Posts Tagged ‘rule of law’

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Making brand Trump great again, in clear violation of the law. Blatant conflicts of interest and flouting of the law.

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Trump: Americans could be tried in Guantánamo

 

This should disqualify Trump from the race immediately. He has no concept of the Constitution or the rule of law in this nation. The President is supposed to defend the Constitution, but this ass clown doesn’t give a fuck.

 

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This is important, and even more reason to pull out all the stops and support Sanders…

 

In 1974 Call to Abolish CIA, Sanders Followed in Footsteps of JFK, Truman

[Sanders]…called the Central Intelligence Agency “a dangerous institution that has got to go.” Sanders complained that the CIA was only accountable to “right-wing lunatics who use it to prop up fascist dictatorships.”

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”The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil and the Attack on U.S. Democracy.” This wide-ranging discussion examines the “deep state,” an evolving level of secret government separate from the elected government. Scott looks at the origins of the deep state, its communications and finances, and its involvement in landmark events, from the JFK assassination to Watergate to September 11 and beyond.

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Orwell in San Fran:

“I’ll arrest you for resisting arrest.”

SF Cops Arrest Public Defender for Refusing to Let Them Interrogate Her Client Without Counsel

“A uniform does not give anyone license to bully people out of their constitutional rights. If police are able to do this to a deputy public defender in front of her client, I can only imagine what is happening out on the streets.”

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Best ‘fuck you’ speech in years.

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18 U.S. Code § 2340A – Torture
(a) Offense.— Whoever outside the United States commits or attempts to commit torture shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both, and if death results to any person from conduct prohibited by this subsection, shall be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life.
(b) Jurisdiction.— There is jurisdiction over the activity prohibited in subsection (a) if—

(1) the alleged offender is a national of the United States; or
(2) the alleged offender is present in the United States, irrespective of the nationality of the victim or alleged offender.
(c) Conspiracy.— A person who conspires to commit an offense under this section shall be subject to the same penalties (other than the penalty of death) as the penalties prescribed for the offense, the commission of which was the object of the conspiracy.

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Chris Hedges and other plaintiffs try in vain to keep the Obama military machine in check, even as the government claims the right to snatch and grab anyone on earth without DUE PROCESS OF LAW…

Fighting the Militarized State

If Section 1021(b)(2) is not struck down by the Supreme Court it will effectively overturn nearly 150 years of case law that repeatedly holds that the military has no jurisdiction over civilians. A U.S. citizen charged by the government with “substantially supporting” al-Qaida, the Taliban or those in the nebulous category of “associated forces” will be lawfully subject to extraordinary rendition on U.S. soil. Arrested citizens will languish in military jails, in the language of Section 1021(b)(2), until “the end of hostilities.”

This obliteration of the right to due process and a fair hearing in a court of law, along with the mass surveillance that has abolished our right to privacy, will be the legal foundation of our militarized, corporate state. Judge Forrest warned in her 112-page opinion that whole categories of Americans could, under this law, be subject to seizure by the military. She drew parallels between Section 1021(b)(2) and Korematsu v. United States, the 1944 Supreme Court ruling that supported the government’s use of the military to detain 110,000 Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War II. Our case offers the court an opportunity, as several lawyers have pointed out, to not only protect almost 150 years of domestic law that forbids the military to carry out domestic policing but to repudiate the shameful Korematsu decision.

May as well add unaccountable torture, unlimited surveillance and show trials to the list of citizen grievances against Obama Incorporated.

 

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Hedges continues on Breaking the Set, mentioning totalitarianism.

 

 

 

 

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Imprisoned CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Threatened with ‘Diesel Therapy,’ Suffers Shakedowns for Talking to Press

““One of my cellmates, a 40-ish African-American whom I like, respect and consider a friend, made an important point,” according to Kirakou. “‘Don’t you see what they’re doing? They’re trying to make us mad with these shakedowns so that we’ll turn on you.’ He imagined a conversation: ‘Let’s piss off the big black guy so he pressures Kiriakou to stop writing and doing interviews.’”

It did not work that time. “My cellmate urged me to ‘keep up the fight. Keep telling people what it’s like in here.’ I promise to do that.”

John Kiriakou exposed that the CIA was torturing people in violation of the law, and with impunity.  For exposing CIA crimes he was imprisoned and his life threatened repeatedly.  This is truly a lawless, criminal age, and the criminals are in charge.

