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Have You Committed Your Three Felonies Today?

James George Jatras
August 21st, 2018
Strategic Culture Foundation
Comments (50) Read by 3,615 people

This article was originally published by James George Jatras at Strategic Culture Foundation

Several years ago the Commonwealth of Virginia enacted a law restricting firearms purchases to one per month. This was intended to discourage smuggling of weapons to urban areas outside Virginia with tight gun control laws and (unsurprisingly) high homicide rates. The law didn’t seem to do much good and in a rare outbreak of common sense was later repealed, though there’s recent misguided talk from Attorney General Mark Herring of reviving it.

During its short period in force, the prohibition spawned a popular saying in the Old Dominion: “Buy one gun a month – it’s the law!”

A similar attitude may be appropriate in light of an estimate that due to vague statutes and the proliferation of federal regulations – which have the force of law – we wake up in the morning, go to work, come home, eat dinner, and go to sleep  unaware we may have committed several federal crimes in the course of the day. The number varies but the average number of crimes per American seems to be about three.

The more important point is that every one of us is probably guilty of something. “There is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime,” retired Louisiana State University law professor John Baker told the Wall Street Journal in July 2011. “That is not an exaggeration.”

  • This means that if they want you, they can get you.
  • That in turn means that who gets charged, prosecuted, and jailed is a matter of the relevant officials’ discretion.
  • And that in turn means that discretion can and will be politicized.

Like the boychiks used to say in the good ol’ NKVD (People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs; Народный комиссариат внутренних дел): “Give Us the Man, and We Will Make the Case.” (I guess nowadays, we should say “person.”)

Let’s stipulate that the true Rechtsstaat, where justice is administered in a politically neutral manner is few and far between in human history. The norm is politicized justice where holders of power – in an elective system, the winners – use the justice system to harass and terrorize the losers.

But America today must be the only country that’s ever been so goofy that the losers are able to terrorize the winners. Whatever your feelings about the current administration, consider: the feds come in like gangbusters, breaking down doors, rousting targets from their beds, seizing their personal documents and devices, and subjecting them to piled-on charges and questioning designed to result in perjury, obstruction, and conspiracy charges – especially the phony crime of “lying to the FBI” – adding  up to decades in jail. Those accused are forced to plead guilty to a lesser charge or bankrupt themselves hoping they will be vindicated by a jury of sheep their peers, where the feds have a 90 percent-plus conviction rate. That’s treatment meted out to Paul Manafort, Mike Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen, and others.

Conversely, clear evidence of crime, such as mishandling classified material, is a freebie: “No reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.” Oh, some of the emails are “personal?” That’s OK, you decide what’s what – we trust you! There’s a claim a foreign power hacked a computer server, which some compare to an act of war demanding retaliation – no, we don’t need to see the server itself, your contractor’s report is good enough for us! And while you’re at it, go ahead and purge your electronic records (even material you’re obligated to preserve) and smash up your smart phones and pull out SIM cards. Oh, hey, does anyone need immunity? No need to bargain, we’re happy to provide! That’s the treatment accorded to Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, Tony Podesta, and their ilk.

It’s no coincidence, Comrades, that this disparity is the work of denizens of a law enforcement and intelligence apparatus that is focused like a laser on two closely linked objectives: One, get Donald Trump. Two, at all costs, make sure that he cannot in any way move forward on his stated objective to improve ties with Russia. Those objectives are the two sides of the coin called Russiagate. All else, including the disparity of treatment given those close to Trump versus his opponents, is a function of Russiagate. Three other things also follow:

  • Trump’s powerlessness, even within his own administration. What kind of Chief Executive is reduced to tweeting what his subordinates ought to do – for example, providing Congress with documents demanded from the Department of Justice – versus ordering them to do it?
  • Trump’s personnel. People wonder, especially on foreign policy, why has Trump surrounded himself with a swarm of neoconservatives and Bush-retread Republicans? Maybe he is one of them. Or maybe anyone who dissented from the established warmongering line would be putting his head through a noose.
  • Flipping the “Russians did it” narrative: Among the President’s defenders, on say Fox News, no less than among his detractors, Russia is the enemy who (altogether now!) “interfered in our elections” in order to “undermine our democracy.” Mitt Romney was right! The only argument is over who was the intended beneficiary of Muscovite mendacity, Trump or Hillary – that’s the variable. The constant is that Putin is Hitler and only a traitor would want to get along with him. All sides agree that the Christopher Steele dossier is full of “Russian dirt” – though there’s literally zero actual evidence of Kremlin involvement but a lot pointing to Britain’s MI6 and GCHQ.

