THE MYTH OF THE RULE OF LAW IN THE USA

THE MYTH OF THE RULE OF LAW in USA
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John Hasnas | Friday, June 21, 2013, 17:19 Beijing
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THE MYTH OF THE RULE OF LAW
John Hasnas (1)
Copyright 1995 by The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
Reprinted by permission of the Wisconsin Law Review
Originally published in 1995 Wisconsin Law Review 199 (1995)

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Stop! Before reading this Article, please take the following quiz.

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides, in part:

“Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; . . . .”

(2) On the basis of your personal understanding of this sentence’s meaning (not your knowledge of constitutional law), please indicate whether you believe the following sentences to be true or false.

_____ 1) In time of war, a federal statute may be passed prohibiting citizens from revealing military secrets to the enemy.
_____ 2) The President may issue an executive order prohibiting public criticism of his administration.
_____ 3) Congress may pass a law prohibiting museums from exhibiting photographs and paintings depicting homosexual activity.
_____ 4) A federal statute may be passed prohibiting a citizen from falsely shouting “fire” in a crowded theater.
_____ 5) Congress may pass a law prohibiting dancing to rock and roll music.
_____ 6) The Internal Revenue Service may issue a regulation prohibiting the publication of a book explaining how to cheat on your taxes and get away with it.
_____ 7) Congress may pass a statute prohibiting flag burning.

Thank you. You may now read on.

In his novel 1984, George Orwell created a nightmare vision of the future in which an all-powerful Party exerts totalitarian control over society by forcing the citizens to master the technique of “double-think,” which requires them “to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancel[] out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them.” (3)Orwell’s double-think is usually regarded as a wonderful literary device, but, of course, one with no referent in reality since it is obviously impossible to believe both halves of a contradiction. In my opinion, this assessment is quite mistaken. Not only is it possible for people to believe both halves of a contradiction, it is something they do every day with no apparent difficulty.

Consider, for example, people’s beliefs about the legal system. They are obviously aware that the law is inherently political. The common complaint that members of Congress are corrupt, or are legislating for their own political benefit or for that of special interest groups demonstrates that citizens understand that the laws under which they live are a product of political forces rather than the embodiment of the ideal of justice. Further, as evidenced by the political battles fought over the recent nominations of Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, the public obviously believes that the ideology of the people who serve as judges influences the way the law is interpreted.

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A FORMER FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER: THE WAR AGAINST SYRIA WAS PLANNED TWO YEARS BEFORE THE ARAB SPRING! ALAS!

A Former French Foreign Minister: The WAR against SYRIA Was Planned TWO YEARS Before the ARAB SPRING! Alas!
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Gearóid Ó Colmáin | Thursday, June 20, 2013, 18:19 Beijing

In an interview with the French TV station LCP, former French minister for Foreign Affairs Roland Dumas said:

‘’ I’m going to tell you something. I was in England two years before the violence in Syria on other business. I met with top British officials, who confessed to me that they were preparing something in Syria.

This was in Britain not in America. Britain was organizing an invasion of rebels into Syria. They even asked me, although I was no longer minister for foreign affairs, if I would like to participate.

Naturally, I refused, I said I’m French, that doesn’t interest me.’’

Dumas went on give the audience a quick lesson on the real reason for the war that has now claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.

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CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER HAPER LAUNCHES FIRST NATIONS TERMINATION PLAN

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Canada: Prime Minister Harper Launches First Nations “Termination Plan”

By Russell Diabo

Global Research, January 10, 2013

Socialist Project

Region: Canada

Theme: Law and Justice

On September 4th the Harper government clearly signaled its intention to:

1) Focus all its efforts to assimilate First Nations into the existing federal and provincial orders of government of Canada;

2) Terminate the constitutionally protected and internationally recognized Inherent, Aboriginal and Treaty rights of First Nations.

Termination in this context means the ending of First Nations pre-existing sovereign status through federal coercion of First Nations into Land Claims and Self-Government Final Agreements that convert First Nations into municipalities, their reserves into fee simple lands and extinguishment of their Inherent, Aboriginal and Treaty Rights.

To do this the Harper government announced three new policy measures:

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INCONVENIENT TRUTHS ABOUT ‘REAL EXISTING ‘ ZIONISM

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Inconvenient Truths about ‘Real Existing’ Zionism
Jacques Hersh

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Jacques Hersh is professor emeritus of Aalborg University, Denmark and former head of the Research Center on Development and International Relations there.

