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Homeland, Homeland! Uber Alles!


"Homeland" = North American Union?

“Homeland” = North American Union?

Senator Diane Feinstein (Dem. CA) supports and defends spying on the American people by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Below, you’ll see a 37-second video of Senator Feinstein presenting a recently “declassified chart” (right) that lists 54 terrorists “events” that have been stopped by means of the spying conducted by the National Security Agency.

Of these 54 terrorist “events,” 13 were in the “Homeland,” 25 in Europe, 5 in Africa, and 11 in Asia.

It’s interesting that of the 54 events thwarted by the National Security Agency, 41 of them (76%) occurred in Europe, Asia and Africa and therefore outside of our “Nation”.  My first thoughts are to wonder 1) Why our National Security Agency stops three times as many terrorist events from occurring outside of our “nation” as they do within our “nation”;  and 2) Why the NSA should be justified in spying on Americans if 76% of the terrorist events which the NSA stops occur in foreign countries.

Why not let the foreign countries take care of their own terrorist events?  Why must the US be the world’s policeman?

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Extraterritorial Jurisdiction


View of Capitol Hill from the U.S. Supreme Court

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Under the “The State/this state” hypothesis, the term “The State” is intended to signify any one of the 50 States of the Union (such as “The State of Texas” or “The State of Florida”).  The term “this state,” on the other hand, is intended to signify administrative districts (like “TX” or “FL”) of a singular territory that spans the entire U.S..   (For more insight into this hypothesis, see, “The States of the Union vs. The Territory” at https://adask.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/the-states-of-the-union-vs-the-territory/#more-7133).

According to the “The State/this state” hypothesis, the federal gov-co has supplanted “The States” of the Union with the administrative districts of a singular national territory.  It is believed that the feds caused this change because, under Article 1 of the federal Constitution, Congress has limited and enumerated powers with regard to “The States” of the Union, but under Article 4.3.2 of the Constitution, Congress has virtually unlimited powers over the territories.

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Washington DC Boundary Stones


Capitol Building Side

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Here’s a curious little article concerning the actual boundaries of Washington DC.  The article is interesting in the context of theories that the Zip Code and/or the “territories” have been expanded to essentially allow the federal government confined to Washington DC to exert an extra-territorial jurisdiction over the whole country.  I.e., what would happen if you established that your venue was both physical and absolutely external to the physical boundaries of Washington DC?  Could an express declaration of the physical boundaries of Washington DC enhance the strength of any lawsuits intended to keep the federal gov-co at bay?  Once those boundaries are established, what is the gov-co’s authority to exercise “extra-territorial jurisdiction” beyond those boundaries?

http://www.boundarystones.org/

 

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