Un système qui banalise (et ne peut que banaliser sous menace d’écroulement) les crimes de ses « insiders » et criminalise toute tentative de l’assainir.
What this shows is the Justice Department cannot prosecute private mercenary contractors because they will reveal covert operations that would lead to scandal. It cannot prosecute HSBC bank executives that allowed drug cartels or terrorists to use their services because it would have “destabilized” the entire banking system. For this same reason, no case against senior executives of any bank on Wall Street has been brought that prosecuted financial fraud that led to the 2008 financial meltdown.
Essentially, as a bank executive, if you have a large enough presence in the US economy, there is no limit to the illicit or illegal activity you can engage in and still do no time in jail. And, if you are a CIA officer who engaged in torture, there will be no prosecutions because the Justice Department does not want anyone in the CIA to fear if they do their job they might be prosecuted.
The Justice Department these days zealously pursues whistleblowers, “hacktivists,” activists or mentally unstable Muslims whom the FBI had informants push to commit some kind of FBI-concocted terrorist act. They may decide to get creative and methodically develop charges through a grand jury investigation in order to go after a publisher of information like WikiLeaks. The zeal in which they pursue these people will never exist in cases against bank executives or private contractors or any other senior officials of corporations.
With each day that unfolds in the lawsuit, the penalties BP faces for polluting and decimating life in the Gulf of Mexico because of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster are reduced more and more. And, If the Justice Department isn’t engaged in the politics of personal destruction, it is joining some case against a sports star like Lance Armstrong.
It is blatantly clear the Justice Department is no more than a bunch of self-styled defenders of justice and the rule of law who are impotent, incapable, disinterested or, at worst, complicit in challenging lawless conduct that seems to become more prevalent in society each and every day. Those who should have the power to go after criminals with power in corporations or parts of government do not dare to challenge them and instead go after individuals with little to no power. By being fervent in their pursuit of justice in some cases and spiritless in other cases, employees of the Justice Department directly weaken the rule of law they are supposed to protect.