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PRINCIPLES OF JUSTICE?
Nine Obama Pardons Mock Equity and Justice
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Obama engaged in holiday season political grandstanding for people he neither knew of or cared about. Why not pardon innocent political prisoners? What are his principles?
After the annual Thanksgiving Day turkey "pardoning" travesty, Obama granted nine executive pardons, a December 3 White House press release announcing them by name, date of sentencing, and offense committed.
They date from Russell James Dixon's June 23, 1960 two years probation for a felony liquor law violation to Scoey Lathaniel Morris' May 21, 1999 three years probation and $1,200 restitution for passing counterfeit obligations or securities.
The others were for:
They involve gross criminal injustice, falsely imprisoning innocent people, some for murders they didn't commit, hundreds of others for political advantage, and two or more times involving human rights lawyers for defending unpopular clients too vigorously. Prominent examples are listed below.
On December 3, New York Times writer Charlie Savage headlined, "In a First for Obama, Nine Pardons Are Granted," saying:
White House spokesman Reid Cherlin said:
In fact, he engaged in holiday season political grandstanding for people he neither knew of or cared about, compared to responsible action not taken. Previously he denied hundreds of commutation petitions and dozens requesting pardons, many for deserving victims. Why these now are unrelated to justice, what this or most past executives never considered.
Dozens of previous articles addressed wrongfully imprisoned victims, mostly men, several women, and two human rights lawyers - Lynne Stewart and Paul Bergrin. Both defended unpopular clients too vigorously. As a result, they were targeted and railroaded for doing their job honorably, heroically, and effectively. Mumia Abu-Jamal was falsely sentenced to death for a 1981 murder he didn't commit. He remains on death row.
In 1977, Leonard Peltier, an innocent man, got two life sentences for the deaths of two FBI agents during a 1975 Pine Ridge Indian Reservation incident.
Sami Al-Arian, a prominent Muslim scholar/activist, was targeted for supporting equity and justice for oppressed Palestinians and other democratic value/social justice issues.
Ramsey Muniz, a prominent Latino activist, was framed on bogus drug charges, given life without parole in 1994.
Oscar Lopez Rivera was imprisoned for supporting Puerto Rican independence, sentenced to 70 years in 1981.
A memorable line from Joseph Heller's "Catch-22" explains much, saying:
In other words, guilty by accusation, jurors intimidated to convict, justice always denied.
Most false imprisonments targeted Muslims for their faith, ethnicity, prominence, political activism, and/or charity - for political advantage to incite fear, maintain war on terror hysteria, and enlist popular support for imperial adventurism, rampaging out-of-control globally and increasingly at home repressively against anyone challenging state policy.
Other false imprisonments victimized environmental, animal rights, Black, Latino, and other civil and human rights activists.
All are innocent. None guilty. None should be imprisoned. All should be unconditionally pardoned with public apologies and full restitution. Some deserve Presidential Medal of Freedom or other honors, not hard prison time, often involving long-term isolation and grotesque abuses, including torture, rape, and other forms of mistreatment.
In contrast, nearly always, undeserving notables get presidential honors, most recently on November 17. In a White House ceremony, 15 Medals of Freedom were awarded to:
Except for perhaps Mendez and Angelou, none deserve Medal of Freedom honoring, the nation's highest civilian award, recognizing individuals who've made:
Waging war, making billions, selling out workers, ill governing, dunking basketballs or hitting home runs hardly qualify, unlike a lifetime commitment to democratic values, universal equity and social justice.
US governments flaunt these principles at home and abroad, including wrongfully imprisoning innocent victims while, at the same time, honoring some of our worst and undeserving - a record of shame and disgrace, Obama perpetuating it, mocking justice by his December 3 pardons and Medal of Freedom awards.
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