by Anniel 11/17/16
The election of Donald Trump and the resultant hysteria raise a lot of red flags for all citizens of the United States, Trump fans or not.
Shouldn’t those who are paying people to riot, destroy property and threaten to assassinate Donald Trump be subject to laws against sedition and/or treason?
There has been action taken against the idiot CEO of packetsled, a Silicon Valley company. Matt Harrigan, had to resign and then be terminated by the Board of Directors of the company for threatening to assassinate Trump. In most vile language he told how he was getting a sniper rifle and just how he would carry out his plans. He put the whole plan out on Facebook and Twitter. Of course it was just a “joke,” and not his fault that anyone could take a “private” Face Book conversation seriously. Then the standard “that’s not who I am” rant. Haven’t heard how seriously the Secret Service is treating his threats. packetsled will probably have to change its name.
What about the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO), 18 US Code, Chapter 96, violations?
“It is unlawful for anyone employed by or associated with any enterprise engaged in, or the activities of which affect, interstate or foreign commerce, to conduct or participate, directly or indirectly, in the conduct of such enterprise’s affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity or collection of unlawful debt. 18 U.S.C.A. § 1962(c) (West 1984). The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) was passed by Congress with the declared purpose of seeking to eradicate organized crime in the United States. Russello v. United States, 464 U.S. 16, 26-27, 104 S. Ct. 296, 302-303, 78 L. Ed. 2d 17 (1983); United States v. Turkette, 452 U.S. 576, 589, 101 S. Ct. 2524, 2532, 69 L. Ed. 2d 246 (1981). A violation of Section 1962(c), requires (1) conduct (2) of an enterprise (3) through a pattern (4) of racketeering activity. Sedima, S.P.R.L. v. Imrex Co., 473 U.S. 479, 496, 105 S. Ct. 3275, 3285, 87 L. Ed. 2d 346 (1985).
A more expansive view holds that in order to be found guilty of violating the RICO statute, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt: (1) that an enterprise existed; (2) that the enterprise affected interstate commerce; (3) that the defendant was associated with or employed by the enterprise; (4) that the defendant engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity; and (5) that the defendant conducted or participated in the conduct of the enterprise through that pattern of racketeering activity through the commission of at least two acts of racketeering activity as set forth in the indictment. United States v. Phillips, 664 F. 2d 971, 1011 (5th Cir. Unit B Dec. 1981), cert. denied, 457 U.S. 1136, 102 S. Ct. 1265, 73 L. Ed. 2d 1354 (1982).
An “enterprise” is defined as including any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity, and any union or group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity. 18 U.S.C.A. § 1961(4) (West 1984). Many courts have noted that Congress mandated a liberal construction of the RICO statute in order to effectuate its remedial purposes by holding that the term “enterprise” has an expansive statutory definition. United States v. Delano, 825 F. Supp. 534, 538-39 (W.D.N.Y. 1993), aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 55 F. 3d 720 (2d Cir. 1995), cases cited therein.”
Doesn’t sending arms and hired provocateurs from state to state, crossing multiple state borders, prove violations of interstate commerce?
Can US bureaus, offices or officers be prosecuted under the RICO Statute? People like IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, or even Lois Lerner who violated the rights of innocent civilians at will? And destroyed public records in the process? To say nothing of Justice Department officials who have aided and abetted groups organizing across the country to intimidate and threaten voting citizens?
There are laws against using paid killers to assassinate anyone, let alone the President elect. Cite Soro’s funded groups for such criminality and attempted murder. Craig’s List should be charged for aiding and abetting the group’s activities.
And the myth of a free and honest media has been thoroughly exposed. The New York Times has promised to be good and start being honest. Sure, we believe that one, too. Shouldn’t people who have been slandered by the press when the media knew the information was made-up, or they doctored the reported information, be grounds for libel suits? If they willfully lie or make up stories let them holler all they want, if they deliberately manipulate the news, they deserve their fate.
Because Bear is a 4th Generation Californian transplant to Alaska, we follow a lot of the nuttiness of California politics. We have been having a lot of fun discussing what happens to the threats from both California and Portland to secede from the Union following Donald Trump’s election.
Would the proposed State of Jefferson be able to secede from Southern California and be admitted as a new state in the U.S.? Where would the exact dividing line between north and south California be? Would Northern California and Southern Oregon find the political will to actually come together and then do so? Next, how would Southern California react to such a move? How long would it take to establish new boundaries and allow for population shifts?
Would the remaining portion of the Southern California State then secede from the union? Would the area become a part of Mexico? Or would it become a new country of its own, requiring such things as its own monetary system, armed forces and passports? Who would take over its public debt? Would the people there demand Foreign Aid? Who would pay their public unions (Teachers and other public unions) retirement debts?
Would the U.S. under President Trump allow Southern California to secede? Would a wall need to be built between the two countries so no illegal aliens could enter the Regular United States? What about the 109 Indigenous Peoples Tribes? Would they stand quietly by while their lands are divided?
Did you know that 38% of all earnings from casinos run by indigenous peoples come from two states, California and Oklahoma? So, how would gaming be handled? Who would claim those funds?
Imagining such actions kept us highly entertained as we considered what the people having temper tantrums and demanding Trump be removed from the Presidency really entails. For every action Bear and I considered, we figured there would be at least five hundred to a thousand reactions. Is that what’s called “whack a mole?”
We had a good time playing like we were a big Think Tank, though.
Maybe the whole idiotic MSM and Washington cabal, including the Clintons and George Soros Enterprises, Inc. could be sent into exile and then quarantined in the New California. But I’ve often also thought a blockade and quarantine of Washington, D.C. would have a salutary effect on the rest of the nation.
We should be so lucky, but we can dream, can’t we?
What a massive clean-up job awaits America. Disinfecting a country and draining swamps ain’t easy. Bear says he’s worried about what’s hidden in the muck of the swamp.