Monday, May 06, 2013
Abuse of Power and the Corruption of Justice
There's a saying that 'power corrupts'. I don't believe that is the case.
History has shown that people do exist who are not only not corrupt but when they attain power they respect the populace and exercise the power entrusted in them judiciously.
This honorable aspect of human history is best enshrined by our Whistleblowers. The people who often are in positions of power, attempts are made to corrupt them or they are pressured to 'go along to get along' and they resist by exposing the corruption.
The corrupt and morally bankrupt consider those who expose their wrongdoings 'rats'.
However, the difference between the 'rat' and the whistleblower is fundamental.
A Rat is a person who is corrupt and morally bankrupt and who abuses his/her position to inflict harm where no wrongdoing has occurred. Their 'exposures' are most often lies intended to blackmail or bully others into silence or submission or create smokescreens that divert attention from the real issue.
A Whistleblower is a person who has ethical standards and will expose wrongdoing often at their own expense because the Rats are then called on to attack the Whistleblower and create a smokescreen to cover up and divert attention from the wrongdoing.
The reality is that the corrupt and morally bankrupt are attracted to positions of power because their intent from the start is to abuse their power.
The only way this can succeed is if the other halls of power like the Justice system has also been corrupted and allows them to engage in these abuses of power with impunity.
We've seen this partnership of the corrupt with the corrupted justice system and how it operates first hand in the way that the legal cases involving Julian Assange, Aaron Schwartz, Jeremy Hammond, and Bradley Manning are playing out and the impact that these abuses have had on their personal lives.
We've also seen the silence of the traditional media in the face of the outrageous violations of the civil rights of each and every one of these people.
The only way that these injustices can be stopped is by those who are ethical taking our power back.
This can be done in various ways.
Assange is running for election in Australia. Make sure he gets elected.
Don't vote for parties or politicians with a lot of money backing them who have obviously been corrupted. No the deals aren't written down. That would be illegal. The agreements are implicit and acknowledged by both sides.
Pay attention to the courts and judiciary and what they are doing. Require that all proceedings be televised and monitored so that back door injustices are reduced.
There are unethical members of the Psychiatric and Psychology communities who are starting to promote fabricated mental illnesses like 'oppositional defiance disorder' or intentionally misdiagnosing social activists as 'mentally ill'. Pay attention to this development.
To be continued ....