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WASHINGTON (Rixstep) — The website of the US department of state's bureau of consular affairs TRAVEL.STATE.GOV has issued a formal warning about travel to Sweden.
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While you are traveling in Sweden, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different than our own. There are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but illegal in the United States, and you can be prosecuted under U.S. law. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking illegal drugs in Sweden are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.
There is no bail system in Sweden. U.S. citizens who are arrested may be held in custody until the trial is complete. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States.
If you break local laws in Sweden, your U.S. passport won't help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It's very important to know what's legal and what's not at your destination.
Why this warning?
- 'Engaging in sexual conduct with children... child pornography...' That's pretty much a crime anywhere.
- 'If you break local laws in Sweden, your passport won't help you...' That's pretty much the case anywhere too.
- 'It's very important to know what's legal and what's not at your destination.' That's pretty much impossible in Sweden.
But this one nails it:
- 'There is no bail system in Sweden... may be held in custody until the trial is complete.'
That's the one. And unlike more sophisticated systems like in the UK, prosecutors and the police don't have to actually file charges - but can continue on 'fishing expeditions' ad infinitum et ad nauseam. All the while the supposed 'perp' rots away in stir.
But it's more (worse) than that. Über-prosecutors (like Marianne Ny) can reopen cases that have already been closed by the police and the prosecutors. The case of Julian Assange is unfortunately long from an isolated incident.
There are cases on record where Marianne Ny has reapprehended 'suspects' who've been exonerated, put them back in jail, let them rot for up to one year three months, only to remember the case after all that time and close it again.
Clearly this is not a judicial system the US department of state can show confidence in.
But there's more still.
- Accusation of rape as a means to attack the 'invisible male power structure' - this is clearly the mouthful but it's very relevant in Sweden where ultra feminists and opportunists have long since overtaken the country's power structure.
This twisted idea is based in turn on the ravings of one Eva Lundgren who saw bogeymen around every corner, had the Swedish police playing wild goose chase for years, and yet was never fully exposed.
She in turn led to the prominence of the misandric ROKS led by Ireen von Wachenfeldt who openly supported the teachings of Valerie Solanas who basically wants to see men butchered with a new society founded on sexless artificial insemination with a bit of eugenics thrown in to minimise the male population.
Swedish feminist groups regularly end their yearly conferences with singalong chants about dismembering men (particularly their genitals) and hanging or otherwise slaughtering them en masse. This OK in Sweden.
And even though none of them can actually see this 'invisible male power structure' (they say it's invisible) they want to destroy it. And the best way to destroy it is to overwhelm the judicial system (and the police) by filing wacky charges of rape all over the place.
Accusations have been brought against Swedish men for browsing through their lecture notes whilst a feminist was speaking onstage.
Now factor in the following: the two main proponents of this insanity in Sweden are none other than Claes Borgström and Marianne Ny.
- No trial by jury. Sweden allows for trial by jury only in cases regarding freedom of the press. All other cases are judged by one single trained jurist and three members of community councils with no judicial training whatsoever.
- Trials behind closed doors. 'Justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done' - that's the international consensus of what jurisprudence is all about. But not in Sweden. And it's not just the trials themselves that can be conducted in secret in Sweden - the actual verdicts can be sealed as well. There are cases on record where the 'judges' were aware their verdicts were flawed (and innocent people would suffer) but where they stubbornly refused to rethink things - so they 'sealed' their verdicts instead.
Those false accusations of rape again: it's not only extremists using rape accusation as a political weapon - it's a lot of 'ordinary' people aware they can exploit the system who find themselves in embarrassing situations - and then willingly sacrifice an innocent to get out.
The Swedish daily 'Sydsvenskan' recently looked into the rape complaints filed for one year in the university town of Lund. Forty one complaints were filed but none led to prosecution. A closer look at the cases immediately revealed why.
- 22yo female student is drinking with her friends in her student corridor and wakes up next to a male student. She's worried they might have had sex but she doesn't remember anything. Case dismissed. No sign any crime was committed.
- 21yo female student wakes up outside her home with 2.46 promille alcohol. All she remembers is someone was holding her and it felt cold between her legs. Case dismissed. No results from the investigation.
- A couple take part in group sex. The 22yo female is having sex with two people when a third person wants to join. The woman says no but her boyfriend says it's OK if the third man uses a condom. The woman states in her police interrogation that she didn't stop things because sex with the first two was so good. Case dismissed.
- A couple separate but continue to live under the same roof for another 1.5 years. The 41yo female files a complaint that her former husband forced himself on her twice per week during this time. Case dismissed. No sign any crime was committed.
- A 29yo woman files a complaint that back in 2008, her husband had sex with her despite her clearly indicating she didn't want to - and she thinks she might have said 'no'. The suspect was never questioned. Case dismissed.
Ingrid Carlqvist writes.
