What happened to American rule of law?
With bank fraudsters, torturers, and war criminals running free, the US Department of Justice has nothing better to do than:
– Harass the famous Tennessee guitar manufacturer Gibson – The feds claim that Gibson broke a law that is on the books in India. They claim that Gibson’s use of wood from India in its guitars is illegal, because the wood was not finished by Indian workers.
– Arrest organic food producers in California – In Venice, California, feds spent a year dressed up as hippies purchasing raw goat milk and yogurt from Rawesome Foods and the raided with guns drawn the organic food shop. For its heinous act, James C. Stewart faces a 13 count indictment and is held on $123,000 bail. How did raw milk become a “health threat?” Far more Americans have died from e-coli in fast food hamburgers and from salmonella in mass produced eggs and chicken.
– Send 12 abusive FBI agents armed with assault rifles to bust down yet another wrong door of yet another innocent American family. – The FBI agents who broke down Gary Adams’ door in Bellevue, Pennsylvania, claim they were looking for a woman. Why does it take 12 heavily armed FBI agents to apprehend a woman? I can remember when it only took one policeman to deliver a warrant and to arrest a person, and without gun drawn and without breaking down the door, tasering or shooting the object of arrest. It turns out that the FBI agents who broke into the Adams home not only were at the wrong address but also didn’t even have a search warrant had they been at the correct address.
Jose Guerena, a US Marine who served two tours in Bush’s Iraq War was murdered in his own home in front of his wife and two small children by a crazed SWAT team, again in the wrong place, who shot him 60 times. When his wife told him that there were men sneaking around the house, he picked up his rifle and walked to the kitchen to see what was going on and was gunned down. The hysterical SWAT team fired 71 shots at him without cause.
Meanwhile, the real master criminals, such as Dick Cheney, who, if tried for his actions at Nuremberg, would most definitely have been executed as a war criminal, run free. Cheney proudly admits that he authorized torture, secret prisons, and illegal wiretapping. These are crimes under US and international laws.
Why is it our vaunted “rule of law” disappears if federal officials can authorize breaking laws? In America we have the rule of law – only the law is not applied to banksters and members of the executive branch but, as Glenn Greenwald says, only applied to “ordinary citizens and other nations’ [unfriendly] rulers.”
[Excerpt of article by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former head of policy at the Department of Treasury]