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UN SDG Target 16.5, TAP 3030 Plan to Humanely Care for Victims of Crimes and Privately (Not Secretly) Investigate, Negotiate With and If Necessary, Prosecute Alleged Lawbreakers With Timely Restitution For Victims, Rehabilitation for Lawbreakers and Restorative Justice for Both

(Updated July 25, 2017)


Please consider this plan as a work in progress and the lists in this documents as open ended. Recommendations, comments and additional items, anonymous if you like, are welcomed and can be provided by email to RefineThePlan@PeopleNow.org or fax 703-521-0849. Thanks.

 

30.1  Introduction


This Plan provides strategies, procedures and sample documents to humanely care for and protect victims of crimes and to prevent crimes. It also proposes to replace punishment confinement and retribution with timely mental health assessments and treatment, restitution, restorative justice, reconciliation and rehabilitative principles and practices as advocated in the Plan to Reform Criminal Justice and Prisons Using Restorative Justice, Restitution and Rehabilitation Instead of Punishment, Confinement and Retribution (TAP29).


It also provides plans to humanely and privately (not secretly) investigate, negotiate with and if necessary prosecute alleged lawbreakers, including certain senior civil and military officials, legislators, judges and public and private sector executives


Clarrence Darrow provides an outstanding approach for criminal justice: “All of those who for any reason cannot or do not adjust themselves to important rules,” that is have committed a crime “should be examined by experts to find out why it is and what can be done. They should be helped in every way possible. Regardless of what they have done they should be released when it seems safe; meantime they should be kept under supervision in kindness and sympathy instead of harshness. It is entirely possible that a person guilty of homicide could safely be set free in a short time, and that a sneak-thief or a beggar could never be changed or cured or released. Each individual should be considered by himself. To subject every inmate of prisons to the same treatment is like giving every hospital patient the same doses of medicine, or the same surgical operation, and, of course, however absurd this might seem to those who do not think, the time will come when something like this will take the place of the archaic, costly, and pernicious system that has long since been outworn.”


Key principles of this reform plan include:

 

   Ensure victims of crimes are properly cared for, protected, have any lost property or assets immediately returned and receive timely restitution, reparations and/or disgorgements

 

   Punishment, retribution and confinement of non-violent individuals does not and should not be used

 

   Individuals who are a threat to others or themselves should be kept under supervision in kindness and sympathy instead of harshness (Clarence Darrow).

 

   Alleged lawbreakers who have deprived others of their property or livelihood or contributed to their injury, illness or death shall pay restitution and if necessary the state shall pay reparations. Mental illness of an alleged lawbreaker is no excuse.

 

   There are no known genes that cause a person to be destructive or have a criminal mind. They learn this from unknowing family members and society

 

   Both victims of crimes and alleged perpetrators should be treated humanely and with dignity and respect at all times and be allowed to stay in appropriate contact with their families, in particular minor children and spouses.

 

   These principles and practices should be used as soon as practicable in each case and during all phases of investigations, negotiation prosecutions and rehabilitation.

 

   Help perpetrators of crimes better understand the damage, suffering, misery and other impacts of their crimes on their victims, encourage/convince them to provide appropriate restitution to victims, be apologetic, contrite and mend their ways

 

   Ensure victims of crimes are properly cared for, protected, have any lost property or assets immediately returned, receive timely restitution, reparations and/or disgorgement. Workers who have been exploited and their rights violated should receive all back pay and ultimately providing them with portions of businesses, factories, land turned over to them be should be considered.                                                                                     

 

   Ensure perpetrators of crimes are rapidly rehabilitated and become productive members of their community and society.

 

   Ensure the fair enforcement of the rule of law and equal justice for all.

 

   Builds on the past and ongoing efforts of other organizations and individuals working on prosecutions and civil law suits.

 

   Supplies a framework for those interested to list additional ideas, problems and solutions and to work with others to implement the solutions.


Today we have very lenient, almost non existent criminal justice for senior public and private sector officials and harsh criminal justice for the poor and lower middle class who cannot afford expensive attorneys. Whether or not individuals go to prison usually depends upon whether or not he or she can afford an expensive attorney and who knows the judge.

 

Numerous official reports, books and articles describe the horrors, wastefulness and illegality of U.S. wars, assassinations, drone attacks, torture and abuse of detainees, spying, and massive financial crimes.


