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Note – made in 1973, Soylent Green was Edward G. Robinson’s last film before he died. He is Sol in this clip.
Factory Farmed Fish: A Health and Sustainability Red Herring?
- By Hannah Bewsey
Organic Consumers Association, August 21, 2014
For related articles and more information, please visit OCA’s Millions Against Monsanto page and our Fish Sustainability page.
Photo Credit: jenny downing via Compfight cc
Consumers are up in arms over plans by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to approve the first genetically engineered fish—dubbed “frankenfish.” But what many consumers may not realize is that much of the non-GMO fish, especially farmed fish, in today’s supermarkets is equally detrimental to human health. It’s also harmful to the environment and economically unsustainable.
That’s not to say that all wild-caught fish is safe or sustainable. Nearly a third of the world’s fisheries are currently in collapse, “unable to regenerate their populations fast enough to keep pace with the rate at which they are being caught or killed, according to an interview, conducted by the Rodale Institute, with actor Ted Danson, author of <em. To help consumers navigate the waters of wild-caught fish, the Rodale Institute recommends consumers follow the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “Seafood Watch” guide (also available as a downloadable smartphone app).
But GMO salmon, if approved, will be a farmed fish—and consumers should be aware that farmed fish in general should be avoided, even though there are some distinctions within the farmed fish market.
Fish farming isn’t new.
Fish farming, in the form of cages, nets, and enclosures submerged in marine or fresh water, dates as far back as ancient China. Today, an increased demand for the lean proteins and Omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish has helped make “aquaculture” the most rapidly growing animal industry. Just last year, farmed fish made up more than half of all global fish consumption, and even surpassed beef production. The number of wild-caught fish, meanwhile, has plateaued in recent years—in many cases due to over-fishing.
Proponents of aquaculture cite its high efficiency of protein production, reduced burdens on overfished natural stocks, and economic and environmental sustainability.
But the practice of fish farming isn’t quite as cut-and-dried as its proponents would have you believe. Here are some important facts to consider before purchasing farmed fish.
Farmed fish are stressed fish.
Contrary to popular wisdom, goldfish are unhappy in bowls. They just need more space to grow and flourish. The same is true of fish raised for human consumption. Unfortunately, farms that use the cage system tend to maintain fish in very high densities. The result is a stressed fish that is more susceptible to injury and disease.
To curb sickness and prevent the whole stock from becoming infected, farmed fish may be fed antibiotics and chemicals that remain in their systems until they make it to our tables. While the U.S. regulates certain antibiotics and pesticides, many common chemicals are not controlled. Imported fish, in particular, are suspect: the U.S. inspects just 2 percent of all imported seafood for drug residues.
Farmed fish are escape artists.
No matter how secure its enclosures, any large farming facility is bound to have escapees. While the fish may count themselves lucky, their escape is not so lucky for local ecosystems. Escaped fish, often larger than their wild counterparts, can out-compete local stocks for food and resources. If they breed with wild species, genetic differences in the farmed fish may lead to less fit offspring, thus further diminishing the wild stock. Worse yet, sick escaped fish can infect wild populations: A 2008 study showed that even low levels of sea lice in farmed fish cause reductions in local wild fish populations.
It’s a fish-eat-fish world.
While some farmed fish are satisfied with leafy greens, popular species like salmon and tuna are carnivorous, meaning that they are fed fish products derived from small species like anchovies or herring. Anywhere from two to five pounds of wild-caught fish may be required to produce a single pound of farm-raised fish. These numbers, of course, significantly challenge the sustainability claim of many fish farming advocates.
Even in the case where fish are fed soy or other animal products, there is no way for consumers to know what is in the farmed fish they are buying. Must a customer who has pledged to eat GMO-free abstain from all farmed fish, on the off chance it has been raised on GMO soy meal?
Fish make waste.
In addition to any antibiotics, pesticides or food remnants that are leaked from farmed fish enclosures, fishes’ natural waste products in concentrated amounts can negatively impact local ecosystems. Studies show that carbon, nitrogen and phosphate levels are all elevated within marine farming regions, and become accumulated in the ocean sediment. This nutrient-rich waste may lead to algal growth and water de-oxygenation sufficient to deplete local sea life in the immediate vicinity, further negating the sustainability myth.
