5 March, 2021

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From A Shameless Impeachment To A Shameless Chief In-justice

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Hitler seemed intent, in fact, on delivering these blows completely in the open so as to leave a deep and abiding impression, as if proclaiming from the rooftops his immutable will….” Joachim Fest (Plotting Hitler’s Death)

The end was preordained. The quintessentially Rajapaksa-impeachment produced a quintessentially Rajapaksa Chief In-justice. Mohan Peiris, the trusted acolyte of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the man who lied to the world on behalf of his political masters, is the ideal choice to head the Rajapaksa judiciary, given the critical absence of a Rajapaksa Sibling, Son or Nephew capable of holding that fort.

            The elevation of Mr. Peiris reveals the naked truth about the impeachment and about the force propelling it forward – the Rajapaksas. The Rajapaksas want to concentrate all power in their hands and they want to stay in power ‘forever’. The impeachment was aimed at removing constitutional and legal barriers on the path to absolute and eternal power. In order to bolster familial rule and ensure dynastic succession, the Rajapaksas need a judiciary which is abjectly servile, which has no will of its own, which would not hesitate to lie, cheat, violate the constitution or break the law, on demand.

The purpose of the impeachment was to create that mindless, shameless judiciary from top down.

Had the Rajapaksas so wanted, the impeachment could have been conducted less crudely, with at least an appearance of fair-play. The Rajapaksas chose to turn the impeachment into a witch-trial for several reasons. They hoped a brutish impeachment would force the CJ to resign. They desired to revenge on a woman who had the temerity to go against their royal wishes. Most of all they wanted to send a clear, unequivocal message to the judiciary, the legal fraternity and the larger society about the prohibitive costs of dissent. They wanted to maul Shirani Bandaranayake, publicly, in order to snuff-out the flame of resistance by encouraging some of the worst qualities in society – cowardice, opportunism, greed, duplicity, self-interest, apathy…

Had the Rajapaksas wanted to maintain appearances they could have appointed a more amenable Supreme Court judge to head their judiciary. They chose not to take that marginally moderate path because moderation, even in miniscule quantities, is alien to their extremist mindset. They care as little about legitimacy as they do about legality. Power is their God. Their willingness to tolerate dissent decreases as their hold on power increases. The more powerful they are, the less tolerant they become, less willing to accede to compromises, more determined to inflict a scorched-earth policy on any individual or entity who dares to disobey them.

Our Sun God and his Brothers

On Tuesday, the apex courts-complex resembled the occupied North. In another Sri Lankan first, police and military men surrounded the courts-complex and turned it into an open prison camp for a few hours. Sloganeering musclemen were at the ready in case lawyers, in their hundreds, came out in protest against the illegal occupation of the bastion of justice. That extra-precaution was needless; given the Bar Association’s all too explicable volte face, most lawyers seemed to have decided to watch from the sidelines. Only a handful, following the courageous example set by Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, came forward to defend the honour of their profession.

As the army and the police occupied the apex court premises, the President – and his handpicked Chief In-justice – vowed to safeguard judicial independence. The Rajapaksas, like all tyrants, have an instinctive understanding of ‘Newspeak’ without every having read Nineteen Eighty-Four. In the Rajapaksa-speak, servility is independence, just as a brutal war was a ‘humanitarian offensive’ and open prison camps were ‘welfare villages’.

Assisted by the Rajapaksa Judiciary, (and its incomparable Injustice-in-Chief), the Rajapaksa Legislature can now go all out to strengthen Rajapaksa Democracy. The law enabling the detaining of suspects for 48 hours will be debated and approved next week. Other laws will come, to make it even easier for the Rajapaksas to destroy every vestige of dissent, under cover of fighting crime/terrorism.

