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Secret Trials And Witnesses The New Normal In Democrat-Controlled America

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Yesterday’s impeachment hearing in the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives marked a watershed in American politics and jurisprudence. For the first time (at least that we can find) a judicial-type proceeding is being conducted in which the evidence is being collected in secret and the witnesses are not only undisclosed, but the defense is being prohibited from determining if they really exist, finding out who they are, questioning them or even discussing their names.

Republican Representative Elise Stefanik (NY-21) questioned this procedure at the beginning of yesterday’s hearing by raising a point of order with the odious Democrat Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff.

Rep. Stefanik asked Schiff, “Mr. Chairman, will you be prohibiting witnesses from answering members’ questions as you have in the closed-door depositions?”

As Breitbart’s Kristina Wong characterized it, Schiff responded to Stefanik with a condescending tone, “As the gentlewoman should know, if she was present for the depositions — .”

“Which I was,” she retorted.

“For some of them, yes,” he responded.

“Correct,” she said.

Schiff proceeded to defend his blocking of Republican members’ questions to the witnesses.

“The only time I prevented witnesses from answering questions, along with our counsel, was when it was apparent that members were seeking to out the whistleblower,” he said.

“We will do everything necessary to protect the whistleblower’s identity, and I’m disturbed to hear members of the committee who have in the past voiced strong support for whistleblower protections seek to undermine those protections by outing the whistleblower,” he said.

Stefanik reminded him that only he and his staff have direct knowledge of the “whistleblower’s” identity.

“Mr. Chairman, only one member and their staff on this committee has direct knowledge of the identity of the whistleblower,” she said.

Schiff then pounded his gavel to cut her off.

“The gentlewoman will suspend. …We will not permit the outing of the whistleblower, and questions along those lines, the counsel will inform their clients not to respond to. If necessary I will intervene…”

So, at this point in an investigation to remove the President of the United States from office the only people who (officially at least) know the name, background and credibility of the whistleblower – or if this person really exists – are Schiff and his minions.

What’s more, Axios reports it has now been announced that Schiff has scheduled two more closed-door depositions featuring an official working at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, David Holmes, and Office of Management and Budget official Mark Sandy.

If this were the only example of Democrats creating and using secret judicial-type proceedings to persecute those they don’t like one might in a moment of dark optimism convince themselves that it is a temporary phenomenon caused by Trump Derangement Syndrome and that when Donald Trump leaves the political stage Democrats would again embrace the traditional tenets of Anglo-American constitutional jurisprudence.

Unfortunately, it is not the only example of Democrats using secret courts to persecute those they disdain, and it is spreading.

The most recent and pervasive example of how the Democrats’ love of secret courts and secret evidence has seeped down into the lives of everyday Americans is the passage of so-called Red Flag laws that allow secret courts, based on the testimony of secret witnesses, to deprive citizens of their First and Second Amendment rights by confiscating their firearms.

After a secret court proceeding, without an opportunity to be heard, Gary J. Willis of Anne Arundel County Maryland was served at 5:00 a.m. in the morning with an extreme risk protection (Red Flag) order and was killed by one of the officers serving the order when he refused to hand over his gun.

Mr. Willis was involved in an ongoing feud with relatives who initiated the request, and because the order was issued in secret without notice to Mr. Willis, we will never know if an arrest for disorderly conduct or simple assault might have defused the situation without deadly force.

In a less deadly, but still severely damaging, example Americans are routinely deprived of access to social media platforms based on the complaints of secret witnesses and through secret processes from which there is no appeal. The result is their businesses and livelihoods are destroyed through a system of corporate-enforced social credit based on the standards set by the “woke” Democrats on the Far Left.

As Americans watch the Kafkaesque proceedings unfold in Democrat Adam Schiff’s hearing room just remember, when and where Democrats are in charge it is not just Donald Trump who is subject to secret proceedings and secret witnesses, you too can and will be stripped of your rights and barred from participating in the hearings and arguing your side of the dispute if Democrats decide they don’t like you.

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Had hillary been elected, by now we would be serving the one world order. That is why the satanicly driven dims are so angry. Interesting the "one world government is mentioned in the Holy Bible. For those who do not, or will not read that Tome, it forbids the formation of a one world government. Ever wonder how the writer of that thousands of years old book managed to have that reference in it? Start reading it and find that much of what is written therein, is accurate. More becomes accurate daily. WOW, the writer was not able to see that far into the future, but the Holy being that dictated it was, and is able. Wake up people, President Trump is doing his best against those determined to destroy this the best country to live in, in this world. I have traveled to many, and am always so thankful to be back home where it is free (not meaning cost wise, but meaning free to live life as one wants). Watch what all the dim contestants are offering to do. Scary. When they can take other peoples money, how long before they start to take yours. Look at all the other communist countries. Masses are struggling to survive. Oh they do not have guns with which to protect themselves, they do not have a president Trump to fight for their right to a happy life. Watch what the schools and colleges are teaching your children.
Those children are being taught many bad things, by our own government controlled schools. SHAME on us for allowing that.