Watered, But Still Milk
I have a thick file on the FBI, which can hardly object since it has a thick file on me. (I asked for it once, and after eight years of prodding finally got it.)
Thus I know that the Bureau is capable of any crime whatsoever, including but not limited to (as the lawyers say), burglary, blackmail, bribery, harboring fugitives, suborning and committing perjury, theft, assault and murder.
Still, the FBI has large numbers of decent, honorable and efficient bureaucrats working for it, and on the whole no doubt arrests more guilty people than innocent ones.
And so I was careful in my first posting on the Ivins case to take no position at all, but merely to put up the audio of the “therapist” who tarred the scientist as a dangerous kook with a history of making homicidal threats.
Who knew, at that early stage, whether we were dealing this time with Special Agent Jekyll or Special Agent Hyde? Now we know.
Or do we?
On the other hand… But then … However there’s this. And yet…
At the end of the day, though…
As Thoreau wrote back when milk was adulterated on the farm rather than at the bottling plant, “Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.”
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at August 07, 2008 10:24 AM
One of the greatest things that this case reveals, as well as many others that precede it do, is the power of internet, the collective power of the human brain - if I may be so bold as to insult in this sentence - the power of "the greatest committee that has has ever been assembled" to find the flaws in the ideas and thoughts of other.
Even our greatest commentators, writers, and editors, if they have more than just adoring fans, will find this committee poking holes in their cases daily.
I am not sure how powerful this committee is, but I suspect that there are many closed committees of scientists who, working together, have solved problems for decades through smaller collective committees.
I see a great danger in unleashing this power and making it available to those who would make war - as well as the ability of those who would use the technology that facilitated the calling of this great committee to create a more futuristic version of "1984".
But Al Gore is calling upon the nation to turn away from fossil fuels. What if we were able to use this committee to complete our own Wardenclyffe? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wardenclyffe_Tower
Much of Tesla's technology remains in use today, some of it essentially unchanged. Some of it remains uncompleted. And too, the power of the world's lightning bolts has not yet been harnessed.
The FBI's case has many holes. I am not sure that a trout has been found in the milk, but we may have found a school of them there.