Impunity will become as ubiquitous in the South as it is in the North, the testing ground for Rajapaksa governance. An incident which took place in the Jaffna Magistrate Courton 20th September 2011 may be an omen of things to come. Antony Nithyaraja, a man wanted by the police, went to the court and appeared before the magistrate voluntarily through his lawyer. “The Magistrate after considering the police submissions and court documents released him. However, seven police officers in civilian clothes arrested him and started beating Antony in the presence of the Magistrate, lawyers, court staff and a large number of people. He was dragged to the Jaffna Headquarters Police Station for detention” (Asian Human Rights Commission – 23.9.2011).  That act of injustice, committed within the halls of justice, may foretell future events in the South.

Remember Vellupillai Pirapaharan and understand Mahinda Rajapaksa. Remember Baby Subramaniam and understand Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Look at KP and understand Basil Rajapaksa. Like the Sun God and his Tigers, the Siblings too cannot afford to give up power. And the longer they stay in power, the more they will undermine Sri Lanka by destroying everything that is good about this land and its people.

As Steve Biko warned, “The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed” (I write What I Like). The Rajapaksas want us to succumb to them psychologically by accepting their new commonsense which worships power (and the powerful), celebrates cowardice and opportunism and enthrones mindless obedience as the highest virtue. They want us to believe that cowardice is intelligence, apathy is foresight and self-interest is wisdom. They want us to see nothing wrong in a country where the chief justice is hounded-out for abiding by the constitution. They want us to regard CJ Bandaranayake’s courageous resistance to the impeachment as an act of unparalleled foolhardiness.

They want us to feel weak and helpless.

They want us to accept aSri Lankain which courage is the ultimate stupidity, compassion is a sin, solidarity is dead and decency is unheard of. It is only in such a land the Rajapaksa Dynastic Project can take root and flourish.

That is why resistance, in any democratic and peaceful way possible, is not a choice but a necessity for those who do not wantSri Lankato become a country of and for the Rajapaksas.

And resistance begins by refusing to allow the Rajapaksas to occupy our minds. Do not embrace the Rajapaksa-worldview. Do not accept the Rajapaksa-commonsense that resistance is futile and wrong and silly. Do not allow the Rajapaksa-lies to affect our judgement and the Rajapaksa-deceptions to cloud our perception. Do not forget that the impeachment was unjust and illegal. Do not allow the Rajapaksas to convince us that this is democracy. Do not swallow Rajapaksa concoctions about national and international conspiracies and undead Tigers; they want to addle our minds with fear so that we will infantalise ourselves and cling to them for protection.

See the Rajapaksas as they are.

Remember where Adolf Hitler took the Germans and Vellupillai Pirapaharan took the Tamils; ask, ‘Is this the future we want for ourselves’?

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    Another well informed/crafty piece from Thisaranee and more power to your pen to write these articles as no one in Sri Lanka dare to write in this way and end up a White van journey for the land of no return.

    Unfortunately Rajapaksas will stay in power by force for another 20 yrs as did Suhartos of Indonesia.

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    Once more this brave lady Tisaranee Gunesekere has shown us Sri Lankans the way to criticise constructively and do so without fear or favour. I salute you and offer you the gratitude of the silent majority of Sri Lanka. The Rajapaksas doing their devilry we may, however reluctantly, be able to accept as they are mere common or garden politicians. But what of the likes of Mohan Peiris( that surname again, just as we had thought one of that kind involved with justice of any kind is enough!)? Neither spending time( no education received there for certain given his career track record to-date) at posh public schools like St. Joeseph’s and Royal which some of our urban elite think automatically entitles them to glory, nor spending tax payer money for sojourns at Harvard and Cambridge Universities has had any beneficial impact on the man judging by his subsequent performance. If men and woman who come from the kind of background that Mohan Peiris does succumb
    to the blandishments of the current administration of Sri Lanka, what hope is left for us? We are well on our way to hell in a basket, aren’t we?

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    It is up to the SC judges to stand up to their judgement regarding the impeachment. If they fail to do so and accept mohan pieris as the new chief justice,all is lost.