Fish farms compete with local fishermen.
As the aquaculture industry grows, farmed fish become both cheaper and more prevalent. Naturally, the cheapest fish comes from the regions subject to fewer regulations—one of the reasons local farm-raised fish is perhaps a lesser evil than imported stocks. For the fishermen who normally catch these species, however, all fish farms are competition.
The fact that fish farms employ local workers is not necessarily a benefit, as much of this growth occurs outside the U.S. About 62 percent of all farmed fish, for example, come from China. Furthermore, the majority of fish farms are managed by large companies with a vested interest in keeping production costs low.
Individual fishermen, in contrast, have little say in the living conditions of their hauls. When you buy wild-caught fish, chances are you know where it comes from and you are contributing to your local economy.
Not all fish farms are created equal.
From Canadian salmon farms to Chinese carp farms, there is as much diversity to be found in the type of farm as the species of fish it produces. Fish farming is a business like any other, and it is up to individual producers to regulate their own operations. For example, the primary factor in the healthful fatty acid content of farmed fish is their diet. This is also a factor directly controlled by individual farmers.
Small local farms may raise fewer, and exclusively native fish, thus have a smaller impact on nearby ecosystems. They may also have a system for recycling certain waste products. Plants or shellfish that help filter nutrients are increasingly prevalent.
But ultimately wild fish provide a healthful meal with a lot fewer questions.
Additional seafood resources
For region-specific healthy seafood:
For wild-caught sustainability listings:
Hannah Bewsey is a researcher/writer for the Organic Consumers Association.
Motivated by a PAN member’s post – I’m just flat out P.O. I don’t keep live links to PAN; this is as posted on PAN discussions, her actual post to start.
For the past almost six (6) years the vast majority of Americans have not just simply been asleep at the wheel. They have been downright comatose. The ten or twenty percent of the population that is AWAKE and COGNIZANT OF WHAT IS HAPPENING have speculated long and hard about what it would take to wake the other eighty to ninety percent.
Would a dramatic upsurge in unemployment wake them up? Not yet, it hasn’t
Would the destruction of our Blue Ribbon Healthcare system and conversion to a subpar socialist system do it: NO
How about the Benghazi debacle? NOPE
Using the IRS as a weapon against American Taxpayers? Not so anybody would notice.
Even an Invasion of OUR Southern Border by enemies and illegals from all sorts of organizations hasn’t done it.
Fast and Furious evoked only laughs.
So would another 9/11 event wake them from their coma? I doubt it
How about an ISIS attack similar to what is happening in other countries? Would it result in an uprising?
Or, is it more likely that millions would calmly say, ‘THANK GOD IT ISN’T IN MY BACKYARD’ AND THEY’D GO RIGHT BACK TO SLEEP. Maybe it is all the chemicals in the water?
Marlene Hessler’s recent post is point-blank truth:
AN ISIS ATTACK ON AMERICANS WITHIN OUR BORDERS
Posted by Marlene Hessler on August 25, 2014
Hats off for this hard hitting commentary. Unfortunately, (and this really chaps my hide) it seems that Americans aren’t merely asleep at the wheel, but outright COMATOSE!
If the truth hit them over the head, they’d still be in a state of denial. One of the vital issues that have largely been ignored, is the problem of GMO’S.
The Hydra, Monsanto, (all you homeowners out there, they are the makers of Roundup herbicide) in just fifteen or so years, has trampled over what was the last vestiges of true agriculture. We face one of the greatest threats from our own food supply. GMO’s are a category on my other blog; and have gotten few responses.
Remember long ago when the expression “You are what you eat” became commonplace? How about a new one: “When the bees go, we go!”
These two items from Organic Bytes:
The clock is ticking on our last chance to stop a ticking time bomb.
On August 6 (2014), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), over the objections of 50 members of Congress, and more than 500,000 citizens, scientists, farmers and health professionals, moved one step closer to approving Dow’s new Enlist “Agent Orange” brand soy and corn crops.
The crops are engineered to withstand massive doses of Enlist Duo herbicide, concocted from a combination of 2,4-D (used to make Agent Orange) and glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup.
