Above the Law
Absolute power corrupts absolutely
It is now almost five years since the world's financial system was brought to its knees and had to be bailed out by taxpayers at a cost of billions. Millions of people lost their jobs or suffered from lower living standards because of the recession brought on by the financial collapse. Yet almost no bankers have faced legal sanctions for their part in precipitating the crisis.
Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase, Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, John Mack of Morgan Stanley, Brian Moynihan of Bank of America Corp. at a hearing on Capitol Hill on January 13, 2010.
Of what avail are any laws, where money rules alone, where Poverty can never win its cases? Detractors of the times, who bear the Cynic's scrip, are known to often sell the truth, and keep their faces! So Justice is at public auction bought, the knight gives judgement as Gold says he ought.
The judiciary is an oligarchic elite as well, and not even an elected one. It is accountable to no one but itself.
Obama convenes a National Security Council, March 2014
As used in this directive, "covert operations" shall be understood to be all activities conducted pursuant to this directive which are so planned and executed that any U.S. Government responsibility for them is not evident to unauthorized persons and that if uncovered the U.S. Government can plausibly disclaim any responsibility for them. Specifically, such operations shall include any covert activities related to: propaganda; political action; economic warfare; preventive direct action, including sabotage, anti-sabotage, demolition; escape and evasion and evacuation measures; subversion against hostile states or groups including assistance to underground resistance movements, guerrillas and refugee liberation groups; support of indigenous and anti-communist elements in threatened countries of the free world; deception plans and operations; and all activities compatible with this directive necessary to accomplish the foregoing. Such operations shall not include: armed conflict by recognized military forces, espionage and counterespionage, nor cover and deception for military operations.
Under what law or logic, then, will U.S. officials claim the right to bomb? They will invoke the same law and logic that every bully who has ever preyed on the weak invokes: the rule of force. Forget about Sunday school lessons that "might does not make right" or international law--from the U.S. perspective... force rules.
This is a vision of the world in which might makes right -- a world in which one nation's borders can be redrawn by another, and civilized people are not allowed to recover the remains of their loved ones because of the truth that might be revealed. America stands for something different. We believe that right makes might -- that bigger nations should not be able to bully smaller ones, and that people should be able to choose their own future.
Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms? The band itself is made up of men; it is ruled by the authority of a prince, it is knit together by the pact of the confederacy; the booty is divided by the law agreed on. If, by the admittance of abandoned men, this evil increases to such a degree that it holds places, fixes abodes, takes possession of cities, and subdues peoples, it assumes the more plainly the name of a kingdom, because the reality is now manifestly conferred on it, not by the removal of covetousness, but by the addition of impunity. Indeed, that was an apt and true reply which was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride, 'What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor.'