Cheryl Chumley — IRS, DOJ Slapdown: One Small Step for 4th Amendment

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How can anyone know asset forfeiture laws are in place and then turn around and claim that “we” live in a “free country?” We do NOT! We live in a Police State.–jtl, 419

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Illuminism,Spiritualism, And Apostasy (one big and unhappy family)


by Al Benson Jr.

In the last article I did dealing with this unholy mess that has contributed so much to the downfall of this country I dealt with the Abolitionists and their internationalist (Illuminist) worldview. I noted how the abolition of slavery was just one small step for them in their real quest–world government.

One notable area (as if to prove the anti-Christian nature of all this) that many abolitionists got into was the Spiritualist Movement that seems to have entered this country in, guess what year, 1848.

In her book Radical Spirits author Ann Braude, who seems to have no problem with any of this, noted on page 27 that: “Every notable progressive family of the nineteenth century had its advocate of Spiritualism, some of them more than one. Anna Blackwell, eldest and most radical sibling of pioneer doctors Elizabeth and Emily and abolitionists Henry and Sam, adopted…

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What If the Fix Was In?

Source: What If the Fix Was In?

What what would we do about it? My best guess, nothing, absolutely nothing. — jtl, 419

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Cops Kill 8 Times More Americans

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NWV News — California to indoctrinate 7-year-old school children with new ‘LGBT’ curriculum

Source: NWV News — California to indoctrinate 7-year-old school children with new ‘LGBT’ curriculum

Any parent who allows his/her child(ren) to attend one of those child prisons should be charged with child abuse. — jtl, 419

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Thin blue line the bane of liberty

Police power is government power and vice versa. Government by definition, by nature, by history and by practical existence is police power. Government would not and could not exist without police power. When governments lose their police power, they collapse, as I explained in “Police power is the foundation of the state.”

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)It is amazing how many people there are out there when it comes to cognitive dissonance regarding police. They claim to distrust big government  yet they worship the military and police and regard them as “heroes” when, in reality, they are the symbol of big government, tyranny and loss of liberty.

Watch the video at the end. If there is any such thing as a frying pan hell, the bastard with the shotgun earned himself a front row seat. — jtl, 419


The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2)  Elbridge Gerry, in a debate in the House of Representatives in 1789, called a standing army “the bane of liberty.”

The U.S. is now almost 76 years into a period of a continuous standing army (the draft was instituted in 1940), 45 years into the “War on Drugs” declared by Richard Nixon, and 26 years into what has come to be a perpetual war. The signs of the effects of these “wars” and the resulting “standing army” are all around and assaulting us daily.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3) Few subjects cost me as many “friends” and readers — among law-and-order conservatives, especially — as when I point out the abusive and tyrannical nature of police power and the LEO (legally entitled to oppress) class. Doing so inevitably results in all manner of vitriol, scorn, contumely and calumny hurled my way — as well as threats to unsubscribe.

Combat Shooter's HandbookBoth law-and-order conservatives and progressive/statists suffer from cognitive dissonance regarding police. Conservatives claim to eschew and distrust big, tyrannical government, yet nothing symbolizes big government, tyranny and loss of liberty than the military and LEOs, whom conservatives hail as heroes. Progressive/statists love big government and trust government implicitly as being beatific, and then seem to think of the police as the Gestapo and the military as baby killers. Some of them are now calling for police forces to be disbanded.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute Police power is government power and vice versa. Government by definition, by nature, by history and by practical existence is police power. Government would not and could not exist without police power. When governments lose their police power, they collapse, as I explained in “Police power is the foundation of the state.”

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsThere are now dozens of Federal police forces, none of which are sanctioned by the U.S. Constitution, not that the Constitution matters in Washington, or much of anywhere else anymore, for that matter. Beyond Homeland Security, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, even the Departments of Education, Departments of Agriculture and the Federal Reserve have armed and militarized police forces. But our focus today is on state and local police.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewThe increasing number of instances of police shooting civilians (1,208 in 2015, up from 773 in 2013, and already 581 in 2016) and militaristic police responses when making arrests, carrying out drug raids and in response to protests in places like Ferguson, Missouri, are proof that the so-called “thin blue line” is becoming increasingly militant and increasingly militarized and is the bane of liberty.

