"Perhaps the feds are trying to force more layoffs of US workers and their replacements by H-1B foreign workers. Gibson can solve its problem by firing its Tennessee work force and hiring Indian citizens on H-1B work visas."
"I have seen studies that show that police actually commit more acts of violence against the public than do criminals, which raises an interesting question: Are police a greater threat to the public than are criminals? On Yahoo I just searched "police brutality" and up came 4,840,000 results."
"why does Cheney think the office of the Vice President, President, or Attorney General has the power to "authorize" breaking a law? Our vaunted "rule of law" disappears if federal officials can authorize breaking laws."
As for how Dick Cheney remains a free man -- another burning question for Roberts -- I might ask how Henry Kissinger remains free, or Bill Clinton, or George W Bush or George HW Bush or any of the hundreds and thousands of their officials who would be tried for war crimes were the statutes actually enforced. These men (women in this group, too, and that means you Madeline, Hillary and Condoleeza, just for starters) are war criminals and should be held to account. They will not be, however, at least in the United States, because to do so would curtail the freedom of action that each new administration feels it must have -- to do so would undermine the illusion of manifest destiny and American exceptionalism that provides some minimal cover for continued criminal actions by successive US governments.
Barack Obama famously said that he chose to look forward, and not back on all the Bush administration misdeeds (such as the hundreds of thousands of dead in Iraq). He wished to avoid what he called "partisan rancor" in the aftermath of Bush. And look how that strategy has rewarded him in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya and perhaps Iran -- he in his turn will escape the scrutiny of his successor for war crimes, and will live a life of honor and prestige as a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. He may, however, like Kissinger and Bush and Cheney, be limited in his ability to travel for fear of prosecution.
In America we have the rule of law -- only the law is not applied to banksters and members of the executive branch, but, as Greenwald says, is only applied to 'ordinary citizens and other nations' (unfriendly) rulers.'
A country this utterly corrupt is certainly no 'light unto the world.'
And my insight to his argument is that these inequities in the justice system reflect the broader condition of inequality in society as a whole. As the gap in wealth distribution widens ever further -- as it is in the US, Canada and Britain -- it will be mirrored by the two-tiered nature of the justice system. The elite are feeling both a growing sense of entitlement as this gulf widens, but also a growing sense of fear as the masses are left to fight for its diminishing share. Trends support this condition beyond the US, into Canada and Britain, where Google searches of "police brutality" yield similar results to those reported by Roberts for America. This does not, by the way, preclude or ignore the growing disparities elsewhere in the world, as the summer of discontent in Europe, Israel and Greece dramatically demonstrates.
As in the US, the tactics and budgets of most Canadian metropolitan police forces are being beefed up to near military standards, and our own internal security apparatus is growing at an alarming rate. One might ask Mr. Harper what kind of trouble he is expecting. We can readily see the answer, as the wealth gap increases and greater austerity measures are planned -- just prudent planning on his part to the inevitable response of the dispossessed.
One question does still bother me, though, while we're on the subject of two-tiered justice systems; referring to a high-profile event in Britain, what was the outcome of the public execution of Jean Charles de Menezes in July of 2005?
I understand the chief of police was very sorry.
Postscript. To put an exclamation point on the de Menezes murder, he was shot three times point-blank in the head by police while he was handcuffed and kneeling on a train station platform. He was wrongfully targeted, a casualty of racial profiling, and he was executed in public while in police custody. After the incident, the Met Police Chief Sir Ian Blair said he could only offer his deep apology, but then went on to say that further shootings could happen and defended the shoot-to-kill orders then in place. No one was ever charged, least of all the officer who executed Charles Jean de Menezes.
As I've stated above, the two-tier justice system that exists in America, Canada and Britain mirrors the economic stratification that has emerged there. It will likely expand as a response to public unrest growing out of the inequities that are sure to arise from a new round of government-imposed austerity measures.
This notion of a two-tiered system of justice could be extended, at some considerable length, to a discussion of the inequity between countries. The acts of war committed by America and its Nato allies have been well documented, but the relative silence of the world community to these atrocities shows that the Golden Rule of money and power holds as much sway internationally as it does domestically.
Update. The inequity between countries was highlighted in Friday's Washington Post, and an excerpt from Dana Priest's new book. A secret force created in the aftermath of 9/11 has grown considerably in both size and actionable power. The quotation from a member of this force summed up very well the state of perpetual war in which the United States is now engaged,
"We're the dark matter. We're the force that orders the universe but can't be seen."An interesting turn of phrase, that, dark matter. It is clear that the growth of this force is mirrored by the growth in size and execution of internal security services in most countries around the world, including Canada. Two-tiers of justice for the haves and the have-nots, waged on two fronts, domestic and international.
Update No. 2. I came across anteresting post long after my first commentary. This from the night of the presidential speech on jobs (September 8). Who but Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz was seen sitting as an invited guest of John Boehner as Obama delivered his tepid response to the employment issue.
Your musical accompaniment for the day: Mediterranean Sundance, by Al DiMeola, from Elegant Gypsy. Enjoy.