September 17, 2014

Trading Liberty for Safety

In the weeks since the Boston Marathon bombing I have noticed a few things in the MSM, other blogs and in some forums that concern me.  When there is an attack such as the Boston Marathon bombing, 9-11 or school shootings, human beings are shaken.  The emotions from the aftermath of these events, can cause things to be said and done, things that might betray our calmer, more logical and rational selves.  Here are some of the things I have seen that concern me.
 
 
What They Knew and When They Knew It
 
I have seen a few statements that either insinuate or flat out say that the government either knew, or had intelligence that there would be a terrorist attack.  I have seen people say that the government may have planned it and that is why there were so many first responders at the event.  There was a congressman who said there may have been information on an attack before it happened.  There may have been intelligence but I don’t believe they knew enough to know when or how the attack would occur.  If they had nonspecific information, that could be part of the reason there were so many first responders on scene. 
 
I do not believe that the government planned or “let” the bombing occur.  But I do believe they will, as the Presidents former Chief of Staff once said, “never let a serious crisis go to waste.”  There were many calls for changing our gun culture and many more similar statements made.  One company even took pressure cookers off the shelves.  Now Sen. Lautenberg, Frank R. [D-NJ] has introduced S.792 – A bill to strengthen the enforcement of background checks with respect to the use of explosive materials. In other words, they want to restrict and limit black powder sales.
 
 
Warrantless Searches

In desperate attempts to find the terrorists, police were given authority to carry out door-to-door searches in certain neighborhoods and they were not required to have a search warrant. Below is one of many videos that can be found on youtube of this event taking place.  Police knocked on doors and in many cases ordered innocent home owners to keep their hands above their heads and leave the house.
 

 
I have seen video of news reporters talking to people who were told to evacuate their homes, saying they were happy the police were there and happy they did their job.  I have seen on blogs and forums where people who were not in Boston believe these warrantless searches were a good thing.
 
Before I go any further, let me say now that I am a supporter of the police.  I have donated money to local police charities and organizations several times.  I believe that those who protect and serve are heroes and that the vast majority are stellar human beings. There were some stories about individual police going out of their way to help some civilians who were on lock down.
 
That being said, those searches were a complete violation of the Fourth Amendment and, while not declared, Boston was under Martial Law during that time.  People were told to stay in their homes, and in certain neighborhoods were ordered, at gun point, to leave their homes while officers then stormed in, searching for one of the bombers.

The Fourth Amendment states:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

I fully understand that there was a set of horrible events that led up to this, but our freedoms are defined by how our authorities act in times like this.  If the police believed there was probable cause that Joe Dirtbag was in that neighborhood, they should have had an officer at every entrance and exit to watch for the suspect.  They should have knocked on every door with guns holstered, explaining to the resident that they believed the suspect was in the neighborhood.  They should have asked for permission to search the house and property.  One may say that the police did ask and the residents gave consent to the search, but nothing is consensual when the person asking you has a gun in your face.

Imagine this; a very similar attack takes place in the largest city near you.  There are reports that say the police believe the suspects have fled and have hidden in your town and are looking for them.  They have asked residents to stay in their homes for the time being.  What would you do?  If I answer that, I would say that our windows and doors would be locked and that we would be armed.  What happens if/when the police knock on your door and you give them access?  Do you think that once the police saw you were armed you would be treated as a law abiding civilian who is protecting their house and family?  Or do you think you may be treated as a potential hostile suspect, handcuffed and guns taken?

I didn’t see any reports of people saying “no”, but ask yourself what might have happened had someone said “no”.  Again, I am a supporter of the police, but I believe that when they show up with overwhelming force, “no” isn’t an acceptable answer to them.
 
