Here at The Dollar Vigilante (TDV), we’ve got a saying: it’s all been done before. All nation states start out small and the better of the bunch are born in liberty and dynamism, freedom of thought, freedom of trade and a willingness to take chances. And they all follow a similar path on the way down as the state grows ever more all encompassing  – they come to believe their own propaganda, that they can do no wrong and that they will reign forever.  Corrupt and decadent, they lose the essential qualities that allowed them to thrive. It has been seen time and time again – brutal laws, price controls, travel restrictions, currency devaluation, all in order to prop up the vampire-like elite.

The United States is no different. Born in a fight for liberty from a distant power, the USA, because it held to its founding principles became a great world power in their own right by the late 19th century.  Sure there was faults.  Native Indian genocide… Slavery.  But on the whole, it was a fairly decent idea.

What enabled this? Freedom to innovate, freedom to create and retain wealth and freedom to express oneself.  Of course we now see the US on the downward slope of empire. After the Soviet Union collapsed under its own weight, George H. W. Bush declared a new world order and according to Francis Fukuyama, history had ended. But already the seeds had been sown for the inevitable collapse of the US empire.

We can trace the history of the US via the slow destruction of its first principles. In 1798, during the quasi-war with France, the Alien and Sedition Act was passed. Subtitled “An act for the punishment of certain crimes against the United States.”, the Alien legislation authorized the President to summarily deport aliens who had “treasonable” leanings. The Sedition legislation allowed for the imprisonment of those convicted of the non-crime of libellous speech – of course the government was Judge, Jury and imprisoner and the definition of “libel” was broadly applied to include political opponents of the rulers.

From the Alien and Sedition act:

That if any person shall write, print, utter or publish, or shall cause or procure to be written, printed, uttered or publishing, or shall knowingly and willingly assist or aid in writing, printing, uttering or publishing any false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings against the government of the United States, or either house of the Congress of the United States, or the President of the United States… shall be punished by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars, and by imprisonment not exceeding two years.

There are a myriad of other signs of the demise of liberty in the US, but within the last 10 years since 9/11, it is quite clear that the last vestiges are being crushed under the police state boot. The USA PATRIOT Act, all 342 pages of it, was passed only five weeks after two planes felled three buildings in downtown Manhattan and included a wish list of powers that only the STASI could have dreamed up.

From Wikipedia:

The act, a response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, dramatically reduced restrictions on law enforcement agencies’ ability to search telephone, e-mail communications, medical, financial, and other records; eased restrictions on foreign intelligence gathering within the United States; expanded the Secretary of the Treasury’s authority to regulate financial transactions, particularly those involving foreign individuals and entities; and broadened the discretion of law enforcement and immigration authorities in detaining and deporting immigrants suspected of terrorism-related acts. The act also expanded the definition of terrorism to include domestic terrorism, thus enlarging the number of activities to which the USA PATRIOT Act’s expanded law enforcement powers can be applied.

These powers are just one of countless reasons we’ve been ringing the bell for US citizens to run, not walk, from the “land of the free”. The financial regulations alone are driving banks around the world to bar US citizens from holding accounts with them. The IRS has been tasked as the global collection agent for the bankrupt Federal Government

Now expatriates in asia, in particular, are coming under scrutiny by the U.S. government. Last month, Doug Shulman, commissioner of the IRS, said the bureau is targeting asian bank accounts and that taxpayers should expect new criminal investigations and prosecutions.

“We definitely have been tracking migration of assets out of Europe and into Asia,” Mr. Shulman told reporters when introducing the disclosure program in February. He said the IRS is looking for offenders in places “you might not expect.” link

This is leading to record numbers of expatriate US citizens to cut their final link to the US by renouncing their citizenship – of course that isn’t something you want to do without having a second passport and citizenship already lined up.

But, very soon, you might not have to go to the trouble of renouncing your citizenship. The Government will be happy to do it for you. Fascist Joe Lieberman is co-sponsoring H.R. 3166: Enemy Expatriation Act.

Introduced as S. 1698 in the Senate and as H.R. 3166 in the House of Representatives, the Enemy Expatriation Act is expressly designed to “add engaging or supporting hostilities against the United States to the list of acts for which United States nationals would lose their nationality.”

These bills are inconsistent with current law and Supreme Court precedent.  They appear to be tailored to cow the American people, without regard for the 14th-Amendment guarantee prohibiting Congress from divesting an American citizen of his citizenship.

On their face, S. 1698 and H.R. 3166 make it appear that any citizen “engaging in, or purposefully and materially supporting, hostilities against the United States” would lose his citizenship.  This is unlike current law, which also requires proof that the citizen does so “with the intention of relinquishing United States nationality.”  Thus, the new bills would make it much easier for the government to strip a dissenting citizen of his citizenship. Link

We can clearly see that the United Soviet States of America is putting in place the necessary tools to be able to strip whoever it likes of the so called “privilege” of being a US citizen. This is no surprise coming from a parasite like Lieberman, who has been at the forefront of the legislative side of the police state for quite some time. Here is a report on a bill he co-sponsored in 2010, the “Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010,”

When it comes to freedom of speech, the USSA is also clamping down hard. This week saw the largest ever online protest of the government’s actions with major sites such as Google, Wikipedia, Reddit and others blacking out their sites over the proposed SOPA and PIPA Bills. These bills would give the US Government the ability to strangle any website it chooses based on the flimsiest of claims of an IP owner that their Intellectual property “rights” are being violated. 

So just in case you missed that, a citizen of the tax farm known as New Zealand is facing extradition to the USSA and up to 50 years in in a cage for running a site known as MegaUpload. Don’t be surprised if the thugs in the USSA aren’t attempting to seize the servers of MegaUpload and troll for the records of as many of its users as possible.

Don’t get entangled in the collapse of this criminal enterprise known as the USA.  It’s better to consider expatriation now than to have it forced upon you by the Government and become stateless and subject to indefinite detention.

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