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Charlie Traffas has been involved in marketing, media, publishing and insurance for more than 40 years. In addition to being a fully-licensed life, health, property and casualty agent, he is also President and Owner of Chart Marketing, Inc. (CMI). CMI operates and markets several different products and services that help B2B and B2C businesses throughout the country create customers...profitably. You may contact Charlie by phone at (316) 721-9200, by e-mail at ctraffas@chartmarketing.com, or you may visit at www.chartmarketing.com.
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2013-01-02 12:27:19
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A-For the past several years I have shared with you my opinions and those of others on a myriad of domestic topics…including but not limited to the declining strength of the US Dollar as the world’s reserve currency, the presidential campaign, the economy and critically-needed tax reform. They all share a common denominator…the fiscal soundness of our country. Although it may sound terribly materialistic, I will promise you…the fiscal soundness of our country must be in place before we can ever lead the world diplomatically, politically or militarily. I just don’t see many countries paying attention to what countries like Nigeria, Finland, Greece, Italy, Venezuela, Argentina and others, that are in as deep as trouble as they are, have to say about anything. Maybe you do. Last month I shared with you a piece written by Jim Garrison, president of State of the World Forum and Wisdom University, on the Huffington Post (certainly not a “right” leaning entity), on March 21st, 2012. Garrison is the author of America as Empire and a dozen or more other books on world affairs. This article deals with one of those Executive Orders issued by President Obama that few Americans are aware of. It was issued by him in mid-March of this year (2012). It is called the National Defense Resource Preparedness. I knew about this article and its contents long before the election on November 6th, but it would have been a moot point to bring it up before President Obama was re-elected, as all Executive Orders can be rescinded by a new President. You can read this again by going to www.theqandatimes.com and clicking on Recent Issues, then clicking on December 1, 2012. I ended my article last month by saying… “There is so much going on that we know so little about. I feel all Executive Orders should be scary, for each is issued by one person, with no approval by Congress, and with no oversight…but I’ve never known any to be more scary than this one. What is Martial Law? What does it entail? With us being as close as we are to so many things that could make this order become a reality, it might be good to know. That will be my topic for next month.” Before I begin…I received several emails and calls from readers both supporting and attacking my article last month. Some of the ones attacking the article stated that my information was false, that there was in fact no such Executive Order issued by President Obama, and that I was needlessly scaring people. While I have answered each of these charges and accusations directly, let me state for everyone…all Executive Orders are issued by the President. There should be no source more credible than the White House site itself. The Executive Order that I referred to in last month’s issue is there…on the official White House site…in its entirety, signed by President Obama. You will find it by going to http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-order-national-defense-resources-preparedness. As I stated to each of them, I will also state here…I try and check everything that I include in my articles from at least two sources. Such was the case with this Executive Order. I am sure it is hard to believe that such an order exists, but it does, exactly as I have presented. I am exhausted from all of the hate and divisiveness that has occurred over the past several months. I might be the “least intelligent” one in the room, but I am surprised that now…weeks after the election…this is worse than ever. Is this really what politicians think Americans want…or what we will stand for? For how much longer? It literally makes me sick to my stomach when I have to listen to even one “jab” or “slam” from one side against the other…but now it’s an everyday occurrence, if not multiple times each day. I am providing the information below to you…not out of hate…not out of vitriol…not out of any desire to get a “pound of flesh” of any kind…but rather, for the sole purpose of informing you. Maybe you have a place to get this kind of information…maybe you do not. I have had hundreds of readers write, call, email or tell me in person they do not and they appreciate receiving it here in this publication. If this article serves no other purpose than to make you aware of things, it will be successful. Then, were I to be you, I would go check things for yourself, with sources you trust as much or more than mine. Below are the worst things that can happen under Martial Law. I have taken this information from several places. If you look to the Internet, you will have no problem finding what I found using Google search, as most all articles on Martial Law refer to the same passages. Some of these passages are attributed to and based upon some of the writings by Giordano Bruno, a 16th century Italian philosopher. Others are based upon what authors and pundits like Paul Krugman of the New York Times and others like him have written and researched. Each event below does not have to happen. Each does not have to happen to the degree described. But each event can happen. The U.S. Federal Government under both the Bush and Obama administration has made it perfectly clear that in the event of almost any major disaster scenario, including economic and environmental, they see the institution of Martial Law as not only viable, but inexorable. That’s not my word. That is their word. Inexorable means “not able to be moved by persuasion,” or “relentless.” From legislative