STATE OF THE NATION: “The 5G Roll-Out Is Trump’s 9/11”

“The Powers That Be always see to it that every President of the United States of America has their own disastrous defining moment. George W. Bush had 9/11. Obama had the BP Gulf oil spill. Trump has the 5G roll-out. The 5G Roll-out is Trump’s 9/11. And it’s the same power elite behind 9/11 who are forcing the deployment of 5G worldwide. How can the POTUS not know about the 5G national catastrophe?! As the President of the United States, Donald Trump’s primary responsibility is to protect the American people and safeguard the territories. The 5G roll-out does the opposite; it imperils every citizen and devastates the environment. Surely, the POTUS knows this; how can he not?! One would think that President Trump’s great respect for and close relationship with Israel would prompt a question to PM Netanyahu about: Well whaddya know! No 5G for Israel!”

~State of the Nation Editor

 

The 5G Roll-out is Trump’s 9/11.

And it’s the same power elite behind 9/11 who are forcing the deployment of 5G worldwide.

How can the POTUS not know about the 5G national catastrophe?!

Truly, folks, it does not get more serious than the nationwide deployment of 5G.

President Trump has now stated — UNEQUIVOCALLY — that he’s fully supportive of the ongoing 5G roll-out. Please view the following video to apprehend his genuine enthusiasm for 5G technology and America’s pace-setting role for the world-at-large. Trump is all in with 5G; completely ignores dire heath consequences.

Trump’s 9/11

The Powers That Be always see to it that every President of the United States of America has their own disastrous defining moment.

W. Bush had 9/11. Obama had the BP Gulf oil spill. Trump has the 5G roll-out.

Each of these national calamities has (and will have) far-reaching repercussions and dire consequences that reverberate to this very day.

Although 5G has yet to be fully foisted on the American people, it’s already harming folks wherever it’s being deployed.

At the end of the day, if the 5G roll-out is completed, the USA will have been devastated in ways that only very experts really understand. In other words, no matter how much we think we know about the exceedingly dangerous 5G technology, WE STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT WE DON’T KNOW, and that’s not good. As follows:

Capstone of the New World Order

It’s of paramount importance for everyone to be aware of this factoid: 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) represent the capstone of the New World Order agenda toward the establishment of a One World Government.

In point of fact, the Internet of Things can only be fully operational when the 5G power grid is functioning at full tilt.

The IoT is central to the globalist scheme to exert total command and control over every resident of Planet Earth.

From one critical perspective, it’s not the universally feared “implanted chip” that is the prophesied “Mark of the Beast”, it’s the now ubiquitous smartphone.

TPTB knew they could not force people everywhere to submit to chip implantation so they deceitfully tricked the global population into possessing a smartphone, which never leaves their person. Quite ingenious, yes? But also diabolical to the extreme.

It’s getting impossible to do virtually anything these days without a smartphone by purposeful design — DEMONIC DESIGN!

Hence, it’s crucial to comprehend the satanic nature of the rapidly manifesting paradigm defined by the Smartphone, 5G, and the Internet of Things. Not to do so will soon mean the difference between good health and chronic illness for many; life and death for the weak, especially the children and elderly as well as the immuno-suppressed and EMF-hypersensitives.

Where’s this all going?

Well, either we are all going collectively to hell in a handbasket, or we will somehow use this unfolding cataclysm as an opportunity to take back our country from those who have stolen it.

Therefore, it’s imperative that the U.S. citizenry express their strongest intent to SHUT DOWN 5G POST HASTE.

We are really at a pivotal moment of the American Republic. Either We the People terminate 5G or 5G will terminate US.

The body politic must coalesce around this urgent mission lest we lose this precious opportunity to save ourselves from those who will do us greater harm than anyone can imagine.

Please understand that this dire matter has nothing to do with the differences between the Right and the Left; and that it has everything to do with Life and Death.

If there is one issue that ought to unify the body politic as never before, it’s the immediate shutdown of 5G across the USA.