The Russia! Russia! Russia! hysteria is sometimes called a new McCarthyism, but that’s unfair – to Tailgunner Joe. In his day, whatever his excesses, there really were Stalinist agents at the State Department. This new panic is nothing we’ve seen before, except maybe during the Salem witch frenzy of the 1690s.

Which brings us to Maria Butina, a Russian grad student and Second Amendment advocate jailed (and refused bail) on thin allegations of unregistered lobbying. As Phil Giraldi observes: “If you are a Russian and you are caught talking to anyone in any way influential, there is potentially hell to pay because the FBI will be watching you. You are automatically assumed to be part of a conspiracy. Once ‘evidence’ is collected, you will be indicted and sent to prison, mostly to send a message to Moscow. It is the ultimate irony that how the old Soviet Union’s judiciary used to function is now becoming standing operating procedure in the United States.”  Butina has been portrayed as some kind of honey pot femme fatale, a cross between Anna Chapman and Natasha from “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle,” using her Slavic charms to bewitch the naïve ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ crowd at the National Rifle Association. Among Butina’s nefarious activities: networking at the National Prayer Breakfast. If they arrested everyone with foreign government connections schmoozing at the Prayer Breakfast, they’d have to shut the thing down.  Honestly, I doubt even the investigators believe Butina is guilty of anything, and if she were any other nationality but Russian she wouldn’t be facing years in jail. [ATTENTION: A legal defense fund for Butina has now been formed!]

Which brings us to the biggest threat to what’s left of our liberties as Americans. (No, not the yanking of the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan.) As is well known, we are facing an unprecedented, coordinated campaign of deplatforming, shadowbanning, filtering, and other foul means of putting dissenting voices into a digital GULag. While the glove belongs to tech giants and their executives, the hand inside is the government’s. Using Russian meddling as a pretext, companies that do billions of dollars of business with the federal government are only too happy to police the web of “suspected Russian-linked accounts.” And since, as Hillary says, Putin is the leader of the worldwide “authoritarian, white-supremacist, and xenophobic movement” who is “emboldening right-wing nationalists, separatists, racists, and even neo-Nazis,” anything and anybody that fails Virginia Senator Mark Warner’s or Mark Zuckerberg’s sniff test is now fair game. We are told that to sow discord and chaos Russian troll farms and social media ads target “divisive” issues related to race, Black Lives Matter, and Ferguson, absent which we’d all be holding hands singing Kumbaya. Connecting Putin and Russia with racism feeds into a cockamamie phantasmagoria of Crimethink concepts that increasingly are considered outside the protection of what was once quaintly known as free speech: hate speech, fake news, conspiracy theories, white nationalism, white supremacy, white privilege, patriarchy, “cisgenderism,” and many more. The idea of “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” is out the window.  Instead we have: anyone to the right of me gets what he deserves.

While we hear a lot about the “input” end – violation of free speech rights, a deadly, valid concern – even more worrisome is the “output”: limiting what Americans can see and hear that differs from the official media line, itself largely a bulletin board for government sources. Unsurprisingly, that line is unfailingly for war and intervention. As Patrick Armstrong puts it, maybe the censors could just buy some old Soviet jamming equipment.

It is hard to escape the notion that we are approaching the edge of some profound historical moment that will have far-reaching, literally life and death consequences, both domestically and internationally. In the period preceding World War I how many Europeans suspected that their lives would soon be forever changed – and, for millions of them, ended? Who in the years, say, 1910 to 1913, could have imagined that the decades of peace, progress, and civilization in which they had grown up, and which seemingly would continue indefinitely, instead would soon descend into a horror of industrial-scale slaughter, revolution, and brutal ideologies?

Whether opposition to the gathering darkness can be effective is uncertain. But what is not uncertain is our duty to oppose it, even at the risk of committing three felonies a day. “Fellow Thought criminals – unite!”

***

James George Jatras is an analyst and former U.S. diplomat and foreign policy adviser to the Senate GOP leadership.

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  1. Genius says:

    “Have You Committed Your Three Felonies Today?”

    Three is for amateurs, I commit at least 30! 😛

    • Eisenkreutz says:

      THE NON WHITES PULLED DOWN A CONFEDERATE STATUE IN NC TODAY

      POLICE STOOD THERE AND WATCHED IT

      THIS IS A HARBINGER OF THE DESTRUCTION OF THE WHITE RACE

      THIS ISNT ABOUT THE CIVIL WAR

      THEY ARE DOING THIS BECAUSE THEY WANT TO SUPPLANT WHITE PEOPLE

      AND OUR WHITE WOMEN ARE HELPING THEM

      WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO, WAIT TILL WE’RE VASTLY OUTNUMBERED AND OVERPOWERED AND THEN FIGHT BACK????????

