Tuesday, May 5, 2009

USA Using Patriot Act Against Its Own Citizens: Teen "Black Bagged" in Middle of the Night

Below is a disturbing video interview of a North Carolina woman who's 16 year old son, a home schooler in the 10th grade, was grabbed up in the middle of the night at gun-point by a dozen FBI agents (assisted by the state Highway Patrol), accused of being a terrorist, under the USA PATRIOT Act, and whisked away to Indiana where he is being held:

Here is an article on this case:

Sixteen-year-old Ashton Lundeby's bedroom in his mother's Granville County home is nothing, if not patriotic. Images of American flags are everywhere – on the bed, on the floor, on the wall.

But according to the United States government, the tenth-grade home-schooler is being held on a criminal complaint that he made a bomb threat from his home on the night of Feb. 15.

The family was at a church function that night, his mother, Annette Lundeby, said.

"Undoubtedly, they were given false information, or they would not have had 12 agents in my house with a widow and two children and three cats," Lundeby said.

Around 10 p.m. on March 5, Lundeby said, armed FBI agents along with three local law enforcement officers stormed her home looking for her son. They handcuffed him and presented her with a search warrant.

"I was terrified," Lundeby's mother said. "There were guns, and I don't allow guns around my children. I don't believe in guns."

Lundeby told the officers that someone had hacked into her son's IP address and was using it to make crank calls connected through the Internet, making it look like the calls had originated from her home when they did not.

Her argument was ignored, she said. Agents seized a computer, a cell phone, gaming console, routers, bank statements and school records, according to federal search warrants.

"There were no bomb-making materials, not even a blasting cap, not even a wire," Lundeby said.

Ashton now sits in a juvenile facility in South Bend, Ind. His mother has had little access to him since his arrest. She has gone to her state representatives as well as attorneys, seeking assistance, but, she said, there is nothing she can do.

Lundeby said the USA Patriot Act stripped her son of his due process rights.

"We have no rights under the Patriot Act to even defend them, because the Patriot Act basically supersedes the Constitution," she said. "It wasn't intended to drag your barely 16-year-old, 120-pound son out in the middle of the night on a charge that we can't even defend."

Passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S., the Patriot Act allows federal agents to investigate suspected cases of terrorism swiftly to better protect the country. In part, it gives the federal government more latitude to search telephone records, e-mails and other records.

"They're saying that 'We feel this individual is a terrorist or an enemy combatant against the United States, and we're going to suspend all of those due process rights because this person is an enemy of the United States," said Dan Boyce, a defense attorney and former U.S. attorney not connected to the Lundeby case.

Critics of the statute say it threatens the most basic of liberties.

"There's nothing a matter of public record," Boyce said "All those normal rights are just suspended in the air."

Read the rest here.

FURTHER COMMENTS BY STEWART RHODES: When people are afraid, they tend to support the erosion of due process in the name of having more security, but they wind up being far, far less secure. Surely all the scared people who supported the USA PATRIOT Act did not expect it to be used to black bag American teenagers, but that is just an example of the unintended consequences that comes from doing away with normal due process.

As the boy's mother says, "Never in my worst nightmare did I ever think that it would be my own government that I would have to protect my children from," Lundeby said. "This is the United States, and I feel like I live in a third world country now."

Her message to you: they can come and take anyone in your family, even your children, at any time, even if they are innocent. That sounds like something out of a book about Nazi Germany or the USSR under Stalin, not something you expect an American mother to say about this nation.

The war on terrorism is increasingly being turned inward, on us. This is only the beginning. Expect it to get far, far worse before we finally get this nation back to liberty under the Constitution. - Stewart Rhodes

NOTE: in anticipation of the trolls who will ask "where were you when Bush was violating the Constitution for eight years" here is my answer:

Government Supremacists: Neocons, the National Security New Dealers by Stewart Rhodes

I wrote that article in 2006. It is just one of many I wrote during the Bush years criticizing the dangerous expansion of government power in the name of fighting terrorism.


Anonymous said...

God help us when our own people that call themselves FBI are going against our constitution. We need to get the word around faster before something bad happens to more people. I hope there is someone that can help this child and his mother. We are becoming a 3rd world country when they can come in and take your child or you away when ever they want.

Anonymous said...

"Not On Our Watch"
But it's happening on "Our Watch" right now.

T4C said...

This is terrible...what in God's name is everyone waiting for? It's happening right in front of our eyes and nobody seems to be interested in doing more than voicing their concerns on a blog or message board (admittedly just as i am doing right now). There are very personal actions one can immediately take: stop supporting this maniacal federal government, limit economic participation, cut/eliminate/dispute all consumer debt and understand that this kid taken in the dead of night could have easily been YOUR kid.

Supposedly we are on the verge of war- but look who's firing the opening salvo. Is it a foreign enemy? Or something much closer to home?

VLWH Paul said...

"I was terrified," Lundeby's mother said. "There were guns, and I don't allow guns around my children. I don't believe in guns."I guess she now has evidence that, unlike Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, guns do exist, and perhaps might have a better understanding of what can happen when only agents of the state are allowed to possess them.

Anonymous said...

You are ALL talk.

