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Barrett Brown, Kathy Kelly, and Bonny Mahoney are the kind of people who are imprisoned in America. It is not the perjurers and liars, the torturers, war criminals and mass murderers. It is the good people who peacefully protest the crimes of those who control the US government and its policies.

Since around 1990 I have studied and reported on cases that have resulted in the erosion of the protective features in law that made law a shield of the people instead of a weapon in the hands of the government. Barrett Brown’s statement to the Judge in his show trial shows that the US Department of Justice has been successful in preventing the system from delivering any justice. The US Court system delivers support for the government’s crimes. That’s it.

Brown’s statement shows how the system works. The government brings false charges against you or they bring charges that are not illegal under law as understood. However, prosecutors invent new interpretations of laws and judges and juries accept legislation-by-prosecutor-to-fit-the-made-up-case. Almost never is a jury involved, not that jurors show any inclination to go against the government’s case. However, prosecutors only face that unlikely risk in 3 or 4 percent of the cases. All other cases are settled on the basis of self-incrimination. The prosecutor tells the defendant and his attorney, “you can admit to this and that and have a sentence of 5 or 10 years. Otherwise, we are indicting you with 105 offenses with imprisonment of at least one lifetime.

Read Brown’s statement to the judge. This young man describes perfectly how the so-called “criminal justice system” actually works. I have seen it time after time in cases I have investigated. Read The Tyranny of Good Intentions.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/journalist-barrett-brown-sentenced-to-63-months-in-prison-for-linking-to-hacked-material-read-his-speech-here/5426421

Kathy Kelly and Bonny Mahoney were sentenced to prison for stepping across the perimeters of Air Force bases in peaceful protests against murder-by-drone. There was no real reason for charges to be brought against them or for a judge to sentence them to prison except to continue to make it crystal clear that the US government tolerates no dissent.

http://www.veteransforpeace.org/pressroom/news/2015/01/23/kathy-kelly-begins-her-three-month-federal-prison-sentence-t

http://warisacrime.org/content/hancock-drone-resister-convicted-unexpected-new-charge

A democracy protected by free speech would permit these demonstrations, but the US is not a democracy and does not have free speech. That is the fact that Barrett Brown, Kathy Kelly and Bonny Mahoney are proving.

In my opinion, protesting drone murders at Air Force bases that operate the killer drones is unlikely to be effective in stopping the murders. Suppose the protests resulted in a base commander having second thoughts. What can he possibly do about it? If he disobeys orders, he would face a court martial. If he expresses doubts or makes protests to higher ups, he would be removed and a worse murderer would be put in his place.

ORDER IT NOW

To be effective in halting the drone murders, the protests would have to be very large and persistent, and the protests would have to focus on Congress and the White House. They would need public support, but would get none from the presstitute media or from “law and order” conservatives, patriot organizations, neoconservatives, or liberals who have bought into the “war on terror.”

What Brown, Kelly, and Mahoney are in fact proving is that the US is lawless in the sense that law serves only the government and its agenda. In America law no longer has any other meaning. There is no rule of law. We are ruled by the government’s agenda.

(Republished from PaulCraigRoberts.org by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Bill Blizzard and his Men"] says:

    Just a reminder:The Narcissistic War Criminal Kenyan Foriegner-drone strike enthusiast was installed as POTUS DEAR LEADER by a highly racialized high fertility Democratic Party Voting Block. This enormous voting block would not exist if the 1965 Immigration Reform Act( The reprobate Teddy’s monument to his War Criminal brother JFK) had not been passed.

