Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 3 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 7 (10 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   24 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

The Veil is Lifted, The Gloves Are Off

      (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 10   Well Said 9   Valuable 8  
View Ratings | Rate It Headlined to H2 7/15/10

Author 2881
Become a Fan
  (7 fans)
- Advertisement -

Today at United States District Court in downtown Manhattan, around the corner from where I work, I witnessed the sentencing hearing of attorney Lynn Stewart. I only had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Stewart five years ago, along with Ralph, her jovial and loving husband. I never had the honor of her defending me, but during the course of the last 5 years, I met many people who did. The courtroom today was packed, leaving 2 overflow rooms, which were also filled to capacity.

Walking into the marble and mahogany building, which I am no stranger to since I work next door, gave me a never before eerie feeling. A bronze "Lady Justice" 2 story high statue sat in the main entrance way, greeting everyone who entered. But it did not give me comfort, it only once again reminded me of the many icons of worship this country erects to deflect the true nature of the beast underneath. I thought to myself "I'd love to hang a huge banner right in the middle of her 2 story chest with a big $ sign!"

Sitting in the elaborate overflow room, with all of Lynn's supporters, then gave me comfort. Watching Lynn on the 2 screens in front of the room was very sad. She looked weak, pale and broken. She pleaded for the court's mercy by presenting her statement to the judge. In it, she declared that she no longer had a relationship with her grandson, who could not visit her any longer in the horrible prison. She said she felt alone, and withdrawn. Only when her friends and family came to visit for one hour a week did she rejuvenate for a short period, but then would retreat back into somberness and sadness. At one point she choked up when saying that if the court decided to sentence her to anytime longer than the original 28 months, it would be a like imposing the "death sentence". She reiterated that many times, in so many different ways. She threw herself at the "mercy" of the judge.

I thought to myself this is not the Lynn Stewart that I knew, if only for a short time. She was always vibrant and unafraid. She stood for true justice for the people who went unrepresented in a system that would make every attempt to smash them. Why was she begging for mercy? It broke my heart.

Then the US Attorney stood up and for 30 minutes recounted the details of the entire trial, repeating hundreds of times "we were attacked on 9/11", and "Ms. Stewart gave comfort to Islamic terrorists." These references were the cornerstone of the prosecution's argument, and he couldn't say it enough. In every way, he connected Lynn with the terrorist "murder groups", and in reality made her the real terrorist. He said "the government trusted her as a lawyer, and she shouldn't have been trusted." He referred endless times to the DVD of her press conference prior to her remand to prison in 2009, and referenced her statements that she had "no remorse."

Lucky for me I was in an overflow room. I commented, loudly, how I hoped this guy would get the pox, and I wasn't alone. People booed, and said he better not come into their neighborhoods. How could he sleep at night? I would be embarrassed to be in his shoes. Is there no dignity?

- Advertisement -

Well, I will answer my own rhetorical questions. There is no dignity in this system. There is no justice in this system. There never was, and never will be. There is only hatred, fear, and an elite system of injustice. The judge is only a puppet of the state and did what he was told to do. The prosecutor is a prostitute and regurgitates enough bullshit to make people afraid enough to go home and lock their doors so they too won't wind up like Lynn Stewart. When she was wrongfully sentenced to 10 years behind bars, there should have been a riot in the courtroom. Instead, everyone left.

Folks, it has always been like this. I didn't live through the McCarthy era, and was happy I didn't. I am a child of the 60's and the radicalness of the 70's. I thought, in my naivete, that this country stood for something good, and protected freedom of speech, the rights of people of color to live and work without the threat of police oppression, and most of all, it was a nation that was accepting and tolerant of those who came here from all over the world to experience the "American dream."

What a bunch of crap. It has always been a bad system. Sometimes there would be breakthroughs in civil rights, or women's rights, but those where aberrations. Not the norm. The system would again rise up to take it all away, because it wasn't meant to be fair and just for all people, only those who are the elite in this society. It always brings me back to how this country was founded, on the blood of those who already lived here.

And so it goes, we see the true face of American justice. Take a good look while the veil is lifted, because it will be dropped again, and you will be fooled into thinking if only we had more hope.

- Advertisement -



Anti-war activist, mother of three combat tour US marine; member of the national steering committee for the "World Can't Wait" and member of Military Families Speak Out (my opinions do not reflect the national position of MFSO).

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -
Google Content Matches:

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Criminal Complaint Served and Seven Arrested at the Army Experience Center in Philadelphia Mall

The Myth of the "American Dream" (the simple version)

The Capture of John Walker Lindh: A Marine's Mother Remembers

Military Rape Awarness Week Starts At Times Sq. Recruiting Station

The Veil is Lifted, The Gloves Are Off

The Heinous Crimes of George W. Bush in 35 Articles of Impeachment


The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
18 people are discussing this page, with 24 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

Unfortunately, justice can be and is manipulated b... by Henry Pelifian on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 6:51:40 AM
As I understand it, there were no credible witness... by Richard Pietrasz on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 4:40:36 PM
Donald Rumsfeld warned Americans about speaking up... by David Roche on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 9:42:42 AM
The 9-11 lie caused justice in the USA to die,it c... by tjb on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 9:47:24 AM
of the 40s. You are right. McCarthyism won. Those ... by Margaret Bassett on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 10:05:26 AM
The Veil Is Lifted. How true, but as the author st... by Eddy Schmid on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 10:08:53 AM
When you step into the voting booth Sir/Madam you ... by Margo on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 2:04:57 PM
In our book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions, Larry... by paul craig roberts on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 10:30:35 AM
This article is a good illustration of why I call ... by Stewart Wechsler on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 10:44:18 AM
named very well...after all, it is quite criminal.... by Sherry Mann on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 10:48:56 AM
In her capacity she aided a terrorist endeavor tha... by momintum on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 11:59:58 AM
Sorry for the name calling, but if you don't under... by Jack Flanders on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 3:44:10 PM
The name calling apology before the act tells me a... by momintum on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 4:12:39 PM
It seems I have misunderestimated you. Truly you a... by Jack Flanders on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 4:30:11 PM
I would've just called him an idiot and punched hi... by Adam Smith on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 7:11:49 PM
The dilemma here rests anent her abetting a suspec... by momintum on Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 1:24:58 PM
Prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement all cheat... by Richard Pietrasz on Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 12:33:43 PM
With Lynn Stewart wehave another name to add to th... by Marika on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 12:33:32 PM
Lady Justice wears a blindfold for a reason. I am ... by Nancy S on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 1:04:19 PM
I have maintained for a long time that we live in ... by Bruce Morgan on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 2:28:59 PM
Do you really think that locking your doors will k... by wagelaborer on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 6:52:11 PM
You are right. If they want in, you can't keep the... by Bruce Morgan on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 7:09:02 PM
In speaking truth to power. Your sense of sadness ... by Jay Farrington on Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 2:51:25 PM
The dilemma here rests anent her abetting a suspec... by momintum on Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 1:27:12 PM