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Legalese

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In law, words have exact meanings, and the use of law revolves around how words are defined.

Imagine if one letter was changed in a legal document with the intent to trick you? It is done all the time. One letter in law can be just as important as the difference between an M16 rifle and an F16 fighter plane, and it can be just as damaging to an innocent victim. 

“We seldom try to understand the meaning of words, we just seem to mouth them and hold them dearly, but seldom attempt to investigate their substantive implications and precise meanings. How easily we are put to sleep by our eyes, even when we are awake.”— Robert W. Wangrud

It doesn’t take long with a law dictionary to realize that there is more than one reason people love to hate attorneys. These drafters of encoded laws are artists when it comes to using words to deceive us. The concept introduced in this chapter is a reoccurring theme throughout this book, and it ties into various subjects. Some of my favorite examples of this “art” need to be held back until later in the book because of their ties into subjects I haven’t explained yet, and some are important enough to require their own chapter where I have room to present supportive evidence. In spite of these challenges I wanted to introduce legal word-crafting early so you would be thinking about it. I have spoken to strangers for only a few minutes using two or three examples, and witnessed more lights coming on in their eyes than if I spoke on any other subject. Nobody likes to be played for a fool.

A good example for you to consider is the word Unalienable: This important word is found in the Declaration of Independence in reference to certain of our most important rights. (Such as the right to defend ourselves). These rights are incapable of being sold or transferred. They are un-a-lien-able. It is no surprise that those who want to rule over us had to come up with a substitute for that! They did of course. The word promoted today is: Inalienable: In-alien-able By changing one letter, and making it sound quite different, (rather alien) they figured we could be kept in the dark, as to this words true meaning. Black’s 4th informs us that “Certain” Inalienable rights may be sold or transferred under “certain circumstances.”  I wonder if they might have had themselves in mind to decide on what those “certain circumstances” might be? Whenever they choose to violate our rights perhaps?

Upper and lower case letters are used often in legal writing to flag hidden meanings, like a secret code.  It is amazing how using an upper case in place of a lower case letter can change a words meaning in legalese. These artists of deception include alternative meanings in their law dictionaries so they can deny accountably and look down their noses at you as if you have mental problems, all the while knowing they are the ones who set up the deception in the first place. They are quite proud of themselves for their supposed superiority in understanding these legal tricks.

Consider the following question many have been faced with on a typical job application. It is a good example of how words are used to deceive us. There are three traps contained in this question, all designed to obtain, or presume jurisdiction over you.  

“Are you a citizen of the United States?”

The First Trick

The first word I would like to draw your attention to is “citizen.” Prior to the 14th Amendment, where this word with a lower case c was first introduced, the founders always spelled it with an upper case C. This was done to imply Sovereignty, as free White Citizens were specifically recognized as Sovereign in this country’s early years. A Citizen is Sovereign and not subject to anyone without his consent. A citizen is a subject slave.

The founders had debated this issue. Some were concerned, not wanting to offend God, our true Sovereign. They hesitated to refer to the people as Sovereigns, believing that they were subject to God. 

Sovereign: A person, body, or state in which independent and supreme authority is vested. (BLD 5) 

Sovereignty: The supreme, absolute, and uncontrollable power by which any independent state is governed; supreme political authority. The person or body of persons in the state to whom there is politically no superior. (BLD 5)

Sovereignty is basically not being subject to another of higher authority, and our country’s founders had had enough of wicked kings and such. Some argued that if they referred to the people as anything other, or less than sovereign, someone would eventually come along and presume the right to step into a position of control over them. Their concern was more over the probable designs of wicked men than the possibility of a mild offense toward God, whom they believed would understand their dilemma. They were focused on protecting the people from wicked men and didn’t want to leave such an obvious opening for someone to take advantage of, so this side won the debate. 

“Sovereignty itself is, of course, not subject to law, for it is the author and source of law; but in our system, while sovereign powers are delegated to the agencies of government, sovereignty itself, remains with the people, by whom and for whom all government exists and acts. And the law is the definition and limitation of power.” (Justice Matthews in Yick Wo v Hopkins, 118 US 356)

I will provide more details later on, but the 14th Amendment was pushed into place to provide a status for the newly freed blacks. It created a different class of lower case c citizens that were, as creations of the “District of Columbia” corporation, subject to it. These subject citizens had only the privileges the corporate “state” allowed them. In the 14th amendment these are called “Civil Rights.” Civil Rights are nothing more than government granted privileges. If you state that you are of the lower case c citizen status, you will be considered a person without any rights.

The Second Trick

Next, consider the words “United States.” This is not in reference to the United States, or “states united” that the Founding Fathers were referring to. With the first letters capitalized, the words “United States” identify a privately owned corporation. The corporation of the “District of Columbia” was formed on February 21, 1871. It was reorganized June 11, 1878, and re-named “United States Government.” This corporation privately trademarked the names: “United States” “U.S.,”  “US,” “U.S.A.,”  “USA,” and “America,” Prior to this deceitful act, the words, or term United States meant simply the states united for a common purpose. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, like the Ford Motor Company of Detroit, or the Baskin Robbins Company of Chicago, is simply a corporation based in America.

If you look up the definition of “United States” in Title 28 USC 3002 (15) you will find that it means:

(a) “A Federal Corporation or some entity of the Federal government or Instrumentality of such.”

The location of the United States is delineated in UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) §9-307(h): 

“The United States is located in the District of Columbia.”

The Uniform Commercial also states:

“United States includes its territories and possessions and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.” (UCC §6-102(n))

The Third Trick

The third trick is the use of the word “of.” If you state that you are “of” something, you are acknowledging that you are subject to it and that it is superior to you. If you said you were “of” the United States, you are saying, in legalize, that you are subject to the United States Corporation, and inferior to it. That simply puts you under their subjection.