No doubt inequities in the U.S. Justice System have been exposed during the last year. The revelations of those (and others yet to be exposed) begs the question: Is American Justice really for all or just a select few? Let’s look closer.
FBI Issues with “Justice for All”
Parkland, Florida Several days ago I gave some examples of tremendous FBI gaffs in recent years, none of which rise to the level of injustice we saw played out in Parkland, Florida on Valentines Day. Let’s be honest: the fact that two very specific threats made by Nikolas Cruz to shoot up schools were shared with the FBI and they did not follow-up played an obviously dramatic role in the deaths of those 17 Floridians. On a national level we have been told by law enforcement agencies to report what we see and hear regarding threats like his to initiate law enforcement investigations into their validity. The FBI failed miserably….and 17 innocents died because of their neglect.
The Boston Marathon Parkland is not the only place the FBI failed to stop killings when given real warnings. Remember the Boston Marathon pressure-cooker bombers? Deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev came to the attention of the FBI on at least two occasions prior to a Russian government warning in March 2011 that said he appeared to be radicalizing — that according to former FBI Director Robert Mueller in Congressional testimony to Congress. “His name had come up in two other cases,” Mueller said in response to questions from Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The FBI ignored those warnings that did not come from anonymous sources in America, but from the government of Russia! Certainly such warnings from Russian intelligence warranted follow-up by the FBI. Nope: they sat on their hands.
Local Issues with “Justice for All”
Parkland, Florida The Parkland shootings are the most recent to highlight local law enforcement failures. 39 times local authorities physically “visited” Cruz’s home regarding threatened violence and erratic behavior exhibited by the mentally ill Cruz. After all 39 visits, Broward County Sheriffs deputies simply left and did nothing. Further, high school classmates and friends reported numerous cases of threats and promises made to them by Cruz regarding his desire to shoot up schools, showing off this guns as he discussed their use in killings, and even posted pictures on social media of his hoard of guns along with mentions of becoming “a school shooter.” No justice for those 17 that day. “If” local authorities had acted — even just to implement mental incapacity protocol to have him examined by psychiatric specialists — those 17 would still be with their families and friends.
Imagine a scenario in which a large high school had a Sheriffs Deputy as its Resource Officer on campus everyday who was armed and there for the sole purpose of protecting students and faculty members against violence. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had such a Resource Officer who was at the school on Valentines Day. Instead of that deputy recognizing the slaughter as it unfolded and rushing into the freshman building and immediately confronting Cruz, Deputy Scot Peterson stood outside the building for 5 minutes while Cruz took out 17 victims in a rain of bullets. Justice For All? Nope. Broward County Sheriffs Deputy Scot Peterson stole the justice for those 17 while on his job, supposedly doing what he was hired to do: protect those students and faculty members.
U.S. Justice Department Issues with “Justice for All”
Hillary Clinton There is little need to detail every inequity in equal justice for Ms. Clinton, but there are a few notable. Chief among those is there being no apparent justice for her mishandling of top secret and classified information by spreading it in the form of emails on an unsecured private server. There are numerous examples of others who paid significant penalties for doing far less than Clinton in this regard, including their incarceration. It is true that the Attorney General may have such an investigation underway that is secret. Not doing so would be a disservice to the American people. Time will tell.
The Clinton Foundation The apparent “Pay to Play” program that many are certain existed while Clinton was Secretary of State warrants thorough investigation by the Justice Department. Surely one is underway. An agreement with President Obama and Hillary was made in which she committed the Foundation would accept no donations from foreign countires in writing while she served. Evidence of her breaking that commitment is piling up in New York and Washington D.C. Former President Clinton received massive payments for speeches given to foreign entities that totaled millions of dollars. Interestingly enough those speeches and subsequent dollars dried up when Hillary lost her bid for President. Certainly that is a bit odd if there was no “Pay to Play” program in place for contributions to the Foundation in exchange for favor from the future President/former Secretary of State.
Former FBI Director James Comey lied under oath to Congress — apparently several times. These warrant DOJ investigation. He also mishandled confidential and classified information by submitting official notes to a friend at Columbia University for that friend to leak to the press. It is suspected Comey participated in numerous other activities that violated federal law. Is the DOJ investigating Comey? Crickets….
Uranium One The company that arranged the sale of U.S. uranium resources that ultimately are now owned by Russia certainly warrants investigation. The principals of that company donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation. Quid Pro
The Clinton Campaign It has been proven the Campaign paid for Russians to provide fake information to discredit Donald Trump in the 2016 election cycle — definitely investigation material not to mention the apparent collusion by the Clintons with the Russians.
Debbie Wasserman Shultz The Congresswoman and former DNC Head hired a Middle Eastern firm to manage the computer system for the Congressional Democratic Caucus members as well as that of the DNC. Subsequently contents of data from all those computers over a period of several years were allegedly passed along to foreign entities. Wasserman Shultz paid the firm several million dollars for that work. Providing and/or enabling such access and transfers is a felony and should be investigated immediately.
