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Protecting Pillars Of The Republic

Newsletter | April 4, 2024

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The last decade of Deep State activism, during which intelligence operatives joined with the press to delegitimize a Presidency, destabilize the government, and demoralize half the country, is evidence that America is morphing into something alien and that our Constitutional Republic is at risk. But that may be just the beginning. What we call the lawfare campaign targeting Donald Trump is, in reality, the ruling class’ push to imprison the country’s leading opposition figure.

Thus, the question before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Trump v United States will shape the future of America: Whether — and if so, to what extent — does a former President enjoy presidential immunity from criminal prosecution for conduct alleged to involve official acts during his tenure in office?

In the nation’s 236th year since ratification of the Constitution, and after 46 Presidents of the United States, until now, no former President had ever been indicted for a crime.  Although the court’s question is framed in terms of “presidential immunity,” what it really asks is whether America will join the ranks of countries where those wielding governmental authority abuse power to imprison their political opponents under the color of law. In other words, is the United States on the verge of becoming a third-world-style security state

Targeting political opponents has long been a feature of third-world politics. Perhaps most famously, South Africa’s leading opposition figure, Nelson Mandela, was incarcerated for over two decades. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe ordered the arrest of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai before the results of the 2008 election were known.

More recently, China’s President Xi Jinping had his predecessor Hu Jintao escorted off the stage at the closing ceremony of the Chinese Communist Party National Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The Chinese media reported that Hu was not feeling well. Other reporting suggested it was political and Xi’s way to “deliberately and publicly humiliate his predecessor.”

Of course, that’s the point of silencing opponents — to show that opposition to the man in charge is dangerous. In Russia, for instance, Vladimir Putin put opponent Alexei Navalny in prison, where he died in February. Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan, the country’s leading opposition figure, was sentenced to a three-year jail sentence for corruption last August.

The court will resolve the issue of presidential immunity, but that won’t put the genie back in the bottle. Now that the criminal justice system has been used to destroy opponents and secure power, we are in a different phase of our history. And it’s up to We The People to restore and protect the pillars of our Constitutional Republic. Get involved.

Please participate in our Reader’s Survey. Your insights and thoughts are important as we learn what is on the minds and in the hearts of our fellow Americans. We read them all and share some of them Mondays at 9 a.m. during America’s Future live broadcasts with our Executive Director Mary O’Neill on America’s Mondays With Mary. Thank You!

America Patriots - Amanda Milius

Amanda Milius was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of director/screenwriter John Milius (“Apocalypse Now,” “Jeremiah Johnson,” “Dirty Harry,” “Conan The Barbarian,” “Red Dawn,” etc.) and actress Celia Kaye. She studied filmmaking in New York City and Los Angeles — and then joined the Donald Trump 2016 Presidential campaign. She worked in the State Department before returning to her true calling, filmmaking. In 2020, she directed and produced the most-watched documentary of the year, “The Plot Against the President,” based on the book of the same name written by investigative journalist Lee Smith. With the operation targeting not only Trump, but also his aides, including America’s Future Chair Michael Flynn, and supporters, still ongoing, we spoke with Amanda recently.

What’s harder, working on a presidential campaign, working in the State Department, or making a film?

Definitely making a film, there are more moving parts and you’re in charge of it all. Working in the government is only as hard as you make it, and working on a campaign is too fun to be considered work!

What films and filmmakers have you learned most from?

My Dad mostly, and luckily his group of friends he came up with in the film world. I still really love Robert Altman, Terrence Malick, Vincent Gallo and Harmony Korine; and the paranoia trilogy by Alan Pakula.

What’s the greatest American movie ever made?

 “Gone With the Wind”

What’s your next film project?

Maybe “Plot Against the President 2.” Maybe a project on John McAfee, the computer programmer and cybersecurity legend. Or another project that we’ve kept under wraps. There’s a lot on the table!

What’s your prayer for America?

That we get our country back within my lifetime!

Editor’s Note: To read other Speaking With American Patriots interviews, please click here.

Hundreds Celebrate America’s Future 78th Anniversary
Awards Presented To President Trump and Vivek Ramaswamy

President Donald J. Trump & Vivek RamaswamyTo rousing applause from hundreds of patriots from across the country, General Mike Flynn, Chair of America’s Future Board, presented awards to President Donald J. Trump and Vivek Ramaswamy during the organization’s 78th anniversary celebration, held at Mar-a-Lago on March 28, 2024.

President Donald J. Trump graciously accepted the “America’s Champion For Children” award in recognition of his extraordinary leadership and steadfast commitment to ending human trafficking and for his unwavering dedication to supporting victims and survivors, especially the precious lives of children. Vivek Ramaswamy was the recipient of America’s Future “Fearless Fighter For Freedom” award for his courage and bold leadership in standing up for the values and principles upon which our great nation was founded. General Flynn presented the award to Ramaswamy as the standard bearer of patriotism, integrity, and strength of character for future leaders of America.

