Tis the season for end of year lists, and this list will be a bit different. You're not going to get some fuzzy and warm list of the top feel-good songs, movies, TV shows or sports stories--this list will actually provide a much different perspective of this amazing year that has been 2012.
This list won't be broken down by what comes in at number 10 or the top five, nor will this list will be considered comprehensive. It will work to provide a context for what some trends may be in the new year.
Liberty was under attack in 2012, that's clear. But, there are some very promising things happening that favor freedom of the individual over power in the hands of the state.
The year 2012 started with some very alarming news: President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law. His signature also gave approval to the measure that would allow for the indefinite detention of US citizens. In a game of charades the president first came out saying he didn't like that provision, but didn't lobby to have it removed. He then said that he would sign it but would not indefinitely detain US citizens on America soil indefinitely without trial. Does that keep future presidents from doing so?
Either way, ongoing court battles about the law continue to this day with some states and localities nullifying the indefinite detention provision. Just several weeks ago there were questions about if representatives were moving to correct the issue of Habeas Corpus in the NDAA, but even then it seems to be clouded in legalese.
|White House Spokesman Jay Carney dismissing questions about NDAA allowing for bestiality|
Another somewhat disturbing aspect of the NDAA, which was masked as a bill that sets the budgets and other operations of the defense department, also allows for bestiality to be legal among service members. That was a bizarre oversight where law makers nixed the section about sodomy, they failed to keep in tact the part about bestiality. Questions about that issue were raised but quickly laughed off by the White House.
Now either there is gross incompetence among lawmakers or they approve of bestiality. Either way, there clearly needs to be some accountability, not just for the bizarre oversight of service members' sexual preference, but for the loss of habeas corpus.
Back in May, there was an explosive article from Infowars writer Paul Joseph Watson tells of a frightening manual leaked online. The U.S. Army document outlines plans for re-education camps within the borders of America.
The manual states, “These operations may be performed as domestic civil support operations,” and adds that “The authority to approve resettlement such operations within U.S. territories,” would require a “special exception” to The Posse Comitatus Act, which can be obtained via “the President invoking his executive authority.” The document also makes reference to identifying detainees using their “social security number.”
The document even goes as far to instruct a Psychological Operations Officer to identify malcontents and to devise a protocol for "indoctrination programs to reduce or remove antagonistic attitudes." You didn't hear this on the evening news, did you?
Knowing, and having reported for years, about the threat assessment lists that have been compiled by the federal government (agencies like DHS and the FBI) that includes groups like Libertarians, Ron Paul supporters, constitutionalists, people suspect of centralized authority, returning veterans, and on and on, it's beyond alarming to see military plans for reeducation camps in the US (or anywhere in the world for that matter).
There were camps set up for Japanese Americans during World War II. Those camps were not in Cuba, they were inside the continental U.S. Can it happen again? Yes. Are there plans? Yes. Apparently a response from the Public Affairs Office from Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri confirms the report but says it was not meant for public release and it's not meant for US citizens in this country. You can come to your own conclusions.
Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, there have been over nearly 50 different cases of terror plots being broken up that involves an FBI agent or informant being central to the busted plot. Back in 2009, Springfield experienced their own FBI staged terror plot with the case of Michael Fenton. You can read more about that story here.
In 2012, there were even more examples to add to the ever growing list, including one that triggered this conversation between Keith Kramer and Saturday Session's Greg Bishop.
The issue got so loud that back in May the New York Times picked up on the story and wrote a fascinating article titled "Terror Plots, Helped Along."
Why is this so troubling? Because it over emphases a threat that could be used to justify ever increasing encroachment on our liberties in the name of fighting terrorism, let alone helping secure bigger budgets for the Joint Terrorism Task Force. These "busted plots" set up by the FBI can also can be used to label certain groups as potential threats. That was the case in a plot this past October in New York where a man is charged with plotting to blow up the Federal Reserve bank in New York. Was that an effort to label all those critical of the Fed as potential terrorists?
Something else about this story gets under-reported and that's the issue of plea deals for guilty pleas. Too often plea deals that lead to the indited proclaiming guilt in order to be promised a lesser sentence than they would have received having been found guilty by a jury. That means that certain things, evidence central to what happened in the case, will not be brought forward. Plea deals for guilty pleas could help in covering things up. That, by the way is exactly what happened in the case of the Underwear Bomber. He pleaded guilty after originally heading to a jury trial with witnesses--some of whom would have blown the governments story sky high (no pun intended). In February of this year, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was sentenced to life in prison for the crimes he pleaded guilty.
Speaking of covert false flag operations, hows about Operation Gun Runner, also known as Fast and Furious. Though this is a prime example of the Federal Government being involved in illicit gun smuggling that leads to the deaths of innocent people on both sides of the border, it can hardly be included in the under-reported stories of 2012. What does go under-reported, however, is how this was going to be used to propagandize the public.
Brian Terry was killed by a Fast and Furious Weapon held by a suspected illegal immigrant on the Mexican border
Part 2 of the movie should be title "Benghazi, the Other 9/11," Oh, wait, this isn't a movie ... it's real life!
This story was splashed all over certain media outlets for months. Especially in the run up to the election. One aspect of the story, though, does go under-reported. That's the emails apparently asking for any cases that would help the administration in it's gun control campaign. That, in coordination and conjunction with Eric Holder's "brainwashing" comments from the mid-90s, The UN's Arms Trade Treaty and the current display of media and public officials to grandstand gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school shootings, it's important to know how the state will use tragedy to clamor for more control over individual rights.
