by Paul Craig Roberts
Of course, proof, facts, evidence are no longer of any consequence in the Western World. Transparently false accusations can be leveled without any evidence provided, and the lie becomes a fact. “Russiagate” is a perfect example.
Feminist students in Western universities, who find themselves “offended” by scientific fact, denounce scientists for speaking truth that contradicts feminist ideology, and the university administrations, obedient to feminish ideology, haul the scientists before hearings ideologically prepared to declare the scientist, if male, a misogynist. https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/09/17/feminist-ideology-is-inconsistent-with-science/
History is rewritten into fantasy because the historical facts are “offensive” to one “victim group” or the other. Identity politics has birthed a new world: history is whatever serves agendas. Nothing else counts. Truth least of all.
Justice no longer exists in America as 97% of felony convictions result from self-incrimination—plea bargains in which the defendant, innocent or guilty, advised by his attorney that a fair trial is impossible, admits to some offense in exchange for a watered-down sentence. See Roberts and Stratton, The Tyranny of Good Intentions: https://www.amazon.com/Tyranny-Good-Intentions-Prosecutors-Constitution/dp/0307396061/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537222625&sr=1-5&keywords=Paul+Craig+Roberts
Decades ago when there was still some semblance of justice in the American justice system, police had to provide sound evidence for their case in order for the prosecutor to take up the case. The reason was that prosecutorial budgets were limited, and the career interests of prosecutors was to get as many convictions out of their budget as possible. Today, however, when even the innocent prefer to admit a crime rather than run the risk of a trial, prosecutors have endless strings of “convictions” without having to spend days or weeks in trial.
Today prosecutors no longer have to prove a case before a jury. They only negotiate with the defendant’s attorney a crime, whether committed or not, that settles the case.
Consequently, the police, knowing that there is scant chance of their evidence ever being tested in court, “solve” crimes by simply picking up someone and charging them. The explanations of some experts, who are not beholden to the corrupt system, is that the police, confronted with a robbery, for example, look to see who in the area had previously served time for robbery and select a former convicted robber to construct a case against. The police, like prosecutors, can rely on paid “informers” to provide “evidence.” Drug gangs, for example, use “cooperation with the police” to clear out rivals. The defendant’s attorney knows that, with his client’s prior record, he will be convicted by the naive jury regardless of the absence of evidence. Jurors very seldom believe a defendant instead of a prosecutor. The hapless and ignorant jurors think that defendants, i. e. criminals, lie, but not prosecutors or police. Consequently, no defense attorney trusts a jury. The easy conviction of the prior convicted is the reason for the high recidivism rate. Many of the convicted are serving a second or third prison time for something that they did not do.
Unless the defendant and his attorney are double-crossed, as happened to “junk bond king” Michael Milken, the plea bargain sentence is less than a trial conviction sentence. The prosecutor gets another notch on his gun, the judge’s court docket is cleared, and the police can go back to coffee and donuts.
The persons who pay for the convenience of the justice (sic) system are the wrongfully convicted and their famlies, and Amerian taxpayers who fund the incarceration of innocents so that crime-scared Americans are “safe.”
The US Constitution is a dead letter document. The Cheney/Bush and Obama regimes destroyed it, and Trump has done nothing to revive it.
The separation of powers is also lost as is, in many instances, judicial review. Dick Cheney, his minions, and the Republican Federalist Society succeeded in giving the office of the president dictatorial powers that vacate the Bill of Rights and American civil liberties. The only protection still standing is the Second Amendment, and the entirety of the liberal-progressive-left and the police state have the Second Amendment in their sights. The liberal-progressive-left is so insouciant that it either does not know or does not mind that it is allied with Dick Cheney’s police state to take away the last protection that the American people have from organized state tyranny.
I have written many times about all of these things and many more of the same nature. To wake up the American people, indeed any Western people other than Hungary, whose president is awake, https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/09/17/is-hungary-the-last-remaining-european-country/ , is like trying to waken the dead.
Sometimes I wonder if, other than my readers, the entire American public is dead, walking zombies taking their directions from CNN, BBC, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post.
This crowd of zombies is marching into Armageddon.
The source for Russia’s evidence that Ukraine shot down the Malaysian airliner is Johnson’s Russian List at George Washington University, 17 September 2018
Russia presents audio recording proving Ukraine’s complicity in MH17 tragedy
MOSCOW, September 17. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry has ascertained that the videos showing the movement of a Buk missile system from Russia to Ukraine, presented by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine, were fabricated, ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov told reporters.
According to him, Russian experts thoroughly scrutinized those videos and came to the conclusion that they had been fabricated.
The Russian Defense Ministry has held a press conference devoted to the MH17 crash, presenting a detailed analysis of those videos and proof of their fabrication
The Defense Ministry also presented an audio recording proving Ukraine’s complicity in the MH17 disaster in 2014, Major General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the ministry, told the media.
General Konashenkov said the audio recording of a conversation between Ukrainian military servicemen was made back in 2016 in the Odessa Region during the Rubezh-2016 exercise and published in the Ukrainian mass media.
“If so, we’ll … [a synonym of the verb ‘shoot down’ – TASS] another Malaysian Boeing,” one of the Ukrainian military servicemen said in the conversation.
How the projectile was identified as Ukrainian
The missile, which downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, was made in the town of Dolgoprudny outside Moscow in 1986, delivered to a military unit deployed to Ukraine and was never brought back to Russia, Chief of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Missile and Artillery Department Lieutenant General Nikolai Parshin told reporters.
According to him, the missile fragments presented by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) looking into the MH17 crash carried the numbers of the missile’s nozzle and engine. “Once we had the nozzle and engine numbers, we were able to find out the missile’s number,” he specified.
“There are documents in the archives of the Dolgoprudny Research Institute, which made it possible to find out the missile’s tail number. It came out that the missile was assembled on December 24, 1986, and delivered by rail to the military unit number 20/152, officially named the 223rd Air Defense Missile Brigade. It was deployed to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic’s Ternopol Region, which was part of the Subcarpathian Military District,” he added.
According to the general, the military unit was never withdrawn to Russia
The Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, a Boeing-777 passenger plane travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down on July 17, 2014, over Ukraine’s eastern region of Donetsk. The crash killed all the 283 passengers and 15 crewmembers. There were nationals of ten states among the dead. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) looking into the crash is comprised of representatives from the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine.
On May 24, the team provided an update on the criminal investigation, claiming “the Buk-TELAR that was used to down MH17, originates from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile brigade… a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation.”
Russia’s Defense Ministry rejected all the allegations and said that none of the missile systems belonging to the Russian Armed Forces had ever been taken abroad.
Nevertheless, on May 25, Australia and the Netherlands issued a statement saying that they “hold Russia responsible for its part in the downing of flight MH17.” The two countries called on Russia to hold talks in order to find an appropriate solution and warned that the case could be submitted to an international court or organization.
Australia, the Dutch, the entirety of Western Europe and the UK are reliable accomplices to Washington’s and Israel’s enormous crimes against humanity.
The question before the world, the question that neocon John Bolton most fears, is whether Russian truths will prevail over Washington’s lies.
Washington is prepared to initiate World War 3 rather than accept the prevalence of truth over its lies.