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TalkingStickTV – Jesse Trentadue – Death, Lies, and Revenge in Federal Custody

Kaye Beach

Sept. 12, 2012

A must watch!  Video of Jesse Trentadue telling his story below.


On August 18, 1995, Kenneth Trentadue was confined in the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Federal Transfer Center (“FTC”) in Oklahoma City, after being arrested for a parole violation.  Two days later he was dead. When the Bureau of Prisons ruled his death a suicide his family became alarmed, knowing Kenneth had no reason to end his life. Thus began a 17-year journey to find the truth.  Led by his ever persistent brother Jesse Trentadue, a Salt Lake City attorney, his family began to discover the facts of Kenneth’s death.  Jesse brought forth undisputed physical evidence and key witnesses to indicate his brother’s death was something other than suicide and revealed a government cover-up. A legal battle between the Trentadue family and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, F.B.I., and the Department of Justice ensued. Jesse Trentadue fought tirelessly in an epic battle through the court systems, including three appeals to the 10th Circuit of Court Appeals, seeking justice for his brother.   That justice, however, never came.

Instead, the Trentadue family’s quest for justice for a murdered husband, son and brother, has uncovered a corrupt and ugly side of the U.S. Department of Justice and  F.B.I. that many will have difficulty believing, evidence such as the existence of the “I-Drive,” “S-Drive,” “June Files” and “Zero Files” in which the F.B.I. buries evidence and records to keep those materials out of the hands of defense counsel in criminal cases and away from Freedom of Information Act requests.  Another disturbing fact uncovered by the Trentadue family in their almost two decade long war with the Department of Justice and F.B.I. has  been “PATCON,” an undercover operation involving then Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder that was in place throughout the 1990s.  An acronym for “Patriot Conspiracy,” PATCON was designed to infiltrate and incite the political and religious right so that they could be neutralized as a political force.  Perhaps most disturbing of all is the recent revelation that for many years the F.B.I. has had a program in place, complete with operations manuals, for recruiting and placing informants on the staffs of federal judges, in the offices of United States Senators and Congressman, within the top management of the national media, among the clergy, on defense teams in major criminal prosecutions and inside of local law enforcement and other federal agencies.  The following website provides additional background about the Trentadue case:  http://www.kennethtrentadue.com

If the video is not working properly, here is a link

Eric Holder, Time to Pay Your Trentadues?

 Kaye Beach

Dec 20, 2011

Attorney General Eric Holder certainly has much to answer for and it is  even possible that after so many years, the Attorney General might be close to paying his dues to the Trentadue family for his role in obstructing the investigation into the death of Kenneth Michael Trentadue back in 1995.

Right now, all eyes are on Fast and Furious, a program of the ATF that was overseen by the DOJ with Holder at the helm of  that agency.

Operation Fast and Furious

Members of Congress calling for Attorney General Eric Holder’s immediate resignation
WASHINGTON – New documents obtained by CBS News show Attorney General Eric Holder was sent briefings on the controversial Fast and Furious operation as far back as July 2010. That directly contradicts his statement to Congress.


The public is rightfully angry and they have their eyes trained on Holder so it is no surprise that a recent article posted by the American Free Press attacking Attorney General Holder caught some attention.  The problem with the article is that it was inaccurate and unsubstantiated.

It wouldn’t be worth mentioning except that the flawed information could do a real disservice to a gentleman that has been working for years to try and right a wrong and in the process has uncovered a huge amount of damning information related to the OKC bombing and been a great thorn in Eric Holder’s side to boot.

Articles like the one put out by the AFP (which has been removed as of yesterday) are a distraction from the facts which are explosive enough that they need no embellishment.

Jesse Trentadue is a Salt Lake City attorney and was recently interviewed about his ongoing efforts to obtain justice for his brother in the newly released documentary “A Noble Lie“. He has been pursuing justice for the murder of his brother, Kenneth Trentadue, since 1995.  Kenneth died while he was in federal custody at the Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center and the federal government, including Eric Holder, has blocked any investigation of Kenneth Trentadues’ death at every turn.

