by Franklin Délano lópez, former United Press International and The Associated Press journalist
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kill. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry. “Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, 1929
A society like the planet Saturn has many ethical and diverse moral rings. Depending on the individual character’s ethnic, social, or economic status it applies different rules and laws to conveniently protect its ‘Modus Operandi.”
The phrases “equal protection of the laws” and “justice the guardian of liberty” at the building of the Supreme Court are a political mirage that the justice system of society proclaims to appease and provide a false sense of hope that the system will protect it. Let me share with you some brief examples of the essence of this commentary:
I have been an aggressive reader of modern history. I don’t accept at phase value what I read in any newspaper no matter where it is published. I like to do my own research and verification and share it with my readership base with the intention of opening eyes and the doors of their consciousness.
1) The struggle against corruption. When I had the resources and the pursuit of the dream of creating an instrument to fight injustices, corruption, crime, etc. through Channel 24, The All News Television Network, I was extremely naive to think that society was going to jump on our bandwagon and support us. How wrong I was. I failed to carefully study the advertising business structure, especially the politics of the media department in the territory. The principal media department of the ten largest advertising agencies in Puerto Rico has been controlled by ‘political characters affiliated with the separatist advocating for the independence of Puerto Rico. At the same time, these agencies are influenced by the intelligence cells from the “Deep State” operating locally protecting the colonial regime. The only entrepreneur supporting the equality of the statehood cause that supported Channel 24 efforts was Jaime Fonalledas. We tried hard to work with other media outlets in fighting the good causes and also failed because all of them have their own agenda and interest that is not necessary for the welfare of the People of Puerto Rico. Some of them work closely with Federal and local law enforcement agencies not to fight injustices or exposed corrupt public behaviors but with the clear objective of neutralizing anyone that attempts to change the colonial regime in any way or form. In other words, I became ‘an enemy of the state’ the fight against crime and corruption was going to be very costly to me and my family.
In Puerto Rico for example the local media has opted not to investigate the blatant and illegal way that governor Anibal Acevedo Vila manages to grant a contract through the Puerto Rico Power Authority costing at least $ 2 million dollars to defend himself from a Federal corruption scheme. The same with the gifts and many other pleasantries given by associate of the billionaire investors J Paulson and his associates to then-governor Wanda Vazquez Garced costing tens of thousands of dollars. The scandal of the windmill of Puerto Nuevo that cot the Power Authority 5$5 million when its original cost was $250,000.00 and the mega scandal of the design of the super pipeline cost Federal and local taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and the plans was never used for its development and construction. All forgotten and swept under the rug of oblivion.
2) Crime and Drug Trafficking: On July 9, 1991, I arrived early at the television recording studios of the Ana G. Méndez Foundation Channel 40 in Rio Piedras. My friend José Enrique “Joe” Franco made the arrangement with instructions to keep the recording a secret. I spent two weeks on my farm in Aibonito, researching and writing the draft of the speech of Dr. Pedro J. Rossello announcing his candidacy for the governorship. I learned by studying the speeches and messages of Luis Muñoz Marin, the first elected governor of Puerto Rico that the attention depths of the masses are at the level of a fifth-grade education. Therefore the message had to be simple, short with 4 basic themes, Crime, Education, Health, and the Economy. I read many if not all of the policy speeches of President Richard Nixon and of USA Attorney General Elliot Richardson. I developed the theme of “mano Dura contra el Crimen”, based on the ‘uncontrollable.’ crime wave affecting the Puerto Rican society. I recommended the inclusion of specific crime “stopping”measures such as incarcerating drug traffickers for life without parole. The speech was a resounding success. My suggestion of tough incarcerating penalties for drug traffickers became law on August 4, 1993. At the time, Governor Rossello appointed Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia as Secretary of Justice ( attorney general). Mr. Pierluisi was in office for five years. During that period, not even one drug trafficker was prosecuted under the new “tough statute.” The weight of drug trafficking dark money was too heavy to implement such a harsh remedy to contain it. Businesses with heavy cash traffic were used at will by drug dealers to launder ‘dark money, Banks and investment banks had carefully selected and created internal ‘elite’ task forces to accept drug trafficking money and launder them into the currency system getting paid commissions between 20 to 30% per transaction depending on the amount. The gravitational forces of billions of dollars of drug money were such that the president of the New York Stock Exchange, Richard Grasso accepted an invitation from the President of Colombia to meet with the Leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and bankers affiliated to the Cali Cartel with the cover of “finding solutions to end the civil war, but in reality, was to channel billions of drug money into the stocks markets. Spanish banks were making tens of millions of dollars in profits by accepting drug trafficking through their affiliates in Central, South America, and the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico.
