The National Flag of the United States, the ‘Stars and Stripes’, is sometimes decorated with gold fringe around the edges. These yellow fringed ‘Stars and Stripes’ can be found in most State and Federal Courts, Municipal Buildings, and Schools throughout America, but why?
The flags displayed in State courts and courts of the United States have gold or yellow fringes. That is your WARNING that you are entering into a foreign jurisdiction, the same as if you are stepping onto foreign soil and you will be under the jurisdiction of THAT flag. The flag with the gold or yellow fringe has no constitution, no laws, and no rules of any court, and is not recognized by any nation on this earth, and is foreign to you and the United States of America.
Those of us who believe that the Yellow Fringed Flag is the ‘Law of Admiralty’ Flag will know all about this. For the rest of us, this will be a shocking new disclosure. President, Dwight David Eisenhower signed Executive Order No.10834 on August 21, 1959 and had printed in the Federal Register at 24 F.R. 6865, pursuant to the law, stated that: “A military flag is a flag that resembles the regular flag of the United States, except that it has a yellow fringe border on three sides.”
The American people were allowed to believe that it was just a decoration but its not. When you see a flag that resembles a regular US flag with YELLOW FRINGE border on the edges, it means that you are in a special place. A place that should not have any jurisdiction over you if you are a normal citizen. The President of the United States designates this difference from the regular flag, by executive order such as Ike did, and in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the military he makes it so. The placing of a fringe on the national flag, the dimensions of the flag and the arrangement of the stars in the union are matters of detail not controlled by statute, but are within the discretion of the President as Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy.
If you walk onto a ship docked in a port located in New York City you are subject to the laws of the city and state of New York as well as the Federal Laws of the United States. This is as one would expect. When that ship leaves that harbor, then things change. Got it now? Wherever that ship happens to come to rest the law of the land wherever you happen to be has jurisdiction over you. When out in the high seas past the twelve mile limit you are not under the jurisdiction of any nation’s laws. You are under the jurisdication of what is known as “Maritime Law”. You will be subject to the law of the flag of that ship, enforceable by the “master of the ship,” otherwise known as the Captain, by the law of the flag.
If you enter a foreign embassy that happens to be in Washington DC, you are entering a distinct “enclave” with laws that may differ from your “home” state. You will be subject to the laws of THAT country, not US law, just as if you are boarding a ship. So, when you enter a courtroom displaying a gold or yellow fringed flag, be aware that you have just entered into a foreign country, and you better have your passport with you. The judge sitting under a gold or yellow fringe flag becomes the “captain” or “master” of that ship or enclave and he has absolute power to make the rules as he goes. The gold or yellow fringe flag is your WARNING that you are leaving your Constitutionally protected rights on the floor outside the door of that courtroom.
This is why so many judges are appointed, and not elected by the people. Federal judges are appointed by the President, the national military commander in chief. State judges are appointed by the Governors, the state military commanders (head of the State National Guard). Judges are appointed because the courts are military courts and civilians do not “elect” military officers.
Gold-fringed flags only stand inside military courts that sit in summary court martial proceedings against civilians and such courts are governed in part by local rules, but more especially by “The Manual of Courts Martial”. So, the next time you see this yellow fringed flag you will know what you are looking at and what it really means. If you travel to Mexico and you see the National Flag of Mexico, you would know that you are under the jurisdiction of Mexico; and that Mexican laws govern you at that time. That flag is your official notification when you see that flag. You should understand that the gold fringed flag signifies the same thing. It is a notification to you that you are under the rules and regulations of the military force that is flying that flag.
Government officials and judges often refuse requests to remove the gold fringed flag and replace it with the official flag of the United States as defined in the constitution – which has NO fringe. In 1933 President Theodore Roosevelt described that the admiralty, maritime or administration display of the flag is established by the presence of “gold fringe, gold braid, gold eagle, gold spear, or gold ball atop the flag pole.” In 1979 these standards were set down in Army regulations as part of the War Powers Act. By submitting a plea to this type of court, you are silently assenting, or agreeing, that this court has jurisdiction over you. That is how the display of the fringed-flags allows our freedoms to be taken away. Be advised.
By: J. Mark Soveign