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The rule of law is supposed to apply equally to all members of society, regardless of race, ethnicity, educational level, or economic station.  

The most recognizable symbol of equality under the law is the Roman goddess Justitia, or "Lady Justice."

Since the 15th century, Lady Justice has often been depicted wearing a blindfold. The blindfold represents objectivity, in that justice is or should be meted out objectively, without fear or favor, regardless of identity, money, power, or weakness; blind justice and impartiality.
That's the idea, anyways.  Of course, we all know than in practice, the rich and powerful and well-connected have tended to enjoy a system of justice that has always been a little less blind, and a little less objective, and a little more favorable.  So the scales of justice have always been a little tilted towards the rich and powerful.

However, during the last 40 years or so, acting under a carefully-designed strategy (and philosophy) to take over the levers of power, including the government, we have reached a situation where we can no longer speak of imbalances in the application of justice, but of two completely separate legal systems: one for the corrupt ruling class (more benign, forgiven, and preferential); and one for the rest of society (more brutish, draconian, unjust, and sadistic).

Another important element in this mix of injustice is the fact that not content with their ability to enjoy the benefits of a separate and unequal legal system for them, by having bought the entire goddamn government, they have now set their eyes on the next step in the process: the outright subjugation, exploitation, and enslavement of the population, all driven by an unquenchable greed.

So now, with full control of the government and with full collaboration of the money-grabbing-traitors-to-society politicians, these parasites have been able to usurp this awesome power in order to turn it against the populace, with the intention of instituting a total-information-awareness corporatist police state--a Corporatocracy.

Through their control they have been able to slowly dismantle the proper functioning of government, chipping away at the commons, at the public sector, in favor of a privatizing scheme meant to profit at the expense of the citizenry.

As this happens, we reach a point where we now have the higher inequality in income distribution in this country's history.  As the public sector is slowly dismantled, communities across the entire country find themselves in dire economic straits, forcing them to cut on all kinds of services, including education, police, health care, and the social safety net.

This situation helps destabilize communities (some more than others), with resulting spikes in crime and social dysfunction.  This of course has been done by design so the same people who engineered the conditions that brought about the social dysfunction, can now use these consequences as an opportunity to undermine constitutional rights, and establish a neo-fascistic new order.

It is within this context that the entire nascent techno-police state is then turned against the people, as a tool of oppression and exploitation.

And so technologies and agencies that were purportedly set up to protect us against terrorists and crime, are slowly turned against us, as the consequences of our acquiescence to give up constitutional rights in the name of security become more apparent.  But we should not be surprised about this, since our Founding Fathers warned us about this exact situation over two hundred years ago.

And so as these rich fucks get used to their unearned privilege, and given the historical proclivities of their social class, including a sense of entitlement, insatiable greed, total inability to understand the concept of empathy towards the oppressed, and sociopathic and sadistic tendencies, they proceed to put in place the framework of fascistic oppression, starting with a totally fucked up justice system.

It is a justice system where you have armies of increasingly sadistic prosecutors around the country turning the law upside down by charging defendants with an increasingly set of draconian laws, and astonishingly, and totally disproportional prison sentences.

All these things happening as the legal system is increasingly privatized, turning the concept of justice into just another profit-driven industry.

These small-minded and increasingly-sadistic prosecutors seem to get off on their power to go after regular folks for what once were minor infractions, and are now high crimes in their eyes.

They are like piranhas, hyenas, predators and scavengers feeding off the misery and inequality carefully institutionalized by their pay-masters.  And at the same time they ignore the crimes committed by the rich and powerful, especially those members of the Wall Street criminal cartel.

And so as a total-information-awareness web of illegal surveillance is cast about the entire country, purportedly to protect us, the citizens become prisoners in their own country; prisoners of the nascent fascist techno-police state.

When the rule of law ceases to apply equally to all; when the corruption becomes so entrenched that you end up with two separate systems of justice (one for the rich, and one for everybody else), then there is no justice.  The law ceases to have meaning.

And every time this has happened in history, the citizenry is forced to seek justice anyway they can; sometimes through vigilantism.

That of course, is very messy.  That's why it is better to have an ethical and responsive government that serves the people, and respects the concept of equal justice under the law for all.

But when that concept is turned on its head, there will be resistance.

And so it seems to me that when citizens come to understand that a tiny group of greedy and parasitic cowards and criminals, through the usurpation of government, try to enslave them, people are going to respond with a big GO FUCK YOURSELF!  Hell No!

I don't know that Anonymous would use that language, as they seem to be pretty polite in their official communications, but in effect, that's what they're doing; telling these tyrants that no, we are not going to be subjugated by a small group of greedy bastards.

