We stopped considering it "due" process

 

In 2010, after years, sometimes decades in the metaphorical trenches, trying to vindicate the federal rights of average Americans through domestic legal processes, a coalition of U.S.-based good government advocates reported to the United Nations (U.N.) that "the ability of average Americans to effectively petition their government is so diluted or compromised that what would otherwise be our constitutional and universal human rights are no more than privileges, doled out at government discretion." It took nearly five (5) more years for some advocates from that coalition to confirm underlying patterns of abuse.  Amazingly, the questionable conduct persisted and aligned with those patterns of persecution, torture, and U.S. legal system abuse despite these unsettling realities revealed by the coalition's 2010 U.N. report and related calls for relief:

 

  • Lawyer disciplinary processes are easily misused to silence government critics; the devastating impact extends beyond targeted lawyers and their families; in fact to scores if not hundreds or thousands of poor and other disadvantaged Americans who lack access to affordable, competent legal representation as a result; and the most fundamental, underlying problem is that state regulation of speech among lawyers and judges, transgresses the Privileges and Immunities Clause, Commerce Clause, and First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution beyond considerations of orderly, fair trials;

 

  • Anyone legitimately pressing beyond local officials to America’s federal government for relief, needs a (Department of Justice) committed to First Amendment protection as much if not more than anti-discrimination enforcement – but it seems at best that commitment is expressed through unwarranted disparities in prosecuting white collar and blue collar crimes;

 

  • Surely it could not be due process for beleaguered victims of unlawful bias, discrimination and/or retaliation in America to spend the better of two decades (or more) advocating for relief and reform, often in addition to running a gauntlet of costly, protracted civil proceedings for relatively rare vindication;  

 

  • There is a distinct difference in how America generally responds to the alleged persecution of its elites versus that of its marginalized citizenry;

 

  • Local, state, and federal officials in America regularly defy prudent priorities to prosecute, incarcerate, or otherwise sanction many government critics through processes triggered by anonymous sources and/or riddled with irregularities;  

 

  • The ability of average Americans to effectively petition their government, is so diluted or compromised that what would otherwise be our constitutional and universal human rights are no more than privileges, doled out at government discretion. 

 

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To read a summary of, as well as OAK's complete 2010 U.N. report:  CLICK for the SUMMARY and for the SUBMISSION