Richard Fine Prelude to Illegal Imprisonment for the Masses

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The United States of America and many of its state and local governments are civil rights and human rights violators of large proportions. One recent case of such violations is getting a lot of attention. Richard Fine is a Los Angeles political prisoner who has been locked in solitary confinement in county jail for approaching 15 months without any charges, opportunity for bail, or due process. He’s there because he exposed a bribery scandal and challenged the corrupt judges and governments of Los Angeles and California to stop the bribery. The response was to shut him down at every attempt to get the problems corrected. When he wouldn’t give up, Judge David Yaffe threw him in jail to silence him with the full cooperation and participation of corrupt Sheriff LeRoy Baca who is enforcing the illegal imprisonment. Yet as much as many citizens are burying their heads in the sand and pretending judicial and government abuse can’t happen to them, it is not only happening widely but is poised to get much worse.

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Richard Fine Persecuted for Exposing Corruption

What did Richard Fine do to harm anybody wrongfully? Nothing, not one thing. In fact he has been trying to protect the citizens and taxpayers from the corruption throughout California courts. Judges don’t like this, they want to keep receiving payments from county governments as they do in 55 out of 58 counties in California where counties pay them significant sums of money (in Los Angeles about $57,000 per year per judge) on top of their state salaries and benefits. By law, the state is supposed to be exclusively paying these judges. All payments from counties to judges were to be phased out starting in the late 1990’s. But many years later, the payments were increasing in Los Angeles and causing nearly every case heard by the judges there involving the county of as a litigant to be decided in favor of the county. Judges are supposed to avoid even the appearance of bribery and corruption, yet these judges make such one-sided biased decisions in their cases that it is difficult to see how it can be explained by anything other than the benefit they derive from their corrupt relationship with the county government. Richard Fine engaged himself in exposing this corruption and trying to stop it. The judges and government, rather than doing what is legal and ethical, chose instead to throw Fine in jail to try to kill the messenger and enable the corruption to continue.

California Justice System on Brink of Collapse: Richard I Fine

Parents Persecuted for Exposing Bad Judges

Government has an interest in silencing its opponents. This is exactly what has happened to Richard Fine. But it also happens every day in courts across the United States. Even in family law courts you see judges engaging in harassment and persecution of parents who just want to see their kids when the parents publicly disclose the abusive and biased decisions of family law judges that are harming their children and families. Many of these judges are intent on shutting up their critics and will gladly abuse children and families and violate laws to do it. They intend to make parents afraid of them to control them so they will cease speaking out. These judges are terrorists with little but evil darkness in their souls. Abusing children is all in a day’s work for them. They want power and control and are willing to crush your family to get and keep it.

Political Imprisoners Coming For You?

As bad as things are with the corrupt American courts violating the Constitution by silencing their opponents for speaking their minds, the situation is potentially going to get much, much worse. That’s because American government is positioning itself to be able to throw any political adversary into military prison without charges for as long as they would like to do. And they hope to be able to do this to shut up anybody whom they label as a “suspected supporter of terrorism” with no due process for possibly as long as they live.

Senators John McCain and Joseph Lieberman have introduced Senate bill 3081 to allow the US President, Secretary of Defense, and Attorney General and those to whom they delegate authority to arrest and detain in a military prison without time limit anybody labeled as suspected of supporting terrorism. No charges, no trial, no bail, and no due process are required. It doesn’t matter if you are a US citizen, you can still be locked up for life for being suspected of supporting terrorism.

Just what does “suspected of supporting terrorism” mean? As with so much government legislation, it is left open to the opinions of the tyrants of the moment. It could be that if you speculate Obama has secret ties to Muslim nations that this means you’re a suspected terrorism supporter. It could be that if you criticize a judge for breaking the law that you’re a suspected terrorism supporter. It could be that if you don’t repeat the American Pledge of Allegiance that you’re also going to be labelled as a suspected terrorism supporter. With this legislation, the government will effectively have the power to permanently jail without due process anybody they want to silence simply by accusing them of supporting terrorism. Even if you somehow think that President Obama and the current cabinet are responsible enough to not misuse such power, do you think the next President and cabinet will be?

You can find the full text of the bill along with the means to comment on it at S.3081 – Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010.

If you think that I’m being alarmist, realize that I share such concerns with many writers from publications across the United States who are shocked at S.3081 and what it will do if passed.