There will be resistance, and the imposition of institutionalized oppression and exploitation will not be allowed.  

That's my theory...

Originally posted to Ray Pensador on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 10:31 PM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Anonymous Dkos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Blindfolds and handcuffs can be sexy (1+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador

    Just never could get off humping a statue. Or saluting a flag. Or bowing to a God. Or kissing a frog. Giving "A's" and "B's" and "C's" or.. Fill in your favorite myth (here)

    I sometimes do miss the lovers though.

    Picky, picky.. Poke through the rest when you've already had the best?

    Futility.

    Why is it that most of the people who are against abortion are people you wouldn't want to #&@$ in the first place? - George Carlin

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 10:59:34 PM PST

  •  I disagree... (2+ / 0-)
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    edrie, AgavePup

    Their latest "action" is nothing but pure retaliation against the government for "forcing" someone to take his own life. So now they not only expose, but they decided they can "punish".  And do it indiscriminately on top of that.

    That at least IMHO is where they have now completely jumped the shark, in terms of moral high ground.

    I will give A.S. props for being public about what he did, unlike anonymous. I wish he would have chose to stay and fight but he didn't. His suicide says more about him than our flawed legal system IMHO, but I understand the amount of forward thinking and brilliance that was lost, and the pain that the loss has caused to other people.

    But it was his choice to take that away from the rest of us, not the government. And it was the government who essentially gave is the internet and the freedom to use or manipulate it as we see fit for the most part.

    I think anonymous does not have the right to interfere with the government we have democratically elected, and is wrong in doing so just because they have the capability

    Are they all/any US citizens?  I would ask those in the US who support anonymous if they feel its OK for people outside the US to hack our government sites.

    And even if we have allowed OUR government to be influenced by the corporations, I would honestly rather we take it back at the ballot box and via organization by and of millions of people who show their faces (OWS) than whatever anonymous decides fighting back should be and against what targets, on any given day. This is not progress and change, its electronically slashing tires at a government parking lot...

    •  The problem here (9+ / 0-)

      is that while the actions of Anonymous may be indiscriminate .... no one else is prepared to punish those who should bear responsibility, and I find it hard to condemn anyone drawing attention to it.

      If it were just this one case ....

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      Who is twigg?

      by twigg on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:00:55 AM PST

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      •  Who should be punished for what exactly? (1+ / 0-)
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        edrie

        And how do you know it is not happening. Can you be more specific?

        Who elected Anonymous the punisher? What about accountability? Oh that's right there is NONE with Anonymous. What happens if/when somebody goes "rogue" in this group with some info they hacked, then what?

        •  Then... (12+ / 0-)

          We're not much deeper in shit than we already are with the current state of our "democratically elected government."

          Anon is a collective entity that works by consensus, if I understand them correctly.

          They aren't sentencing anybody to jail or anything.

          So far they've been exposing pedos, high school rapists, protesting fracking/tar sands, have successfully run-off the Westboro Baptist Church from protesting at funerals, and the list goes on.

          So right now, I personally put more weight in what they ARE accomplishing that the government isn't, than I put in some paranoid fear of them turning to the dark side someday.




          Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
          ~ Jerry Garcia

          by DeadHead on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:20:03 AM PST

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    •  Have you ever done any prison time? (15+ / 0-)
      His suicide says more about him than our flawed legal system IMHO
      Our Government(s) run the largest systematic institutionalized system of torture the world has seen in the post war era.

      Several million men live every day subject to random beatings, murder, and rape in hells that are viewed in Europe the same way Mexican or Venezualian prisons are viewed here.

      The conditions are horrific, and they're all the worse (as Manning could tell you, if he ever gets out) when people in power have an interest in breaking you.

      Suicide is not always an irrational choice.

      This is not, btw, "slashing tires".  This is grabbing the files.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      "I have often seen people uncivil by too much civility, and tiresome in their courtesy." Michel de Montaigne

      by JesseCW on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:47:29 AM PST

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      •  No I have not done prison time (2+ / 0-)
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        edrie, AgavePup

        But many people have as you point out. The vast majority do not kill themselves in prison, or prior to that at time of conviction, or prior to that during the trial process, or prior to going to trial.

        And I am talking about what Anon is doing, its the internet equivalent of theft actually, if we go by "grabbing files".

        And I have had my personal info stolen by a person/persons who did so to use it as hostage/show how weak the security is for a certain company (you know good intentions and all). Have you had your personal info stolen?

