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Our leaders say we are a nation of laws. They say we must live by the rule of law. In reality, there are two sets of laws; one for the rich and powerful and the other for the rest of us.

The Wall Street banksters crashed the economy through fraud and other criminal acts, resulting in a loss of trillions of dollars to the economy and us. How did the government respond? It gave the banksters hundreds of billions in bailout money. How did the banksters use the money? They gave themselves multi-million dollar bonuses and sat on most of the money. Little of this money trickled down. The Wall Street banks got the gold mine and we got the shaft with mortgage foreclosures, lost savings, bankruptcy, and lost jobs. Congress passed and the President recently signed the $1.1 trillion bill giving banks the legal right to gamble with our FDIC insured savings, or what we call the "heads I win, tails you lose" game. The bill also allows certain multi-employers to cut the pensions of hard working Americans. Democrats helped to pass this bill.

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According to Attorney General Eric Holder, big banks are too big to fail and the banksters too big to jail. In other words, they are above the law. Some Wall Street banks paid small fines for their criminal behavior compared to the amount stolen from the American public. No Wall Street bankster has been prosecuted or has gone to jail. The Justice Department is too busy prosecuting journalists and whistleblowers for disclosing the government's dirty laundry.

The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report documenting horrendous acts of torture against captives, some of whom were innocent. Will any of those responsible for torture be prosecuted? Don't hold your breath. President Obama says mistakes were made. Torturing human beings is not a mistake, it's a war crime. There should be accountability for those responsible for these heinous acts of barbarity. Former Vice President Dick Cheney actually admits supporting torture and would do it again.

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The next time you go to a Christian church, look up at the body on the cross and ask yourself, is this torture? Cheney and FOX News would say no, it's enhanced interrogation techniques. Pontius Pilate would approve of Cheney's excuses for torture. If you get pleasure by inflicting pain on others, stop calling yourself a Christian. Stop praying to Jesus, the tortured guy on the cross, for guidance. He doesn't listen to those who support torture.

David J. Iacono

Westminster

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