The Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Trial or The People’s Court of America

by Scott Creighton

Does this make anyone else think of Judy Clarke?

“The president of the court (Nazi People’s Court) often acted as prosecutor, denouncing defendants, then pronouncing his verdict and sentence without objection from defense counsel, who usually remained silent throughout.”

The People’s Court is NOT what you see on TV during the day when you don’t have a job. THIS is the People’s Court and THIS is what we have developing in the United States of America

 

It is only fitting and logical that today in the United States, at a time when our “liberal” president is doing his best to sign us on to not one but TWO fascist far-reaching “trade agreements” (TPP (Asia) and TTIP (Europe)) and actively supporting a neo-Nazi regime in Ukraine, that we would be made to witness the show trial (or kangaroo court) of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston.

As is the case with most tin-pot dictators ruling over their 3rd-world shit-holes, here in ‘Merika when a show trial starts up, the ruling class present an open display of raw brute force right from the beginning. Out come the “special forces” to lord over the proceedings with attack dogs, machine gun boats and masked troopers all standing around waiting for the ‘terrorism’ of dissent.

Can’t have the peasants getting any notions about staging protests or interfering with the wheels of justice as they roll over what’s left of the constitution, now can we? Gotta keep these “terrorists” in line before they expose the flaws in our new American People’s Court:

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The TTIP Power Grab: Handing The Corporate Thieves The Key To Your Home

by Colin Todhunter, Global Research

Some 375 civil society organisations from across Europe have today called on EU decision-makers to protect citizens, workers, and the environment from threats the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) it poses.  

The call comes as European Parliament committees are discussing a draft resolution on the TTIP negotiations to be voted upon in May. It will not be legally binding on negotiators but will be a significant political signal, as any final TTIP deal would have to pass a vote in the European Parliament.

In an open letter sent to MEPs today, groups from 25 countries – including trade unions, consumer, environmental, and civil rights organizations – warn that TTIP could strengthen the influence of big business and undermine public services, the protection of public health, the environment, food and workers’ rights.

For a TTIP resolution that puts people and the environment before short-term profit and disproportionate corporate rights, the letter calls on all MEPs to agree on a strong resolution that makes clear that the European Parliament will reject any future trade or investment agreements that will not serve the public interest and threaten important rights acquired by ordinary people in long struggles in the EU, US and the rest of the world.

The letter forwards the following key demands:

  1. Transparency now: all documents relating to the TTIP negotiations, including draft consolidated texts, must be made public to allow for an open and critical public debate on the TTIP.
  2. A democratic process to allow for the scrutiny and assessment of the negotiation texts and which would ensure that policies are in the public interest.
  3. No ISDS: any provision containing Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms must be taken permanently out of the negotiations.
  4. No regulatory cooperation council: all regulation must be fully in the hands of democratically controlled bodies and processes.
  5. No deregulation of standards which safeguard and serve the public interest: EU standards need to be respected and not “harmonised” down to the lowest common denominator.
  6. No further deregulation and privatisation of public services.
  7. The promotion of humane and environmentally sustainable agricultural practices and protection of small family farming.
  8. Public authorities must keep the political power and structures necessary to protect certain sensitive sectors and safeguard standards important to our quality of life. Internationally-agreed labour and environmental standards must be respected and enforced. The continuous violation of labour standards should be addressed by imposing monetary fines.

Go here to access the open letter (in 11 languages) sent to MEPs today and to see the full list of signatories.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Defense Attorney, Judy Clarke, Sold Him Out – Punching Her Ticket to a Justice Department Career

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: [edited text. A reader pointed out it was David Bruck, not Judy Clarke who said the video did not exist. He was correct. Thanks]

UPDATE: It should also be pointed out that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to these charges back in mid 2013. Though there has been talk that he should change his plea, he has not.

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The other day, one of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attorneys, David Bruck, told the judge that the infamous video the FBI claims to have showing her client planting the bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon “does not exist

Based on that many of us thought maybe, perhaps, this once, a patsy in the U.S. would finally get something close to a fair trial or at least marginally respectable representation. For once.

Uh… no.

Judy Clarke said the bombings were “misguided acts” carried out by Tsarnaev and his late older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. “There’s little that we dispute. It was him,” she said in US District Court in Boston.

She sought to shift blame to the older brother, saying he had “self-radicalized” and the younger brother had “followed him.” Boston Globe

If we are to believe the article from the Boston Globe, Judy Clarke used her opening statement, all 20 minutes of it, to explain why the jurors should hang her client.

