375Proposal to expose public wrongdoing and empower We the People to hold public servants accountable
- Mar 31, 2014
the Organizer of Presentations
of Evidence of Two Unique National Cases of Public Wrongdoing and
the Builder of a Coalition for Justice
to Enable We the People to Reverse Surveil and
Hold Public Servants Accountable and Liable,
Which Can Dominate
the Mid-term and 2016 Presidential Elections Campaigns and Lead to
the Formation of a Civic Movement that Forces Government Reform:
the People’s Sunrise
Dr. Richard Cordero, Esq.
Ph.D., University of Cambridge, England
M.B.A., University of Michigan Business School
D.E.A., La Sorbonne, Paris
Judicial Discipline Reform
New York City
In the past few years, media reports of wrongdoing by public officers have rendered the public distrustful of government(ol:11).
*NOTE: All (parenthetical) and [bracketed] blue text is references to supporting passages and footnotes, respectively, found in the study, Exposing Judges' Unaccountability and Consequent Riskless Wrongdoing: Pioneering the news and publishing field of judicial unaccountability reporting. That study is in the file downloadable through the external link http://Judicial-Discipline-Reform.org/OL/DrRCordero-Honest_Jud_Advocates.pdf. In the study and everything else in the file, the blue text represents active cross-referential internal links that facilitate jumping to supporting passages and footnotes to check them.
Evidence in such scandals and in current events points to two unique cases of public wrongdoing that can so outrage the public as to cause it no longer to passively learn about yet another scandal, but rather to actively force politicians to fundamentally reform government. These cases were discussed earlier(ol:55). They can be summarized as queries for further investigation by citizen and professional journalists and the authorities:
The Obama-Sotomayor case and the Follow the money! investigation
What did the President(jur:77§5), his top congressional supporters(78§6), and federal justices and judges[] know[[23b]] about Then-Judge, Now-Justice Sotomayor’s concealment of assets –suspected by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Politico[[107a]]– and consequent tax evasion; and when(75§d) did they know it? (For an estimate of J. Sotomayor’s concealed assets, see[[107c]]; for a source of assets to conceal(65§§1-3).)
The Federal Judiciary-NSA case and the Follow it wirelessly! investigation
To what extent do federal judges abuse their vast computer network and expertise –which handle hundreds of millions of case files(Lsch:11¶9b.ii)– either alone or with the quid pro quo assistance of the NSA –whose requests for secret surveillance orders are rubberstamped[] by the federal judges of the secret court established under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)– to conceal assets –a crime[ ] under U.S. law, unlike surveillance– by electronically transferring them to secret inland and offshore(ol:1) accounts to launder money of its illegal origin and bring it back as legitimate assets, and to protect wrongdoing judges by interfering with the communications –also a crime(ol:20¶¶11-12)– of complainants(ol:19§D)?
These two cases can outrage the NATIONAL public more deeply than any other scandal up to now: They involve national public officers in wrongdoing motivated, not by national security concerns or even partisan interests, but rather by the crass greed of officers who earn top salaries while so many other people struggle just to survive. These cases reveal such a high degree of coordination among officers to commit crimes and cover them up that the wrongdoing cannot be explained as simply the conduct of rogue or incompetent officers, but rather has been integrated into each branch’s modus operandi and into their inter-branch operations.
Wrongdoing in government has become institutionalized. It requires a profound reform of government itself.
The main reason why these cases have not been investigated is that they involve the most powerful public officers in our country: Life-tenured federal judges with long memories and the power to defeat even the legislative agenda of the president and his congressional supporters by declaring laws unconstitutional[17a] and engaging in chicanery(Lsch:17§III). Their self-granted impunity(26§d) breeds riskless wrongdoing and instills fear: In the 225 years since the creation of the Federal Judiciary in 1789 –2,131 federal judges were in office on 30sep11– only 8 have been removed!
Similar official statistics[ii] and their sober analysis must be presented to the public to outrage it and cause it to force reform. You, the reader, can contribute to doing so by organizing presentations thereof and of the unique cases to promote their further investigation.
A. Presentations to audiences of potential investigators as part of a process
The content of the presentation is realistic because it consists of a well-thought out plan of action that is concrete, feasible even with limited means, and reasonably calculated to have the intended effect: Instead of counting on a hero, a martyr, or an angel creating singlehandedly a miraculous change, the plan sets in motion a process that involves ever more people pursuing their own personal and professional interest even as they advance the public interest.
This is an application of John Smith’s theory on which our market economic works: A “hidden hand” guides each individual’s pursuit of his or her own profit to increase the economic welfare of everybody in society. This model can in principle be applied to government reform by the public.
The venue of the presentation is, first, before you and your colleagues so that Dr. Cordero can convince you that he is as well-grounded in reality as he expects you to be; and that there is the prospect of material and moral rewards for you for your effort(ol:3§F). If he manages to convince you, presentations would take place at other venues thanks to your contacts and effort.
The most cost-effective is before journalists, either privately before a group of them or at a press conference. Their interest, among others, would be in winning a Pulitzer Prize and making a name in the media for their own career advancement and the greater reputation of their media outlets. The likely profile of the journalists that would be interested in further investigating the two unique national cases of public wrongdoing is worth considering(jur:lxvi§H). The presentation can also take place by you obtaining invitations from radio and TV talkshow hosts.
