American Ju$tice – The Mario Reyes Story

by Scott Creighton

Years ago I got a DUI in Florida.

I was coming home from dinner at around 9pm, had beer with my meal, cop followed me out of restaurant parking lot for 2 miles, finally pulled me over for a tail-light being out. According to the cop, I had committed no moving violations. Passed all the roadside tests, the video showed no swerving no leaning no stumbles in the tests, but he gave me the DUI anyway.

But that’s not the story here.

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Enhanced Interrogation Technique 101 – Sodomize Children in Front of Mothers

by Scott Creighton

Seymore Hersh reported, too little fan-fare years ago, that raping a young Iraqi boy in front of his mother was just one horrible thing on one of these “enhanced interrogation” videos.

He said he had seen all the Abu Ghraib pictures. He said, ‘You haven’t begun to see evil…’ then trailed off. He said, ‘horrible things done to children of women prisoners, as the cameras run.’ He looked frightened.”  Salon

This and other things, is the real problem with these new pictures and videos. They can’t be defended in any way.  Jack Bauer couldn’t even pull that one off… (though I shouldn’t give Fox any ideas)

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Obama Is Said to Consider Preventive Detention Plan

by S.G. Stolberg, New York Times

President Obama told human rights advocates at the White House on Wednesday that he was mulling the need for a “preventive detention” system that would establish a legal basis for the United States to incarcerate terrorism suspects who are deemed a threat to national security but cannot be tried, two participants in the private session said.

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The definition of a “two-tiered justice system”

by Glenn Greenwald

Aside from the intrinsic dangers and injustices of arguing for immunity for high-level government officials who commit felonies (such as illegal eavesdropping, obstruction of justice, torture and other war crimes), it’s the total selectivity of the rationale underlying that case which makes it so corrupt.  Defenders of Bush officials sing in unison:  We shouldn’t get caught up in the past.  We shouldn’t be driven by vengeance and retribution.  We shouldn’t punish people whose motives in committing crimes weren’t really that bad.

There are countries in the world which actually embrace those premises for all of their citizens, and whose justice system consequently reflects a lenient approach to crime and punishment.  The United States is not one of those countries.  In fact, for ordinary citizens (the ones invisible and irrelevant to Ruth Marcus, Stuart Taylor, Jon Barry and David Broder), the exact opposite is true:

Homeless man gets 15 years for stealing $100

A homeless man robbed a Louisiana bank and took a $100 bill. After feeling remorseful, he surrendered to police the next day. The judge sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

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