LIES MY GOVERNMENT AND POLITICIANS TOLD. FORFEITURE FOR LYING OFFICIALS!!
TIME TO STOP THE LIES Commentary by DL Blewitt, Esq., J.D.
My first criminal case involved lies told by the Denver police. They testified that they smelled marijuana smoke emanating from a third floor of an apartment house while walking down an alley. I told the judge that I wasn’t upset that the cops thought I was dumb enough to believe their absurd story when they lied, because I was a small town bumpkin, but if I were the judge, I would be pretty insulted that they would think the judge was dumb enough to believe their story. The judge took note that smoke rises and suppressed the illegal search of the police. He told officers that he resented their assumption that he would ratify such blatantly stupid testimony. He did not cite them for contempt or perjury though.
That’s how my career as a defense lawyer started. I believe that after all these years, I have a pretty good idea of the police sub-culture. I tutored young lawyers at one time. I remember an incident, after an officer’s testimony in a suppression hearing, when a young lawyer requested a brief recess. “What for,” asked the judge. “Well,” answered the lawyer, “the officer told the truth and I don’t know what to do next.”
The amused judge asked me if I wanted a moment to talk to the lawyer, during which I told him we won and the judge was going to rule in our favor and to keep quiet. That is what happened. I admit, I was mildly surprised, but things like that did happen, especially with older police officers- the ones who prided themselves with making it to retirement without ever drawing their guns and older judges. However, such candidness is rare. Most cops are more concerned with convictions than with the truth, particularly when both the primary and secondary reward systems are predicated on prevarication.
In another instance, a judge gave his court seal to a detective sergeant so that he would not have to be bothered reading affidavits and warrants. The norm was for the judiciary to support every cock and bull story concocted by the police. It was as though there was a contest among the cops to see who could tell the biggest whopper. This was a time of showing of patriotism. There were un-American anti-war protesters out there who had to be punished. Cops, sporting flags on their uniform sleeves to show their patriotism, became militarized, and freaked out over the presence of hippies. It was them or us. The stories became more and more ridiculous as the judges kept countenancing the culture of lying. People first believe, then they see. Judges, as former prosecutors, rarely interact with the citizenry. Their social circle is law enforcement related. And their belief system is the paranoid one of John Mitchel. The Hippies are coming, the hippies are coming became the greatest fear, more than the potential black revolution. They perceive and interpret as they were conditioned to, and they condition themselves identifying with good short hair Americans. That is their constituency. They bathe and cut their hair.
A good example of the permeation of the police sub-culture in the judiciary is recent exposure of the two judges in Ft. Collins, who, while prosecutors, framed an innocent man for murder. As a reward, they were given judgeships. When the `perjury and frame-up came to light and the county had to pay off millions of dollars, the citizens revolted and voted them both out of office. An historical moment. It is too bad that I takes $8,000,000 to open the public eye. That could put a lot of students through CSU without burdensome student loans.
On the opposite side of the coin, there is legislation, both Federal and State, that make it a felony for a person to lie to an officer of the law. The Federal law appears below
TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 47 > § 1001
§ 1001. Statements or entries generally
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—
(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry; shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both. If the matter relates to an offense under chapter 109A, 109B, 110, or 117, or section 1591, then the term of imprisonment imposed under this section shall be not more than 8 years.
There is a similar law in most states. Additionally, the Government can classify documents and records under the cloak of national security, which generally means disclosure will be embarrassing to some agency or employee. Classifying information rarely has anything to do with national security Thus, we are continually deceived. One cannot run a free democratic nation that way. However, it does make it hard to criticize officials and public employees.
After watching recent videos taken in New York, Denver, Boston and Oakland, I have decided that it is time to dust off one of my old proposals for the regulation of officials and governments. The concept is simple. After all, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Under the basis of equal protection or fairness, I drafted a state Constitutional amendment following section 1001. I calls for felony prosecution of any government employee to lie to a citizen. If he is a sworn employee, then his sentence is increased and he must forfeit his pension. A liar is not entitled to benefit by his lies. This is particularly true for elected officials. Imagine a politician trying to justify his inherent right to lie to the people during a campaign. Fantasize about forfeiture happy law enforcement officers having to worry about jeopardizing their own pensions. What about entrapment? Testimony about down drifting smoke might result in an pension forfeiture. Predatory cops could not man speed traps without jeopardizing their retirement. The “drop piece” that the police carry to plant on crime scenes when they murder someone would disappear. An epidemic of truth might break out.
Politicians would have to tell why they voted for or against things, or keep quiet, which, for a politician is a virtual impossibility. Newspapers would have to change their scandalous priorities because the mud-slinging would diminish. Science could no longer be denied. Green tongue disease would disappear.
