Citing apparently false evidence that an Asian massage parlor was a den of sexual slavery and trafficking of minors, Jupiter authorities used heavy-handed Patriot Act surveillance laws to arrest New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others. Much like the Patriot Act FISA warrants used to spy on the Trump campaign, authorities were wrong or just lied to get them. Hopefully, this will not have a happy ending for law enforcement and, more importantly, Americans will wake up to the police state we have created.
Donald Trump (who I have said looks like a lookout for a Staten Island massage parlor) and his buddy, Robert Kraft, were the rich and righteous folks cops should not have bullied using illegal tactics. They will fight back for those who cannot. I hope these two men will force some reckoning against a police state that has become unaccountable and out of control.
Kraft, a regular customer of the Asian massage parlor, was given the treatment where he was comprehensively fondled by Jack Shack employee of the month. I think the parlor called it “Kraft Services,” “The Biden,” or “The Al Gore.” So what?
Anyone paying attention knows that the politically driven, $30+ million, partisan and manufactured Mueller “investigation” by the Deep State into Donald Trump was a travesty of justice. There was never a crime stated or a victim identified.
I am from Columbia, Tennessee, so to explain in simple Mule Town terms this farcical “collusion” and then “obstruction of justice” case against Trump, the Mueller report concluded: We never had any evidence that Chester stole that mule, and now know, two years after investigating it, that for sure he did not; but because he said he didn’t steal that mule during our investigation, he is obstructing our attempt to hang him in the town square.
The weaponization of criminal law against opponents for damage and publicity for the prosecutors are actions of a third-world, socialist despot, not America. Using yet another police state agency created after the hysteria of 9/11 and its unchecked powers, local cops in Florida used Patriot Act surveillance powers to put cameras in a spa to watch many innocent people undress and legally get a massage.
Cops creepily watched tapes of mostly women and daughters getting normal nude massages in order to get to a few old men who paid a non-victim, willing businesswoman for “services.” More tellingly, police watched these tapes for months and never decided to rescue these supposedly “sexually-trafficked’ women.
After 9/11, authorities like FISA court fraudsters sold this “sneak-and-peek” warrant to the nation as needed for terrorism only. With this and the NSA meta-data surveillance, I guess they want to spy on all 325 million of us American “terrorists.”
Government records from 2013 reveal that 11,000 such warrants were issued and only 50 were for suspected terrorists -- yet another government program with no potential for abuse. We have this odd predisposition to give government unaccountable money and power when it scares us. We need to take most of it back. Incarcerating each other has replaced baseball as America’s favorite pastime.
Trump-appointed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch had it right when he wrote of the dangers of the expanding criminal law in the U.S., wherein “almost anyone can be arrested for anything.”
Presumably aspiring to higher office, the Sheriff and Prosecutor in Palm Beach County held a big press conference presenting themselves, much like Comey, Brennan and McCabe do almost nightly, as moral heroes. Jupiter Police said they were stopping the sex-trafficking of minors, but it turned out that there had been no underage girls or trafficked women. In a twisted way, authorities are telling us that, by illegally surveilling us, they are protecting our Constitutional liberties -- the exact opposite of principles upon which our country was founded.
Only because Kraft had the guts and money to fight back did we find out how egregious this was. The public is behind Kraft; he got a standing ovation at a recent Boston Celtics game.
Dramatic arrests like this get attention for politically ambitious law enforcement. I have seen what fame and publicity do to people, and I have seen what cocaine does to people. For the life of me, I cannot tell the difference. Adults engaging in consensual forms of victimless sex for money are the least of our nation’s problems.
Our moral “monitors” think society should focus on sex only for procreation -- and sex should never be quick, transactional and a fantasy. Which explains why porn never caught on.
Ron Hart, formerly of Goldman Sachs, is a libertarian op-ed humorist, an award-winning author, and a frequent guest on TV and radio. He can be contacted at Ron@RonaldHart.com or @RonaldHart on Twitter.