Our native American citizens lost their sovereign lands-----today, they are losing those newly designated sovereign lands now called RESERVATIONS. Those tribal lands gave TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY just as our American Revolution gave our US 99% WE THE PEOPLE our SOVEREIGNTY AND RIGHTS.
Below we see BOTH population groups AGAIN losing their sovereign rights. Those TRIBAL LANDS being taken by global banking 1% OLD WORLD KINGS-----at the same time our US sovereignty and lands are being taken by those same OLD WORLD KINGS.
So, national FAKE NEWS media is of course calling BOTH protesting groups fighting to be SOVEREIGN CITIZENS ---------SOVEREIGN CITIZEN TERRORISTS.
This is what we call an attack on sovereign citizens --this being WHITE AND BROWN 99% OF CITIZENS.
'Should pipeline protesters be treated as domestic terrorists?
Earlier this week a group of 84 members of Congress sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking if the department plans to pursue an investigation against protesters who sabotaged pipelines and equipment last year in an effort to block the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The letter also asks whether “attacks against the nation’s energy infrastructure” fall under the DOJ’s “understanding of 18 U.S.C. 2331(5)'.
'What is Tribal Sovereignty? - Native American, American ...
blog.nativepartnership.org/what-is-tribal-sovereignty For the federal government, U.S. tribal sovereignty means that Native American tribes are “domestic dependent nations” that exist within the boundaries of the U.S. and that they are wards of the U.S., even though they may operate and manage some internal tribal affairs. From the U.S. viewpoint, tribes do not exist as truly sovereign and independent nations'.
When REAGAN took right wing REPUBLICAN PARTY many 99% of WE THE RIGHT WING CITIZENS understood REAGAN was not a CONSERVATIVE and he was not a REPUBLICAN---REAGAN was a global banking 1% far-right wing NEO-LIBERAL/LAISSEZ FAIRE LIBERTARIAN. The right wing conservative 99% knew that meant extreme wealth for a few ---extreme poverty for 99% of people. So, the idea of SOVEREIGN CITIZENS on the right came with the MILITANT GROUPS-----our right wing tends towards VIOLENCE/WAR.
'They hate the US government, and they're multiplying: the ...
An explosion in activity by far-right militias since the 1980s. Today’s sovereign citizen movement can be traced in part to two popular Patriot ideologies: the Posse Comitatus movement, built around the theory that elected county sheriffs are the highest legitimate law officers, and the Freemen-on-the-Land movement,...'
'An armed, 65-year-old, self-described “sovereign citizen” was fatally shot in the head this week during what’s being described as a gunfight with local sheriff’s deputies in a suburb of Cleveland'.
This article does a good job discussing random actions of right wing people using militant methods to respond to global banking 1% ROBBER BARON CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA-----sacking and looting----raping and pillaging our US TREASURY. We notice these FRAUDULENT schemes mirror those being done by GLOBAL BANKING 5% FREEMASON/GREEK PLAYERS/POLS.
There is no mention of these MILANT SOVEREIGN CITIZENS being RACIST----or HATING RELIGIONS.
September 1, 2011
Sovereign Citizens A Growing Domestic Threat to Law Enforcement
By the FBI’s Counterterrorism Analysis Section
They could be dismissed as a nuisance, a loose network of individuals living in the United States who call themselves “sovereign citizens” and believe that federal, state, and local governments operate illegally. Some of their actions, although quirky, are not crimes. The offenses they do commit seem minor, including regularly false license plates, driver’s licenses, and even currency.
However, a closer look at sovereign citizens’ more severe crimes, from financial scams to impersonating or threatening law enforcement officials, gives reason for concern. If someone challenges (e.g., a standard traffic stop for false license plates) their ideology, the behavior of these sovereign-citizen extremists quickly can escalate to violence. Since 2000, lone-offender sovereign-citizen extremists have killed six law enforcement officers. In 2010, two Arkansas police officers stopped sovereign-citizen extremists Jerry Kane and his 16-year-old son Joseph during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 40. Joseph Kane jumped out of the vehicle and opened fire with an AK-47 assault rifle, killing both officers.
The sovereign-citizen threat likely will grow as the nationwide movement is fueled by the Internet, the economic downturn, and seminars held across the country that spread their ideology and show people how they can tap into funds and eliminate debt through fraudulent methods. As sovereign citizens’ numbers grow, so do the chances of contact with law enforcement and, thus, the risks that incidents will end in violence. Law enforcement and judicial officials must understand the sovereign-citizen movement, be able to identify indicators, and know how to protect themselves from the group’s threatening tactics.
Ideology and Motivation
The FBI considers sovereign-citizen extremists as comprising a domestic terrorist movement, which, scattered across the United States, has existed for decades, with well-known members, such as Terry Nichols, who helped plan the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, bombing. Sovereign citizens do not represent an anarchist group, nor are they a militia, although they sometimes use or buy illegal weapons. Rather, they operate as individuals without established leadership and only come together in loosely affiliated groups to train, help each other with paperwork, or socialize and talk about their ideology. They may refer to themselves as “constitutionalists” or “freemen,” which is not necessarily a connection to a specific group, but, rather, an indication that they are free from government control. They follow their own set of laws. While the philosophies and conspiracy theories can vary from person to person, their core beliefs are the same: The government operates outside of its jurisdiction. Because of this belief, they do not recognize federal, state, or local laws, policies, or regulations.
One prevalent sovereign-citizen theory is the Redemption Theory, which claims the U.S. government went bankrupt when it abandoned the gold standard basis for currency in 1933 and began using citizens as collateral in trade agreements with foreign governments. These beliefs can provide a gateway to illegal activity because such individuals believe the U.S. government does not act in the best interests of the American people. By announcing themselves as sovereign citizens, they are emancipated from the responsibilities of being a U.S. citizen, including paying taxes, possessing a state driver’s license, or obeying the law.
“The FBI considers sovereign-citizen extremists as comprising a domestic terrorist movement....”Illegal Activity
The Redemption Theory belief leads to their most prevalent method to defraud banks, credit institutions, and the U.S. government: the Redemption Scheme. Sovereign citizens believe that when the U.S. government removed itself from the gold standard, it rendered U.S. currency as a valueless credit note, exchanging one credit document (such as a dollar bill) for another. They assert that the U.S. government now uses citizens as collateral, issuing social security numbers and birth certificates to register people in trade agreements with other countries. Each citizen has a monetary net worth, which they believe is kept in a U.S. Treasury Direct account, valued from $630,000 to more than $3 million. These accounts, they claim, are in a third-party’s name, a “strawman,” that they can access, which they commonly refer to as “freeing money from the strawman.” In essence, it is extorting money from the U.S. Treasury Department. Sovereign citizens file legitimate IRS and Uniform Commercial Code forms for illegitimate purposes, believing that doing so correctly will compel the U.S. Treasury to fulfill its debts, such as credit card debts, taxes, and mortgages.
WHO INSTALLED AND ADVANCED THE LARGEST IN WORLD HISTORY SACKING AND LOOTING OF OUR US TREASURY BY CRIMINALITY AND CORRUPTION? NOT SOVEREIGN CITIZENS---THAT WOULD BE GLOBAL BANKING 1% KNIGHTS OF MALTA TRIBE OF JUDAH.
Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Oklahoma City.
At a minimum, these activities create a voluminous influx of documents that clog the courts and other government agencies. But, the idea behind the Redemption Theory also leads sovereign citizens to find criminal sources of income as they travel the country, teach fraudulent tactics to others for a fee, and participate in white collar crimes. The latter offenses include mail, bank, mortgage, and wire fraud; money laundering; tax violations; and illegal firearms sales and purchases.