    • Eisenkreutz says:

      https://www.amren.com/news/2018/08/protesters-topple-silent-sam-confederate-statue-at-unc/

      SEE FOR YOURSELF

      THESE PEOPLE WILL SURROUND YOUR GRANDKIDS

      NOW DO YOU BOOMERS UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU HAVE DONE

      WOMEN MUST NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE EVER AGAIN

      • Genius says:

        Why bother? Mankind has proven to be a waste of time and destroys everything it touches. I have no kids hence no guilt. Better stop before you have an anurism or heart attack…. It’s all downhill from here man.

        • Genius:

          I don’t have the luxury of thinking like that. And I wouldn’t want to. I do have kids. My only regret is that I didn’t have more. Everything is for posterity. We are at the crossroads. Fight back can take many forms. You are fighting in your own way whether you realize it or not. And it can be legal if that’s better for you. We can’t very well fight if we’re locked up somewhere. So, they took down a few statues. What did that accomplish? It helped to raise awareness. In the end, the Communists will regret having done it.

          _

          • Genius says:

            BFCA, I understand what your saying and I don’t point any fingers at you whatsoever. Legal to me means only asskissing govt. supporters agree with it. You are right that we can’t fight being locked up but, we will be locked up if we fight? I just look at it this way…. If they push me too far, they won’t like it very well. I am a non violent and patient person believe it or not but when you cross my limit I am a savage intelligent guerilla that can fook their shit up bad if so persuaded. When you have nothing to lose….. you lose it.

            • The Deplorable Renegade says:

              B and Genius, both of you make valid points. But I’ll simply shoot whoever comes to me with whatever intentions which I know won’t be good. I won’t be taken alive. If it means dying right there at the BOL then so be it. ILLEGAL to resist? Who gives a flying f#$%? I know I don’t. I don’t care about legality considering how illegitimate the system is. They don’t have a leg to stand on but I know that all of us do.

            • AUBroker says:

              No one is freer, than one who has nothing to lose.

              I say, fuck’em. Bring it.

          • Rick Werner says:

            As usual, B from CA, spot on!

      • Archivist says:

        Silent Sam wasn’t even a Confederate statue. The man who originally had it created said that it was to honor the soldiers on both sides who died in the Civil War. So it was a Union monument as well.

        I guess I won’t be visiting Chapel Hill any more. They might as well tear down the Old Well.

    • TharSheBlows says:

      Had a friend tell me way back when, said he was sentences to 36 Months in prison. But when the date came up for him to be released, the prison screwed up and he spent like another 3 months in prison extra by mistake.

      Think this guy has a chip on his shoulder? He was massively anti-government. I don’t blame him though. He had lots of words of wisdom about life.

      He said they may have his physical body in prison but his mind was free as a bird. Something to think about.

      The stories he used to tell me about all his drug running back in the 1970’s, before technology. Kilos and Kilos or white powder. Down to Columbia, shootouts, Federalies already prepaid, spare airports, disposable planes, drops, Drug deal gone bad, and they did get away with a lot for quite some time. There was a book or 2 written about the people he was connected with, and there was even had a TV Show “All Most Got Away With It” about his circle of friends. Fascinating!!

      Like I said though, back in the 1970’s before all the BS technology and surveilence.

    • The Deplorable Renegade says:

      Genius, I don’t even know if I ever committed any and guess what; I DON’T CARE!

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  2. kay123 says:

    I don’t know what world this Author/Journalist lives in
    but I don’t share his delirium.
    I may not like some laws…some are totally stupid….but
    I obey them anyway. When laws become intrusive and
    infringe on my right to persue happiness….my safety, or
    my freedoms under the Constitution…..then “they” can
    go pound sand! I have never intentionally broken any
    laws, or hurt anyone else’s right to pursue their happiness,
    within those same laws.
    Sorry, this guy is such a manipulative loser.

    • Genius says:

      “..then “they” can
      go pound sand! I have never intentionally broken any
      laws, or hurt anyone else’s right to pursue their happiness,
      within those same laws.”

      Let me know how that works out for ya!

  3. rellik says:

    Genius,
    Take care.
    This is a public forum.
    I never violate any Constitutional Federal, State, or local laws.
    I stand by that statement.

    • Genius says:

      “I never violate any Constitutional Federal, State, or local laws.
      I stand by that statement.”

      Me too! The key word is CONSTITUTIONAL….

