Guest Post: This Is Why We Internationalize. This Is Why We Have A Plan

Tyler Durden's picture

From Simon Black of Sovereign Man

This Is Why We Internationalize. This Is Why We Have A Plan

A few hundred years ago, some rather courageous men and women decided that they’d had enough of living under someone else’s rule– that the right of self-determination was stronger than any benefit or protection from living under a corrupt government.

The US Declaration of Independence eloquently posed the colonists’ grievances against King George III, including among others, that he had:

“erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance;”

“obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers;”

“[deprived] us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury”

The Constitution was supposed to address all of these grievances as the Founding Fathers sought to create a government where no single branch or office had too much power. Even to this day, US government officials swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies– foreign and domestic.

My guess is that most of them haven’t bothered to read it.

Take the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) under the US Department of Interior, for example. A few months ago, a government agent from FWS showed up to the home of an eleven-year-old girl with a federal summons in one hand and a citation for $535 in another.

The girl’s crime? Saving a baby woodpecker from being killed and eaten by the family cat. The bird’s mother was nowhere to be seen, so the girl (an aspiring vet) convinced her parents to let her care for it for a few days until the bird was well enough to fly away on its own.

Noble act? Wrong. Federal crime. It turns out that the bird is on the government list of protected species… and according to the government’s newspeak, protecting a bird that’s on the protected species list is a crime.

It sort of echoes Thomas Jefferson’s line about King George having “erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people…” It seems not too much has changed.

What’s more, the agent obviously couldn’t come alone to confront an 11-year old girl and her mother. No, that wouldn’t be threatening enough. That’s why FWS requested to be escorted by a Virginia State Police Trooper who “stood on the porch and said nothing.”

It’s government fear and intimidation tactics at their best… a far cry from supporting and defending the Constitution.

Then there’s the case of Gibson Guitar, a legendary American company that manufactures some of the most famous, high quality guitars in the industry.  Less than two weeks ago, armed government agents (also from the US Fish and Wildlife Service) raided Gibson Guitar’s manufacturing plants and corporate headquarters in Tennessee.

Gibson Guitar’s crime? Being in possession of a rare ebony wood imported from India; they use it in their manufacturing.

Here’s what’s funny: possession of said wood is not illegal in the United States.

Here’s what’s really funny: Gibson Guitar has clear evidence– letters from the Indian government– proving that their possession of the wood is not illegal in India either.

And… here’s what’s really, really funny: This is the second time in two years that the company has been raided and inventory been seized by federal agents. Gibson’s management team is STILL waiting for a court hearing to get their property back from the 2009 seizure.

Again, echoes of Thomas Jefferson: that King George “[deprived] us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury.”

Welcome to the new reality. Executive agencies in the United States have extraordinary unchecked power. They can seize your assets, freeze your bank accounts, intercept your emails, comb through your credit card transactions, and even take away your children… all without so much as a court order or any form of oversight.

We’ve explored before how you can end up on the wrong side of a government agency, even if you haven’t done anything illegal. If you are so much as suspected of wrongdoing, they can come after you… even if you’re just in the wrong place at the wrong time, they can come after you.

These are two cases where the government has come after its citizens– even when they are doing the RIGHT thing.

Think about it: two of the most unlikely people in the country have become enemies of the state: an eleven-year-old girl who wants to save a baby bird, and a manufacturing company that has managed to stay in business (and continue hiring!) in the midst of the worst recession in the nation’s history.

This is why we internationalize. This is why we have a plan.

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Segestan's picture

There are 100's of countries... but this sovereign bitch as a heat for the US.

sun tzu's picture

Beg for the collapse of the economy/government so that all these fucking government/welfare/banking parasites starve to death. We can wake up to a better tomorrow.

chumbawamba's picture

You guys are over-reacting.  There's a proper remedy, and running isn't it.  It never was, because eventually these fuckers would catch up with you, and then you'd just be trapped in a corner with no one else around to help and nowhere left to hide.

