Here’s a comforting thought:
Overconfidence in its own fingerprint-identification technology and sloppy paperwork contributed to the F.B.I.’s wrongly implicating a Portland, Ore., lawyer in the deadly 2004 Madrid train bombing, a Justice Department investigation said today.
Now that the DOJ has cleared itself in an investigation of itself, let’s look at one comforting detail:
But the investigation, by the department’s inspector general’s office, said there had been no misconduct by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and no abuse of the USA Patriot Act in the case of the lawyer, Brandon Mayfield, who was jailed for two weeks in May 2004 as a material witness before he was cleared.
Guess what, folks! They didn’t violate the Patriot Act. Their claim to innocence is that they didn’t violate the law which renders most of the Constitution as purposeless as used toilet paper. This means they could have violated most of the Bill of Rights and still get a free pass from the Orwellian-named Justice Department.
Here’s another little gem from the New York Times story:
His home and office were searched. And while the inspector general found no evidence that he had been mistreated in confinement, the report noted that he was initially kept in his cell 22 hours a day.
The last time I checked, forcibly taking someone, seizing his personal property, and placing him behind bars for two weeks without charges is indeed mistreatment.