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Civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart's prison sentence has been increased from 28 months to 10 years, at the demand of Justice department hard-liners. A sentence her husband calls "a death sentence."

Civil rights attorney Lynne Stuart embraces supporters as she prepares to surrender to US marshals, 11/19/09. (photo: John Marshall Mantel/NYT)
Civil rights attorney Lynne Stuart embraces supporters as she prepares to surrender to US marshals, 11/19/09. (photo: John Marshall Mantel/NYT)

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+18 # Guest 2010-07-18 01:37
I've been shocked to hear of this cruel treatment of a right-minded person. It makes me think America no longer believes in justice
 
 
+27 # Guest 2010-07-18 01:53
This sort of thing can happen to anybody branded as aiding terrorists or terrorism in the US. The Patriot Act supersedes the Constitution. It's taken Americas fascists longer than it took Hitler's nazis, but today they have America firmly in hand and are continuing their work, in the guise of a constitutional democracy. Of course it won't work in the long run but while it does work it's hell for those who are persecuted. Pete Edler, Stockholm
 
 
+21 # Guest 2010-07-18 04:11
When I read about what happened to Lynn Stewart at the hands of a seriously broken U.S. "Justice" system, I think of the term miscarriage of justice. Our justice "vehicle" is derailed. It was a political prosecution with what appears to be trumped up charges.

A Swedish commentator referred to the German Nazis in this context. I think of the film, "The Final Days of Sophie Scholl" based on a true story of what happened to a brother and sister in Nazi Germany in WW II, February, 1943 who were arrested at Munich University for handing out flyers opposing the Hitler's regime (both non Jews). Sophie and Hans Scholl.

They were arrested, imprisoned, interrogated and sentenced to death in FIVE days, and the sentence was carried out swiftly. The show "trial" at which they were sentenced was a mockery. Are we now doing the same thing in this country?

Everyone who goes to to take an airport flight is now suspected of being a terrorist. Guilty until proven innocent!
 
 
+16 # Guest 2010-07-18 06:29
The average American is not much aware of the effects of the Patriot Act and all things related. Most wouldn't consider reading it. No one I know has read it. Therefore, most assume that the increase in "rules" and military type actions of police are due to common criminals or maybe the "cops were a little rough but some of those people were going to get out of control". A case such as Lynne Stewart's will go completely un-noticed, right along with the loss of citizens' rights.
 
 
+17 # Guest 2010-07-18 07:07
Please don't call it the 'Patriot Act'. It's the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act, an acronym that was cobbled together to make it appear patriotic by unpatriotic cynics who had the whole thing written & ready to go & rolled it out after 9/11. Who would vote against an act labeled thusly, right after such a dastardly deed? They knew exactly what they were doing, & congress fell right in line.
 
 
+12 # Guest 2010-07-18 09:48
Good point, Pete. I have a lawyer friend who was astounded that this act was put in place, more astounded when he found how it had been written so far ahead of time. He had a literal tantrum over the destruction of law and the constitution. As I always say, not one person in our government was ignorant of the agenda of the neo-conservativ es, so any protest was/is a sitcom maneuver. That includes Obama. None of Bush's Bills or this act has been eliminated and the p.Act discussed to my knowledge, only once. Better pay attention, folks.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-07-20 17:33
Glen, Peter...It appears you have read the p.act and I commend you. I like you don't know anyone who has read it either though I say to people 'you really need to read it to know what you've lost and where this country has gone.' I think the people who have read it truly have a better grasp on where this country went in the 8 years he was in. That was written by Rove and Cheney long before 911 happened, but not before it was planned. (Please watch 911 Conspiracy). You must remember also just because you don't hear Rove's name anymore doesn't mean anything, he just took himself off the radar and now he's operating UNDER the radar. It's nice to know a couple of people that have read the biggest detriment to Democracy and our country ever enacted by our own people! When you do read it, it's very difficult to believe it wasn't written by people living in a communist or fascist country.
 
 
+7 # Guest 2010-07-18 07:07
Everyone who is shocked by Lynn's sentence shouldn't be. Convicts with terminal/seriou s illnesses and the elderly are sentenced like this ALL THE TIME. For over two decades, America's criminal justice system has been driven by the race to the bottom of vindictiveness and cruelty. This has been demanded by the American people for drug offenders, "pedophiles" and "terrorists." Do you really expect it to be any different for someone who told the sentencing judge that she could do 28 months standing on her head and that she would do it all over again? She clearly misunderstood the criminal justice system in America, which is DESIGNED to break the will and spirit, to de-humanize the convict.