The USDA has admitted that approval of Dow’s new crops will cause the use of 2,4-D to skyrocket from 26 million pounds to 176 million pounds. Scientists predict worse.
Dow’s 2,4-D is already the seventh largest source of dioxins in the U.S. It’s been linked to a host of ills, including birth defects, infertility, allergies, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption and cancer.
It’s unconscionable that the USDA would approve these crops. Yet the agency is less than 18 days away from doing just that. Unless we stop it.
Will your Congress Member Sign?
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists nearly 40 pollinator species as threatened or endangered.
Monarch butterflies aren’t faring much better. In California, the Monarch population has declined by 80 percent over 15 years, in part due to the extensive use of Monsanto’s Roundup.
Two Congressmen, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) have written a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, urging her to review and revise pesticide regulations protecting pollinators. In order to make the letter carry more weight, they’re asking their colleagues to sign on.
In their letter, Reps. Blumenauer and Conyers refer to recent studies revealing that “systemic pesticides—including neonicotinoids—are accumulating in soils and polluting waterways and natural vegetation across the world, leading to widespread impacts on wildlife inhabiting farmland and aquatic habitats.”
They also point out that much of this pesticide use is unnecessary and ineffective.
Please ask your Congress members to sign on to the Blumenauer-Conyers “Dear Colleague” letter. We’re hoping to get 50 Members to sign on, before the letter closes on September 8.
TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT POLLINATORS: Ask your Congress member to sign on to this important letter to the EPA
Please forward this publication to family and friends, place it on web sites,
print it, duplicate it and post it freely. Knowledge is power!
Organic Bytes is a publication of Organic Consumers Association
Note – Just yesterday, I was having a conversation with a person about homegrown terrorists. He’d brought up this very subject and had commented on how nobody was saying anything about it. On the heels of that conversation, I just received this item from Jan Morgan Media in my inbox:
(note from Jan Morgan in reference to this article:)
This is what happens when you allow a terrorist organization (Islam) to hide behind the mask of religion and thrive in your country.
Under the umbrella of political correctness, Islam is thriving in the UK and America which is why our citizens and Brits are joining ISIS.
The lack of knowledge about the driving force behind islamic terrorism is why the terrorists are winning and will continue to win in the war on terror.
This driving force is their Koran, Hadith, and Sura, which contain 109 verses dictating hate, murder, and terror, against all people who refuse to submit or convert to Islam.
These are their holy dictates.
The muslims committing these crimes are NOT RADICALS..
They are DEVOUT muslims following the dictates of their prophet, muhammad.
There are currently 35 Islamic terror training camps on American soil.
America must deal with this swiftly and aggressively abroad and at home.
There is nothing to negotiate with these people.
They don’t want our land, Israel’s land, our money, or changes in our foreign policy.
What they want is what their prophet demands, which is DEATH TO ALL HUMAN BEINGS WHO REFUSE TO SUBMIT OR CONVERT TO ISLAM.
Terrorism is thriving under the politically correct noses of Americans in denial,
This may be the death sentence to Liberty and all who support it, if we do not act NOW to stop this threat..
©2014 JAN MORGAN
The beheading of American journalist, James Foley, was brutal and tragic but not a surprising move by ISIS.
What WAS unexpected was the VOICE of the terrorist who committed this act of war.
He had a british accent.
The militant group in Iraq is a force roughly 3,000 strong and another 7000 in Syria. Of that 10 thousand, between 3 and 5 thousand are foreigners which includes Americans and Brits.
600 brits are confirmed to be fighting for militants in the Middle East, only 170 have enlisted for the British Army Reserves despite a major recruitment campaign.
More Brits have signed up to fight for ISIS than have signed up for the British Forces.
Their activities are now a major concern for the British government, as they are likely to return to the UK radicalised and with military training.
This is what happens when you allow a terrorist organization (Islam) to hide behind the mask of religion and thrive in your country. Under the umbrella of political correctness, Islam is thriving in the UK and America.
The lack of knowledge about the driving force behind islamic terrorism is why the terrorists are winning and will continue to win in the war on terror.
