Damage Assessment

In one of my previous posts, I spoke of a conspiracy.  Many may not believe it.  Many may not think of it as being that serious.  Regardless, it is a fact that it has caused problems.  First and foremost, it has given The United States Justice Department, especially the FBI  a black eye.

My best guess is that the FBI will never regain have the respect that it once had.  This is a shame considering that it was only the leadership that has caused the stench.  Along with the loss of respect, there is a loss of trust.  I don’t speak for others, but my attitude has changed.

A few years ago, I would have gone way out of my way to help the FBI.  Today, not so much.  They want to question me, they will have to give me a statement that they will not charge me with lying.  By the way, I would suggest that anyone reading this do the same.

To be sure the activities are far reaching.  When I hear that someone is being prosecuted by Justice, I will wonder about their guilt.  I may even suspect that there is no evidence.  They certainly had none against Gen. Flynn.

When a dummycrat representative stands up before the world as makes a absolute statement, I will not believe him.  This will be so regardless of how many witnesses he produces.  Might I remind you that Rep. Schiff had many witnesses that backed his story…until they were under oath.  Then, what they had to say was the complete opposite of Schiff’s statement.

May I also remind one and all that we almost had a takeover of our government.  A president was impeached without an ounce of evidence.  The recent releases of the testimonies previously kept secret by Schiff verify that.

Finally, the dummycrats have been a constant hindrance to everything the president has tried to do, in many cases without reason other than to make him look bad.  If the president had not been so greatly apposed, we would be far better off today.  Every thing he has done or tried to do is for the betterment of the nation.

As for that judge that is trying Flynn’s case, let me paraphrase an old saying.  As we look at the hem of his robe, we now see that his bias is showing.  He really should be embarrassed by this exposure, but I doubt he is.  So, now we can’t trust the federal judges either.  (I suppose that ought not surprise any of us)

Deals or Rubber Hoses

I am something of a Law and Order fanatic.  I guess I have watched almost every episode two or three times.  When I watch an episode, I can remember virtually the whole thing after just a few minutes.

I pretty much stay with the original version.  I don’t particularly care for the actors in the spinoffs.  I find one of them particularly obnoxious as he seems to be an expert on just about everything, though I must admit that such knowledge just might come in handy for a real detective.

Naturally, it would be ludicrous to think any of it all that believable, but I’m sure they do try to keep it reasonably real.  The problem, of course, is that they must always solve the crime and convict the culprit in court in one hour.  If the real police and prosecutors could manage that, we wouldn’t have near the backup in the court systems.

However, one thing did catch my attention in one of the episodes and I think it is worth considering.

They caught the culprit and they offered him a deal.  If he pleaded guilty, they would let him live.

Now that sounds reasonable.  The man keeps his life and the state saves a bunch of money and time.  Then the culprit spoils it all by saying he preferred the rubber hose.  His chances of coming out alive were far better.

Of course, he was referencing the days when the police used physical force to “beat” the confession out of a suspect.  Nowadays, the courts won’t allow such methods.  If it is determined that such methods are used in acquiring a confession, the judge will throw it out.  Moreover, any evidence acquired during the session is also disallowed, something about a poisonous tree.

I get it.  Beating a confession out of a man is barbaric.  Moreover, all it really proves is that he can’t stand the pain.  during those days, it is very probable that a man or two was sent to prison simply because he couldn’t tolerate the torture.

Then again, is it better that we send an innocent man to prison because he fears dying prematurely.  For sure, some people are terrified by the thought of death.  (not sure, but I think there is a name for the fear)  In other words, it is possible that if you threaten the right man with death, then he’ll confess to anything.

As the man in the show said, I think I would prefer the rubber hose.  It is less permanent.

Either way, there is something about a confession.  If a man is convicted before a jury, he stands a better chance of having the verdict overturned than the man who confesses.  There is a difference between a confessed killer and a convicted killer.

There are many reasons the courts don’t like re-trying a convicted man.  The man who confesses, much more.  This is especially true if a lot of time has passed.  Evidence gets stale and memories fade.  Worse yet, witnesses might pass.  A true fair re-trial becomes impossible.

So, Gen. Flynn sits before his accusers and they say, “If you don’t confess…”  Flynn refuses.  So they threaten to put his son prison.  So he confesses.

I don’t know about you, but if I were Flynn, I would prefer the rubber hose.  I don’t think I would want my son going to prison.

So, does Flynn’s confession prove his guilt or does it prove his love for his son.  Would he be a better man if he let his son go to prison.