Has America Become A Police State?
In 1982, President Reagan’s executive order classified American’s Top 4 motorcycle clubs as criminal organizations. Despite being guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, individual rights vanished for a targeted group of people.
Today, the U.S. Government classifies over 300 of American’s Motorcycle Clubs as “outlaw motorcycle gangs” and “criminal organizations.”
Many motorcycle clubs support themselves with the sale of their trademark materials. Just like individuals in any organization, however, some individual club members are involved in criminal activity. These individuals use the club as a cover for their criminal activities with little regard for the wellbeing of their fellow club members.
With the Government’s bogus “Criminal Organization” classification, the prosecutors are assured they will have a winnable case every time, against every member. The government’s case hinges on proving the club is a racketeering enterprise. The racketeering umbrella allows the feds to link unrelated criminal acts against all the enterprise members even though they didn’t participate in or know about the crime.
Once targeted by the government, any of the individual rights protections guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution no longer exist for that group of citizens. ( Look how the government treats returning veterans who join motorcycle clubs. After returning from battlegrounds defending Americans rights, they are denied the very rights they fought to protect. )
The government’s actions themselves are in fact interfering with “interstate commerce,” the very crime they use against the clubs. A Government’s attempt to seize or interfere with a club’s legitimate trademark material violates the Interstate Commerce Act and is a crime.
This all-inclusive legal maneuver would be like blaming the entire congress for the criminal and sexual predator acts of individual members (such as Anthony Weiner, John Edwards, Rep. Chris Lee, R-N.Y., Eric Massa, D-N.Y., Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., etc. etc. etc.). But unlike bikers, these men do not go to prison for decades, nor does the entire Congress get indicted along with them. They get a slap on the wrist and then enjoy their federal pension for life at taxpayers expense.
Our Constitution guarantees us the right to freely associate, to wear what we want, go where we choose, to be individuals, and to be treated like everyone else by law enforcement and in the Courts. Riding a motorcycle or belonging to a club should not exclude a citizen from those rights. Individuals are responsible for the crimes they commit, not an organization.
Like many others who love our country, I swore an oath to defend the Constitution and protect it from all enemies both Foreign and domestic. It is our duty to see the government does the same.
It’s time for America’s 300+ targeted motorcycle clubs to face our common enemy, and force our government to follow the law.