Thursday, July 8, 2010

The (New) Rule of Law

Glenn Greenwald with a concise, accurate rundown of how this whole "rule of law" thing seems to be working out in modern times:

* If you torture people or eavesdrop on Americans without the warrants required by the criminal law, you receive Look-Forward Imperial Immunity.
* If you shoot and kill unarmed rescuers of the wounded while occupying their country and severely wound their unarmed children sitting in a van -- or if you authorize that conduct -- your actions are commended.
* If you help wreck the world economy with fraud and cause hundreds of millions of people untold suffering, you collect tens of millions of dollars in bonsues.
If you disclose to the world evidence of war crimes, government lawbreaking, or serious corruption, or otherwise embarrass the U.S., you will be swiftly prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and face decades in prison.
Bradley Manning, the person charged with leaking classified miliatry material to Wikileaks, could face up to 52 years in prison for his "crimes."

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