Another venue is journalism(ol:54), law(Lsch:1), business(104¶¶236-237), and Information Technololgy(131§b; ol:60§§A-E) schools. The audiences would be mostly of idealistic young adults who still believe that they can change the world for the better; can be inspired by a mission greater than themselves; and are hardworking and meticulous(128§4). They do not have the vested interests that prevent grown-ups from exposing public wrongdoers(81§1). A presentation can be held in a classroom, the school auditorium, a job fair, the fair of student organizations, a momentous speech at a commencement, or a symposium on public wrongdoing and reform held after of a summer of investigation conducted for academic credit or as a paid internship(97§1).
Presentations can also take place at Internet and IT companies. Their interest lies in investigating the Federal Judiciary-NSA case to expose such outrageous abuse of IT and privacy rights as to justify new legislation that protects them from interference by the government.
Presentations can be held at PAC conferences and townhall meetings by newcomers to public life committed to public integrity(ol:58§§A-B). They can help their audiences realize that We the People are the source of all political power and masters of all public servants; the latter are entrusted power to exercise it in the People’s behalf and are accountable for embezzling it for their own benefit. The newcomers can develop a platform of People’s empowerment through accountability.
Indeed, a key objective of the presentations is to invite the audiences to join a team of investigators of the cases and thus become active masters of government. They can benefit from the leads that have been gathered and organized in a plan of field and library investigation(ol:66).
B. A series of events revealing
a strategy leading to government reform
The findings of the investigative team can be added to those available and made part of the presentation. They will outrage(jur:83§§2-3) the audiences and through them ever more members of the national public. The public will demand to get to the bottom of it, for the news are truly outrageous: the President and Congress allowing judges to engage in concealment of assets, tax evasion, and money laundering to avoid their retaliation; and judges abusing their IT resources to do so and interfere with their complainants’ communications.
Such demand for news will give ever more journalists and media outlets a market incentive to jump onto the investigative bandwagon(119§1); otherwise, they risk losing their audience and the rest of the public to competitors that offer them the latest news on a story taking hold of the national debate at a critically important time for politicians: the mid-term election campaign and what will follow on its heels, that is, the primaries leading to the 2016 presidential election campaign.
That reaction will progressively develop into a Watergate-like generalized media investigation(jur:4¶¶10-14).
C. A Watergate-like generalized media investigation,
but more outrage-provoking
It was progressively that any importance was attached to the news about the accidental apprehension of five burglars at the National Democratic Headquarters at the Watergate building complex in Washington, D.C., on June 17, 1972. At first, it was dubbed “a garden variety burglary by five plumbers”. But for the next two years, it went from breaking news to ever more outrageous news until it became the Watergate Scandal. It led to the unthinkable: the resignation of President Nixon on August 9, 1974, and the incarceration of all his White House aides for political espionage, abuse of power, and resort to the most corruptive force of public life: money!
A media investigation that takes its starting point in the suspicion of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Politico[107a], of J. Sotomayor’s concealment of assets; and the revelations about NSA’s abusive surveillance with the rubberstamping approval of federal judges can proceed much faster. It will be accelerated by something that was not available at all at the time of the Watergate Scandal: computers at the hand of journalists, never mind the public.
Today there is also expertise in the use of computers in Follow the money! investigations(ol:2). Just as some three million laypersons have joined the highly technical search for the disappeared Malaysian airliner by analyzing radar data on their computers, the audiences can be encouraged to join both the search for the concealed assets of J. Sotomayor and others; and the Follow it wirelessly! search for evidence of Federal Judiciary-NSA’s abuse of their IT resources and interference with complainants’ communications(ol:13).
The popular investigation can be boosted by an empowering means: social media; thanks to it, the people brought down dictators as they gave rise to the Arab Spring.
An outraged and interconnecting public can force Congress and DoJ-FBI to open official investigations of those cases. The establishment of the 9/11 Commission is precedent therefor. Thanks to their official investigative powers, they can make even more outrageous findings. History can repeat itself, but more forcefully: It can involve not only the presidency, as it did in the Watergate Scandal, but also the Federal Judiciary and Congress. Reform can follow(ol:8§§E-G).
D. From national outrage to
a reformative civic movement: the People’s Sunrise
As you and your colleagues organize the presentations, you can also coalesce your interlocutors into a group of investigators, information disseminators, and opinion shapers that form a coalition. The latter can enable the public to engage in ‘reverse surveillance’:
The opposite of the unlawful surveillance of the people by the NSA, reverse surveillance is the paying of keen attention by an outraged We the People to how their public servants exercise the power entrusted to them so that their performance increasingly becomes transparent and allows the People to hold their servants not only accountable, but also liable to compensate those whom they injure with their wrongdoing(160 §8).
That is how a civic movement can develop; the Tea Party is its precedent. It can force fundamental reform of government by politicians, lest they be voted out of office, and attract newcomers. In a realistic, enlightened way, it can strive not only for lower taxes, but also for legal, economic, social, and political justice through servants committed to public integrity and to making the common good shine for all: the People’s Sunrise movement.
For that, a grateful nation can recognize you as the Organizer of Presentations and the Builder of the Coalition for Justice.
Dare trigger history!(dcc:11)…and you may enter it.