Friday, December 2, 2011

Prosecute Us?! How About Kill You?!

"Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment."

-Mohandas Gandhi


American citizen Anwar al-Alwaki was assassinated in Yemen by a drone attack in September.  Known mostly as a fiery anti-American orator, authorities also pegged him as a planner of attacks.  For this, officials offered no proof other than toasting his car with a remote control bomb, with other unfortunate people inside, without an arrest, trial, or due process.

The last few months have been a profound display of lawlessness by the United States/NATO war machine.  They ransacked Libya using members of Al Quaeda as a  complementing ground-invading force to their aerial attacks.  They have assassinated an American citizen and his 16 year-old son, also an American citizen.  And now the Senate has voted to encapsulate all Americans as a conceivable target and the United Sates homeland a "battlefield" in the War on Terror"I will make this observation that citizenship does not confer immunity on one who takes up arms against his own country. It didn't in World War Two when there were American citizens who joined the Nazi army and it doesn't today," CIA General Counsel Stephen Preston said.  Though authorities often bring up the need to prosecute those people who threaten violence, in reality they are outlawing dissent and disagreement.  First, it was Islamic extremists who were the threat.  To fight them, they said authorities and officials had to devote a lot of money from the American people to the war machine.   Today, that bullseye is being trained on those upset with endless war, debt, and poverty.  Any person upset with outright theft could be labeled a "terrorist."

"No master can feel safe because he is kind and considerate." 

-Pliny the Younger        

The Ancient Romans knew the only way to ensure social stability was to instill the proper amount of fides and obsequium in their slaves.  Without the proper reverence for authority, masters ran the risk of being deservedly killed in their bathtub by their slaves.  This is why masters would often use unspeakable violence on a few slaves, thereby teaching the bold a lesson and also creating a climate of fear amongst the more passive slave population.  Today's bullshit artists, like the Roman patrician class, believe the law operates in accordance to their whims.  And, for the most part, they are right.  Such is the luxury of wanton, sadistic violence and a legal framework that exists only for the plebeians.

Recently, the banks' negotiations of  immunity from prosecution in the foreclosure fraud fell through.  The Masssachusetts' Attorney General Martha Coakley accused Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase & Co Inc, Citigroup Inc, Wells Fargo & Co and GMAC of deceptive foreclosure practices, such as using robo-signers and false documents.  The banks, ever the calm gangster psychopaths, expressed "disappointment" with Massachsetts' decision to prosecute.  In Nevada, a state that was fighting the banks' wish to sweep everything under the carpet, 43-year old notary Tracy Lawrence was found dead shortly before having to testify to "robo-signing," the practice of speeding up evictions of homeowners.  

Philandering lawyer and Presidential candidate from 2008, John Edwards, had it right when he desribed "two Americas."  One group can steal and the vast majority can't prosecute them.  MF Global's Jon Corzine has stolen over a billion dollars of other peoples' money an it is unclear whether Congress will be able to drag him onto Capitol Hill for a dog and pony show.

"Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity."

-Robert Louis Stevenson

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