 
But I Have Nothing to Hide
 
There are some who say, “I have nothing to hide, why should I say no?”  Pastor Niemoller once said,
 
“First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.  Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.  Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.  Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
 
You may not have anything to hide and you might not even be armed in the scenario I mentioned above, but what happens if we go down this slippery slope and warrantless searches become more common place?  Now, instead of only doing warrantless searches when there is a terrorist on the loose, warrantless searches become the norm for the “suspected” terrorist?  A bit further down the slope, warrantless searches are done against fundamentalist who believe marriage should be between one man and one woman and those who believe that abortion is a sin.  These people are accused of spreading hate and are suspected of planning hate crimes.  Do you have a crucifix in your home?  Have you ever had a pro-life or pro marriage sign in your yard, or on your car?  How many Bibles do you have in your home?
 
Think this is a stretch?  Recently, a trooper in Colorado gave a seminar on the dangers of biker gangs, and Sovereign Citizens,where he added the following:
 
“Among those groups, Kluczynski had listed, were those who believe America was founded on godly principles, Christians who take the Bible literally, and “fundamentalists”.  Kluczynski did not explain what he meant by “fundamentalists” but from the context it was clear he was referring again to those who took the Bible literally or “too seriously.”

We are told in scripture that we will see increased persecution.  For many Christians around the world, it is already their daily life.  We will see it escalated here inside America and every other nation.  On a side note, I know a bit about Sovereign Citizens, and they have nothing to do with Christianity.  I bring this up as it is the most recent reference accusing Christians of being potential terrorists.

I do not think the police did a great service going door-to-door, searching homes without warrants.  No, I believe it was a bad precedent to set and could very likely be used as an example of how to respond in the future.  How fruitful were these house-to-house warrantless searches?  Not at all!  Joe Dirtbag was discovered by the homeowner who owned the boat Joe Dirtbag was hiding in.
 
 
All Amendments Need to be Protected

I saw a few occasions on blogs and forums where people who previously said they would not budge an inch when it came to their Second Amendment said they thought the warrantless searches were a good thing.  Maybe they think this way because they believe the danger of the loose terrorist was greater than the danger to the Fourth Amendment.  Maybe it was done because they believe there was enough probable cause to issue house-to-house warrantless searches.  Maybe it was done out of a sense of loyalty to our police and FBI, believing they had the best of intentions.
 
Whatever the reason, I believe we need to exercise and protect all of our God given rights that are listed in the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights was designed to protect the average, law abiding, citizen from an over-reaching government.  If we hold a loose grip on one amendment, how much longer will it be before it, and others begin to slip away?
 
 
I’ll close with one of my favorite quotes:

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

– Benjamin Franklin
 
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Comments

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I believe you are right on the money on much of what you say here, Chris, and I applaud your willingness to speak out. The one area where I will differ is that I do believe Boston WAS a red flag event; they are not new; they’ve been around as long as we’ve had politicians and elite who want to manipulate the “ignorant” masses for their own evil ends. And this WAS one, IMHO, as was Auroro, CO, and many others. And they work – that’s why the gubment and the politicians keep using them; play on people’s emotions, and the result is always predictable – especially when the libtards are in the White House. You can agree or disagree, dear reader; it matters not to me; I know what I believe and why I believe it. And we ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. Stack it high! It’s coming.

    • Chris Ray says:

      Is it possible that these type of events are false flags? maybe, but until someone can show me hard proof, I’m going to continue to believe otherwise.

  2. Joe Vilsack says:

    I fully agree with your conclusions regarding warrant-less search and seizure. However, it is too late to do much about it since Congress has passed legislation that permits the government to perform such searches whenever they chose.

    I believe that Obama, the corrupt media and corrupt Republican’s have been left unchallenged for too long and Constitutional Conservatives have no one of any consequence to fight on our behalf. What we are left with is a thousand separate conservative organizations fighting against one Liberal cause or another and all asking for donations for that cause. I receive emails from several dozen every single day asking me to call the White House immediately and send a donation. I am through with all of them.

