"THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
"THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
THEN THEY CAME for me
- Martin Niemöller
Bruises on the breast of Cecily McMillan after a police goon grabbed her breast. Because she fought to get loose of the policeman's grasp she was arrested and sent to Riker's Island.
Cecily McMillan is an Occupy protester who was seized from behind by a goon thug cop–a goon thug with a long record of abuse of authority–by her boobs.
One was badly bruised. Cecily McMillan's elbow reflexively and instinctively came up, and Cecily was arrested for assaulting a goon thug. The goon thug was not arrested for sexually assaulting a young woman. [Please see our articles, "The corporate-state plot to destroy Occupy" and "Did the White House Direct the Police Crackdown on Occupy?"]
False arrests of this sort are common in the US. Indeed, they are more common than justified arrests. The police and the courts are completely corrupted institutions that reek of injustice and evil.
Cecily was locked up in Rikers Island without bail by the judge who sees his role as protecting the abuse of police and prosecutorial power. The judge would not allow evidence in behalf of Cecily to be presented to the jury.
Notorious: Rikers Island has been New York City's main jail since 1884.
Nevertheless, the jurors, or 75% of them, understood that something was wrong and although they were coerced into convicting the young woman they sent a letter to the judge requesting that no prison time be imposed on Cecily. Nevertheless, the judge for whom all must stand in respect in the courtroom, gave the goon thug's victim 90 days in prison and 5 years probation. This was Amerika's sendoff of an idealistic young woman who was about to receive a master's degree from an important educational education.
I have been concerned as a main focus of my work since the 1990s with American injustice. America's injustice is a unique kind.
American injustice has actually managed to completely destroy the achievements dating from Magna Carta that made law a shield of the people instead of a weapon in the hands of the state. Today America is pre-Magna Carta England.
My concern with the destruction of Justice in America was shared by my colleague, Lawrence Stratton. Together in 2000 we produced a book documenting the destruction of the achievement of liberty and the accountability of government to law under the publisher's title of "The Tyranny of Good Intentions" (our title was, "How The Law Was Lost"). In 2008 a new edition was published.
The book was cited a few times by federal district court judges but had no influence on law schools' worship of unaccountable executive power or on the appointment of Justice Department flunkies such as John Yoo and David Barron to prominent University law schools and federal courts.
Yoo and Barron are the tyrants who justified in US Justice Department memos torture, despite US and international laws against it, and the murder of US citizens on suspicion alone without due process of law, an obvious violation of the US Constitution.
Rand Paul - a conservative himself - has spoken out in opposition to the judicial nomination of David Barron, a Justice Department lawyer who authored the memos justifying the assassination of Americans accused of terrorism. Citing the opinions that Barron wrote in the memos, Paul emphasized three main objections to the nomination.
Paul made a point of saying that constitutional protections ought to be extended even when we assume that the accused has committed treason. He likened this to First Amendment protections for speech that we find abhorrent, and repeatedly asked if Americans would have the courage to uphold constitutional protections for people accused of heinous crimes. He expressed his horror at the idea that the government can execute a non-combatant citizen without trial, and vehemently objected to approving a lifetime appointment for someone who authored opinions justifying such a policy.
What Ron Paul said of Barron applies equally to John Yoo.
Judging from the legal arena's response to our work, justice is no longer the purpose of US law and it is no longer thought necessary for the US government to be accountable to law. To insouciant Americans these might seem like extreme statements, but the conclusion is unavoidable.
In the United States there is no longer law. There is only retribution. Cecily McMillan by her non-violent protest against the looting of America and the world by Wall Street became "an enemy of the people." The "people," of course, are the one percent. The 99 percent do not count.
The jury in Cecily's trial did not count. At least 75% of the jurors understood that they were being coerced into a conviction, which they sought to lighten by requesting the judge not to impose a prison sentence. But the judge represents the repressive state, not justice. The jurors were out to lunch. They had no idea of the corrupt nature of the criminal political system or else they lacked the courage to stand up to it.
This insouciance is true of the bulk of the American population. They are sheeple, unaware that they have been stripped of constitutional protections and that they are propagandized into supporting the evil actions of an unaccountable government.
"It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and disguise reality."
- Joseph Goebbels
For example, as Gerald Celente demonstrates in the current issue of the Trends Journal, the onslaught of Washington's propaganda against the Sochi Olympic Games, alleging terror attacks, a filthy city and hotel rooms, unsafe water, and so forth, resulted in a drop in TV ratings for the Olympics and in majorities of Americans acquiring negative attitudes toward Russia and Putin. Thus, when Washington set off the Ukraine crisis,
"American minds had already been pre-programmed by propaganda. Facts would not get in the way. The stage for war and hate had been masterfully set."
As John Whitehead at the Rutherford Institute says,
"If you have been paying attention to the news lately, you may have noticed that the building blocks for a police state are now in place: the surveillance networks, fusion centers and government contractors monitoring what is being said by whom; government databases tracking who poses a potential threat to the government's power; militarized police, working in conjunction with federal agencies, coordinating with the federal government to round up troublemakers; and the courts which sanction the government's methods, no matter how unlawful."
