Chelsea Green Publishing

Chelsea Green Blog

Charlotte Dennett: How to Prosecute a President

The accountability movement is built on the crazy, wild-eyed belief that no one is above the law—that even (some would say especially) the most powerful should be held responsible for their actions. Whether it be Bernie Madoff or the president of the United States, if you break the law, you pay the price.

Writing for AlterNet, Charlotte Dennett, the Vermont lawyer who ran for the office of State Attorney General on a promise to impeach George W. Bush for murder, pleads her case:

In the main foyer of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Court of Appeals in New York, a giant female statute cloaked in white robes literally leaps out at the visitor, bearing aloft the scales of justice, equally balanced. She is blindfolded, signifying that justice must be blind, regardless of rank or class. She’s one of the oldest icons in history, dating back to the ancient Greeks. Her name is Lady Justice, and her plea for equal justice under the law has never been more relevant than today in the United States of America.

Many Americans feel her call, yet find themselves repeatedly let down by an atmosphere of impunity that still reigns in this country despite the departure of George W. Bush from the White House. The latest, most public example comes from two eminent physicians who wrote “Doctors Without Morals” in Monday’s New York Times. They have written an op-ed that decries the fact that “government doctors and psychologists who participated in and authorized the torture of detainees have escaped discipline, accountability or even internal investigations.” They ruefully point out that government lawyers who tried to legalize illegal torture under the Bush administration were at least subjected to a “transparent investigation of professional behavior,” whereas government doctors received no  scrutiny at all from members of their profession.

Read the whole article here.

 
Related Articles:


The Future Is Hopeless, So Give it Your All

The never-ending national election in the United States, the “surprise” pro-Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, climate change … the list goes on and on about how easy it can be to lose hope in the future.Like many of life’s frustrations, or overwhelmingly large topics, most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the […] Read More

How Carbon Farming Can Save the Planet

Carbon farming alone is not enough to avoid catastrophic climate change, but coupled with new economic priorities, a massive switch to clean energy, and big changes to much of the rest of the way our societies work, it offers a pathway out of destruction and a route to hope.Along the way carbon farming can also […] Read More

Look Under Your Feet for Global Soil-utions

For several years, Chelsea Green has been publishing books that look under our feet for solutions to some of the most vexing problems facing the planet – hunger, drought, degraded farmland and grasslands, damaged waterways, and much more. Those books focus on (mostly) one thing: Soil.  In 2016, we’ve published two more important books that […] Read More

Climate Change & the End of Stationarity

Just as predicting the rise of Donald Trump as a leading presidential candidate stumped even the best of political analysts (looking at you Nate “FiveThirtyEight” Silver), the advent of the Sixth Great Extinction due to climate change and an increasingly potent mix of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has completely upended how we predict the […] Read More

Use Simple Games to Better Understand Climate Change

How is it that emissions keep growing despite rising concern about the climate change they cause? It is possible to identify several reasons for the paradox, most of which lie outside the scope of The Climate Change Playbook. But one important reason is relevant here: people do not understand the behaviors of the climate system.And […] Read More
Follow us
Get every new post delivered to your inbox
Join millions of other followers
Powered By WPFruits.com