Are We a Post-Justice Society?
Dear Friends of the Ron Paul Institute:
We have all been riveted by news Tuesday that FBI Director James Comey concluded that although then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had mishandled more than 100 classified documents, had destroyed evidence, and had acted in an "extremely careless" way at the helm of the US Department of State, he could not recommend that any charges be filed against her.
Former State Department official and good friend of the Ron Paul Institute, Peter Van Buren, reminded us of the grotesque double standards that on the one hand govern whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning and Ed Snowden, and on the other hand excuse the behavior of the privileged elite like Hillary Clinton. Van Buren tweeted this quote from Comey's statement today: “This is not to suggest that in similar circumstances a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences.” Pretty clearly, then, there are one set of rules for the Hillary Clintons of the world and a very different set of rules for the Snowdens or the John Kiriakous of the world. And most of the rest of us are in the second category. Van Buren used sarcasm to point out that in the old days when he (and I) signed a non-disclosure agreement with the US government it was expected that violation of that agreement would be evenly applied regardless of one's placement on the food-chain.
Alas this is not the case.
But let's not just pick on Hillary. What about then-SACEUR (NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe), USAF General Philip Breedlove, whose hacked e-mails reveal that he considered civilian control of the military an inconvenient joke? Breedlove, while in uniform, actively conspired with other former military officers and with think tanks and PR firms to undermine President Obama's cautious policy toward the 2014 conflict in Ukraine. He presented false information to suggest that Russia had invaded Ukraine and he misrepresented the Ukraine situation to Congress -- at the same time he was working behind the scenes to fully arm Ukrainian extremists who wanted war with Russia. NATO claims its role is to keep us safe -- but we learn from Breedlove's secret, Strangelovian maneuvers, that those in charge will do anything to make us believe they are still relevant, including provoke a nuclear war. Move over, Hillary. Breedlove deserves a turn on the dock.
And if we want to further discuss how the rule of law has been flushed to oblivion in the US of 2016, we need look no further than Congress, which actively facilitates lawlessness through its continued inaction and fecklessness in areas of its Constitutional responsibility. Congress refusing to act on eight solid years of President Obama's illegal wars is every bit as destructive to the rule of law as Hillary Clinton's email homebrew.
Yes, there is plenty of lawlessness to go around, and in both parties. That is why we are taking our case to Washington this September, to make a pitch for a new foreign policy that resists to the face the deep state's secret manipulations, the Clintons' maneuverings, and Congress's dereliction of duty. The old system is breaking apart and we will make the case for peace, prosperity, and non-intervention.
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, where we will all make the case for a peaceful foreign policy that will bring far more security and far more prosperity!
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