We believe there is such a thing, we have to. Our security depends on it but, is there such a thing as justice?
When we read the news we see that all kinds of cases are solved, particularly murder cases and the perpetrators sentenced to long terms or receive the death penalty but, as the years pass by we hear that it turned out some of this people were innocent and we have to wonder why someone who was innocent ended up paying for a crime. Well there might be a reason for this.
In Puerto Rico, I found out, the hard way, how the justice system works. When my younger brother was murdered at home, in front of the family, by a neighbor who everybody knew, we saw how the system works. You see, you don’t have to be rich or powerful to be influential; you just have to know somebody, who knows somebody, who knows somebody and so on.
The man who murdered my brother was a known criminal, who had murdered other people before, supposedly some of them were police officers, but had never paid for his crimes. We did not know why but, as it turned out, his sister’s boyfriend was a lawyer. The killer was captured only because someone else, who knew my brother, tried to kill him and managed to shoot him in the head.
When the killer went to the hospital, protected by his mother who worked there, the security guard happened to be a friend of our family and he forced the police there to arrest the guy. The story is long and infuriating. The guy broke out of prison easily and ended up in New York, where he was jailed for other crimes. He was transferred to Puerto Rico, where he was released for good conduct. Luckily people remembered him and so he died thanks to a batch of bad drug that was given to him.
The point is that if you are connected to the system or if it’s convenient for someone in power, a criminal could get away with anything since most of us don’t seem to really care. We read the news, we make comments but when action is necessary, we hide.
Take the murder of that kid in Florida. It would seem that the suspected murderer is being protected by the system. When you look at the details, he has a family member that is a retired judge. Is this man connected to the system? Of course he is and so there will be no justice in this case.
Another example is the case against SSG Bales. He was accused initially of 16 murders in Afghanistan, now the accusation was mysteriously upped to 17. It is said that he went to two villages close to his base and murdered those civilians but nobody in the base was the wiser. Now they tell us that the guy was on guard duty, but there were other guards yet no one knew what was going on.
Now, if I were on guard in a base in a place where we could be attacked by an enemy and I heard shots, I would sound the alarm immediately. Of course, if I knew that there were a group of soldiers out there in a mission, I would just suppose that they were doing their job. So, either the guards in this base were incompetent or they were doing their job.
To me it’s obvious that someone is hiding the truth. It is obvious that the press is not even bothering to investigate what they are reporting and acting as if they were the press of a tyrannical government. But it is also obvious that nobody cares.
I could bring up more cases that touched me personally to prove my point. People around me, in Puerto Rico were murdered; there were robberies and acts of violence. I moved to Georgia looking for a place where I could get away from so much corruption but was a victim of a fraud. Right now I’m trying to resolve the case in court but the information I have in hand tells me I will not recover my money. The system is geared to protect criminals and, since we don’t seem to care, there is no one to protect decent citizens.