      • Genius says:

        You all may find this VERY useful. Print out copies and USE them!

        http://freedomfromgovernment.org/public-servant-questionnaire-psq/

      • Eisenkreutz says:

        IN EVERY COUNTRY ON EARTH

        REGARDLESS OF “THE LAW”

        WHEN YOU LOOK AT RACE

        THE CRIME RATE IS EXACTLY THE SAME

        “THE LAW” IS A IDIOT BOOMER’S MORONIC FANTASY WORLD

        FOLLOWING “THE LAW” HAS MADE US A HATED MINORITY IN OUR OWN COUNTRY

        I WIPE MY FUCKING WHITE ASS WITH “THE LAW”

        HAITI HAS A CONSTITUTION JUST LIKE THE USA

        DENMARK HAS “SOCIALISM”

        SOMALIA IS THE MOST LIBERTARIAN COUNTRY ON EARTH

        YOU CONSTITUTION TARDS THINK YOULL HAVE YOUR BILL OF RIGHTS WHEN 80 IQ APES ARE IN CHARGE???????

        • Genius says:

          Uhhhhhh the constitution was thrown out in the 1933 bankruptcy.

          “YOU CONSTITUTION TARDS THINK YOULL HAVE YOUR BILL OF RIGHTS WHEN 80 IQ APES ARE IN CHARGE???????”

          They already are (mostly).

          What is your plan to reverse this? We know the problem, what is the answer? Do you expect me to be a martyr for a bunch of retards? I will defend my own till I can’t, nothing more I can do (maybe help a FEW friends).

          • Kfilly says:

            Genius,

            The Constituion was thrown out during the treasonous Act of 1871. Our government became a corporation, and corporations were granted the rights of people as part of a debt settlement incurred by the Civil War. Another thing to hate the Constitutional usurping Abrascam Lincoln about.

      • The Deplorable Renegade says:

        Genius, you really nailed that one. I only follow laws that pass constitutional muster. If they don’t meet constitutional guidelines, Then I disregard them. Especially any laws concerning self-defense.

  4. anonymous5 says:

    When they outlaw guns, I’ll definitely be a felon.

    Screw ’em.

  5. Dragyn88 says:

    Why would anyone support this Russian floozie? Is the author of this article an Eastern-European or Russian Jew? Sounds like it.

    To hell with the Russians! Mollie Tibbits was murdered by an illegal alien. Announced an hour ago. Real, not fake, news.

    Remember Mollie. Remember Kate Steinle!

  6. All this and no mention of worldwide white genocide and or white ethnic cleansing and the replacement of white people with non-white people. Will you miss me when I’m gone? Probably not. History is being eviserated. You’ll never know in one hundred years from now, what it was like to be the citizen in an advanced and cultured civilization.

    In South Africa, the ANC (Mandela’s Communist Party now in power), is burning down Universities. They have done over 40 million dollars worth of property damage and still counting. But history will recall none of this. The blacks in Africa are becoming what they were before the white man arrived. They were in constant tribal warfare and genocide of whole nations. That’s why there were no people living in South Africa. Nearly two million of the inhabitants, the Bantu were victims of black on black murder and genocide.

    _

  7. Traitor Hator says:

    When the FEMA guards are Muslims, and your a Christian, guess what?

  8. I like this guy’s POV.

    Former foreign policy advisor for the GOP, huh? He worked in the swamp for a long time. He sees how they roll.

    Seems they didn’t pay no mind to his advice either.

  9. Jim in Va. says:

    Sorry but I have a lot of catching up to do on felonies….can’t seem to keep up. 3 a day? Must be incompetence.

  10. southside says:

    Anybody living in Florida know how to look up a guy who was busted on a domestic violence charge awhile back? I have the first middle and last name. Info would be appreciated

  11. Dave says:

    The left are doing all that they can to remove the obstacles of war.

  12. When the people who are supposed to enforce these laws are given a wide latitude to decide when to enforce them and against whom, you have a deadly combination. Never pass a law that you don’t intend to enforce against all who break it. Too many people and organizations have too much influence and get laws passed that benefit themselves and their occupations. When you pass such laws, you destroy the respect people have for all laws.

  13. I don’t know about felonies but I do make three serious mistakes every day. One, I open my eyes in the morning. Two, I get out of bed. And three, I open my mouth and express my opinions. After that, it’s all downhill!

  14. Old Guy says:

    There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
    Ayn Rand

  15. Archivist says:

    I don’t think I broke any today, unless there’s a new law against staying in your pajamas and hanging around the house all day.

    Maybe typing here is a crime. Oh well.

  16. Norrak says:

    There is really no law, other than what TPTB decide to falsely accuse you of when you rub them the wrong way. As long as you go along you get along. Just look at Hillary and Bill Clinton and their cronies; theft, drugs, murder, espionage, treason you name it , they’ve done it. Then there’s people like Julian Assange, Bud Dwyer, and others you can probably think of, who are innocent and are railroaded anyway. This country will have to return to Survival of the Fittest to even come close to having anything that resembles justice.