Justice Articles from 2019
By Eric Peters
Posted July 3, 2019
Did you know that when you’re stopped for no reason at a drunk driving checkpoint – well, stopped for no reason having anything to do with something you did to suggest you might be “drunk” – your refusal to participate in self-incrimination can result in your arrest, loss of your government permission slip to travel as well as the impounding of your car?
Your “cooperation” is not only appreciated – it is required.
This not-much-discussed aspect of Checkpoint USA is arguably even worse than the existence of Checkpoint USA – which came into being in the ’80s, when the government decided to re-interpret the limits of its own authority (a problem with government) by summarily decreeing it to be “reasonable” to randomly and arbitrarily stop people and treat them as presumptively guilty of having committed a crime. More…
by Raúl Ilargi Meijer
Posted July 2, 2019
With the news that Julian Assange is “wasting away” in Belmarsh prison hospital, and with UN rapporteur Professor Nils Melzer’s report detailing how this happens, I’m once again drawn towards the lawlessness that all “authorities” involved in his case have been displaying, and with impunity. They all apparently think they are literally above the law. Their own laws.
But they can’t be, nowhere, not above their respective national laws nor the international ones their countries have signed up to. They can’t, because that would instantly make any and all laws meaningless. So you tell me where we find ourselves today.
This is a pattern that runs through the entire Assange “file”, and it does so to pretty astonishing levels. Where you’re forced to think that the countries involved effectively have no laws, and no courts, because if they did, the actions by their governments would surely be whistled back by parliaments or judges or someone, anyone. They’re all essentially lawless. More…
Most people are already aware that there is one law for the super-elites, and a different ones for the rest of us.
The sheer number of countries that have shown that they have no real justice is astonishing. Do you really feel safe because “you have nothing to hide”?
More Police Raids as War On Journalism Escalates Worldwide
by Caitlin Johnstone
Posted June 27, 2019
So we’re seeing a pattern already. You can choose to ignore it or dismiss it with a pleasant story, or you can acknowledge that we appear to be in the midst of a rapidly escalating shutdown of the free press in the western world.
There does not necessarily have to be any centrally-planned conspiracy behind this trend; it can simply be the natural result of an ailing empire seeing that it’s going to need a lot more war, lies and deception in order to keep from collapsing, and responding accordingly. Once the Assange line was crossed, it could simply have served as a precedent for the other governments within the empire to begin doing things they’d already wanted to do anyway.
Julian Assange is the dot of a question mark at the end of a historically important question which we are all being asked right now. That question reads as follows: Does humanity wish to create a society that is based on truth and holds power to account, or does it want the exact opposite? More…
Government raids against journalists have risen sharply since the US charges of espionage against Julian Assange.
What can and should we be doing to prevent the drift towards an Orwellian society?
Snowden’s Guardian Angels
by For The Refugees
Posted June 25, 2019
The refugees who sheltered whistleblower Edward Snowden are running out of time. This page is about saving their lives.
Vanessa, Supun, Nadeeka, Ajith and their three stateless children have been seeking asylum in Hong Kong for over a decade, a country which grants asylum to fewer than 1% of applicants.
When their role in sheltering Edward Snowden became public, Hong Kong cut off their meager support payments and targeted them for immediate deportation to their home countries of Sri Lanka and the Philippines where they face documented threats of persecution, torture and death.
Their last, best hope is Canada, but their refugee applications languish in the hands of the Trudeau government. For some, their association with Snowden and the risk of angering the U.S. government make these brave refugees too hot to handle. More…
The Coming Show Trial of Julian Assange
by Chris Hedges
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Commenting in 2018 when Assange’s lawyers requested that the warrant for his arrest be dropped, Judge Emma Arbuthnot said, “I accept that Mr. Assange had expressed fears of being returned to the United States from a very early stage in the Swedish extradition proceedings but, absent any evidence from Mr. Assange on oath, I do not find that Mr. Assange’s fears were reasonable,”
This statement by the judge captures the Alice-in-Wonderland quality of the judicial persecution of Assange. She dismisses as unreasonable Assange’s fears that if he voluntarily left the Ecuadorian Embassy he would be arrested by British police and extradited to the United States because he did not appear in court to express them. And yet, she is now presiding over his extradition trial.