At seminars, sovereign citizens charge participants a fee in exchange for information on Redemption Theory schemes and other methods to avoid paying taxes, sometimes even selling materials, such as CDs or DVDs. They also sell fraudulent documents—including drivers’ licenses, passports, diplomat identification, vehicle registrations, concealed firearms permits, law enforcement credentials, and insurance forms—to other sovereign citizens and illegal immigrants and charge fees for “consultant services” to prepare sovereign-citizen paperwork. Several recent incidents highlight their activities.
- In Sacramento, California, two sovereign-citizen extremists were convicted of running a fraudulent insurance scheme, operating a company completely outside of state insurance regulatory authorities. The men sold “lifetime memberships” to customers and promised to pay any accident claims against members. The company collected millions of dollars, but paid only small auto insurance claims and ignored large ones.
- In Kansas City, Missouri, three sovereign-citizen extremists were convicted in a phony diplomatic credential scandal. They charged customers between $450 and $2,000 for a diplomatic identification card that bestowed “sovereign status,” supposedly to enjoy diplomatic immunity from paying taxes and from stops and arrests by law enforcement.
- In Las Vegas, Nevada, four men affiliated with the sovereign-citizen-extremist movement were arrested by the Nevada Joint Terrorism Task Force on federal money laundering, tax evasion, and weapons charges. The undercover investigation revealed that two of the suspects allegedly laundered more than a million dollars and collected fees for their services.
One example of a white collar crime that escalated into a standoff includes a New Hampshire husband and wife convicted of federal income tax evasion, failure to honor federal payroll taxes, and other conspiracy fraud charges. Elaine A. and Edward L. Brown, both sovereign-citizen extremists in their 60s, never appeared at their 2007 trial or at sentencing. In protest, the Browns barricaded themselves in their home during the summer and fall of 2007, receiving supporters, issuing militant and threatening statements, and stockpiling weapons and explosives. They were charged with weapons offenses after their arrest in October 2007 when law enforcement discovered pipe bombs, improvised explosive devices made of gun powder cans with nails and screws taped to the outside, and a large cache of handguns and rifles that included .50-caliber rifles.
However, even when sovereign citizens go to prison for crimes, they continue criminal activity behind bars. Inmates provide a new population for them to sway to adopt the sovereign-citizen ideology; they then can train these inmates to help them defraud banks, credit institutions, and the U.S. government. They can create fraudulent businesses from inside prison walls and complete fraudulent financial documents to receive lines of credit from legitimate banks. The learning system goes both ways—inmates can teach sovereign citizens new criminal methods that they can use either from inside the prison or when they are released.
“It is important to realize sovereign citizens' tactics to harass and intimidate law enforcement, court, and government officials, as well as financial institution employees.”Sovereign citizens often produce documents that contain peculiar or out-of-place language. In some cases, they speak their own language or will write only in certain colors, such as in red crayon. Several indicators can help identify these individuals:
- References to the Bible, The Constitution of the United States, U.S. Supreme Court decisions, or treaties with foreign governments8
- Personal names spelled in all capital letters or interspersed with colons (e.g., JOHN SMITH or Smith: John)
- Signatures followed by the words “under duress,” “Sovereign Living Soul” (SLS), or a copyright symbol (©)
- Personal seals, stamps, or thumb prints in red ink
- The words “accepted for value”9
Intimidation, Obstruction, and Protection
It is important to realize sovereign citizens’ tactics to harass and intimidate law enforcement, court, and government officials, as well as financial institution employees. Methods can range from refusing to cooperate with requests, demanding an oath of office or proof of jurisdiction, filming interactions with law enforcement that they later post on the Internet, and filing frivolous lawsuits or liens against real property. They convene their own special courts that issue fake but realistic-looking indictments, warrants, and other documents. They also can use real government documents, including suspicious activity reports, in an attempt to damage the credit or financial history of specific individuals.