Where do we even begin with this? What happened in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, is another story that was reported by certain mainstream media outlets nonstop ... and rightfully so. The recent revelations by the Accountability Review Board report indicates that there was an attempted cover up to control the information about the attack that killed four Americans, including the US Ambassador. Also, the US seemed to be reliant on local Libyan militias to help provide security. Are you kidding me?
Conveniently this story was held over to be released post-General Election as to not damage the credibility or integrity of the Obama Administration or of Hillary Clinton. Why won't she testify to congress about what happened in Benghazi? We already saw General David Petraeus step down from the CIA over the whole deal (or was he blackmailed with a sex scandel?).
Why was there such a coordinated effort by the Administration and some mainstream media outlets to make this terrorist attack seem like a deadly spontaneous protest over a poorly produced YouTube video? That video, by the way, was created by a "former" FBI informant. Was the diversion of the video-protest-narrative an effort to cover up State Department's incompetence or blame for lack of intelligence, security and foresight? Does this have something to do with the political future of the outgoing Secretary of State?
Speaking of elections, hows about we talk about the lie that is the political process? That was made abundantly clear with the disenfranchisement of voters in this year's General Election.
The woman holding a book over the microphone of dissenters at the GOP National Convention became known to the Internet Meme world as "Joan the Silencer"
Below are a some other creative memes
Back in March, Ron Paul made a stop in St. Charles, MO (watch video highlights here, here, and here, and here) and another stop at the U of I in Urbana-Champaign (Highlights here, and the entire thing here).
Both events drew thousands of people to hear the GOP Presidential Candidate speak. Where was the mainstream press? They were busy covering the other candidates "crowded coffee house" appearances. The media is a joke! The party is a joke.
Read some comments about the June Illinois GOP Convention here. Those comments about trying to be involved in the political process were enough to invoke a column from the local newspaper. Little did the newspaper column go into how disfranchisement certain segments of a political party are when it comes to support for an anti-establishment candidate. But, that's a debate for another time.
But even after Illinois completely threw away the voice of voters and the actions of so-called delegates, the national GOP Convention was even more alarming. Rules put in place by the establishment clearly are an effort to disenfranchise voters who don't "go along."
It's no wonder the GOP lost miserably in 2012. Could this signal the beginning of the end for Republicans in Washington?
As for the results from the General Election? The Commission on Presidential Debates sure had their work cut out for them by shutting out any other candidates outside the GOP and Democratic establishment parties. The establishment won!
"More undeclared wars won. More wireless wiretapping won. More ignorance of the end to due process won. Bigger government won. Interventionist foreign policy won. Federal intervention on states rights won. Bailouts won. Quantitative Easing won. The establishment won."
Read more from the blog post "The Establishment Won."
Let's not forget about the International Election Observers making it to Springfield just before the election.
There's no question that one of the biggest stories of the year in Illinois is going to be the Pension Crisis and the ongoing court battles between Governor Pat Quinn and unions on everything to promised raises and facility closures. But what about the other major failures of the General Assembly?
One failure that is still a huge under-reported problem is so-called lawmakers in Illinois not having the stomach to question the use of Fluoride in the public drinking water. There was a bill brought forward in the General Assembly that would reverse Illinois' fluoride mandate, but that bill currently resides in the Rules Committee which is where bills go to die. Never mind the studies released this year that indicate how absolutely horrible ingesting fluoride is in the development of the human brain, among other problems.
Some other failures of the General Assembly have actually turned out for the better. There's the infamous Illinois Eavesdropping Law that makes it a felony for anyone to capture the audio of anyone without their consent. It doesn't matter if it's in public, or someone capturing the audio of a police officer on the job in the public, it would still be a felony with up to 15 years in prison. There was an effort to reform the law but that failed, just as the above mentioned measure reversing the fluoride mandate. But, the courts stepped in and said the law is unconstitutional, something the US Supreme Court agreed with. Have fun trying to enforce that one, Illinois!
Something else that the General Assembly has failed to do is provide Illinois citizens the ability to carry a firearm without the threat of being charged with a felony. That didn't keep the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals from ruling that Illinois' ban on carry firearms in public is unconstitutional. The state now has less than 6 months to create some kind of carry law or it may just become legal to carry open or concealed without a permit. That is unless there are appeals to the US Supreme Court, but that has yet to be evident. This story will continue to develop, no question!
Though it has nothing to do with the General Assembly, per se, another story that will lead to a victory of enlightenment over secrecy is the exposure of Fusion Centers in the Land of Lincoln. The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois decided to go after the Fusion Centers in 2012.
Some other things that shouldn't go unmentioned include the NATO Summit in Chicago. That Summit was supposed to include the G-20, but they decided to meet elsewhere. However, NATO's visit still turned the Windy City into a verifiable police state. The preparations of NATO in Chicago including the use of a Joliet jail for dissidents, no-fly zones and even TSA-style security for the Metra. It was pretty wild!
Other stories that must be mentioned: Quantitative Easing Unlimited and the money laundering with interest scheme that is the Federal Reserve (don't worry, 2013 will be it's 100th birthday so it'll get plenty of spotlight in the new year), the ongoing trial of accused Wikileaks leaker Bradley Manning or 2012 marking the year of Occupy, the over-the-top and unimaginable mass shootings from the past year, or how laws are now in place that make protesting illegal, and my gosh--the drones and everything from US UAVs killing scores of innocent children overseas or about them being used in domestic criminal cases ... but as with all things, there is only so much time (and quite frankly, there's not enough sanity to go around).
Here's to another year of working to uncover the important stories that too often get unnoticed and under-reported!
Catch a breakdown of these stories, plus clips of interviews covering these and other topics from this past year's Saturday Session broadcasts this Saturday from 3 to 7p CST on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield.