Paul Craig Roberts
America’s reputation as “the land of the free” is rooted in the Anglo-Saxon legal and political tradition, not in diversity and multiculturalism. Law as a shield of the people instead of a weapon in the hands of rulers is a British achievement that Britain’s American colonies inherited. It was the accomplishment of a specific ethnicity known as Anglo-Saxon. Bringing rulers to the same accountability to law as the lowest peasant was a centuries-long process beginning with Alfred the Great in the 9th century and culminating in the Glorious Revolution of 1680.
In this legal tradition law is based in the customs and mores of the people, not on edicts issued from rulers, government bureaucrats, regulatory agencies, and activist judges. Obviously, this conveys an ethnic basis to law. A Tower of Babel–the fate of all diminishing white countries today–has no common customs and mores and no basis for law other than rulers’ edicts enforced by power.
Throughout the Western World today the people have lost the protection of law as a shield and suffer under rulers who wield law as a weapon. In the United States today demonstrators and rally attendees are turned into “insurrectionists” and sentenced to prison. Even US President Donald Trump is being subjected to four fake felony prosecutions in order to prevent him from being elected president.
During my youth law was seen as a shield of our rights, not as a weapon to be used against us. US Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland explained in 1934 that the purpose of law was to discover innocence or guilt, not to dispose of an enemy:
“The United States Attorney is the representative not of an ordinary party to a controversy, but of a sovereignty whose obligation to govern impartially is as compelling as its obligation to govern at all; and whose interest, therefore, in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done. As such, he is in a peculiar and very definite sense the servant of the law, the twofold aim of which is that guilt shall not escape or innocent suffer. He may prosecute with earnestness and vigor–and indeed, he should do so. But, while he may strike hard blows, he is not at liberty to strike foul ones. It is as much his duty to refrain from improper methods calculated to produce a wrongful conviction as it is to use every legitimate means to bring about a just one.”
US Attorney General and Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson saw it the same way:
“Any prosecutor who risks his day-to-day professional name for fair dealing to build up statistics for success has a perverted sense of practical values, as well as defects of character. . . . A sensitiveness to fair play is perhaps the best protection against the abuse of power, and the citizen’s safety lies in the prosecutor who tempers zeal with human kindness, who seeks truth and not victims, who serves the law and not factional purposes, and who approaches his task with humility.”
In 1940 Jackson said that unethical prosecutors are a threat to justice because of the danger that the prosecutor
“will pick people that he thinks he should get, rather than pick cases that need to be prosecuted. With the law books filled with a great assortment of crimes, a prosecutor stands a fair chance of finding at least a technical violation of some act on the part of almost anyone. In such a case, it is not a question of discovering the commission of a crime and then looking for the man who has committed it, it is a question of picking the man and then searching the law books, or putting investigators to work, to pin some offense on him. It is in this realm–in which the prosecutor picks some person whom he dislikes or desires to embarrass, or selects some group of unpopular persons and then looks for an offense, that the greatest danger of abuse of prosecuting power lies. It is here that law enforcement becomes personal, and the real crime becomes that of being unpopular with the predominant or governing group, being attached to the wrong political view, or being personally obnoxious, or in the way of the prosecutor himself.
Robert Jackson’s 83-year old description of unethical prosecution precisely describes all of the “investigations,” impeachments, and indictments of President Trump that have been ongoing since 2016 for 8 years and show no sign of abating. The prosecutions of Trump are clearly prosecutions for the purpose of getting rid of a leader who presumes to challenge the ruling establishment. The prosecutions of Trump underline the termination in the US of the impartial rule of law.
Today try to find in the US a prosecutor as defined by Sutherland and Jackson. Try to find a prosecutor who has any interest in justice. They are only interested in coerced plea bargains in order to build their conviction rate and run for higher office on their name recognition. If you dare to go to trial, exculpatory evidence is withheld and prosecutors bribe witnesses to testify against you. The judge is angry because you are adding to his case load. High profile targets such as Michael Milken, Leona Helmsley, Martha Stewart, Donald Trump are favorites even when there is no personal animosity of the prosecutor against them. When the prosecution is driven by animosity, as it is in Trump’s case, it signifies the legal system’s acceptance of law as a weapon, not as an instrument of justice.
Try to find a honest prosecutor or judge prosecuting Trump supporters and sentencing them to tens of years of imprisonment for attending a political rally. Unarmed people conducted by police on a tour inside the capital, as the videos released by the House Speaker show, are tried as “insurrectionists” attempting to overthrow the government and establish a “Trump coup.” The use of law as a weapon by the Biden Regime has sent 1,000 American patriots to prison on this false charge. Law schools don’t protest, Bar Associations don’t protest. The judiciary aids the false convictions. The Congress does nothing. The media eggs on the false prosecutions.
Every one of these prosecutors and judges are abusing power for the sake of factional politics. If you don’t know what factional politics is, look it up. It was defined by our Founding Fathers. They feared it would destroy democracy and the rule of law.
In my book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions published 23 years ago, I pointed out that “law and order conservatives” enabled government to set aside protective aspects of law in order to easier and more certainly convict the Mafia, drug users, child abusers–whoever the target was at the specific time. I said that the law that is set aside in the interest of easier conviction is also set aside for the rest of us who are not Mafia, drug and child abusers, and that this conversion of law into a weapon would destroy nine centuries of Anglo-Saxon accomplishment in shielding people from arbitrary prosecution by rulers.
This has now happened. The British who created civil liberty and the Americans who inherited it have lost the protection of law.
“Law and order conservatives” determined to incarcerate criminals, “patriotic conservatives” anxious to protect “national security” from “the Muslim threat,” and woke ideologues determined to demonize and even criminalize white people as racists, while overrunning the ethnic basis of their countries with immigrant-invaders, together brought about the destruction of law as a shield of the people.
One can understand the frustration of Americans when criminals escape justice and when the country’s security seems to be undermined by treason. But when Americans accepted asset forfeiture laws in order to more easily convict criminals and accepted Presidents Bush and Obama’s claims that the “terrorist threat” justified suspending habeas corpus and due process, they forgot Sir Thomas More’s warning. In A Man for All Seasons, Sir Thomas More, Chancellor of England, asks his critic, who is urging him to disregard the protective features of law in order to better pursue wrongdoing, what will happen to the innocent if the law is cut down? When the law turns on us, Sir Thomas asks, “where will we stand?” This is the question President Trump’s lawyers are pondering, and the question applies to everyone of us. If a President of the United States can be ruined because a couple of blacks in positions of power for which they are unqualified hate Trump, what protection does law afford the rest of us?
You can see the lawlessness everywhere in the US and its Western puppet states. A British journalist was arrested for exposing the despicable Trudeau applauding a member of the Nazi SS. https://sputnikglobe.com/20230926/uk-journo-arrested-for-malinformation-after-exposing-trudeau-applauding-nazi-1113677702.html
American parents are arrested, even beaten, for protesting at school board meetings that their kids are being brainwashed that they are racists and their daughters are being sexually assaulted in rest rooms by males claiming to be transgendered females despite still having the male sexual apparatus and lusts. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/loudoun-county-father-school-cover-up-bathroom-assault-daughter
Think about Seth Rich’s murder on the street in Washington D.C. Seth Rich is the person who is believed to have leaked the Hillary Clinton emails documenting her participation in criminal activity about which nothing was done. Seth Rich was found dead on a Washington D.C. street, allegedly, according to the Democrat D.C. police, a victim of a robbery. Nothing was missing from Rich, not his wallet, not his credit cards, not his cell phone. Some robbery. His murder has never been investigated and never will be. A corrupt Democrat “police force” has declared a robbery when there is zero evidence of a robbery. An unsolved and non-investigated murder remains.
