The United States government has had its fair share of bad press over the years, they aren’t new to being accused of corruption, having committed outrageously unjust acts against innocent and most often peaceful individuals, take Waco, Ruby Ridge, Philadelphia, Kent State, and the Gulf of Tonkin incident, among countless other examples.
The U.S. government hasn’t demonstrated an interest for investigating itself or divulging crucial information to the public regarding criminal activities or investigations, especially when those situations involve government authorities and possibly misconduct or corruption.
It has been 44 years since the killings at Kent State, and no credible or independent investigation has been conducted into the matter. Not only that, but the U.S. government still refuses to admit that it even participated in the killing of four students at the University. For those unfamiliar with the story, the Ohio National Guard fired between 61 to 67 shots into a crowd of unarmed anti-war protesters at Kent State University in Ohio, back on May 4th 1970.
After evidence emerged suggesting that the government had involvement in the killings, the Kent State Truth Tribunal (KSTT) was formed with the hope of investigating the events of that day. In 2012, the Tribunal’s request to reopen the case was refused by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), citing legal and evidential barriers. The group is now taking their concerns to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
The U.S. commonly touts itself as a “beacon of democracy“, a stronghold for human rights protection and due process of law, but their freedom index is rapidly decreasing. Although they masquerade as though they protect the right of people to freely assemble, they have used violence against peaceful citizens within their own nation who have attempted to exercise such a right. Would a nation that truly respected the natural right of citizens to freely assemble and exercise their freedom of speech, first require that they obtain a permit in order to do so?
Kent State, and other incidents where investigations and information has been withheld from the public, fuel the image and sense of government impunity, would such exemption really exist in a truly free and democratic society? Even with the revelations of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) privacy violations, and the government continues to tiptoe around any true reform on the matter. The consequences of what they are doing are shown empirically to be entirely negative, and yet billions of funding is allocated to the effort in a confusingly unsupported claim of boosting “safety” and (ironically) freedom.
The President even had the audacity to lie to the American public, following the release of the documents, in stating that there was no spying program on American citizens. Since Obama made that obviously false statement, Snowden has released even more documents proving otherwise – to the shame of President Obama. How many times do we have to catch government officials in a lie before they lose any general credibility?