While these efforts may seem obviously fraudulent, it is important to address these actions, which can have devastating outcomes for the individuals they target. The sovereign citizens’ efforts also can be a gateway for them to harass, terrorize, and target others in hopes of changing behaviors that they perceive as threatening.
The Court Security Improvement Act of 2007 is one protection for officials who the sovereign citizens could target. The provisions under Title 18 created a new criminal offense for false liens against the real or personal property of officers or federal government employees, including judges and prosecutors. It also created as a new crime the disclosure of personal, identifying information to intimidate or incite violence against these individuals.
Although the sovereign-citizen movement does not always rise to violence, its members’ illegal activities and past violent—including fatal—incidents against law enforcement make it a group that should be approached with knowledge and caution. It is important that law enforcement be aware of sovereign citizens’ tactics so agencies can warn the public of potential scams, spot illegal activity and understand its potential severity, and be prepared for and protect against violent behavior or backlash through intimidation and harassment.
We want to make clear-----these right wing militant SOVEREIGN CITIZENS didn't just HATE GOVERNMENT----they hated the takeover of our sovereign US government by global banking 1% OLD WORLD KINGS KNIGHTS OF MALTA TRIBE OF JUDAH represented by REAGAN/CLINTON.
REAL LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVES like us at the same time---for the same reasons were fighting against REAGAN/CLINTON ---the difference is THE REAL LEFT is not violent or military while the right is militant. These RIGHT WING WHITE MILITANT GROUPS were not militant because of HATING A RACE---OR RELIGION---they were not militant because they thought WHITE PEOPLE were SUPREME-----like the NATIVE AMERICANS they were militant because the CAPTURED GOVERNMENT was filled with politicians with goals of KILLING the 99% US WE THE PEOPLE black, white, and brown.
NATIONAL FAKE NEWS MEDIA CORRUPTS THIS MOVEMENT BY CALLING IT 'WHITE SUPREMISTS'. THESE TERMS ARE USED TO CREATE POPULATION TENSIONS.
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REAL LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVES like protesters at XL PIPELINE and CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT MARYLAND are fighting the same thing---we just done get militant and we don't join in with the SACKING AND LOOTING but global banking 1%. BOING BOING media outlet is far-right wing global banking FAKE NEWS which is why these FAKE media are tying SOVEREIGN CITIZENS to HATING -------RACISTS or HATING RELIGIONS.
/ Cory Doctorow / 9:00 am Tue May 16, 2017
America's top cop-killing domestic terror threat is far-right "sovereign citizens" and militias
A 2014 survey of 175 US law enforcement agencies found that they ranked "sovereign citizens" as the top domestic terror threat, and with good reason: members of the heavily armed, white-supremacist-adjacent movement regularly kill cops during routine traffic stops and other interactions.
But Donald Trump's DHS will refocus its "countering violent extremism" (CVE) program to focus exclusively on radical Islam.
The sovereign citizen movement is part of a constellation of far-right groups that includes overt white-supremacists, militias, and other groups of "middle-aged white guys" who see "profound change and seeing that they have been left behind by the economic success of others and they want to return to a never-existent idyllic age when everyone was happy and everyone was white and everyone was self-sufficient."
The movement has been around for a long time, but it was supercharged by the waves of foreclosures as deregulated, bailed-out banks stole trillions of dollars' worth of Americans' homes in acts of overt fraud, and got away with it.
The movement is getting younger, and takes its cues from Alex Jones, a snake-oil peddler who uses conspiracy theories to sell millions' of dollars worth of nostrums like Infowars Life Silver Bullet Colloidal Silver, Infowars Life Brain Force Plus, Infowars Life Super Male Vitality, and Infowars Life Liver Shield.
In 2009, a man with white supremacist and anti-government views shot five police officers in Pittsburgh, three fatally.
In 2012, self-described sovereign citizens shot four sheriff’s deputies, two fatally, in St John the Baptist, a Louisiana parish.