    While we are completely disorganized and without leadership or a plan, the enemy is anything but. They are well organized, with short and long term plans and they have very effective and ruthless leaders, and they are clearly winning.

    Conservatives are all working against each other with no plan or strategy, draining financial resources in a thousand different directions, while we continue to try to work within a Republican Party that hates conservatives and will never turn over power to them, no matter what voters want.

    Even Rand Paul sounds like a Big Government politician at times. His stance on drones on US soil is disappointing. So I am not optimistic that we will make a dent in the direction this country is going before the country implodes and I don’t believe that we have two years before something very evil happens. I also believe that this is exactly what Obama wants. During Marshal Law, desperate and unprepared citizens that have not prepared, with no food and water, will happily walk into government detention camps newly constructed in the last 10 years.

    If this sounds like I’m preoccupied with concerns of conspiracies by an out of control government and worldwide elites, it’s because I am.

    • Chris Ray says:

      I used to consider myself a republican, not any longer. Truth be told I am really disappointed with the vast majority of our elected leaders.

      You might be correct about it being to late…time will tell.

  3. Once again, you are spot-on Chris!

    In reading these types or reports, I have to continually remind myself that God reigns and His will be done. Still, it is tough to reconcile (in my own mind) what the bible says about such matters…

    Romans 13:1-7 ” Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore he who resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil. Wherefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them; tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to who fear; honor to whom honor.”

    1 Peter 2:13-17 “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. Honor all men; love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.”

  4. Dear Chris,
    The video you posted with this article is extremely frightening to me. Watching it, I could ONLY think of Nazi Germany. Forcing them out of their homes with their hands on their heads! If you saw half way down the block, with their hands on their heads, another man search them! A police dog barking at them, keeping them in line? This is for our own protection? I call fowl! This is completely unacceptable! I can’t understand ANY American thinking this is OK?!! Homeowners in their own homes being treated like this? And yes, I agree, had they had a gun to protect themselves against the terrorist, this set of “law enforcement” just might have “mowed” them down, and asked questions later! To easy now a days for people, and law enforcement to get “caught up” in the moment and allow and use force without much thought. They (the government) are, and have done a wonderful job of “dumbing down” the population. I think it might be the only thing they do well any more. What a crying shame.
    If they would treat these home owners this way in their own homes, I hate to think what they might treat them like in a “fema” camp!
    Trust in the Lord. That’s all I can do. Doesn’t mean to just be stupid along the way though. Keep a watchful eye, prepare, and “head for the hills”!

    • Chris Ray says:

      I was pretty disappointed by that and other videos. Both by the actions of the police and FBI, but also by the people who welcomed their actions with open arms.

      I have said for a while that events will get so bad that people almost beg for martial law, but the police and military to come put a stop to it. This is the start.

  5. Realizing that we, as Americans do have constitutional rights; I can see the point you are making. However, if I was one of these homeowners and the hiding culprit had broken into my home, holding me hostage, and forcing me to answer the door to the police; under second thought, I might be thankful that I was not given a choice to come out on command and let the officers in. My not having to make the decision would certainly make it simpler for police to enter and much faster. This all before a hostage-taker could form a plan. In this case, I think I would be thankful it was handled in this manner. Now in a “gestapo” situation, I might have a different point of view. How for the police to determine the difference, I don’t know.

    • Chris Ray says:

      I understand where you’re coming from, but I’ll go back to the quote from Benjamin Franklin.

      “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.””

      I also see it as my job to protect my home and family, not the police. I would rather take the chance that Joe Dirtbag may try to subdue me and take my family hostage, than give away my Fourth Amendment right.

      • Yes, I agree. As long as can have sufficient weapons in my home to protect my family. In Boston, Mass. what are the “laws” for personal weapons? I’m from Texas and I intend to stay in Texas and be “protective” of my family.

        • Chris Ray says:

          I’m not sure what their local laws are. I’m guessing pretty restrictive of handguns, but maybe more open for shotguns and hunting rifles.