The Koran, Hadith, and Sura contain 109 verses dictating hate, murder, and terror, against all people who refuse to submit or convert to Islam. (read them here)
These are their holy dictates.
The muslims committing these crimes are NOT RADICALS..
They are DEVOUT muslims following the dictates of their prophet, muhammad.
The fact that the islamic population has been increasing in the UK and thriving, reinforced the information that was released last month about the startling number of brits signing up to serve ISIS..
America will follow as Islam continues to prosper here under the politically correct noses of Americans living in denial.
It is widely believed that these British militants will continue their ‘struggle’ when they get back to the United Kingdom.
Shadow defence secretary Vernon Coaker said that scale of jihadists from Britain was humiliating for the country because it outstripped the number of Army Reserve volunteers.
Mr Coaker said: “The government’s own figures show more UK citizens are joining ISIS than signing up for the Armed Forces Reserves. This is shameful, embarrassing and will cause deep concern.
Link courtesy of Gds44’s Blog. Posted here and on PAN
A Moral Outrage
Posted August 14, 2014
It would come with almost no warning. Without any immediate signs as to why, the lights go out, cars stop dead, telephones cease to function, everything with a microchip in it fails, and most of it all never works again.
In the wake of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the United States, part or all of the country is thrust back into the 1860s but with 10 times the population. The threat is real, it is pressing, and the United States is doing little to address it.
It strikes many Americans as a fanciful prospect, almost cheesy apocalypse porn, to suggest that something as simple as the destruction of the nation’s power grid could thrust the United States into the dark ages. But those who have investigated this prospect are not rolling their eyes to the threat as are so many of the country’s sophisticates.
In The Wall Street Journal opinion pages on Wednesday, former CIA director James Woolsey and CIA veteran and congressional EMP Commission member Peter Vincent Pry warn of the threat posed by an EMP attack on the United States.
Recent declassification of EMP studies by the U.S. government has begun to draw attention to this dire threat. Rogue nations such as North Korea (and possibly Iran) will soon match Russia and China and have the primary ingredients for an EMP attack: simple ballistic missiles such as Scuds that could be launched from a freighter near our shores; space-launch vehicles able to loft low-earth-orbit satellites; and simple low-yield nuclear weapons that can generate gamma rays and fireballs.
“What would a successful EMP attack look like?” they ask. “The EMP Commission, in 2008, estimated that within 12 months of a nationwide blackout, up to 90% of the U.S. population could possibly perish from starvation, disease and societal breakdown.”
This is a rather antiseptic way of phrasing at the die out which would accompany an EMP attack. Those deaths occur in the immediate wake of this attack due to starvation, thirst, lack of medical care and viable pharmaceuticals, exposure, and mass violence. In the ensuing months, with governmental services having broken down entirely, fiefdoms arise. Conflict over scarce resources becomes commonplace. The globe, faced with the almost immediate withdrawal of American military power, descends into war as competing powers rush to fill the vacuum.
These thought experiments sound far too much like science fiction for many. And there is some excellent science fiction surrounding speculation as to what an EMP attack would look like. William Forstchen’s One Second After is an especially compelling read exploring what effects an EMP attack would have on society in the near and long-term.
Can this dark future be prevented? Of course, but the will to address this threat in Washington apparently does not exist. [Bold font my emphasis - "X" ]
EMP Blast Video:
“In June 2013, Rep. Trent Franks (R., Ariz.) and Rep. Yvette Clark (D., N.Y.) introduced the Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage, or Shield, Act,” Woolsey and Pry write. “Unfortunately, the legislation is stalled in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.”
Similarly, the committee-approved Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA), also aimed at crafting a national emergency plan to help local, state, and federal officers mitigate the risks the public will face in the wake of an EMP attack has not come to a vote in Congress.
“The cost of protecting the national electric grid, according to a 2008 EMP Commission estimate, would be about $2 billion—roughly what the U.S. gives each year in foreign aid to Pakistan,” the WSJ editorial observes.
Too often, though, cynicism and skepticism have prevented America’s political leaders from acting. It may be too late when they finally realize the scale of this threat to American national security.
It is ironic that, in just a handful of generations, America’s dependence on electricity and computer technology is absolute. Its disappearance would lead to the collapse of civilization, a prospect which must look quite enticing to those actors who wish to do America harm.
