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For four years I have been working with my team at the United States Justice Foundation, www.usjf.net representing America’s heroes, our military veterans who are being denied their constitutional rights under the Fifth Amendment to due process, and under the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms.…
The federal assault on America’s heroes not only seems to have no end, but is apparently accelerating. It all amounts to downright theft. Veterans are not only having their Constitutional rights to keep and bear arms, to have due process, and to be free of illegal searches and seizures, but also hav…
It appears that there is no end to what Obama’s Veterans Administration will do to hurt our military veterans. VA employees falsified and destroyed records to cover the failure of facilities to provide treatment to hundreds, and perhaps thousands of veterans. This led to many unnecessary death…
I received many responses to my post titled "I Have Never Met A War Hero", but one of them was particularly eloquent and is a testament to the American military veterans. I post it for everyone to read, exactly as it was received.
"Dear Mr. Connelly,
For over two years the United States Justice Foundation (www.usjf.net) has been working with veterans trying to help them protect their Fifth and Second Amendment rights. The more we learned the worse it got. Then about a year ago we started filing legal memorandums opposing new rules and regulation…
For months we at the United States Justice Foundation (USJF) have been involved in a protracted battle with four federal agencies over FOIA requests that we made regarding the denial of Second and Fifth Amendment rights to American veterans. At the time we made the requests we knew there were four f…
I may not always be the brightest candle on the cake, but it doesn’t take a wall to fall on me for certain things to come clearly into focus. That is what has happened in the last few weeks as we at the United States Justice Foundation (USJF) have continued to move forward with our investigation int…
I have reported on this blog that as Executive Director of the United States Justice Foundation I worked with one our media partners to file four Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to four U.S. government agencies. These four agencies are the Veterans Administration (VA), the FBI, the Depart…
On February 20, 2013 I wrote and posted the first article on my blog titled “Disarming America’s Heroes” detailing what was happening to veterans who were being denied their Second Amendment and Fifth Amendment rights. It was reposted on many websites and within a few days attacked on Michelle Malki…
On August 26, 2014 I posted an article on my blog titled “Homeless Vets to Remain Homeless” in which I provided more details about the all-out assault by the Federal government on the Constitutional rights of our military veterans. Toward the end of the article I stated that at the United States Jus…
There are an estimated 130,000 to 200,000 U.S. Military veterans homeless on any given night. These are America’s heroes who fought for us and our freedom and they don’t have a place to live. But, fear not, the Obama administration has a message for our homeless veterans; “drop dead”, we have ille…
For months now I have been writing about the relentless assault by the Obama administration on our military and veterans. However, I now must modify my observations since it is no longer just an assault. It is now an all-out war.
In previous articles on this blog I have discussed the Vete…
Most Americans apparently don’t realize that since he was elected President of the United States Barack Obama has been aggressively creating a caste system in our country. He and Michelle obviously consider themselves elitists who are above most of the rest of us and entitled to special privileges. …
I have been writing, speaking and doing radio interviews for months about what is happening to our military veterans who are systematically being robbed by the Veterans Administration of their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and their Fifth Amendment right to due process of law. I have …
On June 25, 2013 I posted an article on this blog titled “Psychiatry as a Weapon of Tyranny” and I pointed out the history behind using an ever broadening definition of mental illness as a way to disarm and ultimately imprison the potential enemies of dictators throughout history. I also pointed out that his technique was being used against American military veterans, and with the IRS now having access to the medical records of all Americans, this type of action would be broadened to include many more U.S. citizens.
Now, Obama has issued two new illegal and unconstitutional Executive Actions on gun control that attempt to codify my predictions into law. The new EAs exempt the states from complying with Federal privacy laws and encourage states to disclose confidential medical information to the FBI so that more people can be placed on the NICS and prohibited from purchasing firearms.
This is despite the fact that in order to legally be placed on the NICS list an individual must be a convicted felon or legally adjudicated to be mentally ill to the point of being a danger to themselves or others. Obama and the Veterans Administration are already bypassing the legal adjudication process when it comes to veterans and now with these new EOs will do the same thing to many other Americans.
The Constitutional implications of this are obvious and rampant. First, Obama has violated both Article 1 and Article 2 of the Constitution that establish the balance of powers existing between the Congress and the Executive Branch of government. Under Article 1 the Congress has the exclusive power to pass laws and Article 2 requires the Executive Branch (the President) to enforce those laws. The President is routinely violating these provisions by choosing which laws to enforce, amending existing laws without congressional approval, and making new laws by Executive Order.
Second, federal laws require the states and the medical community protect the privacy of individual medical records. This has now been waived by the Obama Executive Orders that he had no constitutional authority to issue. This also violates the Fourth Amendment prohibition against illegal searches and seizures.
Third, the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the government from depriving citizens of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. By placing veterans and other Americans on the NICS list without a legal adjudication of mental illness causing them to be a danger to themselves or others they are being denied liberty and property without due process.
Last, but certainly not least, the U.S. Supreme Court has twice ruled that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right, yet this right is routinely being denied to veterans and other Americans simply because Obama and his minions want all of us to be disarmed. A disarmed population is a population that cannot effectively resist tyranny.
Since Congress has repeatedly refused to pass gun control legislation Obama is invoking the mental illness card to accomplish the mission. If you have ever told your doctor you have been depressed, ever suffered from PTSD after being in an accident or losing a family member, or even in the past taken certain types of medications for things such as ADD you may be denied your Second Amendment rights.
The Obama administration has also changed the definition of adjudication of a mental illness from requiring an action by a board, commission, or other lawful authority to allowing anyone in the VA or other government agency to find someone incompetent or mentally defective.
There is no longer any due process required and while military veterans are still the primary target, the ultimate goal is the disarming of all Americans. This mirrors the actions of the Nazi party in Germany and other dictatorships that have used alleged mental illness to disarm, imprison, and control their populations.
The groundwork is being laid to have the very act of gun ownership be declared a mental illness. That is why the lawsuits we at the United States Justice Foundation (www.usjf.net) are working on for veterans are so critical. If the efforts of the Obama administration are successful at disarming veterans the rest of the population will also be vulnerable.
They are extraordinary Americans. It is said that they sign a blank check to their country and their countrymen pledging that they will give their all, up to and including their lives, to defend the American way of life and their fellow Americans. They are the men and women who are currently serving or have previously served in the armed forces of the United States. They take an oath to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic” and they always live by that oath.
This blank check is readily accepted by our government and by other Americans who send these selfless individuals off to fight and die for our nation and its freedoms. Many of them have made the ultimate sacrifice and died in battle while many others have returned home with shattered bodies and emotional scars. Unfortunately, they have often returned home to betrayal by some of their fellow Americans and particularly by their own government.
The Americans who fought in World War II returned home as heroes and rightfully so, yet just a few years later when members of the military fought in Korea and over 50,000 died, the survivors were virtually ignored when they came home to the point that Korea is often referred to as the forgotten war.
As for the Americans who served in Vietnam, they often were insulted, spat on and physical attacked by people in their own country that supposedly believed in peace. To make it worse, many in the mainstream media actively supported the enemy and lied about what was really happening in Vietnam. To this day, children are taught in school that the U.S. military lost the war in Vietnam.
That is a blatant lie; American soldiers never lost a battle during that war. The victory was given to the enemy by a vote of the U.S. Congress that cut off military support to the South Vietnamese army and allowed the communist to launch a new and successful invasion.
Fortunately, the American people as a whole are much more grateful to the men and women who are fighting the war on terrorism, but the same cannot be said about the mainstream news media and the government. The media ignores the sacrifices and victories of our soldiers and often seems to support our enemies with insane reporting in the name of political correctness.
As for our government, we have a President of the United States, an administration, and a Congress that seems intent on breaking the morale of our soldiers and destroying their capability of protecting our nation. Their actions support the fact that there is an all-out assault on both our active duty military and our veterans. The elements of this assault consist of:
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a bulletin to all police agencies in 2009 naming all military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan as potential domestic terrorists.
Senator Diane Feinstein declares that all veterans have PTSD and are therefore mentally ill and should not be allowed to own firearms.
The Veterans Administration in 2009 begins declaring veterans with physical disabilities, minor PTSD, past depression, or who even allow their spouses to pay the family bills as mental defectives incompetent to handle their own financial affairs and forbidding them from owning, purchasing, or possessing firearms. This process is accelerating.
