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5 Nov 2007 @ 21:37, by Vaxen Var


Damn, Jeff, sorry - but I've just got to re-publish this. Can't wait for your permission, though I've asked you, but I know it'll be OK with you and Lew cause we are of one mind where the subject matter is concerned.

To say that my heart hurts for my people is an understatement. Thanks a million for your delineation of that which we are facing unarmed and naked in the 'shades of night' that have befallen us. Thanks, man...


'Thought Crimes,' HR 1955 Passed With 404 Votes
Submit, Ye Citizens, Silently to State Murder

by Jeff Knaebel


The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed HR 1955, titled the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007. It was passed with 404 votes in favor.

A close reading within an historical context – keeping especially in mind the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and Presidential Executive Orders, pursuant to which the government has engaged in massive surveillance of its own citizens, as well as detentions, extraordinary renditions, assassinations, and torture – leads me to the following conclusions:
This is a "Thought Crime" bill of the type so often discussed in an Orwellian context.
It specifically targets the civilian population of the United States.
It defines "Violent Radicalization" as promoting any belief system that the government considers to be extremist.
"Homegrown Terrorism" and "Violent Radicalization" are defined as thought crimes.
Since the bill does not provide a specific definition of extremist belief system, it will be whatever the government at any given time deems it to be.

A few extracts of the Bill are presented below to show you its tone or "flavor."

"(2) VIOLENT RADICALIZATION- The term `violent radicalization’ means the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system… to advance political, religious, or social change."


"(3) The Internet has aided in facilitating violent radicalization, ideologically based violence, and the homegrown terrorism process in the United States by providing access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda to United States citizens."

"(6) The potential rise of self radicalized, unaffiliated terrorists domestically cannot be easily prevented through traditional Federal intelligence or law enforcement efforts, and requires the incorporation of State and local solutions."

Section 899D of the bill establishes a Center for the Study of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism in the United States. This will be an institution affiliated with the Department of Homeland Security. It will study and determine how to detain thought criminals.


It is an attempt at legislative lobotomy of conscience. It aims to eviscerate ethical sensibilities of an entire culture.

Having usurped the power of war and peace, life and death, the Corporatocracy now bludgeons even the thought of speaking for conscience. This is State murder of the mind.

It is just too awesomely obscene for words. It exceeds not only the scope of my vocabulary, but my imagination as well.

The minions and hired agents of politicians are free to murder, rape and pillage on government hire using our money, but to imagine alternatives to them and the degraded, psychopathic political "leaders" who design and perpetrate these atrocities is legislated as a thought crime!

This is the legislated, politically promulgated end of man as a thinking, self-directed being. Surely this must be the outer limit of "positive law," that is, statutory laws passed by "Lawmakers."

It further entrenches the Power Elite as separate from and above their "subjects." It clearly demonstrates the paranoid delusions of the Establishment, pursuant to which it legislates a massive defense mechanism to protect itself from the populace that it subjugates.

I use these terms deliberately, because the so-called freedom of the vote has turned out to be a big con game. It is only the "freedom" to choose one set of thieves over the other. The blue suits or the red suits… all of them manufactured suits of the corporations.

Following in the train of this legislation will doubtless be internal travel documents, neighborhood snoops and spies, rewards granted for turning in politically incorrect thought criminals, mass civilian detention centers – in short, the whole totalitarian control mechanism that we associate with the SS, KGB and other code words of criminal regimes. There will be "re-programming / rehabilitation" centers to correct errant free thinkers.

Take note that the Department of Homeland Security already has more than 750,000 persons on its watch list. For a glimpse of past as prologue, read Solzhenitsyn.

Who Will Be Thought Police and Under What Standards?

Who will define radical thought, and by what standards? For example, how about the reported millions who believe that 9-11 was an inside job, citing a mass of evidence from eye witnesses, physicists, engineers, and recorded statements such as "We pulled it," essentially a confession by the building’s owner of the planned demolition of Building 7?

