South Africa: General Council of the Bar of South Africa – GCB Media Statement Re Judgment of the Constitutional Court in Respect of Janusz Walus (25.11.2022)

Opinion: Garland is very soft on Trump…

 

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced today the appointment of former career Justice Department prosecutor and former chief prosecutor for the special court in The Hague, Jack Smith, to serve as Special Counsel to oversee two ongoing criminal investigations. The first is the investigation, as described in court filings in the District of Columbia, into whether any person or entity unlawfully interfered with the transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election or the certification of the Electoral College vote held on or about January 6, 2021. The second is the ongoing investigation involving classified documents and other presidential records, as well as the possible obstruction of that investigation, referenced and described in court filings submitted in a pending matter in the Southern District of Florida” (Department of Justice – ‘Appointment of a Special Counsel’ 18.11.2022).

You can imagine someone inciting to overthrow the elected government and stealing state secrets would walk free for months on end. In the United States of America that’s the case. The Former President Donald J. Trump can try to install himself in the oval office, incite violence and stop the process of an election. While he can also steal, sell and possible endanger the Republic for personal gains. That’s what Trump has done and still he walks free.

Others who was part of the January 6th insurrection is already behind bars. Others have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution. That’s why it’s interesting that the Attorney General appoints a Special Counsel to look into the case of Trump’s involvement in the January 6th Insurrection. When he had power, was the President and could have called it off. They all acted on his wishes and he had the motive to do it. That’s easy to see. The former President was the one who could get a second term, if he had succeed that day.

That’s why you know the Attorney General should have instead indicted and started grand jury proceedings. This is so softly going against a man who was willing to end democracy and get himself into office. That sort of man doesn’t care about justice or rule of law. No, he only cares about himself and his own interests.

The second case is also so obvious and he is being treated so uniquely. Trump are able to walk and be free after taking confidential documents. He possibly took the nuclear codes and other highly sensitive secret documents, which are of national importance. They are acting like it doesn’t matter and doesn’t have any real consequences. Because, Trump did it, but we know others has served time and lost their careers in government for taking a single document or leaking it for that matter. This is why this is infuriating. When you know it is boxes upon boxes, which has been returned from his Mar-A-Lago home in Florida.

Attorney General Garland is too careful. Others would have paid the cost and the price already. The AG should have acted more swiftly and ensured a bulletproof case was already certain. It is like it’s glacier slow and only giving Trump time to get into the ring again in 2024. The latest press conference and order of Special Counsel seems to be another move to stall it. Yes, Mueller was able to do certain things, but he never got the big-dogs. That’s why I have little faith in another man or woman in his stead.

Trump is the winner here. The DoJ and the AG is so meek. There is nothing fierce or willing to humiliate Trump. Garland has shown that his not willing to touch or play fair. No, his just depleting all options and not challenging Trump. While Trump can use one scheme and create another scheme. Before the latest scheme is over, he has done another one and a new crime is committed. Meanwhile, he is never paying the price or ever caught. It seems like Trump is a living “get-out-of-jail-free-card”. Since nothing sticks on him and he never get indicted or prosecuted. There is plenty of investigations, but they are not going anywhere. The only real price he has paid is losing his Foundation and paying damages for Trump University. The rest his off the hook and haven’t really gotten punished. That has to stop.

Especially, when he should face charges of insurrection and stealing government documents. Peace.

Kenya: A Pakistani Journalist assassinated by the GSU…

A senior police officer confirmed the shooting and added a comprehensive statement will be released later. “We had an incident of shooting which turned out to be a case of mistaken identity involving a journalist. We will release more information later,” the officer said” (Cyrus Ombati – ‘Pakistani journalist shot dead by police at roadblock in Kajiado’ 24.10.2022, The Star).

This whole story is tragic, a Pakistani civilian was murdered or assassinated in Kenya. That’s the story and the General Service Unit (GSU) is the one behind it. They are the ones that is mentioned. The little military wing of the National Police Service. A military wing of the Police Service. They are highly trained and capable para-military group, which is either in Recce-brigades or part of the Presidential Guard Company. Most likely not the trainees from the Embakasi training school. This was done by professionals. Especially, in the way and manner the car was shot at.

