The Case for Citizen Grand Juries
Yesterday, Patrick Wood of The August Forecast & Review posted an article titled
Reflexive Law: How Sustainable Development Has Conned Us All
This is the best case for Citizen Grand Juries that I've seen. When you strip away the academic language, reflexive law is nothing more than extortion and intimidation using the appearance of legitimacy to achieve an objective that is not coded in actual law. Put another way, it is racketeering using the instruments of governing authority. The only remedy for that is citizen review of the actions of the governing authorities.
It's true that prosecutors have been using this kind of intimidation for plea deals for a long time but since civil society in general has little sympathy for people who come to the attention of law enforcement, the issue never really rose to a level that generated attention. However, the fact that the "international community" has discussed these tactics as strategies for obtaining "voluntary compliance" with Agenda 21 and those of us who research the implementation of Agenda 21 know they are being used for theft of property and intimidation of property owners, it's a whole new ball game.
The book that Patrick Woods read that informed him on the formal existence of 'reflexive law' as a strategic weapon was Greening NAFTA. The Stanford University Press was the publisher and it was compiled by the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. David J. Markell and John H. Knox edited the book. Markell is a Professor of Law at Florida State University College of Law and was a professor at the Albany Law School. He is a co-author of an environmental law casebook, Environmental Protection Law and Policy, and of Reinventing Environmental Enforcement and the State/Federal Relationship. John H. Knox served as an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of State where he participated in the negotiation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NACEC). He is vice chair of the North American bar associations' Joint Working Group on the Settlement of International Disputes and he served as the chair of the EPA National Advisory Committee on the CEC. Credentials on Agenda 21 issues don't get any better than this.
The reason why I highlighted Reinventing Environmental Enforcement... was because one of the initiatives of the Clinton/Gore Administration was Reinventing Environmental Regulation for 'Sustainable Development' which is a euphemism for Agenda 21. The EPA created the Smart Growth Network of non-profits for the purpose of manipulating both public officials and the public into acquiescing to the initiatives of Agenda 21. While at the same time appearing to be grassroots environmentalists.
One final word of advice from a long time observer and internet research activist: If you try to establish or participate in a Citizen Grand Jury, stay away from the issues concerning driver's licenses and marijuana as justification. I can't think of any way faster to diminish the credibility of the Citizen Grand Jury process than to try to justify it based on the state requirement for driver's licenses and/or the prohibition on marijuana. I wouldn't support the Citizen Grand Jury for those issues but the issues concerning property rights, Agenda 21 and racketeering using the instruments of government far outweigh the risks.
There is a group that has gathered together in one place information on the Citizen Grand Jury process. This is NOT an endorsement for this group rather, I'm giving the link to their website as a starting place for information on it.
August 28, 2014