An Isolated Situation

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  1. TJIC says:

    > The fault lies not just in law enforcement or courts, but in ourselves — we have bought the law-enforcement-as-unquestionable-heroes concept uncritically, have re-embraced it after the noble sacrifices of law enforcement on 9/11

    Careful where you wave that "we", Ken – it's loaded!

  2. Charles says:

    And you didn't even mention the SCOTUS case from last term that let the New Orleans District Attorney's office of the hook for intentionally failing to turn over exculpatory evidence. It was apparently an entire office of lone wolves.

  3. Ken says:

    David, did I misspell someplace?

  4. Stephen says:

    You didn't, but the judge in her ruling did.

  5. Ken says:

    Ah. She also had some apostrophe issues. Not throwing the first stone.

  6. Brian Dunbar says:

    I find myself turning more and more Libertarian.

    It's not because of things like this, where a bad apple found himself with some power and proceeded to ruin a guy.

    It's because guys like this are everywhere: he is the rule, not the exception. And the cops that beat the retarded guy to death in California. And the state of Texas that put a provably innocent man to death last year. And this and that and the other thing.

    One can ignore a snowflake. A whole bunch of them shut down the freeway.

  7. eddie says:

    That's us libertarians – beautiful unique snowflakes.

  8. VPJ says:

    Good that this guy pled guilty to perjury and obstruction. Also good that Mr. Vidrine gets some measure of satisfaction. But given that this has been going down for nearly 15 years now, I got a silly-ass question: Did this guy have a 15-year career as an EPA special agent?

    If so, one wonders how many other innocents he screwed over in that time.

  9. deadcenter says:

    "This is an isolated situation because it is rare — freakishly rare, struck-twice-by-lightening rare — for federal law enforcement agents or federal prosecutors at any level to be held accountable in any meaningful way for even serious misconduct against the Americans they accuse and pursue."

    Fixed that for you.

    hope my tags work, i'm unusually inept with them

  10. SPQR says:

    Yesterday, I think PBS Frontline did a story on the FBI screw up of the investigaton of the anthrax attacks. There what was probably the second or third most important FBI investigation of its history in my opinion was screwed up repeatedly for years. Think back to the fear a decade back, when people had died from contact with anthrax in the mail, mail deliveries were halted to theCapitol and panic would ensue in large corp mail rooms if an envelope with powder was found. A dozen more real anthrax letters, and the nation could have been catastrophically paralyzed. Only a score or two more deaths and the entire postal system could have been effectively destroyed. First wasting years of important time, and manpower, persecuting Stephen Hatfield and then persecuting Bruce Ivins.

    Hatfield was persecuted because he had connections to South Africa that could be used to tar him. Ivins was persecuted because he had some disturbing obsessions/fetishes that made him vulnerable until after a year and a half of harrassment by the FBI he committed suicide.

    At which time, the FBI loudly proclaimed that Ivins was proven to be the guy by DNA testing of the anthrax in a flask in his lab (like Hatfield, Ivins worked in an Army lab on biological weapons including anthrax – however, his lab did not include the equipment necessary to "weaponize" anthrax ie., make it into a fine airborne powder and no signs of anthrax were ever found at Ivins home).

    Then the National Academy of Sciences was asked to review the FBI sponsored lab work (something that does not happen often enough – the FBI's lab work in general is grossly overrated). The NAS report soft pedaled its conclusion but the conclusion is clearly that the DNA work was not conclusive. We don't really know if Ivins was the guy.

    We don't know. Thanks to FBI screw ups. Add to that the Richard Jewell investigation F/U. The FBI adding their own special polish to Randy Weaver – where they were caught fabricating evidence. The FBI wonder children at Waco making a further mess of the ATF's mess.

    And to top it all off, the FBI was even involved in the Fast & Furious / Gunwalker fiasco, fixing background checks so the ATF's felon "informants" would pass background checks when making strawman purchases at gun shops to build up the administration's propaganda effort for gun control.

  11. marco73 says:

    SPQR – you mentioned Richard Jewell. That case is one that really turned by opinion of Federal agents upside down. My father was in law enforcement, and I probably would have followed him into something law related if not for some other circumstances.
    We can't find a suspect, so let's take a guy who is just a security guard, so obviously not of our "class", and set him up as the scapegoat for one of the most publicized bombings of the 1990's.
    Leaks to a salivating press, falsified evidence, lies stacked upon lies.
    When the fabrications all collapsed, most of the agents involved suffered zero repercussions. Nice work if you don't care about your soul.

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