Will the writings of John Perkins in Confessions of An Economic Hit Man and The Secret History of The American Empire be thought crimes? Will this very essay be a thought crime?

What about Operation Northwoods, pursuant to which the Joint Chiefs of the United States planned for innocent people to be shot on American streets, for boats carrying passengers to be sunk on the high seas, for a wave of violent terrorism to be launched within the country, and for other depraved acts conceived in the minds of government-hired psychopaths? Previously top-secret documents about this were released on 18 November 1997 and can be researched at [link] . Evidently, members of the Establishment will be permitted to engage in thought crime.

Soon enough, we will all be killing each other, and the statement of Mohandas Gandhi will be borne out: "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

Will thinking about cleansing the national soul of our atrocities – of Iraq, Guantanamo, Abu Gharib, the advanced plans underway to nuke Iran, the crimes of Blackwater murderers, the government’s domestic coercion and violence – be "Thought Crimes?"

Will it be thought crime to conceive of a domestic Truth and Reconciliation Commission pursuant to which high government officials are brought to book for crimes against humanity?

Will it be "radicalization" to think of alternatives to a government of, by, and for the Corporatocracy, which accumulates its vast wealth through the blood money of endless war?

What about imagination-consideration of a non-coercive society of free individuals acting in voluntary cooperation, what is commonly referred to as anarchy?

Will it be radical to conceive of preventing the Cheney-Bush cabal from launching WWIII and the incineration of earth through a false flag operation against Iran?



It has taken me too many years – and too much income tax – to come to the awful realization that these "public servants" are only hired mouthpieces and puppets of the Money Powers who operate behind the scenes to orchestrate war, to coordinate the Military Industrial Complex, the Homeland Security Complex, the NGO Help-The-Poor Complex, the "Third World Corporate Development" Complex. In short, the Exploitation Complex.

The roaring inside me is about the self-disgust at living by the whims of Nice Government Men and their intellectual and financial pimps – men who, for just one example, can force starvation upon Indian farmers by their money printing press maneuvers to save their own hides from the overreach of blind greed. Men like those in Goldman Sachs who have the power to bail out their own companies and pay billions in bonuses while manipulating currencies such that basic food staples become priced out of reach of the rural Indian poor.

Let our excuse for the sorry state in which we find ourselves be not ignorance, for history is quite clear to those who would study. I quote founding father James Madison, "History records that money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible, to maintain their control over governments, by controlling money and its issuance." A more honest excuse would be our own greed and laziness. The quick buck. Buy now, pay later.

Statement of Conscientious Objection

HR 1955 as recently passed by the House of Representatives is in effect a Thought Crime Prevention Bill. This action simply stops my mind. It cannot be absorbed. This ultimate Police State freezes my imagination.

This newest version of draconian legislation on thought control is where Jeff Knaebel says enough is enough. Speaking truth to Power, I say, I am not your puppet. I declare my self-ownership. Come and get me if you wish. If you wish to own my body, you will have to imprison it. I am breaking the paper chains by which I have allowed you to enslave me.

Imagine with me for a moment (it may not yet be a thought crime). I say to Dick Cheney, "I refuse to obey. Come and get me, boss. Come alone – I’ll not run, and I am unarmed and harmless. Meet me in yonder open field." Standing in front of him, I remove my shirt, challenging him to do likewise. To prove his manhood equal, he follows along until we stand facing each other naked in the open field. I ask, "Now, what is your business with me?"

You see, it is all a mind game. The government is powerless before our non-cooperation. Of course, although an abstraction, it is a heavily armed abstraction. This argues for the right to bear arms and a well-armed citizenry in the American tradition. But if the mind behind the gun is cowardly and subdued, the gun is of no use. I suggest that nonviolent civil disobedience has proven to be a more effective method of regaining control of our lives. There would be significant loss of life, but much less than with an armed struggle.

Is murder an act that involves the human conscience? Can any other hear the voice of my inner conscience? Then, how can any such other claim the power to "represent" me in choosing to kill? How can such other "represent" me in determining which of my thoughts is criminal?

To say, or even to imply, that these people "represent" me cannot be described as an obscenity. It is an absurdity. Really, I should laugh. Instead it generates a roaring inside me – the inner roar of a man who would be free.


One cannot deal with this except to speak out and be willing to put his life on the line. One must resist this legislation and this government, or else surrender his humanity and become a dead thing.

This is the place where the soles of my feet meet the path of Liberty. This is where Jeff Knaebel refuses to renew his "permission to live" identification documents pursuant to which Big Brother tracks him like an owned domestic animal. Any situation in which I am not free to leave means that my presence is by coercion or threat of coercion. If one cannot leave some "place" except by permission of the "owners" (passport), then he is a slave. To learn more about issues of expatriation and "man without a country," visit my website at

I was never the property even of my biological father, leave aside the absurdly stupid abstract concept of Nations – bounded by arbitrary lines drawn on maps – across which opposing armies of blood relations gun down the other.

My body is not the property of the U.S. Government. I will challenge the U.S. Government for ownership of my body, with my body itself. My mind will be forever free.

I did not ask for US citizenship, and I will not accept its rules even if forced upon me.

Any situation in which I am not free to leave means that my presence is by coercion or threat of coercion. If I cannot leave some "place" except by permission of the "owners" (passport), then I am a slave.

The US State does not own the land called America, and it does not own anybody who was born there or lives there.

No bureaucrat has the right to define who I am – and the murder of which other person I may be forced to finance – by his stamp upon some arbitrary piece of paper.

I belong to none, other than Almighty Creation.

I claim my freedom to respect the lives of others, as I would be respected. Freedom to do no harm, and to eschew violence. Freedom to express compassion in action. Freedom to support life. Freedom not to finance murder.

No other can hear the voice of my conscience, let alone "represent" it, or speak for it. My conscience will be muffled by no person and by no law. Nor will I ever knowingly aggress against another.

It Is Man’s Duty To Love.

It now must be of the "tough love" variety. We must see clearly and face bravely the reality of what we continue to create for ourselves. We must take up tough ethical positions.

We have proved again and again, over spans of millennia, that any kind of violent revolution will only turn the wheel of violence another revolution, around and around.

If we will but cease to destroy, we may live. We cannot negotiate with melting glaciers. Perhaps we can negotiate with the storms of insatiable greed and desire raging within our own minds. Perhaps we can come out of our addiction to more, more and faster, faster.

The revolution we must undertake to save ourselves is a revolution within our own minds toward loving kindness, truth, and respect for life.

To those who would accept a legislated statutory slavery, I say – may your shackles bind you without too much pain. May you go quietly into oblivion, and may you not burden me with the memory that you ever stood a watch with me on Spaceship Earth.

If you are interested in further exploration of personal statelessness, stop by and visit [link] .

November 5, 2007

Jeff Knaebel is an expatriate American domiciled in India since 1995. He formerly practiced as a registered professional engineer, having been trained at Cornell Univ. and the Colorado School of Mines.

Copyright © 2007

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7 Nov 2007 @ 07:48 by vaxen : State Secrets Privilege
The State Secrets Privilege being used by the Bush Administration to cover up its' crimes is a relic of the British Monarchy that was borrowed from the Duncan law during the 'cold war' for one specific case. Shall I tell you more about 'the Crown?' I mean the real "Crown?"

Well, maybe another time. Check out the following to understand what the State Secrets Privilege is doing in the hands of the illigitimate Bush Administration. Bush is not really our governments president nor is he president of the American people. Him and his phoney court will learn, in time, the power of the Hand that feeds them and what it means to bite it!  

7 Nov 2007 @ 15:39 by a-d : Thanks,Vax,
You're the BEST! What a great link! It (; to live a life worthy of living, isn't anymore complicated than what the Stateless Society tells us! All it takes -once we managed to push the false back into its rightful home of Oblivion- is to "revere Life, love Liberty, celebrate Kindness, Peace & Harmony." Those who understand this are the most likely ones to reach that Promised Land of Milk & Honey -as was prophesied "some time ago"!... : )))

" This Gathering of the peoples of all nations, races, and tongues - living independently and together as One Humanity - in truth and harmony as one race, and speaking the one language of the heart - is a possible dream. It can be made by an evolutionary leap in consciousness - from the mind of greed to the heart of love.

Only a free people - free of the intrinsic violence of the State - can accomplish this evolution. If it is to be, it is up to us - only we ourselves can save ourselves from extinction. What is the ultimate value of a person’s life? This is our question. The answer is in whether we live by heart of love or mind of greed. The choice is whether we live by love, or die as a failed evolutionary experiment.

We proclaim our right to liberty. We write against oblivion. That we may live. And you. And all of us. We shall be free.

Oppression and exploitation cannot exist without public acquiescence. We refuse to finance murder. We shall be free, that love and reason may prevail."  

7 Nov 2007 @ 21:39 by vaxen : Thanks A-d...
for your comment and most of all for being you. We are free! There is nothing that state sanctioned murderers can do to us anymore. The old game of exploitation, murder and rapacious profit, for a few, is over!

Let the new game of freedom, real freedom, begin. Freedom needs no 'license' to be. Freedom is the ultimate morality and the ultimate ethic. ;)  

8 Nov 2007 @ 19:53 by a-d : Intergity Needs No Rules!
Here's a guy, Jeff Knaebel, who walks his Talk -fully!... like many other People of GOOD Character have done -and do. No, I'm not there -yet, maself, but I truly feel the yearning... My Being oscillates back & forth between the two Polarities of our Earth Existence: To find The Divine -and eventually find our way back to the State of Mind where we have overcome the last enemy: death- and thus become Eternally living Cosmic Beings again -or to remain ( in ) the Secular, where death is still not learned to be overcome (while still in our living flesh,) and thus die, because that is the way of Universe: "You either join Life fully -or you die -and then try again later!...
This is not to say that even Jeff's Path has come that point-or will- but he is definitely much farther in the right direction than almost all rest of Humanity. And indeed as psychically entwined as Humans are today in to each other('s lives) it seems only logic to me, that this Cosmic Endeavour of ours will require a common effort! But, believe me; this IS the next Big Step /INSIGHT Humankind will have very soon!
Hugs to u All/// A-d

The following text is from:
" With words we knock at the door of truth
We are being called to live another way.
We write to find the way.
We ask, what is the ultimate value of a person’s life?
This is our question.
We write against oblivion.
That we may live. And you. And all of us.
Words ask questions. Answers are in the heart.
The path is made by walking."

"I am sending a voice, Great Spirit, forgetting nothing you have made, the stars of the Universe, and the grasses of earth." ~ Nicholas Black Elk

"We are sending a voice
speaking truth to power
We shall be free
In a truthful manner we speak
We shall be free
in a good way we speak
We shall be free"

"We consider ourselves to be everyone and nobody. We are all for one and one for all. We are anyone who longs for Liberty, Peace, Harmony and Reason. We are nobody in charge, nobody superior, and no institutional authority of any man over another. We strive to work together, yet separately, and in agreement.

We believe the institutionalized structurally violent system of the Corporate Warfare State must be abandoned and allowed to die a peaceful death. We hold the entire conception of the Corporation and the State to be morally invalid – that “legally mandated” limited liability and sovereign immunity, which enable men to act without accountability and responsibility – are the roots of a system which promotes the limitless play of greed and destruction without concern for the fate of future generations, who will inherit a wasted earth.

We are questing into unknown territory with this website. We hope to have contributors who advance their ideas with full open attribution of authorship. We are individual beings, working together in voluntary cooperation for our liberty and the survival of our species. We pledge allegiance to no State, no flag, no government, and no “ism.” We aim to be free, to think for ourselves, and to act on our own responsibility.

From simple observation and common sense, we discern clearly that allegiance to a State is tantamount to allegiance to murder, since States are controlled by powerful individuals and corporate interests who will stoop to any level of depraved violence to achieve their goals of power and greed. We intend to confront, and not to deny, the reality of conditions created by the money power to which we have acquiesced.

We ask simple and basic questions of ourselves and the State. Then we try to guide our affairs and loyalties according to the answers. Am I truthful? Do I agress against others and murder those who pose no threat to me? Do I finance others to carry out these aggressive acts? Is the State truthful? Does the State murder? Does it torture and degrade? Do I finance the State? If I don’t stop financing the killing, who will?

We pledge allegiance to that One Humanity of which we are a particle. Our allegiance is to a life of love and reason, kindness and peace, harmony and reverence for all life. By this pledge we proclaim ourselves to be individual moral sovereigns, neither bound to nor beneath any man or “constituted authority.” We perceive that we are facing a starkly simple choice: evolve to a higher level of consciousness, or become extinct.
The Editor and initial author posting to this site is Jeff Knaebel. He is an American-born expatriate who has been living since 1995 in self-imposed exile in India. Trained at Cornell University and the Colorado School of Mines, he formerly practiced as a mining engineer-entrepreneur-bush pilot in Alaska and Canada. Faced with immediate military conscription in his youth, he applied to US Navy Officer Candidate School, was commissioned and subsequently served as a Company Commander of US Navy Seabees in Vietnam during that war.

Former professional memberships include American Institute of Mining Engineers; Canadian Institute of Mining & Metallurgical Engineers; Society of Economic Geologists; American Institute of Professional Geologists; New York Academy of Science; Geological Association of Canada; American Geophysical Union; Northwest Mining Association (officer); Alaska Miners Association (officer); Tau Beta Pi; Sigma Gamma Epsilon.

He sees the cycle of war, destruction and wanton waste propagated by the Ameican Imperium as impossible to end by political means. His working hypothesis is that it can end only through the decisions of sovereign individuals - to refuse financial and moral support, to engage in non-cooperation, and to withdraw from participation in a system-structure based upon violence.

He has for many years refused to pay taxes in finance of State-sponsored murder and mindless destruction. In order to avoid harassment and the overhanging threat of jail, he finally sold everything, closed shop, and become an exile – a man without a country. He owns no dwelling, nor vehicle, nor telephone, nor credit card, nor driving license, nor social security, nor any insurance, nor pension. He participates in no government “welfare” program.

He believes that the right to life and liberty demands respect for the lives of others. This means the right of refusal to finance by taxes the heinous crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Corporate Warfare State.

In the not-distant future, his citizenship-identification documents will expire. These are his “Permission-to-Live” documents, by which he is made a slave, for without freedom of movement, a man cannot earn the livlihood necessary to support life. Thus, his right to life has been usurped by the State, and he lives at its pleasure only.

It is at this intersection of State tyranny with his individual personal situation that he plans to challenge the State for his right to self-ownership, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in a manner that harms no other. It seems obvious to him that the right of self-ownership requires the free and clear right to the whole product of his own labor. This means that any form of coercive taxation denies him the right of self-ownership, in effect impeding his right to life itself.

It has taken too long to de-condition the mind of State school system brainwash and political perception management. He strives to promulgate the ideals of Mohandas Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy and Henry David Thoreau, rotated and adjusted to fit current conditions. He experiences the greatest challenge as being extrication from the system-structure-machine while yet maintaining a life of modest amenities. He is learning the freedom of (almost) nothing left to lose.

He has resolved not to support, finance, or obey the organized crime which is the State. He has set himself upon a journey to live this question: is humanity capable of allowing a man to live free and whole?

He strives to be able to know in his own heart - at the approach of death - that he had put it all on the line for the truth as he saw it. And that he had learnt not to compromise with Power that murders human beings."

"I add my breath to your breath
that our days may be long on the earth
that the days of our people may be long
that we may be one person
May our Mother bless you with life
May we finish our roads together".

~ Zuni  

8 Nov 2007 @ 20:57 by vaxen : Wow!
Thanks for that, A-d. See, we are not alone and soon, so very much sooner than later, the Corporate Warfare State will be just a horrible memory yet my soul quakes at the needless loss of life that our generations will suffer in order to achieve the freedom which is our birthright!

Very inspiring, eh? I hope you write to Jeff and let him know that we are with him in spirit. I think each one of us needs to know that our words and actions are being heard and felt in this old worlds frames...that we are not alone in these 'end times' days.  

9 Nov 2007 @ 03:01 by a-d : There's nothing stronger
than an Idea whose Time has come /// Voltaire

This is true -and no Mind control or threat of punishment for "Thought Crimes" can make this Cosmic Law (?) to go away/render it powerless!

The Idea/Insight, that is at this moment making its way into the darkest of recesses of the densest of Mainstream Minds is -or I should say are, because it is indeed a whole "Grape Cluster" of ideas; all "pulling the same Tag" so to speak: among those ideas are: to "revere Life, love Liberty, celebrate Kindness, Peace & Harmony" and these are all -of course- very closely allied with what is called Sustainable Living with co-operation and sharing; symbiosis as its Modus Operandi resulting in strong SYNCHRONICITY -as opposed to competition-MO, which is based on the belief in struggle and scarcity and some one's superiority over an other etc: the "goodness" of SELFHISNESS-at-the-cost-of someone-else, so to speak, which has been with us longer than I care to think any longer.
This new Understanding is cracking into pieces the "logic" of this old thinking. (WHAT TOOK US SO LONG????!!!?!? isn't it all so SELF EVIDENT???!!!...)

Once we as a Collective Unit have gotten this Life-Sustaining way of living down, we will open up ever more to this next Step in the (our) Spiritual (r-)evolution which is nothing but a natural Extension from this "Sustainable "thing""... "The last enemy to overcome is death" as prophesied long long time ago, by Someone, who knew what he was talking about- and with that aging, illness etc.

The "State Question" was never meant to be a geo-physical one, but has ALWAYS been -and will ALWAYS remain- a question of 'State of Mind'! Soooo, for instance as in the Old Testament there's a lot of talk about the "Promised Land of Milk and Honey" for instance, -ad infinitum, almost!
ALL those words alluding to "Real Estate" -like "Kingdom","Land", "Realm", "State" are indeed metaphors for our Human 'State of Mind'; our consciousness (level/vibrational -conscious- oneness with the Universe = our own Cosmic Being'ness!...)...and in just a few years "Everybody" will be talking about this "Possibility" -or at least starting!... : )
No Geo States any longer, but only Stateless Societies...just like before Di Medici's take-over of Florence and then the rest... creating the first NATION state in the Lands of so called Italy; the Adriatic Peninsula! ( only City States existed up to that time; the early years/stages of the so called Middle Ages)  

9 Nov 2007 @ 17:12 by vaxen : Here are...
some interesting questions:

To mark the publication of Norman Podhoretz’s World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism (Doubleday), the editors of COMMENTARY addressed the following questions to a group of leading thinkers:

1. Do you accept the term “World War IV,” or the idea behind it, as an apt characterization of the West’s battle with Islamic extremism, and do you, like Norman Podhoretz, see Iraq as a crucial early theater in that conflict?

2. Six years after 9/11, how would you assess our progress? What would you like to see happen next?

3. On the specific issue of the spread of democracy—a linchpin of the Bush Doctrine and a point of acute controversy between foreign-policy realists and neoconservatives—do you agree or disagree with Podhoretz that “democratization represents the best and perhaps even the only way to defeat Islamofascism and the terrorism it uses as its main weapon against us”?

4. Turning to the political climate at home, do you think the Bush Doctrine has a chance of surviving the elections of 2008, and if so in what form?


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