Notes in the Margin: Ernie Hancock just published his new e-zine and I am featured on page 44.  See: https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Magazine/Magazine-List.htm?MagNo=00001 Publisher's Note: This a first guest post by Kent and while it may appear vitriolic in tone on occasion, he strikes at the heart of an important truth.  Cops are not here to defend the citizenry.  Their first job is the defense of the statist quo and the maintenance of power for the ruling elite and the bureaucratic satraps scattered through the land whose first loyalty is not to the local citizenry but to the body and corpus of laws endlessly vomited out by the Federal government and all its political subsidiaries in the complex tax jurisdiction known as these united States.  This is not Mayberry RFD, this is Vichy France in WWII. Here is some the finest on film for 2011: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVf-iintxio -BB Recently, I have gotten very angry over cops. Very! Not just the cops themselves, but those who support (or even worship) cops. L. Neil Smith calls these starry-eyes fans "copsuckers". My first reaction to my own anger is "Why should I get mad? It's a waste of energy to get mad over stupid people." But then I remind myself that there are times when anger is the only reasonable response. Of course, I get mad. This is an outrage! Unconditional cop-loving is similar to saying it is OK to rape babies. Any decent person should get mad over such nonsense. I understand why cop-lovers focus on individual cops when they try to make the case that cops are "regular people" who have families to support, and are nice neighbors and good relatives. It deflects attention from the real problem. I am sure individual cops can be very nice to those they like. It is just the nature of the vast majority of humans. Pick any human monster or tyrant from history and I'd bet there were those who knew him personally and who would say he was a kind and loving person who was just misunderstood. It isn't how the cop treats people he knows in family situations or normal social situations that shows his character, but how he behaves when he is taking part in a check point, or when he sees a person with a gun on his hip walking down the street, or any time when he sees himself as the "authority". That is when the true character shines through.
Editor's note: This is the first guest post from Jim March, who may be reached for comment at 1.jim.march@gmail.com in addition to the comments section here. - KL Further Information: The Arizona Daily Star has released a PDF of the affidavit in support of the search warrant which led to the shooting. And Will Grigg chimes in: https://lewrockwell.com/grigg/grigg-w217.html Executive Summary: On Memorial Day, May 30th 2011, I attended a rally and set of speeches surrounding the shooting of recent Iraq-war returnee Jose Guerena, USMC. The Oath Keepers were the primary sponsors but to their credit didn’t try and dominate the proceedings, which included everything from a Code Pink contingent to Guerena family members and supporters and generally interested members of the community. What I learned there and in study of the available data suggests serious problems at all levels: horrible policy decisions beforehand, a grossly mis-managed raid and an appearance of a cover-up after the fact. Throughout this article, I will try and portray the facts available in the best possible light for the law enforcement officers and managers involved. As we’ll see, even when we try and do that, the resulting implications vary from disgusting to terrifying. First, before reading this, I urge you to study the available video footage of the shooting scene at least twice: Preliminary conclusions:
  • In my study of the actual shooting location and the video footage Pima County has made available to date, I have reason to think that the footage is incomplete. At a minimum, one of the deputies who was actually shooting had a helmet cam as one of two visible “dongles” on his helmet. Below is a still image from the video, at 30 seconds in – where is that video?

    Deputies knew that Mr. Guerena was a recent combat veteran of two tours in Iraq, that he legally owned guns, and that the raid was taking place just over two hours after he did a 12hr shift at a mine. Combined with the very brief warning period before battering his door in and the use of a “siren” that sounded more like a car alarm, they knew or should have known that Mr. Guerena wasn’t going to survive this encounter.

  • Because nothing whatsoever was found in Mr. Guerena’s home, we can be certain that if given the opportunity, Mr. Guerena would have consented to the search. He didn’t have to die.
  • Close-range photography of Mr. Guerena’s front door shows that “suppressive fire” was being sprayed in. This was closer to a “drive by” than anything resembling modern police work – and it happened in a home where they knew a woman and child were present.
  • Worse, the photographs of the front door show sprays of “misses” to either side that, at least at first glance, don’t appear to have been made during the period where most of the shots were made as per the video released by Pima County to date. If video is being withheld that shows additional firing, criminal misconduct may have happened that the Pima County sheriff’s office is attempting to suppress knowledge of. Again: I don’t know this for sure – the various “doorframe hits” may indeed have happened within the 54 seconds of video from a single, distant camera released so far. But, I don’t see those hits happen or anybody in position to make all of those exact hits.
  • If it is now policy to lethally eliminate anybody who attempts to defend their home when it is impossible to distinguish between home invaders and law enforcement because they behave in exactly the same fashion, then it is finally time to question the “war on drugs”. Ending it is now a simple survival measure for gun owners. To his credit, former “drug warrior” and former Sheriff Richard Mack is now admitting this, publicly. To their discredit, the “Oath Keepers” aren’t quite ready yet. Individual members clearly “got it” but the official policy isn’t there yet.
Direct Evidence – The Front Door