Conclusion

As the President of the United States, Donald Trump’s primary responsibility is to protect the American people and safeguard the territories. The 5G roll-out does the opposite; it imperils every citizen and devastates the environment.

Surely, the POTUS knows this; how can he not?!

Even young schoolchildren are aware of the many safety issues associated with 4G. Parents are keeping the IT technology far away from their babies and children for fear of so many medical ailments and health conditions that are emerging more frequently.

In view of these stark realities, Trump must be held to account. His base must wake up to the fact that their lives are much more important than a political position.

“I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible.” Trump tweeted. “It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind. There is no reason that we should be lagging behind on something that is so obviously the future. I want the United States to win through competition, not by blocking more current advanced technologies. We must always be the leader in everything we do, especially when it comes to the very exciting world of technology!”

KEY POINT: One would think that President Trump’s great respect for and close relationship with Israel would prompt a question to PM Netanyahu about: Well Whaddya Know! No 5G For Israel!*

This is how Trump can be compelled to reverse his ill-fated 5G decisions. For the simple reality is that Trump will not win 2020 if he continues to advocate for the deployment of 5G. And, the more he acts like a presidential cheerleader for the disastrous 5G roll-out, the more supporters will jump off the Trump train.

The moment of truth has arrived!

BOTTOM LINE: Not only does the fate of humanity hang in the balance with 5G, the viability of the entire biosphere is now at great risk. Therefore, Mr. President, you leave us no choice!

 

*Ascension Avatar note: Most intelligent people paying attention are aware that President Trump is Israel’s puppet. Israel is now stating it plans to implement 5G sometime “between 2020 and 2023”. THINK: If the made-in-Israel 5G technology is so wonderful and NOT being used in their own country, doesn’t that set off alarm bells? Do you believe they will employ 5G after the remainder of the world is completely fried? THINK again…💡

 

 

~via State of the Nation

DERRICK BROZE: “The Problem with QAnon, David Wilcock & Alex Jones”

Derrick Broze breaks down more garbage from David Wilcock, QAnon, and Alex Jones, AND why this propaganda must be countered.

“QAnon is bunk. Government is slavery and anyone who supports it is a supporter of slavery. End of story.”

~Comment from the video thread

 

 

~via The Conscious Resistance

DERRICK BROZE: “No, Trump Did Not Nationalize The Fed!”

Derrick Broze explores the claim that Donald Trump nationalized the Federal Reserve. Where did this idea originate and why are folks falling for it?

 

“Trump is part of the criminal class. Sorry you are too asleep to see that.”

~Derrick Broze comment from video thread

 

 

~via The Conscious Resistance

THE 5G ‘APOCALYPSE NOW’ ~ State of the Nation: “Electrical Engineer Whistleblower Exposes 5G Health Hazards — Explains 5G Propagation Into Every Orifice of the Head — Part 1”

“5G propagates into your mouth and nostrils, down your throat and into your lungs. It will also propagate down your ear canals and excite your inner ear, the nerves and that entire region of your brain that is in close proximity to your inner ear. The outside of your body is being illuminated with all kinds of radiofrequency and microwave signals from DC to daylight. We know this because we can look at the FCC’s Frequency Allocation Plan and see that there aren’t any unused frequencies below 20 GHz. No one has ever asked: what is the cumulative effect of being illuminated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Answer: Who knows! In America, it is ‘SAFE’ until PROVEN UNSAFE. Not only are we literally being heated by radiofrequency and microwave energy sources, we are also being fed GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in our food. Is our government really looking out for us? Who on God’s green earth are they representing? Answer: THE MONEY.”

