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Congress Introduces Legislation to Ensure Corporate Criminals Remain Above the Law

Posted by on November 20, 2015 in Government, Policies with 10 Comments
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By Michael Krieger | Liberty Blitz Krieg

 

House Republicans on Monday unveiled legislation that would decriminalize a broad swath of corporate malfeasance, a move that injects white-collar crime issues into the thus-far bipartisan agenda on criminal justice reform. 


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The House bill would eliminate a host of white-collar crimes where the damaging acts are merely reckless, negligent or grossly negligent. If enacted, it would make it more difficult for federal authorities to pursue executive wrongdoing, from financial fraud to environmental pollution.

Department of Justice spokesman Peter Carr blasted the legislation in a statement provided to HuffPost, saying it “would create confusion and needless litigation, and significantly weaken, often unintentionally, countless federal statutes,” including “those that play an important role in protecting the public welfare … protecting consumers from unsafe food and medicine.”

– From the Huffington Post article: House Bill Would Make It Harder To Prosecute White-Collar Crime

A key key theme here at Liberty Blitzkrieg from inception is that there are two tiers of justice in America. One for the rich and powerful, another for the poor and voiceless. It’s even worse than that though, since not only are certain segments of the population above the law, they are actually rewarded for a lack of ethics and criminality.

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There is no more perfect example of this than the banker bailouts, in which the one sector of the economy that created and nurtured the financial collapse was rewarded with trillions of dollars in taxpayer backstops and bailouts. This same finance sector has seen a disproportionate amount of all income gains since the “recovery” started, precisely because the bailout itself was designed to help it as opposed to the middle class.

Of course, it’s not just Wall Street. The elite’s minions must also be taken care of. As such, police are allowed to SWAT raid, shoot to kill and rob average Americans via civil asset forfeiture with impunity. In fact, we just learned that police civil asset forfeitures exceeded all burglaries in 2014. So you are actually more likely to be robbed by a government criminal, versus a street thug in today’s America.

As reported by Armstrong Economics:

Between 1989 and 2010, U.S. attorneys seized an estimated $12.6 billion in asset forfeiture cases. The growth rate during that time averaged +19.4% annually. In 2010 alone, the value of assets seized grew by +52.8% from 2009 and was six times greater than the total for 1989. Then by 2014, that number had ballooned to roughly $4.5 billionfor the year, making this 35% of the entire number of assets collected from 1989 to 2010 in a single year. According to the FBI, the total amount of goods stolen by criminals in 2014 burglary offenses suffered an estimated $3.9 billion in property losses. This means that the police are now taking more assets than the criminals.

A free country this is not.

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Moving along, deputy attorney general Sally Yates has been garnering a lot of attention since she published the “Yates memo,”which promised to target individuals in cases of corporate wrong doing. This sounds like a good step, but it is extremely disturbing to understand what the Justice Department’s prior stance on the topic was. From the post, Read the One Paragraph That Explains Why No Bankers Have Gone to Jail:

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  1. 1744652445755923@facebook.com' Jeffrey Lee Saunders says:

    No

  2. 1210533822295901@facebook.com' Wendy Clymer says:

    Human beings are the only ones who should be treated like people. With the human rights, protections and responsibilities. Corporations cannot go to jail although many, not all, are responsible for so much devastation to people and the environment.

  3. iamlightagain@gmail.comI' James Freeman says:

    I believe it is time, to say what we mean and mean what we say.
    The US is so all hell fire determined to establish a “Democracy” in countries around the world, the US should practice what they preach. and make real laws, for a change, that apply to everyone and everything on Earth, or they are not really a law, they are rules that only apply to certain people that play their game.
    Otherwise, the (so called) authorities words are imputant, and we will no longer give (what they have called law), any importance.
    In fact, they will not be concidered, in any way, as having any authority to “We the People”.
    The US legal system (unless they get their heads screwed on straight), wil be, henceforth, ‘Non Entities’, to the American, living, breathing human (Individual), beings.
    WE are looking for some leadership from the people that WE hire and pay to work for us.
    WE are not satisfied with our government employees,.
    WE are thinking, it is time to do a little firing, of the government employees, that have fogotten that they work for ‘We The People’. not their fellow corporations!

  4. 141109129580541@facebook.com' Jennifer Hanson says:

    Michael Patrick Hanson

  5. 193590414310713@facebook.com' Greg McPhee says:

    No but the people running the corporations CAN go to jail

  6. 184142685254950@facebook.com' Blank Sheep says:

    THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ABOVE THE LAW.

    • iamlightagain@gmail.com' James Freeman says:

      What they are above, is some of their phoney mandates.
      Their mandates, are not laws!

      No one can escape LAW!

      GRAVITY
      Now, there is real law.
      Let’s see anyone, be above that law, step off a roof top
      and not go down!

      No one is above the law.
      Everything else is mere words
      from lawyers on paper,
      and have no authority for human beings.
      WHATEVER!

  7. 144099595947164@facebook.com' Daniel Cox says:

    Figures, Master and Servant.

  8. 1651750771766413@facebook.com' Joanne Benzenhafer says:

    Now are people understanding the power of a POTUS to appoint Supreme Court Jusrices, and in GWBush’s case, the Chief Justice, John Roberts? The Supreme Court of the United States is the end of the line. They say businesses are people, by golly, businesses are people in terms of their taxes.

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