“Trentadue’s and Trentadon’ts” is telling verbiage used in email memos  obtained by Jesse Trentadue from the DOJ in which  the coverup is referred to as the “Trentadue Mission” and is characterize  as being like the “The Invasion of Normandy”

“Mr. Holder’s job was to cover-up my brother’s murder, basically to stop all inquiry,” said Trentadue, saying the e mails were “inflammatory,” referring as they do to “Trentadue’s and Trentadon’ts”. link

The erronous AFP article makes the allegation that Eric Holder managed an FBI operation that provided explosives to Tim Mcveigh and Terry Nichols right before the OKC bombing.  AFP attributes this information to documents produced as a result of Jesse Trentadue’s legal battles over the death of his brother.   The information revealed by Jesse Trentadue’s battle is eye opening and incredibly important but what is alleged by AFP  is not what these documents show.

Distortion of the facts produces sensational headlines like this;

AG Eric Holder was responsible for 168 deaths in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing…and more

These writers seem to have their facts mixed up which is a shame because there really is a story here that deserves to be told correctly and with the correct source documents.  Others in the blogosphere have noted the same.  Here and here

The AFP writes;

Eric Holder, current attorney general of the United States, managed an FBI operation that provided explosives to Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols just prior to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, according to official documents released during the ongoing investigation into government foreknowledge of the supposed terrorist attack.

. . . Holder had authorized the FBI to provide explosives to Nichols and McVeigh, then lost track of both the explosives and their targets

http://americanfreepress.net/?p=1885&mid=5572  (The article has been removed.)

Another inaccuracy that should be addressed is that the AFP mistakenly identifies Kenneth Trentadue as a government informant.   Kenneth Trentadue was probably  killed due to a case of mistaken identity.  The person that Kenneth was mistaken for could have been a government informant but nothing at all suggests that Kenneth himself was.

I spoke with Jesse Trentadue by phone yesterday afternoon about the AFP article and here is what he had to say about the matter;

“Mr. Holder has done a lot for which he should be impeached.  However, he did not become Deputy Attorney General until 1997, which was two years after the Oklahoma City Bombing.  Mr. Holder, therefore, obviously had no, direct or indirect, involvement in the Bombing itself.”

He doesn’t let Holder off easy though.

 “That said, I believe that the Oklahoma City Bombing was some how related to a sting operation by the FBI called “PATCON,” which was in operation throughout most of the 1990s and Mr. Holder most certainly would have known about PATCON.  I also believe that Mr. Holder, as Deputy Attorney General, helped to keep the truth about the Oklahoma City Bombing from the American people.”

PATCON   Short for “Patriot Conspiracy”, is a very interesting FBI operation that is threaded through some of the most shocking acts of violence that occurred in the 1990’s. Information regarding PATCON  has been very tough to uncover, however that may be changing.

From a Nov 21, 2011 posting by the Sipsey Street Irregulars;

I also knew from sources, living and dead, that PATCON was the worst scandal that the FBI ever perpetrated. PATCON could sink the FBI, perhaps permanently, and along with the Gunwalker Scandal, totally discredit the teflon coating that the Bureau has excreted around its corrupt core

. . .And now we know what a cabal of New York editors under pressure from a frightened FBI and nervous White House can do to the story of the greatest crime ever perpetrated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation — they can gut it, reducing it almost to innocuousness, all to protect criminals who hide behind federal badges and to shield the politicians who sent them.

. . .Sources in advance of the story said that FBI was very afraid of this article. “They don’t want PATCON mentioned,” said one source. “Not ever, by anybody. Because it leads to OKBOMB (the FBI name for the Oklahoma City bombing case), Elohim City (Oklahoma, a Christian Identity community), (German undercover agent Andreas Carl) Strassmeier, the McVeigh-Strassmeier connection, the Aryan Republican Army, the whole shebang.”

