Courts Rule US Government Above the Law

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James Corbett
October 18, 2011
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Courts Rule US Government Above the Law
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Manhattan Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein has declined to hold the CIA in contempt for destroying videos that it had been ordered by the courts to preserve.

The case revolves around 92 videos, depicting hundreds of hours of interrogations of detainees. The tapes allegedly contained evidence of torture, and the CIA was ordered by numerous courts to produce the videos in relation to lawsuits arising from torture allegations. The 9/11 Commission also demanded that the tapes be produced. Instead, the agency destroyed them.

Although the Obama Justice Department had already decided last year that no criminal charges would be filed for this blatant obstruction of justice, Judge Hellerstein’s recent ruling insures that the agency will not even face civil sanctions or so much as a contempt order for willfully breaking the law.

In his ruling, Judge Hellerstein, the very judge who had ordered the CIA to produce the tapes in September of 2004, notes that the agency had instead provided a description of what they say was on the tapes and “implemented new protocols” to insure that they don’t destroy evidence again, so there is no need to hold them accountable in any way.

Judge Hellerstein’s decision is not without precedent.

In 2010, Obama’s Office of Legal Council wrote a memo arguing the legality of Obama’s secret list of assassination targets, a list that apparently includes American citizens who have not been convicted or even charged of a crime. The memo was used as the legal justification for the extrajudicial assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen who the President ordered murdered early last year.

Now, the Obama White House is arguing that they don’t even have to show the justification for ordering the unconstitutional assassination of one of its own citizens.

Still, concerned citizens are attempting to challenge the Obama regime’s power grabs in court.

Earlier this year, Senator Wyden revealed that the federal government has a secret interpretation of the PATRIOT Act that allows the government much more power than is suggested by the wording of the act itself.

When Charlie Savage of the New York Times filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the interpretation, he was denied on the basis that the interpretation is classified.

Last week, Savage and the Times sued the federal government for refusing to release the documents. The case is currently before Judge William Pauley of the US District Court.

TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=2855

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2011 / 10 / 18
Brandt Hardin says:

Under the guise of fighting terrorism, the Patriot Act was adopted WITHOUT public approval or vote just weeks after the events of 9/11. Such an unconstitutional set of laws should be abolished seeing as they violate human rights and due process. A mere 3 criminal charges of terrorism a year attributed to this act, which is mainly used for no-knock raids leading to drug-related arrests without proper cause for search and seizure. The laws are simply a means to spy on our own citizens and to detain and torture dissidents without trial or a right to council. You can read much more about living in this Orwellian society of fear and see my visual response to these measures on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/living-in-society-of-fear-ten...

2011 / 10 / 19
Donna says:

I am ashamed by the plutocracy that is ruling this country. Do they think we are BLIND?

2011 / 10 / 19
Moderate says:

Yes, Americans are blind! They should have learned after Vietnam War but they still went ahead with Gulf War, Afghan War, Iraq War and continuously supporting Israel for all the atrocities against Palestines.

2011 / 10 / 19
John says:

The Courts are “fools” and impious in their arrogance! They the courts and the US Government and the rulers of the State of Israel is of the beast who would build a paradise of stone the Son of Chaos; “Blind God” and God of the Blind witch is the devil, he and his demons constantly oppose and thwart the human race. They are of as is written in John 8:44 "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in
the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it".

2011 / 10 / 20
olde reb says:

We will convict you. Then we will write the law that makes you guilty.

2011 / 10 / 20
olde reb says:

this seems to make Congress superfluous. If the courts do not enforce the laws that have been written, why write them?

On the other hand, the King can do no wrong; long live the king. The Republic is dead.

2011 / 11 / 14
Mike Hunt says:

God is the common denominator. Less god, more books=no hate. No matter the religion, if you condone the murder of children of any belief or race, YOUR GOD IS FAKE (all of them are really) & you are a worthless human being. American politicians can't possibly possess the religious mentality they show to the voters. It's an act for votes. I assume other worldly political leaders do as well. How else can you explain all the war & poverty? Do you hate people you have never met or know anything about? Do you want them to die? If your answer is yes, & you're religious, you're religion is a lie.

2012 / 03 / 19
Jacob says:

I had a huge smile on my face until I read this. I'm usually one to argue that prisons generally need to be emptied because of all the non-violent drug charges... but they should also be quickly replenished by the real scum of the government and corporate arm.

2012 / 06 / 24
Bob says:

Reading this reminded me distinctly of my studies of Nazi Germany:

"The Gestapo was specifically exempted from responsibility to administrative courts, where citizens normally could sue the state to conform to laws. As early as 1935, however, a Prussian administrative court had ruled that the Gestapo's actions were not subject to judicial review."

2013 / 02 / 26
Frank says:

It doesn't matter any of this we as humans are a accident that happened millions of years ago we shouldn't even be here. Child molesters and rapist hitler and others are doing what evolution has taught their DNA don't fight it. We will all be gone soon anyway

2013 / 04 / 23
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Where's anon at?

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yes

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2014 / 04 / 02
thisis says:

This is the same Judge Alvin Hellerstein who worked diligently to dismiss EVERY 9/11 victim case in court.

He is part of the Zionist Israeli "conspiracy" which caused then hid the 9/11 buildings and airplane parts.

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