Police have morphed from the quaint notion that they were once “peace officers” into the reality that they are “law enforcers.” But as occasional Personal Liberty,® contributor William Norman Grigg points out, policing was militarized from the start. LEOs see it as their job to “enforce” the law no matter what it takes and no matter how ridiculous the law may be, or even regardless of whether the law actually exists. Most of the laws they enforce are victimless crimes (traffic laws, pedestrian laws, gun possession, prostitution, drug use, etc.) with laws forbidding those acts created to serve as revenue streams for local government and/or to steal the people’s liberties.

If there’s no actual law to enforce, police often  make one or more up out of thin air, claiming that innocuous activities like watching or videotaping police activities — including arrests on public streets,  walking in certain neighborhoods, parking on certain streets, putting trash in trash cans and misbehaving in school — are crimes. And if they determine that you are carrying too much cash or that anything you have can be considered “contraband,” they just seize it, often without even charging you with a crime.

They can and often will deliberately lie to you or manipulate you in order to trick you into confessing to some crime. And they often use blackmail against people they’ve “caught” in a “crime” in order to turn them into informants or worse. There are even instances of this being done with minors without their parents’ knowledge or consent, see here, here, here and here.

And that police are often decked out in full military gear – black or camouflage uniforms, helmets, flack vests and tactical boots and armed with military weapons, including RPGs – indicates they are prepared to use whatever force is necessary to “enforce” the “law.”

While the vilest offenders are SWAT teams who batter down doors in the middle of the night and throw flashbang grenades into babies’ cribs, little girls’ rooms and old lady’s living rooms under the guise of prosecuting the “War on Drugs,” even regular patrol officers now become violent at the least provocation. Thanks to YouTube and similar content-sharing sites, more of these incidents are coming to light. However, capturing video of these incidents has put the videographer at risk from the police, who often unlawfully and forcibly take the phone or camera and erase its contents or remove its memory card.

It’s not unusual for the videographer to be roughed up and/or threatened with arrest or actually arrested in the process. A list of recent incidences of police brutality and other police misconduct can be read at sites like CATO’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project,   CounterCurrent News and Cop Block. Those sites are populated with new instances daily. We also highlight them from time to time here. Those who claim police abuse incidents are isolated and rare are propagandized and deceiving themselves – or lying on behalf of the police state.

Two years ago I reported about how local law enforcement was becoming more dangerous thanks to surplus military equipment and federal government policy making such equipment available almost free to local and state governments. But one stipulation of receiving the military equipment is that it must be used to “fight crime.”

I could find no direct statistics on the number of veterans becoming police officers, but increasingly, ranks of the local police forces are being populated by former or current military. That was accelerated beginning in 2012 under the Department of JustUs’ COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) funding program requiring that all patrol openings on local police forces be filled by veterans with at least 180 days of active duty since 9/11. That program lasted three years. And many agencies still give preference to veterans in hiring practices by adding extra points to entry exams and through other means.

Some people see military service as a direct path into law enforcement careers. And almost all people moving from military to the ranks of LEOs are now “combat veterans,” given that we have been at war during the entire lifetimes of those in their early- to mid-20s that are now entering the workforce.

An article on discusses whether the transition from military to police is a “natural transition.” Sentiment among combat veterans was mixed, with some saying “the profession is the least suitable career choice for veterans who are still working out emotional issues from deployments. And some veterans consider a career in law enforcement because they consider it one of the few viable options in a challenging job market.”

However, police continue to actively recruit veterans, according to

Veterans face challenges that civilians do not. Some are unsure how to express to potential employers how skills learned in the military translate to the civilian job market. Some return with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury and wonder if those conditions will be a deal-breaker if they reveal them when interviewing for a job.

So the notion of taking military skills to a civilian agency that has a similar structure can be appealing. And that’s a two-way street. Several job fairs for veterans have been held in the Bay Area over the past few months. They all seem to feature multiple law enforcement agencies looking to hire.

“The veterans we’re trying to reach out to, they have the set of skills, the discipline and the training where they would easily transition from the military to civilian law enforcement,” said San Francisco police Officer Gregory Pak, who manned an information table at a Hiring Our Heroes job fair in Walnut Creek in April, and on the USS Hornet in Alameda in August. “It’s a win-win.”