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      Nothing is lost. We have had a valuable lesson on how we should not be governed. We have learned how the rabble can be organised to resist legitimate/ democratic protest. We have learned how flimsy a constitution becomes in the hands of small men with small minds. We have learned how institutions are being destroyed and much more. My hope is that we will remember these lessons. We have gained much indeed!

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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        You seem to be shouting your self hoarse about the CJ but I wish to highlight (again) something you mentioned in another thread in this very site.
        Link to said article:
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/take-care-of-three-of-us-a-call-for-help

        “Funds should be raised from the public to provide her and her family physical security.”

        Are you part of the “public” ? If you are, why don’t you start by putting your money where your mouth is and start the fund and we will all follow.

        Here you want the public to cough up money to protect the former CJ but not willing to do your part?

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    Bravo, Tisaranee, for yet another accurate and hard-hitting piece. One thing you forgot to mention was that the kind of clarity of thought which you consistently display, without the hysteria that The Regime tries to infect us with, is something we need all to aspire to in our view of the calamity that has befallen this land.

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    IT IS BETTER FOR THOSE JARAPASSA CLAN AND OTHER STOOGES TO BEG IN THE STREETS OR FRONT OF TEMPLES THAN LOOTING THE GOVERNMENT COFFERS, AND GETTING SALARIES FROM PEOPLES MONEY [ PINATA GANNA PADI].

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    outstanding!!! this piece analyses the current collective mindset of our society with the sharpness of a pathologist hunting for viruses and germs (not just a committed political journalist) and cajoles us to self heal with our own “immune” system – independent thought – with the zeal of a mercurial orator. Yet, with the little bit I can gather by talking to some fellow citizens, we are still wallowing in our own misery self doubting our own capacity to think.

    Arendt, the political theorist, who wrote on totalitarianism would be proud of this analysis and its call for action starting within ourselves …vita activa (active life)!!

    more strength to you….!!!

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    Again you have come out at your best. It is a piece of timely education
    to all sri lankans. May I suggest that a translation is made in Sinhala
    and tamil and copies sent out to all the leading Buhikus here to start
    with followed to all Organisations/Departments/Institutions etc – will some undertake it in the interest of the bleak future straight-away?

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    Good piece of work Thisaranee. I hope this will help lot of people to wakeup!

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    From now on AlCIAd rules you folk enjoy for the next 50 years saying ape ratte witharai ahema wenne. Sri Lankans said they were fighting for independence and in reality hid in South India- crooks and cowards. East India Company governed Ceylon from India so Ceylon got its independence because it was not economically feasible to govern a small place. 2 million Indians lost their lives fighting for the British Raj from Brussels to Burma and the Indians also fought the British for their independence with ingenuity.

    The majority supported Rajapakse in denouncing every single Tamil as a terrorist and any others as white terrorist in the eyes of the world. Now Rajapakse has taken the mantel of Leader of Sinhala/Tamil terrorist and he is expecting the western Diasporas to fund him or be assassinated like it happened at Paris very recently.

    I also notice the Sinhalese folk who screamed terrorist at innocent folk are complacent now and are expecting the west to rescue them while abusing the west when they turn around – what a bunch of scumbags with no bollocks. Rajapakse is backed by western megalomaniacs to make the land a playground for them but not for the inhabitants. Recently ministers from Canada and Australia were there offering marine surveillance for free to Rajapakse to stop the fleeing of folk from there to the west because the west is full and there is more coming from eastern Europe as new members. You have no blood for the west to get involved and neither do you have the resources that the west the can sell in return for any form of intervention. The Americans are none committal and only speculate that Rajapakse may frighten foreign investment and refused to comment any further. Look up in the sky and what do you see Israel Aircraft Kfir (lion cub) and Gota makes his regular trips to US with 2 day stopover at Tel Aviv to pick his cheque.

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    Thank you Thisaranee. You write the truth well. More power to you.

