Saturday, February 25, 2012

Are Teachers Even Addressing US War Crimes and Destruction of the US Constitution?

Carl Herman
Activist Post

We teach limited government under a constitution that secures unalienable rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. This first right means that one's life cannot be taken by tyrannical government.

The two-minute video below is Defense Secretary Panetta claiming US law allows assassinating Americans if government merely says an American is guilty of a crime. Acts upon what the leader says at any given time rather than limited power under law is the etymology of dictatorship. “Law” based on the dictates of a leader is exactly what Nazi Germany had; their word for leader was fuhrer.

Please click the "read more" link below to view the correct video

The 5th and 6th Amendments of the US Constitution promise that if the government is to seize you, let alone assassinate you, they have to follow due process to secure persons’ unalienable rights:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury (that means a jury of one’s peers, not the dictatorship of 'the leader')... nor shall any person... be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;.. 
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury..., and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
Department of Defense Chief Counsel Jeh Johnson spoke to Yale's law school and repeated the claim of government authority to dictate any American as a "terrorist" or "terrorist supporter" and be assassinated. This is in Orwellian contradiction to 5th Amendment rights that government cannot deprive you of your life without the above explicit due process. Importantly, Mr. Johnson, the War Department’s top “legal” voice, had more to say: government-dictated assassinations cannot be legally challenged through US courts.

President Obama instructed Justice Department lawyers to defend unlimited warrantless searches in Orwellian violation of the 4th Amendment. Such searches could be claimed as evidence of “supporting terrorism” and then not subject to review after assassination.

The 2006 Military Commissions Act and 2012 NDAA "legislated" dictatorial authority to declare any person a "terrorist supporter," seize such persons, and hold them indefinitely and without rights.

President Bush and VP Cheney previously claimed that controlled drowning (waterboarding) is an acceptable method to interrogate and receive confessions, despite US courts’ unanimous rulings that this is torture and that the US hanged WW2 Japanese authorities for its use.

These policies to crush dissent protect US obvious violation of war law to engage in current Wars of Aggression. The publicly-stated "reasons" for these wars are tragic-comic lies easily proved as such with a few moments' attention.

This is US "law" in our world of the present, and in "emperor has no clothes" obvious violation to the Bill of Rights for all persons (not just citizens).

If we just used "nation x" and "government official y" for the above facts, and students identified them as examples of the US form of government, we would be horrified at their fundamental confusion, yes? We have other names for such forms of government.

Americans who receive their "news" from the six mega-corporations that dominate ~90% of "reporting" will never view clearly-stated facts of the above topics. The CIA disclosed to the Senate Church Committee that they had 400 persons working with the largest US media market to spin stories favorable to administration policies. The facts argue this is still active practice.

Colleagues in education: how are you teaching US War Crimes and destruction of the US Constitution?

Or, do you ignore these changes as you suffer from cognitive dissonance, American Exceptionalism, or the “Big Lie” (and here)? Is it that you haven't heard about them clearly through the "news" you receive? Or can you ethically justify government claims for removing unalienable rights as somehow Constitutional?

I would really like to know how teachers are teaching these war crimes and the destruction of rights, or how they would dispute them.  Please comment and share this to get other teachers' perspectives.

Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher in economics, government, and history with a passion for research, education, and lobbying for improved public policy. See more articles by Carl Herman Here. Contact him at


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Anonymous said...

This f****r is a MONSTER. if they're "on the battlefield" and they're "threatening America" ??? What battlefield is in America, exactly? How precisely are troops occupying foreign territory "defending America" ? You don't defend your country from the land of another. That is aggression, that is occupation. How can an enemy combatant on a foreign battle field threaten America? And how many times did this guy say the word "terrorist"? Man, just keep repeating it and repeating it and repeating it. Propaganda needs no evidence, just repetition.

Anonymous said...

If you were to splice Donald Rumsfeld's and Leon Panetta's chromosomes together and grew a new one in a jar, what do you think you'd get?
A hulking, mutated two-headed killer who argues with itself constantly about how slow or fast it should dispatch it's subjects when it feels threatened, or if it's serious or just for fun.

Anonymous said...

Some schools don't even teach about the constitution. there is so much B.S. in curriculum that you always have more to teach than time to teach it. Trying to make the point that our rights are being attacked makes you sound like a conspiracy theorist. Then you might risk blow-back from parents or administrators. I am sure some teachers try but the implications are huge and most people don't want to let themselves believe that things are as they are and they may get worse.

Carl Herman said...

Since the Enlightenment, all humans are empowered to allow the facts to dominate easily refuted authoritarian testimony.

Teachers with tenure can say whatever is factual and relevant. If blow-back is attempted, it will only help make the factual case more broadly understood.