And according to

Vets bring bona fide decision-making experience and solid leadership skills to the police ranks. And there’s strong evidence that many police departments are realizing the value of veterans when looking to hire the best candidates for the job. Many recruiters know that a police force diversified with college-educated officers, military veteran officers, and some who have both been to college and to war is a win for everyone.

What is their skill set? Military people are trained to kill people and break things. They are trained that there is the enemy and there is “us,” and the enemy is trying to kill “us.” That fosters an us vs. them attitude that is not conducive to “peace keeping” but is quite conducive to “enforcing,” and is likely behind much of the abusive attitude LEOs exhibit toward civilians.

And it’s not just civilians being abused by police. Studies have found that at least 40 percent of police officer families experience domestic violence. In other words, police are about four times more likely to abuse their spouses and children than the general population. If they so easily abuse their loved ones, it’s no surprise they so readily abuse people they do not know.

And history has shown that fellow officers more often than not look the other way or outright cover for their fellow officers who are engaged in wrongdoing and overt crimes. Even officers who don’t participate or who object to the unethical or illegal deeds of their fellow LEOs are loath to stop or report bad behavior, either out of “police loyalty” or for fear of retaliation.

Police enjoy qualified immunity, but they also enjoy almost total immunity from abusing citizens, as a report in The Washington Post found. LEOs often aren’t held accountable for their crimes because the police, district attorneys and judges enjoy a special relationship in that they are on the same “side” in most cases; and because the American public sitting on juries has been propagandized into believing that cops are paragons of virtue who put their lives on the line in deadly situations daily to stand between the vast marauding criminal element (and Muslim terrorists) and the people.

The black lives matter crowd claiming racism is behind police abuse incidents are both right and wrong. More whites than blacks are killed by police by a ratio of almost 2 to 1, but blacks make up only 17 percent of the population. But it’s likely not racism behind the disparity, but the “War on Drugs” and government social programs that have destroyed black families and job opportunities for blacks, resulting in them being driven into the drug and gang culture that naturally exposes them to more confrontations with police.

Finally, we come to the extrajudicial killing of the Dallas police shooting suspect. Chief David Brown is being hailed by those on the “right” for his response in the wake of the carnage. We are told that, after a couple hours of “negotiation” with the suspect, Brown gave the ultimatum for the suspect to “surrender or be killed.” This is a mirror of the Barack Obama policy of drone bombing “terror suspects” without judicial process.

Americans still have Constitutional protections guaranteed under the 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments that the shooting suspect was not afforded by Brown’s action. If media reports are to be believed, the suspect had been cornered and trapped, and he could have been waited out or flushed out and subdued. Instead, he was bombed by an armed robot. Brown served as judge, jury and executioner.

When police chiefs and other LEOs shoot and beat to death subdued suspects and/or those who aren’t posing an immediate threat to them or others, they have likewise become the judge, jury and executioner. They have become the law. And in doing so they have destroyed the rule of law and liberty.

Until people – especially “law-and-order” conservatives — understand this, people and LEOs will continue to die.

Update: This was written prior to the attack on police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday. We condemn in the strongest possible terms unjustified and unnecessary violence and aggressive action against police officers as we do against the public.

Editor’s note: Having written on this subject many times, I know the questions that will arise, so I will answer some of them in advance. One is, “Livingston, what’s your answer?” Knowing it will be mostly be dismissed out of hand because of normalcy bias, the answer is private security. See here, here and here. Here is another possible solution, though I disagree with the idea of federal involvement. Another is, “So Livingston, who are you gonna call when you get robbed?” Because I have no other options, if I call anyone it will likely be police. But hopefully it is to report there is a subdued robber in my home who needs picked up. I would not expect them to arrive in time to thwart the robber, nor would I expect them to find the stolen goods if the robber escapes, as there is less than a 1 in 5 chance they will do so. Another will certainly be, “So Livingston, you advocate shooting cops?” That question is stupid on its face. I do not advocate or endorse offensive violence in any form. Nor do I think all cops are bad people. There are certainly many police officers with good and honest hearts who become police officers with noble reasons. But when LEOs enforce tyrannical laws just because they are laws, or if they “look away” when their fellow officers cross the line, they no longer have good and honest hearts but become part of the system. And liberty-stealing laws passed by the political class are nothing more than “sound and bluster” and ink on paper without the LEO class to enforce them.  Take for instance the  unconstitutional gun laws being passed and enforced in California, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, etc. LEOs who enforce such laws do not have “good and honest” hearts or noble motives. –BL


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Illuminists, Abolitionists, Spiritualists and Apostates (and they’re all related)


by Al Benson Jr.