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    Tisaranee Gunasekara is the voice of the voiceless middle class in Sri Lanka. More power to your typing fingers.

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    This time the dark forces are turned aginst the lawyers and judiciary. The intent, to destroy the last vestiges of democracy and justice. A rogue and stooge appointed to the hallowed office of CJ. The cancer of the executive presidency has entered the systems of justice.

    Everyone needs to be vigilant to counter this malignant disease by reasonable means without endangering ones own security. The road is difficult and fraught with dangers but has to be travelled.

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    Great piece of noble writing. Reminds me of Vaclav Havel’s writings. Unfortunately the words will flow down our people like water on a ducks back. We have to go down the Gadarene slope and those who compromised their consciences will first reap their just deserts. It is perhaps too late in the day as Bishop Bonhoffer found out with Hitler. We as a people are easily fooled just as the Italians were fooled by Mussolini who having killed King Alexander of Yugoslavia in 1934 went and wept at his funeral. Such is the nature of deception.
    R.M.B Senanayake

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    Dear thisaranee, thank you and more power to you. However, a large majority in this country are totally convinced of the invincibility of this regime. I have worked in rural sri lanka and there, the educated, the uneducated are still worshiping this regime. Even if thousands of similar articles were published and read by masses in Sinhalese and tamil, I dont see a future where these thoughts will be understood by the masses. What ITN preaches and brainwashes is gospel to the majority of this country. I really do not believe that elections are “rigged”or ballot boxes are stuffed any mpre. Its done through systematic chronic, purposive, singleminded brainwashing. I’m under 40 years of age. I dont think I will see a change of this brutal brutal brutal regime that has eroded and killed th soul of this nation in my lifetime.

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      Shan, as Thisaranee says, we shouldn’t let the regime and its thinking occupy our minds. There may not be a change in regime for sometime. But we can change our minds. There are many young people in our country, your age, who do understand this reality albeit Gobbalian propaganda through state media. We need to create “hope” in our own minds in this terrible time of despair. The change starts there. A real change in the outer world will follow sooner than later

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      since yours is a perceptive comment, I don’t want to believe you will accept what you write in the last sentence. I’m a little older and I want to stay hopeful and do my bit to get there. just to tell you, in spite of the 2010 hurrah! the pres. election wasn’t a one horse race even by the winners statements.

      the public may not be articulate and may not be that informed, but they are political animals. and the petty corruption and patronage (being included in samurdhi beneficiary lists, paddy seeds, veg seeds distributions etc etc to bigger and higher levels) can’t be sustained as the economy can’t absorb all the corruption and waste spreading across whole sections of people. Unlike in zimbabwe/north korea the public can’t be kept isolated from the world. and externally it’s caught up with UNHRC etc; and the rajapakses’ inferiority complex gets badly hurt when they miss out on CHOGM and other polite company.

      And also, guard against the other dictator in waiting Ranil. the way he runs his party could you imagine him at the helm? what does it say to you and I and others in the country? we have to work on the system to make political officer bearers, bureaucracy, judiciary etc; accountable. it’s more than just voting, just like politics has to be more than getting votes and play hell, and in the end it’s up to us.

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      IF YOU ARE UNDER 40 YEARS OF AGE,
      STILL YOU HAVE TIME TO THINK AND COME INTO A CONCLUSION. SHOULD I CHANGE OR NOT,
      IRRESPECTIVE OF RACE, RELIGION,PARTY,OR GENDR.
      PLS TRY TO UNDERSTAND AND CALL A SPADE A SPADE,
      WE ARE NOT A NATION OF BUFFOONS.
      [ FORGET ABOUT JARAPASSA AND CLAN,LOOTING STOOGES, THE SCUNDRELS.]

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    A very well written piece highlighting the fast declining state of Srilanka. I wish there were more brave voices to speak out but I have noticed that there is a defeaning silence from my friends in Srilanka and no doubt for obvious reasons. We are back in that stage where dissent spells death. Evereything that is good about Srilanka is under threat and we are on our way to hell in a basket!