~Anonymous Radiofrequency/ Microwave/ Millimeter-Wave Engineer

 

SOTN Editor’s Note: Our readership has been waiting for this conclusive exposé since the nationwide 5G roll-out was first announced years ago. Truly, it doesn’t get any more compelling and authoritative than the following revelations about 5G and how it really affects the human body. This exclusive submission is only the first in a series of highly consequential disclosures made by an industry deep insider who is currently working as a credentialed Radiofrequency/Microwave/Millimeter-Wave Engineer (for 25-plus years). Hence, this excellent introduction to 5G science is as accurate as the graphic depiction of 5G technology that follows. Our deep appreciation for this outstanding analysis. Can 5G cause flu-like symptoms and can it be used to activate the Coronavirus?

 

Submitted by a Radiofrequency/ Microwave/ Millimeter-Wave Engineer

Before we begin, let’s look at what 5G is. 5G is the fifth generation of cellular communications. 1G was deployed in the 1980’s and it was those old-school phones that only very wealthy people had. These phones were about 6” x 6” x 12”, plus or minus a few inches. Many of the people who used these phones a lot had a region in their brain the size of a walnut that had been literally cooked. 2G came after that. 3G is the old-school flip phones from the early 2000’s, then 4G and 4G LTE came along. 5G is the next generation of cellular communications that is rolling out worldwide. 4G LTE offers 10s of Megabits per second (Mbps) where as 5G offers 100s of Mbps and into the Gigabits per second (Gbps). What does this get you? You are now able to stream high-resolution video over your cellular network.

There are multiple variants of 5G being deployed around the world. 5G in China has the data encoded on a 28 GHz microwave carrier. 5G in Europe is supposed to operate on a 28 GHz carrier. Verizon wants to be like the rest of the world and operate at 28 GHz. The FCC recently auctioned off 37 GHz, 39 GHz and 47 GHz for use in 5G applications. AT&T wants to operate on 39 GHz. T-Mobile has launched their version of 5G on a 400 MHz carrier.

You are probably confused by all of this and there is solid engineering rationale behind all of this. Let’s start with a simple calculation, wavelength and what wavelength is for some common radiofrequency, microwave and millimeter-wave frequencies.

λ = v/f

λ = Wavelength

v = speed of light in vacuum = 3 x 108 meters/s

f = frequency

Example 1:

Determine the wavelength at 400 MHz.

λ = v/f = 3 x 108 m/s / 400 x 106 Hz = 0.75 meters = 29.5 inches

Example 2:

Determine the wavelength at 850 MHz (Cellular).

λ = v/f = 3 x 108 m/s / 850 x 106 Hz = 0.353 meters = 13.9 inches

Example 3:

Determine the wavelength at 1.5 GHz (Global Positioning System or GPS).

λ = v/f = 3 x 108 m/s / 1.5 x 109 Hz = 0.2 meters = 7.87 inches

Example 4:

Determine the wavelength at 2 GHz (Close proximity to many 4G LTE Bands).

λ = v/f = 3 x 108 m/s / 2.0 x 109 Hz = 0.15 meters = 5.9 inches

Example 5:

Determine the wavelength at 2.45 GHz (WiFi, first resonant frequency of a water molecule/ operating frequency of a microwave oven).

λ = v/f = 3 x 108 m/s / 2.45 x 109 Hz = 0.122 meters = 4.8 inches

Example 6:

Determine the wavelength at 5 GHz (WiFi upper band).

λ = v/f = 3 x 108 m/s / 5 x 109 Hz = 0.06 meters = 2.36 inches

Example 7:

Determine the wavelength at 14 GHz (Approximate Satellite TV and Internet).

λ = v/f = 3 x 108 m/s / 14 x 109 Hz = 0.021 meters = 0.843 inches

Example 8:

Determine the wavelength at 28 GHz (5G in China, Europe, Verizon).

λ = v/f = 3 x 108 m/s / 28 x 109 Hz = 10.7 millimeters = 0.421 inches

Example 9:

Determine the wavelength at 39 GHz (AT&T 5G).

λ = v/f = 3 x 108 m/s / 39 x 109 Hz = 7.7 millimeters = 0.303 inches

Example 10:

Determine the wavelength at 60 GHz (WiFi, Unlicensed Frequency Band).