Just recently I have written about the Illuminati, founded on May 1, 1776 in Bavaria by Adam Weishaupt. It was and is an anti-Christian organization, one of the main functions of which was to destroy Christianity and overthrow legitimate government (not what we have today).  I noted that many historians claim this organization pretty much died out in the early 1800s and was never a serious problem after that. I wonder who taught these historians that. The evidence seems to give the lie to that convenient (for the Illuminati) little theory.

In his book To The Victor Go The Myths And Monuments Arthur Thompson, CEO of the John Birch Society noted: “A popular opinion in the early 1800s was that the abolitionists were agents of England, and there were a few who viewed them as an extension of the Illuminati. The masthead of the Liberator, William…

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This was originally written over 30 years ago but is more pertinent today than it was then–and growing more important with each passing day. From it has sprung “Open Source Warfare” which is the strategy/tactic that has (and continues to) kicked the most powerful military in the world’s collective ass. Read and learn. — jtl, 419 



The concept of Leaderless Resistance was proposed by Col. Ulius Louis Amoss, who was the founder of International Service of Information Incorporated, located in Baltimore, Maryland. Col. Amoss died more than fifteen years ago, but during his life was a tireless opponent of communism, as well as a skilled Intelligence Officer. Col. Amoss first wrote of  The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsLeaderless Resistance on April 17, 1962. His theories of organization were primarily directed against the threat of eventual Communist take-over in the United States. The present writer, with the benefit of having lived many years beyond Col. Amoss, has taken his theories and expounded upon them. Col. Amoss feared the Communists. This author fears the federal government. Communism now represents a threat to no one in the United States, while federal tyranny represents a threat to everyone . The writer has joyfully lived long enough to see the dying breaths of communism, but may, unhappily, remain long enough to see the last grasps of freedom in America.

Combat Shooter's Handbook In the hope that, somehow, America can still produce the brave sons and daughters necessary to fight off ever increasing persecution and oppression, this essay is offered. Frankly, it is too close to call at this point. Those who love liberty, and believe in freedom enough to fight for it are rare today, but within the bosom of every once great nation, there remains secreted, the pearls of former greatness. They are there. I have looked into their sparking eyes; sharing a brief moment in time with them as I passed through this life. Relished their friendship, endured their pain, and they mine. We are a band of brothers, native to the soil gaining strength one from another as we have rushed head long into a battle that all the weaker, timid men, say we can not win. Perhaps…but then again, perhaps we can. It’s not over till the last freedom fighter is buried or imprisoned, or the same happens to those who would destroy their freedom.

Barring any cataclysmic events, the struggle will yet go on for years. The passage of time will make it clear to even the more slow among us that the government is the foremost threat to the life, and liberty of the folk. The government will no doubt make today’s oppressiveness look like grade school work compared to what they have planned in the future. Meanwhile, there are those of us who continue to hope that somehow the few can do what the many have not. We are cognizant that before things get better they will certainly get worse as government shows a willingness to use ever more severe police state measures against dissidents. This changing situation makes it clear that those who oppose state repression must be prepared to alter, adapt, and modify their behavior, strategy, and tactics as circumstances warrant. Failure to consider new methods and implement them as necessary will make the government’s efforts at suppression uncomplicated. It is the duty of every patriot to make the tyrant’s life miserable. When one fails to do so he not only fails himself, but his people.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteWith this in mind, current methods of resistance to tyranny employed by those who love our race, culture, and heritage must pass a litmus test of soundness. Methods must be objectively measured as to their effectiveness, as well as to whether they make the government’s intention of repression more possible or more difficult. Those not working to aid our objectives must be discarded or the government benefits from our failure to do so.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1) The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)   As honest men who have banded together into groups or associations of a political or religious nature are falsely labeled “domestic terrorists” or “cultists” and suppressed, it will become necessary to consider other methods of organization–or as the case may very well call for: non-organization. One should keep in mind that it is not in the government’s interest to eliminate all groups. Some few must remain in order to perpetuate the smoke and mirrors vision for the masses that America is a “free democratic country” where dissent is allowed. Most organizations, however, that possess the potential for effective resistance will not be allowed to continue. Anyone who is so naive as to believe the most powerful government on earth will not crush any who pose a real threat to that power, should not be active, but rather, at home studying political history.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewThe question as to who is to be left alone and who is not, will be answered by how groups and individuals deal with several factors such as: avoidance of conspiracy plots, rejection of feeble minded malcontents, insistence upon quality of the participants, avoidance of all contact with the front men for the federals–the news media–and, finally, camouflage (which can be defined as the ability to blend in the public’s eye the more committed groups of resistance with mainstream “kosher” associations that are generally seen as harmless.) Primarily though, whether any organization is allowed to continue in the future will be a matter of how big a threat a group represents. Not a threat in terms of armed might or political ability, for there is none of either for the present, but rather, threat in terms of potentiality. It is potential the federals fear most. Whether that potential exists in an individual or group is incidental. The federals measure potential threat in terms of what might happen given a situation conducive to action on the part of a restive organization or individual. Accurate intelligence gathering allows them to assess the potential. Showing one’s hand before the bets are made, is a sure way to loose.