How Many Reasons Do YOU Need To Vote November 4th?
Chuck Norris Kicked David (LibTard) Letterman To The Curb.
Here’s a REAL TOP TEN-
America’s favorite martial artist paired up with the National Rifle Association to produce this compelling video urging Americans to register to vote – after all, it is the best way for Americans to preserve and protect their constitutional rights. And after hearing Chuck Norris’s top 10 reasons why everyone should exercise their ability to vote, you better believe people will be racing to sign up. Because, as #6 asserts – Chuck Norris says so.
In response to a member saying that 80% of voters voted for McCain/Palin, those numbers and percentages are not accurate…
The numbers/percents that voted for McCain/Palin was not hat high, less than than half the people that voted voted for McCain/Palin.
The reason we/Conservatives lost was NOT voter fraud…NOT all.
The reason Conservatives, and America lost in 1992, 1996, lost Congress in 2002, Presidential elections again in 2008 and again in 2012 was because over 30,000,000″+” Conservatives voters (I use the term loosely) did NOT vote.
They didn’t get their “Perfect Candidate X” so they didn’t get off their fat, sanctimonious, butts and vote.
If you thought that was blunt you may not to read any further…
When Bob Dole ran in 1996 he was bland, and colorless…but he had a 100% Conservative voting record withAmerican Conservative Union. (For more about the American Conservative Union click on the link).
And I can NOT stand John McCain, but Barrack HUSSEIN Obama makes McCain look like a Saint!!
Crap, Obama makes KGB, Marxist Vladimir Putin look Conservative!!
And in 2012 we/Conservatives actually STAYED HOME and let Barack HUSSEIN Obama WIN AGAIN!!
Patriots, can anyone HONESTLY tell me that William Jefferson Blythe Clinton and Barack HUSSEIN Obama is better than Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney?!!
Let’s stick with the most recent Presidential Election:
WE/The Conservatives let the MSM, The Democrat Party and a few R.I.N.O., establishment Republicans LIE 30,000,000″+” Conservatives into staying home and NOT voting!!
Here’s my challenge:
Someone tell why it was a good idea to HELP Clinton and Obama WIN…TWICE!!
Was it good for America?
Was it good for America’s economy?
Was it good for America’s Military? morale?
Was it good for America’s Education? schools?
Really? How were Clinton and Obama better than Dole, McCain and Romney?
I am sick of the whining and cry-baby attitude that the 30,000,000″+” Conservatives have!
They are NOT even the majority of Conservatives! Over 58,000,000 voted in the last election FOR Mitt Romney!!
Now, I’m not a Calculus Major, nor have I ever played one on tv, but 58,000,000″+” is MORE THAN 30,000,000″+” .
Folks, we need to quit being cry-babies and whining.
We need to quit staying home and NOT voting…and then blaming the loss on the MSM and fraud for the losses!!
Yeah, the MSM covers for the Democrat Party. The MSM lies about Republicans.
And yes, there has been voter fraud in every election that a Democrat has ever run in going back to 1912, and quite possibly to 1830…
BUT Democrats have NOT won every election since 1830 have they?
How was it that they lost?
Enough HONEST, PATRIOTIC folk got sick of what was going on and got off their butts and VOTED!!
So let me conclude by saying again:
How does NOT voting HELP?
And again: I challenge ANYONE to tell me that Clinton and Obama are better than Dole, McCain and Romney.
Even the worst of the three, McCain, is better than Clinton and Obama.
I am sick of the 300,000,000 NOT voting and then WHINING!
IF all 88,000,000 to 120,000,000 Conservatives would vote we wouldn’t lose an election.
http://www.triggerthevote.org/ About 90 seconds of your time…
As posted on PAN. “X”
I obtained this video from a link by a Christian blogger who -like myself- also has a YouTube channel. The video was posted by ChangeDaChannel on YouTube; I seldom look for videos there anymore due to the frequency of videos becoming unavailable.
Many channels are deleted because of purported copyright violations, being removed or made “private” by the channel’s author(s).
