Today is 6 March 2012, the morning after a very tragic day for Switzerland, and democracy all over the world. The Swiss parliament has agreed yesterday to cede yet more of our sovereignty to the US, in violation of its duties under Article 2 of the Constitution “The Swiss Confederation shall protect the liberty and rights of the people and safeguard the independence and security of the country.” Alongside the abstentions of some, the only party that adamantly opposed this was the Swiss People’s Party (“UDC”, the largest party) but that wasn’t enough.
Parliament’s excuse is that if they don’t cooperate with the US, the Swiss banking and finance industries would be shunned. They are selling us minnows out along with their sacred principles of popular democracy and sovereignty.
They are throwing away over seven-hundred years of democratic progress!
They are choosing to enhance cooperation with a totalitarian country that ignores its own Sacred Constitution and holds people without trial and tortures them! The same totalitarian country where a federal judge agreed that Obama could sentence a US Citizen to death without any trial and have him assassinated wherever in the world he could be found (even though the victim might not be somebody we would have wanted to shake hands with the assasination was carried out in violation of every notion of due process)! They are kneeling before the same sorry excuse for a fake democracy that recently passed the National Defense Authorization Act allowing indefinite detention without trial, in violation of the 4th, 5th, 6th Amendments of the US Constitution, and Articles 29 through 30 of the Swiss Federal Constitution!
All of this so that the IRS can prosecute its general warrants in violation of the 4th Amendment, compel people to self-incriminate themselves in violation of the 5th Amendment, collect “excessive fines” in violation of the 8th, and continue to double-tax US-persons abroad in violation of international legal principles of jurisdiction and despite having no legal mandate to do so (Congress has no authority over US Citizens abroad because they are not counted in the Census as Article 1 Section 2 of the US Constitution provides).
Shame on every single deputy who voted for this! They are not Swiss! They are enemies of the Sacred Constitution, the Sovereign Swiss people, and our Beloved Helvetia!
I think some of the minnows over here will turn piranha very soon. Personally, I feel my teeth getting very sharp. I would like to find out the name of every deputy who voted for this (I believe there was a roll-call vote) and keep each and every one of them on my permanent black list. They just committed an act of war against their own people; we must throw them all out into the street. They must never hold any public office or any position of responsibility in the private sector ever again. They must be held accountable for their traitorous actions.
The only positive note is that the new treaty will allow dragnet fishing expeditions only in the case of particular banks where bank employees have « contributed to illegal models of behavior ». Otherwise, the US must state the name of the person. « Les autorités américaines enquêtant sur des comportements délictueux pourront obtenir des informations sur des contribuables non identifiés par leur nom ou adresse (demandes groupées) si la banque ou ses collaborateurs ont contribué à des modèles de comportement illégaux. Sinon, l’identification de la personne concernée restera nécessaire. » The other oddity is that the treaty is not yet in effect because the US Senate has not approved it yet.
The UDC has already proposed a popular initiative on banking secrecy; this effort needs to be accelerated. The people must decide on this, we cannot let a bunch of turncoat politicians run the show. I would suspect that there is room for some judicial review of the new treaty, although I have not yet read the text, and I am thus uncertain as to what extent the treaty is “self-executing”. At any rate, as far as I am concerned the vote yesterday was invalid and the treaty null and void because parliament does not have the right to sign a treaty that goes so fundamentally against the directives of the Constitution. I hope our judges have some testicles. They are going to need them.
God preseve Sacred Switzerland! God save us from tyranny!