λ = v/f = 3 x 108 m/s / 60 x 109 Hz = 5 millimeters = 0.303 inches

Example 11:

Determine the wavelength at 90 GHz (Crowd Control machine that makes skin feel like it’s on fire).

λ = v/f = 3 x 108 m/s / 90 x 109 Hz = 3.3 millimeters = 0.13 inches

What is wavelength? It is the length of the electromagnetic wave. From examples 1 through 11, we can see that as we increase frequency the wavelength gets smaller. In general, the longer the wavelength the deeper it will penetrate into your body. The shorter the wavelength the less it will penetrate. 90 GHz penetrates to a depth that makes your skin feel like it’s on fire. T-Mobile’s 400 MHz 5G has a long wavelength that will penetrate very deep into your body. Everything else is somewhere in between. Human blood is very good at converting radiofrequency, microwave and millimeter waves into heat. This is the basic premise on which many medical devices work.

These waves will undoubtedly induce currents into nerves, since they are ultimately conductors. We can only speculate what the outcome may be, but the possibilities are near infinite. Anxiety, insomnia, depression, ADHD are all neurological. Disrupting nerve signals and replacing them with radiofrequency waves may also cause things like Irritable bowel syndrome and all of these “new diseases” that have emerged in the last 10 or 20 years.

Let’s summarize what we have learned so far.

• Lower frequencies have longer wavelengths that penetrate deep.

• Higher frequencies have shorter wavelengths that do not penetrate deep.

Before we get into specifics about 5G and the coronavirus, let’s first talk about how you can protect yourself from these radiofrequency, microwave and millimeter waves. Do not attempt to use metal except in limited applications and circumstances. You can inadvertently set up a cavity resonance by using metal and generate very strong fields and make things worse. There is also a 7.83 Hz field that exists everywhere in the universe. If you isolate a person from this field by using a thick steel Faraday Cage you will die in about 3 to 4 weeks. Please don’t try this at home and, if you do, you were forewarned. If you must completely isolate yourself, an earth-mound house or a house built into the side of a mountain is much safer. It is far better to convert the waves to heat.

Carbon impregnated foam is known to be one of the best and most cost-effective ways to convert radiofrequency, microwave and millimeter waves into heat. Once converted to heat, there is no wave. Use carbon-loaded foam if you can. More is better, but you eventually run into practical limitations. Make sure you do not build perfect square and rectangles to avoid cavity resonances. Alternatively, drywall, wood, fiberglass insulation, books, furniture, mattresses, common glass and all sorts of other common stuff will convert radiofrequency, microwave and millimeter waves into heat. Remember, lower frequencies penetrate deeper and need more thickness than higher frequencies. 5G operating at 28 GHz is stopped dead in its tracks by drywall, especially at a humidity level of 55% or 60%. T-Mobile 400 MHz 5G penetrates deep and blasts right through your house and everything in it. This is why it “travels farther and delivers the strongest signal”.

If 5G 28 GHz doesn’t penetrate deep into the body, how can they get 5G to activate the coronavirus that is in your lungs?

5G PROPAGATES INTO YOUR MOUTH AND NOSTRILS, DOWN YOUR THROAT AND INTO YOUR LUNGS. IT WILL ALSO PROPAGATE DOWN YOUR EAR CANALS AND EXCITE YOUR INNER EAR, THE NERVES AND THAT ENTIRE REGION OF YOUR BRAIN THAT IS IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO YOUR INNER EAR.

In example 8, we determined that the wavelength of a 28 GHz microwave data carrier is 10.7 millimeters or 0.421 inches. This small wavelength will propagate through your mouth and nose openings and into your lungs, where there will be small microwave fields and currents. There will also be a lot of heat generated in this process because blood readily converts microwave fields into heat. We are going to analyze this and demonstrate that, yes, this really happens using state of the art microwave field analysis software.

I am sure you are freaking out by now and saying, “OMG, how can I stop this from happening to me?” So, before we get started on the technical deep dive, let’s discuss a simple solution about how to stop this.