The celebrations on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel brought forth mixed feelings for those of us who survived the Holocaust. The reason for this ambivalence is that, while the survivors of the Nazi genocide celebrated the creation of a Jewish state in 1948, few were aware at the time of the human costs and injustices that had been, were being, and would be perpetrated against Palestinian Arabs in our name. The slogan “Never Again,” which was the dominating thought in the Jewish psyche in those years, was mostly concerned with the fate of European Jews.

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GENOCIDE IN NORTH AMERICA–TODAY: WBAI NEW YORK INTERVIEWS WITH DOUG HENWOOD AND TIOKASIN GHOSTHORSE

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Economics and Politics: Interview WBAI 2-15-98 with Doug Henwood
Economics and Politics INTERVIEW WBAI 2/15/98
(Doug Henwood and Jim Craven)

DH: There was a court decision in Canada last December in British Columbia where the Canadian court decided that Indian claims to property in BC were actually well grounded and that this may have a substantial effect in Canada about who owns what. A lot of these disputed lands are rich in resources, so this is not mere matter of landscape, it’s also a matter of big money.

Jim, before we get going, just a word on nomenclature. I’ve been saying “American Indians” all along, and I know a lot of folks prefer Native Americans, or the Canadians use First Nations, what’s the word on language here? Continue reading

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WHY SOCIALISM? ALBERT EINSTEIN

FROM MONTHLY REVIEW

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Why Socialism?
Albert Einstein

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Albert Einstein is the world-famous physicist. This article was originally published in the first issue of Monthly Review (May 1949). It was subsequently published in May 1998 to commemorate the first issue of MR‘s fiftieth year.
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Einstein Letter Warning Of Zionist Facism In Israel: Letter That Albert Einstein Sent to the New York Times 1948, Protesting the Visit of Menachem Begin 

Einstein Letter Warning Of Zionist Facism In Israel: Letter That Albert Einstein Sent to the New York Times 1948, Protesting the Visit of Menachem Begin

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Letters to the Editor
New York Times
December 4, 1948

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TO THE EDITORS OF THE NEW YORK TIMES:

Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our times is the emergence in the newly created state of Israel of the “Freedom Party” (Tnuat Haherut), a political party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties. It was formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a terrorist, right-wing, chauvinist organization in Palestine. Continue reading

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FIVE WAYS TO STOP NSA FROM SPYING ON YOU

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Five ways to stop the NSA from spying on you
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If recent reports are to be believed, the National Security Agency has broad powers to capture private information about Americans. They know who we’re calling, they have access to our Gmail messages and AOL Instant Messenger chats, and it’s a safe bet that they have other interception capabilities that haven’t been publicly disclosed. Indeed, most mainstream communications technologies are vulnerable to government eavesdropping.

But all is not lost! The NSA’s spying powers are vast, but there are still ways to thwart the agency’s snooping. Here are five of them. Continue reading

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MASS SURVEILLANCE IN USA: A TIMELINE OF LOOSENING LAWS, PRACTICES…FASCISM?

Mass Surveillance in USA, A Timeline of Loosening Laws, Practices, …: Fascism?
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Cora Currier, Justin Elliott, Theodoric Meyer/The 4th Media News | Monday, June 10, 2013, 6:17 Beijing

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On Wednesday, the Guardian published a secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over data for all the calls made on its network on an “ongoing, daily basis.”Other revelations about surveillance of phone and digital communications have followed.

That the National Security Agency has engaged in such activity isn’t entirely new: Since 9/11, we’ve learned about large-scale surveillance by the spy agency from a patchwork of official statements, classified documents, and anonymously sourced news stories. Continue reading

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DANIEL ELLSBERG: EDWARD SNOWDEN IS A HERO AND WE NEED MORE WHISTLEBLOWERS

Daniel Ellsberg: Edward Snowden Is a Hero and We Need More Whistleblowers
by Daniel Ellsberg Jun 10, 2013 7:12 AM EDT

FROM: THE DAILY BEAST

Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, says that the machinery of our democratic government is broken—and we need whistleblowers like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden to inspire Americans to fight back against this invasion of privacy.

I’m just back home from the first day of the Bradley Manning trial, and a rally for him on Saturday. I think there has not been a more significant or helpful leak or unauthorized disclosure in American history ever than what Edward Snowden shared with the Guardian about the NSA—and that definitely includes the Pentagon Papers.

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