"Indeed, the government has been maintaining a growing list of 'dangerous' opinions and activities that might classify someone as an enemy of the state — a.k.a. an extremist — a.k.a. terrorist or sympathetic to terrorist activities — and thus qualify you for detention. [Please see our articles, "The stench of a police state," "BE CONCERNED! BE VERY CONCERNED! - DETENTION CAMPS ARE COMING TO A NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR YOU," "Frightening Precedents for the Coming 'Crackdown' on Those Who Dare to Challenge the Greed and Avarice of the Elites" and "American Prison Camps Are on the Way."]
"Included in that list of 'dangerous' viewpoints are advocating for states' rights, believing the government to be unnecessary or undesirable, 'conspiracy theorizing' (this applies to those who believe 9/11 might have been an inside job), concern about the government's efforts to build domestic internment camps, opposition to war, organizing for 'economic justice,' frustration with 'mainstream ideologies,' opposition to abortion, opposition to globalization, and ammunition stockpiling.
"As you can see, anyone seen as opposing the government—whether they're Left, Right or somewhere in between—is a target."
When a sexually assaulted American citizen can be falsely arrested for assaulting a police officer, brought to trial by a corrupt prosecutor whose false case is endorsed by a corrupt judge and convicted by an insouciant jury, you know that justice is dead in America.
The death of Justice is a huge problem. The US not only has the largest percentage of its population in prison of every country in the world, the US also has the largest absolute number of prison inmates, larger even than "authoritarian" China which has a population four times larger than the US. In China, despite Washington's endless lies about "human rights abuses," a citizen has a far lower chance of imprisonment than does a "freedom and democracy" American. [We urge you to see our article, "THE LYNNE STEWART STORY: THE KIND OF JUSTICE THAT IS COMING YOUR WAY IF YOU SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM."]
Cecily McMillan at Ricker's Island
Good morning. I'm writing from the Rose M. Singer Correctional Facility, dorm 2 East B on Rikers Island – where I've been held for the past 4 days.
Admittedly, I was shocked by the jury's verdict on Monday, but was not surprised by the events that followed.
An overreaching prosecutor plus a biased judge logically adds up to my being remanded to Rikers.
I was prepared then, as I am now, to stand by my convictions and face the consequences of my actions – namely that of refusing to forsake my values and what I know to be true in exchange for my "freedom."
Packed into a room with 45 other women – often restricted to my cot – I've had nothing but time to measure the strength of my beliefs alongside that ambiguous concept – "freedom." (I've come to the conclusion that it is far easier to weigh such tradeoffs from the comfort of one's own bed.)
Women in overcrowded prisons
At Rikers, the day begins with 4:30am breakfast. Milk cartons in hand, the women echo a common set of concerns – "can't reach my lawyer, my family won't speak to me, no commissary" – and I become painfully aware of how privileged I am, despite what is supposed to be the great equalizing suffering of the prison experience.
Unlike my peers, I have a hell of a lawyer – Marty Stolar – who made the long journey to hold my hand and promise "I will not stop fighting for you." I also have a gifted team of friends and organizers – #Justice4Cecily – that continue to provide around-the-clock care and mobilize public support.
Despite how obscenely unbalanced our circumstances are, my new-found friends – who have quickly become my comrades – are outraged by my story and resolve to do their part to keep me out of prison. After lunch, they spend their free time writing letters to Judge Zweibel, defending my character and pleading for leniency.
At 6:00pm dinner, the cramped circle of ladies ask me "What exactly is social justice organizing?" Over the complex choreography of food trading I tell them about Democratic Socialist leader Eugene Victor Debs. How nearly 100 years ago he publicly criticized U.S. involvement in WWI – in violation of the Wartime Sedition Act – and was sentenced to 10 years in prison for exercising his constitutional right to free speech. "Sort of like that," I explain, "But he's way out of my league – he's my hero."
By lights out, a subtle peace has begun to wash over me. I page through a book stopping at Debs' speech to the Federal Court of Cleveland, Ohio – I read and reread, as if a personal mantra, these opening lines -
"Your honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said it then, as I say it now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free."
At the close of the night, I smile and shut my eyes. As I drift off, "Somehow," I think, "this is all a part of the plan."
More next time.
God bless you all,
Have the courage of Sophie Scholl: Pass out our flyer, leave it in libraries, affix it to trees and posts, put it on the windshields of cars, especially those in church parking lots. Sophie Scholl
At the age of 21 Sophie was executed by guillotine after being convicted of high treason. Her crime was publishing some anti-war leaflets that were printed by the White Rose (a non-violent resistance group that encouraged people to passively resist the Nazis) in 1943 at Munich University. Eventually a copy of the leaflet made it out of Germany and millions of copies were made and then dropped by plane over parts of Germany. Its was re-entitled The Manifesto of Munich Students.
Do you possess the courage that Sophie possessed? ARE YOU WILLING TO DOWN LOAD OUR FLYER AND PASS IT OUT? [Please see our article, "We Are Your Conscience: The White Rose Society."]
IN ADDITION, WE URGE YOU TO DOWNLOAD THE NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, PRINT THEM OUT YOURSELF, AND STUDY THEM CAREFULLY; SHARE THEM WITH YOUR FRIENDS.
Once again, we URGE you to read (or re-read):