We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for a people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with the National Security State, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the freedom from all forms of oppression to which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights entitles them, a deep respect for all concerned requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to this separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that the elected and appointed officials of the National Security State are complicit in war crimes, in pervasive Wall Street fraud and corruption, in systemic corporate lawlessness, in media consolidation that has destroyed the freedom and independence of the press, in the criminalizing of dissent at every level of society, in massive illegal surveillance of entire nations.
The officials of the National Security State have granted themselves unalienable classified Rights and Powers, that among these are the right to engage in endless Deceit, the right to eliminate civil liberties on any pretext, the power to arrest and imprison anyone they choose to designate as a national security threat, the power to establish secret courts to “legalize” their lawlessness, the insidious power to classify every one of their outrages, thus rendering it impossible to have any meaningful oversight whatsoever.
It is evident that a national security system long established should not be condemned for light and transient causes; but when a long train of abuses and brazen betrayals, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to target entire nations for surveillance and intimidation, it is the right of the People, it is the duty of the People, to condemn that system, to oppose it, to resist it, to defend themselves and restore their liberties.
To prove the lawlessness of the National Security State and the treachery of its officials, let Facts be submitted to a candid world:
The political operatives of the National Security State have refused to pass comprehensive campaign finance reform, which is most wholesome and necessary for the public good, thus providing themselves with a 95 percent “reelection” rate, which renders elections meaningless and perpetuates endless injustice.
They have refused to enforce oversight and regulatory Laws of immediate and critical importance to the economy and the environment, they have refused to uphold the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, they have actively and repeatedly subverted the rule of law, it no longer applies to them, it is used instead as a weapon against the People.
They have conspired to reward criminal banks and financial organizations guilty of the most infamous financial crimes in all of human history, trillions of dollars of taxpayer money have disappeared into the bank vaults of psychopaths while further “austerity” has been imposed on their victims; they have relentlessly expanded the power of corporate interests, ensuring that working people are virtually powerless to defend themselves against repeated corporate exploitation and abuse.
They have violated human rights on a global scale, through illegal wars and covert coups, through torture, through drone attacks and assassinations, through the sale of lethal weaponry to First, Second, and Third World governments of dubious legitimacy, to “freedom fighters” and rebels with or without a cause, to drug cartels, to corporate security forces, private security forces, and everyone in between. Profit and power projection are the motivation, bloodshed and injustice are the consequences.
They have authorized or condoned the infestation of communications networks worldwide with NSA surveillance technology, every phone call, every email, every form of electronic communication is being monitored, recorded, and stored in massive databases by National Security State operatives accountable to no one. We are all being watched, no matter who we are or where we are.
They have authorized the targeted persecution of political activists and protesters and whistleblowers, they have engaged in systemic abuses of power and obstructions of justice, in violation of our Constitution and unacknowledged by our laws; they have actively given their Assent to the establishment of a top-secret shadow government infrastructure that has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, no one knows how many people it employs, no one knows how many programs exist within it or who controls them.
They stand condemned:
For protecting Bush Administration officials from criminal investigations, thus conferring upon them legal immunity from prosecution for war crimes, torture, and other heinous assaults on human rights and dignity.
For decreeing that telecoms engaged in massive violations of the 4th Amendment are above the law and immune from criminal or civil action, thus ensuring that they will never be held accountable for their crimes:
For complicity in depriving American citizens in many cases, of the benefit of habeas corpus and Trial by Jury:
For complicity in transporting them beyond the Seas to be tortured for pretended offenses, subjecting them to Cruelty and Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of a civilized nation:
For complicity in abolishing the regulatory laws which protected our banking system and economy from corporate exploitation and Wall Street fraud, thereby precipitating a global financial crisis, which has further enriched the perpetrators of it while subjecting everyone else to “entitlement” cuts and endless lectures about the deficit, which is never mentioned until it’s time to use it as a weapon against the poor and the powerless:
For complicity in the never-ending efforts of psychotic conservatives to destroy Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, for complicity in massive foreclosure fraud and drug money laundering, for endless submission to the National Rifle Association, no matter how many Americans are slaughtered with guns:
For complicity in militarizing our police, for complicity in enabling huge corporations to pay no taxes, for complicity in the corporate poisoning of our air and water, for complicity in allowing five alleged “justices” on the Supreme Court to fundamentally alter the funding of our electoral system, disenfranchising everyone except billionaires and leaving only the illusion of democracy behind:
For complicity in funding and funding and funding yet again the Pentagon war machine and the criminal contractors of the military-industrial complex, with consequences counterproductive to our national security, productive only to the furtherance of corporate war machine profiteering; we are witnessing the endless funding of death by depraved politicians oblivious to the ancient warning that those who live by the sword shall die by the sword.
For the corruption and treachery displayed every hour of every day in every institution of the federal government from Capital Hill to the White House to the State Department, displayed in every newsroom and media studio in this country, spreading like a plague through state and local governments. For the corruption and treachery engaged in or condoned at every level of the National Security State, they all stand condemned.
At every stage of these Oppressions, American citizens have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble of terms, but our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated betrayals and even greater treachery. The Republican and Democratic officials of the National Security State, whose destructive legacy has been characterized by every heinous act which defines corruption and moral bankruptcy, are unfit to be supported by any American citizen.
They have been deaf to the voice of justice, they have been deaf to our repeated appeals. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity of declaring our Separation from them and resist the National Security State, we must consign the Democratic and Republican Parties to Oblivion, condemn the two-party system as an abusive and corrupt anachronism, reject submissive obedience to this monstrous reincarnation of fascism, and call upon every American to engage in nationwide civil disobedience.
We, therefore, the citizens of the United States of America, appealing to the Supreme Judge of History for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name of, and by Authority of the Founding Fathers who gave us this republic and expect us to preserve it, solemnly publish and declare, that we will embrace Citizen Empowerment, that we are Absolved from all allegiance to the Powers which oppress us, that all political connection between us and the officials of the National Security State is and ought to be totally dissolved, that we will unite as We the People and restore our democracy.