actions like the Patriot Act and the Enemy Belligerents Act to continuity of government programs such as Rex 84 (formerly classified) and Presidential Directive PDD 51 (currently classified, even from Congress), all the precedents have been put into place to allow the Executive Branch to implement military oversight of civilian affairs, dissolution of Constitutional liberties, even the end of Miranda Rights and the right to a speedy impartial trial as protected under the Sixth Amendment. In some cases, government legislation allows for the rendition and torture of American citizens as combatants, all for the greater good, of course. Some in this country dismiss such bills and directives as abstract novelties that don’t constitute any real threat to our freedoms or to our daily life. You may too. People have a tendency to assume that the atmosphere in which we live today will remain the same tomorrow and always. Many of us never consider that dramatic, even violent change in American domestic policy, is possible on a moment’s notice. The same can happen on the global front. More than a year ago, I wrote articles over several issues about the possible fall of the US Dollar and it losing its status as the world’s reserve currency and what could happen if it did. An event such as this, or a “currency war” (where many countries, simultaneously faced with mounting debt and terrible economies, devalue their currency to prop up their exports, to make them more attractive on the global market); or an improperly-thought-out policy, issued by the administration, dealing with the terrible tragedy in Connecticut; could trigger the full or partial effects of this Executive Order…overnight. The continuity legislation now in place shows that our government, under the direction of corporate globalists, is not only prepared to implement a military lockdown of this country, they fully anticipate that such an event will occur in the future. This month I will talk about how Martial Law will most probably be presented to the citizens of the U.S., how it would likely evolve and progress, and what the ultimate end result will be. We will then talk about the two biggest problems we face in this country…and what if anything…can be done to solve them. Bruno’s philosophies state, “In the days to come, it will be good to know, tyranny does not always burst through your front door wearing body armor and brandishing an assault rifle. Sometimes, it waltzes through your living room and sweeps you off your feet. Sometimes it wears a glad mask that promises warmth and safety. Sometimes, tyranny invites you out to the ‘party’ and makes you feel like you belong. Never leave your ‘drink’ unattended around tyranny. Regardless of how apathetic the public may seem at any given moment, the majority of them at their core hate false authority backed by thuggish jackboot mentality when directly faced with it, and will not capitulate to despotism easily. That is just the way we are. Revolution is in our blood (though now slightly diluted), and it is an undeniable aspect of our national psyche.” Widespread and immediate military control of U.S. streets would be met with a fury the world has never seen. If Martial Law were ever to be achieved by the Federal Government, it would have to be presented to Americans gradually, as absolutely reasonable and necessary to their personal well being not to mention that of their families. Globalists would have to twist the reality of Martial Law into a tapestry of fuzzy logic and two dimensional rationalizations, making the action appear almost mathematically evident. They would also need a crisis on a scale nearly beyond belief. The U.S. is on the verge of many such crises. The economic health of this country is blatantly unstable, and even some mainstream analysts who called us all “fear mongers” as late as a few months ago are now reluctantly admitting that some form of collapse is probable. The financial life of America hangs by the thinnest of threads, and any moderate disaster at this stage will most definitely send it spiraling out of control. Am I trying to scare you or anyone else? No. Not at all. What incentive would I have? You might say, “To sell papers.” You would be wrong. I give them away. Actually, hot topics cost me more money than do “less than hot” ones, because of all the extra papers I print that I give away to those who call for extra copies. You say, “To hurt President Obama.” You would be wrong again. He is now my President and he will be for the next four years. Some say by the time we get to the end of his second term, he will have found a way to run for a third term. I don’t know about this. I hope this is not true because that is not the way it is supposed to be unless our Constitution is changed, but this is not what this article is about. I will say however…without any hate whatsoever…that many times I feel his actions are akin to a lab experiment. I can say this…okay? The last I checked, we still have the freedom of speech. You see, few of us would ever object to anything as long as the results are contained in a lab, for as long as they are confined they can be discussed, modified and/or changed before the “real deal” is released to the public and can cause any damage. Among the biggest problems we have today is that his “lab” is the real world. With no testing, or with results of testing that have not been successful in the past, he puts his same actions and theories out into the real world. This is most unfortunate, especially when it is accompanied by an arrogance unlike any other President we have had in the history of our country. He has already issued the Executive Order of National Defense Resource Preparedness. It is in force until it is rescinded by another President. Isn’t that something? It is the way it is going to be until another President rescinds it. There was no action by Congress. There is no oversight. It is the law…for now. However, I am not going to let my right arm get upset at my left arm and injure it. Take it to the bank…anything that hurts President Obama hurts our country. We all need him to lead now more than ever. I love our country. We all love our country. But just as you would need to be told about the possibility of the dam breaking when you live below it in the valley…and the possible ramifications if it does…you need to know about this Executive Order and what Martial Law can bring. Remember, not each of these has to happen, or happen to the degree described. But each can happen…and it is up to only one person, or a handful of people, to solely determine the cause to trigger this order. 