The movement for freedom is rapidly approaching the point where for many people, the option of belonging to a group will be nonexistent. For others, group membership will be a viable option for only the immediate future. Eventually, and perhaps much sooner than most believe possible, the price paid for membership will exceed any perceived benefit. But for now, some of the groups that do exist often serve a useful purpose either for the newcomer who can be indoctrinated into the ideology of the struggle, or for generating positive propaganda to reach potential freedom fighters. It is sure that, for the most part, this struggle is rapidly becoming a matter of individual action, each of its participants making a private decision in the quietness of his heart to resist: to resist by any means necessary. It is hard to know what others will do, for no man truly knows another man’s heart. It is enough to know what one himself will do. A great teacher once said “know thyself.” Few men really do, but let each of us, promise ourselves, not to go quietly to the fate our would-be masters have planned.

The concept of Leaderless Resistance is nothing less than a fundamental departure in theories of organization. The orthodox scheme of organization is diagrammatically represented by the pyramid, with the mass at the bottom and the leader at the top. This fundamental of organization is to be seen not only in armies, which are of course, the best illustration of the pyramid structure, with the mass of soldiery, the privates, at the bottom responsible to corporals who are in turn responsible to sergeants, and so on up the entire chain of command to the generals at the top. But the same structure is seen in corporations, ladies’ garden clubs and in our political system itself. This orthodox “pyramid” scheme of organization is to be seen basically in all existing political, social and religious structures in the world today from the Federal government to the Roman Catholic Church. The Constitution of the United States, in the wisdom of the Founders, tried to sublimate the essential dictatorial nature of pyramidal organization by dividing authority into three: executive, legislative and judicial. But the pyramid remains essentially untouched.

This scheme of organization, the pyramid, is however, not only useless, but extremely dangerous for the participants when it is utilized in a resistance movement against state tyranny. Especially is this so in technologically advanced societies where electronic surveillance can often penetrate the structure revealing its chain of command. Experience has revealed over and over again that anti-state, political organizations utilizing this method of command and control are easy prey for government infiltration, entrapment, and destruction of the personnel involved. This has been seen repeatedly in the United States where pro-government infiltrators or agent provocateurs weasel their way into patriotic groups and destroy them from within.

In the pyramid type of organization, an infiltrator can destroy anything which is beneath his level of infiltration and often those above him as well. If the traitor has infiltrated at the top, then the entire organization from the top down is compromised and may be traduced at will.

An alternative to the pyramid type of organization is the cell system. In the past, many political groups (both right and left) have used the cell system to further their objectives. Two examples will suffice. During the American Revolution “committees of correspondence” were formed throughout the Thirteen colonies.

