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Freedom and Justice for All---Not!!Joe Clifford Salem-News.com
Government officials are not accountable, only you are.
(JAMESTOWN, RI) - A few years ago, Congress in a PR gimmick, summoned Roger Clemons the baseball player to testify before Congress. He was subsequently accused of lying to Congress, faced jail, and had to undergo a long drawn out court battle before a court found him not guilty. Readers might question the concept being accused of lying to Congress as ludicrous, for most see Congress as the biggest group of liars in the world.
Polls indicate Congress has zero credibility, and their aversion to the truth is one of the main reasons for the complete lack of respect. Talk about the absurd, but if Congress wishes to play that game, what about James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, who in a bold face lie, told Congress, the NSA did not gather intelligence on Americans. Clapper eventually admitted he lied to Congress.
Did he go to jail? Of course not, for government officials are not held accountable, only you as a regular citizen are held accountable. Not only was Clapper free of any legal battle for lying to Congress, he has been rewarded by President Obama and will be the leader of the presidential inquiry on intelligence gathering. What??? You read correctly; the man who lied to Congress about NSA spying will head a committee of “experts”, (i.e. insiders) to examine intelligence gathering by the NSA and other agencies. No problem??? No Problem! Only in a nation gone mad.
Next we have Keith Alexander, the NSA Director who told Congress that the massive intelligence gathering resulted in 54 terrorist plots exposed, only to find out he lied. Only one or two plots were exposed by all the intelligence gathering. Did he get fired for lying to Congress or face a court battle or jail. Of course not; government officials are not accountable, only you are.
Now we have big story about the record breaking fine being levied on J.P. Morgan for lying to the US government about the condition of bonds and mortgage packages they sold to federal agencies. They were selling junk under the guise of gold, to US government financial agencies, and for doing so faced numerous charges of misrepresenting loans and countless charges of fraud. But wait, Jamie Diamon, CEO of Morgan, picked up the phone and had numerous conversations and personal meetings with Eric Holder, head of the US Justice Department and worked out a “deal”. This is just what you would do if being charged with fraud by the U.S. Government; simple pick up the phone, call the head of the Justice Department, meet with him, and work out a deal whereby you won’t be legally held responsible, nor will criminal charges be filed, and you will not be held accountable for defrauding the US government and lying about the product you were selling the government. Not filing criminal charges means that J.P. Morgan will be allowed to write off much of the penalty as a tax loss, which means “you” are really paying the fine for Morgan. Now isn’t that justice?? If you make a mathematical error on your income tax this year and the IRS makes an issue of it, just call Mr. Holder and work out a “Jaimie Diamon deal” for yourself.
Meanwhile the US government resorted to piracy, by forcing planes of other countries to land because of rumors that said plane had Edward Snowden as a passenger. The US government was in clear violation of international law, in an attempt to capture “whistleblower” and hero Edward Snowden, who exposed the truth of an NSA out of control. So the US government breaks international laws, and the NSA and its minions all lied to the US Congress and the public about the massive spy program until Snowden’s revelations proved them all to be liars; but Snowden is the fugitive. Go figure. Boy, are we saps.
_________________________________Salem-News.com Writer Joe Clifford, lives in historic Jamestown, Rhode Island, and has contributed a number of articles relating to foreign policy to newspapers in the Rhode Island area for years.
He graduated from Providence College where he earned an undergraduate and graduate degree. After a lengthy career as a high school teacher he turned to the study of US foreign policy, and then to writing, as a means of expressing an alternative perspective. His reading and research on foreign policy is broad and extensive, especially as the policy relates to the Middle East. His interest in foreign policy was inspired by the American misadventure in Vietnam. You can write to Joe at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org