No, you must take your stand and fight them here if it is to ever end.  And we have the remedy.  In fact, we've always had the remedy, but we were looking in the wrong direction because we didn't know any better.  Now there's no excuse.

Re-assert your sovereignty.

I am Chumbawamba.

Sunshine n Lollipops's picture

Chumba, are you referring to the fact that America doesn't operate under constitutional law, but rather contract law through the UCC? 

Dirtt's picture


SO the Jews who left Germany before the Jews who wound up on trains to concentration camps were cowards?  Yeah fight.  But if you don't have a contingency plan...

Go ahead and trust the US authorities.  I'd rather be wrong and enjoy a little foreign travel the be right without a passport.  We aren't talking about betting on the Super Bowl.

baby_BLYTHE's picture

the Holocaust has been grossly exaggerated in modern times. 6 million Jews died, yes... but almost 50 million people died during the Second World War, many more gentiles than Jews. We should instead mourn all loss during any WAR, as history proves... all war is a racket!

Andre's picture

Actually, the count was (at least according to Hannah Arendt) 14 million in the camps - 6 million Jews, 4 million Gypsies, and 4 million "others" - homosexuals, church leaders, union leaders, generic Slavs, etc. Add to that the Einsatzgruppen and the losses at the non-death camp KZLs, the count may go higher

It is an interesting point that in the 20th century almost as many people have been killled by their own government as have been killed by foreign invasion/war:

  • Stalin and Collectivization (est 35million)
  • Mao and the Cultural Revolution (est 40 million)
  • Cambodia (~7 million, or 10% of the population)
  • Hitler and the camps
  • ...

Governments are far more effective at killing the people they rule than the people they don't.





Kobe Beef's picture

Therefore, kill the government before it kills you.

Azannoth's picture

To all the boiling frogs out there, is the watter warm enough for ya yet ?

destiny's picture

THESE LAWS HAVE INTERNATIONALIZE AS WELL IN EUROPE.  It will soon be illegal to make your own medication using wild plants...because it's bad for the hard working poison industry ! 

RSloane's picture

Yes, its quite warm enough, thanks very much.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Okay, government is out of control but these two examples are just silly. The bird fine was an overzealous agent and it was rescinded.   Gibson was trying to import wood that was protected in an entirely different country.  We live in a facsist state controlled by international corporations.  The villian is the internationalist, globalist scum who convinced a bunch of Palin loving clowns that the answer to the world's problems is more big multi-national corporations who answer to no one, and fewer regulations governing their behavior.  It's like saying that the problem with Hitler was that there were too many opposing armies standing in his way.

macholatte's picture

You were doing Ok until you got to the "Palin loving clowns" part. Just in case you haven't noticed, Sarah Palin is not in any government, she's a celebrity making lots of dough being a celebrity. Very smart for her. She'll be history by this time next year and won't care much either after she takes down another $10-$20 Mil. You may as well blame the Kardashians for the world's problems.

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angela03's picture

Question: Why would someone take the time to quote idiots.?

chumbawamba's picture

It's fun to laugh at them?


StychoKiller's picture

A wise (wo)man learns more from a fool, than the fool ever learns from the wise (wo)man.  An angel could be dressed as a homeless person and tell you the truth, yet you would ignore it based on appearances or pre-judgements.


sun tzu's picture

The villians are fucking douchebags like you who have your head shoved up 0bama's ass. If you weren't such a stupid asshole, you would see that the regulations aka armies are being used against the little guys, not multinational corporations and bankers. 

VodkaInKrakow's picture

What, reverse regulation discrimination?

Kayman's picture

Change the law so government employees can be sued and have them pay their own legal bills.