This is the one instance where we advocate using metal. You can get one of those handy-dandy dust masks that everyone is wearing and cover it with some kind of metalized cloth. Copper Compression Socks can be used for this purpose. A single layer of Copper Compression Sock material covering your mouth, nose and ears will greatly reduce the 28 GHz field and offer a lot of protection. Do not wrap the cloth around the back of your head. Creating a metalized cylinder offers the opportunity to create cavity resonances, and your head will happen to be in the middle of the resonator. This is bad and we want to avoid this. Use enough to be effective and no more. Brick walls, foliage, shrubs, forest, drywall, carbon-impregnated foam are all known to stop 28 GHz microwave fields dead in their tracks. Use everything to your advantage. The main thing is if you know where the 28 GHz antennas are, you want to keep something between yourself and it to the maximum extent possible. 28 GHz fields do not penetrate automotive glass very well and you are safe to drive by one. Make sure the windows are rolled up and you will be fine.

Lets’ start with the outside of the body and then we will move onto the mouth, nose, throat and lungs. Many of the 5G deployments are using Phased Array technology. This means you can focus a lot of power into a very small area and steer it to follow a person. You can also “track” multiple people at the same time. There are 2 microwave energy sources in this situation, the cell tower transmitter and your smartphone. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) Standard C95.1-2005 states that a maximum Power Density of 10 milliWatts/ square centimeter is the maximum power density one should be exposed to. This is for 9 minutes for every 24 hours.

Now think about your cellphone. It contains a 500-milliwatt transmitter and we can assume it broadcasts out of an area that is approximately 1 cm x 3 cm area, meaning the power density is 166.67 mW/cm2. When your smartphone is against your head, the power density is 16 times higher than that recommended by the IEEE!!! Even if we assume the energy is divided equally among 5 sides of your smart phone, that is still 166.67 mW/cm2 / 5 = 33 mW / cm2 which is 3 times higher than that recommended by the IEEE. The IEEE Limit is the maximum exposure limit for a 9-minute total in a 24-hour period! If half of this is transmitted into your brain, which it is, it is still about 15 mW/ cm2 or 1.5 times the IEEE Limit! We haven’t done any real math, only rough calculations and we can see that smartphone use is not looking that safe, since it is going against the recommendations of the world’s most knowledgeable body of radiofrequency, microwave and millimeter wave communications.

The outside of your body is being illuminated with all kinds of radiofrequency and microwave signals from DC to daylight. We know this because we can look at the FCC’s Frequency Allocation Plan and see that there aren’t any unused frequencies below 20 GHz. No one has ever asked: what is the cumulative effect of being illuminated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Answer: Who knows! In America, it is ‘SAFE’ until PROVEN UNSAFE. Not only are we literally being heated by radiofrequency and microwave energy sources, we are also being fed GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in our food. Is our government really looking out for us? Who on God’s green earth are they representing? Answer: THE MONEY.*

After a few detours we are now ready to start looking at how a 28 GHz microwave signal propagates down into your mouth and down your throat into your lungs. In our next article we are going to use a high-quality 3-Dimensional Electromagnetic Field Solver to analyze this and present results. We will start with a simple case and move into more complex problems. The first case will be a simple 1” long cylinder of sea water (saline solution) that is 0.3” inside diameter and 0.4” outer diameter to approximate the ear canal. We can then define the cylinder as blood and see how much signal gets to the bottom of the ear canal, as well as how much gets turned into heat along the way.

 

* Ascension Avatar note: Money, along with the Negative Alien Agenda! Follow Lisa Renee HERE

 

 

 

~via State of the Nation

JOHN W. WHITEHEAD: “The Attack on Civil Liberties in the Age of COVID-19”

You can always count on the government to take advantage of a crisis, legitimate or manufactured.

This coronavirus pandemic is no exception.

