Jim Traficant Free From Jail, Free To Speak Out
Former Congressman Jim Traficant of Ohio is free to speak out about the government once again, having never issued any statements from prison. Traficant served 17 years in Congress. In July of 2002 he received an eight year prison sentence after being convicted of racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion. The House, using the trial transcript, expelled him.
Traficant refused to apply for clemency or a reduction in his sentence, saying that to do so would force him to admit his guilt and apologize for his crimes. He says he did not commit any crimes, so he would not admit to them and was not going to apologize for something he says he did not do. He did not want his family to see him in prison and he and his wife, Tish went 7 years without seeing each other.
Traficant is famous for his unique one minute “beam me up” speeches, many listed here at http://www.thememoryhole.org/traficant/ Now a private citizen on probation, Traficant has already began speaking out about the government and what he thinks needs to be fixed at a sold out, welcome home appreciation party held Sunday, September 6, 2009 in his hometown of The Mahoning Valley-Youngstown, Ohio.
Traficant is scheduled to be on Fox News’ On the Record at 10 p.m. ET Thursday, September 10, 2009, hosted by Greta Van Susteren.
“As you know, we went to Ohio today to interview former Congressman Jim Traficant. He got out of prison about a week ago and gave us a long interview today (you will see tomorrow night on ON THE RECORD at 10pm.) What was rather interesting was how many people went up to Traficant and hugged him and thanked him. I pulled out my camera to grab some of the citizen meetings for you so that you can see for yourself: http://gretawire.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/09/09/sneak-peek-jim-traficant/?action=late-new&order=asc. His hair still appears to have its trademarked weed whacker look in this photo-
Traficant’s more famous speech, “The Bankruptcy of the United States” delivered on the floor of Congress in 1993 proclaimed:
“The United States Federal government has been dissolved by the Emergency Banking Act, March 9, 1933, declared by President Roosevelt. The receivers of the United States bankruptcy are the International bankers, via the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. All United States offices, officials and departments are now operating within a de facto status in name only under Emergency War powers. This new form of government is known as a Democracy (instead of a Republic), being an established Socialist/Communist order under a new governor for America.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek_3X2ONCx0&feature=related
THE SELL-OUT OF AMERICA
May 2, 2001- Congressional Record, Congressman Traficant
“Mr. Speaker, the Great Lakes are now open. The first foreign ship to dock in Cleveland, Ohio, carried 10,000 tons of steel from Russia. While mills are closing in Cleveland, Youngstown, and Pittsburgh, steel mills are closing all over America. Ten thousand tons of illegally dumped steel just came in to America. Unbelievable. Think about it. It is getting so bad the Army almost bought, without Congress’ interference, black berets for the Army from China. Beam me up. If our trade program is so good, why does Europe not do it? Why does Japan not do it? Why does China not do it? I think it is time to put things in order in America, my colleagues. Enough is enough. I yield back the sell-out of America, wholesale, to Communist dictators, and the loss of jobs to these socialist, communist countries.
BUYING OUR WAY INTO BANKRUPTCY
February 7, 2001- Congressional Record, Congressman Traficant
Mr. Speaker, the trade deficit is at $10 billion a week, $40 billion a month, a half trillion dollars a year. Unbelievable. Japan continues to take $60 billion out of our economy a year, and China is now taking over $100 billion a year out of America, and both Japan and China continue to keep American products out. Now, if that is not enough to neuter your dragon, China has missiles pointed at us. Beam me up. A Nation that buys more than they sell will go bankrupt, and a Nation that allows illegal trade destroys all American industry. I yield back the bankruptcy of America’s steel industry. Day after day the filings continue to mount up.
BRING SOME COMMON SENSE TO FOREIGN RELATIONS
November 5, 1997- Congressional Record, Congressman Jim Traficant
Mr. Speaker, see if this makes sense. America gives billions of foreign aid to Russia; Russia then takes American cash and builds new weapons; Russia then offers to sell the old weapons to Iran. America trying to keep nuclear technology from Iran, and they buy the old weapons from Russia. Russia then asks America for more foreign aid. America trying to keep the Marx brothers out of Russia, and I do not mean Groucho, give Russia more foreign aid. After all this, the State Department labels the National Council Resistance, the opposition party in Iran, fighting for democracy, trying to throw those bums out. They label them a terrorist group. Unbelievable. How dumb can Uncle Sam be? Let us tell it like it is. Those Russian nuclear scientists are not hanging around Iran to watch belly dancers. What is next? Will the Pentagon lease Tehran?
Beam me up, Mr. Speaker. With a foreign policy like this, I do not know how we still have our sovereignty.
While Ron Paul and others might be a fan of his, the federal authorities are not. Traficant says, ”I was a target of the administration…I have been targeted.” One must wonder if he is still a target.
For a little more history, read Jim Traficant, Fighting His Way at http://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2009/01/13/jim-traficant-fighting-his-way/
And from politico- http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/26675.html
What, no comment from fellow Democrat, President Obama?