Read more-SSI EXCLUSIVE: The “Patriot Conspiracy” fix at Newsweak. Tina Brown guts a story to protect Democrats & the FBI. “PATCON will get you killed.”

Read more Here and here

I recommend keeping a close eye on the Sipsey Street Irregulars for dependable information regarding this story.  We may indeed be in the verge of a great unraveling as hinted to by SSI in their Nov 21, article;

There are many more dark corners of PATCON that have yet to be explored and Mr. Matthews will certainly be an excellent tour guide for some enterprising reporter who doesn’t work for Tina Brown and who is willing to get to the truth.

There are even links from PATCON to the Gunwalker Scandal.

. . .Future articles here at Sipsey Street will explore the details of the murder of Kenney Trentadue and Eric Holder’s role in covering them up. It will also deal with the tale of how a U.S. Attorney in Arizona made the proffer to McVeigh associate Michael Fortier in order to flesh out the “lone bomber theory” and divert attention away from Elohim City, the Aryan Republican Army and federal undercover informant Andreas Carl Strassmeier.

The name of that United States Attorney was Janet Napolitano.

Read more

Disregard disinfo and keep pressing for the truth.  If you want to get current on the facts of the Oklahoma City Bombing, get a copy of the newly released documentary by Free Mind Films; A Noble Lie, Oklahoma City 1995.

My review of A Noble Lie

If you are not familiar with the death and cover up of Kenneth Michael Trentadue, here are some links to follow.

This  legal brief lays out what Jesse Trentadue had discovered as of 2009,  as a result of his ongoing battle with the federal government to find out what happened to his brother Kenneth and why.

2009 Court Brief

Intelwire has a library of the Trentadue and related documents available.

Fred Jordan, as chief medical examiner, vents his frustration in having his investigation stymied at every turn in this 1997 FOX25 newscast.


Senator Orrin Hatch follows suit


Covering up murder

In a letter [dated Dec.  19 2008] to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy late last week, Trentadue charged that Eric Holder — a Deputy Attorney General during the Clinton Administration — took part in covering up the alleged murder of Trentadue’s brother, Kenneth, in August 1995. Trentadue included copies of several internal Justice Department documents which he alleges show Holder’s role in a cover-up.

Read the letter and documents

From What Really Keeps Eric Holder Awake At Night
From the Corbett Report, April 17, 2011

 Requiem for the Suicided: Kenneth Trentadue


The Corbett Report also provides documentation for the issues discussed.

What Really Keeps Eric Holder Awake at Night

Kaye Beach

Dec 22, 2010

In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke of the ongoing fight to protect American national security and expressed his growing concern with the threat of homegrown terror – a danger which he said  “keeps me up at night.” Link

More than likely what is keeping Eric Holder up at nights is a guilty conscious.

If you are even slightly familiar with the torture/murder of Kenneth Trentadue at the OK. Federal Prison Transfer Center and the endless battle endured by the family of the slain man, you will know what I mean.

. . .on March 12, 1998, the Assistant Attorney General of Oklahoma,Patrick T. Crawley, wrote to the US Department of Justice:

“The real tragedy in this case appears to be the perversion of law through chicanery and the misuse of public trust under the guise of some aberrant form of federalism. In a succession of either illegal, negligent, or just plain stupid acts, your clients [FBI, DOJ, Bureau of Prisons] succeeded in derailing the medical examiner’s investigation and, thereby, may have obstructed justice in this case. As more and more information is revealed in this case, primarily through the efforts of Jesse Trentadue [lawyer brother of victim], it appears that your clients, and perhaps others within the Department of Justice, have been abusing the powers of their respective offices. If this is true, all Americans should be very frightened of your clients and the DOJ.”

Read more from A Coverup That Won’t Stay Covered by Paul Craig Roberts

From Intelwire:

Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue is taking aim at President Barack Obama’s nominee for Attorney General.

