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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Ideology Over-riding Law!

In Nazi Germany , early in the Nazi rule a blind eye was turned to the smashing of Jewish shops and inflicting injury on the owners in complete disregard to the laws at the time because anti-Semitism was  implicitly encouraged by the Government . In a re-run of history Melanie Philips in the WSJ writes of the laws being broken with impunity in the name of Global Warming Activism and anti-semitism in the  UK , and a legal let-off for electoral bullying by the Black Panther movement in the US.

In both Britain and America, ideological prejudices are coming to undermine the rule of law. In a number of incidents, people who have committed criminal acts have been acquitted or had their cases dismissed purely because they represent a politically correct cause or belong to a "powerless" victim group.

An English jury decided in September 2008 that causing more than £35,000 of damage to a coal-fired power station was justified as a protest against man-made global warming. The jury at Maidstone Crown Court cleared six Greenpeace activists of criminal damage after they argued that they had a '"lawful excuse" to trash property at Kingsnorth power station in Kent to prevent even greater harm caused by climate change.
The jurors arrived at this decision having sat through a propaganda barrage by prominent advocates of the man-made global warming theory, including the pioneer green evangelist James Hansen and the environmental campaigner and newly elected Tory MP Zac Goldsmith. The court case was thus effectively turned into a platform for tendentious ideological propaganda, which appears not only to have been endorsed by the jurors but to have persuaded them that it even justified destroying someone's property.
In a similar English case last month at Hove Crown Court, seven activists were acquitted after causing £180,000 in damage to an arms factory owned by a company that sold military equipment to Israel, when they argued they were seeking to prevent "Israeli war crimes" against Palestinians.

The activists had broken into the factory at night, having previously videotaped interviews declaring their intention to smash it up. Yet with hostility to the Jewish state now at white-hot levels in Britain, such otherwise criminal activity is deemed to be justified by a jury if it is committed in the cause of damaging Israeli interests.
Even the judge in this case, George Bathurst-Norman, appears to have agreed. In his summing-up, he instructed the jury that "you may well think that hell on earth would not be an understatement of what the Gazans suffered in that time." He also highlighted the testimony to the court by Caroline Lucas, a Green member of Parliament, who argued that supposedly "all democratic paths had been exhausted" before the activists had embarked upon their action. What "democratic paths"? Israel was trying to prevent Hamas—considered a terrorist organization even by Her Majesty's government—from firing rockets at Israeli civilians.
Whatever one's view of that conflict, it is a political opinion. It surely should have nothing to do with the exercise of English law designed to protect people's property against criminal damage. It really has come to something when a British judge appears to be encouraging a jury to excuse criminal activity because he sympathizes with the political motive behind it. Thus the impartial administration of justice is now giving way in Britain to bias, bigotry and ideology.
Something very similar is happening in America, too. In May, the U.S. Justice Department suddenly dismissed a voter-intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party. Dressed in black uniforms and jackboots, with one of them menacingly tapping a baton, they stood at the entrance of a Philadelphia polling booth on the day Barack Obama was elected president, hurling threats and insults at people turning up to vote, such as "white devils" or "You're about to be ruled by the black man, cracker."
It seems that Nazi Brownshirts have today been replaced by Greenshirts , Black Panthers and a myriad of left-wing  activist groups who it seems, are above the law.. Where will the line be drawn - attacks on coal stations are OK so what about an attack on nuclear power stations ,a pet Greenie hate or on British military establishments for prosecuting the war in Afghanistan. Lack of respect for the rule of law is the beginnning of the end for a society ,especially when it is encouraged by the judiciary itself. The gift that Britain has given many of us in the world is the Westminster system with the separation of the enforcement of the law from political interference , a gift it is now denying it's own people.

1 comment:

  1. The line will only be drawn when cities are burning, and the more Intelligent populace finally has enough and begins to fight back. It will be a series of wars across the globe like no one has seen before.