Letters 3-4-2013


Christie imprisonment

The victim is freedom, the culprit the court

It might be easier to comprehend what is happening to Roger Christie if we were to ask who actually benefits from the treatment he has received by the court.

Ostensibly, it would be his community, though it’s difficult to imagine that his community was ever in favor of imprisoning its leading advocate for an activity where 66 percent of the voters of that community declared its preference for procedure that would have allowed Mr. Christie to continue what he was doing — and especially since Constitutional, let alone civil rights, are being flagrantly denied a respected member of that community.

Perhaps it’s the federal government that is the beneficiary as its latest claim is that it should have received a percentage of the income derived from the activities of Mr. Christie (tax), although by its own pronouncement, this income is illegal.

Interestingly, if it had accepted a percentage of these monies, it would be party to what it considers a criminal act. Interesting position on government’s part, I think.

It’s possible the beneficiary ends up being the court system itself — funding and job security for sure. But really the people who truly benefit are the volume traders in all drugs. Keeping a commodity illegal — be it alcohol, heroin, crack, marijuana, or guns for that matter, only assures a premium price for that commodity, and what is even more sinister, makes for strange bedfellows, to say the least.

Roger Christie has been denied due process because the courts label him a threat to his community and that is what’s at issue here.

Any judge or prosecutor who promotes this line of thinking is in conflict with the fundamentals of justice and should be relieved of his position. And citizens who do not cry out for this action are blind to their own future.

When the powers that be have recently stated the assassination of an American citizen will only occur in cases where that citizen is deemed a terrorist, the question is: Deemed by whom? The answer it turns out is it is a panel of untouchable court-appointed agents — a parallel to the process used on Roger Christie.

Ultimately, the real victim here is freedom and the culprit is the court which, in this case, most certainly poses an infinitely greater threat to Roger Christie’s community, as well as to Constitutionally protected rights of all Americans, than is any American exercising his rights as an American.

Kelly Greenwell

Kailua-Kona