Evidence destruction raises presumption of guilt

It is a natural tendency to remember the good and forget the bad. If that tendency is allowed to play out its course, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney may go down in history as two of the greatest leaders of all time because they initiated the first military action against Middle Eastern religious zealots commonly called “terrorists”. Terrorism must be stopped, but the methods used by Bush and his henchman, Cheney, were based upon violence against the American people, murder of innocent Middle Eastern civilians, cover-up of the truth, lies, torture, and wrongful detention and surveillance. No impeachment proceedings will expose the American people to similar despotism from its future leaders.

With the exception of Senator Frank Leahy’s leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee that led to the resignation of Alberto Gonzales, the lawyer who condoned Bush’s wrongful action, the American government has failed to properly protect its citizens from harm.

Impeachment will allow the American government to correct this failure. Once the proceedings begin, important questions will be asked. For example, who denied the Federal Aviation Administration access to the 9/11 crime scenes to conduct an investigation of the cause of the airplane crashes. The primary purpose of the FAA is to regulate aviation. Its mandate grants them the authority and the jurisdiction to be first on the scene at any plane crash, yet they failed to take charge of 9/11. It allowed other agencies to usurp its role as the chief investigator of what happened. An impeachment proceeding against Bush and Cheney would allow the lines of communication that prevented a prompt, full investigation of 9/11 to be examined.

All United States law students are required to complete a criminal law course. The examination to obtain their license to practice law has criminal law as one of the subjects covered. All lawyers are trained that the normal procedure is to yellow tape the crime scenes. No crime scene evidence is to be disturbed. You’ve seen this action numerous times on the CSI television shows. In the case of 9/11, no yellow tape of the scene was made to preserve the evidence. To the contrary, the scene was taped off to prevent investigation. Persons who identified themselves as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents collected the film from all known surveillance cameras around the 9/11 crime scenes. The evidence was immediately loaded on trucks, carried away and destroyed.

Under normal operating procedures, the FAA Air Crash Investigation Unit would be exclusively in charge because the crash airplanes were involved. No criminal conduct or blame would be presumed. The FAA would document its findings. Once they were published, other agencies that might have jurisdiction would be afforded the opportunity to review the FAA results and conduct independent investigations. No such FAA report was prepared and no other agencies were permitted to investigate. Rudolph Giuliani, a NY former prosecutor, was on the scene but he made no attempt to preserve the evidence or make an investigation. Nor was any other prosecutor involved in the guilt determinations.

To have any persons in charge other than the FAA required acceptance by Bush and Cheney of an unproved theory of the cause of 9/11 to take precedence over normal investigative technique. There was no justification for the departure from normal procedures other than the desire of the Bush, Cheney administration to catapult the United States into war against Islamists in the Middle East.

Much criticism has been leveled against main stream media for its refusal to report the destruction of 9/11 evidence. That criticism is premature. The media has been called the fourth estate in reference to its position behind the three estates of government. Until the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches of



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