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    The current confused and dangerous scenario is aptly summed up by TGs careful observation “Most of all they wanted to send a clear, unequivocal message to the judiciary, the legal fraternity and the larger society about the prohibitive costs of dissent” In that decision of last week the Rajapakses crossed the rubicon – in smashing the barriers of the last line of people’s defence. They are now blinded by the obsession to retain, by hook or by crook, all power by themselves. To them to create conditions to showcase an environment of plural democratic rule for CHOGM, which Commonwealth SG Kamlesh Sharma calls “core democratic values of the Commonwealth” – do not matter any more. They are now at war – with the people. Holding the Hambantota CHOGM is no more in their priorities. They see everyone – here and everywhere else – against them. This is the real mind of the deranged despot under siege whatever the imaginary veneer created by the army of ubiqitous sycophants around.

    The example of Park Chung Hee, the military dictator, who ushered in the South Korean industrial miracle – where he transformed the 3rd world country to first world – comes to mind here. Despite all the good work Park did for the country and those dear and near to him, his close friend and Chief of Security Kim Jae-Kyu shot him on the head dead inside the Blue House in October 1979 – dubbed the “10.26 incident” Kim was one of the few “specially trusted” Park authorised to carry personal arms around and free of mandatory frisking. The Park killing under extra-ordinary security establishes Bard’s comment Uneasy indeed lies that head that wears the crown.

    The Rajapakses have cowed down everything around – the armed forces, the Police, the political opposition, Parliament, the media and now the last line of defence in the democratic road – the Temple of Justice. The Buddhist hierarchy was bribed and tamed long ago. The independent business community was reminded it is now the rule of the mad dog when extortionists from the kudu Mervin brigade
    raided the lorries of Akbar Brothers – a respected and leading exporter of tea that sustains the foreign-exchange earnings of the country – and laid down terms each lorry carrying tea to the Port has to pay so much. The disease has already spread to many sectors by then when the exporter was forced to complain. Mahinda Samarasinghe, the line Minister, made it in strong terms to the Big Boss unless firm action was taken to stop the kappankarayas the world will take notice. The matter stopped then but the private business sector did not fail to take the hint. The Rajapakse way to win the private sector to their side is to support a few dozens of Sinhala Buddhist business interests to give the impression their interest of the majority community is in the forefront of the regime’s thinking.

    People live in fear and uncertainty. Sri Lanka has yet to see the “worst of times” under the Rajapakses.

    Senguttuvan

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    “The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed”

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    Ha Ha don’t praise her so much. She has become a MR expert now has she? She writes as if though she knows every move of MR and every motivation. Surely can’t she see one bit of good in him? He won the war at least for god sakes. And he has done enough to protect this country from NGO kaakkas.

    Also I sometime get tired of the arm chair pundits who write from the safety of their homes. They criticize the government when the war was on and never had the guts to get on the streets and protest. Same with the impeachment. No one is out there to support the CJ.

    All of you people are NATO- No action, talk only. How many of you took the streets to protest against the removal of the CJ.

    Don’t just talk. DO something!

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    “If tyranny and oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”
    ― James Madison

    This is how the President started and still continuing. How long can this last?

    “Voldemort himself created his worst enemy, just as tyrants everywhere do! Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amoungst their many victims, there is sure to be one who rises against them and strikes back!”
    ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    This is the reason for 48 hours detention.

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    THIS IS DECEPTION PERSONIFIED.THE TWO WHO HELPED ARE THE SARATH NANDA SILVA AND THE OTHER ASOKA SILVA.ASOKA SILVA IS NOW POLISHING SHOES
    WE HOPE THE JUDGES WHO DELIVERED AFTER STUDYING THE CONSTITUITION WILL NOT CAVE INTO THE NEW CHIEF IN JUSTICE WHO HAS COME TO ADD ANOTHER RUBBER STAMP THE FIRST BEING PARLIAMENT AND THE CABINET
    THE NATION EXPECTS THOSE JUDGES TO STAND TALL AND SHOW THE WORLD THAT WE STILL HAVE MEN AND NOT DISGRACEFUL RATS LIKE THE TWO SILVAS

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      6 judges on reaching 65 next year retiring then who is to tell what to do??

