A Mockery of Justice: The Great Sedition Trial of 1944
[Editor's Note: While the focus of the article below is not primarily upon one of the greatest of American heroes in the battle for freedom of speech and the exposure of those within the US government who have turned the White House into a Zionist fortress for the exclusive execution of their one world government agenda nonetheless I would like to dedicate this article to Senator Joe McCarthy. He, of most Americans, suffered some of the worst vilification in US history at the hands of the Zionists and I would like to commemorate his courageous bravery in this small way.
This article is one of the best examples I have yet read that brings into focus and corroborates all I have written over the past few years regarding the very secretive and, yes, seditious machinations of the organization known as B'nai Brith International; one whose Canadian counterpart, the League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada, is carrying on the longstanding traditions of the Anti Defamation League in the USA in slandering, vilifying and viciously persecuting via the court system, individuals such as myself who have been striving over the years to alert the Canadian public to the nefarious actions and motives of the World Zionist Organization and its deceptive, destructive ideology known as political Zionism.
There is no fundamental difference between the work that I have been doing and that of many of the principal characters contained in this article and the parallels between the treatment of my case with that of the protagonists in this, the Great Sedition Trial of 1944, are as uncanny as they are revealing and synchronous.
The fact that one of the more famous of the group falsely accused of "sedition" in that infamous "show trial" of 1944, Mrs. Elizabeth Dilling, is now still one of the main writers who Harry Abrams and the League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada have listed in their sec. 13(1) "hate crimes" complaint made against myself and RadicalPress.com, is a striking illustration of just how deep, pervasive and virulent are the machinations of this supposed "service organization" in whose Preamble to their founding Constitution they once declared that B'nai Brith's mission would be to "promote [the] highest interest” of those of “Jewish faith” and “those of humanity”; of “developing and elevating the mental and moral character of the people of our faith; of inculcating the purest principles of philanthropy, honour and patriotism”; “alleviating the wants of the poor and needy”; and “providing for, protecting and assisting the aged, the widow and orphan on the broadest principles of humanity.” Just how far they’ve strayed from this laudable position taken back on the 13th of October, 1843 is clearly revealed in the article below. My deep appreciation and thanks to Daryl – Bradford Smith of http://iamthewitness.com for this revealing article.]
A Mockery of Justice: The Great Sedition Trial of 1944
According to historian Harry Elmer Barnes who was one of FDRÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s leading critics from the academic arena, the purpose of the Great Sedition Trial was to make the Roosevelt administration Ã¢â‚¬Å“seem opposed to fascismÃ¢â‚¬Â when, in fact, the administration was pursuing totalitarian policies. Too few Americans today know of this travesty, a shameful blot on U.S. history.
Judges and lawyers alike will tell you the mass sedition trial of World War II will go down in legal history as one of the blackest marks on the record of American jurisprudence. In the legal world, none can recall a case where so many Americans were brought to trial for political persecution and were so arrogantly denied the rights granted [guaranteedÃ¢â‚¬â€Ed.] an American citizen under the Constitution.Ã¢â‚¬Â1
This is how the Chicago Tribune, then a voice for America First in a media world already brimming with internationalism, described the infamous war time Ã¢â‚¬Å“show trialÃ¢â‚¬Â and its aftermath.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Great Sedition TrialÃ¢â‚¬Â formally came to an unexpected halt on November 30, 1944, having been declared a mistrial upon the death of the presiding judge. Yet, the case continued to hang in limbo with Justice Department prosecutors angling for a retrial.
However, on November 22, 1946, Judge Bolitha Laws of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, dismissed the charges against the defendants, saying that to allow the case to continue would be Ã¢â‚¬Å“a travesty on justice.Ã¢â‚¬Â2
Although the Justice Department prosecutors appealed the dismissal, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld Judge LawsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ ruling and, as a consequence, the saga of the Great Sedition Trial at long last came to a close. This brought to an end five years of harassment that the defendants had suffered, includingÃ¢â‚¬â€for someÃ¢â‚¬â€periods of imprisonment.
