What happens when the good guys turn bad, when American law enforcement agents and prosecutors break the law with impunity, depriving American citizens of their God-given rights to liberty and freedom?
What happens, when injustice in America becomes the norm?
For the last two decades criminal justice experts will tell you that there’s been a rise in prosecutorial misconduct at both the state and federal levels. They will also tell you the less than 2% of those found to be engaged in misconduct or ever held accountable.
However, in the last three years, we have witnessed unprecedented misconduct by U. S. law enforcement agents and prosecutors, and we have watched members of Congress, those charged with writing the laws of our land, weaponize their investigative ability for political reasons, in an attempt to remove a constitutionally elected president, and imprison his family, friends, supporters — and even his lawyer.
U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has used his position in Congress to lie, deceive, and fabricate stories in an attempted coup to overthrow president Donald J. Trump.
There is no oversight, no accountability. None.
The recent investigation and trial of U.S. Naval Special Warfare Chief Eddie Gallagher exposed NCIS agents that abused their power, extorted false testimony from witnesses; and Navy prosecutors that engaged unethical and criminal conduct, including eavesdropping and spying on the defense team.
Yet no one has been held accountable. These are United States government employees who used their position and power to send a man to prison for the rest of his natural life.
They broke every law in the book to do so, and yet no one in the United States military seems to care.
I once believed that these things happened randomly . . . overzealous investigators and prosecutors who went rogue and lost their way, but over the last three years, we have witnessed the director of the FBI violate policy; and the deputy director of the FBI, lie under oath, and make false statements to Congress, yet neither has been held accountable.
However, in the same investigation, criminal charges were brought against General Michael Flynn, Roger Stone, and others for making false statements.
Their felony convictions will stay with them like a black cloud until the day they die, like a life sentence of personal, professional, and financial destruction, convicted of process crimes brought by the very agencies, whose highest-level members engaged in the very same conduct.
At a time when the country is focused on national criminal justice reform, the U.S. Justice Department and FBI talks a good game but continues the same bad behavior.
First time nonviolent low-level drug offenders are still getting snatched up in conspiracies and sentenced to 10/15 years.
In Las Vegas, Billy Walters, 73, a professional gambler and philanthropist was sentenced to five years for a first time non-violent offense; in an investigation where the lead FBI agent, David Chaves, was found to have engaged in criminal contact so egregious that the judge actually ordered an investigation and action taken against the agent, yet to date, nothing.
Today, he walks a free man after breaking the law so that Walters would rot in prison.
In Miami, Rich Mendez, 49, one of the top Latino music producers in the country, was prosecuted and sentenced to five years in prison for a non-violent offense, in a case in which he cooperated and paid every dime of restitution.
What makes this prosecution stand out like a sore thumb, is that Florida state prosecutors declined to prosecute, as did a United States Attorney in Florida, however, an assistant U.S. attorney in Dallas with a reputation for overzealous, overcharging, and unethical conduct, brought the case anyway, demanding prison time, knowing the prosecution should’ve never occurred in the first place.
Starting on Jan.1, 2020, a law will go into effect in New York, one that frees suspects accused of manslaughter, negligent homicide, child sex crimes, and making threats of terrorism without ever having to post a bail, yet the federal government sent Illinois Governor Rod Blagovich to prison for 14 years for conspiracy, a case in which there was no personal, professional, or financial gain.
Nothing. Fourteen years for talking politics.
Something is definitely wrong with the system, and what amazes me is that the people who are charged with making the laws, don’t follow the law; every single thing they do is politically motivated — regardless of right or wrong.
They use the criminal justice system selectively and politically in an attempt to imprison people that they have political differences with. U.S. prosecutors are still demanding maximum prison sentences for first time non-violent offenders, while lawmakers and governors are letting bad people who do really bad things out of prison, through an uncontrollable "turnstile" criminal justice system.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee recently said, "When the law enforcers turn out to be the law breakers, then we have totally upended the rule of law. Nobody is safe and everybody is in trouble. Our system of government is under attack."
There are no truer words.
For the president, Chief Gallagher, Bill Walters, Rich Mendez, and Rod Blagojevich, the fight against a corrupt system is real, but what is far worse, is that for the rest of America, this is the future we have to look forward to.
Local, state, and federal prosecutors that selectively and politically target just to destroy lives because they can, most time for their own personal and political gain: a system that is villainizing police and imposing leniency on the truly bad guys.
The system has to change and change fast.
There has to be accountability for rogue and overzealous prosecutors.
State attorneys general and the U.S. Justice Department must implement new training standards for ethics and create a system that monitors and tracks prosecutors and enforcement officials for unethical and criminal conduct.
When they violate those ethical standards, or break the law, they must be held accountable and removed from positions. There’s no greater threat to our Republic than a government breaking the law to enforce them.
In our nation's Pledge of Allegiance to our flag, the last line is, "for liberty and justice for all."
As it stands today, those words are clouded by this reality.
There is and will continue to be injustice in America, until there is one standard of enforcement, and prosecutors follow the laws of the land absent personal or political bias, and when they break the law, they are held accountable to the highest standards.
Then and only then, will Americans be able to trust and believe in the American criminal justice system.
As New York City’s 40th Police Commissioner, Bernard Kerik was in command of the NYPD on September 11, 2001, and responsible for the city’s response, rescue, recovery, and the investigative efforts of the most substantial terror attack in world history. His 35-year career has been recognized in more than 100 awards for meritorious and heroic service, including a presidential commendation for heroism by President Ronald Reagan, two Distinguished Service Awards from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and an appointment as Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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