THIS IS A MUST VIEW if you’re genuinely concerned about how close we are to the one world government mentioned in Bible prophecy, despite our efforts to stop this evil trend. It contains info on the global elite’s bloody rise to power and reveals how they have funded dictators and financed the bloodiest wars—creating order out of chaos to pave the way for the first true world empire.
Since even some fellow Patriots may have a short attention span, PLEASE start viewing at 55:00 to 58:24. Then start the video from the beginning. The information in this section underscores a posting I have referred to several times, in regard to a fifth column being created within our own military.
[Exposed: Muslim Recruiting Station on Lackland Air Force Base, TX]
“WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF A GLOBAL TRANSFORMATION. ALL WE NEED IS THE RIGHT MAJOR CRISIS AND THE NATIONS WILL ACCEPT THE NEW WORLD ORDER.”
This Is Coming At Us If We Don’t Stop It NOW!
Internet Sales Tax Bill
Dear Internet User,
The Federal Government has calculated the sales tax owed on your internet purchases for 2013.
Please remit payment immediately upon receipt of this invoice.
Purchase Code | Description | Tax Owed | Amount Due
Invoice# 7463 | Internet Sales Tax | $375.29 | $375.29
Tax Owed: $375.29
Amount Paid: $0.00
Amount Due: $375.29
The Federal Government thanks you for your online purchases!
This is not a real tax bill, but it could be.
Congress is about to pass an Internet Sales Tax.
But the National League of Taxpayers has a plan to stop it:
Congressman Steve Stockman
Dear fellow American,
They are on the attack again.
And this time, members of both parties are the problem.
Of course, the only thing big-government politicians love more than spending your money is taking away more of it.
Are you prepared to pay taxes to use online services like Google, Facebook, Ebay or Netflix?
How about surrendering even more money to help finance ObamaCare?
If your answer is a resounding NO, then please keep reading.
President Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and unfortunately even a number of Republicans are looking at a new source of “revenue” through the Internet Sales Tax.
Of course, when tax-and-spend politicians introduce controversial legislation, they make sure to give it a name that’ll be more receptive to taxpayers.
That’s why they’re calling it the “Marketplace Fairness Act” in an attempt to hide its obvious implications from you.
But make no mistake. Nothing about this big-government boondoggle is “fair.”
You see, the Internet Sales Tax would hand the Federal Government massive new controls over state tax policies and set the stage for government at all levels to tax, regulate and track every transaction you make on the Internet.
The Internet Sales Tax would also create an online regulatory nightmare that will wreak havoc on businesses by forcing them to comply with 50 separate tax codes.
That’s why it’s critical you sign the petition DEMANDING my colleagues in the House and Senate vote “NO” on the Internet Sales Tax.
I’ll give you a link in just a moment, but first, let me explain exactly what’s at stake.
Here is a great example of a petition that I believe most of us would sign:
Tax-and-spend politicians are foaming at the mouth fantasizing about new spending programs they can create by using additional taxpayer dollars.
Today, instead of finding ways to cut spending and reduce taxes to get our economy going again, members of both parties are moving to squeeze even more money from the American people.
Money that they intend to use in their efforts to fund and create more government programs like ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion.
The last thing we need is more taxes for the purpose of implementing more government.
That’s why it’s so critical you sign your No Internet Sales Tax petition.
New Army Manual Calls for the Use of Lethal Force Against Peaceful Protesters
10 hours ago
The new Army manual, known as ATP 3-39.33, provides discussion and techniques about civil disturbances and crowd control operations that occur in the continental United States (CONUS) and outside the continental United States (OCONUS).
This document, just published this past Friday, August 15, 2014, promises to change the way the “authorities” deal with protesters, even peaceful ones. The consequences of ATP 39.33 could prove deadly for protesters. Further, the provisions of this Army manual could prove to be the end of the First Amendment right to assemble peaceably.
In section 1-2., the manual states that “Civil unrest may range from simple, nonviolent protests that address specific issues, to events that turn into full-scale riots.” This section of the manual clearly states that protesting is a right protected by the Constitution. However, the authorities leave themselves an out to “legally” engage in lethal force toward protesters when the manual states that “peaceful protests can turn into full-scale riots” and field commanders have the right to make that determination. Subsequently, all protests, peaceful or not, need to be managed by the potential for violence. In other words, all protests are to be considered to be violent and handled accordingly. This certainly explains the violent manhandling of the media by the DHS controlled and militarized police in Ferguson, MO.