Yet, after untold years of these illegalities and despite hundreds of thousands of petitions, phone calls, emails, demonstrations and “occupations,” not one high-ranking official that authorized and planned these illegal acts has been indicted and not one survivor of U.S. torture has succeeded in holding these officials accountable in a U.S. court for torture. Footnote


The proposed approach includes getting to know the prosecutors and investigators as outlined in Section V. D. Liaison with Investigators/Prosecutors and Special Counsel If and When One Is Appointed. As you get to know them, discuss humane justice with them and get them to understand the damage that has been caused by not enforcing the rule of law and allowing corporations to run the government. Provide them samples of proposed criminal complaints and affidavits that show probable cause and victim impact statements with John Does in place of actual names.


Interested organizations and individuals are requested to work together, form an advisory board for this plan, and add everything that needs to be done to it. Recommendations can be made and items added by going to emailing RefinethePlan@peoplenow.org or faxing 703-521-0849.


Recommendations, comments and suggestions on all aspects of this plan are welcomed.


The below Table of Contents provides an outline of this Plan. Each item in the plan can be accessed by clicking on the page number.


Table of Contents

 

    30.1  Introduction

 

    30.2  Purpose

 

    30.3  Objectives

 

    30.4  Actions to Humanely and Privately Investigate, Negotiate With and/or Prosecute Lawbreakers

    30.4.1    Compile and Maintain a Private, Prioritized List of Individuals Who Should Be Investigated and Possibly Prosecuted

    30.4.2    Organize Efforts

    30.4.3    Prepare Documentation for Initiating Humane, Private (not Secret) Investigations, Negotiations and/or Prosecution, Tort Claims and/or Disgorgement Actions

    30.4.4     Liaison with Investigators and Prosecutors

    30.4.5    Initiate and Follow Through with Humane, Private Investigations, Negotiations and Prosecutions if Necessary

 

    30.5  Background

 

    30.6  Food for Thought for Those Reluctant to Help with Prosecutions

 

    30.7  Conclusions

 

    30.8   Attachments

    30.8.1    Procedures for Preparing Documentation for Humane, Private Investigations and Prosecutions

    30.8.2     Sample Cover Letter Requesting Both Humane Investigations and Prosecutions

    30.8.3     Preparing a Chronology of Events

    30.8.4     Preparing Victim Impact Statements

    30.8.5     Sample Affidavit in Support of a Criminal Complaint

    30.8.6     Sample Spreadsheet Showing Campaign Donations to Legislators

    30.8.7     Sample Victim Impact Statement

    30.8.8     Format for a Combination Multi-Count Criminal Complaint, Affidavit in Support of a Criminal Complaint and Application for a Warrant

    30.8.9     UCMJ Charge Sheet for Private First Class Bradley E. Manning, U.S. Army, provided as a sample

    30.8.10   Complaint Filed with the I.C.C. by Professor Francis A. Boyle

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30.2    Purpose                          

Provide strategies, procedures and sample documents to initiate and follow through with humane, private (not secret) prosecutions, tort claims and disgorgement actions against certain senior civil and military officials, legislators, judges and corporation executives who are violating the law. This plan uses the humane, constitutional, private, rehabilitative, reconciliative and restorative justice, principles and practices described in the Plan to Reform Criminal Justice Systems Using Restorative Justice, Restitution and Rehabilitation Instead of Punishment and Retribution. These principles and practices should be used as soon as practicable in each case and during all phases of investigations, prosecutions and rehabilitation.


This plan will be refined and should ultimately be employed in all state, federal and international criminal prosecutions.

 

30.3    Objectives

 

30.3.1 Ensure victims of crimes are properly cared for, protected, have any lost property or assets immediately returned, receive timely restitution, reparations and/or disgorgement. Workers who have been exploited and their rights violated should receive all back pay and ultimately providing them with portions of businesses, factories, land turned over to them be should be considered.

 

30.3.2 Help perpetrators of crimes better understand the damage, suffering, misery and other impacts of their crimes on their victims, encourage/convince them to provide appropriate restitution to victims, be apologetic, contrite and mend their ways.

 

30.3.3 Help restore both the victims and perpetrators of crimes.

 

30.3.4 Ensure perpetrators of crimes are rapidly rehabilitated and become productive members of society.

 

30.3.5 Provide a framework for those interested to list additional ideas, problems and solutions and work with others to accomplish the solutions.