Instead of investigating a murder, Trump and Trump rally attendees are being framed and incarcerated on false charges. It is obvious that the US “Justice” Department has weaponized law. The US Attorney General is serving neither law nor justice. He is serving factional politics. He is a disgrace to law. The fact that a person devoid of integrity is Attorney General of the United States is all the evidence required to know that the rule of law in America is stone dead.
William Blackstone wrote that weaponized law is tyranny and that when executive power weaponizes law, it is incumbent upon Parliament to impeach and punish the conduct of the government’s “evil and pernicious counselors.” The US Congress has taken no such steps, which means the legislature has abdicated its responsibility and assented to the establishment of tyranny.
The Empire of Lies has deep-sixed William Blackstone’s “rights of Englishmen” embodied in the US Constitution as the Bill of Rights.
The United States and the Western world have become a tyranny. This is an unavoidable conclusion.
There is no “the one” as in the movie The Matrix or “V” as in the movie V for Vendetta to rescue us from tyranny. How are we going to escape the tyranny that has descended upon us now that law is weaponized? The Democrats’ indictments of Trump are no different than Stalin’s indictments of Nikolai Bukharin and the Bolsheviks who made the revolution as capitalist spies.
In the framework of Identity Politics imposed on us by liberals and the Democrat Party, the inculcation of hate is the most important element. Hate is inconsistent with objective law. There can be no hope for a rule of law until Identity Politics is purged and unity among the people restored.
Note: Robert Jackson himself descended to the use of law as a weapon in his role as chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials. See: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/08/11/tyranny-at-nuremberg/
The FBI’s activities were publicly revealed in a letter Wednesday from Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee to Attorney General Merrick Garland . The specifics of the FBI’s investigations were disclosed to lawmakers by whistleblowers.
Garland directed the FBI and the Department of Justice to form a joint task force in October 2021 to investigate threats against school board members after the National School Boards Association asked the Biden administration in a September 2021 letter to investigate parents protesting at school board meetings as domestic terrorists under the Patriot Act.
Garland issued the memo forming the task force a week after the NSBA sent its letter. After public outcry, the association apologized for sending the letter and withdrew it as numerous state school board associations announced they were disassociating with the national organization.
Despite the NSBA's backtrack, Garland said the substance of the letter was still relevant and defended his memo in late October testimony to the House and Senate judiciary committees. In January, emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act showed that Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona had solicited the NSBA's letter to the administration.
"The information we have received shows how, as a direct result of your directive, federal law enforcement is using counterterrorism resources to investigate protected First Amendment activity," House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) wrote in the letter.
The representatives said the information shared by "brave whistle blowers" indicated that the FBI had opened investigations under a previously disclosed "threat tag" that categorized reported threats in "almost every region of the country and relating to all types of educational settings."
The letter cited three examples of incidents the FBI deemed worthy of an investigation.
In one example, the FBI interviewed a mother who had told her school board, "We're coming for you," after a tip told the FBI she was a threat due to her membership in the parent activist organization Moms for Liberty and because she owned a gun.
In another case, the FBI interviewed someone who had filed a tip alleging that a father who opposed mask mandates in schools "fit the profile of an insurrectionist" and likewise owned guns. The individual who filed the tip admitted under questioning that "they had 'no specific information or observations of ... any crime threats.'"
The final example cited by Jordan and Johnson was an FBI field office that opened an investigation into Republican elected officials in a state after a Democratic Party official filed a tip claiming that the Republicans had "incited violence" by "expressing displeasure with school districts' vaccine mandates."
"This whistleblower information is startling," Jordan and Johnson wrote. "Although FBI agents ultimately—and rightly—determined that these cases did not implicate federal criminal statutes, the agents still exerted their limited time and resources investigating these complaints. This valuable law-enforcement time could have been expended on real and pressing threats."