About “For All the People”

For all the people an organization that is committed to pursue responsibility in government.  To do this, not only am I committing personal time, energy and money to improve the society in which we live for the benefit of all the people, but I have formed a Super PAC that will allow us to pursue this agenda with a wider pool of funds.

Our mission is to make all people aware of the abuses of power at all government levels, and to propose actions, and laws that will restore the checks and balances that were envisioned by the founding fathers of these United States.  Shining the harsh light of publicity to actions allowed by secrecy and intentional protection of those you are culpable will hopefully motivate the public to be concerned.  This plus the work of this organization will pursue should also help us to win friends and consequently to support those who share our belief that government must be accountable for its actions, and unfair or arrogant actions must reveal the perpetrators of these actions, and there should be consequences.

Without consequences for bad actions, bad actions will continue and probably increase.  This will injure ordinary people who do not have funds for high priced lawyers and do not have access to other tools to fight what essentially in oppression.

It is my belief that during the last 100 years, the Executive Branch or the Federal Government has increasingly defeated the balance intended by the formation of a three branch government consisting of the executive branch, a legislative body, and a judicial body.  This has increasing turned the US Presidency into an “Imperial Presidency” where the law can be used as an excuse to punish rather than in pursuing the betterment of our society.  The government is increasingly spying on its citizens without our knowledge, confiscating our property without due process, and insisting it has the right to kill our own citizens on a premeditated basis without a court of law.

This pendulum towards authoritarian government was not accomplished by one President or one party, but progressively and in small steps over the last 100 years.  This slow progression was mostly well meaning, but nevertheless set us on a course towards autocracy and a lack of oversight.  I believe that every citizen is entitled to have accountability, transparency and responsibility from their government.

I do believe that there is a time for secrecy and measures which protect our society.  But, those actions taken in the name of all the people should be disclosed in full with the name of those who made decisions once the time of conflict has passed.  Only if decisions makers know they will be seen for the decisions they made at some future time, will there be motivation to maintain a policy that reflects the morals and ethics of the majority of our people.

Henry E. Juszkiewicz

For All the People
leader@4all-people.org
309 Plus Park Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37217
(615)871-4500 x2405 [This is my business phone – i.e. my day job]

Without Intent

Without Intent: How Congress Is Eroding the
Criminal Intent Requirement in Federal Law

A core principle of the American system of justice is that no one should be subjected to criminal punishment for conduct that he did not know was illegal or otherwise wrongful.
• This principle of fair notice, which has been a cornerstone of our criminal justice system since the nation’s founding, is embodied in the requirement that, with rare exceptions, the government must prove the defendant acted with mens rea—a “guilty mind”—before subjecting him to criminal punishment.
• Members of the 109th Congress (2005–2006) proposed 446 criminal offenses that did not involve violence, firearms, drugs and drug trafficking, pornography, or immigration violations.
• Of these 446 proposed non-violent criminal offenses, 57 percent lacked an adequate mens rea requirement. Worse, during the 109th Congress, 23 new criminal offenses that lack an adequate mens rea requirement were enacted into law.
• Congress’s expertise for crafting criminal offenses resides in the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. Only these committees have express jurisdiction over federal criminal law, yet of the 446 criminal offenses studied, over one-half were not sent to the House or Senate Judiciary Committees for review and deliberation.
• By consistently neglecting the special expertise of the two judiciary committees when drafting criminal offenses, Congress is endangering civil liberties.
• Without reforms like those recommended in this report, innocent individuals are at risk of unjust conviction under federal criminal offenses that have inadequate mens rea requirements.