 

30.3.6 Inform and educate our public servants and the public on criminal justice procedures and their reform, war crimes, restorative justice and related subjects.

 

30.3.7 Ensure the fair enforcement of the rule-of-law and that we have equal justice for all.

 

30.3.8 Build on the past and ongoing efforts of other organizations and individuals working on prosecutions and civil law suits

 

30.3.9 Allow the participation of all interested individuals regardless of their knowledge of criminal justice procedures.

 

30.4    Actions to Humanely and Privately Investigate, Negotiate With and/or Prosecute Lawbreakers

 

30.4.1 Compile and Maintain a Private, Prioritized List of Individuals Who Should Be Investigated and Possibly Prosecuted

 

30.4.2 Organize Efforts

 

30.4.2.1    Share an existing or establish an office in the Washington, D.C. area to prepare documentation and coordinate the accomplishment of this plan and the Massive Global Movement and Universal Strategic Plan for a Peace, Prosperous, Just, Sustainable World described on www.PeopleNow.org.

 

30.4.2.2    Continually update and maintain:

 

30.4.2.2.1 This plan and www.HumaneProsecutions.org

 

30.4.2.2.2 A detailed list of organizations and individuals working on or interested in various aspects of humane prosecutions and related legal matters

 

30.4.2.2.3 A library of relevant publications and information for those seeking information.

 

30.4.2.3    Provide means for those who wish to remaining anonymous to submit information and documentation without revealing their identity.

 

30.4.2.4    Request the appointment of a Task Force of investigators and prosecutors and the establishment of a permanent Grand Jury in the Washington DC area.

 

30.4.3 Prepare Documentation for Initiating Humane, Private (not Secret) Investigations, Negotiations and/or Prosecution, Tort Claims and/or Disgorgement Actions

 

30.4.3.1    Gather required information and privately prepare the documents for prosecutions, and tort claims beginning with the higher priority subjects. These documents are outlined in Procedures for Preparing Documentation for Criminal Prosecutions. They include draft copies of: Criminal Complaints, Affidavits in Support of a Criminal Complaint that show probable cause and Applications for Warrants and cover letters to (Local and Federal) government investigators and prosecutors. Most of this work will be done in the Washington, D.C. area and by e-mail.

 

30.4.3.2    Before indictments are made public, criminal proceedings and the documentation should be held private and not revealed or "leaked" to the public. Subjects should not be threatened, humiliated or challenged. All the rights of the subject should be observed and not violated.

 

30.4.3.3    Ask authors of germane books and articles to prepare chronology of events and affidavits in support of criminal complaints from portions of their articles and books.

 

30.4.3.4    Convert the requests for disbarment/disciplinary complaints filed with state bar licensing boards by the Velvet Revolution to criminal complaints and affidavits showing probable cause. Apparently, the licensing boards have not responded.

 

30.4.4  Liaison with Investigators and Prosecutors

 

30.4.4.1    Contact, liaison with and get to know local:

            

30.4.4.1.1 Federal investigators (FBI agents), federal prosecutors, (U.S. attorneys), local investigators, (normally police department detectives) and local prosecutors, (district attorneys) beginning in the greater Washington, D.C. area and ultimately throughout the country. Obtain their office address, e-mail address and phone and fax numbers. Establish a working relationship with them. The Sample Intro Letter to Investigators and Prosecutors which requires refinements may be adapted to help with this.

 

30.4.4.1.2 Several groups and individuals are have requested the appointment of a special prosecutor by the Attorney General or Congress. In a Truthout article, Elizabeth de la Vega, a former federal prosecutor with more than 20 years of experience, outlines several good reasons for not appointing a special prosecutor including that it will likely delay justice, cloak the process in secrecy and become politicized. Ms. de la Vega is correct. If a special prosecutor is appointed who is part of the establishment, it will be months while they gather information while thousands more die in Iraq, Iran and Palestine and many more lose their homes and jobs. Think Ken Starr – years of investigation and millions of dollars and nothing to show for it.