Writer Marc Ambinder, the political editor for The Atlantic, is very concerned about the risk of S.3081 being used to indefinitely detain without trial US citizens who are accused of being terrorist supporters:

(from A Detention Bill You Ought to Read More Carefully)

Why is the national security community treating the “Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010,” introduced by Sens. John McCain and Joseph Lieberman on Thursday as a standard proposal, as a simple response to the administration’s choices in the aftermath of the Christmas Day bombing attempt? A close reading of the bill suggests it would allow the U.S. military to detain U.S. citizens without trial indefinitely in the U.S. based on suspected activity.

University of Utah Law Professor Amos Guiora opines that S.3081 is a panic reaction to recent foiled terrorist acts such as the attempt to blow up a US airliner on Christmas Day 2009.

Panic Legislation: The Wrong Response

The proposed bill mandates that any person detained on suspicion of terrorist acts or material support for terrorism be placed in military custody. The detainee will not be entitled to Miranda rights and will remain in detention – and can be interrogated – while the Executive Branch makes a status determination. If determined to be an unprivileged enemy belligerent, the detainee will be held until the end of hostilities. Needless to say, unlike the POW in the war paradigm, for detainees, end of hostilities in the terrorism paradigm is a euphemism for ‘indefinite detention’.

The legislation’s panic response can be seen not only in the due process and rights denied, but in the categories of persons it addresses. By encompassing those suspected of material support for terrorism – a federal crime indeed but never part of the law of war – the bill subjects an extraordinarily broad group of persons to indefinite detention.

The proposed legislation’s impact would be a fundamental miscarriage of justice created by the unconstitutional denial of the right to counsel, the right to remain silent, the right to be free from arbitrary, let alone indefinite detention, and the right to a day in court.

Researcher Stephen Lendman points out how S.3081 violates the US Constitution in several ways.

(from The McCain-Lieberman Police State Act)

Guiora calls the proposed law:

“A fundamental miscarriage of justice created by the unconstitutional denial of the right to counsel, the right to remain silent, the right to be free from arbitrary, let alone indefinite detention, and the right to a day in court.” Unfortunately, too often “legitimacy and justification take a back seat” to expediency and the political climate of the times.

As a result, innocent victims are unjustly arrested, called terrorists, interrogated, tortured, indefinitely detained and denied all rights despite constitutional and international law protections.

“Republicans and Democrats alike have failed to articulate, create and implement a lawful interrogation, detention and trial regime for post-9/11 detainees. That is shameful and reflects negatively on two Presidents, the Congress and the Supreme Court.”

The major media also. Their reports hype the threat, pre-determine guilt, and influence public opinion to believe government-charged individuals are dangerous, guilty, and should be confined to deter “terrorism.”
Yet the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment states:

“No person shall….be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law….;” and

The 14th Amendment reads:

No “State (may) deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Yet in a climate of fear and intimidation, everyone is potentially vulnerable to legislative lawlessness if congressional timidity lets S. 3081 pass in an election year.

According to Guiora, it comes down to “the rule of law or the rule of fear.” Protecting American citizens and national security is one thing. Discarding core legal principles to do it reflects the worst elements of police state justice.

There are an increasing number of videos decrying the abuses of S.3081, not the least of which is one produced by Alex Jones of InfoWars.

McCain & Lieberman’s “Enemy Belligerents” Bill

McCain, Lieberman, And Other Government Officials Are Terrorist Supporters

I used to have some respect for McCain (R-AZ) and Lieberman (I-CT). Apparently I was mistaken. Disgustingly, they are not the only sponsors of this legislation. Senators Scott Brown (R-MA), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), James Inhofe (R-OK), George LeMieux (R-FL), Jefferson Sessions (R-AL), John Thune (R-SD), David Vitter (R-LA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) have co-sponsored the legislation. While I support the idea of creating a sound policy on how to deal with terrorism suspects, their proposed law not only fails to do so but is poisonous to the fundamental principles of government envisioned by the founders of the United States that if it were to pass, we might as well declare the death of the old USA (United States of America) and rise of the new USA (Unlimited Subjugation of Americans). The initials could remain the same, everything else would change.

What is happening today to Richard Fine is a prelude to where this country is headed. People you know and very possibly you, too, will one day be declared as terrorist supporters and enemy belligerents for something you say or think. You’ll be put in military prison for as long as your entire life without a trial.