Just read this:

4. The shooting hit the car from all sides. The incident left the car with nine bullet holes on the left side of the windscreen, which is the side the deceased was sitting; two bullet holes on the rear left back screen, one bullet hole on the rear right door, four holes right side of the boot and one front right tyre that had been deflated.

5. The driver, Mr Ahmed, reported finding a gunshot wound on Mr Sharif’s head, which was likely the fatal shot. The bullet penetrated the back of his head and exited the front” (Stanley Ngotho – ‘Shooting of Pakistani Arshad Sharif: 5 things we know so far’ 24.10.2022, Daily Nation).

When you read this and the “mistaken identity” don’t make sense. They shot the vehicle from all sides, as it was coming to a roadblock. There are so many issues with this and needs further independent investigation. The DPP and DCI will most certainly “kill” this gave and ensure it gets cold. Because, the GSU and the ones ordering the bullets don’t want to take accountability. This must come from up high and that’s why the assassination happened in such a mysterious way.

It’s not just me pointing the obvious out:

The police statement on the Arshad Shariff killing has too many gaps. First, if it was a case of a stolen vehicle, the number plates of the stolen car and the one Arshad was are different. They don’t say the make. By the time of the incident, the “abducted” son had been found. The driver was his brother, Khurram Ahmed. They now say the road was blocked “with small stones” and on passing them, there was a shooting by GSU officers. Interestingly, no chase to recover the “stolen” vehicle is reported. We have a problem here. Clarification: I am being told Khurram Ahmed is not the brother as indicated in the OB report. Probably a cousin” (Eliud Kibii, 24.10.2022).

This is why this has to be properly investigated. The National Police Service first statement is already poked holes in. Secondly, I highly doubt he was shot at from all sides, because of “mistaken identity”. That sort of profile and targeted vehicle happens for a reason. The GSU doesn’t spray a vehicle with bullets and aims maliciously like they did without intent. That is just the obvious and an assassination like this happens for a reason. There is ranking officer and “high above” who ordered the hit. It must be something shady behind all of it…

This is an extra judicial killing, which isn’t new in Kenya. Mysterious murders and assassinations has happened with the assailants leaving without a trace. That’s the reality right here. The Pakistani journalist was hit, targeted and assassinated. We just don’t know why and for what reason. We don’t know the motive or the ones who issued it. Certainly, there is more to this. Since the story doesn’t add up. Peace.

Opinion: Zuma hope we have forgotten all about his scandals…

There is complete silence by the media about the Phala Phala allegations. This was not the case when allegations were made about the security upgrades at my home in Nkandla; by the way: this is a standard practice as prescribed in the Government handbook for all sitting and former Presidents. I often wonder what the situation would have been if I was the one accused of having millions of dollars hidden under mattresses. I wonder what would have happened if that was an allegation out of Nkandla. Let us not beat about the bush about the neglect of constitutional duty that comes with abusing the office of the President to conduct private business. l am assuming that what President Ramaphosa has said about the many dollars under his bed or furniture is true that he conducts private businesses while serving as President of our country” – Former President Jacob Zuma (21.10.2022)

It is only 4 years ago since former President Jacob Zuma was in office. For some it might seem like forever. There was a reason for the State Capture case and the Zondo Commission. Even if Zuma is acting like a victim now in 2022. He isn’t a victim, neither was he a saint or innocent in office.

Yes, Ramaphosa needs to address his misgivings and take accountability not only for the Phala Phala allegations. The current President should address his reason for suspending the Public Protector and the non-release of the CR2017 Report. There is enough mischief from Ramaphosa to question his actions.

However, Zuma is throwing stones in a glass-house. The glass is shattering just where his sitting. We shouldn’t forget the connection to the Gupta family empire and how he used State Owned Enterprises (SOE) to enrich himself. Secondly, he even gave the Gupta family easily entry and visas in the Republic. Thirdly, he even ensured the Gupta’s to have a say in who to appoint and hired family member(s) in their companies. It was a mirage of trade-offs and kick-backs. So, Zuma isn’t the fella to lecture others on being non-corrupt.