 

30.4.4.2    As appropriate, review and discuss the following with them:

 

30.4.4.2.1 The importance of enforcing the rule of law and the urgency of humane, private prosecutions.

 

30.4.4.2.2 This Plan to Reform Criminal Justice Systems Using Humane, Constitutional and Restorative Justice Principles and Practices which is outlined on www.HumaneJustice.org, Indefensible: A Reference for Prosecuting Torture and Other Felonies and other relevant publications.

 

30.4.4.2.3 Samples of generic documentation, with no names, prepared under paragraph IV. B. above.

 

30.4.4.2.4 Obtaining facilities for both restorative justice type prosecution and reconciliation efforts for the victims and alleged perpetrators of crimes.

 

30.4.4.2.5 Humanely and privately investigating and as appropriate summoning and prosecuting certain individuals, while ensuring that all the rights of the accused as outlined in the Constitution (Salient Rights), the International Covenants on Human Rights and other laws are strictly protected during all phases of the criminal justice process.

 

30.4.4.2.6 Subpoenaing and/or otherwise making available selected victims and witnesses of torture, abuse, maiming, illegal arrests or detentions and other crimes by U.S. officials and their agents. Those selected should include in particular those being held today in U.S. prisons without warrants.

 

30.4.4.2.7 While proposed grand jury indictments are being prepared, have alleged perpetrators participate in individual reading/study group discussions, be educated on the severity of their alleged crimes, see the errors in their ways and learn about the major elements of restorative justice. These major elements include taking steps to repair harm, e.g., being contrite and apologizing, paying restitution and providing assistance to victims.

 

30.4.5 Initiate and Follow Through with Humane, Private Investigations, Negotiations and Prosecutions if Necessary.

 

30.4.5.1    Prepare documentation to initiate investigations of individuals from the private prioritized list. Keep this information private within the working group and

 

30.4.5.1.1 Obtain facilities for both restorative justice type prosecution and reconciliation efforts for the victims and alleged perpetrators of crimes.

 

30.4.5.1.2 Humanely and privately investigate and as appropriate summon and prosecute certain individuals, while ensuring that all the rights of the accused as outlined in the Constitution (Salient Rights), the International Covenants on Human Rights and other laws are strictly protected during all phases of the criminal justice process.

 

30.4.5.1.3 Subpoena and/or otherwise make available selected victims and witnesses of torture, abuse, maiming, illegal arrests or detentions and other crimes by U.S. officials and their agents. Those selected should include in particular those being held today in U.S. prisons without warrants.

 

30.4.5.1.4 While proposed grand jury indictments are being prepared, as appropriate:

 

30.4.5.1.4.1    Have perpetrators:

 

30.4.5.1.4.1.1 "Examined by experts to find out why it is and what can be done" as outlined in HumaneJustice.org as part of alleged criminal investigations

 

30.4.5.1.4.1.2 Participate in individual reading/study group discussions, be educated on the severity of alleged crimes, recognize the errors in their ways and learn about the major elements of restorative justice. These major elements include taking steps to repair harm, e.g., being contrite and apologizing, paying restitution and providing assistance to victims.

 

30.4.5.1.4.1.3 Be provided the opportunity and encouraged, as appropriate, to apologize and pay restitution on their own initiative instead of spending time and money on attorneys and grand juries.

 

30.4.5.1.4.2    Provide victims the opportunity to voluntarily conference/meet with those who perpetrated crimes against them and to receive restitution and reasonable reparation from the perpetrators and the U.S. Government.

 

30.4.5.2    As lessons are learned, refine/correct the documentation and processes.

 

30.4.5.3    Establish grand juries dedicated to .

 

30.4.5.4    If investigators and prosecutors will not proceed with prosecutions:

 

30.4.5.4.1 Learn why they will not and correct the problem if possible

 

30.4.5.4.2 Consider politely informing them that if they have knowledge of information that shows probable cause of a felony and do nothing about it they could be in violation of:

 

30.4.5.4.2.1    18 U.S. Code Section 4, misprision of felony, which requires: “Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”

 

30.4.5.4.2.2    18 U.S. Code Section 1510, Obstruction of criminal investigations

 

30.4.5.4.2.3    18 U.S. Code Section 1346, Failing to provide honest services

 

30.4.5.4.3 Consider swearing out criminal complaints before a magistrate, magistrate judge or regular judge

 

30.4.5.4.4 Build on the past and ongoing efforts of other organizations and individuals working on prosecutions, injunctions and civil law suits

 

30.4.5.4.5 Consider filing applicable documents with the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (“I.C.C.”) in The Hague. The Complaint Filed with the I.C.C. by Attorney Francis A. Boyle is provided as a sample.

