28 March 2008 | vfrickey
This film ought to be shown in every Civics class in America.
Ever get the idea you'd want to help get a friend elected to Congress after achieving the American dream, starting up a business which creates reasonably priced solar power? You might want to see this film first.
Hostile stockholders accused entrepreneur Michael Zinn of improprieties so they could take his company over. They sold Federal prosecutors on the idea. These guys served duces tecum subpoenas on virtually every important employee and business associate of Zinn's and found NOTHING - not even after nearly causing Zinn's business assistant to have a miscarriage in hopes of causing her to lie about her boss.
So what do these folks (who swore an oath to protect Mr. Zinn's Constitutional rights) do? They decide that when Michael Zinn held a campaign fund-raising meeting for his friend (who was, indeed, elected to Congress, and who elected to leave Zinn twisting in the wind when the Federal prosecutors decided to pick on him, instead of standing up for the guy who got into trouble on trumped-up charges), he was running a scam to launder his own contributions to the campaign through bonuses paid to his employees.
The story is wrenching. This man did nothing wrong that I can see. His only offense was that of succeeding well enough that slimebags who never had to step forward into the light of day used the U.S. Justice Department as a tool to irreparably damage Michael Zinn's life.
No tactic open to Federal prosecutors to coerce suspected criminals to confess to the crimes with which they are charged was left untried on Mr. Zinn except, possibly, incitement of assault on him by other prisoners. He was physically abused by Federal detention guards in transit (in what is known as "diesel therapy," in which a prisoner can be housed in maximum security facilities several times and transported in trucks and aircraft over days and even weeks to cover a distance of a few hundred miles).
This film demonstrates in ways no book can, in a very short period of time, that something is very, very wrong with our system of justice. Laws enacted to deal with drug traffickers and racketeers are being abused to punish people who in many cases were guilty of nothing more than being victimized by the actions of others. It should be watched by every student in every Civics class in the United States of America.
Without cinematic tricks or over-wrought, preachy orating, "Mad Dog Prosecutors" manages to incite strong anger with a broken Justice Department whose employees often violate the same Constitution which they are sworn to uphold with subtlety and malice. In fact, until the problems which led to Michael Zinn's incarceration are corrected, the term "Justice Department" should be reconsidered as a descriptive term for the U.S. Government's prosecutorial arm.
Illegal aliens and urban gangsters make this country nearly unlivable at times with a wink and a nod from the Federal Government (which hasn't exactly set records of efficiency in enforcing our immigration laws over the years), yet people like Michael Zinn who have not done anything but create wealth and employment for others and raise their families too often are swept up into the maw of malicious prosecution by men and women who themselves should be tried for violating the rights of their fellow citizens.
Watch this film. Make your family watch it. At least then, when you vote, you will be equipped to vote more intelligently.