“It was a privilege to honor President Trump and recognize Vivek during our special celebration of America’s Future and its incredible history,” said Mary O’Neill, Executive Director of America’s Future. “We are so grateful they were with us to help pay tribute to our legacy organization’s decades of building an educated citizenry, defending our individual rights and the Constitution, and protecting our families and children – the future of America.”

The sold-out event—America’s Future 78th Anniversary Soiree and Movie Screening—included the awards ceremonies, special performances by musicians and artists Jimmy Levy, the Trump Latinos, Hadas Levy, and Hannah Smith, and a screening of filmmaker and America’s Future Board Member Mike Smith’s sensation, Into The Light.

Click here to watch the 78th-anniversary video presentation of America’s Future’s history, programs, and initiatives. To view a photo spread of the evening’s activities, please click here.

Keeping You Informed
Reporting On America’s Future Amicus Briefs

This week marks our fourth week in which we continue our “Amicus Reporting” series to keep our readers updated on cases America’s Future participated in as nonparty participants, or “Amicus Curiae,” Latin for “friend of the court.” Since December 2021, our organization has filed 50 amicus briefs in cases that involve issues of constitutional importance. Amicus briefs are mechanisms used to inspire case outcomes and provide well-reasoned arguments for courts to consider. They facilitate direct communication between nonparties interested in the outcome of cases and the Article III Justices and judges who decide those outcomes.  We will continue this series over the next several newsletters. To access all the status updates posted thus far, please click here.

Case: B.P.J. v West Virginia State Board of Education, 4th Cir. Dkt. No. 23-1078
Court: United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit 
Amicus Brief
Filing Date(s): May 3, 2023
Primary Issue(s): Whether the 2021 West Virginia state statute, known as “Save Women’s Sports Act,” which defines “female,” “girl,” and “woman” as biological females, is valid and not unconstitutional? 
Outcome: Pending (oral argument took place on October 27, 2023 before a 3-judge 4th Circuit panel

Case: U.S. v Missouri, 8th Cir. Dkt. No. 23-1457
Court: United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit 
Amicus Brief
Filing Date(s): May 18, 2023
Primary Issue(s): Whether Missouri’s state statute known as the “Second Amendment Preservation Act” is constitutional under the Supremacy Clause?
Outcome: Pending (oral argument took place on February 23, 2024 before a 3-judge 8th Circuit panel)

Case: NRA v Vullo, Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) Dkt. No. 22-842
Court: U.S. Supreme Court 
Amicus Brief
Filing Date(s): May 24, 2023
Primary Issues: Whether the First Amendment allow a government regulator to threaten regulated entities with adverse regulatory actions if they do business with a controversial speaker, as a consequence of (a) the government’s own hostility to the speaker’s viewpoint or (b) a perceived “general backlash” against the speaker’s advocacy? Also, does such coercion violate a clearly established First Amendment right?
Outcome: Pending (oral argument took place on March 18, 2024)

Case: Boland v Bonta, 9th Cir. Dkt. No. 23-55276
Court: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Amicus Brief
Filing Date(s): June 2, 2023
Primary Issue: Whether California’s Unsafe Handguns Act, which requires that new models of handguns can be approved for sale in California only if they have chamber load indicators, magazine disconnect systems, and microstamping, is constitutional?
Outcome: Pending (on March 25, 2024, a Ninth Circuit panel issued an order to pause the case pending an en bancdecision in a separate, but related case, i.e. Duncan v Bonta, 9th Cir. Dkt No. 23-55805)

Case: Blankenship v NBC Universal, SCOTUS Dkt. No. 22-1125
Court: U.S. Supreme Court 
Amicus Brief
Filing Date(s): June 20, 2023
Primary Issue: Whether the 1964 SCOTUS decision in N.Y. Times v Sullivan, which heightened liability standards in libel cases brought by public figures to a showing of “actual malice” by those plaintiff public figures, should be reconsidered? 
Outcome: Petition denied by SCOTUS on October 10, 2023 (Justice Thomas issued an opinion concurring with the petition denial, stating, “I continue to adhere to my view that we should reconsider the ‘actual malice’ standard.”)

Case: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), et al. v Community Financial Services, SCOTUS Dkt. No. 22-448
Court: U.S. Supreme Court 
Amicus Brief
Filing Date(s): July 10, 2023
Primary Issue: Whether the statute providing funding to the CFPB, i.e. 12 U.S.C. §5497, violates the Appropriations Clause, U.S. Const. Art. I,§ 9, Cl. 7
Outcome: Pending (oral argument took place on October 3, 2023)

Editor’s Note: To read all the Amicus briefs’ status updates posted thus far, please click here.