 

30.4.5.4.5.1    The International Criminal Court should be strengthened and be able to try individuals who have committed serious crimes and cannot be arrested in absentia. Judge Baltasar Garzon, an internationally known Spanish judge tried to extradite former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, and explored criminal action against six former Bush administration officials for the torture of Spanish citizens at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay under “universal jurisdiction.” Garzon has been wrongfully suspended from the bench and now doing some work for the I.C.C.

 

30.4.5.5    Ask appropriate foreign governments whose citizens have been harmed by the actions of the U.S. to file similar complaints. Work with and support other nations.

 

30.4.5.6    Continually refine this document based on lessons learned.

 

30.5    Background

 

30.5.1 Today we have very lenient, almost non existent criminal justice for senior public and private sector officials and harsh criminal justice for the poor and lower middle class who cannot afford expensive attorneys. Whether or not individuals go to prison usually depends upon whether or not he or she can afford an expensive attorney and who knows the judge.

 

30.5.2 Numerous official reports, books and articles describe the horrors, wastefulness and illegality of U.S. wars, assassinations, drone attacks, torture and abuse of detainees, spying, and massive financial crimes.

 

30.5.3 Yet after years of these illegalities and despite hundreds of thousands of petitions, phone calls, emails, demonstrations and now “occupations,” not one high-ranking official that authorized and planned these illegal acts has been indicted and not one survivor of U.S. torture has succeeded in holding these officials accountable in a U.S. court for torture. Footnote

 

30.5.4 One of the “torture lawyers” – the authors of the memorandums that wrongfully and unlawfully authorized torture – is a federal judge. Another is teaching law at a prestigious law school.

 

30.5.5  Not only has the government not prosecuted any high level officials, it is subsidizing crimes and paying for foreclosures. The supposed $26 billion settlement between the federal government and 49 state attorney generals with major banks to address their criminal fraud, robo signing and changing income and job history on mortgage applications without the applicants knowledge actually became mostly a bailout of the large banks. This settlement:

 

30.5.5.1    Provides minimal if any compensation for the hundreds of thousands of families who have literally had and are having their homes stolen.

 

30.5.5.2    Will not prevent or stop one foreclosure but will instead allow the banks to accelerate the pace of foreclosures which are now increasing significantly. (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Authority, government-controlled institutions, have funneled approximately $200 billion to the banks through their silent bailout that occurs with every foreclosure.)

 

30.5.5.3    Contains a broad release of the banks' conduct related to mortgage loan servicing, foreclosure preparation, and mortgage loan origination services. Claims based on these areas of past conduct by the banks cannot be brought by state attorneys general or banking regulators.

 

30.5.5.4    Will be subsidized in part by U.S. taxpayers via a clause in the provisional agreement which make most of the $26 billion settlement, in fact a bailout for them.

 

30.5.5.5    Instead of making them pay the price for their actions, our public servants have given, loaned or guaranteed Wall Street over $3 trillion while every day Americans are still struggling to make ends meet.

 

30.5.5.6     By pushing bad loans and peddling risky mortgage-backed securities as safe investments, these banks aided by our public servants have cost the world economy at least $7.7 trillion.

 

30.5.5.7    Their widespread fraud and corruption also cost millions of hardworking Americans their jobs, their homes, and their shot at the American Dream.

 

30.5.5.8    Our public servants have not provided any meaningful responses to numerous petitions, letters, and requests for investigations, hearings, impeachments and special prosecutors to investigate and prosecute these crimes.

 

30.5.5.9    Refining and executing this plan will turn all this around by helping to coordinate the efforts of the many individuals and organizations working on this and by providing strategies, procedures and sample documents to initiate and follow through with humane, private (not secret), prosecutions of civilian and military officials, legislators, judges, corporation executives and others who have broken the law and encourage/convince them to provide appropriate restitution to victims, be apologetic, contrite and mend their ways.

 

30.5.5.10   Michael Haas, in his book George W. Bush, War Criminal? alleges that members of the G. W. Bush administration committed 269 war crimes, which are described on Haas' website www.USWarCrimes.com. Haas' newer book, America's War Crimes Quagmire From Bush to Obama, provides descriptions of alleged war crimes by the Obama administration.