Lynn is only "lucky" she is going to a minimum security prison, only possible because she has the benefit of her profession and standing. (She is not suffering class bias - exactly the contrary.) This is criminal justice as Americans have created it. The Patriot Act is but the tiniest part of it.
 
 
+7 # Guest 2010-07-18 07:36
America has been steadily on this track
since 1950. Read T.W. Adorno (et al)
The Authoritarian Personality. Also
Stanley Milgram's Obedience To Author-
ity. Are you really beginning to catch
on just now? Responsible people have
been trying to "expose" this for decades.
Adorno's work was published by The Amer-
ican Jewish Committee, in 1950. Why do
people insist on being ignorant of this?
 
 
+8 # Guest 2010-07-18 08:52
Thanks for the comment and references to Adorno & Milgram. The results and ramifications of Milgram's study should be taught in every high school and college. Personally, I like to think of it as a kind of mass Stockholm Syndrome where an all too large segment of Americans are led to truly love the culprits who've stolen their civil liberties and crashed their economy.
 
 
+14 # Guest 2010-07-18 07:52
Alex Jones published the Patriotic Act (1 and 2) and I did read both. Terrifying. This is Nazi Amerika.
My prayers go with Lynne and her husband.
I am an attorney and today I feel shame for the judical system of (in)justice.
Dawn Meredith
 
 
+2 # tmauro 2010-07-18 19:17
Quoting Dawn Meredith:
Alex Jones published the Patriotic Act (1 and 2) and I did read both. Terrifying. This is Nazi Amerika.
My prayers go with Lynne and her husband.
I am an attorney and today I feel shame for the judical system of (in)justice.
Dawn Meredith


Hi Dawnie,
This has all the earmarks of a real travesty of justice, dressed up with all the trappings of a "Kangaroo Court." Apparently, "due process" has gone the way of Malcolm, JFK, RFK, and Martin.
Ter
 
 
+14 # Guest 2010-07-18 08:42
Every few months I begin to think it can't get worse, but every few months I'm proven wrong...it does indeed get worse.
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-07-18 09:10
bin Laden won.
 
 
+4 # tmauro 2010-07-18 19:13
Quoting Virginia:
bin Laden won.


No, he did not.

How can a dialysis patient, living in a cave, be directing something which should have been better described as an inside job? A controlled demolition of buildings, which my Dad used to take us downtown to witness, as to how said skyscraper buildings were "razed," by being brought straight down so as not to damage the surrounding structures.

Also, explain to me the business association between GHWB, and Bin Laden the elder, known as The Carlysle Group, and how swiftly the Bin Laden family was spirited out of New York on Air Force Two. Osama and G.W. used to spend summers on Kennebunkport together when they were boys.

Therefore, nobody won. Except maybe the hedge fund bettors, and the Wall Street financial houses that took advantage of a crisis "dip" in the market, in order to be able to cash in, buy low, and take the opportunity to maximize their profit margins.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-07-20 17:46
Thank you! Someone finally said it all out loud!! We could have had bin laden several times, but don't you know, we were never supposed to 'get him'. Bin laden (& family) also loaned 'W' big money for a business venture that he bankrupted just like he bankrupted this country!!
Your reference to the 'demolition' of the towers is great also. Thank you again for putting it out there. I've always thought the 'falling' of building 7 must have been a superior coup for them since that's where the Security and Exchange Commission is located and they were just beginning an investigation on the whole Wall Street scam and Haliburton. How convenient that all of that information went up in smoke!
 
 
+5 # Guest 2010-07-18 12:03
So terribly sad.

Martin Luther King would have been convicted under this so-called Patriot Act.

Obama should be ashamed that this is happening under his administration.
 
 
+7 # goodsensecynic 2010-07-18 12:08
Most people remember Pastor Niemoeller's famous lines about civic responsibility in Nazi Germany: "When they came for the Jews, I was not a Jew and said nothing; when they came for the communists, I was not a communist and said nothing; ... and when they came for me, there was no one left to speak."

Less well known are his words about the future: If fascism comes to America, it will come on kitten feet. No jackboots, no 'sturm und drang,' just small incremental steps - each seeming reasonable in its time. And when people see its cumulative effect, it will be too late.
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-07-18 12:20
The following got left off the end of the piece:

A Final Note

Jeff Mackler, West Coast Director of the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee, reports she'll "serve her sentence in Danbury, Connecticut's minimum security prison....a brilliant and dedicated fighter sacrificed on the altar of an intolerant class-biased system of repression and war."

A giant among us, she won't be forgotten, a Supreme Court appeal expected, despite little chance for compassion or judicial fairness, qualities absent in the Roberts court.