Their purpose was to subvert the government and thereby aid the cause of independence. The “Sons of Liberty”, who made a name for themselves dumping government taxed tea into the harbor at Boston, were the action arm of the committees of correspondence. Each committee was a secret cell that operated totally independently of the other cells. Information on the government was passed from committee to committee, from colony to colony, and then acted upon on a local basis. Yet even in these bygone days of poor communication, of weeks to months for a letter to be delivered, the committees without any central direction whatsoever, were remarkable similar in tactics employed to resist government tyranny. It was, as the first American patriots knew, totally unnecessary for anyone to give an order for anything. Information was made available to each committee, and each committee acted as it saw fit. A recent example of the cell system taken from the left wing of politics are the Communists. The Communist, in order to get around the obvious problems involved in pyramidal organization, developed to an art the cell system. They had numerous independent cells which operated completely isolated from one another and particularly with no knowledge of each other, but were orchestrated together by a central headquarters. For instance, during World War II, in Washington, it is known that there were at least six secret Communist cells operating at high levels in the United States government (plus all the open Communists who were protected and promoted by President Roosevelt), however, only one of the cells was rooted out and destroyed. How many more actually were operating no one can say for sure.

The Communist cells which operated in the U.S until late 1991 under Soviet control could have at their command a leader, who held a social position which appeared to be very lowly. He could be, for example, a busboy in a restaurant, but in reality a colonel or a general in the Soviet Secret Service, the KGB. Under him could be a number of cells and a person active in one cell would almost never have knowledge of individuals who are active in another cell. The value of this is that while any one cell can be infiltrated, exposed or destroyed, such action will have no effect on the other cells; in fact, the members of the other cells will be supporting that cell which is under attack and ordinarily would lend very strong support to it in many ways. This is at least part of the reason, no doubt, that whenever in the past Communists were attacked in this country, support for them sprang up in many unexpected places.

The efficient and effective operation of a cell system after the Communist model, is of course, dependent upon central direction, which means impressive organization, funding from the top, and outside support, all of which the Communists had. Obviously, American patriots have none of these things at the top or anywhere else, and so an effective cell organization based upon the Soviet system of operation is impossible.

Two things become clear from the above discussion. First, that the pyramid type of organization can be penetrated quite easily and it thus is not a sound method of organization in situations where the government has the resources and desire to penetrate the structure; which is the situation in this country. Secondly, that the normal qualifications for the cell structure based upon the Red model does not exist in the U.S. for patriots. This understood, the question arises “What method is left for those resisting state tyranny?” The answer comes from Col. Amoss who proposed the “Phantom Cell” mode of organization. Which he described as Leaderless Resistance. A system of organization that is based upon the cell organization, but does not have any central control or direction, that is in fact almost identical to the methods used by the Committees of Correspondence during the American Revolution. Utilizing the Leaderless Resistance concept, all individuals and groups operate independently of each other, and never report to a central headquarters or single leader for direction or instruction, as would those who belong to a typical pyramid organization.

At first glance, such a type of organization seems unrealistic, primarily because there appears to be no organization. The natural question thus arises as to how are the “Phantom cells” and individuals to cooperate with each other when there is no intercommunication or central direction? The answer to this question is that participants in a program of Leaderless Resistance through phantom cell or individual action must know exactly what they are doing, and how to do it. It becomes the responsibility of the individual to acquire the necessary skills and information as to what is to be done. This is by no means as impractical as it appears, because it is certainly true that in any movement, all persons involved have the same general outlook, are acquainted with the same philosophy, and generally react to given situations in similar ways. The pervious history of the committees of correspondence during the American Revolution show this to be true.

Since the entire purpose of Leaderless Resistance is to defeat state tyranny (at least insofar as this essay is concerned), all members of phantom cells or individuals will tend to react to objective events in the same way through usual tactics of resistance. Organs of information distribution such as newspapers, leaflets, computers, etc., which are widely available to all, keep each person informed of events, allowing for a planned response that will take many variations. No one need issue an order to anyone. Those idealist truly committed to the cause of freedom will act when they feel the time is ripe, or will take their cue from others who precede them. While it is true that much could be said against this type of structure as a method of resistance, it must be kept in mind that Leaderless Resistance is a child of necessity. The alternatives to it have been show to be unworkable or impractical. Leaderless Resistance has worked before in the American Revolution, and if the truly committed put it to use for themselves, it will work now.

It goes almost without saying that Leaderless Resistance leads to very small or even one man cells of resistance. Those who join organizations to play “let’s pretend” or who are “groupies” will quickly be weeded out. While for those who are serious about their opposition to federal despotism, this is exactly what is desired.