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy late last week, Trentadue charged that Eric Holder — a Deputy Attorney General during the Clinton Administration — took part in covering up the alleged murder of Trentadue’s brother, Kenneth, in August 1995. Trentadue included copies of several internal Justice Department documents which he alleges show
Holder’s role in a cover-up.

Read the letter and documents

Here is a transcript of a recent interview with Jesse Trentadue



Declare Your Independence! (from Government Surveillance…)

I was a guest on Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock today. Topic; Government surveillance, Biometrics and the new documentary on the OKC bombing by Free Mind Films “A Noble Lie” (See links below for items discussed)

I’m on Hour 2 and into hour 3 (but the whole show is great!) http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Article/075291-2010-09-13-declare-your-independence-with-ernest-hancock-afternoon-september-13th-2010.htm

Envisioning the Future of the CODIS DNA Database

California Vision 2015

Jesse Trentadue, Salt Lake City Utah Attorney with a portrait of his slain brother, Kenneth Trentadue.

2009 Court Brief

“I didn’t start out to solve the bombing, I started out to find the men who killed my brother,” –Jesse Trentadue

This brief lays out what Jesse Trentadue has found to date as a result of his ongoing battle with the federal government to find out what happened to his brother Kenneth and why.

Fascination read!


From OKC to Abu Ghraib: The Kenneth Trentadue Case

CIA Vaughan Index 2009

FBI surrenders documents that judge ordered

J.D. Cash

More on Jesse Trentadue’s battle to find justice for his brother, Kenneth.

Terry Yeakey-Always a Hero

Holder Reveals Agressive Gun Contol Agenda after Ft Hood Attack


WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Before the Senate Judiciary Committee November 18th, 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder revealed a stunningly broad and aggressive anti-gun agenda.

“The President of the United States asked that politicians not use the Ft. Hood attack to engage in ‘political theater.’ It appears those committed to attacking gun owners and the Second Amendment simply can’t help themselves and are engaged in blaming guns and gun owners on the heels of this terrorist attack. Sadly it looks like ‘politics as usual,'” said LEAA’s spokesperson, Ted Deeds.

After explaining and defending his decision to give enemy combatants constitutional protections and the right to public trial in civilian courts, Attorney General Holder revealed his support for a national gun owner registration scheme and authorizing the government to ban firearm possession for any person by merely adding that person’s name to the terror watch list.

Drawing reasonable conclusions from what Holder publicly said, we now know:

  • Holder wants a national, permanent gun registration system administered by law enforcement. A registration of honest citizens that have cleared the federal background check for gun purchases with those records permanently retained by and shared among law enforcement.
  • Holder wants new federal authority to prohibit any person on the federal watch list (reported to be 400,000 names) from buying guns and supports confiscating guns from those on the list who possess them.

Transcribing General Holder: “The position of the Administration is that there should be a basis for law enforcement to share information about gun purchases.” “… [It’s not] inconsistent to allow law enforcement agencies to share that kind of information, for that information to be retained and then to be shared by law enforcement.It seems incongruous to me that we would bar certain people from flying on airplanes because they are on the terrorist watch list and yet we would still allow them to posses weapons.” {Emphasis added}

LEAA’s Executive Director Jim Fotis said, “Those behind the badge don’t believe more restrictions on honest gun owners is a reasonable, practical or constitutional response to acts of terrorism. As a retired officer, I know that America’s men and women in blue want to fight terrorism, to stop terrorists; not waste time keeping records on innocent gun owners!”


SOURCE Law Enforcement Alliance of America


Background on Gun Control and the events leading up to gun bans in Great Britain and Australia


Hastings Amendment Gives Holder Power to Label Americans Terrorists

An amendment to a bill swiftly moving through the US Congress will allow the Obama Administration’s Attorney General to classify Americans as domestic terrorists if they are pro-life, pro-gun and anti-big government

[. . .]Rep. Alcee Hastings also introduced what many say is another disturbing piece of legislation. That new bill calls for the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to build at least six facilities that can be designated as “emergency centers. Hastings rationale for such facilities is to gather and “house” civilians on what are basically detention centers guarded by armed soldiers or paramilitary troops.