The Truth Will Be Told

Many believe that the course of history changed when General Mike Flynn departed the Trump Administration as National Security Advisor in February 2017. His abrupt departure was cheered by a political network – including political operatives of the left and right, U.S. intelligence services, big tech, and media —led by former President Obama and his Vice President Joe Biden, whose FBI was deployed to take him out.

Others in the political arena realized the severe impact General Flynn’s departure would have on a new administration under siege and on the country at large. But at that time, from early 2017, as General Flynn felt the heavy weight of corruption from persecution by perverted prosecutors and unhinged judges, no one knew the extent to which the U.S. government would go to destroy a man and his family in their plot to dismantle the administration of a duly elected United States President and throw the country into chaos.

The truth will be told beginning tomorrow (April 5, 2024) when the General Flynn historic documentary called “FLYNN. Deliver The Truth. Whatever The Cost.” is premiered in Venice, Florida.

In his own words, General Flynn recounts what occurred on the day he left the White House and the subsequent events that took place and why; how he and his family endured the constant barrage of lies and malicious attacks from the media, and how his faith and Americans across the country became his armor in the end. Others will be heard from in the film, providing their insight and knowledge. The documentary sets the facts straight and tells the truth about this pivotal period of time in American history.

Editor’s Note: General Flynn is Chair of the Board of America’s Future. For information about when and where the documentary will be showing over the next two months, click here.

Tools Of Tyrants
False Flag Attacks

This is the sixteenth entry in our In Focus series identifying and exposing the tools that modern-day tyrants are using to thwart the will of We The People for power and control. To access previous articles, please click here.

War is a drain on the resources of a society.  War results in the death of a nation’s young men, and now, some women.  Once begun, war cannot be controlled.  All nations that “win” wars suffer, and those nations that “lose” wars can suffer greatly.  Logic would indicate that every nation would do all in its power to avoid going to war.  Nevertheless, many American officials do not fear war.  At least when wars are fought on foreign soil, they seem to relish it.  Rather than trying to avoid war, our leaders have been known to provoke wars.  One of the techniques used to start a war is by arranging for “false flag” attacks on our own nation.  Let’s review some history.

America’s Continual Warfare

Many efforts have been made to catalogue the numerous wars that have plagued our nation. A Congressional Research Service publication describes the duration of each war from 1817 onward.  The globalist Council on Foreign Relations maintains an interactive map of conflicts across the world.  In just the two decades after 9-11, America has fought more than a dozen “secret wars” from Africa to the Middle East to Asia, often with the awareness of only a few Members of Congress.  There are reports that the CIA has been spending as much as $1 billion per year conducting a secret war in Syria.

It would be impossible to demonstrate that most of these wars were forced upon us; we chose to fight those wars.   The influence of the arms merchants has long been studied, dating back to a famous book, Merchants of Death, published nearly a century ago.   Other wars are fought to assist particular businesses.  A man sometimes described as the most decorated American soldier in history, Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler, grew tired of fighting wars around the world to serve the interests of American businesses.  His short book, War is a Racket, exposes a series of unnecessary wars in which he fought.

But in choosing to go to war, America is not just serving the arms merchants and businesses.  It is serving its own interests. As World War I-era anti-war radical Randolph Bourne insightfully explained:  “War is the health of the state.” His writings reveal how, during wartime, dissent can be suppressed, and power can be accumulated.  The people will yield up their liberties to the state which offers to protect them.

If government itself can benefit from war, would it really be surprising that government would not just welcome wars, but provoke wars as well?

Provoking War

America has a record of provoking wars that it thinks it can win.  Consider the Mexican-American War of 1846.  President James Polk provoked a war with Mexico in order to fulfill a campaign promise to extend American territory to the Pacific Ocean.  Polk first attempted to buy the area that is now the southwestern United States, but Mexico refused to consider the offer:

On January 13, 1846, Polk ordered American forces into deeply disputed territory.  In April, an army of approximately 4,000 men lead by General Zachary Taylor entered the Nueces Strip, a contested territory that Mexico and many Americans regarded as never having been a part of Texas.  Polk knew this action would antagonize Mexican military forces stationed within sight of Taylor’s army at Matamoros.

Colonel Ethan Allen Hitchcock (grandson of Revolutionary hero Ethan Allen), who served with Zachary Taylor’s army, said, “We have not one particle of right to be here.  It looks as if the government sent a small force on purpose to bring on a war, so as to have a pretext for taking California and as much of this country as it chooses.”  (Emphasis added.)  After Taylor blockaded the Mexican port of Matamoros, the Mexican army sent troops to respond, killing 11 American soldiers, and the war America wanted was on.

Pearl Harbor

To be sure, it was the Japanese that attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  However, a distinguished historian, Robert Higgs, has published a thoughtful article on how America deliberately implemented a series of policies that were designed to provoke Japan into attacking the United States.  And, although President Roosevelt knew, from our nation having broken the Japanese diplomatic code, that an attack on Pearl Harbor was imminent, he withheld that information from Army and Naval commanders in Hawaii.

