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Paul Craig Roberts: In America The Rule Of Law Is Vacated

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. Brave, tough, macho cops out defending the public and murdering war heroes. 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. 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 is all over TV hawking his memoirs. On August 29, interviewed by Jamie Gangel on NBC’s Dateline, Cheney again proudly admitted that he authorized torture, secret prisons, and illegal wiretapping. These are crimes under US and international laws. Cheney claims breaking laws against torture is “the right thing to do” if “we had a high-value detainee and that was the only way we can get him to talk.” Three questions immediately come to mind that no member of the presstitute media ever asks. The first is, why does Cheney think the office of 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. The second is, what high-value detainees is Cheney talking about? Donald Rumsfeld declared the Guantanamo detainees to be “the most dangerous, best-trained, vicious killers on the face of the earth.” But the vast majority had to be released when it turned out, after years of their lives were spent in a torture prison, that the vast majority of the detainees were hapless innocents who were sold to the stupid Americans by war lords as “terrorists” for bounties. To save face, the US government has held on to a few detainees, but hasn’t enough confidence in their alleged guilt to put them on trial in a court of law.

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Comment by David Jackson
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   Do tell. Just what did everyone think was going on?

   Most folks have forgotten, or never considered, that President Kennedy was murdered because he understood that the CIA was full of ----, and would likely have dispensed with their services! He learned the hard way, at the Bay of Pigs. And, was "taught " a lesson, in Dallas, Texas.

    I personally believe that turning "war" into a private game of "cowboys and Indians" is a ludicrous policy: At this juncture, I can prove it by simply reminding everyone of the expensive and asinine outcomes that such policy produces.

    There are some functional "mercenary" organizations in the world. I've never heard of one anywhere in the U.S.! A gang of political, money-grubbing, psychopaths, with government backing (a new twist on plausable deniablity) isn't really a viable alternative to the military option.

    Let's get off the deluded notion that we are somehow above it all, and admit that we are more prone to violent responses than compassionate or "civil" ones. Being empathetic, sympathetic, and peaceable are what we sometimesw STRIVE for; in point of fact, if we don't run, we almost always fight. And, once engaged, we are brutal and, often, beyond savage, When there is no supervision or accountability, decency and common sense are very apt to be secondary to just about every response to anything that even seems to be contrary to stated goals...Usually, some form of survival.


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