The real supporters of terrorism are John McCain, Joseph Lieberman, and people like them. By moving to terminate the fundamental rights of American citizens left and right, they are helping to push the American people to have no resort but to take up arms against the tyrannical government to regain control of their country and restore their basic civil and human rights.

It is no wonder why American governments at all levels are trying to portray citizens who are fed up with the escalating assaults on their rights as racists and extremists. It is a campaign to balkanize the opposition and pit them against each other. They falsely paint Tea Party members and Oath Keepers alike as racists and lunatics to cause many to side against them without ever knowing that they are by far less enemies than the government and its servants are. The neo-tyrants from both the Republican and Democratic Parties have worshipped at the altars of their idols like Saul Alinksky for so long that they know and have praticed every dirty tactic he ever invented and then some. For them, lies are truth and truths are lies. Duping the public into forming cliques to attack each other is a rote exercise. Power is their ultimate goal. Subjugating the citizenry is the road to power. They are well down that road by now and are so emboldened by their conquests that they lay out proposed abusive laws like S.3081 – Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010 as if they are just routine directions on a map.

The government leaders know the longer they can confuse the public into thinking those who oppose them are extremists and can silence them from explaining themselves in full, the more sheep-like the population will be in their subservience to the tyrants and the more powerful their tyranny will become. They don’t want the citizens who see what they are doing to have free speech, guns and weapons, and definitely not their freedom to move, associate, agitate, campaign, or anything else that will threaten the tyranny’s tight grasp on all of our throats. So they move to marginalize them and strip away all of their rights. Soon the old Soviet Union and modern North Korea may look to be moral and ethical peers with the new USA.

Others are confused by the political bickerings in the media into aligning with Democrats or Republicans as if this will somehow help stop the slide towards tyranny. Yet tyranny isn’t a goal of just one or the other of these political parties, it is a goal of both. For Americans to retain their freedoms, they must stop supporting both of these corrupt political parties and stand up for their rights.

(from Is America ‘Yearning For Fascism?’)

Sixty-one percent of Americans believe the country is in decline, according to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, and they are right. Only 25 percent of those polled said the government can be trusted to protect the interests of the American people. If we do not embrace this outrage and distrust as our own it will be expressed through a terrifying right-wing backlash.

“It is time for us to stop talking about right and left,” McKinney told me. “The old political paradigm that serves the interests of the people who put us in this predicament will not be the paradigm that gets us out of this. I am a child of the South. Janet Napolitano tells me I need to be afraid of people who are labeled white supremacists but I was raised around white supremacists. I am not afraid of white supremacists. I am concerned about my own government. The Patriot Act did not come from the white supremacists, it came from the White House and Congress.

Our continued impotence and cowardice, our refusal to articulate this anger and stand up in open defiance to the Democrats and the Republicans, will see us swept aside for an age of terror and blood.

The inability for Richard Fine, a well-reputed and well-connected ethical attorney who was relatively well-off financially, to even get out of jail over what is obviously a political imprisonment speaks volumes. Nobody has any real chance to defend themselves against the new USA envisioned by the tyrants in our governments and courts if their rules are used. For the bests interests of our families and our children, the public must rise up and stop them now before they block and eliminate all the means to peacefully correcting this growing disaster. If we cannot succeed now, the only options remaining may unfortunately involve bloodshed and civil war. That would be a tragedy of far larger magnitude.

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LA Protest to Free Political Prisoner Richard Fine on April 20

Corrupt Judge David Yaffe Jails Political Prisoner Richard Fine

Citizens Launch Protests Against Court Corruption

CCFC Family Law Protest in San Diego Results in Arrest of Group Leader

S.3081 – Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010


A Detention Bill You Ought to Read More Carefully

McCain and Lieberman’s “Enemy Belligerent” Act Could Set U.S. on Path to Military Dictatorship

The Virtues of Non-Violent Resistance

Is America ‘Yearning For Fascism?’

  1. Steve
    April 23rd, 2010 at 20:46 | #1

    what happened with the Supreme Court Hearing today?

  2. Oppressed in America
    April 23rd, 2010 at 21:51 | #2

    Haven’t found anything on Fine’s hearing today after looking for a while.

    There’s a petition to support freeing him and reinstating his law license I signed, won’t you?

  3. Janette Isaacs
    April 26th, 2010 at 10:33 | #3

    4/26/10: To our regret, Richard Fine’s Application for a Stay of Execution was denied by the United States Supreme Court. This is a sad day for America.

  1. April 26th, 2010 at 17:02 | #1
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