Are we supposed to forget the “fire-pool” or the village project made out of nowhere in Nkandla? It isn’t like Nkandla is a homestead of one tiny building and not a vast compound. Zuma has done his corrupt business in office. It was his time to eat and he ate alright.

It is interesting to observe the silence against the many allegations of criminality against the current President, all the so called civil society organizations who parade as the defenders of rule of Law are nowhere to be seen in demanding the accountability from him” (Zuma, 21.10.2022).

Yes, Ramaphosa should answer for his actions. Just like Zuma is investigated into his affairs. That is justified, but a total silence it hasn’t been. There is a Namibian connection and investigation too. So, the Phala Phala scandal is in the making. Zuma should consider himself lucky that he was only in prison for acting in contempt of the court. The former President has still yet to be charged of corruption or direct involved in the State of Capture case, which was the reason for him stepping down in 2018.

That’s why Zuma should take it easy why he can. The slow wheels of justice and the prolonged agony isn’t over. The Zondo Commission or the State of Capture case isn’t over either. This is why the victimhood isn’t carried by the right man. His right to challenge and question Ramaphosa. We all should question him, but is he the right guy? The man who did the same crimes and used office to enlarge his pockets?

Zuma isn’t a man who was a righteous or sincere Head of State. No, he was just another corrupt President who earned fortunes on serving the Republic. That’s what he did. So, his not the one that should cry havoc. He is lucky to out and have escaped prison. He has only served a small time and not really answered the State of Capture case of yet. Peace.

A look into the January 6th Select Committee Subpoena of Trump

This was announced to happen. The vote in the January 6th Select Committee had already become news. That’s why no one could be shocked or in awe. Today the subpoena was released to the public, which means the pressure is now on the Former President Donald J. Trump to show up and testify. What is striking is some parts of the subpoena. It is so compelling and if Trump shows up. He has to be prepared, unless he wants to incriminate himself further.

One of the key aspects is this:

Pursuant to that directive, we have interviewed more than a thousands witnesses, reviewed over a million documents, conducted public hearings, and vindicated our rights in court against those who have tried to keep relevant information from the Select Committee. As demonstrated in our hearings, we have assembled overwhelming evidence, including from dozens of your former appointees and staff, that you personally orchestrated and oversaw a multi-part effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election and obstruct the peaceful transition of power” (Thompson, 21.10.2022).

The evidence demonstrates that you knew this activity was illegal and unconstitutional, and also knew that your assertions of fraud were false. But, to be clear, even if you now claim that you actually believed your own false election claims, that is not defense; your subjective belief could not render this conduct justified, excusable, or legal” (Thompson, 21.10.2022).

That’s just a vital part of the texts. Further he has produce both documents and communications with aides, attorneys and people in the Trump sphere. The January 6th Select Committee has clearly investigated it and collected a lot of evidence already. Since, they are ring-fencing the former President. He has had all eyes after the insurrection of the Capitol.

The list of people he has to produce communications with from the November 3, 2020 to January 20, 2021 is Roger Stone, Stephen Bannon, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (retired), Jeffrey Clark, John Eastman, Rudolph Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell, Kenneth Chesebro, Boris Epshteyn, Christina Bobb, Cleta Mitchell and Patrick Byrne. That is huge list of people that the Select Committee wants the texts messages, signal communication, e-mails or documents in general. In addition to that, the Select Committee wants all communications made between the November 3, 2020 to January 6, 2021 from Representative Scott Perry or to any other Members of Congress.

So, the Select Committee is broad in it’s scope. They have all the reasons to and they are defending the democracy by doing so. The people behind the January 6th 2021 insurrection has to answer. Some is already sentenced and even pleaded guilty for seditious conspiracy and obstructing congress. Therefore, Trump has nowhere to hide on this one. The “Stop the Steal” crowds was filled with people was there to overthrow and overrule an election. They were incited by Trump and for the benefit of himself over the Republic. That’s why this subpoena is important and what it states is very clear.