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    Not mentioning the B word “Sinhala Buddhist” even once,is a positive.

    Could it be because,this all bad and mad Mohan is a Christian?

    Brave Biko’s supreme sacrifice hasn’t done much to improve the Economic and Social aspects of his people who are the great majority and who are the rural poor.

    In contrast ,the great majority of Srilankan rural poor are doing a lot better now than anytime since Independence, thanks to the visionary and pragmatic programs of the current Regime,

    This is despite the incessant array of obstacles thrown at the inhabitants ,in the form of economic sanctions and Fear and Misinformation campaigns against the country.

    It is sad that the Sinhala Buddhist CJ of the Land ,wittingly or unwittingly became part of this anti Regime anti Lankan campaign.

    NGO sponsered Lawyers collective and the few Judges who attempted to undermine the Parliament is not the “Judiciary”

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      KASumanasekera – you say “Not mentioning the B word “Sinhala Buddhist” even once,is a positive. Could it be because,this all bad and mad Mohan is a Christian?” and also “It is sad that the Sinhala Buddhist CJ of the Land ,wittingly or unwittingly became part of this anti Regime anti Lankan campaign.”

      Why is it that you are so hung-up on ‘ethnicity’ and ‘religious affiliations’? What does that have to do with the content of the post?

      Also, regarding your statement that “NGO sponsered Lawyers collective and the few Judges who attempted to undermine the Parliament is not the “Judiciary,” is not accurate. It was the Supreme Court that ruled the impeachment process was illegal” – hardly a collection of “NGO sponsered Lawyers collective and the few Judges” you describe.

      Maybe (hopefully) some time in the future you will finally see the forest in spite of the trees!

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        Dear Peter,

        You are finding fault with K A S, because you have a biased western mentality. I try had not be get caught in this web of deception myself though it is very difficult.

        If you ask any of the Ministers they will tell you none of the masses are bothered who the CJ is as long as they can get a square meal on the table at least once a day.

        I ask you why is it wrong to have only Sinhala Buddhists as CJ. We have never had a Christian PM nor a CJ before. You see sometimes these minorities tend to be a bit selfish and can harm this Sinhala Buddhist country. See how the Muslims are going against our culture wearing this black frock and insisting on Halal certificate. If this comes up as a fundamental right what would happen. Can you imagine the chaos?

        Also the question of Eelam can go against the Sinhala people, if a Non Buddhist is the CJ. The other is the anti conversion bill.
        So you see its good to have a Sinhala Buddhist as the CJ

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          Gona P – It appears you have completely missed the point I was trying to make. No matter!!

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    Only solution is regime change by whatever means possible. No alternatives.

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    Another brilliant and patriotic piece by Tissaranee.She is a model for all journalists of any worth. Mohan Peiris is a scoundrel of the biggest magnitude. He has clicked the final nail in the coffin of a once prestigious judiciary. He has been a liar and venal rascall right along.

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    These dirty politicians know well how to choose their acolytes and the get the things done by hook or crook. Bitter examples are SF and CJ were used, win war and pass the 18th amend. They need the people who does what they need otherwise they are not reluctant to send those acolytes to hell . If we all can’t understand this perception we all have to end up in the hell.

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    Thank you, Tisaranee. You have a mission in this country where most of the media is in shackles. The Rajapakses are giving themselves more and more rope and they will eventually hang themselves. I am convinced that evil will not overcome good in the end. We must all keep agitating in whatever capacity and must raise awareness. This is no time for complacency.