In 2014, two Las Vegas police officers eating lunch were killed by a husband-and-wife pair inspired by the Patriot movement; the couple were killed by police before following through on their plan to take over a courthouse to execute public officials.
The same year, survivalist Eric Frein ambushed a Pennsylvania state police barracks, assassinating one state trooper and wounding another, then led law enforcement on a 48-day manhunt.
In 2016, a marine veteran-turned-sovereign citizen killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge and wounded three others.
REAGAN/CLINTON brought about ROBBER BARON few decades----it brought SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE jailing an amazing percentage of US 99% black, white, and brown citizens. These few decades of global banking 1% creating FAILED STATES----using OPIUM WAR against US 99% WE THE PEOPLE has felt like global banking DECLARING WAR. Indeed, that is what CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA was----bringing US down to colonial status and making it a TRIBUTE STATE----exporting for profit all our natural resources.
We do NOT CONDONE violence by ANYONE and certainly not citizen groups trying to fight massive criminality and repression coming from CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA.
Again, here is an example where a few people calling themselves SOVEREIGN CITIZENS randomly create violence. Now was aimed at a CHURCH-----could be PROTESTANT/CATHOLIC ------at the same time random violence can aimed at JEWISH SYNOGOGUES or a BLACK CHURCH.
'In 2012, self-described sovereign citizens shot four sheriff’s deputies, two fatally, in St John the Baptist, a Louisiana parish'.
We try as hard as we can to maintain the definition of ACTIONS called RACIST or ANTI-SEMETIC----or ANTI-MUSLIM as HATE CRIMES.
Below we see another group identifying as SOVEREIGN CITIZENS---this is MOORISH ---BLACK FREEMASONRY which without coincidence grew into action during CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA. They say as that white sovereign citizen group ---if our US GOVERNMENT is allowed to SUSPEND all US RULE OF LAW and attack US 99% WE THE PEOPLE wealth, assets, and employment----leaving no avenue of JUSTICE-----then we will suspend our OBLIGATIONS.
If we look closely at each of these right wing sovereign citizens' groups we will see they are both FREEMASONRY and working for global banking 1% as CIVIL UNREST CIVIL WAR.
These are black citizens victimized by global banking 1% ROBBER BARON few decades forced to live in FAILED STATE economy embracing global banking disregard of US RULE OF LAW and CIVIL/CRIMINAL COURT ACCESS FOR JUSTICE
'Most sovereign citizens are still white, but in a number of cities with large African-American populations such as Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and others, African-Americans now comprise the majority of sovereign citizens'.
Extremism, Terrorism & Bigotry
The Washitaw Nation and Moorish Sovereign Citizens: What You Need to Know
- Mark Pitcavage
- July 18, 2016
After authorities identified Gavin Eugene Long as the man who shot and killed three police officers from Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge on July 17, unconfirmed media reports claimed that Long (who also used the name Cosmo Setepenra) had connections with the anti-government extremist sovereign citizen movement.
Sovereign citizens believe that a conspiracy subverted and replaced the original U.S. government with an illegitimate “de facto” government, but that people can take steps to divorce themselves from the illegitimate government, after which its laws, taxes, regulations and courts have no more authority over them.
These rumors were soon confirmed—though it is clear that Long’s beliefs also extend far beyond the sovereign citizen movement into other areas as well—with the Kansas City Star unearthing sovereign citizen documents filed by Long that indicated an affiliation with the “Washitaw Nation,” one of many concepts associated with the so-called “Moorish movement,” or “Moorish sovereign movement,” an offshoot of the sovereign citizen movement that combines longstanding sovereign citizen beliefs and tactics with some newer, primarily Afrocentric notions.
