-mails are flying fast and furious regarding this claimed "police state" move by AKA.

Digressing for a moment, background information on INTERPOL is pertinent. INTERPOL, "Created in 1923, … facilitates cross-border police co-operation, and supports and assists all organizations, authorities and services whose mission is to prevent or combat international crime … Each INTERPOL member country maintains a National Central Bureau staffed by national law enforcement officers. The NCB is the designated contact point for the General Secretariat, regional offices and other member countries requiring assistance with overseas investigations and the location and apprehension of fugitives."

The United States is a member country of INTERPOL. The NCB in the United States is located within the Justice Department.

Returning to the e-mail in question, spreading with lightning speed across the e-waves: the truth regarding this e-mail is something entirely different.

AKA has issued an executive order 13524 amending executive order 12425, written and signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. It pertains to the International Organizations Immunities Act which addresses diplomatic immunity afforded foreign entities. President Reagan, with stated exceptions, gave INTERPOL diplomatic immunity in the United States. In 1995, President Bill Clinton issued executive order 12971 amending Reagan's executive order 12425. AKA's executive order 13524 further amends Reagan's original executive order and has the effect of completely removing all exceptions to the diplomatic immunity afforded INTERPOL.

The International Organizations Immunities Act addresses diplomatic immunity; it does not give any foreign entity, such as INTERPOL, police powers or legal powers within the United States.

Yet that is what is being claimed in e-mails flying about the internet and appearing on what are otherwise considered credible websites.

An article appearing at Rense.com was backtracked to a website with no apparent name other than Marion's Blog; "Marion" being Marion Valentine, a "disabled Navy Cryptologist" out of Laurel, Mississippi. Whether the article, posted on his blog, was written and posted by him, is not clear. While the article presents the various Executive Orders involved and the pertinent sections of the International Organizations Immunities Act accurately, it then provides the following summation:

"INTERPOL, an international law enforcement agency, has just been granted complete and utter 'diplomatic immunity' within the borders of the United States, courtesy of Obama. They are not subject to any Constitutional limitations within the United States. Good luck filing for discovery, documents, witnesses or subpoenas against a police force that is operating outside of the Constitution in your own country! You can't sue them. Their records can't be searched. They are not subject to FOIA requests. You probably won't even know the name of the agent prosecuting you if INTERPOL comes to visit. And they don't have to tell you either."

Is this true? Is this accurate? In a word, "NO." INTERPOL is not an international law enforcement agency. As stated above, INTERPOL facilitates cross-border police co-operation regarding criminal acts that are international in scope. For instance, INTERPOL would have been contacted when the Nigerian national, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, tried to blow up Northwest/Delta flight 253 on approach to the Detroit, Michigan airport. INTERPOL would facilitate the exchange of information between foreign law enforcement agencies with information on Abdulmutallab and U.S. law enforcement agencies seeking that information; INTERPOL is not a law enforcement agency in and of itself; it has no police enforcement power in any of its member countries.

It is true that INTERPOL has been granted complete and utter diplomatic immunity within the borders of the United States. However, diplomatic immunity does not equate to giving INTERPOL police powers over American citizens; diplomatic immunity is only granted if INTERPOL is in good standing and abides by United States law concerning diplomats residing on American soil. If diplomatic immunity is rescinded, due to offenses against the United States or its citizens, the offending party has a choice to either leave the United States immediately or be arrested and prosecuted under American law. Diplomatic status can be revoked for any number of reasons including acts of war, spying, or criminal acts committed under American law. Over the years, diplomatic status has be revoked a number of times for diplomats in this country, resulting in their immediate expulsion from this country.

The claim that "They are not subject to any Constitutional limitations within the United States"; that they can operate "outside of the Constitution" and American law is utterly false. If an INTERPOL agent showed up at your door, he/she would be risking expulsion or prosecution for breach of diplomatic immunity.

As I stated above, this article is unsigned with no author apparent, just like the e-mail that started the whole buzz about Hardin, Montana. Who is writing and who is putting out these disinformation e-mails, and why they are doing it, is something we need to be asking ourselves. One thing is very apparent, these people are not on our side. It would appear their motive is to muddy the waters regarding the eligibility issue and draw attention away from what is really happening with AKA and his Marxist minions.

These are scary times, that is true. We have a man in the Oval Office intent on burning the Constitution and Bill of Rights to the ground, intent on turning our nation into a police state with third-world status.

But knowledge is power.

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We need to stay focused on the truth and not let the truth be obscured or sidelined by disinformation.

There isn't one of us who hasn't been suckered at some point by one of these wild stories; this is true. It is our obligation, however, to expose them when we find they aren't true.

Trust but verify!

2009 Lynn M. Stuter - All Rights Reserved

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Activist and researcher, Stuter has spent the last fifteen years researching systems theory and systems philosophy with a particular emphasis on education as it pertains to achieving the sustainable global environment. She home schooled two daughters. She has worked with legislators, both state and federal, on issues pertaining to systems governance, the sustainable global environment and education reform. She networks nationwide with other researchers and a growing body of citizens concerned about the transformation of our nation from a Constitutional Republic to a participatory democracy. She has traveled the United States and lived overseas.

Web site: www.learn-usa.com

E-Mail: lmstuter@learn-usa.com


 

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As I stated above, this article is unsigned with no author apparent, just like the e-mail that started the whole buzz about Hardin, Montana. Who is writing and who is putting out these disinformation e-mails, and why they are doing it, is something we need to be asking ourselves.