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    As on a mission TG has written. Her approach is direct and the style gripping. The purpose of her writing fructifies when those who are stirred push the tasks relentlessly on. Hindsight can guide them best.
    It is only the evil thoughts and methods of the Nazi regime that MR and his cohorts have imbibed so superbly. The Reichstag Fire ie the orchestrated burning down of the parliament in Germany set the stage for enacting laws placing no fetters on governance. The no holds barred impeachment of the CJ taught the citizenry that no institution in the country is sacred. Neither was the incumbent of any consequence, whatever her place in the list of precedence. Now the decks are cleared for the Nazi work steps to follow.

    Hot on the heels of the fire was the Enabling Act of 1933. It gave a shield for the regime to do away with the constitution and the legal process. Legislative power passed on from parliament to the cabinet. As the world knew the cabinet was the Fuhrer. Decrees ruled the country. For acceptance of tyranny driving terror was essential. Laski said fear is the parent of revolution, for it produces that temper of accommodation which is the essence of successful politics. Murder of over 150 political opponents in one night was the strategy. This was the infamous Night of the Long Knives in 1934.

    To refine the process MR has had the benefit 0f 8 decades. To gather experience, he has had 7 years and more. The constitution has been amended for power concentration in a family cabal. Laws are enacted with a bought over and subdued coterie miscalled legislature. But not a nook, even to make a hum was the ideal striven for. The CJ’s stances were deemed discordant. She had therefore to make way. Is that adequate? No. The first step for subduing the judiciary has been successfully taken, with the 18th amendment conducing to it. Impeachment consummates the process.

    Not wrongly, the citizens are taken to be chaff. Quite discerningly it was noted by the family coterie that international community is non- existent. World opinion simply does not obtain. When there is a pliant supreme court to pronounce every bill not repugnant to the constitution, smooth sailing is assured to trample the people under foot. When unpopularity mounts and defeat is certain, amendments are likely for the President to rule by decree and to cancel elections. The judiciary is there to volunteer with its imprimatur.
    It is relevant to look at Germany in 1863. Parliament dominated by liberals threw out the heavy defense budget by an overwhelming majority. Was there so much as a whimper when the SL legislature voted Rs.247 billion for the armed forces and the police in the 2013 budget? If it is guns before butter then the question arises against whom?

    The forebodings are both sinister and ominous. Forestalling it is one’s duty. When? Lenin’s explanation for choosing November 7 th for the revolution: 6th was too early, 8th was too late. For Sri Lanka 2012 was too early, 2014 is too late. The military pampered in the lap of luxury will do the benefactor’s bidding. There is no need to change places. Peoples’ power alone is potent.

    It is said that the threat of revolt is the final guarantee of all freedom. In Sri Lanka it is not the threat but the real that can work.

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    Now I have the suspicion that some people actually INDIRECTLY bribed the former CJ Shirani Bandaranayake by paying money for her to buy a Luxury apartment. So that, she had some sympathy towards their case and because of that she was sympathatic towards certain causes and some people.

    If that was the case, some Sri Lankan lawyer groups at the Hultsdorf, Human rights businesses complaining about Sri Lanka etc., etc., should have got money for that.

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    Addendum to my previous post.

    If so, the influence of about 40,000 different Christian denominations on the world, particularly the fight of the major denominations for turf and the late Pope’s statement that Asia would be the 21st Century’s battle ground can not be neglected.

    Tamils are always ready to hang on to some for help and that time they forget Tamilness completely.

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    IF the former – CJ was totally innocent, she should not have asked for time to respond tot he accusations. Instead, she should have answered NO right away. She also had given “legal responses” to some items. She did not respond NO outright to those accusations.

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    Hi friends, ths is the situation back in our home country…

    CJ herself asks for help since she knows her family is in danger. Nothing more we need to bring before the international community: Legitimate CJ of the country begs for help – since they are under threat of their lives.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYtHAg17tcw&NR=1

    Please look after us — please look after us…

    :(((

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