Not only are the federal and state governments unraveling the constitutional fabric of the nation with lockdown mandates that are sending the economy into a tailspin and wreaking havoc with our liberties, but they are also rendering the citizenry fully dependent on the government for financial handouts, medical intervention, protection and sustenance.

Unless we find some way to rein in the government’s power grabs, the fall-out will be epic.

Everything I have warned about for years — government overreach, invasive surveillance, martial law, abuse of powers, militarized police, weaponized technology used to track and control the citizenry, and so on — has coalesced into this present moment.

The government’s shameless exploitation of past national emergencies for its own nefarious purposes pales in comparison to what is presently unfolding.

Deploying the same strategy it used with 9/11 to acquire greater powers under the USA Patriot Act, the police state — a.k.a. the shadow government, a.k.a. the Deep State — has been anticipating this moment for years, quietly assembling a wish list of lockdown powers that could be trotted out and approved at a moment’s notice.

It should surprise no one, then, that the Trump Administration has asked Congress to allow it to suspend parts of the Constitution whenever it deems it necessary during this coronavirus pandemic and “other” emergencies.

It’s that “other” emergencies part that should particularly give you pause, if not spur you to immediate action (by action, I mean a loud and vocal, apolitical, nonpartisan outcry and sustained, apolitical, nonpartisan resistance).

In fact, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been quietly trotting out and testing a long laundry list of terrifying powers that override the Constitution.

We’re talking about lockdown powers at both the federal and state level: the ability to suspend the Constitution, indefinitely detain American citizens, bypass the courts, quarantine whole communities or segments of the population, override the First Amendment by outlawing religious gatherings and assemblies of more than a few people, shut down entire industries and manipulate the economy, muzzle dissidents, “stop and seize any plane, train or automobile to stymie the spread of contagious disease,” reshape financial markets, create a digital currency (and thus further restrict the use of cash), determine who should live or die…

You’re getting the picture now, right?

These are powers the police state would desperately like to make permanent.

Bear in mind, however, that these powers the Trump Administration, acting on orders from the police state, are officially asking Congress to recognize and authorize barely scratch the surface of the far-reaching powers the government has already unilaterally claimed for itself.

Unofficially, the police state has been riding roughshod over the rule of law for years now without any pretense of being reined in or restricted in its power grabs by Congress, the courts or the citizenry.

This current pandemic is a test to see whether the Constitution — and our commitment to the principles enshrined in the Bill of Rights — can survive a national crisis and true state of emergency.

Here’s what we know: whatever the so-called threat to the nation — whether it’s civil unrest, school shootings, alleged acts of terrorism, or the threat of a global pandemic in the case of COVID-19 — the government has a tendency to capitalize on the nation’s heightened emotions, confusion and fear as a means of extending the reach of the police state.

This coronavirus epidemic, which has brought China’s Orwellian surveillance out of the shadows and caused Italy to declare a nationwide lockdown threatens to bring the American Police State out into the open on a scale we’ve not seen before.

Every day brings a drastic new set of restrictions by government bodies (most have been delivered by way of executive orders) at the local, state and federal level that are eager to flex their muscles for the so-called “good” of the populace.

This is where we run the risk of this whole fly-by-night operation going completely off the rails.

It’s one thing to attempt an experiment in social distancing in order to flatten the curve of this virus because we can’t afford to risk overwhelming the hospitals and exposing the most vulnerable in the nation to unavoidable loss of life scenarios. However, there’s a fine line between strongly worded suggestions for citizens to voluntarily stay at home and strong-armed house arrest orders with penalties in place for non-compliance.

More than three-quarters of all Americans have now been ordered to stay at home and that number is growing as more states fall in line.

Schools have canceled physical classes, many for the remainder of the academic year.

Many of the states have banned gatherings of more than 10 people.

At least three states (Nevada, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania) have ordered non-essential businesses to close.

In Washington, DC, residents face 90 days in jail and a $5,000 fine if they leave their homes during the coronavirus outbreak. Residents of Maryland, Hawaii and Washington state also risk severe penalties of up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine for violating the stay-at-home orders. Violators in Alaska could face jail time and up to $25,000 in fines.

