Justice Articles from 2019
Martial Law Masquerading as Law and Order: The Police State’s Language of Force
By John W. Whitehead
Posted October 6, 2019
Forget everything you’ve ever been taught about free speech in America.
It’s all a lie.
There can be no free speech for the citizenry when the government speaks in a language of force.
What is this language of force?
Militarized police. Riot squads. Camouflage gear. Black uniforms. Armored vehicles. Mass arrests. Pepper spray. Tear gas. Batons. Strip searches. Surveillance cameras. Kevlar vests. Drones. Lethal weapons. Less-than-lethal weapons unleashed with deadly force. Rubber bullets. Water cannons. Stun grenades. Arrests of journalists. Crowd control tactics. Intimidation tactics. Brutality.
This is not the language of freedom. This is not even the language of law and order. This is the language of force. More…
The World’s Most Important Political Prisoner
by Craig Murray
Posted October 5, 2019
We are now just one week away from the end of Julian Assange’s uniquely lengthy imprisonment for bail violation. He will receive parole from the rest of that sentence, but will continue to be imprisoned on remand awaiting his hearing on extradition to the USA – a process which could last several years.
In imprisoning Assange for bail violation, the UK was in clear defiance of the judgement of the UN Working Group on arbitrary Detention.
Assange has been demonised by the media as a dangerous, insanitary and crazed criminal, which could not be further from the truth. It is worth reminding ourselves that Assange has never been convicted of anything but missing police bail. More…
How Deep Is the Rot in America’s Institutions?
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted September , 2019
When you discover rot in an apparently sound structure, the first question is: how far has the rot penetrated? If the rot has reached the foundation and turned it to mush, the structure is one wind-storm from collapse.
How deep has the rot of corruption, fraud, abuse of power, betrayal of the public trust, blatant criminality and insiders protecting the guilty penetrated America’s key public and private institutions? It’s difficult to tell, as the law-enforcement and security agencies are themselves hopelessly compromised.
If you doubt this, then please explain how 1) the NSA, CIA and FBI didn’t know what Jeffrey Epstein was up to, and with whom; 2) Epstein was free to pursue his sexual exploitation of minors for years prior to his wrist-slap conviction and for years afterward; 3) Epstein, the highest profile and most at-risk prisoner in the nation, was left alone and the security cameras recording his cell and surroundings were “broken.” More…
As Long as Enemies of the State Keep Dying Before Trial, No One Should Trust the State
by Ted Rall
Posted September 22, 2019
The official narrative of billionaire accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s death shifted faster than a New York subway rider when a homeless guy plops down next to them on a hot day. First, they said Epstein had been on suicide watch, and then that he hadn’t. Prisons are full of cameras, yet there’s still no video of Epstein’s death. Then, suicide watch or not, they claimed he’d been checked on every 30 minutes. Then more like every three hours. The medical examiner said his injuries were consistent with strangulation by a second person, but then thought better of it and ruled Epstein’s convenient demise a suicide.
We don’t know how Epstein bit it but the fact of Epstein’s death tells us everything we need to know about America today. No matter what, Epstein died because the government let it happen. He was a ward of the state, the highest of high-profile prisoners, a man whose trial stood to expose extreme wrongdoing at the expense of numerous horribly violated victims, yet no one in charge took steps to make certain that he appeared at every hearing healthy and alive.
The carelessness of the powers that be reflects their confidence that they shall never, ever, be held accountable for anything. More…
Federal Prosecutions From #NoDAPL Movement Continue
by Unicorn Riot
Posted September 9, 2019
Almost two years after the eviction of indigenous encampments resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), federal prosecutions have continued to crack down on some of those involved.
All of the federal #NoDAPL cases stem around events on October 27, 2016, when a large military and police force seized native treaty territories to evict protest encampments to make way for the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners had purchased the land in question in a deal that was later declared illegal by state officials. More…
The federal government prosecuted pipeline protestors under both the Obama and the Trump administrations.
How powerful corporations get the taxpayers to pay for the police who are protecting their corporate profit interests. Consider how the “big picture” is no different regardless of whether it is a Democrat or a Republican in the Presidency.
More British complicity exposed in latest ‘CIA Torture Unredacted’ report
Posted September 7, 2019
Between 2001 and 2009, the CIA established a global network of secret prisons (‘black sites’) for the purpose of detaining terrorism suspects, in secret and indefinitely, and interrogating them through the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. The abuses which took place were severe, sustained, and in clear violation of domestic and international law. The perpetrators have never been held to account. The Rendition Project’s website (www.therenditionproject.org.uk), provide the most detailed public account to date of the CIA torture programme.
Information about CIA torture programme prisoners had to be prised out of the US military’s unwilling bureaucracy. But already at that time, there were rumours of an even more secretive programme, run in parallel by the Central Intelligence Agency outside the Pentagon’s chain of command. Press stories spoke of people abducted in the middle of the night, manhandled onto planes and never heard of again. More…
The US routinely kidnaps, tortures and imprisons people indefinitely without access to any trial, legal counsel, families or the media.
Most people in the US consider their nation to be a beacon of justice. What sort of nation does these sort of acts? What sort of nation promotes the overseer of a torture black site to Director of the CIA?
After Admitting to Felony Sex Crimes, Deputy Gets No Jail, Won’t Register as Sex Offender
by Jack Burns
Posted September 5, 2019
Despite pleading guilty to committing felony sex crimes with female inmates, a California cop will get no jail time, and is not forced to register as a sex offender.
Patrick Morseman, 28, was allowed to avoid jail time even though he pleaded guilty to four counts of “sexual activity with a confined, consenting adult.”
The sex-offending cop now joins the throngs of officers who use their blue privilege to take advantage of women while in custody. Whether or not the sex is consensual is of no consequence.
The fact remains judges often side with law enforcement when cops are charged with sex crimes involving inmates. Case in point, the cop in Hawaii who admitted to raping a five-year-old girl and was just sentenced to probation — no jail. More…
The police in the US rarely have to face real justice for their crimes. The concept of equal treatment by the law goes out the window when the “enablers”, such as prosecutors, judges, other police officers, and a system that protect police criminality.
The next time you place your hand over your heart and say the words, “liberty and justice for all”, consider whether those words really ring true, or are they just ingrained in us through repetition?
What sort of sentence would you expect to receive if you were convicted of such a crime?
In Secretive Court Hearing, NYPD Cops Who Raped Brooklyn Teen in Custody Get No Jail Time
by Natasha Lennard
Posted September 2, 2019
The young woman who goes by Anna Chambers on social media had just a few short words for the public on Thursday evening. “Fuck the criminal justice system,” she tweeted. Earlier that day, through a call from her lawyer, Chambers learned that the two former New York Police Department officers who had raped her while on duty would serve no jail time.
Eddie Martins and Richard Hall, the cops who resigned after the incident involving the then-18-year-old Chambers, were sentenced to five years of probation after they pleaded guilty to 11 charges, including bribery and misconduct. Both men admitted to having sex with the teenage girl while she was held in their custody in 2017, an act that, thanks to Chambers’s case, now constitutes rape under the law (and always constituted rape under any moral reading of the word).
The pleas and the light sentences — handed down in a secretive court hearing — come at the same moment that NYPD officers and their belligerent union are protesting the long-overdue firing of Daniel Pantaleo, the cop who choked Eric Garner to death. Together with the closure of the criminal case surrounding Chambers’s ordeal, it could not be more clear the extent to which police impunity continues to rein. More…
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