And yes, teachers are give a huge data-load to "teach."

Anonymous said...

Teachers and Intellectuals are the first on the trucks to be 'Dealt With' somewhere out of sight of the populace. If I were a Teacher I would be Scared Sh,,less to even answer a question on the Constitution. With Private mercenaries running local law enforcement now how easy is it to become 'Disappeared'? For those taking the chance ALL OF MY PRAISE, BECAUSE THROUGH YOU AMERICA WILL COME BACK. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

As a parent of a high school student who took the AP US GOV"T course , I was told that the course was mandated by the Federal Gov't to be taught and tested in an exact way, no deviations. So we have a controlled teaching of our constitution and amendments (what happened to the 13 th amendment?) and Bills. The sorry thing is that the kids nowadays don't know the difference between then and now-now is their 'normal'.

Anonymous said...

This is why I am always finding video's and pointing out what is happening in current events that are unconstitutional and the reasons why what their doing to our rights is dangerous. Our founding fathers told us revolution is necessary time to time to keep our Gov honest. The time to act is before we lose anymore rights. A patriot is true to his country, not to a leader that goes against the constitution. A few years ago it would have been much safer to start a movement from a small group, now you better start big or you will be executed for terrorism. They will be using these new laws against us people, against us and our children in the future & then it will be too late.

Anonymous said...

As a loyal Navy veteran, I lament the sad fact that the USA has become an agressor nation; led by quasi-fascist oligarchs whose primary goal is a 'New World Order', an iron-fisted, tyrannical, totalitarian regime. And, that is why the USA is now one of the most, if not the most hated country around the globe. For these reasons, I fervently support the candidacy of congressman Dr. Ron Paul for presidency of the USA; the only candidate who consistently honors his oath of office; Thomas Jefferson/James Madison in our time.

Anonymous said...

The Nazis ended up using their education system to full propaganda effect. With maths it was weights and volumes of war materiel such as how many ammunition boxes could fit in a freight
wagon, and in grammar you can teach them to edit any political tract you want them to study.
I couldn't guess how the far US system might go, but the potential for indoctrination is endless.

Anonymous said...

I am a government/economics teacher and bring up these issues all the time (although I do feel like I am in the minority of teachers who do so). Many teachers fear repercussions of addressing controversial issues. My students leave the course with extreme skepticism.

My students call me the anti-government government teacher.

Anonymous said...

Our district slipped in a clause that basically told teachers not to teach controversial topics without asking permission. The social science department ignored the implications of that shift in policy. The implication was that it could be used later to terminate a "tenured teacher". The language was broad and included climate change and definitely would include the issue of challenging U.S. policy as unconstitutional. They are keeping us safe. This is the view we need to accept. No one wants a truly critical thinking society. Except those in the society that are critical thinkers.

Bluestocking said...

With all due respect, this is not exactly new. Even today, nearly sixty years later, how many Americans know about Operation Ajax (the coup which the United States staged in Iran back in 1953 in order to depose the democratically-elected prime minister and reinstate the Shah) -- or learned about it in school? My guess is not many -- and especially not after 1979.

For that matter, how many Americans have been taught what General Smedley Butler said back in 1935 about his thirty-year career in the Marines (when he stated that he had been a "high-class muscle man for Wall Street...a gangster for capitalism")? The truth of the matter is that the government has been doing stuff like this for a long time -- but sadly, if we want to know who's partly responsible for the fact that it's gradually getting worse and that the government is no longer going to much effort to conceal it, then we need to look in the mirror. A 2008 study of civic literacy by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute found that less than 20% of the 2,508 adults they tested were able to answer more than 59% of basic questions on American history correctly. If we truly want to have a government "of the people, by the people, for the people", then we need to take responsibility for knowing our history and standing up for the principles this country was founded on instead of complacently submitting to the "mushroom treatment" -- because in the instant when these rights no longer apply to all citizens, then we might as well start calling the first ten amendments to the Constitution the Bill of Privileges.

SherryAnn said...

Panetta just described a despotic, tyrannical dictatorship where the government becomes judge, jury and executioner. The accused has no rights at all.

Anonymous said...

View Peg Luksik's presentation on how government modified and changed the educational system "Who Controls Our Children" here:

Luksik is the Founder of the Pennsylvania Parents Commission

While parents, schools, provinces and states across North America bicker about the democratic process of running public schools, forces are manipulating education from behind the scenes. Major international players are reshaping public education to suit their own self-serving agendas, without regard for the wants of parents and the welfare of their children. This video lecture documents how today's educational system dumb down kids deliberately, making zombie-like people who don't ask any questions but just follow orders.

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