 

30.5.5.11  Human Rights USA and American University Washington College of Law International Human Rights Law Clinic released a report, Indefensible: A Reference for Prosecuting Torture and Other Felonies (http://www.prosecuteofficials.org/indefensible_a_reference_for_prosecuting_torture.pdf) This report serves as a practitioner's reference addressing the domestic and international laws implicated by the actions of high-ranking government officials. The report lays the groundwork for litigation against those responsible for approving and using illegal interrogation techniques.

 

30.5.6 Charles Ferguson, Director of the Oscar Winning Documentary "Inside Job" and Author of "Predator Nation," in a Huffington Post Article, states:

 

30.5.6.1    It is no exaggeration to say that since the 1980s, much of the American (and global) financial sector has become criminalized, creating an industry culture that tolerates or even encourages systematic fraud. The behavior that caused the mortgage bubble and financial crisis was a natural outcome and continuation of this pattern, rather than some kind of economic accident.

 

30.5.6.2     It is important to understand that this behavior really is seriously criminal.

 

30.5.6.3    There have been very few prosecutions and no criminal convictions of large U.S. financial institutions or their senior executives.

 

30.5.6.4    The mortgage bubble and financial crisis were facilitated not only by deregulation but also by the prior twenty years' tolerance of large scale financial crime. ... [T]he absence of prosecution gradually led to a deeply embedded cultural acceptance of unethical and criminal behavior in finance ... and ... generated a sense of personal impunity; bankers contemplating criminal actions were no longer deterred by threat of prosecution.

 

30.5.7    The settlement between the federal government and 49 state attorneys general with Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Ally Financial "to address mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure abuses" (Department of Justice, Feb. 9) while acknowledging the massive fraud perpetrated by these institutions in carrying out foreclosures, provides minimal compensation for the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost their homes.

 

30.5.7.1 The $25 billion settlement will not prevent or stop one foreclosure. Instead, it is projected that the banks, with the settlement behind them, will actually accelerate the pace of foreclosures in 2012. (Global Finance News, Feb. 11) In 2011, a whopping 2.7 million foreclosure filings were reported in the U.S. (RealtyTrac, Jan. 12) This figure will likely rise significantly this year.

 

30.5.7.2 The proposed Release contains a broad release of the banks' conduct related to mortgage loan servicing, foreclosure preparation, and mortgage loan origination services. Claims based on these areas of past conduct by the banks cannot be brought by state attorneys general or banking regulators

 

30.5.7.3 .Financial Times reported that U.S. taxpayers will subsidize part of the $26 billion settlement owed by five leading banks to resolve claims over faulty foreclosures and mortgage practices. A clause in the provisional agreement, which has not been made public, allows the banks to count future loan modifications made under a previous foreclosure-prevention initiative toward their restructuring obligations for the new settlement. So this is a big deal that was worked out with all the U.S. attorneys-general in the United States and the banks, supposedly penalizing them, a $25-$26 billion settlement, but in fact a bailout for them.

 

30.5.8    Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Authority, government-controlled institutions, together owning or insuring 75 percent of mortgage loans in the U.S., have funneled approximately $200 billion to the banks through the silent bailout that occurs with every foreclosure.

 

30.5.9    Ralph Nader in his book The Seventeen Solutions, states:

 

30.5.9.1 Because of corporate crime: … roughly 60,000 Americans die from workplace related diseases and trauma, 70,000 from air pollution, 100,000 from hospital negligence … another 100,000 from hospital induced infections … 45,000 because they cannot afford health insurance … these fatalities are preventable … the only way to stop them is to arrest the march of corporate crime” – Nader, Ralph, The Seventeen Solutions, page 160, HarperCollins Publisher Inc. New York, NY, 2012.

 

30.5.10  Yet, after untold years of these illegalities and despite hundreds of thousands of petitions, phone calls, emails, demonstrations and “occupations,” not one high-ranking official that authorized and planned these illegal acts has been indicted and not one survivor of U.S. torture has succeeded in holding these officials accountable in a U.S. court for torture. Footnote

 

30.5.11  Instead of making them pay the price for their actions, our public servants have apparently given, loaned or guaranteed loans, Wall Street $29.6 trillion [apparently now well over $32 trillion], while everyday Americans are still struggling to make ends meet.

