When The Media Becomes The Fourth Estate
Heidi Cappadona | May 18 2005
What can we do if an enemy of freedom within our borders sets up a “press” to manipulate elections, news, or other information in order to promote its ends or to subvert our way of life? The Bill of Rights, Article I states, “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;” However, when we receive far more than information and entertainment, the “press” or other media becomes an un-elected power and transforms into the “Fourth Estate”.
A great deal of today’s main stream media and power puppets have little regard for bringing honest information and entertainment to the public. Corrupt journalists everywhere are encouraged to work the news to fit what they want us to believe and with the select information they transmit, they more than make a departure from their honest function. They use deceptive, descriptive words, give or withhold publicity to people of their choosing, give approval or disapproval of actions, and “spin” the news to influence our governmental power holders. They thereby shape events at every level of life to reflect their image and it appears their conduct and language is directed against the public order and the tranquility of state. This constant ridicule and stirring up of disorder of the very country in which they live, is the meaning of sedition.
Former New York News editor, John Swinton, said in a moment of honestly at an annual dinner of the American Press Association in 1914, “We are tools and vassals of the rich behind the scenes. We are marionettes … intellectual prostitutes.” In a message presented to Congress in 1917, Congressman Oscar Callaway stated, “In March 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests…and their subsidiary organizations…got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press…They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of twenty five of the greatest papers. An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.”
David Rockefeller, founder of the Trilateral Commission, in an address before the media power brokers in June of 1991 said, “We are grateful to The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto determination practiced in the past centuries.” This national “auto determination” is the single minded determination to follow the rules of a constitution within a Constitutional Republic. It is a sovereign nation, autonomous, having of itself the power of determination.
Freedom of an honest press is a problem for any government, as it should be. The Bill of Rights tells us that Congress shall make no law, but if we read down a little further we find how to discipline the Fourth Estate. Article V states, “No person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury,” Article VI. States, “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury…” We, the private citizens of these United States, are the Grand Juries and Trial Juries. We can indict and if warranted, convict any law breakers, including the media’s seditious abuse as the Fourth Estate. The most important political office is that of the private citizen. If we shirk our responsibilities in preserving our freedoms, they will be lost. No one is above the law and there can never be peace without freedom, equality, and justice.
Do we censor the press? God forbid. Censorship is not the answer. We need to protect our freedom of speech like we protect all our precious freedoms. We have many honest journalists and hard-hitting radio talk show hosts who do their part daily to keep us informed. America needs men and women like these. We need to remember that within our Constitutional Republic we have the obligation to bring criminals to justice no matter where we find them. We are the final check in the system. Is it a crime to commit sedition against our country? Indeed. Not only is there enough evidence of sedition to bring indictment, but there could also be a good case for conspiracy and treason. Treason is not only levying war against the United States but also giving the enemies of freedom aid and/or comfort.
In the Constitution for the United States in sections 3-7, we read, “Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States:” The media and our corrupt politicians stop reading right there. However, when we read the document for ourselves, we find the sentence actually continues with “…but the party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to indictment, trial, and punishment, according to law.” The Grand Jury indicts, and the Petit Jury convicts. Not only can we take care of the treasons committed by the Fourth Estate but we can take care of the loose ends in all branches of our government, both State and Federal. Is anyone in America above the law? Can the Press commit a crime? These are silly questions when asked but today even conservative talk show hosts think and talk as if the press is untouchable because of freedom of speech, they’re wrong.
Call your District Attorney to get a Citizen Grand Jury complaint form. These forms exist however they’ve been kept such a secret that most of us are completely unaware of them. Don’t you think the news media has finally crossed the line? If not, how much more do you think we can take? It’s time to bring the Fourth Estate to justice if we are to remain free and equal under the law. We need to once again become familiar with The American’s Creed written by William Tyler Page in 1917 and bring our domestic enemies to justice.
The American’s Creed
I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.
Rights or Privileges?
Scott Ritsema | April 16 2005
To the casual student of history, one natural law of politics becomes evident. It is clearly inevitable that the powerful seek to expand their power. And, in order to do that, they must strip the liberties from their subjects. Various techniques have been applied in this process. In America, one of the primary methods of choice in expanding government power and robbing people of their rights is to re-define the God-given the rights of the citizens. Our precious liberties become privileges, and our rights become not unalienable, but subject to government overview. This is one of the most dangerous developments in America today, because when we lose the foundational, unalienable character of our liberties, then we have lost our country and we will reap the inevitable tyranny.
