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A Government of Laws? Not Hardly.
, June 2, 2005
Judge Napolitano's book will be an eye-opener to those naifs who still think that our government exists to protect them. Judge Napolitano details numerous incidents of government misbehavior which all appear to stem from several core principles: (a) the government is above the written law; (b) normal principles of moral behavior do not restrict the State's actions; and (c) the end justifies the means.
--Law enforcement agents, who apparently are not interested in uncovering actual crimes (which would involve a lot of work), routinely tempt citizens (who are minding their own business) to commit crimes that they otherwise would not have committed.
--The government can take your house, pay you peanuts for it, and turn it over to well-connected private developers and corporations, who often make handsome profits off of the property they stole from you.
--Government prosecutors routinely buy favorable testimony from criminals, and offer this inherently unreliable testimony in court to convict defendants. If a defendant tried that, well, . . . the government would get mad.
--You can be sent to jail for lying to federal officers (a la Martha Stewart), even if no underlying crime was committed. But federal officers are permitted to lie to you with impunity.
--In one incident, FBI agents knowingly framed an innocent man for murder in order to cover up for the real murderer, who was one of their informants.
If you are the sort of person who believes that the government is always right, then you really need to read this book.
On the other hand, it is necessary to remember that many, if not most, of the prosecutors and police are good, honest people who would never resort to the underhanded tactics described in this book, and who are trying to put people behind bars who have seriously harmed others. I used to be a prosecutor myself!
My only complaint about this book is that there are no citations to the cases described by Judge Napolitano, which makes it difficult to look them up. Otherwise, this is a good, timely, and troubling book.