The House bill (HR 645) — National Emergency Centers Establishment Act — is not even on the radar of members of the elite media. According to critics of the plan, if passed the government will create camps or centers that by their nature restrict the activities of US citizens herded into them.

In fact, one provision — Section 2 (b) (4) — states: “[To] meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.”

One critic, political strategist Mike Baker claims the idea of such detention center smacks of the type of concentration camps for political dissidents, such as occurred in Nazi Germany, Americans find repugnant.

Read this article;


Did Republican’s Civility Hold the Door for Holder?

Collegial Buddies in the Senate Pull a Fast One

    Sometimes we are so busy looking at the forest we don’t see the trees.  It is beginning to look like that is what happened last week in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  After some contentious remarks and posturing during the preceding weeks and a very anti-climactic two days of hearings on the confirmation of Eric Holder as Attorney General, http://www.firearmscoalition.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=339&Itemid=1

Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced that Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) had requested that the vote be delayed by a week and that under the rules of the committee he was obliged to grant the delay.  So rather than going to a vote of the committee on Wednesday, January 21 the vote was postponed to Wednesday, January 28.  What wasn’t mentioned was the situation regarding the makeup of the committee.

    With the wrangling over “found” votes and more votes than voters in Minnesota, the contentious appointment of Roland Burris to fill the seat vacated by Barack Obama, questions about the appointment in New York to replace Hillary Clinton, and a few other issues, the Senate leadership was slow about their bi-annual reorganization and committee assignments.  Most of the new assignments were not made official until Wednesday evening, January 21.

    That means that on Wednesday, when the vote was supposed to have taken place, the makeup of the Senate Judiciary Committee was still as it had been in the 110th Congress.  With 10 Democrats and 9 Republicans – but wait – there’s more to that story.  Among the 10 Democrats were Joe Biden and Ted Kennedy.  Biden officially resigned from the Senate on January 15.  Kennedy has been hospitalized since his collapse at an inauguration party on January 20.  So on January 21 when the Judiciary Committee was scheduled to vote on whether to recommend confirmation of Eric Holder there were only 8 Democrats available to vote on the committee and 9 Republicans.  That’s 8 “F” rated Democrats versus 9 “A” rated Republicans to decide whether an anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment political lackey should be the guardian of the Constitution and the nation’s top cop.

    Rather than press the advantage, the “A” rated majority instead asked for a delay of a week during which one of their members was removed from the committee and three additional “F” rated Democrats were added.

    Now I’m as fair-minded as the next guy and I understand that there are professional courtesies to be observed in a body such as the US Senate – though the Democrats have not extended much in the way of courtesy over the past couple of years – but if the Democrats wanted more time so they could stack the committee, they should have admitted that fact and requested the delay themselves rather than having the Republicans request the delay for them and pretend they were delaying to be tough.

    I might be missing something – the rules and traditions of the Senate are a complex mess about which I am nowhere near an expert – but this looks to me like the good old boys maneuvering in an effort to keep the rubes back home – that’s you and me – from realizing that it’s all just a big game.

International Association of Chiefs of Police HEARTS Eric Holder!

 Gun Ban Love-it’s driving me Mad, it’s making me crazy……

True Love

True Love

December 19, 2008

The Honorable Patrick Leahy


Senate Committee on the Judiciary

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chairman Leahy:

On behalf of the more than 22,000 members of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), I am pleased to inform you of our support for the nomination of Mr. Eric Holder to be Attorney General of United States. The IACP believes that Mr. Holder’s years of service have clearly demonstrated he has the qualifications and experience necessary to be an effective leader of the U.S. Department of Justice.


Mr. Holder’s broad base of experience provides him with a unique

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perspective on criminal justice issues.  His service as both Deputy Attorney General and Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia gives him a thorough understanding of the crucial role played by state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies.  As a result, the IACP believes that, as Attorney Generl, Mr. Holder’s background will allow him to foster and enhance the crucial partnership among federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies.

