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Dec 5, 2011               

Crisis: Sixth Amendment in coma

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   "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence."
   -- U.S. Constitution: Sixth Amendment


1. The Sixth Amendment
2. Will Obama Veto the castration of the Sixth Amendment?
3. Comparison with the Heroic Dutch (Lesson from History)
4. The lesson for U.S. citizens

1. The Sixth Amendment

The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution you find quoted above and - in case you missed it - it is in coma, since the U.S. Senate has proposed a Bill to effectively terminate it, to assure unrestricted waterboarding of just anyone the authorities dislike, of course - for "So it goes" - In The Name Of The Ideals Of The Land Of The Brave And The Free.

Here is a report in Wired by Spencer Ackermann:

Senate Wants the Military to Lock You Up Without Trial

This is its first paragraph

Here’s the best thing that can be said about the new detention powers the Senate has tucked into next year’s defense bill: They don’t force the military to detain American citizens indefinitely without a trial. They just let the military do that. And even though the leaders of the military and the spy community have said they want no such power, the Senate is poised to pass its bill as early as tonight.

And here its fifth, with a link to the opening quote:

So despite the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of a right to trial, the Senate bill would let the government lock up any citizen it swears is a terrorist, without the burden of proving its case to an independent judge, and for the lifespan of an amorphous war that conceivably will never end. And because the Senate is using the bill that authorizes funding for the military as its vehicle for this dramatic constitutional claim, it’s pretty likely to pass.

Here is nearly all of its last two paragraphs:

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said it “denigrates the very foundations of this country.” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) added, “it puts every single American citizen at risk.”

But there’s a reason this measure goes into the defense bill: Voting against the defense bill is usually considered political suicide. That’s why the bill will almost certainly pass tonight. If Obama backs down from his veto threat, get ready to see Americans at Guantanamo Bay.

2. Will Obama Veto the castration of the Sixth Amendment?

There is a possible way out: President Obama, who promised repeatedly to close Guantanamo Bay but didn't, has recently said he will veto this measure if the Senate passes it.

I recommend you read the original I quoted from:

Senate Wants the Military to Lock You Up Without Trial

if only because it has an opening picture of an American concentration camp that has the glow and aftertaste of Brazil (a film you should see if you haven't).

3. Comparison with the Heroic Dutch (Lesson from History)

As it happens, I have seen many similar pictures, though not quite as sick as the picture I am now referring to, nor as colorful, for they were mostly in black and white, in the books my parents had about German concentration-camps of World War II, where my grandfather was murdered, and of which my father survived nearly 4 years.

They were locked up there after being arrested in June 1941, for being involved in the February-Strike of 1941, that was directed against the German razzias against Jews.

My father and grandfather were betrayed by Dutchmen; arrested by the Amsterdam Municipal Police; handed over by Dutch policemen to the SS for interrogation by torture (being communists and members of the resistance); and convicted by Dutch judges in a Dutch court as "political terrorists", and then sent to concentration camps. (*)

A Dutch woman called Lan(d)sbergen has told me and the world 1 1/2 years on Phoenix Rising - the site for people with ME, that she seems to troll for professor Bleijenberg, who has an assistant called Lan(d)sbergen - that "the Dutch find" such statements "offensive". (**) The moderators of Phoenix Rising agreed. (Dutch blood, perhaps?) Two months later, precisely the same happened again, instigated by the same person, on the MECFSforum.

The Dutch are like that: Over 99% collaborated in World War II, and helped the Nazis destroy more than 1% of the population, for reason of lacking the excellence of belonging to the Aryan Race.

A few weeks ago, Mr. Corsten, the President of the Dutch High Court - an institution that now for over forty years has allowed Dutch mayors, Dutch aldermen, Dutch police commissioners, Dutch district attorneys and Dutch municipal and provincial bureaucrats to become millionaires by helping the drugsmafia to sell drugs in a construction that is totally illegal but nevertheless allowed ("tolerated", the tolerant Dutch judges smile kindly and tolerantly) now for over forty years because it is extremely profitable, while all Dutch judges and district attorneys have for forty years refused to even discuss it, refused to act against it and refused to investigate it - found the enormous moral courage in himself to "make apologies to the Dutch nation" because... all of the Dutch judicial apparatus, including judges, district attorneys and policemen, with a few rare personal exceptions, that mostly did not survive WW II, had collaborated with the Nazis during WW II while being fully aware of the razzias on the Jews, and of the character of Nazism.

All were corrupt; all collaborated; and - God knows - most collaborators agreed with the Fuehrer, though they certainly would and did deny that since May 1945.

Mr. Corsten did not find the moral courage or legal decency to breathe as much as a critical sigh over the now since 1968 or 1969 ongoing "toleration policy" for dealing illegal drugs, nor does he ever seem to have breathed anything in public about the need for legalizing what you can't control, if you don't want to help the Dutch drugs mafia, which indeed has many able and extremely rich Dutch lawyers and executioners on its payrolls, and namely to the extent that a Dutch lawyer these days - whose title is the prefix "Mr." meaning "Master", namely "in law" - are called "Mafia mates". Indeed, many are, and are proud to be.