Kentucky residents are prohibited from traveling outside the state, with a few exceptions.

New York City, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., is offering its Rikers Island prisoners $6 an hour to help dig mass graves.

In San Francisco, cannabis dispensaries were included among the essential businesses allowed to keep operating during the city-wide lockdown.

New Jersey’s governor canceled gatherings of any number, including parties, weddings and religious ceremonies, and warned the restrictions could continue for weeks or months. One city actually threatened to prosecute residents who spread false information about the virus.

Oregon banned all nonessential social and recreational gatherings, regardless of size.

Rhode Island has given police the go-ahead to pull over anyone with New York license plates to record their contact information and order them to self-quarantine for 14 days.

South Carolina’s police have been empowered to break up any public gatherings of more than three people.

Of course, there are exceptions to all of these stay-at-home orders (in more than 30 states and counting), the longest of which runs until June 10. Essential workers (doctors, firefighters, police and grocery store workers) can go to work. Everyone else will have to fit themselves into a variety of exceptions in order to leave their homes: for grocery runs, doctor visits, to get exercise, to visit a family member, etc.

Throughout the country, more than 14,000 “Citizen-Soldiers” of the National Guard have been mobilized to support the states and the federal government in their fight against the coronavirus.

Thus far, we have not breached the Constitution’s crisis point: martial law has yet to be overtly imposed (although an argument could be made to the contrary given the militarized nature of the American police state).

It’s just a matter of time before all hell breaks loose.

If this is not the defining point at which we cross over into all-out totalitarianism, then it is at a minimum a test to see how easily we will surrender.

Generally, the government has to show a compelling state interest before it can override certain critical rights such as free speech, assembly, press, search and seizure, etc. Most of the time, it lacks that compelling state interest, but it still manages to violate those rights, setting itself up for legal battles further down the road.

These lockdown measures — on the right of the people to peaceably assemble, to travel, to engage in commerce, etc. — unquestionably restrict fundamental constitutional rights, which might pass muster for a short period of time, but can it be sustained for longer stretches legally?

That’s the challenge before us, of course, if these days and weeks potentially stretch into months-long quarantines.

Battlefield America: The War on the American PeopleAt the moment, the government believes it has a compelling interest — albeit a temporary one — in restricting gatherings, assemblies and movement in public in order to minimize the spread of this virus.

The key point is this: while we may tolerate these restrictions on our liberties in the short term, we should never fail to be on guard lest these one-time constraints become a slippery slope to a total lockdown mindset.

What we must guard against, more than ever before, is the tendency to become so accustomed to our prison walls — these lockdowns, authoritarian dictates, and police state tactics justified as necessary for national security—that we allow the government to keep having its way in all things, without any civic resistance or objections being raised.

Most of all, don’t be naïve: the government will use this crisis to expand its powers far beyond the reach of the Constitution.

That’s how it starts.

Travel too far down that slippery slope, and there will be no turning back.

As I make clear in my book “Battlefield America: The War on the American People,” if you wait to speak out — stand up — and resist until the government’s lockdowns impact your freedoms personally, it could be too late.

Just because we’re fighting an unseen enemy in the form of a virus doesn’t mean we have to relinquish every shred of our humanity, our common sense, or our freedoms to a nanny state that thinks it can do a better job of keeping us safe.

Whatever we give up willingly now — whether it’s basic human decency, the ability to manage our private affairs, the right to have a say in how the government navigates this crisis, or the few rights still left to us that haven’t been disemboweled in recent years by a power-hungry police state — we won’t get back so easily once this crisis is past.

The government never cedes power willingly.

Neither should we.

 

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John W. Whitehead is a constitutional attorney, author and founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His book “Battlefield America: The War on the American People” is available online at http://www.amazon.com. Whitehead can be contacted at johnw@rutherford.org. Information about The Rutherford Institute is available at http://www.rutherford.org.

 

~via MintPress News