The IACP urges you to confirm Mr. Holder’s nomination rapidly.

I look forward to your positive response to this request. If you have any questions on this matter, please

contact the IACP at 703-647-7211.


Russell B. Laine


Gun Owners of America Opposes AG Nominee

Gun Owners of America Opposes AG Nominee
“I have many serious questions about Mr. Holder’s nomination. At the top of the list are his anti-2nd amendment right positions. He’s clearly advocated near universal licensing and registration, and he joined and filed an amicus brief in the District of Columbia v. Heller U.S. Supreme Court case arguing that the 2nd amendment was NOT an individual right. That’s deeply disturbing.”
— U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)

Attorney General Nominee is an anti-gun activist

With the selection of Eric Holder, President Barack Obama could not have picked a more anti-Second Amendment nominee for U.S. Attorney General.

Eric Holder has a long history of anti-Second Amendment activism, going back to the days when he was the go-to guy for gun control in the Clinton administration.

Holder’s record includes his support of a three day waiting period for handgun purchases, handgun rationing of one gun per month, renewing the semi-automatic gun ban, gun owner registration and licensing, and much more.

Perhaps most egregiously, in 2008, Mr. Holder signed on to a brief before the Supreme Court that argued that the Second Amendment does not protect an individual’s right to own a firearm. This is not the type of person who should be confirmed to a position that carries the responsibility of enforcing most of the gun control laws in this country.

Wyoming Senator John Barrasso also expressed concerns about Eric Holder. In a recently published letter, Sen. Barrasso told constituents in the Equality State:

Given Holder’s career of attacks on the Second Amendment, his nomination continues to be of great concern to me. I am not convinced his philosophy on the Second Amendment is acceptable to the people of Wyoming and gun owners across the United States.

Agendas and intentions can change quickly. Our nation’s highest law enforcement officer must be committed to protecting and defending our individual rights to keep and bear arms. I intend to vote no on the nomination of Eric Holder.
GOA agrees with Senator Barrasso, and urges the U.S. Senate to reject this Second Amendment activist.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on Holder on Wednesday, January 28. The full Senate will take up the nomination shortly thereafter.
With the selection of Eric Holder, President Barack Obama could not have picked a more anti-Second Amendment nominee for U.S. Attorney General.

Eric Holder has a long history of anti-Second Amendment activism, going back to the days when he was the go-to guy for gun control in the Clinton administration.

Holder’s record includes his support of a three day waiting period for handgun purchases, handgun rationing of one gun per month, renewing the semi-automatic gun ban, gun owner registration and licensing, and much more.
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H.R. 45 examined by Alan Korwin. Gun Rights Testing Planned, Pt. II

Alan Korwin

 Gun Law Update: Gun-Rights Testing Planned, Part II

 2009-01-21 at 11:17 am • Filed under Vox Populi

 HR 45 — Gun Rights Licensing Test Illinois congressman Bobby Rush, from Obama’s home state and with a voting record on gun ownership as bad as Obama’s, introduced a bill on the first day of the 111th Congress that shows what we can expect.

If we don’t defeat this bill, and others expected to follow it, gun owners will lose guns and the industry will suffer harm beyond description. Under HR 45, if you can’t pass a complex test written by the U.S. Attorney General (described in detail below), pay the tax, give up fingerprints and a biometric-capable photo of yourself (that can be turned into a digital facial-recognition number and used as a de facto national ID), every gun you own will become contraband and subject to confiscation, while you stand trial before imprisonment.

You’d think Bobby, a former black panther, would know better. Your rights will have an expiration date, and if you screw up and miss it, you’ll be in the same mess as people who can’t pass the test. Can you say “unconstitutional”? Do you think these “gun bigots” care? Now that the Supreme Court has made it clear in the Heller case that government can’t ban guns, the Brady’s have stopped saying they want to ban guns. So the virtually treasonous Bobby Rush bill doesn’t ban guns, it bans gun owners, maybe by the millions. How many gun owners read poorly or don’t test well? How many can’t explain local, state and federal gun laws? They’d become prohibited possessors under HR 45.