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  2. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I find it difficult to work up a lot of sympathy for Mr. Brown. As he observed in his statement to the court, he did a lot – and I mean a lot – to bring the full weight of the prosecutorial arm of the government down on his head. He altered evidence. He tried to hide evidence. He got on Youtube and threatened and ranted and provided false information. He mocked and antagonized on Twitter. In the virtual world of the Internet he was surrounded by his homies and he was playing to the gallery (As Nigel Tufnel observed, there is a fine line between clever and stupid; he was raided because of his links with the hacker, but he was arrested because he publicly threatened an FBI officer. That’s stupid.). Although he tried to play it down and distance himself from Anonymous and Lulzsec, his ties with the hacking community clearly went beyond reporting on their activities as a journalist (he appeared IN several of their videos. Come on.). He accepted the plea not because there was false evidence – by his own statement he admits that he committed at least two of the three counts to which he pleaded guilty (transmitting threats, and interfering with the execution of a search warrant). He disputes that he was an accessory to hacking, but his defense seems trivial in the overall scheme of things given his ties with hacking organizations. Do I personally think he should go to jail? No, not really. I think he acted the fool, and it’s unfortunate that he decided to draw fire to himself by doing so, and is now paying the price. But that does not make him the poster boy for being a “victim” of “the system.”

  3. “It is quite the same with civil bureaucracy, the staid businesslike mendacity of automatons who do what they are paid to do with nonchalance and banality. Nothing matters but that the transactions are recorded and fees are paid. Recently state legislators have tended to enact laws upholding all civil actions with penalties of fines or jail terms for detractors or unpaid fees and fines. It’s gotten strict and unbending, the power trip extended. Do it or else is the mantra, the motto. These people, these myrmidons, homunculi, are conscienceless when it comes to working shifts. They are paid to be emotionless zombies going about daily chores like robots. Indeed robots could perform such jobs but robots malfunction sometimes. That is why malleable people are still retained. As Jay Gould, railroad magnate, said in 1896, “I can hire half the working class to kill the other half”. Tis true. Sovereign solidarity we do not have.
    The US Constitution is largely overridden as expressed elsewhere, the Bill of Rights eviscerated. Bureaucracy wins because it’s codified into immutable law. Process and procedure are All. That this is corrupted means nothing to the perpetrators since they have slowly tweaked the acceptance level of linguistics to encompass shortcomings, overreactions, slights, and the all- important hypocrisy. This is or may be changing slowly but the automatic default still maintains. The channeled system leaves room for diversity still but one feels the pressure to conform, not unlike aforesaid military dictatorship regimes. This is being attempted in the US but held in check by the people who still value freedom of opinion and lifestyle, honor and truth. Beware the ones who use such words as honor and truth to beat you with; they are the brainwashed followers of dark motives. Beware also those who declaim big government yet partake of it lavishly. They try to hide but are available for scrutiny if one observes analytically.
    We can’t pretend that this LCD is a new phenomenon. It even existed in ancient Greece amidst all the intellectual pursuits. People in general, even or perhaps especially in biblical times, gravitate toward iniquity, or evil if that’s the preferred term. When we hear of or find the “good man” or “good woman” it’s the anomaly in this wicked world, as Machiavelli said of mankind, “a sorry breed”.” https://mjmackay.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/the-matrix-of-bureaucratic-law-usa/

    Rant and rave. Tear up papers. Bury the office copier. Sabotage bureaucracy. Thrive on chaos.
    ., . plausible excuse: you dropped your wrench across an electric circuit because an air raid powerful weapon – may at first seem unobtalnabl,e, but it the saboteur were to pulverize an emery knlCe had kept you up the night before and you were sharpener or emery wheel with. a hammer, he would halt-dozing at work. http://www.slideshare.net/pastinson/u-oss-simple-sabotage-sm

  4. KA says:

    What would have happened to Saddam had he incarcerated some elderly ladies for trespassing the army barracks of the Republican Guard in 2000? The 2003 war could have come a little earlier.

  5. abj_slant says:

    I agree Kelly and Mahoney have inalienable rights. What I don’t get is the resistance to drones in a military setting. I have to wonder if airplanes and tanks had this kind of resistance when introduced as tools for military operations.

    Note I stress military operations. The use of drones, IMO, gets a little murkier in domestic operations.

  6. FLgeezer says:
    @War for Blair Mountain

    >The reprobate Teddy’s monument

    And we mustn’t forget Teddy’s equally guilty accomplice…Rep. Emanuel Cellar (D-NY). All in the name of preventing another holocaust, don’cha know.

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