Moorish sovereign citizens emerged in the mid-1990s on the East Coast when some people began to merge sovereign citizen ideas with some of the beliefs of the Moorish Science Temple, a religious sect dating back to 1913. As sovereign citizen notions attracted more Moorish Science Temple adherents, the Moorish sovereign movement was born. While still retaining most “traditional” sovereign citizen pseudo-historical and pseudo-legal theories, Moorish sovereigns added new ideas, including the notion that African-Americans had special rights because of a 1780s treaty with Morocco, as well as the belief that African-Americans were descended from African “Moors”—and often as well the belief that African-Americans were also a people indigenous to the Americas.
Through the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Moorish sovereign citizen movement grew, generating a large number of groups and gurus to promote Moorish sovereign ideas, it also absorbed other black sovereign groups that had begun independently. The most important of these was the Washitaw Nation, which began in the mid-1990s in Louisiana, started by the “Empress” Verdiacee “Tiara” Washitaw-Turner Goston El-Bey, who claimed to head the Washitaw Empire. Washitaw Nation adherents claimed to be descended from the ancient mound-builders of the Mississippi-Missouri Valley and to actually own the Louisiana Purchase.
After the “Empress” retired, the original Washitaw group fell apart, replaced with a variety of different groups and individuals taking up the “Washitaw Nation” mantle. So today there is not just one “Washitaw Nation,” but many, making it one of the most important wings of the Moorish sovereign citizen movement.
Since 2009, the sovereign citizen movement has experienced a major resurgence, including among African-Americans. Both Moorish and non-Moorish sovereign citizen ideas have spread rapidly within the African-American community, aided by social media websites such as YouTube and Facebook. Moorish and non-Moorish sovereign ideas alike have also spread in prisons and jails across the country.
Most sovereign citizens are still white, but in a number of cities with large African-American populations such as Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and others, African-Americans now comprise the majority of sovereign citizens.
Moorish sovereign citizens can today be found in any area with a substantial African-American population.
Key Attributes of the Moorish Sovereign Citizen Movement
- Moorish sovereign citizens engage in the same criminal activities as “traditional” sovereign citizens do, including crimes of violence (including against police); scams and frauds; and so-called “paper terrorism” tactics, which typically involves the use of various documents and filings to harass, intimidate and retaliate against police officers, public officials, and others.
- There is still much overlap between the Moorish sovereign citizen movement and the Moorish Science Temple (one reason many Moorish sovereigns add the words –El or –Bey to their names), but not all Moorish Science Temple adherents are sovereign citizens and some vocally oppose sovereign beliefs.
- There are also African-American sovereign citizens who do not adopt specifically Moorish sovereign beliefs but only “traditional” sovereign citizen notions.
- Many Moorish sovereign citizens also promote various Afrocentric “New Age” beliefs and concepts.
- Though the Moorish sovereign movement is primarily African-American in composition, there are a few white people associated with Moorish groups. Moreover, Moorish sovereign citizens are not necessarily black separatists nor necessarily connected with other black extremist groups (though there is a small amount of overlap).
- Like traditional sovereign citizens, Moorish sovereign citizens are heavily reliant upon sovereign “gurus,” who come up with and promote the movement’s ideas and tactics. Some prominent Moorish sovereign gurus include Taj Tarik Bey; Abdul Ali Muhammad Bey; Queen Vallahra Renita EL Harre,Bey; Irving “Hendo” Henderson; and Washitaw Nation figures Wendy Farica Washitaw and Fredrix “Joe” Washington (granddaughter and son of the “Empress” Verdiacee), among others. Many Moorish sovereign citizens may also follow “traditional” sovereign gurus; of these, David-Wynn Miller seems to be rather influential among some Moorish sovereigns.
SOVEREIGN CITIZENS have morphed over 300 years as too what CAUSE for which they fight. BROWN as in NATIVE AMERICANS----WHITE as in our US MAJORITY citizens being hit by ROBBER BARON frauds of today-----and BLACK as US city citizens angry about being forced to live in FAILED STATES/having avenue of justice.