Are there any limits to what the AG can put on the test? The bill doesn’t mention any — it gives the AG a free hand to include anything. Had enough? HR 45 has an innocent-looking line that says ’strike the second sentence of 18 USC 926(a)’. That’s the line that says the federal government cannot make a central registry of gun owners. The anti-rights people have to repeal that line, because Bobby’s bill flat-out creates a central gun registry. Every gun owner must be registered to keep on possessing the guns they already own, and any transfer of any kind must be registered as well. The mark of the beast is upon us, to apply a metaphor. See the bill for yourself (click “Bill Number” and enter “HR 45″):


 Read the gun-ban list the antis have already published:


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Here’s my detailed analysis of the bill, in plain English. HR 45


The bill starts with a statement of purpose that says: ” because the intrastate and interstate trafficking of firearms are so commingled, full regulation of interstate commerce requires the incidental regulation of intrastate commerce.” Basically, this eliminates the Tenth Amendment and the Interstate Commerce Clause. The Constitution can’t legally be amended by statute. Is that enough to seek Mr. Rush’s removal from office? I won’t bore you with the other “purposes” which are as bad or worse. Only “qualifying firearms” are affected. That means any handgun, or any semi-auto firearm that has a removable magazine (what they call a ” detachable ammunition feeding device”). After the bill becomes law (IF it becomes law), it’s illegal for you to have or get those firearms, even if you already own them, without a special federal license. There are grace periods up to two years to register yourself once the law is passed. Do you see how clever this is? You cold-dead-fingers guys can keep your guns if you like, refuse to register yourselves, and then you’re subject to arrest on the spot. If you go anywhere with your guns — to the range, a store, a gunsmith, a friend’s house, hunting, competition — and you’re spotted, you go straight to jail. If you’re already on a list (can anyone say “carry permit” or “hunting license”?) and you don’t sign up, well, just connect those dots.

Where does the cold-dead-fingers part come into play? I’ll bet the ranges will start requiring you to show your papers before you can hit the line. To get the license you must “submit to the Attorney General” (they chose that phrase right by golly): a passport-type photo, identifying info, any name you have ever used or ever been known by (I have nicknames, pen names, stage names, omitting any presumably violates the statute) a thumbprint, certification that any firearms will be “safely” stored and out of possession of people under 18, authorization to give up any mental health records, and a certificate that you passed a government-run test.

The test must include knowledge of: safe storage, safe handling, use of firearms at home, the risks of firearms at home, local state and federal legal requirements for firearms, reporting requirements for firearms, and ANY other subjects the AG decides are appropriate. You date and sign the submission, making it perjury if your info is inaccurate. I’m skipping some details on who can accept the form, time periods for filing it and similar red tape on this 4,600 word bill.

The AG “shall” issue the license if you pass the test and do everything else, and also “shall” charge you a tax for the privilege of getting your rights licensed, up to $25 at present. This gets you a tamper-resistant photo ID card with your official number, address, date of birth, signature and the expiration date of your “rights” (about five years, it’s complicated). There’s a renewal procedure (it’s complicated) and no apparent limit on the renewal tax you will be charged (the AG gets power to control the details).

 The license can be revoked for cause of course, and the AG “shall” make sure you give it up if it’s revoked. Once this thing is in place, it’s illegal to transfer or receive any affected firearm (all handguns and any semi-auto with a magazine) without the license. Transfers can only be made to or from a licensed dealer, who has to jump through hoops and file papers, and has 14 days to get that done (a waiting period on the dealer’s shoulders), to get government approvals and authorization numbers.

