(Trump Revolution Book 41)
Sidney Powell, Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice (Sidney Powell, 2014 reprinted 2018)
Reviewed by Robert David Steele
When this book was first published in 2014 the country was not ready to “hear” what this former prosecutor had to say.
Now, in the aftermath of the collapse of the Russian election interference fabrication by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the clear evidence of treason by then President Barack Obama running through the Department of Justice (DoJ) and across the so-called leadership ranks of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the public is ready to contemplate the reality that across the USA, there are judges and prosecutors who are so corrupt, so venal, so protected from being held accountable, that they will literally lie in every possible way to put people in jail, to sentence people to death, on the basis of both false evidence, and abuse of judicial and prosecutorial discretion.
The author has produced gifted compelling writing that at one point brought me to tears of compassion, at other points tears of outrage.
The book is central to what I think of as the trilogy of crime in government.
At the bottom are crooked cops and incompetent crime lab technicians who lie (and take bribes) to frame people for murder and other crimes. At the bottom are also sheriffs, magistrates, and a mix of doctors, nurses, and elderly care providers who prey on old people – drugging them up, making them wards of the state, and then stealing their estates. And then there are the young and the black, sentenced to prisons that pay kickbacks for each head of cattle delivered.
At the top as Matt Taibbi has documented so well in with Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History which I have reviewed, and in The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap which I have not, are the Deep State and Shadow Government where criminal dealings at the national, state, and local levels are legalized. The most common political crime is the granting of public lands, waivers on pollution, and forgiveness of billions in tax obligations in return for political kickbacks (Baltimore comes to mind as do New York City and San Francisco) to allowing the financialization of the economy, contrived depressions, and the use of the stock market to cheat individual investors at the same time that the agricultural, military, pharmaceutical, prison, and water complexes are allowed to poison us, kill us, drug us, incarcerate us, and poison us again.
This book is centered between the two. This book does for judges and prosecutors charged with nurturing public justice, what Joaquim Hagopian’s free online book, Pedophilia & Empire: Satan, Sodomy, and the Deep State, does for all of the pedophiles in high places – including Presidents, major media anchors and other celebrities, scientists, and – yes, judges and high-profile lawyers. That story is yet to be told because the Mossad, the CIA, and the FBI are central to that story and use blackmail and intimidation to prevent the story being told by the mainstream media, at the same time that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and CIA control social media censorship. I am the only one who has published a proper outline of the Jeffrey Epstein case, in summary form at Nine Veils of Evil and fuller form at my master post that is regularly updated.
We live in a cheating culture, by design. We have been dumbed down and drugged up by design. We the People, whose natural rights are supposed to be inalienable and who created a government to serve us, are now treated as subjects and targets by individuals completely lacking in ethics who are allowed to treat us as cockroaches (cop parlance taught by the Israelis), deplorables (political parlance per Hillary Clinton), and disposables (Wall Street thrives on “exploding” the individual client).
Before I summarize this book by former prosecutor and (I hope) future Supreme Court Justice Sidney Powell, let me just deepen the context within which her book matters – the context provided by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
George Will, in The Conservative Sensibility (Hachette Books, 2019), which I have reviewed, is deeply erudite and persuasive in articulating how we have lost our way – the Constitution has been trashed, the Executive has expanded and run amok with executive regulation and taxation not authorized by Congress, the Legislature has abdicated its responsibilities (he avoids calling them out for being the whores of the Deep State that they are), and the Judiciary has been too deferential to the Executive as well as the Legislature in allowing pervasive crimes against the public to be legalized.
It is in the context of George Will’s call for a more activist judiciary that Sidney Powell’s book matters. Not only do we need most desperately an engaged judiciary protecting the public from legalized crime, but we need for that judiciary – including prosecutors and the law enforcement people they rely on for evidence and testimony – to be honest.
I will start my summary where the author ends:
01 Every prosecutor and judge who acted with malice and is guilty of professional misconduct – all of them reported to their respective professional oversight bodies – is free, has never been charged, and went on to lucrative assignments in either the White House (under President Barack Obama, himself a person of interest in the Russian witchhunt based on falsified evidence) or to law firms I would not hire knowing what I know now. All of the perpetrators of the government crimes methodically described in this book enjoyed – and continue to enjoy – impunity.
02 All of the cases they brought have been over-turned by higher courts but only after years of effort and with some improbable good fortune, the receipt of “Brady” materials – exculpatory material – that was concealed in the first place. Sadly, people died, people spent years in prison, because of the professional misconduct of both judges and prosecutors. The Attorneys General under Obama, in my view, are the single greatest point of failure. They should have known – they almost certainly did know – that they were overseeing a network of prosecutorial criminality.
It is worth listing the most serious types of prosecutorial misconduct below, with the observation that today Sidney Powell is the attorney for General Mike Flynn, a man I know and admire, and he appears to have suffered from many of these explicitly proscribed misbehaviors:
- Charging a suspect with more offenses than is warranted
- Withholding or delaying the release of exculpatory evidence
- Deliberately mishandling, mistreating, or destroying evidence
- Allowing witnesses they know or should know are not truthful to testify
- Pressuring defense witnesses not to testify (including intimidation and lying to that end)
- Relying on fraudulent forensics experts
- During plea negotiations, overstating the strength of evidence
- Making statements to the media designed to arouse public indignation
- Making improver or misleading statements to the jury
- Failing to report misconduct when it is discovered
To which I would add: opening cases and managing cases for political and financial gain.