  6. Christopher de Vidal says:

    How many Americans experienced firsthand the abuses of a government who completely disregards these basic human rights? Only those once under tyrants. They are few, and quiet.

    During the 2nd Amendment debates last year, almost NO ONE, even the NRA, brought up the fact that the Amendment was written so that people may resist tyrants. Almost no one. Most Conservatives only spoke of self defense.

    What a disturbing trend. Americans are being sleepily led into a trap. God, have mercy!

  7. Jim Moore says:

    Once again Chris, you have expressed my near exact opinion and concerns for this issue. The video you posted is the most disturbing thing I have seen related to the whole thing. I saw it shortly after it was posted and was frantic in searching for more examples. There are a few but none so dramatic. The questions you asked are the same questions I have asked myself and others. Achieving a ‘lockdown’ (martial law) of a city the size of Boston (roughly 625,000) would be a good test for doing the same in any larger city around our nation. I have no proof to offer of the Boston bombing being a false flag, but if you believe the ‘powers that be’ are instituting the Cloward-Pivens strategy connecting many of the dots is easily achieved. Searching for clues to it all I don’t neglect the history of the Weimer Republic before and during Hitler’s rise to power. Some interesting correlations.
    Bottom line, for me, much of history makes me question the first part of Romans 13 yet makes me take resolve in considering the call of the last of that chapter.
    Some good points here, many of which I agree wholeheartedly. Yet, I have to urge us all to ‘fear not,’ but be ready. Know what you would do in advance if this happened at your home. In every situation that I can’t find or trust my own understanding I have to remember Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

    • Chris Ray says:

      The only reason it was so easy to enforce martial law, or the “lock down” is because the people went along with it. When we look over riots in other countries over the last five years, they have been either due to lack of food/price of food, or austerity cuts.

      I do believe you’re on to something with the Cloward and Piven strategy, our government can’t keep up with the bloat that is all of these freebies. once those programs start to be cut, and people who depended (rightly or wrongly) on these programs, they will not have such an easy time enforcing the lockdown.

  8. Tina Manion says:

    Extremely well written article with excellent points! Chris, if a similar incident were to occur in your neighborhood and martial law was implemented, could you please share how you would react if the police came to your door? It is question I ask myself. Out of fear and respect, I would obey the police orders even though I would feel very violated.

    • Chris Ray says:

      Thanks Tina, I’m glad you liked it.

      One important distinction to be made is that in Boston, they were effectively under martial law, however martial law was never declared. Once martial law is declared local authorities are often replaced with military leader, and the military in in charge. Also some or all constitutional rights are suspended, as is the writ of habeas corpus; which means you can be held indefinitely.

      The reason this is important is this; if things happened the same way where I live as they did in Boston, I would do the following.
      1. be ready to protect my family.
      2. if police came to the door, I would speak through the door and ask what I could do for them.
      3. If they asked/demanded to search my home I would politely tell them it is just my family inside and I respectfully refuse to let them in.
      4. If they pushed the issue I would tell them I would be more than happy to let them in with a proper search warrant.
      5. If they declined to get a search warrant and used force to get inside, I would not resist and would follow their direction.
      6. if taken into custody I would plead the fifth Amendment and request an attorney.
      7. I would make a note of every officer name and do my best to remember everything that happened.

      If martial law had not been declared and they kicked in my door, my constitutional rights have been violated and I would let me lawyer help me decide what the best course of action should be.

      If martial law has been declared, there are no defined meanings to what rights will or won’t be paused, so it’s hard to say for sure what I will or wont do. generally though, if martial law has been declared, it is probably best to do as asked or you could find yourself in a military brig and facing a court marshal, which is much different than a civilian trial.

      I think your question is probably a common one, and your answer is something authorities expect. I’m going to write an article in the next couple of weeks on how to respectfully exercise our constitutional rights.

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