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, PhDHuman Rights Alert (HRA), NGOhttp://www.scribd.com/Human_Rights_Alert
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 wassentenced 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.
Why was this blog created?
All further in-house efforts to further justice in the US justice system are futile. These efforts are only worthwhile to the degree that they provide additional documentation of the widespread corruption of the US justice system.
Our focus must be on the international community.
In November 2010 the United Nations will review for the first time ever the Human Rights record of the United States. Corruption of the justice system was the core of reports filed by Human Rights Alert and others for the April 2010 deadline.
In August 2010 the US State Department is scheduled to respond on the reports, and in November 2010 the UN will conduct the review session and issue the report, and set goals, which the US would be asked to reach between 2010 and the next scheduled review in 2014.
Between now and November 2010, we must focus on informing and lobbying the nations that sit on the review panel, to ensure that the most effective report is issued.
This blog was created in hope that the German Federal Government would support a UN UPR report that calls upon the US federal government to provide equal protection under the law to all who reside in the United States.
Please call or write your elected representatives and ask that the German Government support in November 2010 the issuance of a UPR report by the United Nations, which calls upon the US government to abide by its duties and responsibilities pursuant to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – ratified international law.
Bitte rufen Sie an oder schreiben Sie Ihrem gewählten Vertreter. Fragen Sie, ob die deutsche Regierung im November 2010 die Ausstellung eines UPR Bericht der Vereinten Nationen unterstuetzt.
Bitte unterzeichnen Sie die Petition - Richard Fine zu Befreien
Richard Fine - 70 Jahre alt, ehemaliger US-Staatsanwalt, hatte gezeigt, dass die Richter in Los Angeles County "nicht zulässig" Zahlungen angenommen hatten (von den Medien "Bestechungsgelder" genannt). Am 20. Februar 2009 unterzeichnete der Gouverneur von Kalifornien "rückwirkende Immunität" (Verzeihung) für alle Richter in Los Angeles. Weniger als zwei Wochen später, am 4. März 2009, wurde Richard Fine in einer öffentlichen Sitzung verhaftet, ohne Gerichtlichen beschluss. Er ist seitdem in Einzelhaft in Los Angeles, Kalifornien; es ist weder ein Urteil noch eine Verurteilung ergangen.