Posse Comitatus Is Violated
On the surface, the Posse Comitatus Act (18 USC 1385) act should prevent the Army from deploying the troops in the midst of a protest that is not on the scale of something like the 1992 LA Riots. However, the Army claims exemption from Posse Comitatus in the four following areas.
10 USC 331. When a state is unable to control domestic violence and they have requested federal assistance, the use of the militia or Armed Forces is authorized.
10 USC 332. When ordinary enforcement means are unworkable due to unlawful obstructions or rebellion against the authority of the United States, use of the militia or Armed Forces is authorized.
10 USC 333. When a state cannot or will not protect the constitutional rights of the citizens, due to domestic violence or conspiracy to hinder execution of State or Federal law, the use of the militia or Armed Forces is authorized.
House Joint Resolution 1292. This resolution directs all departments of the U.S. government, upon request of the Secret Service, to assist in carrying out its statutory duties to protect government officials and major political candidates from physical harm.
With regard to 10 USC 331, if the local authorities have lost control in the midst of a profound display of domestic violence (e.g. LA Riots), most Americans support the use of National Guard or the military. However, in 10 USC 332, 333 and House Joint Resolution 1292 are ripe with exceptions which open the door to federal authorities abusing the public for exercising their Constitutional right to protest.
In 10 USC 332, the phrase “unlawful obstructions or rebellion against the authority of the United States, use of the militia or Armed Forces is authorized,” permits the federal government from being demonstrated against. An act of demonstration, or the most benign demonstrations of civil disobedience gives the government the authority to take “deadly action” against the public because there are no clear distinctions on when the use of lethal and nonlethal force is appropriate (see the two charts displayed below).
In 10 USC 333, any disruption of federal law can be decisively dealt with by the federal government. The phrase “…conspiracy to hinder execution of State or Federal law, the use of the militia or Armed Forces is authorized” is a telling passage of this Army document. If 10 USC 333 is applied to the letter of the written Army policy, the protesters who recently objected to illegal aliens being deposited in Murietta…, could be subject to deadly force. Further, the protesters in Ferguson could be subject to the use of lethal force as well (Again, see the charts below).
The next time a community decides that it does not want to accept illegal immigrants, or protest the shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old, they could be met by the following:
The fourth exception claimed by the Army, with regard to the Army’s right to violate Posse Comitatus, is presented to the American people under the veil of the need to protect politicians.
House Resolution 1292 claims any protest which makes a public official feel “threatened” would be illegal and subject to intervention by the U.S. Army. Hypothetically, if 100 protesters were to gather outside of Senator John McCain‘s office in Phoenix, would that be enough to trigger a violent response by the Army? If McCain says he feels threatened, regardless if his claims are legitimate or not, it most certainly would justify the strongest response possible from the Army. Therefore, all a politician has to do is to say they feel threatened by any gathering to have the gathering dispersed and the protesters dealt with in any manner seen fit by the field commander. Make no mistake about it, this is the end of the First Amendment’s right peaceably assemble.
Army Depictions On How Best to Kill An American Citizen Who Expresses Disagreement with the Government
Do you remember the uproar when DHS was caught distributing target practicing sheets of pregnant women to be used for DHS agents when they were engaged in target practicing?
And of course, I am certain that you recall the use of an elderly person’s image to be used by DHS agents for the same purpose. The implication is clear; The American people are the new terrorists.
Below, is the graphic depiction of the Army’s version of a terrorist, and worse yet, there are instructions on how to best maim and kill an American citizen who is engaged in their Constitutional right to protest.
The second chart is a sample guideline on when the application of lethal force is appropriate to be applied to protesters. Please note the ambiguity with regard to the application of lethal force. It is also noteworthy to point out that the following chart provides for the planned use of snipers to target the perceived leaders of the protest. These procedures remind one of the events in Kiev prior to the ouster of the Russian-friendly Prime Minister. It would appear that CIA agents were beta testing these procedures in Kiev prior to the coup.