The Select Committee isn’t even basing this on hearsay or random air-quotes. No, they have evidence and proof of the involvement of Trump. However, they want him to produce and show his communications ahead and right after the insurrection with associates, aides and Members of Congress.

Now the reality is hitting Trump in yet another investigation. Whatever the Select Committee finds, they can send it to the Department of Justice and petition criminal investigations in these matters. Meaning the end-game isn’t in Congress, but in the Courts. Therefore, the defence of Trump is becoming slimmer. Just like all the other cases pending, in the works or are currently under investigation for various of breaches of codes, statutes or laws in general. Trump has cases in several of states and these are far from over.

The January 6th Select Committee is just the latest of investigations that is hitting him directly. He cannot runaway from it or use means to avoid it. They have already measured that in the subpoena too. So, if he tries… he is avoiding or obstructing justice further, which can be penalized by the Department of Justice. Therefore, he has no way to hide and there is no relief to gain in this instance.

The truth will come out eventually, but this Select Committee investigation will be brutal to Trump. Since it will show what he was willing to do and what his allies did too. Peace.

Opinion: Alex Jones is hit where it hurts…

Alex Jones & Infowars’ parent company must pay 14 family members of 8 Sandy Hook Elementary School victims, plus an FBI agent who responded to the scene of the 2012 massacre, which killed 20 first graders and 6 educators, a collective total of $965 MILLION” (Ali Velshi, 12.10.2022).

The Infowars and conspiracy news peddle Alex Jones has finally been fined in the Courts. After years of litigation and lack of accountability for his actions. In the Sandy Hook defamation case, Alex Jones is now owning $965 million or close to a billion dollars. That’s a huge debt to pay and he got to cough up money from now on.

He better hope his followers and that the Republican Party helps him out. His been a part of the rise of Trump and Trumpism. They have been connected and his one of them. Even accepted the gay-frogs and all other crazy stories that Jones has peddled over the years.

The conspiracies around Sandy Hook school-massacre has now backfired. Certainly, there is plenty of other stories and such, which could been seen in similar light. It isn’t like Sandy Hook is one off. No, it is just one of the most notorious ones of his. This is staple and part of his business model.

InfoWars now has to find either a 1 billion dollars or they have to get supporters to fund this. If not his going bankrupt and his media house is over. Alex Jones have created this all by himself and cannot blame others.

Today’s court verdict is important, because Jones got nowhere to hide now. Jones got to be responsible and be able to pay them. This judgement will follow him for the rest of his life. He will not able to run away from it.

We can expect that Jones will beg his audience for funds and buy his vitamins or special packages for dooms-day from the InfoWars merchandize store. Alex Jones now has to answer the families and the victims of Sandy Hook.

Alex Jones cannot just run away from the tab. InfoWars are surely in trouble and all his conspiracies can now be tested in the Courts. I am sure the lizard people will not respond, but others might. Especially, all of the people who has been scorned and mocked by him over the years.

This got to hurt and sting… he needs a new hustle and quickly. Especially, since he has to pay this vast verdict to the families. It got to be detrimental to his business and his livelihood. Peace.

South Africa: Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma – Statement by Former President Jacob Zuma on the conclusion of his sentence (07.10.2022)

South Africa: Correctional Services – Former President Zuma Released from the System of Correctional Services (07.10.2022)

Opinion: Biden up on a high…

‘Cause I got high, because I got high

Because I got high”Afroman – ‘Because I got high’ (2000)

As I’ve said before, no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana.

Today, I’m taking steps to end our failed approach. Allow me to lay them out.

First: I’m pardoning all prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession. There are thousands of people who were previously convicted of simple possession who may be denied employment, housing, or educational opportunities as a result. My pardon will remove this burden.

Second: I’m calling on governors to pardon simple state marijuana possession offenses. Just as no one should be in a federal prison solely for possessing marijuana, no one should be in a local jail or state prison for that reason, either.

Third: We classify marijuana at the same level as heroin – and more serious than fentanyl. It makes no sense. I’m asking Secretary Becerra and the Attorney General to initiate the process of reviewing how marijuana is scheduled under federal law. I’d also like to note that as federal and state regulations change, we still need important limitations on trafficking, marketing, and underage sales of marijuana. Sending people to jail for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives – for conduct that is legal in many states. That’s before you address the clear racial disparities around prosecution and conviction. Today, we begin to right these wrongs” (Biden, 06.10.2022).

