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Unpublished Paper
AMERICANS IN JEOPARDY: When Human Rights Protection Becomes America’s Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branch Shell Game
Debut Report (2016)
  • Zena D. Crenshaw-Logal
Abstract
Opt IN USA is a grassroots U.S. foreign policy reform, judicial accountability, and international human rights campaign. Its proponents submit that U.S. legal system abuse proliferates and has produced a vast, broadly diverse underclass of Americans.  The embattled group is known as the Sisyphenians because for them, seeking protection through U.S. legal and political processes is little more than a shell game; a sometimes decades-long process as futile as the punishment of Sisyphus, condemned in Greek mythology to roll a boulder up a hill only to watch it roll back down every day for eternity.

This debut report on Opt IN USA suggests the ineffectiveness of America’s legal system that it targets is due to a synergy of quiescent lawyers and judges, subdued by the prospect of retaliatory professional discipline; ineffective federal agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Special Counsel; America’s beleaguered Public Defender system; the stealth but distinct oppression and mental torture attendant to The Third Degree a/k/a unchecked judicial misconduct; the insulation of U.S. government officials from accountability, fortified in various ways this millennium through questionable U.S. Supreme Court decisions; and the inability of average Americans to enforce U.S. international human rights and anti-torture treaties, even after domestic avenues of relief prove ineffective.  

Keywords
  • human rights,
  • judicial misconduct,
  • Convention Against Torture,
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
  • psychological torture,
  • Judicial Engineering,
  • Optional Protocols
Disciplines
Publication Date
Winter February 16, 2016
Citation Information
Zena D. Crenshaw-Logal. "AMERICANS IN JEOPARDY: When Human Rights Protection Becomes America’s Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branch Shell Game" Debut Report (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/zena_crenshaw-logal/9/