  • Round marked “one” hit the end of the door with it swung open, so the entry point isn’t visible with it closed. What you see here is the exit.
  • As best I can tell, entry holes two and three match door exit holes four and five – in other words, like hole number one they entered the door’s “end” with it swung open, but they also passed through the doorframe and made initial entry holes at two and three. If so, this indicates a fairly extreme downward angle, as if Mr. Guerena was already on the ground?
  • In general, what we see here is at best evidence of “spray and pray” fire. At worst, if these were made after the initial burst of fire, they were part of an attempt to “make sure he’s dead”.
  • This door proves that a fully military operating using distinctly military tactics1 have now been applied to somebody with no criminal record, with a recent distinguished combat record in the service of this country, in a densely populated suburban area against a home that contained a child that “law enforcement” knew was present.
"When there's a single thief, it's robbery.  When there are a thousand thieves, it's taxation." -Vanya Cohen
I know, it’s a bold claim. I could make the same old worn out claim that taxation is theft, which it is, but I believe I could take it a little further. I believe the failure to pay taxes will lead to your death, and paying your taxes will also lead to your death. Either the death of your freedom or your physical death. I hate paying my property taxes. I believe it is completely immoral to perpetually tax me on my property. I remember the first time I paid property taxes. I was 18, and still living at home. My father handed me a bill for the property tax on my car. I remember saying, "what's this?" He said "it's the tax bill for your car", I said "what?!? I already paid the taxes on my car!" He said "well, it is what it is". So after that little dialogue, he gave me a rundown on how the perpetual scam known as property tax works. I knew in my heart that this was wrong, but I paid it anyway. To this day, I refuse to pay my property taxes. The tax jurisdiction (county) I live in will tack on penalties and interest to the taxes they claim I owe. So they tax me on the annual tax bill they send me. I eventually drive down to the county office, and offer to pay the tax, but I always refuse to pay the penalties and interest. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. However, I only stroke the check for the amount of the tax they claim I owe. Let them continue to charge me a tax on a tax, so be it. That they can garnish my paycheck for, I refuse to pay it, at least face to face. Back in 2005 I tried to refuse to pay the IRS, and that went over like a lead balloon. My paychecks were eventually garnished. To make a long story very short, I claimed more dependents than I actually had, and they audited me. They claimed I committed "fraud" and I was lucky I wasn't going to jail. They took every paycheck from me for five weeks, I forgot exactly how much they stole from me, but I recall it was around 90% of my paycheck. I'm sure I could have called and begged them to be merciful, but that's just not my style. I am thankful I work with my hands, someone’s car is always broken, and that is money they will never get from me. So apparently it's "fraud" if you try to keep property that is rightfully yours. It's hard to try and take a principled stand on taxes, and have a young family at home. I applaud those that do. For now, I'll continue to tuck my tail, and pay up, therefore funding my own death.  I will do what I can without getting thrown in a cage. We do most of our shopping at places where no sales tax is charged, or at places where I can talk them out of charging me tax. Seeing as how everything is taxed, it's tough to avoid. I would like to examine both of these situations and see what would have happened to me if I absolutely refused to pay. I'm sure my mailbox would have been flooded with tax bills they claim I owed with astronomical "penalties" tacked on. After that, maybe some threatening letters. In the end, taxes are always backed up by the gun. It will always come down to heavily armed men paying me a visit. If I chose to resist the theft of my property, I will be killed. If I do not resist my arrest, and get thrown in a cage, my freedom that was already on life support would be dealt the final death blow. Either way, death will come from resistance or non-resistance, the death of me, or my freedom.
Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth. ~Ludwig Börne It's time to give up on the concept of rights. Like republics, democracies, and any other concept man have devised to only grant him partial freedom, they have outlived their usefulness. It's time to recognize them for what they have been, stepping stones on the bumpy road to liberty.
Throughout history, men have fought and died for the rights that we have today; these rights have not come easily, and they are lost much easier than they are gained (or more accurately, recognized). Men have demanded they have rights to limit the tyranny brought upon them by those claiming "authority" either by God, blood, or vote. When really examined, it has been a great injustice that men have had to plead with other men just to be left alone. It's hard to look at documents like the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights as triumphs of human rights when to this day we spend most of our time just trying to hold on to a fraction of the rights those documents proclaimed we have. We feebly hold up these pieces of paper with our hands trembling hoping to break the waves of tyranny, but alas, the tide of evil can only be held back for so long. Rights have become tools of the State. The basic human rights our forefathers fought for are now the very chains of our enslavement. The State has successfully co-opted a concept that was once a good thing, but this is a common tactic of all tyrannical governments. They are the proclaimed protector of these rights supposedly granted to you by your creator. They are allegedly "inalienable", these rights of ours. Just so that we are clear, here is the definition of inalienable. in·al·ien·a·ble > - adjective 1.  not to be taken away or transferred Now that we are all on the same page, does anyone of you still believe this? Or, did you ever believe it!? It does not matter if your rights are God-given, Natural, or Inalienable; they are non-existent! I will make a radical claim here, but I will attempt to prove it. You have no rights!
"The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations." -David Friedman
Anarchists, libertarians, socialists, environmentalists, monarchists, Democrats, democrats, Republicans, republicans, Flemish nationalists and Maori separatists can all see problems in the world. Any group of a hundred human beings selected at random might even be able to reach a consensus as to which problems are gravest; a group selected based on geography, ideology or age is likely to reach a stronger consensus much more quickly. Some such groups might even reach an accord as to the best solution to these problems. Despite that, ideologically compatible groups seem to spend more time quibbling over minor disagreements than they do attempting to solve the problems they can both recognize. The anti-war Socialist Anarchist and anti-war Anarcho-Capitalist choose to spend time and effort arguing over private property while their tax dollars are used to purchase flying robots to murder Pakistanis. The Libertarian and the environmentalist are liable to start a cat fight over logging and mining rules, disregarding their near-complete agreement on US drug policy. The advocate of free markets and the advocate of free health-care almost certainly share an opposition to the Federal bailouts of large and powerful corporations, but they freely choose to argue with each other about doctor's bills.