President Joe Biden has come with a real surprise to many today. He has finally stopped the drug-war on marijuana, which has been failed by the authorities and the government as a whole. His a man who has fought for these strict rules and legislation in the past. So, when it was his turn to be in the highest office, suddenly things has changed. There must be a reason for it and sooner or later this will be part of society at large.

With these pardons and the planned evaluation of marijuana. Expect it to be soon taxed federally like alcohol or in the realm of that. President Biden really came with shocker and it was a blunt out of nowhere.

This sort of war has lasted for ages and been a concern for several of administrations. It has been a battle it cannot compete with. That’s why the states like California has sort of made legal medicinal marijuana and such. Now, there can be expectation of more and positively in the ways of liberal Netherlands on that matter. Because, the pardoning and possible changes of law will be a game-changer. It can also free state authorities resources to look at bad law-offenders and not only capture people with possession of marijuana.

Certainly this move will be popular ahead of the midterms. It will also be a vital legislation ahead of the polls. He would have this one and the student debt forgiveness. He is following to actually do favourable acts in office. The Office of President has delivered here and showed finesse. The democratic party can get a boost over this and show it’s a total difference than the Republican party. This was shown with the student debt forgiveness and now with the marijuana legislation.

President Biden has come out of left-field here. There will be pushback here, but this is a piece of legislation that will be popular. This has been asked by progressives for a long time and the authorities has nothing to show from it. Only a lot of misdemeanours and possession cases, but not the cartels or the ones behind the export. With the changes… this can be a legal industry. Just like the alcohol industry could be legal after the prohibition era. The “Speakeasies” has turned into pubs and saloons again.

Time has to tell really how this will be played out. Marijuana might turn into the new tobacco and become part of that industry in the future. Biden has open up the flood-gates here. I don’t know how this will be played out. However, he will gain popularity and the Democratic Party will score brownie-points ahead of the midterms. There will be ramifications doing this and especially when he decided to pull this one off.

Now the Democrats can get high… Peace.

Opinion: Judge Cannon’s fallacy …

1. The term “seized material” in the Court’s Order Appointing Special Master [ECF No. 91] is modified to include all materials seized on August 8, 2022, except the approximately one-hundred documents bearing classification markings [ECF No. 91 ¶ 2].

2. Paragraph 5(b)(i)(bb) of the Order Appointing Special Master is hereby STRICKEN [ECF No. 91 ¶ 5].

3. Paragraph 6 of the Order Appointing Special Master is hereby STRICKEN [ECF No. 91 ¶ 6].

Case 9:22-cv-81294-AMC Document 104 Entered on FLSD Docket 09/22/2022 Page 1 of 2” (UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT – SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA – WEST PALM BEACH DIVISION – CASE NO. 22-81294-CIV-CANNON, 22.09.2022).

Today it’s proof that the legal argument for having a special master looking into the documents and whatnot from the 8th August 2022 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) house search of Mar-A-Lago. Since the defence of Trump himself and his attorneys has been various of weird arguments. We heard the latest in an interview this week that Trump can think and that’s how he “declassified” documents. However, everyone knows that’s impossible and not even clever spin.

Former President Trump had national security documents, documents marked secret and empty binders of that as well. There is several of breaches of law and the security organizations has to assess the damage and possible dangers of the former President having them in a golf-club and storing them in an unsecure location. That’s what the former President did with highly sensitive documents, which should only be at government facilities and around people with proper security clearances. Therefore, the case and defences of it sort of futile. Unless, Trump and his attorney could prove they have “declassified” and done proper procedure. However, that hasn’t been done and it’s obvious they never will. Because, they got nothing and are empty handed. Trump was caught red-handed and like Shaggy trying to sing “it wasn’t me”. Nevertheless, we know it was him and he did this deliberately.

