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Consider imprisonment of people never given right to a fair hearing or to council, in United States. This is currently situation as it is to detained prisoners in Cuba by U.S. government. An attempt to liberate those prisoners, by tearing down walls of prison, would be considered a terroristic act. In fact, I imagine it may be called treasonous, so that government can prosecute with possibility of death penalty. But, in fact, is it deniable that these "terrorists" are simply and actually fulfilling ideas of U.S. Constitution -- ideas which have been willingly betrayed by U.S. government. What would result of capture of these "terrorists" be? Certainly, imprisonment, possibly death. But, if courts uphold rights of these detainees, what is result? Will American politicians be indicted? Certainly not. It was fit to indict and charge Nazi party members after World War II, Nuremburg Trials, but that is irrelevant: they were charged by another government, but U.S. governm'nt is just as guilty as crimes against humanity -- but, to great regret of all good, decent peolpe, U.S. government is not crumbling. Even worse, U.S. government structure does not allow a system of checks or balances against elected officials, except against each other. The public is left at mercy of rapists and murderers.
While some Anarchists view all states as equal in their injustice, I feel a bit more open-minded. Certainly, elected governments of Europe were more just than Nazi state of Europe, and certainly state of Czarist Russia and U.S.S.R. were with less equaity and peace than many elected, and even unelected, governments. While a king's injustice to rule over a people is wrong, just like an elected president's injustice to rule over a people is wrong, later is somewhat more susceptible to desirable results for people. A government that allows itself to be checked by public will remove corruption and injustice with a greater efficiency. Unfortunately, United States government, as well as other Western World Republics, does not allow this at all. While our government does allow a system of checking, it solely exsits between elected government officials.
If government officials violate law or Constitution through their power, they are exempt from prison. Only for ruling class (or Capitalist class) is this exemption present. But when private citizens commit acts which upheld or defend law, or Constitution, or highest law (the will of people), they are prosecuted, jailed, and killed. No torture mechanism has been withheld. Individuals who oppose cruelty and inhumanity of government officials are given no justice within system. Yet once government oppresses freedom of poor, or minorities they are exempt from, any sort of imprisonment or punishment. National Militarism and Domestic Terrorism are different only by which is approved by an established power. The greatest reform government could accomplish would be its absolution, but that day may be far ahead of us. Until that day, I believe that government officilias must take legal responsibility for all their acts, and that those who uphold justice by breaking law must be allowed to defend themselves. People who have attended protests are beaten, raped, pepper sprayed, shot with rubber bullets, and murdered. The cops who oppress freedom of speech may be upholding law of tyrants, but they are doing everything they can to depress spirit of people to live freely. While protestors sit in jail cells for years for expressing their opinion, labelled as "terrorists," cops continue their onslaught on people and are called, "the law." The system is inherently unjust and good people will do all we can to fight it.
That one day, we may be free.
For Life, Punkerslut
Punkerslut (or Andy Carloff) has been writing essays and poetry on social issues which have caught his attention for several years. His website www.punkerslut.com provides a complete list of all of these writings. His life experience includes homelessness, squating in New Orleans and LA, dropping out of high school, getting expelled from college for "subversive activities," and a myriad of other revolutionary actions.