by Frank Wright, LifeSite News:
‘This case is the Deep State versus democracy, not the U.S. versus Donald Trump,’ opined American lawyer Robert Barnes.
Weaponizing the legal process is not simply about stopping Donald Trump – it aims at the permanent capture of U.S. power by the Deep State.
According to U.S. lawyer Robert Barnes, the latest legal measures deployed against former President Donald Trump are aimed at supplanting the powers of the presidency – permanently.
His analysis, which aligns with that of political prisoner Julian Assange, is that the use of state secrets is a means of undermining presidential authority forever.
If the precedent of making so-called state secrets more significant than the person of the president is established, this means that any president at any time will be vulnerable to prosecution under the 1917 Espionage Act.
Trump is of course the first president to be charged under the Act, for the possession of documents which he as president had the unique constitutional power to declassify.
The case would therefore remove this presidential privilege, leading to a situation where future presidents would seek protection from prosecution by choosing to remain unaware of anything the permanent government considered sensitive.
It is, therefore, a means of keeping democracy out of the business of politics.
Barnes points out that the Act has been used in political cases beforehand. Eugene Debs, the famous socialist, was indicted under the Act in 1919 for his activities in opposing the United States’ dubious entry into the First World War.
Debs, opposed to the propagandizing of Americans into the very kind of “foreign entanglements” and European wars against which the founding fathers warned, was branded a traitor for his opposition to a state-controlled disinformation campaign whose legacy shapes the western world today. In fact, the Espionage Act is being used to indict Julian Assange, whose crime is to have revealed some of the lies and sins of the secret state in the promotion of perpetual war.
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