This has always been a subject of great interest to me and I have read a lot about the laws governing our flags. Interestingly enough, if you follow
the United States Codes governing the laws of the flags every indication is that yes the gold fringed flag is a military flag and yes it does indicate
The reason for this is that admiralty law is the law of the sea and it is also, of the three recognized laws stated within the Constitution, the law
that is used when engaged in contracts with foreign nations and on the sea. The Constitution states that the United States laws or based on common law
and equity law and that admiralty law is reserved for the law of the seas and for foreign matters.
Several US Codes make it clear as to the designation of different flag designs and when they are to be flown. Our flag is defined in Title 4 sec. 1.
U.S.C., "The flag of the United States shall be thirteen horizontal stripes, alternate red and white; and the union of the flag shall be forty-eight
stars, white in a blue field."
Pursuant to U.S.C. Chapter 1, 2, and 3; Executive Order No. 10834, August 21, 1959, 24 F.R. 6865, a military flag is a flag that resembles the regular
flag of the United States, except that it has a YELLOW FRINGE, bordered on three sides. The President of the United states designates this deviation
from the regular flag, by executive order, and in his capacity as COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF of the Armed forces.
When you walk into a courtroom or government building and see the gold fringed military flag you are put on notice that you are in a Admiralty Court
and that you are under the jurisdiction of admiralty law. This power is as extensive upon land as upon water. In the Us Supreme Court case of
Propeller Genessee Chief et al. v. Fitzhugh et al. in 1851 the court ruled the following:
"This power is as extensive upon land as upon water. The Constitution makes no distinction in that respect. And if the admiralty jurisdiction, in
matters of contract and tort which the courts of the United States may lawfully exercise on the high seas, can be extended to the lakes under the
power to regulate commerce, it can with the same propriety and upon the same construction, be extended to contracts and torts on land when the
commerce is between different States. And it may embrace also the vehicles and persons engaged in carrying it on. It would be in the power of Congress
to confer admiralty jurisdiction upon its courts, over the cars engaged in transporting passengers or merchandise from one State to another, and over
the persons engaged in conducting them, and deny to the parties the trial by jury. Now the judicial power in cases of admiralty and maritime
jurisdiction, has never been supposed to extend to contracts made on land and to be executed on land. But if the power of regulating commerce can be
made the foundation of jurisdiction in its courts, and a new and extended admiralty jurisdiction beyond its heretofore known and admitted limits, may
be created on water under that authority, the same reason would justify the same exercise of power on land."
Gold fringed flags fly in all of our schools, courts, and state and federal office buildings as well as on all of our military bases. Under what is
called international law, the law of the flag, a shipowner who sends his vessel into a foreign port gives notice by his flag to all who enter into
contracts with the shipmaster that he intends the law of the flag to regulate those contracts with the shipmaster that he either submit to its
operation or not contract with him or his agent at all. Since the USSC ruled that jurisdiction of admiralty law extends to land as well as water then
you are being put on notice anytime you enter a place where the admiralty flag is flown that you under the jurisdiction of admiralty law.
I wrote a thread about a month ago on the encroachment of admiralty law, and tied the admiralty flag into it.
Im glad to see that more people are aware of this.
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