Obama unilaterally cuts billions of dollars from our military budget without approval of Congress.
Congress passes legislation authorizing sequestration leading to massive cuts in the military readiness of the United States, and putting us in a position of being incapable of defending our national interests around the world.
Our military capabilities are being cut in half and we have lost respect around the world. The ridiculous politically correct rules of engagement imposed on our fighting men and women in combat have cost countless American lives.
High ranking officers in the military who disagree with these policies of the Administration are being purged, and enlisted personnel who utilize their right to free speech to express their concerns are being court martialed and dishonorably discharged.
The Obama administration has also launched an attack on the very foundation of the success of our military, the profound religious beliefs of most of our troops. Members of the military are being prohibited from practicing their religion even to the point of being denied the right to have bibles in their workplace, mentioning Christmas, or expressing their opposition to radical Islam. Chaplains are having their sermons and even prayers censored to make sure they are politically correct.
The Veterans Administration that is supposed to represent the interests of our military heroes has slowed down the process of filing claims for benefits to the point where veterans are waiting for months and even years to have their claims processed. In addition, when veterans go to the VA they are being asked if they own firearms, if they have ever been depressed, and if their spouses handle the family finances. Then this information is being used to declare them incompetent and deny them their Constitutional rights under the 5th and 2nd Amendments.
During both the 2010 and 2012 election cycles the Obama administration through the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, actively encouraged Secretaries of State around the country to violate Federal law by failing to timely mail out absentee ballots to active duty military personnel. As a result, hundreds of thousands of military votes were never counted, denying our heroes a basic American right.
While civilian employees of the Obama administration get pay raises, members of the military and veterans are seeing their pay and benefits cut with the Secretary of Defense promising more cuts to come.
Military families are also being affected in other ways. Chuck Hagel wants to close commissaries at U. S. bases forcing military families to purchase their groceries from civilian stores where they will pay up to 30% more. In addition, thousands of military spouses work at these commissaries to supplement the family income. They will be losing their jobs.
I could go on with this list because it just scratches the surface. Our military members and our veterans are being hammered by the government they have fought for. They are being denied the medical care they were promised, the respect they are due, and ultimately the constitutional rights they have been defending. Enough is enough, if we allow our military and veterans to be treated this way, how can we expect the government not to turn on all of us.
I have not posted anything new on my blog in over a month, but I have not been idle. Here is an update on some of the projects I have been working on:
VETERANS SECOND AMENDMENT LAWSUITS
The United States Justice Foundation (www.usjf.net) continues to push our lawsuit against the Veterans Administration to force them to respond to our Freedom of Information Act request for info on why the VA is declaring thousands of veterans incompetent without due process of law and denying them their Second Amendment Right to keep and bear arms. We have received some information that is very damaging to the VA, but still not everything we have requested.
In the meantime, more veterans are coming forward asking for our help and we are preparing a second lawsuit. The horror stories continue to mount as we are now learning that the VA is telling the families of veterans that they also cannot purchase or own firearms, simply by virtue of the fact that they are the spouses and children of veterans that the VA has declared incompetent.
Additionally, several veterans have reported to us that in addition to being unable to purchase firearms, they are having their passports cancelled and/or being placed on the terrorist cannot fly list. In other words, the Feds continue to push the idea that all military veterans are potential terrorists simply by virtue of having honorably served our country.
ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT
I am continuing to update and refine the formal Articles of Impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama I am preparing for filing in the House of Representatives. Obama continues to give me more ammunition with new Executive Orders on gun control, the arming of terrorist in Syria, and his punitive actions toward the American people during the government shut down, to name but a few. We are also looking for a member of Congress willing to step up and file them.
UN SMALL ARMS TREATY
At the USJF we are monitoring the next moves Obama will make now that he has had John Kerry sign the blatantly anti Second Amendment UN Small Arms treaty. The very signing of the treaty is an unconstitutional action that violates the oath of office taken by both Kerry and Obama. We will work diligently to keep the treaty from being ratified by the necessary two-thirds of the Senate, but we are also concerned that Obama will try to implement parts of the treaty without Senate approval. That will result in an immediate lawsuit by the Justice Foundation.
