yes! we have no bananas….

But doing a quick internet search of United Fruit Company (now called Chiquita), Eric Holder, and Covington and Burling should yield a cornucopia of fruit. Including the name Marc Rich should add some spice. But where are we? Well, let Prof Bill Black guide to stark reality those many of us who still insist on being lost.

On New Economic Perspectives appears his post, “Is it Legal Malpractice to Fail to Get Holder to Promise not to Torture your Client?” One excerpt in the outstanding article of Prof Black is sufficient to demonstrate how far over the horizon integrity and morality have disappeared in the policy implemented by the United States, yet encourages its complete reading.

The standard joke that came to mind when I read Holder’s letter was the bartender who brings out glasses to three customers and asks “which of you ordered his whiskey in a clean glass?”  We take it for granted that no restaurant or bar will knowingly serve us our drinks in a dirty glass.  I always took it for granted that no U.S. attorney general would knowingly allow a criminal suspect in U.S. custody to be the victim of torture, raped, branded, or a host of other forms of brutality.

The situation of Bradley Manning puts an ironic perspective to the declaration of the Attorney-General, a declaration that has been refuted by the long history of invasion, slaughter, genocide and devastation perpetrated by the United States on the indigenous of the US, on countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, and Iraq. The damning legacy of its policies continue, and will continue for generations of the innocent,  in Vietnam, Agent Orange; in Iraq, Depleted Uranium.

In his Nobel Acceptance Speech in 2005, Harold Pinter describes the obvious, conveniently glossed over by corporate media, a lecture that informs and inspires; and is rewarding for even those with an induced attention span of 45 seconds, especially at approximately 13 minutes. (At about minute 30 we have the issue of forced feeding in Guantanamo, this in 2005, not in 2013.) Pinter would follow up with his article in 2008 in The Guardian, ‘The biggest bully in the west‘. (Eduardo Galeano would also cast the keen writer’s eye in his recent, Children of the Day, an excerpt of which appears in tomdispatch.]

And the control of the corporate elite over the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government? For one of many examples, we have only to go the PBS documentary, ‘The Untouchables‘, and then do a quick internet search for the former Deputy Attorney-General Lanny Breuer and Covington and Burling. After all, it was that need to stem the rapid systemic decay and international disillusionment and panic that did lead to the choice of that telegenic image with all its symbolism to rehabilitate that facade. Affability and articulateness would be the exceptional qualities that would calm a restive world, with that calm evanescent as integrity and morality failed to appear – you can fool all of the people but for only so long, or something like that.

Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, and now Edward Snowden have exposed the farce of ‘democracy’ and ‘beacon of freedom’. Which explains the urgency to ‘disappear’ them, and discourage the audacity of hope of other potential whistle-blowers to expose malfeasance and misfeasance. And the internet? Government of the people, by the people, for the people – a notion as quaint and mythical as The First Thanksgiving, and not at Jamestown.

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