Sunday, February 06, 2005

Justice . . . American Style . . .

Hmmm . . . "And Justice for All?" . . .

Story #1: Claude Dallas, a white, christian, militia-type gun-nut who murders two Idaho state Fish & Game officers execution style (by his own confession), is subsequently convicted of simple manslaughter by a sympathetic, white, christian, gun-nut jury and sentenced to 30 years in prison, was released yesterday 8 years early for "good behavior."

Story #2: Leonard Peltier, an American Indian Movement (AIM) activist was purportedly involved in a shootout with FBI agents in 1975 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Two FBI agents were killed. Even though there were more than 40 other AIM members involved in the shootout, Peltier is fingered as the sole triggerman by tainted testimony, convicted by a hostile jury (one not of his peers obviously), sentenced to life in prison and languishes there to this day (27 years so far) even though over the years, new evidence has emerged suggesting the FBI and the Federal government framed Peltier (gee, would a government run by the likes of "Tricky Dick" Nixon do such a thing??) in order to intimidate and suppress the activities of the AIM organization.

Just goes to show you that the ideals of Democracy, fairness and justice in this country are nothing more than illusions.

Aside from the obvious fairness and justice inequities between the two cases here, I'm wondering how the families and children of the slain Idaho officers feel about the man, who cold-bloodedly pumped bullets into their loved one's heads, being released back into society for "good behavior."

What a fucked up world -- no scratch that ---- what a fucked up country America is becoming.


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