Even the Nazis were only "following the law".

sun tzu's picture

According to the 0bamatards, the police state is composed of the good guys and the citizens are the enemies who must be subjugated with more laws and regulations.

angela03's picture

Your fucking ridiculous. Sure Obama is just a well educated version of his pimp brethren working the streets of Harlem, but callng his followers Obamatards just shows you're a  total fool that believes there's a difference between team red and blue. G.W. Bush was the greatest retard that every dwelled within the walls of the White House, possibly the largest tard in high government office in any country through all of history. He was a marionette operated by neo conservatives and in particular by the very master of corruption and evil, Dick Cheney. For you, following behind the man most responsible for the patriot act and all of it's included violations of civil rights and liberty, does not make you a retard. You, and millions more just like you, products of a failed educational system, are the real problem here in the late great United States of corruption and delusion.

Kayman's picture


Your point is well taken and has been extensively aired.  Republicans and Democrats are as interchangable as a pair of socks, constantly acting like they are in some sort of competition with each other.  When, in fact, the only competition is over the spoils sprinkled around by the banksters and corporate sellouts.

As to who is the greater imbecile, boy, is that ever a tough one.  I still like the video clip of Bankster Regan admonishing Presidential Actor Reagan.

ZeroAffect's picture

da ObamaNation is the greatest retard that every lived within the walls of the White House, and possibly the largest tard in high government office in any country through all of history because he voted for and wholeheartedly supports the Patriot Act. Any other conclusion is not logical. When both houses of CONgress and the White House were overwhelmingly controlled by a single party, that political party could have ended the Patriot Act, but chose not to do so. Yeah there is very little distinction between the Red/Blue Teams - they are criminals, liars and CON-artist of the highest order. 

VodkaInKrakow's picture

No, that just means he managed to fool a bunch of people with his wuave oratory skills while hiding his true ambitions. Obama is doing exactly what he wanted to do. It just took many of his supporters to wake up and smell the coffee. His actions are not the actions of a retard. Rather, that of a master manipulator who managed to fool millions upon millions around the world.

You want to know what? Even if he is not re-elected in 2012 and some lame Right Wing zealot takes over, he is still going to rake in the money...

So, for anyone to call Obama a retard just goes to show how retarded they are.

CompassionateFascist's picture

There's two words for all of this: Terminal Jewification. The Chosen have a mania for Control. Then they feel "safe".

Maniac Researcher's picture

Yeah. I see Zerohedge's so-called plan.

Happy Labor Day. 

Nothing like getting to say "the bums will always lose" to a Nazi's face. Just one of the many ways one can celebrate the past triumphs of labor over capital today. Cheers.

Bringin It's picture

ManicResearcher - Are you a Jew yet?  Because before you were.  Then you swore you weren't.  Then you were.  So what are you today? 


mcguire's picture

to CF: there's two words for your post: full retard. 

offensetaken's picture

Wow the United States has got to cool it!

sunnydays's picture

Amazing.  It would seem the U.S. government is actually bent on destroying companies and people's freedoms, including saving a bird.  If the bird is protected, it seems the government would realize that is exactly what the girl was doing.  Would she have been charged if she had let the cat kill the bird?  Would it have been better for the protected bird to have died?

Why the government is intimidating Gibson, I don't understand.  It seems they want them to take the manufacturing out of the country and take away jobs. 



Fish Gone Bad's picture

Actions speak louder than words.  Are you going to believe your own lying eyes, or what someone tells you?

The government wants to keep you safe, but has an open border.

The government wants a strong dollar, but keeps pushing it down.

How about this little gem:

Barney Frank Says House Will Pass HR1207 in October


whstlblwr's picture

This guy is idiot in true sense of word. All his posts are wrong and if his name tagged would not bother ot open. Look just do some digging. I'm sure Gibson has point of view, but even Chris Martin from Martin guitars think Gibson make mistake. For me, only purpose for government, to protect us from greedy corporations who want to use air, water, pollute for cheap.

"A court motion filed in June asserts Gibson's Madagascar ebony was contraband. It quotes emails that seem to show Gibson taking steps to maintain a supply chain that's been connected to illegal timber harvests.

Andrea Johnson, director of forest programs for the Environmental Investigation Agency in Washington, says the Lacey Act requires end users of endangered wood to certify the legality of their supply chain all the way to the trees. EIA's independent investigations have concluded that Gibson knowingly imported tainted wood.

"Gibson clearly understood the risks involved," says Johnson. "Was on the ground in Madagascar getting a tour to understand whether they could possibly source illegally from that country. And made a decision in the end that they were going to source despite knowing that there was a ban on exports of ebony and rosewood."

Look, he even get the woodpecker story WRONG, from own article he links to:

"The problem was that the woodpecker is a protected species under the Federal Migratory Bird Act. Therefore, it is illegal to take or transport a baby woodpecker. The Capo family says they had no idea."

Illegal to take or transport, IDIOT. I for one glad we have these law to protect diversity on planet. Without diversity human have no chance.

cfosnock's picture

You maybe right, and on a side note I'm also sure that the SEC will show the same due-diligence toward the banks and the COMEX that the FWS has shown to Gibson.

whstlblwr's picture

No, moral of story is we need woman from FWS in charge of rounding up bankers and taking to jail. SEC is neutered because strong ties to bankers.

sun tzu's picture

Moral of the story is you're a fucking moron who should have been aborted with a clotheshanger

Mike2756's picture

Illinois has the same law for squirrels, they're all over the place.

Central Bankster's picture

One of the great mysteries of the universe includes the fact that Darwinism hasn't taken our friend whstlblwr.  I guess socialism truly does allow the weak and stupid to survive.

sun tzu's picture

Most likely he is a retarded union/government clown. 

sun tzu's picture

Gibson is the only major non-union guitar manufacturer in the USA. The DOJ wrote in the brief that Gibson should move their manufacturing overseas to avoid trouble

angela03's picture

Those actually controlling U.S. government foreign and domestic policy are members of the plutocracy. One very important goal of this group is wage price destruction in the U.S. This is not a world of nations, it is a world of multinationals that control governments. The very notion of patriotism to country is but one aspect of a global Milton Bradley board game meant to entertain the oblivious masses.

DefiantSurf's picture

note to self:

Bury gold somewhere safe

DaveyJones's picture

six feet down, right next to that congressman 

Hurdy Gurdy Man's picture

Anthony Sowell was arrested shortly after one surviving victim jumped naked out of a window after being raped. At first, she claimed she had been in a car accident, but later told police she was attacked after seeing the bodies recovered from his house.

After police took Sowell in for questioning, he was told about six bodies found at his house and one in the backyard. Sowell responded, “Oh, those,” using the plural when only one body had been found in the backyard at the time, according to police testimony.

Sudden Debt's picture

Cancel the credit card on which you bought them and apply for another one at another bank so your payment history dissaprears.

When they check your credit card history, they'll only see your last cards history.


XenoFrog's picture

State legislatures are already working to close that loophole, requiring the sellers to keep a detailed list of info for each customer, including name, address, phone, and a copy of your photo ID.  It's all for YOUR protection though.

angela03's picture

If you are buying gold here in the U.S. from any of a multitude of dealers rest assured your name and address are on file. When the dollar finally collapses, the national guard will be knocking on your door wanting to retrieve it. You think the little girl taking care of a bird had problems, just try keeping your gold from our totally corrupted government. Buy your gold in Asia and keep it there. Buy your real estate elsewhere. We are living in the last days of a dying world power. The country that was is no more, the age of neo-fuedalism is well on it's way and there is no stopping it. The American of today is uninformed, stupid, and most disturbingly, an utter coward in standing up to it's corrupt government.  Today's American has no right to liberty and freedom, we are a nation of eunuchs that deserve oppression and tyranny. It's coming.

sethstorm's picture

Buy your gold in Asia and keep it there.

What says that makes it any safer?  You're putting it in a less free region that is even more despotic than the US could ever be.  You might as well make something of that gold instead.  Your real estate is even worse for it is a sitting target. 

I'd argue that no country is safe, for the US can reach them all by some means.  The US is far from a "dying world power", but evolving to be the sole superpower with a militarily-enforced infinite jurisdiction.