I would also point out that too many defense attorneys at all levels, local, state, and national, are too ready to throw their client to the wolves and overlook prosecutorial misconduct in order to avoid “burning bridges” relevant to their own advancement. General Flynn was absolutely right to fire his previous attorneys, and is most fortunate to now have Sidney Powell as his lead defender.
The above list is a de facto outline for the book. The government’s prosecutors, with the active complicity of their supervisors at the national level and judges at the state level, committed every single one of these crimes.
QUOTE (11): Narcissistic and terrifying tacticians were ascending to great power on a foundation and legacy of lies, corruption, and injustice that would take years to uncover. They had long practiced to win at any cost and skillfully buried the truth deep.
Arthur Anderson was the first casualty, rooted in a decision to charge the company rather than an individual or two, rooted in clear lies to the court and mis-instruction to the jury by a complicit judge (there are some indications the judge in question was simply a moron with personal problems, but the author avoids that conclusion). Michael Chertoff, who went on to create the Department of Homeland Security (DHA) and the neo-gestapo Transportation Security Agency (TSA) as well as the mis-directed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that now focuses more on planning for controlling with force millions of angry citizens instead of providing disaster relief as needed, is featured here.
Judicial misconduct is essential to enabling prosecutorial misconduct. The judge that instructs the jury such that they render a decision of guilt for an act that is simply not a crime, is a heinous example of the failure of our judicial system to uphold the integrity of law, even with a jury trial intended to keep judges honest.
Merrill Lynch was not destroyed but four of its executives were, and by the end of the book we know that all four were completely innocent and the Department of Justice and its prosecutors – with the help of complicit judges – wreaked havoc on the basis of lies and withholding exculpatory evidence that would easily have demonstrated that the government was lying.
It is about this point in the book where I begin to realize that most of the cases being brought by the government were “chicken-shit” cases done solely for publicity and personal advancement, and having nothing to do with the root crimes of Enron or the best interests of the public.
The book indicts the Department of Justice and specified individual prosecutors for distorting the law, denying fair trial to defendants, and taking intent out of jury instructions.
It is perhaps not the author’s intent, but what comes across to me very clearly is that most so-called high powered law firms are simply not as good as one might hope for. They run up huge bills by assigning eight attorneys who do not in the aggregate know as much as one really good attorney focused on the matter at hand, and then have the arrogance to tell their client they need to make a deal when the law actually favors the client, if the defense were competent and the judges honest.
Our President has said the system is rigged. He might as well also have said our system is broken on both sides of the aisle (whether legislative or judicial).
As a side bar I note with interest the difficulty the author had communicating with her client when he was in prison. Prison authorities seem to operate with the same impunity as mis-behaving judges and prosecutors, I put the book down for the night thinking the whole system is rigged against the truth, against the citizen, against the larger public interest that we summarize as America the Beautiful.
It bears mention that the FBI is mentioned in this book on multiple occasions for destroying evidence as well as suppressing evidence (one FBI whistleblower was helpful – and no doubt shunned for his honesty by his colleagues).
Halfway through the book the author cites the Supreme Court in a case called Berger on the standard of conduct for US attorneys and this quote is provided here as the touchstone for why this book and this author and the topic at hand – lying cheating US attorneys such as President Donald Trump, my friend Roger Stone, and my most respected intelligence leader General Mike Flynn have endured – matters.
QUOTE (191 citing Berger): The United States Attorney is the representative not of an ordinary party to a controversy, but of a sovereignty whose obligation to govern impartially is as compelling as its obligation to govern at all, and whose interest, therefore, in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done. As such, he is in a peculiar and very definite sense a servant of the law. He may prosecute with earnestness and vigor – indeed, he should do so. But, while he may strike hard blows, he is not at liberty to strike foul ones. It is as much his duty to refrain from improper methods calculated to produce a wrongful conviction as it is to use every legitimate means to bring about a just one.
God willing the President will be replacing at least two more Supreme Court justice, Sidney Powell has my vote because she has demonstrated a degree of authenticity and truthfulness that is sharply in contrast with the prevailing “standards” and We the People need someone on the Supreme Court who feels our pain – the same pain that got the President elected as Marianne Williamson notes in her book The Politics of Love (HarperOne, 2019). See my review and my open letter to the First Lady. There is no love in our current Department of Justice or our current justice system, only contempt for the individual and an arrogance of power that needs to be sharply tempered by activist hyper-critical Justices.
There are good justices, and the author honors one of them, Judge Emmet Sullivan.
QUOTE (209, citing Judge Sullivan): In nearly twenty-five years on the bench, I’ve never seen anything approaching the mishandling and misconduct that I’ve seen in this case.