        •  A man has a 25% chance of being raped his first (7+ / 0-)

          24 hours in lock-up.

          That's guys who aren't being targeted for pay back by a Government irate about their activism.

          That's the reality he was facing.

          Are you entirely unable to distinguish between Persons, who have a right to privacy, and Governments, which only have illegitimate efforts to maintain secrecy?

          "I have often seen people uncivil by too much civility, and tiresome in their courtesy." Michel de Montaigne

          by JesseCW on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 03:45:59 AM PST

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        •  And your point is? (6+ / 0-)

          Maybe he knew he couldn't defend himself for 30 seconds.   Maybe he knew he would spend 30 years being a prison bitch.   Sorry he didn't live up to your standards on how tough and brave he should in the face of a life time of abuse and torture.   How long would you last in jail?

          Having your personal ID stolen has nothing to do with this.   NOTHING. I can steal your diamond ring to finance a trip to a spa, or I can stead your grocery cart to feed my family.  They are both stealing, so according to you, enough said.    

          If you think your comment is cogent, I don't see it.  

          What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

          by dkmich on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:37:34 AM PST

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        •  Excuse me? The files (4+ / 0-)

          belong to us. You know, "we the people" without whom there is no government, and through whom [legitimate] governments are empowered and/or disempowered.

          No, we don't need to know all the details of all the files, which is why Anonymous will be heavily redacting them prior to release to media, which will no doubt redact them further. I am not afraid to get a clear idea of what our government's up to in the area of judicial oppression of the people. It certainly looks like the government is terrified of us. I find that... fascinating.

      •  I did one night with Cornel West and 18 other (8+ / 0-)

        prisoners the weekend the MLK memorial was dedicated (?).

        Overnight, we were not "in population" and the conditions were still horrible. We were shuffled around from location location four times. No food and water and we were reduced to using an open toilet in a corner of the cell. All surfaces were cement and freezing. Most of the night I could not fall asleep quick enough before I had to get back up and move around to increase my body temp.

        The next day we were in population, and that was even less comfortable, especially since none of us had had any real sleep. I cannot imagine living under those conditions for an extended period of time.

        The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

        by Words In Action on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:02:38 AM PST

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      •  I have interviewed (3+ / 0-)

        for a job as a prison nurse.  That was enough for me.      

        "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

        by NancyWH on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:52:13 AM PST

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  •  Oh, they aren't word prudes on Twitter (3+ / 0-)
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    They speak their minds, for sure.




    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:06:44 AM PST

  •  From the start, contrary to the aspiration (13+ / 0-)

    expressed in the Constitution, the law has been used to dominate, subordinate and denigrate certain segments of the population and to elevate ownership of property. It had to be that way to make slavery, as well as the ownership of wives and children, legal. Yes, the law is supposed to promote justice, but it never has. If we are making progress, it's towards having a more just society.
    Equality, it turns out, does not get us there. For, it has been shown that 99% can be treated equally shoddily. It is possible to have a hierarchy with just a handful of rulers on top. And hierarchy is what antagonists are about. The presumption that human societies are naturally stratified with leaders and followers serves to justify (make just) all kinds of physical and verbal abuse. Indeed, abuse is the primary instrument of dominion and the rule of law makes it right.
    But, the biggest advantage to be derived from the rule of law is that the law, like mony, leaves no fingerprints. So, the agents of abuse can remain unidentified and the victims, as far as they can tell, have no person against whom to seek revenge. Which is very good for the aggressors and abusers, who are, without question, cowards. Cowards are people who cow their prey so they don't have to tangle with them directly.
    Anyway, since the victims of abuse have little or no ability to defend themselves, especially not against the rule of law, it is necessary for an outside third party to stand up for them and call a halt to the abusive rule. You know, like the Lone Ranger used to do.
    It's all very logical really. Aggressors rely on intermediaries (the law or money or henchmen) to do their dirty work, so it is entirely appropriate that we employ agents of government to counter-act them. If they don't work, they have to be fired. And that's where we have fallen down. There is corruption on Capitol Hill. Our agents have sided with the aggressors and the abusers and we haven't dismissed them. Stewards turning on their masters is an old story.
    Luke 16: 1-13
    Some humans are dishonest. The solution is still the same. They have to be fired. After all, it is entirely property to pay people, or remunerate them, for doing what they are told, a job. If that is not entirely appreciated in the U.S., it is probably a remnant of our history of free labor, of people having to do what they are told just to survive.

