Monday, February 15, 2016

Brutal US Injustice

Brutal US Injustice

by Stephen Lendman

Injustice is longstanding US policy. Thousands of political prisoners languish under horrific conditions in its homeland and overseas gulags, denied their fundamental rights, brutally mistreated out of sight and mind.

Guilt by accusation is automatic for anyone Washington wants convicted. Innocence is no defense, manufactured evidence used or none at all.

All police states operate the same way. In 2010, Liberian authorities kidnapped Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko on orders from Washington, held him illegally for over a year, then extradited him to America on fabricated drug smuggling charges.

His trial, conviction and 20-year sentence was a travesty of justice. He committed no crimes. Accusations against him were invented, solely for political reasons.

He’s been brutally mistreated throughout his long ordeal. Interviewed by Russia’s Izvestia, he explained the horrific injustice he’s endured - including “deliberate attempts to kill him” by deplorable prison conditions and vital medical treatment denied.

“I would like to disclose what is going on, because I am tired of fighting the lawlessness that I experience here. There is no justice here, only lies that I cannot refute in time,” he explained. 

“Everything that the American side is doing (and says) is absolute lies. We have repeatedly caught them lying, but it turned out that such things are legal here.” 

“Prosecutors are lying right in the court hall and the judge is backing them, says that this is all normal. They don’t even bother to refute that they are lying.” 

“Earlier they claimed that they had never tortured or beaten me, but now they admit it. They just say that this is no big deal for them - to beat or torture someone.”

It’s official US policy. Prisoners are victims to be mistreated anyway authorities wish unaccountably. Yaroshenko was repeatedly punished for appealing for help and criticizing abusive prison treatment.

“Recently they asked me why I was complaining to the Russian consular services and the Russian embassy,” he said. “But who else can I complain to?” 

“I am a Russian citizen. I have not come here by myself. I was kidnapped, tortured and beaten. This is the place where it is better to forget about human rights.”

RT International explained Russian authorities launched a criminal investigation last year, leading to charges brought against 11 US DEA agents and four complicit Liberian police officers.

In absentia, they were charged with kidnapping, violent threats and torturing Yaroshenko to confess to what he didn’t do.

If apprehended anywhere worldwide and extradited to Russia, they face up to 12 years in prison.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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