 

30.5.12  By pushing bad loans and peddling risky mortgage-backed securities as safe investments, these banks cost the world economy $7.7 trillion. Their widespread fraud and corruption also cost millions of hardworking Americans their jobs, their homes, and their shot at the American Dream.

 

30.6  Food for Thought for Those Reluctant to Help with Prosecutions. Please think about and answer the following two questions to yourself:

 

30.6.1    Would you stop an emotionally disturbed person from killing a baby, if you had the wherewithal?

 

30.6.2    If you knew that a group of individuals intended to burglarize an old age home, then kill the habitants and burn down the home to cover up their crime, would you report this to the police?

 

30.6.2.1 I believe your answers will obviously and correctly be “Yes”.

 

30.6.3     My point is that some of our Public Servants are apparently planning and to commit serious crimes including attacking Iran and/or supporting attacks of Iran by Israel.

 

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30.7  Conclusions

 

30.7.1    Senior public servants and private sector officials have committed crimes by authorizing, funding, providing support and materials for and profiting from these acts.

 

30.7.2    The rule-of-law is not being enforced. Despite ample probable cause for obvious crimes, no Department of Justice Official, U.S. attorney or state prosecutor has been willing to investigate and/or attempt to obtain grand jury indictments.

 

30.7.3    Time is ripe for massive change.

 

30.7.4    There is strength in numbers. We must work together. Otherwise they will pick us off one at a time as they have done to Private Manning and other whistle blowers and are attempting to do to Edward Snowden.

 

30.7.5    The fact that United States Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald had the sitting Governor of Illinois arrested and indicted shows that it is feasible to prosecute sitting legislators, senior government officials, Presidents and judges. The process that Fitzgerald used provides a model and sample documents required to accomplish this. Fitzgerald had Governor Blagojevich arrested for a couple of crimes.

 

30.7.6    Human Rights USA and American University Washington College of Law International Human Rights Law Clinic recently released a report, Indefensible: A Reference for Prosecuting Torture and Other Felonies. This report serves as a practitioner’s reference addressing the domestic and international laws implicated by the actions of certain former high-ranking government officials. The report lays the groundwork for litigation against those responsible for approving and using illegal interrogation techniques that was the official policy of the Bush Administration. You may read the outstanding report online, purchase a hard copy by calling (202) 296-5702 or e-mailing info@humanrightsusa.org.

 

30.7.7    There is more than enough work for everyone. Individuals need not be a lawyer or even a paralegal to help.

 

30.7.8    To obtain a grand jury indictment, a U.S. Attorney or local district attorney is required. However, anyone can go before a magistrate, magistrate judge or judge and swear out a criminal complaint.

 

30.7.9    Refining and executing this plan will turn all this around

 

30.8   Attachments

 

30.8.1    Procedures for Preparing Documentation for Humane, Private Investigations and Prosecutions

 

30.8.2     Sample Cover Letter Requesting Both Humane Investigations and Prosecutions

 

30.8.3     Preparing a Chronology of Events

 

30.8.4     Preparing Victim Impact Statements   

 

30.8.5     Sample Affidavit in Support of a Criminal Complaint

 

30.8.6     Sample Spreadsheet Showing Campaign Donations to Legislators

 

30.8.7     Sample Victim Impact Statement

 

30.8.8     Format for a Combination Multi-Count Criminal Complaint, Affidavit in Support of a Criminal Complaint and Application for a Warrant

 

30.8.9     UCMJ Charge Sheet for Private First Class Bradley E. Manning, U.S. Army, provided as a sample

 

30.8.10   Complaint Filed with the I.C.C. by Professor Francis A. Boyle

 

30.8.11   Proposed Individual Restorative Justice and Rehabilitation Plan (Being Developed)


Please help initiate private, humane prosecutions of government officials and others who have broken the law, subscribe to the web site www.ProsecuteOfficials.org, consider it as a work-in-progress, financially support these efforts and in particular provide constructive comments/recommendations on this approach and feedback by email to fisher@peoplenow.org. Your help is appreciated and recommended changes are welcomed.


Initiating humane, private (not secret) investigations, negotiations and/or prosecution, tort claims and/or disgorgement actions