Thursday, February 4, 2010

Campaign Promise # 8 - An End to the American Federal Police State

"The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson."
President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Colonel Edward House, October 21, 1933

This promise will need to be dealt with from many angles to say the least...I think a good start will be to roll back much of the FBI's powers domestic spying powers and the RICO statutes (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization) started through the 1970 Organized Crime Control Act. The act sought to strip organized crime of the protection and profits it received through the infiltration of legitimate businesses. It seems to me any and many other Americans most organized crime and plundering of the treasury happens through 'legitimate' businesses, conglomerates and our 'friends' on Wall Street.

RICO according to scholars from all ideologies has been a near "total failure" in stopping the infiltration of legitimate businesses and most of the defendants (i.e., motorcycle gangs) were still not the originally intended targets of the law. Most criminal uses of RICO are redundant and just another means for stripping Americans of additional civil liberties.

Check out a few links on the subject below by people who have done a great deal more research into the topic than me:
Gore Vidal

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