Too-Big-to-Jail Policy Corrupts the Rule of Law for Everyone

Here Bill Moyers interviews Matt Taibbi on the way that the Obama administration’s Too-Big-to-Jail policy has corrupted the rule of law in our entire society.

Taibbi believes that the most insidious consequence of this policy is the creation of a two-tiered society consisting of non-arrestables (the banksters) and arrestables (the rest of us).

MATT TAIBBI: Well …  the rule of law isn’t really the rule of law if it doesn’t apply equally to everybody. I mean, if you’re going to put somebody in jail for having a joint in his pocket, you can’t let higher ranking HSBC officials off for laundering $800 million for the worst drug dealers in the entire world. People who are suspected, not only of dealing drugs, but of thousands of murders. I mean, this is an incredible dichotomy. And eventually, you know, it eats away at the very fabric of society when some people go to jail and some people don’t go to jail.

The transcript for the following interview with Matt Taibbi is here.


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One Response to “Too-Big-to-Jail Policy Corrupts the Rule of Law for Everyone”
  1. RickD says:

    ” one more government appointee spinning through the lucrative revolving door between Washington and Wall Street. ”

    A very important article and I thank you for it. It is long past time for the American people to understand that our government no longer works for us, but works for those who can afford to buy it. The huge amounts of money needed to run for office, money supplied chiefly by the very corporations that this article exposes, coupled with the revolving door between office holders, government workers and the lobbying industry and lucrative corporate jobs as rewards for working diligently for the special interests all result in a government that ignores the needs of we the people in favor of the needs of we the corporations.

    But what can one expect from a government led by a man who executes American citizens, one a teenager, with impunity. Quite an act by a supposed constitutional scholar,huh? The real tragedy here is that there is so little outrage or action taken. From the first , when Obama appointed half of Wall Street to his cabinet, weshoudl have been on notice, we should have been organizing and acting to protect our vanishing rights. I wonder exactly what it will take to wake us up?