“I'm not against the police; I'm just afraid of them.” – Alfred Hitchcock   No one who reads this blog expects police fetishism to evidence itself and yet another reason for the growing alienation between the police and the citizen emerges from an Indiana Supreme Court ruling allowing not only further trashing of expectations of privacy but opens the door even further to justify the killing of citizens who resist a raid on the wrong address.  Not only is American jurisprudence simply a rubber stamp on police depredations on the subjects they rule but resistance to the armed tax-eaters is now.  This may even create a cottage industry of miscreants who pose as cops to ensure compliance with their attempts at unlicensed criminality (as opposed to the organized crime sanctioned by the state in the conduct of its everyday affairs). The Ephors aver: "We believe ...

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. - Romans 13:1 (KJV)
Jesus Christ serves as an exemplar of peace. Holding ultimate authority and command of a large number of men, he allowed himself to be arrested, tortured and killed. Many of his followers did likewise, allowing themselves to be martyred by the powers that were rather than fighting to protect themselves. Indeed, the entire 13th chapter Paul's letter to the Romans is dedicated to the idea that Christians should submit to legitimate authority and allow Caesar to maintain peace and prosperity in the Roman empire.

Rolling Stone published some of the the 'kill team' photos from Afghanistan. They are extremely graphic. Stop reading this site, head over there, and look at what you and I are allowing to be done in our names....

Governor Schweitzer, I would urge you to reconsider your recent veto of HB271, "AN ACT REVISING THE LAW RELATED TO THE OFFENSE OF CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON;  PROVIDING THAT THE LAW DOES NOT APPLY TO A PERSON WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO POSSESS A HANDGUN UNDER STATE OR FEDERAL LAW;  AND AMENDING SECTION 45-8-317, MCA." As you wrote, House Bill 271 would allow anyone "eligible to possess a handgun under state or federal law" to carry a concealed weapon, without a permit. You fail to note, however, that carrying a concealed weapon without a permit is already legally permitted in much of the state: Montana's concealed carry laws apply within the official boundaries of a city or town or the confines of a logging, lumbering, mining or railroad camp. In these cases, law enforcement is already deprived of the opportunity to make any determination regarding the suitability of responsible adults to make their own decisions regarding firearms. Furthermore, I find the assertion that this bill would "greatly imperil the work and safety of Montana's lawmen" juvenile and ridiculous. Indeed, under current law, county sheriffs are responsible for issuing concealed weapons permits, and it is unsurprising that they and the associations which represent them would oppose efforts to cede this authority. However, those who would imperil the work and safety of Montana's lawmen are unlikely to be overly concerned with laws regarding the carrying of concealed weapons. This bill would not put guns into the hands of dangerous scofflaws: such people will choose to carry regardless of the laws in place.

I will be a guest on Ernie Hancock's show today live from 1200 to 1400 AZ Time.  You can tune in here: https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/089550-2011-05-10-bill-buppert-in-studio-for-2-hours-blog-www-zerogov.htm Ernie is the creator of the Ron Paul Love-alution logo and has been a prominent liberty Freddom Fighter for over two decades.  I have the pleasure of his friendship and we have even been to the Range together (that is Church in certain partsd of the Inland West). While I am a mote in the Liberty universe, he is a force of nature there.  -BB...