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"Create debt. Maintain debt. Keep people in debt. Work them until they die of debt.
Courtesy of the "This day in history" service part of the NYTimes daily e-mail delivery.
In 1941, President Roosevelt chose to saddle the American population with an increased debt that, as a nation, they had not truly acquiesced to. The 14th Amendment (specifically section 4), conveniently for those brokering power and money to the rest of us, stops citizens, or even states, from contesting the validity of that debt.
Some politicians (in particular, then Senator Wheeler of Montana) attempted to point out the ulterior motivation behind the Lend-Lease bill:
And it continues today. Inescapable debt is slavery."The American taxpayer must make up his mind now that we have given the President power to carry on undeclared wars all over the world. He is probably going to have his taxes doubled and the national debt will be $100,000,000,000 instead of $65,000,000,000 if the war lasts for any length of time.
"This is what the Morgans and the other international bankers asked for and I hope they like it.
"As far as I am concerned I will make no effort to tie the hands of the President regarding the appropriations. It is up to the conservative majority in the Senate to the money. They supported the bill."
"An antiterrorist database used by the Defense Department in an effort to prevent attacks against military installations included intelligence tips about antiwar planning meetings held at churches, libraries, college campuses and other locations, newly disclosed documents show."
Reading the article further finds that many of the antiwar planning meetings are common church services, church sponsored discussion meetings, or student organized events on college campuses to distribute educational literature promoting peace and well-rounded understanding of the situations and circumstances surrounding modern day conflicts. There's no mention in the article if any of the meetings were disrupted due to action taken by local authorities prompted by contact from the defense department or from the defense department directly as a result of the entries inclusion in the military database named Talon.
When questioned about the entries, Daniel J. Baur, the acting director of the counterintelligence field activity unit responded,"I don't want it, we shouldn't have had it, not interested in it...I don't want to deal with it." That summarizes the common response all of government presents when faced with a situation in which it is responsible for a grave error or a gross overextension of its proper authority."