Sadly, as the author is forced to conclude in the Epilogue:
QUOTE (405): Judge Sullivan’s excoriation of the Stevens prosecutors and the department (of justice) and his appointment of a special prosecutor were legal watersheds, but apparently water under the bridge for the department. We have a long way to go. The collateral damage from a wrongful prosecution is beyond measure. Marriages are shattered, children left parentless, careers ended, families devastated, finances ruined – all for what? To advance the career of a headline-grabbing, ethically, morally, and legally corrupt prosecutor? An indictment and corrupt criminal prosecution fracture lives forever. Minutes turn into hours, then days, months, and years – stolen and destroyed in the calculated corruption of justice by the very people who are sworn and empowered to protect us. When an innocent person is imprisoned, either the guilty person is still free or there is no guilty party at all because no actual crime has been committed. The administration of justice is robbed of any validity, and society loses from all sides. The majority of the public – and now even good lawyers – have no faith in the fairness of our system.
Today, specific individuals who should have lost their licenses to practice law and instead continue to be licensed to lie, are making a great deal of money rooted in their criminal malpractice. What kind of law firm hires people like this? Law firms who are as corrupt as the existing Department of Justice is corrupt, as so many state and local judiciaries and prosecution cabals are corrupt.
The book ends with a comparison of false government claims alongside the truth as revealed by the exculpatory evidence finally obtained; an update on the positions now held by the many prosecutors who should have – but did not – lose their license to practice law; and a list of sources for each of the chapters.
It is difficult for me to do this book justice. Giving it six stars is a start, out of the 2,500 and more books I have reviewed, almost all non-fiction across 97 categories (access all reviews sorted in lists and categories here), only ten percent have received a six star rating. That rating is assigned most on the basis of the substance of the book, but there is strong correlation between my six star ratings and a book being transformative. This is such a book. America was not ready for this book in 2014, now America is totally ready to grasp – as our President has said – that the system is rigged and this absolutely does include DoJ as well as the CIA and the FBI.
Let me end by comparing General Mike Flynn’s case – accepting $500K from a Turkish businessman that at the time he probably thought – as I would have – did not require registration under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) combined with dissembling on his call to the Russian Ambassador – a perfectly legitimate call that he should not have obscured – only to learn that the FBI had a complete recording of the call. Unlike most FBI and National Security Agency (NSA) electronic surveillance operations, this one was legitimate but because Mike Flynn was a US citizen, there may be improprieties to how the FBI handled the follow-up that I trust will be revealed in court. If he uses Bill Binney as a witness, he will be able to force the declassification of every single call, email, and document relevant to clearing himself.
How do you compare Mike Flynn taking $500K from a Turk not employed by the Turkish government, with Jared Kushner, who took $1 BILLION from the Qatar government? How do you compare Mike Flynn, trying to wage peace with the Russians, with me, who has very actively working with Andrey Kortunov (Director General, Russian International Affairs Council) to get the Iranians to “make the call” and arrange for President Hassan Rouhani to call President Trump, visit President Trump, and ultimately get President Trump to make a state visit to Tehran to call on the Supreme Leader and do with Iran what the President has done with the Koreas (in each case working with Xi Jinping of China on the one and Vladimir Putin on the other?
The case against Mike Flynn is a chicken-shit case, and he is fortunate to have a lawyer now with a proven ability to deal with both chicken-shit cases and the chicken-shit government attorneys behind them. The President should do whatever is necessary to get Mike Flynn back into the fight, ideally as Director of National Intelligence (DNI) where he would be both priceless, and a check on the Zionist now serving as National Security Advisor and doing his best to start wars with everyone on the basis of lies.
By way of larger context, to show this book in relation to the multi-trillion dollar high crimes that are standard to the US system, below are just a few of my lists of relevant non-fiction reading reviews.
- Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Government Corruption
- Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Dereliction of Duty (Defense)
- Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Dereliction of Duty (Health)
- Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Dereliction of Duty (Other Than Defense)
- Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Disinformation, Other Information Pathologies, & Repression
- Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Empire as Cancer Including Betrayal & Deceit
- Worth a Look: Impeachable Offenses, Modern & Historic
- Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Institutionalized Ineptitude
- Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Intelligence (Lack Of)
- Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Theocracy
- Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Bankruptcy of US Economy, Federal Reserve Malfeasance
- Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Blue Collar
- Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Class War (Global)
- Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Corporate & Transnational Crime
- Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Corporate Lack of Integrity or Intelligence or Both
- Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Elite Rule
- Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Middle Class
- Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Poisons, Toxicity, Trash, & True Cost
- Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Poverty
- Worth a Look: Book Reviews on War Complex—War as a Racket
Robert David Steele is the conceptualizer of integrated election reform (#UNRIG) and the integration of holistic analytics, true cost economics, and Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE) such that we can achieve a prosperous world at peace at 10-20% the cost of the failed Western economic model burdened by banks and lawyers.
A former US spy and co-founder of the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, he is today the Chief Enabling Officer (CeO) of Earth Intelligence Network, a 501c3, and now also CeO of Open Source Everything (OSE Inc.). He continues his education with non-fiction reading, posting over 2,000 reviews across 98 categories; his hobbies include off-shore sailing and racketball.