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February 15, 2011

Who Was Judge John Roll?

"The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust." ~Samuel Butler

Since the January 8th mass shooting in Tuscon, Arizona, I've quietly speculated on why nearly all the media attention was centered on the shooting of Congress woman Gabrielle Giffords, followed closely by the death of 9 year old, Christina Taylor-Green, while the death of U.S. District Court Judge John Roll conveniently avoided the media spotlight.  Isn't a U.S. District Judge as press-worthy as a young girl or a member of Congress?

Already labeled with the "conspiracy theorist" stamp, I intentionally avoided discussing the Safeway incident on FugginSuggin.com, as my first inclinations were that Loughner was a sleeper assassin and that the media was purposely avoiding any focus on the death of John Roll.  The event was just too hot a potato, and I chose to be sensitively silent for some time to avoid the stirring controversy surrounding the "heated political rhetoric" debate that followed the shooting.
Yesterday, I came across an article on NaturalNews.com, written by Ethan Huff, entitled, "Was Judge John Roll the Actual Target of the Giffords Shooting?Finally!!, I thought, as this question has been echoing in my mind and that of others since the shooting.  But why would the Powers That Be wish to eliminate Judge Roll?

According to an EU Times report, days before his death, Judge John Roll made a critical ruling against the current Administration, which served as an affront to the modern trend of consistently increasing powers of the Executive.  The week before his death, Judge Roll issued a preliminary ruling against the Obama administration in the case of U.S. v. $330,520.00 in US Currency and Saturn Aura XE 2007.  Although a jury acquitted the defendant, the United States still sought forfeiture of the funds.  Judge Roll’s ruling would have prevented the federal government from seizing these funds and the property involved without demonstrating clear and convincing evidence of a crime being committed, essentially overriding a long established Executive Order.

Allegedly, the administration claimed that they had a right to seize the property under the power of a Presidential Executive Order issued by FDR in 1933, instead of using existing laws.  There is speculation that President Obama and his administration may have been preparing to govern America by executive decree since their loss this past November of Democrat-control in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Judge Roll's decision could have started a judicial trend in deciding Executive Order's unconstitutional, as they have often come under criticism for exceeding Executive authority and usurping the federal legislative authority of Congress.

President Obama has issued some controversial executive orders since taking office.  On his very first day, Barack Obama implemented and signed into law Executive Order 13489, which essentially seals off any records that a President chooses not to release. "Birthers" have argued that it was a means of protecting his birth certificate.

Another Obama executive order creates a council of ten state governors directly appointed by Obama who will work with the federal government to help advise on National Guard, homeland defense, civil support activities, and synchronization and integration of state and federal military activities in the United States.   Many have viewed this as a step toward eliminating the independent authority and dissolving the sovereignty of the several States, while others think that it is step toward Martial Law.  Jesse Ventura even discussed the Council of Governors at length in his "Conspiracy Theory" episode entitled "Police State."

Whether or not Judge Roll was the primary target or even a target at all, the events surrounding his murder deserve more attention than they've received from mainstream media.  We deserve better from our investigators.  We deserve the truth or at least a valiant attempt to uncover it.  If the media is the fourth branch of the government, we need them to be objective and inquisitive.  We need them to ask questions instead of eagerly jumping on the bandwagon or consistently taking the information provided by authority as true.

Since when is it so controversial to ask questions and investigate proposed theories passed off as factual conclusions?  Our investigations are now fully performed by those within the government, whether it be the Tuscon shooting, the Gulf oil spill, 9/11, JFK. etc.  Do we need scientists to start becoming journalists?  We need reporters and news organizations to embrace their role as investigators and dig deeper to find the truth within newsworthy events.  Please?

"The press is the hired agent of a monied system, and set up for no other purpose than to tell lies where their interests are involved. One can trust nobody and nothing." ~Henry Adams