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by Andrew McCrae
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002 at 6:32 PM
The motives behind the killing of a Police Officer in Red Bluff, California. A declaration of American rights against law enforcement.
We apologize to the family and friends of the Police Officer that we killed in Red Bluff, California.
The Declaration of a Renewed American Independence
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Whether yes or no, the question itself becomes meaningless when the ‘chains and slavery’ we use to protect our lives begin to kill and brutalize us.
Throughout the course of human history, governments have established unjust laws, pressing them upon its citizens with the force of a brutal police system. These police systems, in turn, quickly come to abuse their position of authority over the people.
Such has been the patient suffering of the present day American. The Intelligent Independence of all American Individuals, although necessary for strong and free-minded communities, is rapidly being encroached upon and destroyed by the foot soldiers of our Law Enforcement Agencies.
There is a ‘War on Crime’ being fought in our country today, and while a portion of this war is fought to protect us, in many forms, including the ‘War on Drugs,’ it is also used as an excuse to unbearably disrupt the lives of inoffensive Americans.
By attacking individuals and activities we hold dear, this ‘War on Crime’ has, in effect, been declared on all of us. We therefore must hold the Police as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace, Friends.
We are eager to end the destructive aspects of this War and resume friendship with those Police who simply desire to protect their fellow citizens.
But both police brutality and unjust laws exist, and we are not content to simply obey them. Honor, justice, and humanity forbid us from tamely surrendering that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, which our innocent children have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of delivering future generations to that wretchedness which would inevitably await them, if they were to inherit from us a National Police State.
We, the Freedom-Loving People of America, hereby solemnly publish and declare-
-That any adult consensual act, whether declared illegal by legislature or not, is, in the truth of human existence, not a crime, but a Non-Crime.
-That people in America ‘guilty’ of Non-Crimes are, and by right ought to be, Independent Individuals working together in community, Free From Interference by any Law Enforcement Agency.
-That they are absolved from allegiance to any harmful laws.
-That as Independent Individuals they have the right to be free from racial profiling, to physically defend themselves from unjust arrest, to do drugs, to have any type of adult consensual sex, and to do all other acts and things that free people may by right do.
We further demand that our Police Force cease both brutalizing us and in any way abusing their authority over us.
To prove the existence of this police oppression, let facts be submitted to a candid world-
The Law Enforcement Agencies of America: the FBI, DEA, BATF, INS, US Marshals Service, the Secret Service, along with state and local agencies, have defiled our liberties in the following ways-
They have killed over 2,000 people nationwide, without just cause, within the last year.
They have attempted to cover up the circumstances of these murders, painting their victims poorly in the media in ways that have nothing to do with the circumstances of their deaths.
They have used their desire for excitement to escalate situations that could have been resolved peacefully.
They have operated raids in the place of investigations, prioritizing military tactics over social skills, in cases where force was not necessary.
They have justified searches off anonymous tips, used ‘secret evidence’ in court, and detained people without charge.
They have used scare tactics to gain compliance, hovering the threat of violence over us.
They have allowed ‘resisting arrest’ charges to turn unlawful arrests into ‘lawful’ ones.
They have arrested people without reading them their rights.
They have interrogated suspects while denying them the right to a lawyer present.
They have attacked our spiritual and physical liberties by waging a War against Drugs that are so widely used and enjoyed that this enforcement becomes an insult to both American intelligence and freedom itself.
They have extended the War on Drugs to justify all areas of police abuse of power, using it intensively as a harassment and punishment tool for racist purposes.
They have treated people of color as criminals by default, enforcing a violent systematic racism against them.
They have behaved as soldiers in an occupied territory, never developing an understanding of the actual social problems and needs of the communities they police.
They have enhanced violent crimes between citizens by inciting nearly every major U.S. riot since 1964 with police oppression.
They have harassed immigrants of color, and U.S. citizens of color for the possibility that they might not be citizens, even going so far as to gather them all together, write numbers on their arms for organization, and herd them into cattle trucks until their identities have been proven.
They have forced illegal aliens into cheap labor by using selective enforcement of immigration laws to control factory workers who demand equal rights.
They have established checkpoints within our borders to determine driver’s nationalities, using the Trojan horse of ‘Order’ to set the firm foundations of a racist police state.
They have assisted in the encroachment upon our privacy by probing our identities, activities, and belongings without cause.
They have enforced an errant ‘lowered expectation of privacy’ in our vehicles pulling us over for whimsical reasons and intimidating us into searches.