We discuss often that when people have no access to justice against crimes of property or wealth---they revert to EYE FOR AN EYE------that is what our US COURT SYSTEM was developed to avoid and it was DISMANTLED during CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA. This is why there is an UPTICK in SOVEREIGN CITIZENS MOVEMENTS.
This is not about RACISM---or HATING CREEDS----it is about extreme wealth and power by a few killing opportunity, freedom, liberty, justice of US 99% WE THE PEOPLE black, white, and brown.
The Real Story Of How 'Untouchable' Wall Street Execs Avoided Prosecution
Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian Jan 23, 2013, 11:11 AM
PBS' Frontline program on Tuesday night broadcast a new one-hour report on one of the greatest and most shameful failings of the Obama administration: the lack of even a single arrest or prosecution of any senior Wall Street banker for the systemic fraud that precipitated the 2008 financial crisis — a crisis from which millions of people around the world are still suffering.What this program particularly demonstrated was that the Obama justice department, in particular the Chief of its Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer, never even tried to hold the high-level criminals accountable.
What Obama justice officials did instead is exactly what they did in the face of high-level Bush era crimes of torture and warrantless eavesdropping: Namely, acted to protect the most powerful factions in the society in the face of overwhelming evidence of serious criminality. Indeed, financial elites were not only vested with impunity for their fraud, but thrived as a result of it, even as ordinary Americans continue to suffer the effects of that crisis.
Worst of all, Obama justice officials both shielded and feted these Wall Street oligarchs (who, just by the way, overwhelmingly supported Obama's 2008 presidential campaign) as they simultaneously prosecuted and imprisoned powerless Americans for far more trivial transgressions.
As Harvard law professor Larry Lessig put it two weeks ago when expressing anger over the DOJ's persecution of Aaron Swartz: "we live in a world where the architects of the financial crisis regularly dine at the White House." (Indeed, as "The Untouchables" put it: While no senior Wall Street executives have been prosecuted, "many small mortgage brokers, loan appraisers and even home buyers" have been).
As I documented at length in my 2011 book on America's two-tiered justice system, "With Liberty and Justice for Some," the evidence that felonies were committed by Wall Street is overwhelming. That evidence directly negates the primary excuse by Breuer (previously offered by Obama himself) that the bad acts of Wall Street were not criminal.
WE EMPHASIZE THIS ARTICLE KEEPS REFERING TO JAILING THESE CRIMINALS---BUT IT NEVER REFERS TO THE NEED TO CLAW BACK A HUNDRED TRILLION US TREASURY DOLLARS ----THAT IS WHAT US SOVEREIGN CITIZENS WANT AS JUSTICE.
Numerous documents prove that executives at leading banks, credit agencies, and mortgage brokers were falsely touting assets as sound that they knew were junk — the very definition of fraud.
As former Wall Street analyst Yves Smith wrote in her book "ECONned": "What went on at Lehman and AIG, as well as the chicanery in the CDO [collateralized debt obligation] business, by any sensible standard is criminal." Even lifelong Wall Street defender Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve Chair, said in Congressional testimony that "a lot of that stuff was just plain fraud."
A New York Times editorial in August explained that the DOJ's excuse for failing to prosecute Wall Street executives — that it was too hard to obtain convictions — "has always defied common sense, and all the more so now that a fuller picture is emerging of the range of banks' reckless and lawless activities, including interest-rate rigging, money laundering, securities fraud and excessive speculation."
The Frontline program interviewed former prosecutors, Senate staffers and regulators who unequivocally said the same: It is inconceivable that the DOJ could not have successfully prosecuted at least some high-level Wall Street executives ... had they tried.
