From the February 2004 Idaho Observer:
Liberty Fix at Six
A forum for discussing the methodology and importance of establishing a national network of Low Power Radio Stations
by Michael Heit
Hello and welcome to the Liberty Fix at Six forum on Low Power Radio Communications.
Why the term Liberty Fix at Six? A few years ago I designed and built a low power FM radio station that put out 100 watts of RF power. This was a joint venture among several pro-Americanists whose dream was to bring an independent voice of freedom to the airwaves of occupied Amerika. The intent was to challenge the pro-government programming monopoly of the mainstream media for marketshare in the minds of Americans.
The project was met with rather intense opposition. Some of the opposition was overt in the form of regulatory harassment; other opposition was covert and revealed how important control of the airwaves is to the shadow governors.
A Radio Free America is critical to our efforts to restore the republic.
The Idaho Observer has encouraged my desire to write a monthly column dedicated to promoting the establishment of a pro-Americanist radio network here in federally-occupied Amerika.
It is my hope that this column will educate people as to the importance of independent radio programming to the extent they are encouraged to erect small stations in their communities. The hope is to build a nationwide coalition of freedom-loving people able to freely express their ideas and transmit important local news across the network quickly and accurately.
We have already learned there is a wrong way to go about establishing this network of independent broadcasters. Learning from our past mistakes, there are some basic facts that must be understood before people begin the process of establishing stations in their communities, lest their activities prompt a late-night visit from goose-stepping jackboots.
In our early effort to open the airwaves, we had a nightly call in show called The Liberty Fix at Six. Yes, a call in show for an on-the-air format pirate radio operation. Free Thought Radio [FM 101.9] was so successful it had a listening audience of over 1,300 folks (and growing) within a year.
Local commercial stations complained about the station to the federal government. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) responded to the complaint by ordering the station operator to cease and desist.
The operator refused to shut down and kept broadcasting for another year. At that point, the FCC sent him a Notice of Administrative Fine of $17,000 -- without any court action whatsoever.
The frustrated fellow gave the transmitter back to me, left the country, joined a foreign army and told the FCC, come get me.
So far they haven't made any attempts to go get him.
It is the intention of this column to promote freedom of the airwaves as a form of valid communication of truth without a repeat of the scenario described above. The best way to accomplish this is through being educated, and through education, becoming motivated.
Those who would join this effort must first organize in a nationwide effort to exert pressure on our respective state legislators to sponsor the passage of laws protecting the public's freedom to communicate openly and responsibly on the public airwaves.
To that end I will submit for publication articles regarding the validity of the FCC's claim of jurisdiction over public airwaves within the states of the Union.
In future articles I will discuss the actual nuts & bolts of the LPFM and LPAM science. I will cover transmitter theory, building techniques and actual operational experiences. Programming content and how to go about setting up your own community transmitter will also be explored.
Together we will become an educated and motivated group qualified to form a national organization dedicated to the freedom of the airwaves with the political influence necessary to promote our ability to exercise the God-given right to communicate with one another over the public airwaves.
As for my credentials, I have completed an Associates Degree program in Computer Electronics Engineering and am pursuing a Bachelors of Applied Science degree in Communications Electronics Engineering with a major in RF Systems Design. I have been involved in electronics repair and prototyping, both military and civilian, since 1976. I have built over 30 LPFM stations and one LPAM station. The smallest I built was a 100-milliwatt AM transmitter and the largest being a 220-watt stereo FM station. I invite readers to contact me via The Idaho Observer, as well as through my website at www.rockymountainreliable.us
Lest there be any misunderstanding, I am making no effort to promote my company or services. The information I offer in this column is entirely free and I will do whatever I can to help those who wish to pursue this effort. Please send in your questions and comments; I'll do my best to answer them as completely as I can.
Let us begin our journey with the issue of the jurisdiction of the FCC. The following is an article posted on my website.
For those readers who do not have access to the Internet, I shall post other equally valid documents and articles from mine and other websites in future articles in this column.
The constitutionally-limited jurisdiction of the FCC
In questions of power, then, let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. ~Thomas Jefferson
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was created by Congress with passage of the Communications Act of 1934. The Commission continues to operate under the Act, as amended. In Section 1, under the heading, Purposes of Act, it is stated, For the purpose of regulating interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio ....
The wording of the phrase insures that it will conform with the Constitution for the United States, Article I, Section 8, Clause 3. The Act makes no reference to the regulation of intrastate (within a state) commerce in communications or private communications. The Constitution does not authorize the federal government to regulate such activity within individual states of the union.
The geographical territory claimed by the FCC was plainly constitutional until 1982. With passage of the Communications Act of 1982, the 1934 Act was amended such that the territory now claimed may no longer be constitutional. This occurred when the FCC suddenly demanded the right, after 48 years, to require licensing of communications that are confined entirely within one state.
But the federal government has never possessed authority to regulate intrastate activity. Is it possible, even likely, that the definition of state, as used in the original Act, did not refer to the 50 Union states? If so, the Communications Act of 1982 is not unconstitutional on its face. Rather, through the cunning of high-level lawmakers and the ignorance of low-level bureaucrats, the Act is being misapplied.