Huma Abedin Hillary Clinton’s confidant/assistant received thousands of Clinton emails that contained classified information that were sent from the unsecured server to Abedin’s laptop at home. Also, some were forwarded to Abedin’s husband’s laptop — Anthony Weiner, who plead guilty to sex crimes. That process was also a felony if verified. And that should happen in a DOJ investigation.
James Clapper Some lawmakers would like the Justice Department to prosecute former spy chief James Clapper for inaccurate testimony to Congress about domestic surveillance before it’s too late. Critics say looming five-year statutes of limitation for perjury and making false statements — establishing a March 12 deadline for charges — make an urgent case for action, and that non-prosecution would set a dangerous precedent that impedes oversight and executive-branch accountability.
Loretta Lynch Many think Obama’s former Attorney General was involved in preventing the Clinton email investigation from becoming a serious national security issue by first telling then FBI Director James Comey to term that investigation a “matter” rather than an investigation. The mysterious meeting on the airport tarmac in Phoenix with Bill Clinton prompted a loud cry of “foul,” seeing that Hillary was involved in the FBI investigation and the Clinton Foundation was under government scrutiny at the time. Some feel Lynch played a role in what was a certainty — Hillary’s charges for mishandling classified information — that was suddenly stopped in the famous Comey press conference in which he detailed dozens of acts of wrongdoing by Hillary in using that unsecure email server only to abruptly announce there would be no charges brought against Clinton. Although it is unpopular and therefore uncommon for U.S. Attorneys General to investigate their predecessors, it is widely held that AG Jeff Sessions should investigate Lynch for wrongdoing.
John Brennan Many are convinced the former CIA Director is guilty of many (or even most) of the intelligence leaks to the media and others over the last year. Former CIA analyst Tony Shaffer suspects Brennan as one of the leakers. He said on Fox Business Network that the leaks which forced Michael Flynn out can be laid “squarely at the feet of” Brennan, among other embittered Obama aides. What we know is that intelligence agencies taped Flynn’s call with the Russian ambassador, and we know that the contents of the call were leaked to the Washington Post’s David Ignatius, who is a de facto stenographer for political liberals at the CIA. It is realistic to believe this would not have happened without Brennan’s approval.
Susan Rice Obama’s White House National Security Advisor made her mark by making the Sunday AM news shows explaining the Benghazi terrorist attack which resulted in the brutal slaughter of 4 Americans, including the US Ambassador to Libya, was the result of the release of an anti-Muslim video by an American. This of course was not true. Later, Rice was accused of the unmasking of Americans surveilled for possible illegal activities with foreigners through FISA warrants, and doing so for political purposes. Unmasking private Americans is a felony IF done so for political use. Rice publicly denied at first for unmasking at all, then later corrected her answer to “I never did so for political purposes.” She would NOT state what the purpose for doing so was. Her doing so most definitely compromised the very lives of many of those Americans who she unmasked. If a serious investigation of Rice is carried out, conventional wisdom is that the implication of the former President’s involvement in the anti-Trump intelligence scandal would be likely. Is the DOJ investigating Rice or holding off because of potential Obama involvement? We may never know.
There are quite a few others who should be “looked at” by the DOJ — far too many to list here. But there is an obvious and very upsetting trend that has been exposed in all this: the ease at which political heavyweights in D.C. have at their access to escape prosecution for wrongdoing. Case in point: Kristian Saucier of Arlington, Virginia was sentenced to a year in prison for taking photos of classified areas inside a nuclear attack submarine while it was in port in Connecticut. David Petraeus, a retired general considered one of the greatest military minds of his generation, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified materials that had threatened to send him to prison. Petraeus, who admitted he provided the materials to his former mistress and biographer. U.S. Magistrate Judge David Keesler also imposed a $100,000 fine — more than double the amount recommended by prosecutors — to reflect the “seriousness of the offense.” Both of these committed acts for less serious than those of Hillary Clinton. Yet to this day she faces no threat of prosecution.
That double-standard is scaring the American public to death. The United States is supposed to be a nation of laws with “liberty and justice for all,” not just the politically corrected. Yet it appears to those in Middle America that if you are plugged into the politically correct position-of-the-day you can skate through ALL of your illegal acts. And in D.C., it’s not who you are, it’s who you know.
All this being said, under the direction of this President, it appears that the plug HAS been pulled in the Swamp, and that the draining has begun.
Mr. President: Americans who live and work outside the Beltway are begging you to stay the course that you promised to traverse if elected President. It may take some time. It certainly will be difficult. And the creatures who have lived in the Swamp for many years will fight with all their might to thwart your efforts, but that Swamp MUST be drained. If not, America as we have known it in our generation will not exist for our grandchildren. You have made many promises, many of which have already been implemented. But ridding the nation of those evil creatures from Swamp of Political Correctness/Elitism have got to go, or when you leave D.C., they will simply crawl back in.
Please fight to “Make America Great Again.”
“Liberty and Justice for All”