From the point of view of tyrants and would be potentates in the federal bureaucracy and police agencies, nothing is more desirable than that those who oppose them be UNIFIED in their command structure, and that every person who opposes them belong to a pyramid type group. Such groups and organizations are an easy kill. Especially in light of the fact that the Justice (sic) Department promised in 1987 that there would never be another group that opposed them that they did not have at least one informer in. These federal “friends of government” are intelligence agents. They gather information that can be used at the whim of a federal D.A. to prosecute. The line of battle has been drawn. Patriots are required therefore, to make a conscious decision to either aid the government in its illegal spying, by continuing with old methods of organization and resistance, or to make the enemie’s job more difficult by implementing effective countermeasures.

Now there will, no doubt, be mentally handicapped people out there who, while standing at a podium with an American flag draped in the background, and a lone eagle soaring in the sky above, will state emphatically in their best sounding red, white, and blue voice, “So what if the government is spying? We are not violating any laws.” Such crippled thinking by any serious person is the best example that there is a need for special education classes. The person making such a statement is totally out of contact with political reality in this country, and unfit for leadership of any thing more than a dog sleigh in the Alaskan wilderness. The old “Born on the fourth of July” mentality that has influenced so much of the American patriot’s thinking in the past will not save him from the government in the future. “Reeducation” for non-thinkers of this type will take place in the federal prison system where there are no flags or eagles, but abundance of men who were “not violating any law.”

Most groups who “unify” their disparate associates into a single structure have short political lives. Therefore, those movement leaders constantly calling for unity of organization rather than the desirable unity of purpose, usually fall into one of three categories.

They may not be sound political tacticians, but rather, just committed men who feel unity would help their cause, while not realizing that the government would greatly benefit from such efforts. The Federal objective, to imprison or destroy all who oppose them, is made easier in pyramid organizations. Or perhaps, they do not fully understand the struggle they are involved in and that the government they oppose has declared a state of war against those fighting for faith, folk, freedom and constitutional liberty. Those in power will use any means to rid themselves of opposition. The third class calling for unity and let us hope this is the minority of the three, are men more desirous of the supposed power that a large organization would bestow, than of actually achieving their stated purpose.

Conversely, the last thing Federal snoops would have, if they had any choice in the matter, is a thousand different small phantom cells opposing them. It is easy to see why. Such a situation is an intelligence nightmare for a government intent upon knowing everything they possibly can about those who oppose them. The Federals, able to amass overwhelming strength of numbers, manpower, resources, intelligence gathering, and capability at any given time, need only a focal point to direct their anger. A single penetration of a pyramid type of organization can lead to the destruction of the whole. Whereas, Leaderless Resistance presents no single opportunity for the Federals to destroy a significant portion of the Resistance.

With the announcement by the Department of Justice (sic) that 300 FBI agents formerly assigned to watching Soviet spies in the US (domestic counter intelligence) are now to be used to “combat crime”, the federal government is preparing the way for a major assault upon those persons opposed to their policies. Many anti-government groups dedicated to the preservation of the America of our forefathers can expect shortly to feel the brunt of a new federal assault upon liberty.

It is clear, therefore, that it is time to rethink traditional strategy and tactics when it comes to opposing a modern police state. America is quickly moving into a long dark night of police state tyranny, where the rights now accepted by most as being inalienable will disappear. Let the coming night be filled with a thousand points of resistance. Like the fog which forms when conditions are right and disappears when they are not, so must the resistance to tyranny be.

“If every person has the right to defend–even by force–his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly.” —The Law. Frederick Bastiat Paris, 1850.

Editors Note: This essay was written by Louis Beam in 1983 and published at that time. Republished above in 1992. I do not take credit for the theories expounded upon here, Col. Amoss deserves the credit for his brilliant analysis and insightful thinking.


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Chuck Baldwin — First Religious Wars, Now Race Wars

Source: Chuck Baldwin — First Religious Wars, Now Race Wars

if you do not own a semi-automatic rifle, you are DEFENSELESS against tyranny. Your Glock pistol, Smith & Wesson revolver, bolt-action hunting rifle, and pump shotgun are NOT going to defend your community or our nation against the forces of a tyrant. I will even be bolder and say: unless your age or health prohibits you from operating a semi-automatic rifle, to not own a semi-automatic rifle is tantamount to abandoning the defense of liberty. By not possessing a semi-automatic rifle, you are aiding and abetting the usurpers.

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Lee Duigon — When the Church Goes Bad

Source: Lee Duigon — When the Church Goes Bad

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