The United States Code
The United States Code is commonly used as authority when the FCC or its courts seek to exercise power. Specifically, Title 47 of the U.S. Code, Telegraphs, Telephones, and Radiotelegraphs, is cited.
Within Chapter 5, Wire or Radio Communication, we find the licensing statute, 47 USC Sec. 301. As with any statute, Section 301 has limited applicability. We need not be concerned with FCC licensing if Section 301 does not apply to our particular activity.
We can determine the limited geographical area of applicability of Chapter 5 by referring to Subchapter I, Section 152, which says, The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all interstate and foreign communication....
Next, we must determine the definition of the word state, as used in Chapter 5. We may do this by referring to Subchapter I, Sec. 153(40), where it says, The term 'State' includes the District of Columbia and the Territories and possessions.
The identical wording is used for the definition of state in the Communications Act of 1934. It would be a mistake to expand what is being said by mentally adding the 50 states of the Union.
Common Law Maxim:
The inclusion of one is the exclusion of another. The certain designation of one person is an absolute exclusion of all others. 11 Coke, 58b.
Consistency: A fundamental principle of law
When a Title within the United States Code applies to the 50 states such intent is unambiguous. For example, in the Internal Revenue Code, we find the following:
26 USC Sec. 6103(b)(5) - State: The term State means - (A) any of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Canal Zone, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
26 USC Sec. 4612(a)(4)(A) In general: The term United States means the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any possession of the United States, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.
Skeptics can be further satisfied by bringing to their attention the definition of the word include, as used in the above mentioned Sec. 153(40).
From Black's Law Dictionary:
Include. (Lat. inclaudere, to shut in, to keep within.) To confine within, hold as in an enclosure, take in, attain, shut up, contain, inclose, comprise, comprehend, embrace, involve. Term may, according to context, express an enlargement and have the meaning of and or in addition to, or merely specify a particular thing already included within general words theretofore used. Including within statute is interpreted as a word of enlargement or of illustrative application as well as a word of limitation.
With respect to Subchapter I, Sec. 153(40), the legal definition of state expresses no contextual language that suggests an enlargement is contemplated.
By using comparative analysis between Titles within U.S. Code while considering the legal definition of state, it becomes clear that the licensing statute applies only to the District of Columbia and the Territories and possessions, which is exquisitely constitutional. For those not situated in a federal area, this is strong legal grounds for license-free broadcasting.
Private broadcasting - an additional remedy
The courts take silent judicial notice that all radio communication is commercial in nature. The radio operator has the burden of proof to show otherwise. When precious metal-backed dollars were replaced with the commercial debt backed Federal Reserve Notes it meant all activity conducted by means of FRNs, even private activity, became classified as commercial in nature under color of law.
The FCC's jurisdictional statement makes no claim of regulating private communications. The solution is to purchase all radio equipment with gold or silver coin, while securing proper receipts. The power company will likely not accept constitutional money. It will be necessary to generate your own electrical power. Any profit from the station must be paid in gold or silver coin. Those actions remove you from the commercial venue.
Punishment for radio broadcasting lacks constitutionality
Another area where federal power is exercised without traceable authority is punishment. The Constitution is most clear on the subject of punishment available to the federal government. It is limited to only three types: counterfeiting, treason, and offenses against the laws of nations. The FCC is constitutionally authorized to regulate interstate and foreign commerce in communications but not to punish someone for simply carrying out unauthorized communications.
All federal regulatory and enforcement authority must be traceable to the Constitution for the United States of America. There is a huge difference between the meaning and exercise of power and the meaning and exercise of authority.
For almost a half-century the FCC's licensing provisions plainly did not apply to radio communications confined to a single state. Suddenly, in 1982, the U.S. Congress apparently gave the FCC power to license and regulate radio transmissions that are confined entirely within the legal boundaries of a single state. But did Congress ever originally intend to include the Union states within the meaning of state?
In both the original communications act and the codified version of the law, the 50 Union states are not included in the definition of state, which is constitutionally correct. Successful prosecution for non-licensed broadcasting within one of the 50 states is a result of ignorance and/or contempt for the law.
It is a constitutionally correct strategy to avoid the FCC's jurisdiction altogether by avoiding the use of commercial debt paper (Federal Reserve Notes). The FCC has jurisdiction over ...commerce in communication... only.
Another area in which the FCC successfully exercises power without any authority is punishment. The Constitution authorizes the Federal government to punish for counterfeiting, treason, and offenses against the laws of nations, only.
There exists a criminal element at the highest levels of government in the United States. Adhering to constitutionally correct principles will not insure the full force of government won't be used in an attempt to destroy you. Criminals in government generally use the courts to carry out their vendettas against free-thinking individuals. Government courts will boldly evade the simplest constitutional principle if failure to do so would endanger a successful prosecution. Although they can tell you the latest ball scores, most Americans sitting on a jury do not recognize constitutionally correct principles. They will side with the government. It is advisable to take whatever steps necessary to stay out of the courts.
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