Okay, folks, I'm taking a few minutes (away from writing a more in-depth diary about something else) here to cut to the chase, the obfuscation, and the utter bullshit, to state the obvious about the current state of affairs regarding the two-tiered U.S. justice system: It has crossed the Rubicon, it has gone down the rabbit hole, and it is now not longer legitimate.
So now the conversation needs to focus on that obvious fact, and away from the grandiose, scary-sounding, meant-to-intimidate, actions of this Banana Republic-like justice system we have allowed to come into being.
The national security apparatus has been taken over by craven and rapacious corporations (private military/security contractors) who bribed debased and treasonous public officials in order to turn it into a profiteering racket.
As the curtain of lies, propaganda, misinformation and manipulation is lifted, revealing these shifty-in-their-five-thousand-dollar-suits corporatist profiteers, they are rushing to pass increasingly draconian laws meant to stanch the flow of information from whistle-blowers. They will fail.
In the meantime, let's get behind every single brave and patriotic whistle-blower that comes forward to expose the scams... They are soldiers in the cause, in the struggle for democracy, and against tyranny and oppression.
Once again, just like in any other period of history, the inevitable take-down of these tyrants will come as the result of these brave and patriotic soldiers, who are willing to put their own lives and freedom on the line in the name of country, and of our fellow citizens.
And so when they are persecuted, hunted down, and incarcerated, let's use the proper definition of what they are: Political Prisoners.
The Justice department refused to prosecute Bush Administration war criminals. Corrupt functionaries at the Justice Department who move back-and-forth through the incestuous revolving door of corruption between government and Wall Street, refuse to properly investigate and prosecute Wall Street criminals, who may have committed the biggest financial crimes in history; crimes which resulted directly into spreading terror and despair to millions of people across the country.
At the same time, corporate criminals like Ex-Enron CEO Skilling gets his sentence reduced.
We now officially have a Banana Republic-like justice system, replete with rubber-stamping judges on the take, ideologues, and profiteers. Therefore, it is no longer legitimate.
As we gear up to take down the corporate state, which we will eventually do (if it takes one month, one year, five, or ten), let's just recognize the actual state of affairs.