I am continuing to work with USJF attorneys on other legal issues we are involved including defending the wrongfully prosecuted family in New Mexico that had bogus charges filed against them by the U.S. Attorney and had all of their assets seized simply because they owned a gun store and were active Tea Party members. We have also filed friend of the court briefs in several cases trying to protect the First Amendment right to freedom of religion of religious institutions and businesses owned by religious families who have moral objections to providing contraception and abortion services to their employees as required by Obamacare.
I have written extensively about the horrendous and ongoing efforts by the Veterans Administration to disarm American military veterans by declaring them incompetent to handle their financial affairs due to physical or mental disabilities. Once declared incompetent the veterans are arbitrarily stripped of their Second Amendment right to purchase, own, or possess a firearm.
This is all being done by broadening the definition of mental illness to the point of absurdity. Often with the VA there is no psychiatrist or psychologist involved in the determination of incompetence. Instead, some untrained bureaucrat reviews the file of the veteran and if they find any mention of PTSD or the use of the word depression they seize on that and make the declaration of incompetence. There is no legal adjudication process involved in this; the veterans have no right to due process as required by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. It is tyranny in its purest form.
Unfortunately, what the VA is doing is not new. The use of phony psychiatry has been a weapon of tyranny for decades. In dictatorships like Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Cuba, and China people who opposed the regime would be declared mentally ill and placed in psychiatric hospitals or internment camps. That way no charges had to be filed and no evidence offered that an individual had committed a crime.
For the Nazis it was initially a perfect way to deal with the Jews and other groups that they considered sub human. If you were Jewish you had to mentally defective and therefor you could be put in a hospital and experimented on. It was the beginning of the holocaust. In the Soviet Union anyone who was not a devout supporter of Communism was held in an institution and then often sent on to the Gulag where they could be worked and starved to death.
We have certainly not reached that point in the United States, but we have reached the point where the basic premise is the same. The VA is using declarations of mental illness to disarm veterans and there have been reports of states like California doing the same. If it happening to veterans now how long will it be before it starts happening to other American citizens?
Consider this; soon those stalwarts of integrity who run the IRS will have access to the medical records of every American. They will be able to review them to see if you have ever told a doctor that you were depressed, ever suffered from PTSD after the loss of a loved one or from being in an accident, or even suffered from some minor memory loss. Based on the criteria being used by the VA the IRS could declare you mentally defective and put you on the list of people that can’t legally purchase or own firearms.
You also have to consider the fact that one of the 23 so called executive actions on gun control Obama recently signed called for doctors to ask their patients if they owned a firearm. This is not just directed at psychiatrists, but at all physicians including pediatricians. In other words, if your child confesses that Mommy and Daddy have a gun in the house that could conceivably be considered the actions of mentally defective individuals and you could be disarmed. Once we are disarmed we cease to be citizens and become subjects.
I am writing this on June, 6, 2013. Sixty nine years ago today my father, Roy Connelly, was a young army Lieutenant fighting his way up Utah Beach with other men of the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion. It was D-Day and they were invading Normandy to free Europe from Nazi domination and restore and preserve freedom. Many of these men didn’t make it home, but those that did were honored for their service and were proud veterans.
There are over 21 million proud military veterans of WW II and other wars we have fought since then that are still alive in our nation. I am one of them and I have two sons still serving in the U.S. Army. We all took the same oath “to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic” and we still keep that oath.
Unfortunately, our veterans are being dishonored by the very government they fought to defend. They are being denied adequate medical treatment and many are being stripped of their Constitutional rights under the Second and Fifth Amendment. They have even been classified by the Department of Homeland Security as “potential domestic terrorists.” They deserve better.
Today is not just the sixth day of June; it was and always will be D-day. As for my part, I will honor my father, the men of the 87th, and all of the veterans of the greatest generation by watching the movie “The Longest Day.” I used to watch it every year on this day with my father but that is no longer possible. However, as I watch it I will remember his stories of that day and the stories told to me by the other members of his battalion. I am sure that the tears will flow at some point, they always do.
To my fellow veterans and their families I say God Bless You and God Bless America!
With Memorial Day approaching Americans should be preparing to honor our veterans and military heroes currently fighting for us as well as remembering those we have lost. This honor should be especially due from our own government that has sent these brave men and women off to war. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. It is clear that the Federal government has declared war on our veterans and is intent on denying them the very Constitutional rights they fought to protect.
