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Crooked Judges, Lawyers and Corporate Power : Americans Murdering Their Judges, and the U.S. Crisis of Judicial Corruption

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Dr. Les Sachs

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“America’s FBI and Department of Justice collect files on judicial corruption like they collect files on everything else, but they hold back from acting, even in cases where they have clear enough evidence to bring an indictment in minutes. The law enforcement agencies in America blow with the political winds, and in the absence of media attention, they will cover up for judges, whose help they require when they need to win convictions on flimsy evidence. The judges who take bribes are gladly eager to help law enforcement railroad and convict innocent people. The mutual back-scratching of cops and judges is routine.”

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In the headlines are the appalling news stories of Americans carrying out murderous attacks on judges and their families. In a matter of days, one judge was shot and killed in his own courtroom, while another judge had family members brutally murdered in their home.

These news stories are, however, related to another news story, which is the most taboo subject of the American media — the expanding crisis of corruption among American judges and lawyers. At question is whether the deepening despair of Americans about their own legal system, is fueling some of these violent attacks on judges.

Much is written now about how America’s economy is resembling that of a banana republic, given how America is sunk in preposterous debt, and how the U.S. dollar currency is sinking toward a possible collapse in the near future.

But there is another way that America is also like a banana republic, in that its legal system — contrary to its Hollywood image — has become a sink-well of secret proceedings, the jailing of the innocent and political misconduct;  and how it is sullied with documented corruption, fake trials and court fraud.

These facts are not generally understood, because of how judicial corruption is the most un-reported news story in the American landscape. It is the category of news story which America’s newspapers and media are most afraid to report, even when clear proof is in their hands.

In America right now, judges — and lawyers who are protected by judges — can commit felony crimes in broad delight, leave the proof lying around, and yet avoid being prosecuted or even having their crimes be reported by the media. The people who work in the media see a lot of material on court misconduct, and yet they know this is the story of which they dare not speak. The lack of media coverage, in turn, encourages more judicial corruption, leaving millions of Americans in anger and despair.

Confronting the secrets of U.S. judicial corruption, is a key to understanding America’s whole social crisis, and its role in the world right now. Here are some elements of this situation that you won’t see in run-of-the-mill news reports:

The Innocent in USA courts: 

Imprisoned, Sentenced to Death, Losing All They Have

The key statistic to understanding America, is that it has over 2.2 million prisoners (!) out of about 300 million people. This is 25 per cent of all the prisoners, anywhere, in the entire world. By comparison, the most populous nation, China, with about 1.3 billion people, only has a few hundred thousand prisoners, despite being denounced by the USA as a “repressive” country.

1 out of every 45 working-age males (that is, not counting children or the elderly) is BEHIND BARS in the United States. With working-age black males, the figures are about 1 out of 20. This is the stuff of revolution. More

Canadians fighting the Security & Prosperity Partnership

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November 2, 2008

To our Allies and Neighbours,

As some people may have been informed, in South-West Ontario, today has been declared a regional Day of Action against the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). A little over a month ago, a callout was sent from Anti-War@Laurier (AW@L)—an activist group in Kitchener-Waterloo—asking for autonomous actions targeting companies on the North American Competitiveness Council (NACC) and Federal “(Mis)-representatives.”  The motto for the day is simply, “challenge corporate power.”

This letter is asking for something equally simple. Check out AW@L’s new NO SPP campaign page and consider taking some sort of local action, such as contacting your local MP or targeting a NACC company in your community.

The SPP is an agreement between the Government Executives of Canada, the US and Mexico. Its only official advisors are the corporate elites of the NACC. The SPP reveals a militarized corporate oligarchy and their implementation of, what has been called, “NAFTA on crack.” It is imperative to focus on education about, and taking action against, the SPP, because as more information becomes publicly available, the deeper ramifications of this undemocratic partnership become alarmingly apparent. 

Some of the most disturbing initiatives of the SPP include the following. First, there is the creation of Canada Command and an “expansion and indefinite extension” of NORAD, resulting in a newly militarized ‘Fortress North America’ supporting the American 21st century Global War on Terror.  Second, the post-9/11 Smart Border Declaration has been expanded, Americanizing (and in turn, militarizing) our border policies. The same has been occurring with countless trade, health, regulatory, and environmental policies.

Finally, the Tar Sands expansion is a linchpin of the SPP. Both the SPP and the five-fold expansion of Tar Sands production that it calls for are tied to energy security, military securitization of infrastructure, expansion of unethical migrant labour programs at the expense of immigration, more destruction of Indigenous land and rights, and the notorious “NAFTA Super-Highway/corridors.”

It needs to be understood that the military and corporate agendas of the SPP play off of each other; post-9/11, the US military pushed for a closing of the border, so the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) pushed for a new continental trade vision that projects military and economic security as “inseparable.” The CCCE, along with a few select Government Ministers, combined with efforts of the US Council on Foreign Relations, US Chamber of Commerce and the Council of the Americas, all convinced the North American Heads of State to agree to the SPP. 

Some people have denied that the SPP exists at all, but government websites and a massive paper trail say that the Agreement is very real and far reaching. Some members of the NACC, as well as some critics of the SPP, have recently suggested that the partnership is dead. However, both SPP documents as well as critics have also said that, while the SPP agreement and the NACC formal advisory process may come to end, it will only be to have them replaced by newer agreements that pursue advanced versions of the same agenda. Recently, Liberal and Conservative advisors have indicated that a major upcoming task for Canada will be to convince the new American President to stick with NAFTA, which means sticking with the SPP. The military agreements and restructuring, the energy plans, the border securitization and law enforcement militarization, the environmental destruction and the waves of deportation and persecution of immigrants and minorities—these injustices will not be undone by a newer articulation of “deep integration.”

In response, we urge people to take action and say no to the SPP. Challenge corporate power and target NACC companies and federal (mis)representatives. Having examined the ramifications of the SPP from primary source documents and notable analyses, we feel it is paramount to make this information readily accessible. Part of our presentation of this research is available as a document called Understanding the SPP – Following the Paper Trail. We hope that it will be a useful resource in the effort to make sense of the integration agenda of the modern corporate oligarchy.

We appreciate any feedback or communication that anyone has to offer.

In peace and solidarity,

 

 Anti-War @ Laurier (AW@L)

 

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