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JPFO ALERT: An Open Letter to US Marshal Judicial Security Inspector David A. Meyer
by Aaron Zelman
Founder and Executive Director
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership

Special to The Libertarian Enterprise

Alert from Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
America's Aggressive Civil Rights Organization
March 18th 2008

We at Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) have recently become aware — through what amounts to a rather circuitous and highly sinister threat from you, Mr. Meyer — of a relatively new federal law that calls itself "The Court Security Improvement Act of 2007".

This perfect example of typical police state legislation — which you pressured Ryan Horsley, a defendant in a recent BATFE case, into sending us — says that whoever knowingly makes restricted personal information available about a "covered official", or a member of his or her immediate family, supposedly "with the intent to threaten, intimidate, or incite the commission of a crime of violence" against him, her, or it will be fined, imprisoned for no more than 5 years, or both.

What it boils down to is that publishing names, addresses, phone numbers, or other information attached to (just to name a handful of examples) the federal thugs who murdered the Branch Davidians and destroyed their church, members of Randy Weaver's family, or (had this law been in place then) the troops who assaulted the Warsaw Ghetto and the guards at the Nazi concentration camps, is now forbidden. In short, Mr. Meyer, it has been made a felony to identify one's criminal oppressors.

Since JPFO has never done anything even remotely like anything specified above, the information you ordered passed along to us — obviously with the intent of doing a little intimidating of your own — can only be interpreted as an attempt to shut us up, made on behalf of the notoriously lawless Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. It was directed at JPFO, we assume, because we have exposed BATFE's criminal behavior on countless occasions, requested its investigation by the FBI, and called for its abolition. Under the Second Amendment, Mr. Meyer, the mere existence of the BATFE is an infringement of the right to own and carry weapons, and is therefore illegal.

Now it comes as no surprise that BATFE would want us silenced. Those who comprise it, and their predecessors, have been enforcing an unconstitutional gun law cribbed from the Nazis for the last four decades, since 1968.


Nor does it come as any surprise that a federal agency infamous for its racism — their "Good Ol' Boy Roundup" being the best known example — would have a problem with Jews and guns. Their hatred and resentment for a Jewish civil rights organization that is exposing their criminality is obvious. But we wonder why a U.S. Marshall would be willing to carry their water and become publicly associated with them.

Or is it you, Mr. Meyer, who has a problem with Jews and guns?

Would you care to tell us what it is?

Judging from both their activities and their expressed attitudes over the years, BATFE's highest objective is to violate — and to ultimately obliterate, under color of law — the highest law of the land, the first ten Amendments to the Constitution, commonly known as the Bill of Rights. This especially included the Second Amendment and now, apparently, they're going after the First Amendment, as well. This is an egregious affront to every enduring principal of American liberty.

It seems especially hypocritical when the anonymity — and with it, the impunity — that BATFE demands of its victims is contrasted with government's insistence that ordinary citizens be increasingly fingerprinted, retinal-photographed, DNA-recorded, stripped of their personal and financial privacy entirely, and affixed with electronic leashes of various kinds including the so-called "Real ID" system. Government has installed surveillance cameras everywhere — some can even see through people's clothing — and devices for peering through the walls of their homes in blatant contempt for the 4th and 5th Amendments.

And yet its agents strive to retain their anonymity and avoid responsibility for their acts. This reminds us of yet another morally questionable practice of many federal, state, and local police agencies: since when did American cops start wearing masks? Isn't it the _badguys_ who wear masks, Mr. Meyer? Aren't they properly anxious to conceal their identities to avoid responsibility for their criminal acts?

Could government's masks be revealing something about government?

There is no room, Mr. Meyer, for secret police in an open society. No gun-toting government employee should ever be allowed to appear in public in civilian clothing, but should be required instead to wear a distinctive uniform on the job, complete with his or her name and badge number in six-inch reflective letters on the back and in three-inch letters on the chest. It should be a felony for any "law enforcement officer" to conceal his or her face, even with protective headgear.

Understand that, as outlandish as that idea may seem right now, the more threatening agents of the government make themselves appear, the more frequent and brutal the operations they carry out, the more people whose rights they crush beneath their jackboots, the more reasonable the idea will seem to our increasingly frightened fellow citizens.

We strongly suggest, Mr. Meyer, that you obey the law, instead — the real law, that is — and either start enforcing the Bill of Rights exactly like the highest law of the land that it happens to be, or that you quit now and find some employment more appropriate to your talents.

You might even get yourself a copy of our 85-minute movie The Gang — another of JPFO's many efforts to shine the light of day on government wrongdoing — to see more clearly the kind of criminals who have you running errands for them.

In any case, next time you have something to say to us, don't harass somebody like Ryan Horsley. Say it to us.

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