Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Thursday, May 02, 2002
Max Power, whose interesting blog I just recently noticed, carries an item concerning the current Earth First! trial. Max describes it as "attempting to pin the blame on the FBI when two activists blew themselves up with a pipe bomb. "
That no-doubt-about-it, we-know-exactly-what-went-on-here description keeps the story nice and simple. Pity it doesn't match the facts. Although the activists injured in the bombing, Judi Bari and Darrell Cherney, were both arrested and charged with building the bomb, the evidence was weak and the case never went to trial. The very article that Max links to shows that the FBI is now backing away from some of its own alleged evidence for their guilt, and the FBI's co-defendant in the case, the Oakland Police Department, is trying to distance itself from the FBI investigation.
Max also criticizes an expert witness who testified that the bomb was placed under the driver's seat, suggesting an attack against Bari, whose car it was. The FBI has claimed the bomb was in the back seat, where Bari would have had to know it was there. I admit to having no expertise in explosives, but the FBI claim appears to be preposterous. Don't take my word for it - look at the evidence.