The reader must read the factual story of former Attorney General Eric Holder and his deputy in charge of the Criminal Division at the Justice Department who maneuvered to structure a policy after the collapse of the financial system in 2008 “not to prosecute” one single bank executive in the United States responsible for the financial collapse and instead established a system of imposing fines in lieu of incarceration. The big hypocrisy of this story is that both Holder and his deputy went to work after leaving the Justice Department to the law firm Covington and Burling and became lawyers for the culprits responsible for the financial collapse earning millions of dollars. Mr. Holder failed miserably in five crucial areas.
First, he refused to prosecute George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld for breaking the treaty against torture and the statutes that also prohibit it.
Second, he let Wall Street CEOs off the hook for messing around with mortgage derivatives, misleading investors and clients, crashing our economy, and costing billions of the savings of millions of American workers and pensioners.
Third, he prosecuted more whistleblowers than any other Attorney General, and he used the hideous 1917 Sedition Act to go after them. He even pursued James Risen, the terrific New York Times reporter, threatening him with jail.
Fourth, he defended the NSA’s vacuuming up of all of our phone calls, and the mass surveillance of us on the Internet. And he invoked the doctrine of “State Secrets” to get away with it.
And fifth, he justified Pres. Obama’s assassination doctrine, and said it applied even to U.S. citizens.
The Justice System:
The history of the judicial history of the United States is rich with thousands of cases of persecution, Flagrant violations of due process, especially among monirity ethnic groups.
When society and the press remain silent and passive in witnessing the prosecution of a white-collar criminal defendant who is prosecuted with a brain tumor and taking mandated by the presiding judge taking five mind-altering prescription drugs and administered by the U.S. Marshall every morning before the start of the trial, there is something that smell rotten in the administration of justice. I can provide factual documentation on this since I purchased the transcripts of the proceedings of the criminal prosecution of the United States vs. Franklin Delano Lopez in 1994. The truth of this case will be published soon by Amazon Book with the title: “The Dark Side of American Colonial Justice” (C 2022).
How corporate Wall Street buys President
Publishing presidential experiences and biographies are huge and big business. The publishing companies are owned by the largest Wall Street oligarchs and media outlets, all of them regulated by the Federal government.
Here is a short story that reveals the magnitude of this very creative pay-out published by http://www.vox.com:
Barack and Michelle Obama each just sold a book in a joint deal that appears to be bigger than any previous presidential book deal in history. Reportedly, they are making $65 million, which is an unprecedented amount of money for a presidential memoir.
It’s a move that signals the publishing industry’s faith in the enduring value of a book from the Obamas — and the belief that if Barack Obama’s memoir is good enough, it might become a genuine American classic.
The Obamas are reportedly earning more than $65 million in this deal. That’s way more than the Clintons got.
Penguin Random House, which bought the two books, won’t discuss the numbers, but the Financial Times reports that the bidding for world rights surpassed $65 million. That number well exceeds the industry’s already-lofty expectations about the Obamas’ literary earning power: This January, literary agents and publishers predicted to Forbes that Barack Obama’s memoirs might go for as much as $20 million, and a combined Barack/Michelle book deal might net as much as $45 million.
For comparison, trade publication Publishers Lunch reports that Bill Clinton secured a $15 million advance for his 2004 memoir My Life (a record-breaking advance at the time, and roughly $21 million in 2017 dollars), while Hillary Clinton got an advance of $11.5 million for her most recent memoir, 2014’s Hard Choices. That adds up to $36.5 million, just over half of the Obamas’ advance — or $42.5 million when adjusted for inflation, so about two-thirds of the Obamas’ advance.
For Penguin Random House, which published My Life, and Simon & Schuster, which published Hard Choices, those high advances paid off. The Clintons both rapidly earned out. But that’s not always the case.”