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 A parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else, helps executives convicted of crimes escape punishment. Part one of a BuzzFeed News investigation.

Say a nation tries to prosecute a corrupt CEO or ban dangerous pollution. Imagine that a company could turn to this super court and sue the whole country for daring to interfere with its profits, demanding hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars as retribution.

Imagine that this court is so powerful that nations often must heed its rulings as if they came from their own supreme courts, with no meaningful way to appeal. That it operates unconstrained by precedent or any significant public oversight, often keeping its proceedings and sometimes even its decisions secret. That the people who decide its cases are largely elite Western corporate attorneys who have a vested interest in expanding the court’s authority because they profit from it directly, arguing cases one day and then sitting in judgment another. That some of them half-jokingly refer to themselves as “The Club” or “The Mafia.”read more


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  1. Corporate Capitalism – those of us who have paid attention don’t have to imagine. Their dastardly deeds have never been subtle, simply excused, and corporate attorneys jumped the rails decades ago. ALL to line personal pockets with more money than they could spend in a lifetime.

    I hope your followers WILL click the link to read the article itself. Is is long because it is well supported – investigative journalism at its finest. I must admit, however, that I doubt that urging American politicians to vote no on ISDS and TPP will make a great deal of difference – white collar crime goes all the way to the top. America was built by robber barons, and the history books our children study applaud their efforts in the name of “progress.”

    No wonder Americans are now angry enough to vote for a man who spews anger FOR them, regardless of his aim and despite his involvement.

    Thanks for bringing this issue to my attention, even though I started my day in knots.

    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
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