First there is the ever widening scandal involving the systematic denial of veterans Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and their rights to due process under the provisions of the Fifth Amendment. This is being orchestrated by the VA which sends out letters to veterans telling them that because of physical or mental disabilities the VA is going to declare them incompetent to handle their own financial affairs and appoint a fiduciary to represent them.
Then in the same letter the veterans are told that “A determination of incompetency will prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, receiving, or transporting a firearm or ammunition. If you knowingly violate any of these prohibitions, you may be fined, imprisoned, or both pursuant to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, Pub.L.No. 103-159, as implemented at 18, United States Code 924(a)(2).”
An estimated 150,000 veterans are now on the NICS background check list and cannot legally purchase firearms. I believe that the vast majority of them do not belong on the list and many of the veterans don’t know why they are there or even that they have been placed on the list. The only legitimate reasons for veterans to lose Second Amendment Rights is if they have been convicted of a felony, are known drug addicts, or been found to be mentally ill to a point where they are a danger to themselves or others.
The veterans that are being represented by the United States Justice Foundation (USJF) are reporting to us that they are being declared incompetent for having minor depression, PTSD, or simply because they let their spouses pay the family bills. Some veterans are reporting that if they try to fight the VA determination of incompetence the VA either threatens to withhold their payments or actually has done so. This is extortion since many veterans rely on their VA payments to feed themselves and their families.
The VA has refused to respond to several requests made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for information about the criteria being used to declare veterans incompetent and deny them their Second Amendment rights. The USJF has filed a suit to force the VA to turn over this information and will soon be filing a class action suit on behalf of veterans to stop the whole process.
This suit is the last chance these veterans may have since the bill introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R.NC) to protect the gun rights of veterans was recently defeated by the Democrats in the Senate.
There are at least three other attacks taking place on our veterans. The first has been the subject of a series of reports by the Fox News and ABC affiliates in Dallas, Texas which last fall reported that veterans going to the VA hospital were either having to wait for months to get treatment for serious illnesses or in some cases being denied effective treatment entirely. Two veterans were found to have committed suicide, one on the hospital grounds, because they were not being properly treated for their severe problems.
The second problem for our wounded warriors has been exposed in a series of reports by the Colorado Springs Gazette. According to the paper an extraordinary number of veterans who have received traumatic wounds, been treated and latter returned to their units, have ultimately received less than honorable discharges from the military for alleged misconduct. Once that happens, the soldiers can no longer receive treatment from the VA for their wounds or illnesses and they can’t receive any other benefits.
Reporter Dave Philipps stated in his article that: “It doesn't take serious misconduct to be discharged and lose a lifetime of benefits. The Gazette found troops cut loose for small offenses that the Army acknowledges can be symptoms of TBI and PTSD. Some soldiers missed formation a handful of times or smoked marijuana once. Some were discharged for showing up late or missing appointments. Some tested positive once for drugs, then were deployed to combat zones because the Army needed the troops, only to be discharged for the drug offense when they returned.”
In other words, wounded soldiers who have problems because of their injuries are rewarded for their combat service by getting kicked out of the military so the government will not have to fulfill its obligation to treat them.
Last, but certainly not least is the horrendous treatment the 32 members of the army who were wounded in the terrorist attack at Fort Hood, Texas on November 5, 2009. Since the Pentagon was ordered to be politically correct and label the attack by jihadist Nidal Milak Hasan as workplace violence instead of the obvious terrorist attack it was the soldiers who survived have been denied the Purple Heart medal for the wounds they received and denied the financial benefits that come with it.
According to a report on the NBC affiliate in Dallas some soldiers can barely afford to feed their families, yet Hasan has received his regular military pay since he was arrested and awaiting trial. The total pay so far is $268,000. His family has access to this money so our government is taking good care of the family of an Islamic terrorist and ignoring the families of our wounded soldiers. By the way, I join with the families of the 13 soldiers who died in the attack in asking why this man has not yet been tried for his crimes.
I am outraged by these actions of our government that dishonor our veterans and the debt we owe to them. This is developing into an additional scandal for the Obama administration yet many people are unaware that this is even happening. Please help me spread the word.
To my fellow veterans on this Memorial Day I can only say thank you for your service and I believe the American people will not let you be forgotten.