First, the re-defining of our rights as privileges is especially frightening. One example of this transformation surrounds the “issue” of 2nd Amendment rights. According to our rulers, the private ownership of guns is now a privilege, and since many in America have abused that, then it is the role of government to step in and regulate this misused privilege. Furthermore, freedom of speech has taken a similar hit. When we abuse our privilege to speak out against what we oppose, that privilege might well be taken away, categorized as “hate speech” and simply done away with, goodbye 1st Amendment. Next on the list would be the right to protest. Again, this is now a privilege, as was stated quite clearly by Mayor Bloomberg of New York when he said, regarding protests, “if we start to abuse our privileges, then we lose them.” Finally, freedom of religion is now a privilege. Preachers are being harassed or barred by law to speak in a manner which is not P.C.—to do otherwise would be abusing their privilege to practice religion.
Similarly, our leaders have re-defined the source of our liberties. To concur with our Founding Fathers that our rights are “endowed by our Creator” is unacceptable in the mainstream, which gives them the perfect opportunity to claim for themselves that divine role. Bill Clinton said it quite poignantly, “…we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed that the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly.” First of all, Clinton was mistaken that the Constitution “gave” anybody any freedom. The Founding Fathers believed that God did that; they simply made it the law of the land. Secondly, the subtext to Clinton’s words are that since men granted the freedom in the first place, then if we do not use it “responsibly,” men (government) can take it away.
Furthermore, this philosophical error with regards to the source of our liberties comes through when politicians discuss security and liberty. Nearly all politicians refer to seeking a “balance between liberty and security.” But, if our rights are God-given and unalienable, then government does not even have the power to take chips from the liberty side of the scale and place them on the security side.
However, they do believe they have this power and they do believe that our fundamental rights are only privileges that are subject to government oversight. They are wrong. The American people need to stand up and remind them of the facts of history and the philosophy of our founding. There is only one direction we can go, other than toward these beautiful truths, and that is toward the ugly state of tyranny.
The Ottawa Citizen
Sunday, September 15, 2002
"Canadians ignorant of justice issues: poll
Even 'hot button' issues don't register with most surveyed"
By Janice Tibbetts
Most Canadians cannot name an issue in the entire justice system that is important to them or their families, including the hot-button topics of terrorism or youth crime, a government survey suggests.
One-third of respondents could not cite any justice issue as being important to the country, and most considered themselves uninformed about basic elements of the system.
"The findings point to a population that is largely unengaged in justice issues, on both a personal level and in their role as citizens or residents of Canada," found the survey, commissioned by the Justice Department.
"Not only are almost three-quarters of survey respondents unable or unwilling to identify any justice issues of relevance to them or their family at this time, one-third do not identify any issues of importance to Canadians as a whole."
Furthermore, 91 per cent described their knowledge of the justice system, including how laws affect them and their families, as "moderate" to "poor"
Department spokeswoman Irene Arseneau said the results are not surprising, given most Canadians would rather avoid the justice system.
"It's something that if you don't have to use, all the better," said Ms. Arseneau.
"What came out of this report is that Canadians don't usually get engaged in the abstract. If you get a divorce, then yes, then you want information on divorce services and the same with the criminal justice system and others. If it hits close to home, chances are they will be more interested or concerned."
The telephone survey of 1,502 Canadians was conducted in March by the polling firm Compas. Results are considered accurate to within 2.6 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
The Justice Department commissioned the survey as part of an initiative to improve public legal education and make government services and information more accessible to those who need them. The results probably are in line with a general lack of knowledge about government information and services, said Ms. Arseneau.
"In terms of basic information, I can't say it was a big surprise," she said. "We get a lot of calls here and it's obvious from the kind of questions that are asked that Canadians don't know who is responsible for what. The challenge for us is to find new ways to package information that is meaningful to people when they need it."
The results suggest people think youth crime is the most pressing issue facing Canada -- although only 17 per cent said it was a concern. Tougher sentencing was the second most worrisome issue, with 11 per cent of people saying it was important.
The survey was taken just six months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S., but only two per cent of respondents identified terrorism as a concern facing them or their families.
Just over half of Canadians said they have used the legal system, with the vast majority needing it for assistance with a real estate transaction or making a will.
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