Swedish police stations deal with this type of weak and weird rape complaint every day. They never question what the woman says out of fear for being accused of in effect 'molesting the woman again'. I think you'd have to say you were gang-raped by the King, Gadaffi, and aliens for them to even raise their eyebrows and tell you to get the F out and stop wasting their time.
A prosecutor may not bring charges if there's no indication a case can lead to a conviction. The prosecutors who follow that rule are many when it comes to rape cases, but they're constantly under attack by the rabid feminists and the media.
Unfortunately we've seen a new prosecutors group emerge in the past few years who have the same agenda as ROKS, Amnesty, and the others. They're mostly women, they specialise in sex cases, and they speak openly about how they care for the 'women and children' and want to help them 'convict the perpetrators'. They're very often paid for this fervor by the media who portray them as heroes.
And it's because of them there are hundreds of innocent men rotting away in prison cells today. These are ordinary Joes who normally would never see the inside of a prison cell. And now they're forced to be there for years.
[Amnesty with a feminist agenda? Yes - but only in Sweden. As with Sweden's formerly respected Pirate Party. Only in Sweden. Ed.]
Justice in Sweden?
So is there justice in Sweden? Can the disastrous Swedish system ever correct itself?
Only after the greatest of struggles and the perseverance of people outside the system. Never by the conscionable work of those within it.
The Catrine da Costa case is a first case in point. The extreme feminists whipped this one up to a frenzy. One of the chief witnesses was a baby girl who was three years old at the time. It was later revealed that the girl's mother had coached her to testify as she did. But common sense was nowhere to be found in this modern Swedish witch trial. The 'innocents' have never been fully exonerated, their careers in smithereens as a result, and the feminists walked away gloating in triumph.
The more recent case of Sture Bergwall aka Thomas Quick is almost worse - and it's still unraveling. Here one had collusion at the highest level between prosecutor, 'psychology experts', police investigators, and of course Irmeli Krans' favourite legal eagle Claes Borgström who walked away after all those years US $500,000 richer for doing literally nothing.
Sweden is realistically too small a country to have a robust judicial system anyway. Sweden's is a system of 'cronyism' right through the nation's bone marrow. Everyone eats lunch with everyone, knows everyone, and secret illicit alliances are made all the time.
And it's often the blue-eyed unwitting visitors who suffer as a result.
The case of Julian Assange is but the tip of the iceberg. The iceberg's bigger still. Much much bigger.
I'm so sick of it all. Will it never end? At any rate I want to say the other girl's just as much to blame.
- Anna Ardin
Apparently Swedish laws are unique. If you have a penis you're half a rapist before you even get through customs.
- Scott Adams
If I am able to reveal what I know, everyone will realise this is all a charade. If I could tell the British courts, I suspect it would make extradition a moot point.
- Björn Hurtig
I can tell you that the Swedish prosecution still hasn't provided copies of those SMS texts that have been referred to. Those texts are some of the most powerful exculpatory evidence. In Australia prosecutors have a very grave duty to disclose such evidence to courts when seeking the grave exercise of a court's power against an individual. Yet in Sweden in this case, in the first hearings to obtain an arrest warrant, those texts were not submitted to the Swedish court, which is highly improper.
- James Catlin
The prosecutor could achieve this broadening of the law during Assange's trial so he can be convicted of a crime that didn't exist at the time he allegedly committed it. She would need to. There is no precedent for this. The Swedes are making it up as they go along.
- James Catlin
Julian Assange will surely learn that considering what WikiLeaks has published, he's got a few enemies in the Pentagon, the CIA, and the White House. Sweden began an investigation into rape which was later dismissed. Assange was even denied residence in Sweden. One can only speculate to what extent the security agencies of the US were involved. And considering the obvious interest of the US to silence WikiLeaks, is it likely Assange will have an accident of the 'Boston brakes' kind in the coming years? Or will he be snared with compromising information of the 'honey trap' kind?
- 'Drozd' at Flashback 23 October 2010
The truth will out, the truth wins out. Let no journalist ever again speculate into what the protocols say. Six months of digging and the people at Flashback have the actual documents. The sleaze printed by rags such as the Daily Mail, Sweden's Aftonbladet and Expressen, and perhaps above all the toxic Nick Davies of the Guardian, can stand no more. Yet more: these documents are an indictment of the 'news organisations' who've printed deliberate inaccuracies all along or even worse: refused to print anything at all. Nick Davies' account of the protocols was maliciously skewed; both Aftonbladet and Expressen had copies early on and printed nothing. Bloggers had copies but arrogantly kept the information to their Smeagol selves.
- The Assange Police Protocol: Translator's Note
TRAVEL.STATE.GOV: Sweden - Country Specific Information
Wikipedia: Thomas Quick
Wikipedia: Catrine da Costa
The Technological: Assange: Ingrid Carlqvist Speaks Out
Red Hat Diaries: DSK case shows Sweden must deal with false rape complaints