To serve and protect the profit interests of the corporate elite . . .
As if the US Supreme Court ruling a month ago that corporations can give unlimited bribes donations to politicians weren’t enough, the US Supreme Court just ruled that new GM (genetically modified) crops don’t have to pass any safety testing before being released:
Cart / Horse: The Roberts Supreme Court has ruled that Monsanto can continue to sell its genetically modified seeds while it conducts safety tests. If the GM products turn out to ruin agriculture around the world, cause birth defects and contaminate the bio-sphere, then further testing could be undertaken by the survivors. (Source)
Want a couple more examples? Try these:
Excuse Me? A federal judge (and investor in drilling companies), U.S. District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman, has ruled that the administration’s moratorium on deep water drilling was “arbitrary” and that the government had not provided evidence that there was any danger from continued drilling. (Source)
Get Out Of Jail Free: In Skilling v. United States (on June 24,2010) the US Supreme Court “narrowed” the statute regarding “honest services” to apply only to activity such as bribery and kickbacks, and says the former head of Enron, Jeff Skilling did not violate the statute. (Source) In 2006 Skilling was convicted of multiple federal felony charges relating to Enron’s financial collapse, and is currently serving a 24-year, 4-month prison sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Englewood, Colorado.
The most important lesson to be learned from the 9-0 Supreme Court decision in the Skilling/”honest services” case has nothing to do with the Court telling our corporate masters that boardroom theft and managerial looting of companies is acceptable, but rather that if you are among the privileged class in the US, there is no such thing as settled law. The law is malleable and can be changed to serve the rich and powerful. (Source)
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