1. Detention without charges. Expect precautionary arrests, pre-crime prosecution, warrantless no-knock home invasions and mass relocations. Should anybody believe mass relocations is a stretch, recall the forced removal of Japanese Americans from the western coastal states to inland camps. Recall Civil Defense in World War II and the Cold War was about more than blackouts and bomb shelters, it was authorized to relocate populations of whole regions should the order be given. Also expect Bills of Attainder, i.e., laws which designate criminal demographics rather than criminal activities, meaning criminalization of those parts of the citizenry they identify with dissent or opposition. 2. Confiscation of property. This includes wealth in any form: bank accounts, stock portfolios, bonds, retirement funds including 401ks, croplands, the family car, real estate…especially if adjacent to federal facilities or major bridges or power transmission nodes or international borders, or maybe if it even has a nice view some Diversity Director really likes, etc. Expect industries or entire sectors of the economy to be nationalized, railroads and power plants for example. Expect private or commercial stocks of rare earths, precious metals, fuels and such to be seized as “strategic materials.” Recall confiscation of privately held (i.e., “hoarded”) gold in the 1930s using the Trading With The Enemy Act of 1917. 3. Restricted travel. Expect a standard universal identification system, curfews, travel permits amounting to internal passports, no-travel lists, security checkpoints and a priority system for users of each mode of travel. Expect “refugees” and “domestic terrorists” being transported to “resettlement centers” to have a high priority. Parts of the interstate highway may be intermittently or permanently closed to civilians. Automobiles built before GPS devices and other self-reporting black boxes may command a premium. Expect indirect travel restrictions. Recall new automobile tires weren’t merely rationed in the US during World War II, they were unavailable, although freely sold to anybody in Canada and Mexico, and “anybody” included border state residents and black marketeers. 4. Restricted communications. Expect disinformation, anti-rumor campaigns, on-site advisors for editors and news broadcasters, and protective custody for dissident commentators. Internet access will be throttled back and conditional as will be alternative forms of communications, amateur short wave radio for instance. Some opposition sites will be covertly run by the regime as “honey pot” sting operations. Wikileaks is a likely template. During World War II it was illegal to photograph rail and seaport facilities or the like. Expect photography in formerly public areas to be presumed evidence of domestic terrorism, especially of official interactions with civilians, as will be possession or circulating such photos or videos. 5. Weapons confiscation. Expect revocation of licenses and permits, an expanded list of proscribed weapons, muzzle loaders, bows, knives, even sporting slingshots. Expect the usual confiscation tactics: amnesty collection drives, tracing ownership through registrations and vendor records of accessories purchases, incentives to inform authorities of weapons possession or ammunition trading and the like. Many “doomers” with buried weapons will be unpleasantly surprised at how public their stash really is. Zero tolerance in the schools foretells the spirit of Martial Law toward weapons. Zero tolerance originated in occupied Europe where, say, merely handling the rusted remains of a gun found among the rubble meant on-the-spot execution. 6. Centralized allocation of commodities and goods. Expect rationing of all goods, including food, clothing, fuel, water, and electricity. Expect the rationing system to be complex, ever-changing, incentivized and corrupt. Favored persons, activities and businesses will be generously supplied “in the interest of the greater good.” Anti-hoarding laws, already in place, will ensure a general improvidence and dependency. They allow citizens to stock provisions for about the same time period as the DHS recommends for emergencies, seven to ten days. Coincidence? 7. Citizen surveillance. Expect the “See something, Say something” campaign to become a fully developed citizen surveillance system along the lines of Cuba’s Rapid Action Brigades with “guidance” on reportable instances using “public service” announcements. The IRS’s “whistle blower” program may be a template for structured rewards. Participation in the black market (formerly, free market) is likely to be high on the list, including barter or transactions involving precious metals, even for otherwise legal goods or services. Expect abuse of the citizen surveillance system for personal advantage, extortion or revenge. 8. Price, wage and currency controls. Expect prices and wages to be capped and money transfers to be restricted and closely monitored. Currency is all but untraceable, look for replacement by small denomination scrip and auditable instruments similar to SNAP EBT cards for all else. The $100 bill is the largest circulating denomination precisely because it is inconveniently small for large purchases. Expect ruinous currency controls, a form of confiscation to keep wealth from accompanying its owner, used by totalitarian states to prevent escape or to impoverish dissenters when expelled. Next month, God willing, I will be back and share with you some more things relevant to this that you need to know about…regardless of your political persuasions.
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