Some report that FDR once said he was willing to fight a war against Japan, but he didn’t want to be blamed for starting it.  The story is too long to tell here, but it is also explained in Robert Stinnett’s Day of Deceit: The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor, and Gordon Prange’s At Dawn We Slept.  If you are willing to consider that possibility almost everything you were taught in school about the Japanese attack is wrong, these make great reading.

False Flag Attacks

While provoking others to fight wars can achieve the objectives of our leaders, it has a downside — it reveals America to be the aggressor — which can cause “blowback” from other nations.  How much better it would be if government can get the war it wants without being blamed for starting it, and even better yet, if we can put the blame on the other nation.  America can achieve these objectives by conducting “false flag attacks” on our own nation.  The origin of the term “false flags” is a reference to a nation’s ship flying the flag of another country.  To be sure, other nations have staged real or simulated attacks on their own side, claiming it was done by the enemy, as a pretext for going to war.  But today we focus on America’s use of this technique.

Operation Northwoods

In the early 1960’s, America was determined to oust Fidel Castro and his Communist government from its position 90 miles off the Florida coast in Cuba.  America wanted to initiate military action, but did not want to be seen as the aggressor in the eyes of the World – or the Soviet Union.

The solution proposed was no renegade operation — it was passed along to the Secretary of Defense by four-star General Lyman Lemnitzer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  The plan was to conduct a false flag operation known as “Operation Northwoods,” which had many components.  Friendly Cubans in uniform would stage an attack on the base at Guantanamo, blowing up ammunition inside the base, starting fires, burning aircraft, lobbing mortar shells into the base doing “some damage” to installations.  As if the plan was not clear, it stated that a “Remember the Maine” incident could be arranged, such as blowing up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay.  The plan was never carried out, and would never have been revealed, but for the declassification of the key document many years later.

Gulf of Tonkin

Perhaps the bloodiest result of a single false flag operation was the instigation of the Vietnam War.  On August 4, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson announced to the nation that North Vietnamese vessels had attacked U.S. Navy ships in the Gulf of Tonkin.  He asked for authority to send troops to Vietnam.  Three days later, Congress passed the “Gulf of Tonkin Resolution,” authorizing the President to “take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression.”

Evidence declassified in 2005 and 2006 reveals that the August 4 “attack” never happened.  “[T]he evidence suggests a disturbing and deliberate attempt by Secretary of Defense [Robert] McNamara to distort the evidence and mislead Congress.”  Commander James Stockdale, who led the first “retaliatory” American airstrike on North Vietnam, later wrote, “We were about to launch a war under false pretenses, in the face of the on-scene military commander’s advice to the contrary.”  (Emphasis added.)  In his book Dereliction of Duty, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster offers this theory for the motive for a war that resulted in the death of 58,000 Americans:

To enhance his chances for election, [Johnson] and McNamara deceived the American people and Congress about events and the nature of the American commitment in Vietnam.  They used a questionable report of a North Vietnamese attack on American naval vessels to justify the president’s policy to the electorate and to defuse Republican senator and presidential candidate Barry Goldwater’s charges that Lyndon Johnson was irresolute and “soft” in the foreign policy arena. (Emphasis added).

The January 6 Attack on the Capitol

On January 6, 2021, an unarmed crowd of Donald Trump supporters, angered by election irregularities affecting the 2020 Presidential Election surged into the U.S. Capitol, delaying the certification of Biden’s victory.  For the ensuing three years, the riot has been blamed exclusively on MAGA election deniers.

Since then, it has come to light that federal agents infiltrated the crowd.  Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA), a former police officer, told Tucker Carlson, “Hard, objective and conservative estimates would put the number of FBI assets in the crowd outside and working inside at well over 200.”  Two years after the events, new House Speaker Mike Johnson ordered the release of thousands of hours of January 6 footage covered up by the “January 6 Committee.”  The evidence conclusively demonstrates that Capitol Police officers actually escorted demonstrators, including “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley, through the Capitol.  Each week, different aspects of the story pushed by the Jan. 6 Select Committee is shown to be fabricated.  While it is still unknown the full extent to which government agents in the crowd stoked the riot, the government has used that event to attack its political opponents.  The Justice Department, under Attorney General Merick Garland, has prosecuted more than 1,200 political opponents, resulting in nearly 500 being sent to prison.

Cui Bono

Whenever an attack on the United States occurs, Americans need to avoid the temptation to believe the mainstream media’s effort to quickly affix blame.  Since our government has been involved in false flag attacks in the past, it certainly is possible that it will do so again.  

Editor’s Note: To read the articles in this series, please click here.

Reminders and Updates

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