 The dealer must send the feds the gun name and/or model number, maker, serial number, your license number, name, address and transfer date, which the feds must store in a “Federal Record of Sale System,” a permanent national gun registry. This needs to be said verbatim: “(c) Elimination of Prohibition on Establishment of System of Registration — Section 926(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking the second sentence.” That sentence says the feds can’t register the firearms Americans own: “No such rule or regulation prescribed after the date of the enactment of the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act [1986] may require that records required to be maintained under this chapter or any portion of the contents of such records, be recorded at or transferred to a facility owned, managed, or controlled by the United States or any State or any20political subdivision thereof, nor that any system of registration of firearms, firearms owners, or firearms transactions or dispositions be established.” The Bobby Rush bill says kiss that sentence and its extremely crucial protections goodbye.

There are a few small exceptions for an undefined “infrequent” firearm gift, bequest or intestate succession among parents, their kids and grandparents and grandkids, and also for lending a firearm ” for any lawful purpose for not more than 30 days between persons who are personally known to each other.” Sloppy language in this part of the bill bans the transfer of any firearm (not just “qualifying” firearms) between anyone without going through the hoops.

If you lose a handgun or magazine-fed semi-auto, or if one is stolen from you — you’ve broken the law if you don’t report that to the AG within 72 hours. If you own such guns, change your address and don’t notify the AG within 60 days — you’ve committed a crime. In other words, they track you non-stop or you’re subject to arrest. No victim, no harm, no foul, no evil, just government placing you in jail for failure to comply. Bobby Rush thinks this is good law, a legitimate use of government.

If you keep in your home a loaded firearm, or an unloaded firearm and ammo for it, and a person under 18 gets it and harms someone with it — you’ve committed a crime. There are some flimsy exceptions (like you know or should reasonably know federal and state gun law for kids) and of course, all the “proper” authorities — federal, state, local, military, elected, appointed, even employees of government on the job are exempted — twice. Bobby Rush says OK for thee but not for me, tee hee. Lengthy penalty sections include two-, five- and ten-year sentences and fines for paperwork violations, possession violations, transfer violations, child-access violations, safe-storage violations and of course, failure to pass the test if you still keep your guns.

The bill ends with sweeping powers for the Attorney General that could be interpreted to mean almost anything, so the details I’ve described might be little more than a smokescreen! For instance: “The Attorney General may issue an order prohibiting the sale or transfer of any firearm that the Attorney General finds has been transferred or distributed in violation of this Act, an amendment made by this Act, or a regulation issued under this Act.” There’s plenty of that in here, plus endless inspection powers, injunctive powers and even, “shall issue regulations… as the Attorney General determines to be reasonably necessary to reduce or prevent deaths or injuries resulting from qualifying firearms…” Is the AG someone we can trust? Or is it someone with utter contempt for the right to keep and bear arms? If it’s Eric Holder, Obama’s nominee, we get a guy who told the Supreme Court that a total gun ban in your own home is just fine and doesn’t violate the Bill of Rights.

 Oh, and one final kick in the ribs. Federalism, the idea that states have powers the feds don’t, could get in the way. So the bill makes it clear that “…this Act may not be construed to preempt any provision of the law of any State or political subdivision of that State… except to the extent that the provision of law is inconsistent with any provision of this Act or an amendment made by this Act…” I am not making this up. The hubris and audacity of this bill’s author is monumental.

 My lawyer friends will tell me that legal mumbo-jumbo has become SOP, as the feds usurp any remaining crumbs of your state’s legitimate powers. Maybe you’ve noticed that virtually none of this addresses criminals or crimes. Innocent gun owners are the target. This is about controlling the public and its private constitutionally protected property. Criminals are guaranteed to ignore the entire plan, and in fact, criminals CANNOT apply, since they can’t possess firearms in the first place. Even if criminals could apply, they’re protected from incriminating themselves by the Fifth Amendment, so they never would apply. The bill of course makes no mention of this. That’s my job. And people tell me I’m paranoid, that gun bans are just a delusional fantasy of the wacko fringe. What does that say about Bobby Rush from Illinois, the perpetrator of this travesty. He and every co-sponsor he can find should be removed from office. Wherever he appears, people should rise and turn their backs on him as a gesture of disgrace.