There was a time when driver sobriety tests were recorded on video. The cop would testify. Then the jury would see the video. Inevitably, the video conflicted with the testimony. So, the cops and district attorneys, rather than risking the quota problems that occur with acquittals, abolished videos of suspected drunks and elected to batter the public with needles, trashing the 4th, 5th , and 6th amendments to the Constitution in the process. This was much more fun for the police and less embarrassing when their exaggerations were exposed on video.
A look at the footage from the various occupy encampments show why videos of suspected drunk drivers were abolished. It is much easier to get a conviction on prejudice than it is with reality. The system needs cannon fodder to support all those predatory privatized programs supported by the law-enforcement complex with which the executive and judicial branches are so enamored. Acquittals are bad for business. However, the oppressors still don’t yet get it. Lies are churned out wholesale the police and reinforced by police chiefs, mayors, and other city officials who believe we are stupid and can’t see and believe it is their sworn duty to perjury themselves to get criminals or other bad guys. IT IS TIME THEY FORFEITED PAY AND PENSIONS. If the oppressors want to serve the 1%, then let the 1% pay them and give them pensions. Then maybe they will appreciate the term “fat chance.” At least they might begin to see how corrupt the system is.
They can’t describe the occupy scene as a bunch or long haired radical hippies, smoking dope, dancing and fornicating on the lawns. Many of the participants are beyond Viagra. The only thing hard is the riot baton used on them. If the cops had any sense of humor, they would shoot laughing gas at the demonstrators and make them exhausted from laughter. Maybe the protesters should get some and shoot it back at the cops. The lies the police tell which is vomited by the press, is contradicted by the video record. Only the blind and ignorant can now believe the police or officials. Note the vet put into a coma by a teargas canister. When people tried to help him, they were bombarded with flash bang grenades.
Look at the numerous photographs of the people shot with rubber bullets. They look awful. Additionally, what kind of person would fire a weapon at their neighbors or fellow citizens. What were they not thinking. A psychological barrier has been breached in demonizing the people. The cops are out of control. The establishment rewards their brutality and dishonesty. Cops thrive on their deceit. To paraphrase the hawks of the Viet Nam days, “if we don’t stop them here and now, we will have to stop them at the doors of our wives bedrooms.” It is the modern version of the domino theory.
How could officials honestly justify shooting at fellow citizens, gassing them and beating the shit out of them? They could not claim that the non-violent demonstrators threw something at them without risking their future. They could not say that they showed up in riot gear to observe and not start a riot. They could not say that jobs trickle down like urine from a man’s member at the latrine. They have to perpetuate the myth or they could not extort money out of us for imaginary boogey men. They could not say that their toys were non-lethal. Governors could not cook crime statistics to support the private prison industry. Ankle monitors would have to be explained in terms of effectiveness rather than used as a foil to convince the public that something is being done in order to satisfy the MADD advocates.
Imagine what would happen if the Government had to justify its drug laws and its involvement in drug trafficking to support off budget clandestine activities. The oppressors would lose their toys. The 1% should support this. The amount collected from the liars’ forfeitures will greatly exceed the proposed tax increase on the super-rich.
Recently, the press has reported that police have planted drug evidence on people to make their arrest quotas. Police have given immunity to murders like Whitey Bolger so he could do their bidding. Police have assaulted citizens brutally as though they have a license. The CIA has controlled the drug trade to fund covert operations, some of which are against us. The government has effectively repealed the posse commitatis act by allowing guardsman to augment police forces nationwide and collect intelligence data on us. Police consistently lie. Politicians consistently lie. Officials consistently lie. Judges let them get away with it. IT IS TIME FOR THIS TO STOP. ENOUGH.
In France, the fed up people used the Guillotine when they weren’t fed. Worthless, stupid, unthinking heads were removed from the people who weren’t using them. I say to use the Constitution and the power of the people. Make our public servants serve us, not enslave us. The rulers have tried to take away our pensions, healthcare, homes, and freedom to pander to the rich and garner campaign funds. This modest change of forcing truth and, if lying, taking such funds would them at risk. The contributors could be charged as accessories and their property confiscated. The present mess could not have been created and maintained without the complicity of state and Federal workers, paid by us. Our government has become punitive and predatory. They have created an occupation force to keep us enslaved and docile. Tell them to stop. Make them tell us the situation honestly, not using propaganda, lies, misstatements or other deceptions. Don’t commit us to war to enrich the powerful and corporate America. Don’t let the oligarchs tell us that multimillion dollar “compensation” checks are for any other purpose than to buy influence of politicians and policy makers. Demand that the lies stop now. End the corruption. Stand up and be counted. Make them be truthful. Make them serve rather than enslave us. Circulate this among as many as you can and see if we can start something. Make this message go viral.