    Finally, consider the slave. He was prevented from sustaining himself and his progeny by being literally and metaphorically chained to his place of employment. That is, he was prevented from acquiring sustenance by being confined to one place. In the twenty-first century, humans aren't chained to their domicile, although they are "strongly encouraged" to stay inside except when they leave for work. Rather, it is the resources needed to sustain life which are chained up and secured by private property rights. Instead of people being chained and locked up, it's the resources that have been made exclusive. So the vast majority of the population has to work just to eat. Indeed, the notion that humans are entitled to eat to live is a challenge to those who would have them labor for free.

    The American original sin is slavery, embedded in the Constitution. The law has been changed, but the antagonistic attitude towards our own kind persists and the would-be slave drivers continue to resort to the law to do their dirty work.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 01:03:59 AM PST

    •  May I interject (6+ / 0-)

      That our original sin was how hatefully we treated the Native Americans, stripping them of dignity.  Most non-natives were complicit.

      I often wonder about our human nature.  Too many remain complicit with the assaults on human dignity that seem to be escalating.  Is it this silent complicity that enables Greed to hang onto its powers?

      If so, what is the root cause of this complicity that enables so many to suffer at the hands of those willing to do Greed's dirty work?

      I always appreciate your well-written insights.

      This chart shows how unfairly Greed has gained control

      Income Inequality Pre-Depression & Pre-Recession the Same

      I suspect the balance has worsened since 2007.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:44:04 AM PST

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      •  Yes, but now the acquisition and accumulation (2+ / 0-)
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        stargaze, sceptical observer

        are calculated in dollars and cents. There was no accounting when individual's were granted whole counties in Texas as their private ranches. There was no accounting when the railroad tycoons were given not just the right of way for their tracks, but a mile of land on either side. We have been parcelling out the land and the natural resources on and under and over it for centuries -- wealth that simply wasn't quantified until recently when some of the resources started to run out and the people whose access was/is restricted started to object. It's my sense that people complain most when things are getting better. African Americans made a big fuss about civil rights after they'd had their human rights (some of them) respected in the military.
        After the advent of universal suffrage (1971) we started expecting to have government by the people. Of course, the ruling elites resisted. They posited all kinds of terrors from which they would be needed to protect us until, eventually, that story line wore out. Now it's the irregular, random terrorists that are supposed to scare us and keep us locked in our houses or our cages on wheels. But, of course, as the hens in the hen house know, they've had it, if the fox pays a visit.
        Security is the latest scam. To secure something is to lock it up or tie it down.
        What is it that Wall Street plays with? Securities -- assets that nobody else can use. What do private property rights do? Guarantee exclusive use of material resources without obligation. Ownership should, at least, come with an obligation to share the fruits.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:15:37 PM PST

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  •  A quote by Richard K. Morgan: (14+ / 0-)
    "Society is, always has been and always will be a structure for the exploitation and oppression of the majority through systems of political force dictated by an élite, enforced by thugs, uniformed or not, and upheld by a willful ignorance and stupidity on the part of the very majority whom the system oppresses."
    As a government becomes more authoritarian, they can, and do, expect to meet with an underground resistance. Speaking truth to power is no real threat as long as the media acts as an organ of the elites. It can easily alienate popular movements like OWS or even charismatic leaders, so the only domestic threats they really fear is having their secrets exposed or disruptions in the flow of commerce.

    That's why they crackdown on whistleblowers and leakers. They really are a threat. Armed resistance isn't, in spite of the chest-pounding by so many on the right. They can be scooped up at will.

    But an individual with access, either physical or digital can cause them irreparable harm—and they know it. That's the reason for their heavy-handed tactics.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 03:22:42 AM PST

  •  Bradley Manning wasn't trying to aid the enemy. (11+ / 0-)

    HSBC was. One is facing a stiff term. The other will be paying a fine.

    "...on the (catch a) human network. Cisco."

    by hoplite9 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 03:27:55 AM PST

  •  Absolutely. Dean Baker had an exceptional (4+ / 0-)

    The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

    by Words In Action on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:57:13 AM PST

    •  I think it's... um... (2+ / 0-)
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      serendipitous that this also occurs on the heels of Frontline's revelations about FBI[DOJ]'s Criminal Justice Division and Lanny Breuer's announced "retirement" in its wake. Just looking at those guys not answer serious questions about WHY the criminal Masters of the Universe (and biggest bank robbers of all time) aren't being indicted or prosecuted for their crimes, while whistleblowers are being prosecuted for bullshit. Well, if not actually prosecuted, at least forced to plea bargain by crooks disguised as prosecutors - put away for years without trial or defense - or harassed all the way to suicide.

      I want to see the whole rotten construct fall. I don't care if the means of that choose to be... Anonymous.

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