At last week’s hearing, Assange spoke only briefly. He does not have access to a computer, and his attorneys have complained that the heavy restrictions imposed upon him make it nearly impossible for him to prepare his case. More…
We have a judge overseeing the “trial” whose husband’s criminal activities were exposed by WikiLeaks.
Consider how can Assange possibly get a fair trail when the judge has a personal conflict of interest. Consider how the elites want to take down Assange for exposing their crimes and whether it is even possible for him to receive a fair trail within a corrupt judicial system. Consider how the criminals exposed by WikiLeaks have not been prosecuted, but the person who exposed them is the one being prosecuted.
The Assange/Manning Cases Discredit Humanity
by Paul Craig Roberts
Posted June 12, 2019
Everyone who is aware of the US government’s extraordinary criminal actions at home and abroad bears a heavy weight. The millions of peoples murdered, maimed, orphaned, widowed, and displaced by gratuitous American military aggression comprise a Holocaust of deaths based entirely on lies and false accusations in order to advance secret American and Israeli agendas.
I suspect that the heavy burden of responsibility for mass murder and destruction committed in our name is the reason most Americans prefer the fake news fed to them about how good and wonderful and exceptional we are and how hard our government works to protect us from the nasty folks elsewhere. This storyline converts the illegal brutal war crimes of the US government against women, children, defenseless citizens, schools, wedding parties, funerals, and farmers in their fields into glorious and brave defenses of our liberty and virtue.
If you want the truth watch the video leaked by Manning of US troops enjoying themselves while from the air they machine-gun reporters and innocent civilians walking along a street and follow up by machine-gunning a father and his two young children, babies, who stopped to help the wounded bleeding in the street. The leak of the video that showed the true picture of Washington’s wars is the reason Manning was tortured and imprisoned. It is the person who told the truth, not the criminals who committed the murders, who was punished. More…
Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Chicago’s Impound Racket
by Andrew Wimer
Posted June 5, 2019
Each year Chicago impounds tens of thousands of cars, imposing harsh penalties and rapidly accruing towing and storage fees on their owners. It is nearly impossible for many Chicagoans to come up with enough money to get their cars back. The system traps even innocent owners in its bureaucratic maze. But a class action lawsuit announced today by the Institute for Justice (IJ), a national civil liberties law firm, and three car owners, seeks to bring an end to Chicago’s unconstitutional impound scheme.
The lawsuit challenges two aspects of the city’s impound scheme: that it subjects innocent owners to fines for crimes they did not commit and that the city holds cars as ransom until their owners pay all fines and fees. Imposing any fine on someone who did nothing wrong is an excessive fine and violates due process, in violation of the Illinois and United States constitutions. And holding a car for no other reason than to force payment is an unconstitutional seizure. More…
The police, acting as the government enforcement agents, are using their power to essentially extort money from people by holding their vehicles hostage. Often these vehicles have already been sold by the time people come up with the money to pay the extortion fees.
What kind of society do we live in where police are always given “the benefit of the doubt” and this benefit is routinely abused? Even if this lawsuit is successful, will the people responsible for this have to pay?
Julian Assange Is Very Ill & Nobody Is Talking About It: He’s Now In His Prison’s Health Ward
By Arjun Walia
Posted May 31, 2019
What’s happening to Julian Assange is heart-breaking. Wikileaks has been leaking verified information in the form of confidential classified documents for a number of years. These documents have exposed the corruption and deceit that appear to make up the backbone of modern day geopolitics. It’s because of this that Assange has been taken into custody, and not because he has really done anything ‘wrong’ or participated in actions that are a threat to ‘national security.’ Yes, those are the reasons he’s been put in jail, but the real motivations for the powerful elite to have arrested him are very different.
Assange is simply sharing information that exposes unethical and immoral actions, and national security has now become an umbrella term to conceal all kinds of information to protect corporate and political interests. More…
Founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been experiencing a decline of health for a long time. Since he has been taken into custody, his health has declined even more dramatically, and he is now in the hospital ward of the prison he’s in.
Why are we hearing very little about this story? How did Assange become ill?
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