Stephen Lendman is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization . He lives
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-07-18 12:20
That's true. Bin Laden won & he didn't have to do anything. Wall St. & the Corporate FASCIST, oligarch, plutocracy, which is what we have for a government now, did it for him.
The Founding Fathers must be spinning in their graves seeing what is being called Democracy & justice in this country.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-07-18 12:47
a cab driver from Armenia once told me that it was not the cost of the cold war that crashed the Russian economy, it was the corruption from within. Americas ruling corporations have won. dj
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-07-18 14:13
We're doomed.
 
 
+3 # Mz. Cole 2010-07-18 14:45
Lynn is a exceptional woman who championed for the so-called underdogs of society by ensuring that they were given a legal voice. This is what the profession is supposed to be about.

I'm shocked, but not surprised that her sentence was increased. It's a ruse to show that it's not just Muslims who are being treated badly YET by the very act of increasing her sentence the Islamophobic attitudes shine through such that even the blind can see it.
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-07-18 15:13
At the beginning they gave themselves the right to execute others. Policy was set first with women, then Native America and then with slaves. Policy was then exported around the world. They mine everything for profit. Prisons, Nursing Homes, Institutions for everything in order to mine profits. The American Dream: I am exempt from the above. The American Reality: We are all related.
 
 
0 # tmauro 2010-07-18 19:54
Quoting Margery Coffey:
At the beginning they gave themselves the right to execute others. Policy was set first with women, then Native America and then with slaves. Policy was then exported around the world. They mine everything for profit. Prisons, Nursing Homes, Institutions for everything in order to mine profits. The American Dream: I am exempt from the above. The American Reality: We are all related.


And, it's known by its treacherous name,
Manifest Destiny, aka Eminent Domain.
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-07-18 16:37
With Lynne Stewart's sentence so goes the rest of liberty and justice that were American symbols of greatness. We have succumbed to the darkness.
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-07-18 17:27
If you were on the deck of the Titanic, as she made her way down through the icy darkness towards the bottom of the Atlantic, and you could look up, you would have seen the rapidly diminishing "lights" of civilization, in this instance the stars themselves. That's what we're doing now. Sinking, rapidly, on the corrupt and corpulent U.S.S America. It took over eighty years to locate the Titanic in her black and lifeless tomb and whimsical thoughts of "raising' her died. Her remnants, crushed, splintered, scattered were left to their final resting place and are slowly, but surely, being swallowed by the Earth herself. I wonder, if eighty or ninety years from now "rescuers" will find the America, in much the same savaged condition as the Titanic and also "leave" her to the fate she seems so inexorably destined to achieve.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-07-19 08:55
That's kind of the problem: Titanic became the greatest chick-flick EVER because people were separated from it by a few decades, a few thousand miles, and the Silver Screen.
For the people WATCHING, it's a Wild Ride!
For the people ON IT, it's panic!
Same with the decay of civilization.

People will defend to the DEATH that Obama is "not the same as Bush"--but look around!
SCOTUS has "Done Sold Us Out"--Is that how the cliche goes? And there's nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, the rest of the world is no better off!
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-07-18 19:10
This is a travesty of justice, but after the Citizens United case, in which SCOTUS handed absolute control of our government over to Big Corporations (As soon as they can arrange the purchase of another dozen or so souls) can America expect anything different from the status quo?

Lynne Stewart is just another in a long and growing list of souls destroyed because they can't be controlled.
 
 
0 # Guest 2010-07-18 19:19
A sad reminder of a terrifying situation, in which the courts are selling their souls to corporations who now dictate direction of our once-great country.

Lynne's crime was meaningless in light of the "Citizens United" decision by SCOTUS.

These justices are the ones who should be doing ten years.
 
 
0 # Guest 2010-07-19 00:31
I hope the better part of the American people will take these bastard government and their cronies and enablers out one day. Everyone on this comment list should leave a note of protest at the websites of the White House and the Congress. I'll add: "Born in 1946 in Germany I was lucky to escape the darkest hours of my country, now I am afraid I may get a huge helping by this ruthless American government. I just hope you evil people will go down one day just as the German Nazis went down."
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-07-19 15:58
Gunther, You say everyone on this comment list should leave a note of protest at websites of White House and Congress. Then add "I just hope YOU evil people will go down one day just as the German Nazis went down." We're not ALL evil Gunther or we probably wouldn't be on this comment list. The Nazis were, however, pretty good at depicting "ALL" Jews as being evil. Now you say "you evil people" in reference to Americans and their alleged ideological kinship with Nazis. The shadow of Der Fuehrer is on thy wall Gunther.
 

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