Bow down before your masters and lick their boots!

Anonymous said...

I contacted my representative Michael McCaul, about this. Hopefully he'll be able to do something. If not, then I know where my vote is going in 2010. That is IF there is an election process in 2010.

CaptGooch said...

Let us take a breath here and examine our options shall we ?

made some suggestions ....
"There are very personal actions one can immediately take: stop supporting this maniacal federal government, limit economic participation, cut/eliminate/dispute all consumer debt and understand that this kid taken in the dead of night could have easily been YOUR kid."

Let us examine these suggestions.

Stop supporting this federal government ....
Yep that is a good suggestion.
In any way that you can and to the extent that you are willing to endure their reaction to you personally. Remember Ed Brown and his wife ? They went all the way to prison to underscore their beliefs about the tax laws.

"Limit economic participation" is pretty much the same idea rephrased isn't it ?

"cut/eliminate/dispute all consumer debt".
I would offer this.
Pay off all of your credit cards and cut them up and use only cash.
Some of the tools being brought to bear against the public is their own credit records and banking records.
If you don't use a bank or credit you can effectively "drop off" of their screens.

Another suggestion I would make is to make sure of what your child is really doing online. It sounds draconian until you compare it to the situation we are reading about here. Ashton Lundeby opened the can of "whoopazz" way before it was time. He and his "buddies" were "playing revolution online thinking they were 'anonymous'" only the Monster from Mordor on the Potomac doesn't "Play well with others".
Not to mention that There Is No anonymity on the web. It's an illusion .... You only think you are anonymous.
Now don't misunderstand me here .... I do NOT think the Feebies should have reacted quite so strongly when they found out it was only a 16 year old child.
Remember this ....The Feebies and all the rest of the alphabet soup goons do not have a sense of humor. Remember they Really think they are protecting America instead of strangling it and chaining it to a NWO dungeon wall.
"It's for your own Good" is their cry.
They don't Yet see the Socialist label on the back of their "marching orders".
Let's work on helping them see the lie in their orders.

Call, write, visit, email every one of your elected professional political parasites and let them know that you will be voting them out of office if they don't make an effort, a very visible effort, to repeal this unconstitutional Act.
Don't let a single day pass without them hearing from you and your neighbors.
Keep reminding them "Politely" [It drives them batty when you are Angry BUT Nice.] that they work for US [We the People] Not the other way around.

There are many who feel severely frustrated and that they feel like there should be "something" they can do but they don't know what it is.

The very first thing anyone here can do is just like the Doctors are supposed to do .... "First Do No Harm."

If people start reacting to this sort of thing with real violence before the Goons themselves use real violence then we lose the moral "high ground" and Millions of people who have no clue as to why, where, what, who and when will accept the Main Stream Media's story that "X number of 'violent domestic terrorists' just HAD to be put down by our federal paramilitary." To save the children of course.
At that point We Lose.
Because we will have struck first. We lose the moral high ground AND we lose the support of the People of these united States.

Let me refer you to Mike V. from Sipsey Street.
He expresses this idea MUCH better than I can.


So you see ?
We must take the body blows until the Goons make the mistake of shooting first. THEN the legitimacy falls to us and we will be supported by every American as well as most of the "free world".

Like Mike says ....

No Fort Sumters.

YES .... It sucks .... to have to watch this sort of injustice, but to over react is exactly what they want us to do.
They are poking the sleeping giant thinking it has given up, rolled over and become "tame".
Don't waste your energies and spoil the Surprise.

In the mean time ....
Make your "public servants" aware of your displeasure with their performance to date, reduce your financial support of the monster, educate your family, friends and neighbors and Prepare.

Don't let the Goons sucker you into losing by reacting without thinking.

Remember Sun Tzu ? The Chinese fellow that wrote the book "The Art Of War" about a thousand years ago ?

He wrote ....

"Choose Your Battles (Battlefields)."
[Read this one about three times only with the accent on a different word each time.]

And ....

"To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill.
To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill."

CaptGooch said...

On Cinco De Mayo
YeOldFurt said...

I contacted my representative Michael McCaul, about this. Hopefully he'll be able to do something. If not, then I know where my vote is going in 2010. That is IF there is an election process in 2010.
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Excellent YeOldFurt.

Only don't give him a chance to rest with it. If you called already, now write, then email, and so on and so forth.
You know the drill.
I don't have to tell You.
I only mention it for the others who will read this.

Also it will really help to "chat up" the Sheriff in your county and get a feel for his attitude to the Constitution.
If he's a true American then help him get his troops in line. [Teach then about the Oath and its requirement to not obey unlawful orders.]
IF he is not then Vote the bum out and put in a Sheriff that Does believe in America and her Constitution.

I feel just as frustrated as the next man here BUT we must continue to hold the "high ground".
They cannot win Unless we give it to them by losing our moral high ground.

Numbers are on our side which is why I keep harping on the Reach, Teach and Inspire thing.

If we can reach out to everyone who took the Oath to support and defend the Constitution.
And can teach them to support and defend it instead of subverting it.
At that point we will have won without fighting and all of these Goons who have perpetrated all of these atrocities can and WILL be arrested, convicted and sentenced.

Count on it.