THIS IS FROM WHERE THE GLOBAL BANKING FAKE MEDIA OUTLETS COINED 'US' AND 'THEM'----'WINNERS' AND 'LOSERS'
What's most remarkable about all of this is that not even Wall Street had the audacity to expect the generosity of largesse they ended up receiving. "The Untouchables" begins by recounting the massive financial devastation the 2008 crisis wrought: "The economy was in ruins and bankers were being blamed," and recounts:
"In 2009, Wall Street bankers were on the defensive, worried they could be held criminally liable for fraud. With a new administration, bankers and their attorneys expected investigations and at least some prosecutions."
Indeed, the show recalls that both in Washington and the country generally, "there was broad support for prosecuting Wall Street." Nonetheless, "four years later, there have been no arrests of any senior Wall Street executives."
In response to the DOJ's excuse-making that these criminal cases are too hard to win, numerous experts — Senators, top Hill staffers, former DOJ prosecutors — emphasized the key point: Obama officials never even tried. One of the heroes of "The Untouchables," former Democratic Sen. Ted Kaufman, worked tirelessly to provide the DOJ with all the funds it needed to ensure probing criminal investigations and even to pressure and compel them to do so.
Yet when he and his staff would meet with Breuer and other top DOJ officials, those officials would proudly tout the small mortgage brokers they were pursuing, in response to which Kaufman and his staff said: "No. Don't show me small-time mortgage guys in California. This is totally about what went on in Wall Street ... We are talking about investigating senior level Wall Street executives, even at the Board level." (The same Lanny Breuer was recently seen announcing that the banking giant HSBC would face no criminal prosecution for its money laundering of funds for designated terrorist groups and drug networks on the grounds that the bank was too big to risk prosecuting.)
As Kaufman and his staffers make clear, Obama officials were plainly uninterested in pursuing criminal accountability for Wall Street. One former staffer to both Biden and Kaufman, Jeff Connaughton, wrote a book in 2011 — "The Payoff: Why Wall Street Always Wins" — devoted to alerting the nation that the Obama DOJ refused even to try to find criminal culprits on Wall Street. In the book, this career-Democratic-aide-turned-whistleblower details how the levers of Washington power are used to shield and protect high-level Wall Street executives, many of whom have close ties to the leaders of both parties and themselves are former high-level government officials. This is a system, he makes clear, that is constituted to ensure that those executives never face real accountability even for their most egregious and destructive crimes.
The reason there have been no efforts made to criminally investigate is obvious. Former banking regulator and current securities Professor Bill Black told Bill Moyers in 2009 that "Timothy Geithner, the Secretary of the Treasury, and others in the administration, with the banks, are engaged in a cover up to keep us from knowing what went wrong."
In the documentary "Inside Job," when asked why there have been no such investigations, economist Nouriel Roubini replied: "Because then you'd find the culprits." Underlying all of that is what the Senate's second-highest ranking Democrat, Dick Durbin, admitted in 2009: The banks "frankly own the place."
The harms from this refusal to hold Wall Street accountable are the same generated by the general legal immunity the U.S. political culture has vested in its elites. Just as was true for the protection of torturers and illegal eavesdroppers, it ensures that there are no incentives to avoid similar crimes in the future.
It is an injustice in its own right to allow those with power and wealth to commit destructive crimes with impunity. It subverts democracy and warps the justice system when a person's treatment under the law is determined not by their acts but by their power, position, and prestige. And it exposes just how shameful is the American penal state by contrasting the immunity given to the nation's most powerful with the merciless and brutal punishment meted out to its most marginalized.
The real mystery from all of this is that it has not led to greater social unrest. To some extent, both the early version of the Tea Party and the Occupy movements were spurred by the government's protection of Wall Street at the expense of everyone else.
Still, Americans continue to be plagued by massive unemployment, foreclosures, the threat of austerity and economic insecurity while those who caused those problems have more power and profit than ever. And they watch millions of their fellow citizens be put in cages for relatively minor offenses while the most powerful are free to commit far more serious crimes with complete impunity. Far less injustice than this has spurred serious unrest in other societies.