America: Fascist State. Confirmed.
WASHINGTON — In 2005, federal authorities concluded that a Monsanto consultant had visited the home of an Indonesian official and, with the approval of a senior company executive, handed over an envelope stuffed with hundred-dollar bills. The money was meant as a bribe to win looser environmental regulations for Monsanto’s cotton crops, according to a court document. Monsanto was also caught concealing the bribe with fake invoices.
A few years earlier, in the age of Enron, these kinds of charges would probably have resulted in a criminal indictment. Instead, Monsanto was allowed to pay $1 million and avoid criminal prosecution by entering into a monitoring agreement with the Justice Department.
In a major shift of policy, the Justice Department, once known for taking down giant corporations, including the accounting firm Arthur Andersen, has put off prosecuting more than 50 companies suspected of wrongdoing over the last three years.
Instead, many companies, from boutique outfits to immense corporations like American Express, have avoided the cost and stigma of defending themselves against criminal charges with a so-called deferred prosecution agreement, which allows the government to collect fines and appoint an outside monitor to impose internal reforms without going through a trial. In many cases, the name of the monitor and the details of the agreement are kept secret.
Emphasis added by me.
Do you get it yet?
How about this?
Deferred prosecutions have become a favorite tool of the Bush administration. But some legal experts now wonder if the policy shift has led companies, in particular financial institutions now under investigation for their roles in the subprime mortgage debacle, to test the limits of corporate anti-fraud laws.
Firms have readily agreed to the deferred prosecutions, said Vikramaditya S. Khanna, a law professor at the University of Michigan who has studied their use, because “clearly it avoids a bigger headache for them.”
Some lawyers suggest that companies may be willing to take more risks because they know that, if they are caught, the chances of getting a deferred prosecution are good. “Some companies may bear the risk” of legally questionable business practices if they believe they can cut a deal to defer their prosecution indefinitely, Mr. Khanna said.
Emphasis added by me.
Let me put this in focus for you who have less than sharp vision.
A predatory bastard molests your pre-teen child.
The government does not prosecute the sick bastard because he’s “agreed” to be monitored.
Said monitoring is to be done by an outside company. Basically what this company does is phone the pervert every evening to ask, “Did you touch any kids today?”
As long as the sick fuck says No, he avoids prosecution.
Now tell me that’s the kind of world you want to live in.
Because that’s basically what the hell is going on here:
Deferred prosecution agreements, or D.P.A.’s, have become controversial because of a medical supply company’s agreement to pay up to $52 million to the consulting firm of John Ashcroft, the former attorney general, as an outside monitor to avoid criminal prosecution. That agreement has prompted Congressional inquiries and calls for stricter guidelines.
Ashcroft — the guy who put a cloth covering over the breasts of a statue. Ashcroft — the guy who released a CD of his tone-deaf singing. Ashcroft — the guy who was once in charge of prosecuting these kinds of cases.
You are going to trust him to monitor a corporation that’s already been deemed perverted in its ethics and actions?
Every single one of us is being sold down the river.
Just as in England — pressure is building here for an explosion.
But this will be much, much, much worse.
Hey, all you truckers sitting around not making money because diesel fuel is sky-high. How do you like seeing your government taken out of your control and twisted into a catering service for the rich and powerful who plot to cheat you every single day?
Everyone else out there: If you think McCain or Obama or Hillary is going to change this, you need medication to end your delusions.
It’s time for me to invoke Paddy Chayefsky, dammit: