Wayne Madsen Report,
Let the lustration begin.
If and when Donald Trump is removed from the presidency, the United States should undergo the same transformative process that Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Imperial Japan, Stalinist Russia, and other dictatorships underwent after their regimes lost power. Those within the Trump administration who were responsible for the heinous acts of caging migrant children, causing pandemic genocide, brutally attacking peaceful protesters, and pilfering from the Treasury must not only be brought to justice but be ostracized from ever again participating in the political process. Crimes against the Constitution and the American people are not forgivable and the penalties for those crimes should be severe enough to warn others against any future repetition of the crimes.
The first action by a new administration must be the application of the types of lustration laws that have been used to cleanse post-dictatorial governments of past regime officials and operatives, particularly those in law enforcement and intelligence. Lustration is the act of making something pure and the Trump regime, as it stands, represents a stain that must be bleached out of all levels of the government. The United States can ill-afford a post-apartheid South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission and process. Donald Trump is no F.W. de Klerk or Pik Botha, the apartheid government's president and foreign minister, respectively, who stepped down peacefully to make way for the presidency of Nelson Mandela. Amnesty for de Klerk, Botha, and other reformist white Afrikaners had wide support. Amnesty for Trump, Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, William Barr, Chad Wolf, Stephen Miller, and other current and past Trump administration officials is a non-starter. Lustration and punishment should be the rule of the day after January 20, 2021. The motto should be "cleanse not revenge."
After January 20, 2021, there can be no "reaching across the aisle" by the new administration to those who supported the Trump government. The very nature of the lustration process calls for the dissolution of the political vehicle of the ancien régime, namely, the Republican Party of Trump. There is nothing anti-democratic about dissolving political parties that are nothing more than criminal organizations run by the previous regime's cronies. The criminal nature of the present Republican Party as a vehicle for the personality cult of Trump is without question. Therefore, there is no place for the Republican Party as it is presently constituted in a post-Trump United States.
The abolition of the Nazi Party in Germany after World War II was a result of that party having become an agency for the personality cult of Adolf Hitler. The Nazi Party not only destroyed the democratic Weimar Republic by using it to gain power, but also destroyed the entire German nation on the altar of Hitler worship. Today, the Federal Republic of Germany has an insurance policy preventing any return to Nazi rule. Whenever a party's aim or the behavior of its members threaten to disrupt or overthrow the free, democratic constitutional order, it may be constitutionally banned. The Italian Constitution prohibits the revival of Benito Mussolini's Fascist Party, although it has re-emerged under other names. Such should be the future of Trump's Republican Party, even if it takes a constitutional amendment to do so.
The Constitution of Portugal, crafted after the long dictatorship of the fascist António Salazar regime, bans undemocratic and criminal political parties in the country. The only political parties that may exist in Portugal are those that are guided by the principles of transparency, governed by a democratic organization and management, and permit the participation of all of its members. Those requirements eliminated the possibility that Salazar's fascist Estado Novo (New State) and its sole National Union party could ever return to power. In the wake of the Francisco Franco fascist dictatorship, Spain banned political parties that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex, sexual leaning, family situation, illness, and disabilities. The post-Communist Bulgarian Constitution prohibits political parties that pursue "fascist ideals" and foment racial, national, religious, or ethnic unrest. The Danish and Portuguese Constitutions allow for political parties to be proscribed if they resort to or encourage violence even if they are not subversive or racist. Under their constitutions, parties that foster violence through propaganda may be banned in Latvia and Georgia. Under Donald Trump, the U.S. Republican Party would have been banned had it been operating in several European nations.
Upon Trump's defeat in the November 3 election, the new administration's Transition Team should immediately call for the files and records of the outgoing administration to remain preserved under several governing laws and regulations, including the National Archives Act, Federal Records Act, Presidential Records Act, the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act, the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014, and the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act of 2018. Many Trump officials will see nothing wrong or illegal with burning or destroying protected files that document their crimes against the Constitution and the American people.
Prosecutions of law enforcement officers and contractors who committed human rights abuses against American citizens and other protected persons, including permanent residents and asylum seekers, should be the order of the day in the next administration. Particular emphasis should be on the Department of Homeland Security and its agencies and contractors and sub-contractors, including prime contractors like Palantir that assist the department in mining and collecting data on American citizens in violation of the Privacy Act. The Department of Homeland Security should be abolished. The term "homeland" is not an American term but arose from the Nazi "blood and soil" dogma in describing the German "fatherland" as the homeland for the German race. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should also face the chopping block and it should have its main functions split between customs and immigration control.
Prosecutions should also include those in the Trump administration who authorized the administration of lethal medications, including hydroxychloroquine, to coronavirus patients in Veterans Administration hospitals. The guidance in prosecuting these individuals should be no different than that used by the Nuremberg Tribunal in the trial of Nazis who committed medical experiments on the inmates of concentration camps. Trump officials within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), who, in a purposeful or criminally negligent manner, failed to heed the advice of medical doctors and scientists -- an act that led to a genocidal pandemic in the United States -- should also be charged under the precepts of the Nuremberg Tribunal.
Prosecutions of Trump officials and Republicans in Congress and in other elective offices around the country who profited from inside financial information or from "sweetheart" government contracts should also be a high priority for the next administration. Emphasis should be on how trillions of dollars in coronavirus lockdown assistance was steered to Republican Party and Trump campaign donors and companies in which the Trump family and administration had a financial interest.
The purpose for a post-Trump lustration and final accounting is clear. Such a policy is meant to ensure that a repeat of the crimes of the Trump regime will never be tolerated by the representatives of the American people.
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