Blog/USA Current Events
Posted May 18, 2016 by Martin Armstrong
The Executive Branch was handed dictatorial powers last month in a Washington DC Court of Appeals decision, United States v. Fokker Services B.V., where a Dutch aerospace firm was accused of making more than 1,000 illegal shipments of parts and components to Iran and other sanctioned countries from 2005 to 2010. It held that Federal judges have no authority to “second guess” the discretion of federal prosecutors to cut deals with companies under criminal investigation. This was a unanimous ruling that is handing unimaginable power to the Justice Department, who claims discretion to obey the law. This is why Hillary can escape prosecution because the government can deny equal protection of the law to its citizens. They prosecute some people and not others for the very same offense.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC held that the Justice Department may engage in the often-controversial deals it uses to punish large companies without leaving the scar of a criminal conviction that might threaten their existence when it comes to things like a banking license. These deals are “Deferred Prosecution Agreements” which allow companies to avoid criminal prosecution by paying a fine and submitting to certain conditions for a period of probation, after accepting responsibility for wrongdoing. Who becomes the probation officer? Former US attorneys, such as Ashcroft who gets tens of millions of dollars in return for no criminal prosecution. When NJ governor Chris Christie was a federal prosecutor, he did a deal where the company had to pay $52 million to John Ashcroft, former US Attorney General, to monitor a firm in New Jersey. These types of deals are rotten to the core, and the US Court of Appeals ruling that judges have no power to object is handing prosecutors the ultimate blackmail card of all time.
The “discretion” in legal terms has been transformed into exactly what it was not supposed to be. The Supreme Court explained back in 1824 in the landmark case:
Osborn v. Bank of the United States
22 U.S. 738 (1824)
“When they are said to exercise a discretion, it is a mere legal discretion, a discretion to be exercised in discerning the course prescribed by law; and, when that is discerned, it is the duty of the court to follow it. Judicial power is never exercised for the purpose of giving effect to the will of the judge, always for the purpose of giving effect to the will of the legislature; or, in other words, to the will of the law.”
id/22 US 866
When the President of the United States takes office, he takes his oath of office which has just become word they babble any more.
“Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: — “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
ARTICLE II, SECTION 1, CLAUSE 8
Nowhere within this oath does it give the “discretion” to execute what laws based on what someone likes or dislikes. This decision effectively nullifies that oath entirely and declares to the entire world that there is no rule of law. The president and everything within the executive branch has the discretion to enforce the laws created by Congress. That bluntly means that the people have absolutely no say whatsoever in government for they pretend to elect “representatives” who can legislate but the president need not listen. Congressional powers as defined in the Constitution are “To make all Laws which shall be necessary.” None of this means anything if the president has the “discretion” to enforce what laws he agrees with. That is a dictatorship and tyranny.
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;—And
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.