They have concocted transgressions and arrested us when we refuse their assaults on our privacy.
They have placed video cameras on our street corners and highways to catalog victimless Non-Crimes, and extort money from inoffensive citizens.
They have hypocritically demanded that we not be armed during our interactions with them, for ‘officer safety.’
They have enforced gun registration laws, establishing a fundamental step on the way to complete gun confiscation.
They have confiscated guns and knives for trivial reasons, severely damaging the American right to revolution, forcing us into channels of change that the authorities themselves control.
They have subverted our personal human interactions by requiring government permission for public gatherings.
They have wrenched our public property away from us by closing parks at night, preventing loitering, and harassing skateboarders.
They have waged a war on poverty-
-outlawing panhandling, public sleeping, and hitchhiking.
-allowing our justice system to be controlled by wealth, imprisoning small criminals, but allowing great criminals to go free.
They have harassed our children and stolen away the freedom of their youth by enforcing local curfews and underage drinking laws.
They have contributed to an unhealthy social sexuality, declaring the human body ‘indecent’ by enforcing public ‘indecency’ laws.
They have been the hand of censorship against ‘obscenity.’
They have kept us from using fast, though safe, speeds that we know we can handle, becoming the willing tools in using us as a source of revenue.
They have sped faster than we do to stop us from speeding.
They have undermined adult consent by waging a war on prostitution.
They have wreaked havoc on prostitute’s lives by surrounding their profession with danger and criminality.
And throughout all this, they have avoided citizen accountability by-
-refusing to give their names and badge numbers.
-interfering with documentation of their activities.
-seizing private property to fund their departments, under the pretext of the ‘War on Drugs.’
The enumeration in this declaration of certain grievances shall not be construed to
deny other grievances retained by the people.
In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress of grievances both in our courts and on our streets. Our repeated petitions have been answered by repeated injury and the foot soldiers of our oppressions have been protected by mock trials.
“If you make peaceful revolution impossible, you make violent revolution inevitable.” -John F. Kennedy
We now restate our grievances with the force of violence behind them.
We fully expect the authorities to denounce our use of violence and declare us ‘terrorists,’ citing their definition of ‘people who use violence to further their own political objective.’
But we hold to light the facts-
-that these same authorities use violence to further their own political objectives, both domestically with police, and internationally with war.
-that the objectives of these authorities are authoritarian and driven by greed for money, whereas our objectives are community-oriented and driven by a passion for human freedoms.
-that the self-sanctioned violence of these authorities always produces innocent casualties, whereas our violence has not.
Our violence has delivered neither burned babies nor shattered adolescents. These authorities will, but we will not, club the opposition for nonviolently protesting against us.
We recognize that a policing force is necessary for the safety and happiness of human life.
We don’t dare say that all police desire to be destructive of our Freedoms.
We recognize the Peace Officer. The Peace Officer protects us from thoughtless violence and from organized corruption. The Peace Officer is dedicated to serving and protecting us. They genuinely care for our well being. They will bend the rules for us when they see the situation where a bureaucratic system will do us more harm than good.
We respect the Peace Officer and beg them for patience with our action of violence.
But any law enforcement system where, as in ours, the enforcers are encouraged not to use their own political judgment, is the basis for Fascism, Nazism, and any form of a Police State Government. Through police department politics, even our Peace Officers are pressured to support their less honorable colleagues through silence and active participation.
The old excuse, “I’m just doing my job,” is not good enough to avoid the responsibility of our grievances.
Law Enforcement Officers, we encourage you to think less of the ways that you are tied to your supporting career and more of the better world that your family will inherit if you help us to create it.
Think of what our friendship could be worth to you.
If we all truly desire to eradicate the victimization that is caused by crime, we must only police unsolicited violence, coercion and corruption. To eliminate these things, while violence will sometimes be necessary, it is a more worthy and efficient tactic to focus on prevention. We must focus on providing quality education, good jobs, housing and health care.
For this to happen all of our police officers must become Peace Officers.
The past can be forgiven. What is important is the future.
The only way this country will get better is if we all work together. Help us, Law Enforcement Officers. Please. Help us take back our freedoms. We can’t do it without you.
We further encourage all of our neighbors and citizens-
We must all support one another’s rights.
The Homosexuals must support the Christian Creationists. The Gun Rights Advocates must support the Nonviolent Protesters. The Skateboarders must support the Prostitutes.
And vice versa.
And vice versa.
We must all support each other’s individual beliefs and rights or we will never again have rights as individuals.
Don’t Tread on Us.
The American People
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