2006/01/07

Hubris and Prejudice - The FBI's New Tools

In a recent report, the Justice Department's Inspector General found "no intentional FBI misconduct" in the arrest of Portland Lawyer Brandon Mayfield in connection with the March 2004 Madrid train bombings. However, the report's summary tells a different tale, showing how the FBI screwed the pooch by persecuting Mayfield even after the Spanish National Police concluded that he was the wrong man.

The chronology went like this. On April 13, the Spanish reported their conclusion to the FBI. But...ignoring the Spanish because of their belief in the superiority of skill of their own examiners, the FBI arrested Mayfield on May 6th anyway and held him until the 24th, 5 days after the Spanish positively identified the incriminating print as that of Ouhnane Daoud, the Algerian national eventually charged in the case. The report goes on to note that FBI examiners had already been prejudiced by Mayfield's religion-he is a Muslim-and by his having represented another alleged terrorist.

So let's see if we can sum this up. If you are a Muslim and/or represent alleged terrorists, the FBI is likely to arrest and detain you despite the presence of exonerating evidence.

Maybe the Inspector General should revisit his conclusion.

6 Comments:

The image and reputation of the FBI as the world's finest has been reduced considerably.

Do you think our voting public is getting tired of Bush's antics and would really like an administration that just does what it is supposed to do and do it well? From the get go their game plan has been lousy. Can you point to one thing Bush has done in his life that has been an unmitigated success?
This has to be my all time favorite "all Muslims are terrorists" meme occurrence. The guy lived in fucking Oregon, for Christsakes. He was to allegedly slipped out of the country with no passport, no money, no nothin', and then slipped back in, all while traveling to Spain and blowing up trains.

Ah, but there was a smudged, repeatedly copied, repeatedly faxed, partial fingerprint! The G-men ahd their man. Cue the cool-ass big band Elliott Ness music!
No, no. FBI conduct is never intentional. That would be like saying an insane person is responsible for his actions. Nobody in this government is responsible for their actions. They're in the government! They take their cue from the Highhander in Chief.
Can you point to one thing Bush has done in his life that has been an unmitigated success?

You mean besides raising two such fine examples of American womanhood?
Ah, but there was a smudged, repeatedly copied, repeatedly faxed, partial fingerprint! The G-men ahd their man.

...and the Spanish blew the f*cking whistle on the whole affair. But I mean, really, who you gonna believe? The disciples of J. Edgar or a bunch of goddamned socialists?
And what? You expected that we would hear much less listen to what the Spanish had to say? Socialists, I thought they were a bunch of Franco Fascisti. And look, it took only two weeks to figure out which end was up.

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