That’s why the taking of a Trump appointed judge in Florida to issue the order of Special Master to review the documents. Really just shows how the former President lacks proper judgement or ideas for having it. Since, he thought the appointed special master would stall the investigation and not ask questions. However, the special master did question Trump and his attorneys without any proper justification for having the classified documents. The only thing this process has done. Is to stop the investigation for some time, but not as much as Trump wanted it.

Now… Judge Aileen Cannon even had to backtrack the Special Master… which is a proven of the lacking justification for it in the first place. These sentences from her will be with her for the rest of her career. Just read it!

On the 15th September Court Order:

Lastly, the Court agrees with the Government that “the public is best served by even handed adherence to established principles of civil and criminal procedure,” regardless of the personal identity of the parties involved [ECF No. 88 p. 10]. It is also true, of course, that even handed procedure does not demand unquestioning trust in the determinations of the Department of Justice. Based on the nature of this action, the principles of equity require the Court to consider the specific context at issue, and that consideration is inherently impacted by the position formerly held by Plaintiff. The Court thus continues to endeavor to serve the public interest, the principles of civil and criminal procedure, and the principles of equity. And the Court remains firmly of the view that appointment of a special master to conduct a review of the seized materials, accompanied by a temporary injunction to avoid unwarranted use and disclosure of potentially privileged and/or personal materials, is fully consonant with the foregoing principles and with the need to ensure at least the appearance of fairness and integrity under unprecedented circumstances” (UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT – SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA – WEST PALM BEACH DIVISION – CASE NO. 22-81294-CIV-CANNON, 15.09.2022).

Now that Judge Cannon has STRICKEN the Special Master. That shows the plaintiff and the one under investigation losing out. While the judge has been able to buy a little time. Nevertheless not a lot. Judge Cannon was surely picked because she was a part of Federalist Society and is Republican. She fit the bill and was appointed him. So, when Trump needed a favour… Cannon did that for him now. At least she tried… though she saw it more important to shield and defend Trump over the National Security. That’s the proof of her action and she saw it fit to get a special master when the security agencies should look into the documents and assess the damage further. However, that was partly stopped over the whole ordeal in the Courts.

The Judge has destroyed her name in honour of giving Trump what he needed. She served Trump and not the nation. In a government office, she saw it more important to serve him, than considering the national security implications of this case. That is an act that shouldn’t have happened, but it did and for her it should have consequences. Though we cannot expect impeachment or any sort of reaction. Her name is now tainted and so is her role as a judge.

Her decision to ensure the case got a Special Master to later rescind it or STRICKEN it. Just shows how she failed and how her legal arguments was false. It was a farce and there is nothing good coming out of it. Not even Trump is getting his way and his lucky it hasn’t had further consequences yet. Because, anyone else would be in bracelets and be indicted for having such material in their home. However, his still walking around and being a public figure. Really showing contempt of the courts and their duties. Therefore, this case has to be resolved and the statutes used against him has to be addressed. Since the FBI couldn’t have done a house-search without proof or evidence of the committed acts of the Former President.

That is something the Judge must have known, but she chose to side with Trump. This is the total disarray of her arguments and reasoning to get the Special Master. She has now shown to the world what sort of judge she is. Another lackey and someone who doesn’t value rule of law, which is a sad fact when she’s in-fact as custodian of the law. Judge Cannon should be one of the first to understand and act accordingly, but she chose partisanship. That reflected in the manners of which she got the Special Master. Today she has backtracked it, but the decision will linger on forever.

Just for one reason. A judge chosen a person over national security. No one would believe that is possible, but in this case it was. It is weird writing those words, but someone chose Trump over the law. That shows where the loyalty lays and where the oath went. It wasn’t to uphold the nation or the ideals of the state. No, it was to serve and do it by any means necessary. Peace.

A final memo: The STRICKEN part is sadly only that the marked classified documents are out of the scope for the Special Master. The Special Master still have to review the other documents, but Trump attorney’s will be questioned and have to answer for still having them. Since they are deemed as government documents. There might be private documents in between the government documents, but that is incriminating. Therefore, the next few days will be interesting in this regard. Judge Cannon still chose Trump over National Security in regard to the Classified Documents. Peace.

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