For an excuse of 40 years (now) of willing drugscorruption by the whole Dutch governing elite, the Dutch nation probably has to wait for mr. Corsten's greatgrandson (***) to become president of the Dutch High Court, around 2100: Then there might be public apologies, though I much doubt it, for many of the then still ruling political and judicial families will want to avoid having the sources or the extent of their own familial riches investigated. (****)

4. The lesson for U.S. citizens

What's the point of mentioning all this, in a text about the latest gross moral idiocy of U.S. politicians?

The point is that, so far as I know men, once the Senate has destroyed the Bill of Rights, by A Democratic Majority Of Honest Well-meaning People's Representatives, most citizens, policemen, bureaucrats, judges, and military folks will be glad and proud to be its willing executioners (*****):

I fear we live in a world in which war and racism are ubiquitous, in which the powers of government mobilization and legitimization are powerful and increasing, in which a sense of personal responsibility is increasingly attenuated by specialization and bureaucratization, and in which peer-group exerts tremendous pressures on behavior and sets moral norms. In such a world, I fear, modern governments that wish to commit mass murder will seldom fail in their efforts for being unable to induce "ordinary men" to become their "willing executioners." " (p. 223, Christopher Browning, "Ordinary Men")

I much hope President Obama finds it in him to locate his spine and indeed veto this step towards a United States of Government Terrorism, but having seen his performance of Guantanamo Bay I will not believe it until I see it.

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- Three documents: My father's story + my story + my Human Rights
ME + me : Why my family was in The Dutch Resistance  in WW II a.k.a.
                                                  Dutch Norms And Values                       a.k.a.
                                     If you ain't Dutch, you ain't much
A Real Dutch Treat
- Dutch Knighted Bureaucracy Heroically Defending the Freedom of the
   Mafia  to gas invalids in Amsterdam anno 1988

- me : Laudatio Neerlandica

(*) I do not know whether there was a time-limit on these convictions as "political terrorists"; I do know that in statistical fact, as drawn up by the SS, the end was to work them to death in 3 months on average, for an avarage profit of Reichsmark 1660,74 p.p. if I recall the numbers well. See the first of the above links for my father's story how this was done in those camps, and why he survived: He also was in the - communist - resistance in the camps.

(**) Immediately after WW II 99% of the Dutchmen had been leading members of The Resistance, if you believed them. (Testimony of former Prime Minister De Jong, who found this when returning in 1945 after having fought for years as a commander of a submarine fighting with the US Navy.)

(***) I am not fanciful: In Holland things still happen as in the Middle Ages: The political elites of the 1920ies and 1930ies, including the (mostly atheist) rich "Jewish" elite that collaborated with the Nazis to keep their riches by delivering their much poorer and much more numerous fellows to the Nazis, were again the political elite after 1945, with the grandsons of the greatest collaborators being aldermen in Amsterdam, this time helping and collaborating with the Amsterdam drugsmafia, and snorting cocaine while fucking junkie whores. (The Dutch find this "offensive" - not that it happened, but that I am offended by it and dare to write about it, even after having been gassed and terrorized by drugsdealers protected by three successive mayors of Amsterdam. I agree my genes seem to differ radically from at least 99% of my countrymen. Ergo, it follows, with clear Dutch collaborative logic by Dutch democratic sentiments and with great Dutch academic approval, that I must clearly be "a fascist terrorist", fit for being removed from University, for saying truth exists, and that not everyone is the equal or equivalent from either Eichmann or Einstein, as the Dutch nearly all pretended, with myself and Queen Beatrix the only known exceptions: "All human beings are equivalent" was the Dutch national moral hypocrisy, until the Dutch neo-nazis who get offended if you call them that, changed that to "All Dutchmen with Dutch familynames are better than the rest: 'If you ain't Dutch, you ain't much').

(****) I should like to mention that my life is in danger for writing this: I have been warned repeatedly by the mafia protected by the whole Amsterdam governmental apparatus that I would be murdered if I said anything to displease them. The Amsterdam drugsmafia still follows my sites, checking I don't name them by name and address.

But no: Appealing to Mr. Corsten would only increase the risk, in Holland and Amsterdam, drugscorrupt as that whole nation, all its parliamentarians, judges, policemen are and have been since decades, also without any murder threats or dangers of them, so presumably from free will and for profit or for a career amongst collaborators of the mafia, "
Heroically, Courageously, Mercifully".

"So it goes."

(*****) As the citizens of that highly moral, honest, Dutch nation will tell or ask you, in case you object, also with considerable amazement: "Well, we have nothing to hide! What do you have to hide? Aren't YOU a terrorist?!?!"

Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.


As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):
1.  Anthony Komaroff Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
3.  Hillary Johnson The Why
4.  Consensus of M.D.s Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5.  Eleanor Stein Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)
6.  William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7.  Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8.  Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
 Maarten Maartensz Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Short descriptions of the above:                

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:

7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
9. I tell my story of surviving (so far) in Amsterdam/ with ME.
10. The directory on my site about ME.

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.

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