Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 18:34:00 +0300
From: joseph zernik
* "Innocent people remain in prison"
Subject: Re: FBI investigation of HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS--THOUGHTS?
Thanks for your message. It is part of the same hypocritical system, presenting the US as enforcer of Human Rights around the globe, but refusing to address Human Rights violations in the United States.
What did the experts say about the justice system in Los Angeles County, California?
* "...the LA Superior Court and the DA office, the two other parts of the justice system that the Blue Panel Report recommends must be investigated relative to the integrity of the system, have not produced any response that we know of..."
LAPD Blue Ribbon Review Panel Report (2006) [i]
* "...judges tried and sentenced a staggering number of people for crimes they did not commit."
Prof David Burcham, Dean, Loyola Law School, LA (2000) [ii]
* "This is conduct associated with the most repressive dictators and police states... and judges must share responsibility when innocent people are convicted."
Prof Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Irvine Law School (2000) [iii]
[i] LAPD Blue Ribbon Review Panel Report (2006)
[ii] Paper by Prof David Burcham, Dean, Loyola Law School, LA (2001)
[iii] Paper by Prof Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Irvine Law School (2001)
Joseph Zernik, PhD
Human Rights Alert (HRA), NGO
At 06:19 PM 7/13/2010, JOSEPHN126@aol.com wrote:
Headline ArchivesHUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS
No Safe Haven in the U.S.
As the commander of a paramilitary security force in the West African nation of Liberia, he led a reign of terror from 1999 to 2003. Along with his associates, he tortured a series of victims in the most horrific ways: burning them with cigarettes, scalding water, candle wax, and an iron�severely beating them with firearms�cutting and stabbing them�and shocking them with an electric device.
Roy Belfast, Jr., aka Chuckie Taylor, was brought to justice for his human rights crimes�in a federal court in Miami, where he was sentenced to 97 years in prison.
How did he end up in an American courtroom? Because U.S. law says that if human rights violators are U.S. nationals, commit offenses against U.S. citizens, or are present in this country, they can be charged here. In Taylor�s case, he was born in America, and he was arrested in 2006 while trying to enter the country illegally.
The FBI takes the lead in investigating human rights violations falling under U.S. law enforcement jurisdiction, but we work closely with our partner agencies, in particular Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Justice�s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section.
Since 1988, Congress has enacted laws that have expanded our authority over human rights violations�genocide, torture, war crimes, and the recruitment or use of child soldiers.
Our primary mission today? To identify violators in the U.S. and bring them to justice for crimes committed within or outside this nation. We investigate individuals for both specific humans right violations�like in Chuckie Taylor�s case�and more traditional crimes�like the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in Iraq and the murder of both the girl and her family, which led to the conviction of an American soldier.
Human Rights Offenses Program. Recently, with additional funding from Congress, we expanded our efforts in the area of human rights enforcement. As part of our new program, we use four key strategies:
Continue to investigate priority human rights cases with our domestic and international law enforcement partners; Training our own personnel and those of our foreign counterparts to ensure that human rights investigations are conducted with the �rule of law� principles; Collecting domestic and international intelligence on human rights violators and violations through our field offices, our legal attach� offices overseas, our network of sources inside and outside the country, and our relationships with domestic and international law enforcement partners; and In response to requests from international and foreign investigative bodies, providing training and other assistance to their personnel.
Domestic prosecution of serious human rights violations committed abroad is a critical way to ensure that our country doesn�t serve as a safe haven to those who commit these crimes. But even when domestic prosecutions aren�t possible, there are other avenues to pursue�such as extraditing a criminal subject to stand trial in another country, offering U.S. assistance to an international tribunal, or deporting a suspect.
A footnote to the Chuckie Taylor case: the apple apparently didn�t fall far from the tree�his father is former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor, currently standing trial for human rights crimes in an international court at The Hague.
* "Los Angeles County got the best courts that money could buy". KNBC (October 16, 2008) * "Innocent people remain in prison" LAPD Blue Ribbon Review Panel Report (2006) * Los Angeles County is "the epicenter of the epidemic of real estate and mortgage fraud." FBI (2004) * “…judges tried and sentenced a staggering number of people for crimes they did not commit." Prof David Burcham, Loyola Law School, LA (2000) * “This is conduct associated with the most repressive dictators and police states… and judges must share responsibility when innocent people are convicted.” Prof Erwin Chemerinksy, Irvine Law School (2000) * "Condado de Los Angeles tiene las mejores canchas que el dinero puede comprar".KNBC (16 de octubre de 2008) * "Las personas inocentes permanecen en prisión" LAPD Blue Ribbon Panel de Revisión Report (2006) * Condado de Los Angeles es "el epicentro de la epidemia de bienes raíces y el fraude de la hipoteca." FBI (2004) * "... Los jueces juzgado y condenado a un asombroso número de personas por crímenes que no cometieron." Prof. David Burcham, Loyola Law School, LA (2000) * "Esta es una conducta asociada con los dictadores más represivos y los estados de la policía ... y los jueces deben compartir la responsabilidad, cuando es condenado a personas inocentes." Prof. Erwin Chemerinksy, Irvine, la Facultad de Derecho (2000)
Thousands of Rampart-FIPs (Falsely Imprisoned Persons) remain locked up more than a decade after official, expert, and media report documented that they were falsely prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced in the largest court corruption sandal in the history of the United States...
Blue Ribbon Review Panel report (2006):
10-10-01 Corruption of the California courts noticed by the United Nations
10-10-01 United Nations Human Rights Council Records for 2010 Review (UPR) of Human Rights in the United States
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
10-07-13 US hypocrisy - pretending to police Human Rights around the globe, except in the US itself // Hipocresía de EE.UU. - a la policía fingiendo Derechos Humanos en todo el mundo, excepto en los propios EE.UU.
Please Sign Petition - Free Richard Fine // Por favor, Firme la petición - Liberar a Richard Fine
Richard Fine - 70 year old, former US prosecutor, had shown that judges in Los Angeles County had taken "not permitted" payments (called by media "bribes"). On February 20, 2009, the Governor of California signed "retroactive immunities" (pardons) for all judges in Los Angeles. Less than two weeks later, on March 4, 2009 Richard Fine was arrested in open court, with no warrant. He is held ever since in solitary confinement in Los Angeles, California. No judgment, conviction, or sentencing was ever entered in his case.
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