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American Democracy vs. American Dictatorship

Chertoff Sues the University of Texas in Brownsville and Texas Southmost College in Attempt to Place Border Wall Through the “Heart of the Campus”

By Jay J. Johnson-Castro, Sr.
Inside the Checkpoints: Commentary from the Río Grande

February 9, 2008

Chertoff sues the University of Texas in Brownsville (UTB) and Texas Southmost College (TSC), a classic case of American democracy vs. American dictatorship.

What kind of government lies and threatens, lies and bullies, lies and abuses its power, then lies and terrorizes its citizens? What kind of government systematically sues model citizens? What kind of government will use any form of force to intimidate and frighten those faithfully serving their community and their country? What kind of government would willfully commit illegal and unconstitutional acts to terrorize citizens on the pretext of national security?

D.R. 2008 UTB-TSC
A look at the South Texas gives a clear and chilling answer. American democracy is being assaulted by America tyranny. An unlawful tyranny wielded by Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff.

The UTB President, Juliet Garcia, posted her reasons for not bowing to the dictates of Chertoff on the UTB website. There she delineated five reasons for not allowing a border wall to cut across the UTB campus:

  1. It would cut through the “very heart of the campus”.
  2. It “would jeopardize the campus security.
  3. It would be counter to the mission of community and heritage.
  4. It would violate the ecology and environment.
  5. It would desecrate famous historical sites, including Fort Brown and Fort Texas, which would end up on the “Mexican side” of the wall.

Like the City of Eagle Pass and many private property owners, yesterday, the University of Texas Brownsville and Texas Southmost College became the new victims of Chertoff & Company and were sued by the United States of American under the law of condemnation, the power of eminent domain. Looking at the map, Chertoff wants to amputate 166 acres of University land for the sake of national security. He wants the “illegals” and drug traffickers to be diverted near the university campus, which in turn might well put the students at risk.

D.R. 2008 BlueBloggin.com
Is what Chertoff is doing even legal? Congressmen have stood up to him and said no. Legislators have stood up to him and said no. Mayors have stood up to him and said no. City Councils have stood up to him and said no. Property owners have stood up to him and said no. And like some machine out of the “War of the Worlds” his Department of Homeland Security sues those who have legally refused to surrender their land to him in Federal Court in the name of the United States of America. What a tragic chapter in the history of the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” The “free” and the “brave” are bullied into submission or they get sued.

As a puppet dictator of the ruling elite and a handful of racist supremacists, this man is out to do all the damage to the image of America that he can do, knowing that he has perhaps eleven months to commit all these acts of aggression and oppression against the citizens of the United States. He has helped strip sincere Americans of their rights as they strive to exercise their democracy.

When Peter Schey of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law sued Chertoff this week in behalf of property owner, Eloisa Tamez, the lawsuit clearly states that the United States and Chertoff “have acted in flagrant disregard for the laws of the United States,” that their actions are “in violation of federal laws” and that “Chertoff does not have the authority” to utilize the procedures that he is employing to overpower common citizens.

If that is true, Chertoff indeed is committing acts outside the parameters of Constitutional law. He is therefore the most reprehensible “illegal” in the country, simply because he is doing this in the name of the United States of America. He is “flagrantly” operating “outside” the law of the United States of America, so is therefore an “outlaw” of the worst kind. What would we do with a corrupt sheriff or a corrupt general?

As we watch this chapter unfold in the writing of American history books, we won’t have to wait long to see what kind of America emerges, an American democracy or an American dictatorship.

Jay J. Johnson-Castro, Sr. is an internationally recognized human rights activist from the Texas-Mexico border that has walked some 500 miles in protest against human rights violations. He is the founder of www.FreedomAmbassadors.com, a national network that champion refugees and innocent immigrant children imprisoned in private “for-profit prisons.” He is also the founder of www.BorderAmbassadors.com, a network that opposes the border wall and the militarization of the US-Mexico border, while promoting the rich history, culture and geology of US-Texas border, which he calls the “Confluence of the Americas.”

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