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US-trained Afghan security forces committing “systematic” torture and extra-legal killings

by Thomas Gaist, WSWS

Afghan government security forces and affiliated paramilitary units, developed under the US occupation, are engaged in a daily, ongoing campaign of terror against the country’s civilian population, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released this week, “Today We Shall All Die.”

The puppet regime in Kabul, established by the US and NATO powers after the overthrow of the Taliban government in October 2001, presides over a web of criminalized security forces and politicized crime syndicates that oppress and plunder the population, all while drawing on a steady stream of resources from Europe and North America, HRW found.

“The administration of former President Hamid Karzai installed many powerful warlords and failed to confront others, while many others have been funded by and worked alongside international forces, further entrenching them politically into the fabric of Afghan society. In this way impunity in Afghanistan is both a domestic and foreign problem for which the solution resides not only in Kabul but in foreign capitals such as Washington, DC,” HRW wrote.

Forces aligned with the Kabul government regularly commit a range of criminal violations of the basic rights of the population, including extra-legal killings, disappearances, extortion, robbery, rampant sexual abuse and arbitrary detentions. Money flowing into Afghanistan from US and European governments for security and logistics contracts is channeled by high-ranking Afghan officials to maintain private militias, HRW found.

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Infrastructure (HBO)

Honduras Is Sold as a Libertarian Paradise — I Went, and Discovered a Capitalist Nightmare

(Yes, libertarianism is neoliberalism by a different name. It’s the same economic policies promoted by folks like Thatcher, Reagan, Clinton and now Obama (in other countries and here as well) and by institutions like the IMF/World Bank. Remember, we staged a coup in Honduras not that long ago in order to implement these “structural reforms” on behalf of the IMF and World Bank. For those of you who still think libertarianism is some kind of anti-establishment movement, just keep in mind who dictated those libertarian reforms in Honduras: Bill Clinton’s people and it took place at the outset of Obama’s first term in office.)

by Edwin Lyngar,  AlterNet

The closer you get to totally untamed, uncontrolled privatization, the nearer you approach “Lord of the Flies.”

Last month, I spent my final vacation night in Honduras in San Pedro Sula, considered the most dangerous city outside of the war-torn Middle East. I would not have been scared, except that I traveled with my wife and our four children, aged 5, 7, 14 and 18.   On our last taxi ride, we could not find a van to fit us all, so we rode in two taxis. Mine carried me and my two daughters, aged 5 and 14, while the driver blasted Willie Nelson singing “City of New Orleans” (a city that is also considered very dangerous).

It was a surreal moment, traveling in one of the most dangerous cities in the world with my babies in tow.  I gave a nod to the radio. “Willie,” I said, and he gave me a grin and vigorous “sí.” There’s a lot of American cowboy culture in Honduras, but along with silly hats, Honduras has also taken one of our other worst ideas—libertarian politics. By the time I’d made it to San Pedro Sula, I’d seen much of the countryside and culture.  It’s a wonderful place, filled with music, great coffee, fabulous cigars and generous people, but it’s also a libertarian experiment coming apart.

People better than I have analyzed the specific political moves that have created this modern day libertarian dystopia.  Mike LaSusa recently wrote a detailed analysis of such, laying out how the bad ideas of libertarian politics have been pursued as government policy.

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Reminder of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Bomb Placing Video that Now Officially “does not exist”

by Scott Creighton

When they were trying to spin the frame-up of the Tsarnaev brothers for the Boston Bombing, part of the narrative that was widely circulated was that the FBI had a video clearly showing the younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, planting one of the two bombs that went off that morning. The video was never released to the public yet during the ongoing trial of Dzhokhar, the video has been mentioned several times, once even by a potential juror who claimed she could “never forget” seeing the younger Tsarnaev brother “planting that bomb behind the little boy”

The defense attorney has finally said in court that the video doesn’t exist.

We’ll have to see how that sits with the jurors or if maybe stating that simple fact causes the judge to declare a mistrial.

In light of a new article put out by Privacy SOS, I thought I would post a few quotes and links back to articles I wrote on the subject of this video that never existed just so we can all see the power of propaganda and how it’s insidious influence reaches out to us over the years.

After the break are a collection of quotes from other sources and links to articles I wrote years ago about this mythical video.

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