One federal prosecutor - an Assistant U.S. Attorney - doing her job could shut this whole thing down. Those prosecutors are sworn to uphold the Constitution, and sworn to protect citizens from criminals by enforcing the laws evenly and consistently. They can empanel grand juries, seek indictments, issue subpoenas, move for contempt of court citations, supersede indictments with new charges... remember, all of these high-powered tools are deployed hundreds of times a day in America ("land of the free," or used to be anyhow).
The funny thing is, these high-powered tools are mostly deployed against people voluntarily selling drugs to each other - victimless crimes. And they're disproportionately deployed against minority groups: read "black people, and Mexicans too" instead of "minority groups," and you'll be pretty close to the truth.
Anyway, federal prosecutors have almost limitless power to enforce the law. They have the U.S. Marshalls at their beck and call, they can suborn resources from just about any state or local law enforcement organization in the country. They can force overseas entities to cooperate, or face criminal charges themselves. They can demand documents, threaten indictments against family members, jack up charges to put defendants' entire lives at risk if they go to trial and lose. They can force people to change their stories or go to prison for decades, to testify against their friends, to betray their families, to lie under oath just so the prosecutor approves of what they say. They do this every day, day after day, in the country they serve. It's called "the rule of law" - American style, anyhow.
So why on God's green Earth can't a SINGLE federal prosecutor grow a backbone and indict a SINGLE NSA employee for breaking federal statutes - felonies - hundreds, or thousands, or most likely millions of times per year? Not ONE indictment? Not one single person actually held accountable by, you know, the laws: courts, prisons, police... that sort of thing.
If that country were functional - which it isn't, clearly - Alexander the Geek and James 'pantsonfire' Clapper would be named as kingpins in a criminal RICO indictment going after hundreds - or thousands - of NSA co-conspirators. Threaten a few of those "just doing my job" fascism facilitators with a decade or three in prison, and they'll roll on Clapper and his lying co-conspirators: and when they roll, the truth will come out. ALL of the truth, not just what Snowden could grab on his way out the door (before the US chased him around the globe for daring to speak that partial truth).
Once the minions started rolling, and the truth started coming out, we'd see what these clown-suited jackbooters have really been up to: spending billions of dollars of our money (secretly), building massive surveillance systems (secretly), targeting anyone who dared expose them for the frauds they are. This is how we do it with drug organizations and Mafia families, right? They have sort of a "secrecy" fetish, too - but the AUSAs of this country do juuuuust fine getting past that. Every. Single. Day.
The fact that not a SINGLE prosecution will result from the disclosure of criminal behavior on a national, multi-billion dollar scale - except for Snowden being prosecuted for blowing the whistle on it, "naturally" - is a disgusting, nauseating, astonishing disgrace. It shows that the country has fractured, and is now governed not by law but by access to power, or money - same thing. "All power flows from the barrel of a gun," Mao observed - and Alexander apparently has enough guns that nobody has the balls to actually apply the law to him.
Like, you know, how they apply the law to young black men who get caught "conspiring" to sell a couple of rocks of crack to someone on the street corner... and go to prison for a couple of decades. That kind of "rule of law" - the American kind.
It is absolutely unacceptable - disgraceful, laughable, in-conceivable - that these criminals will walk away scott free, leaving their country in a shambles. Nope, not possible. One RICO case - or a couple of dozen - will be a good start. Every AUSA that doesn't pursue these cases should be hounded into an early resignation: they clearly don't give a shit for "the rule of law," or the constitution of this country, or their oath to uphold both. And, as such, are unqualified to hold the job - and draw the fat, taxpayer-funded paycheck they do (plus vacation, and retirement, and car allowance, and dental, and medical, and and and...). Resign - and let someone be appointed who doesn't lick boots for a living.
There's hundreds of them, these AUSAs. They style themselves "courageous," "uncompromising," "honourable," and the whole ball of yarn. Excellent - prove it. The NSA's criminal activity touches every corner of that country (and, indeed, the world): every state, every city, every neighbourhood. So every federal prosecutor has jurisdiction.
For the two million plus American rotting in prison right now, whilst Clapper lies to Congress and walks home to collect his taxpayer money for doing so, this is reason enough to riot until the fences fall: they're subject to "the law," but the thousands of admitted, verified, documented criminals at the NSA aren't... because they like keeping secrets? Bullshit. Bull-steaming-shit. The tools are there to put those totalitarian twits in prison for life. The laws exist. The courts exits. And there's certainly enough prisons in America to hold every Dog-damned one of them (might have to let a few pot smokers loose to make bunk space... oh, well). So what's the holdup?
That's where the pressure should be. Americans should be calling their prosecutors at their cush offices, demanding they enforce the law. Americans should be picketing their nice homes in nice neighbourhoods - paid for with taxpayer dollars, borrowed from future generations of Americans and stolen from the First Nations - demanding they do their jobs. Americans should be in front of every federal courthouse in the nation, demanding the courts apply the laws to these peeping-Tom perverts with just as much aggression as it's applied to some Mexican kid walking across the desert without the right paperwork in his hands.
Until it is, this country is not a civilization. It's a barbarian state - where those who have more gun barrels do whatever the hell they want, and those without risk life in prison if they fail to toe the line. Stalin would appreciate the dynamic, very well. Mao. Goering. Tito. They all operated along the same logical pathway: I have power, therefore I can do what I want and others who oppose me will suffer.
America - were it not sick, and corrupted, and drugged by decades of comsumerist gluttony - would grind to a halt as Americans demanded the rule of law be reinstated, and retained for future generations. The fact that America rolls on - eating Big Macs and jacking up the Earth's temperature a few more degrees every year along the way - says all that needs to be said: a once great nation, fallen to mere parody of itself.
One federal prosecutor with a backbone, just one. Where is she?
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