Alexander Higgins
September 9, 2010

The United States Court Of Appeals 9th circuit has legalized the CIA abduction, overseas detention, and torture of innocent American citizens.

It has also ruled that innocent civilians tortured and detained, even after release, have no rights for recourse against the CIA or corporations involved because litigation would jeopardize state secrets and top secret classified information critical to National Security.

Basically if you’re accused the Executive branch can be the judge, jury and executioner with the caveat that you are automatically guilty and have no right to defend yourself against the allegations.

The Associated Press reports that the Obama Administration has won a shocking victory in federal appeals courts when the US federal appeals court ruled that innocent victims abducted and tortured by the CIA do not have a right to sue companies involved in facilitating the torture programs.

The lawsuit involves litigation against Boeing for its involvement the US CIA torture program of innocent US citizens.

The lawsuit charges that US Citizens alleged to be terrorists were subject to illegal “forced disappearances” after which Boeing ran CIA black-op “torture flights” of the alleged terrorism suspects during which the tortured citizens were flown to secret overseas prisons where torture is legal.

The 5 men involved in the litigation were originally abducted by the CIA and shipped to the oversea the secret overseas torture prisons based on suspicions that they were involved with the 9/11 attack.

So far 3 of the 5 men have been released because they were innocent and had no involvement with the attacks.

According the Associated Press, the three-judge panel on the 9th Circuit court of appeals quickly dismissed the lawsuit after the US Government claimed the litigation would reveal state secrets along with top secret US Government intelligence by a vote of 2 to 1.

The ruling effectively legalizes the abduction, overseas detention and torture of innocent US civilian citizens by the CIA.

The decision also removes the remedies innocent people who are tortured or detained can take against the CIA or corporations contracted by the CIA to run its black-ops.

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Not surprisingly this is the same Federal Appeals Court that ruled that private property is no longer private when it made it legal for Government officials to sneak on to private property and install GPS devices to track US citizens anytime they want without a warrant.

Judge Michael Hawkins, a federal judge on the panel who disagreed with the ruling, told the Associated Press that the lawsuit was dismissed prematurely and argued that the litigants should still be allowed to prevent evidence that is not secret and not critical to the so-called “National Security” interests of the United States.

“They are not even allowed to attempt to prove their case by the use of nonsecret evidence in their own hands or in the hands of third parties”, wrote Judge Michael Hawkins about the decision.

ACLU attorney Ben Wizner who represents the 5 men stated that he plans on appealing the decision and taking it the United States Supreme court.

However, considering the recent streak of rulings which have diminished the constitutional rights protecting American citizens while increasing the tyrannical powers of the Executive branch of the federal government it is likely that current ruling will stand.

The recent rulings continue uphold the wide array of human rights violations originally implemented by President George W. Bush in the name of the so called “War on Terror”.

Despite the many campaign promises by President Barack Obama to end those promises he has only expanded the oppression the Obama administration has only expanded Bush’s violations to the point of a totalitarianism dictatorship.

The ACLU points out that Obama administration has fought for and won the legalization of Bush’s human rights violations in the US courts and instead of ending the practices President Obama has made the abusive practices of civil rights violations the new normal.

July 22, 2010

National Security, Civil Liberties, and Human Rights Under the Obama Administration

An 18-Month Review

In the eighteen months since the issuance of those executive orders, the administration’s record on issues related to civil liberties and national security has been, at best, mixed. Indeed, on a range of issues including accountability for torture, detention of terrorism suspects, and use of lethal force against civilians, there is a very real danger that the Obama administration will enshrine permanently within the law policies and practices that were widely considered extreme and unlawful during the Bush administration. There is a real danger, in other words, that the Obama administration will preside over the creation of a “new normal.”

Download the ACLU PDF Report – Establishing a New Normal – Detailing Obama’s Civil Right and Human Right Violations (PDF – 2.46 MB)

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For example the US Supreme court has legalized the assassination of Americans alleged to threats to National Security anywhere in the world.

The Supreme Court has also made it legal for the US Government to hold anyone indefinitely with no need to file charges which violates Habeas Corpus.

In fact the courts have also made it legal to for the Government to violate just about all constitutionally protected rights  of Americans citizens alleged to be terrorists or alleged to be threats to National Security without the need for the Government to prove or even provide evidence to support the allegations.

Those constitutional rights that the Government no longer needs to provide include trial by jury, protection against illegal search and seizure, and the right to face your accusers.

The current legal system even denies American citizens placed on the CIA assassination list the right to hire a lawyer to challenge being placed on the list for assassination.

Basically if you’re accused the Executive branch can be the judge, jury and executioner with the caveat that you are automatically guilty and have no right to defend yourself against the allegations.

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“If this decision stands,” ACLU attorney Ben Wizner said, “the United States will have closed its courts to torture victims while extending complete immunity to its torturers.”

Indeed this is an important ruling facing the courts because if the US Government is allowed to torture innocent citizens and Big Corporations can participate in the practice and reap large profits without fear of any retribution it will only be a matter of time before the practice becomes so widespread and flagrant that the average American citizen will be targets just for disagreeing with the Government.

For example the Government think tank, DEMOS, has recently released documents labeling conspiracy theorists as potential terrorists calling conspiracy theories “dangerous thoughts” that “lead to violence”.

Obama’s Department of Justice has taken the opinion one step farther and released a publication that states Constitutionalists, Anti New World Order Activists, and Survivalists such as the Tea Party, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ron Paul, and Rand Paul are all “potential terrorists”.

In fact Demos has responded to public outrage over the report and has specifically called The Intel Hub a conspiracy echo chamber, which is a site that “echoes” my writings on The Alexander Higgins Blog in its chamber.

That would imply that I am a “potential terrorist” pushing “dangerous thoughts” that could “lead to violence”.

Clearly the policy of torture, abduction, assassination and violation of human rights targets not actual terrorists but every single political dissident who disagrees with any aspect of the US Government and the policies of tyrannical totalitarian oppression the US Government imposes.

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