Judge Laws had thus called a halt to this Soviet-style attack on American liberty. Sanity had prevailed and the case was shelved forever. The war was over and the one individual who was the prime mover behind the trialÃ¢â‚¬â€Franklin D. RooseveltÃ¢â‚¬â€was dead.
According to historian Ronald Ra dosh, a self-styled Ã¢â‚¬Å“progressiveÃ¢â‚¬Â who has written somewhat sympathetically of the pre-World War II critics of the Roosevelt administration, Ã¢â‚¬Å“FDR had prodded Attorney General Francis Biddle for months, asking him when he would indict the seditionists.Ã¢â‚¬Â3 Biddle himself later pointed out that FDR Ã¢â‚¬Å“was not much interested . . . in the constitutional right to criticize the government in wartime.Ã¢â‚¬Â4
However, as we shall see, there were powerful forces at work behind the scenes prodding FDR. And they, more than FDR, played a major role in pushing the actual investigation Biddle was not enthusiastic to undertake.
Although there was a grand total of 42 people (and one newspaper) indictedÃ¢â‚¬â€over the course of three separate indictments, beginning with the first indictment, which was handed down on July 21, 1942, the number of those who actually went on trial was 30, and several of them were severed from the trial as it proceeded.
RooseveltÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s biographer, James McGregor Burns, waggishly called the trial Ã¢â‚¬Å“a grand rally of all the fanatic Roosevelt haters.Ã¢â‚¬Â5 But thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s much more to the story than that.
In fact, there were a handful of influential figures among the indictees. Among them included:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Noted German-American poet, essayist and social critic, George Sylvester Viereck (a well-known foreign publicist for the German government as far back as World War I);
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Former American diplomat and economist Lawrence Dennis, an informal behind-the-scenes advisor to some of the more prominent congressional critics of the Roosevelt administration;
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Mrs. Elizabeth Dilling of Chicago, an outspoken and highly articulate author and lecturer who was well regarded and widely known nationally as a leader of the anti-communist movement and a fierce opponent of the ad ministration;
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Rev. Gerald Winrod of Kansas. With a national following and wide-ranging connections among Christian ministers and lay leaders throughout the country, Winrod had emerged as a force to be reckoned with. In 1938 he ran a strong race for the U.S. Senate. (One of WinrodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s protÃƒÂ©gÃƒÂ©s was none other than evangelist Billy Graham, who is said to have Ã¢â‚¬Å“learned much but kept quiet publicly about what he learned privatelyÃ¢â‚¬Â6 as a young man traveling with Winrod.) And:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ William Griffin, a New York-based publisher with strong connections in the Roman Catholic Church. Many American Catholics were strongly anti-communist, and Irish-American Catholics, in particular, were generally skeptical of FDRÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s war policies at a time when, it will be remembered, the government of Ireland remained neutral in the war being waged against Germany by the United States and England, IrelandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s traditional enemy.
However, most of those who finally went to trial were little known and hardly influential on a national level, other than the few exceptions just noted. Among the defendants were: a sign painter who was 80 percent deaf, a Detroit factory worker, a waiter and a maid.
In short, they were at best Ã¢â‚¬Å“averageÃ¢â‚¬Â Americans, without the means or the opportunity to be able to conduct the kind of seditious and internationally connected conspiracy that the government had charged, nor were they in any position to defend themselves against the unlimited resources of the central government. In many cases, the defendants were paupers, virtually penniless. Many of them were Ã¢â‚¬Å“one-manÃ¢â‚¬Â publishers, reaching small audiencesÃ¢â‚¬â€hardly a threat to the mighty forces that controlled the New Deal. Several were very elderly. Few of the indictees even knew each other before the trial, despite the fact that the indictments charged them with being part of a grand conspiracy, orchestrated by Adolf Hitler, to undermine the morale of the American military during wartime.