 

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Roger Ebert once called Fight Club a “fascist movie.”  Although that might have been misplaced, it may apply more aptly to these murder is fun films, Kickass and Kickass 2.

It’s so frustrating when the ideas are so nakedly presented to offset the other malignant ideas that were just presented moments ago.  The level of manipulation reaches schizophrenic heights when torture is fun, but all of a sudden another character pretends to have a moral conscience.  We have a battle of marketing manipulation memes, selling fascist ideas, but trying to also wrangle those peacenik dollars and assuage the consciences of parents who let their kids watch these assaults.

I was shocked at the prospect of “Hit Girl” (Chloe Moretz) the moment I read about the first film in production.  This was a kind of line that had to be crossed, inevitably, but for what purpose?  What is the meaning of Hit Girl?  She’s some kind of super enforcer freak show that could never exist in real life.  She’s also a bloodthirsty mass murderess, with flashy colors and makeup to sell killing as cool.  Of course a collection of lowlifes are presented for her to mow down.  What are people to make of this murder as fun and games, it’s all part of the modern lifestyle, kind of vibe?

The society has drifted quite a bit from the times of peace protests and antiwar movements.  We’ve regressed to a kind of infantile love of mindless violence.  Meaning and consequences are stripped away in favor of blood and circuses.  Now in Amerika it’s easy to sell violence as the solution to just about anything.  Little girls playing dress up is now little girls playing dress up with hollow point rounds and machetes.

The title character, Kickass (Aaron Johnson), represents the common knave. He’s brought into the world of murder for fun and Hit Girl, as a way of establishing his own identity as a superhero.  He’s a scaredy cat and inept.  The contrast between the two remains throughout.

With Kickass attempting to bring balance to the vigilante ideal, the films meander toward gore and death and back toward justice and forgiveness.  The people behind it coldly manipulate the storylines to sell death and supremacy one moment and high school innocence and the rule of law the next. 

Vigilantism is pitted against a useless law and justice system that essentially does nothing positive, ever.  This is an ideological attack on the idea of a justice system at all.  Never are the police called or do they do anything positive.  The only solution is massive force and violence by unaccountable individuals.  Similarities to other vigilante comic book stories (Batman) are intentional, but to what end?  What is it these people think they’re saying in the end?

My guess is that they’re saying: ‘we put x in there to counter y, so give us lots of money, assholes.’

Sounds about right.

No trailer.  Fuck you, Kickass.

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2012 Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein addresses the Bradley Manning railroading:

Why I Granted Bradley Manning a Presidential Pardon

He was defending the highest principles of democracy by exposing U.S. war crimes and State Department deception.

In another America — where democracy reigns and government respects freedom of the press, protects privacy, and honors whistleblowers — Bradley Manning would receive a presidential pardon.

After campaigning for the presidency last year, I was asked by my supporters to set up an alternative administration, a shadow cabinet. Our mandate is to watchdog the federal government and to demonstrate what a government of the people — rather than of the lobbyists — would actually do in office.

As President of this Green Shadow Cabinet, I have the honor of pardoning Bradley Manning — on behalf of the other America that recognizes him as a hero.

My decision is at odds with the Obama administration, which has labeled Manning a traitorous criminal. But it’s clear that Manning was defending the highest principles of democracy by exposing U.S. war crimes and State Department deception.

Manning’s revelations of gut-wrenching slaughter by the American military — as in the “Collateral Murder” video — played a major role in the decision by the Iraqi government to end immunity for American troops, forcing President Obama to end the immoral, devastating, multi-trillion dollar war. Manning’s leaks revealed corruption and betrayal in repressive Middle East governments — including former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s secret deal with the U.S. government allowing drone strikes within his country and the shameful excesses of former Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidin Ben Ali.

These disclosures helped trigger the democracy movements of the Arab Spring that echo the ideals of the American Revolution.

Though Manning has been accused of endangering national security, no actual harm was established in court hearings. State Department officials also acknowledged this in a secret testimony revealed by Reuters.

Bradley Manning has already spent three years in jail and months enduring solitary confinement and cruel, degrading treatment, according to the United Nations rapporteur on torture. Now Manning is facing up to 90 years in prison for doing what the press should have done, had they not been missing in action. That’s enough.

Bradley Manning is a hero for telling the truth to the American people — that our government was committing war crimes and betraying basic American values of honesty and respect for international law in routine State Department operations.

I therefore issue a presidential pardon to Bradley Manning from the Green Shadow Cabinet. I call on President Barack Obama to do the same, only to actual effect.

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