For the last three days, while I have been posting pretty pictures and music (and probably appearing to you as someone taking a sleepy break), I have been experiencing a particularly frustrating time in our work.
Deep Throat has provided physical evidence which will prove that his allegations about some of the people involved in the James Prindle case must be taken seriously. At the same time, our volunteers have been under sophisticated cyber-attack, which has hampered our ability to evaluate and easily share that evidence among ourselves (let alone with you, James’ new lawyer, or the authorities).
The other thing which heightens my frustration is that, while we have every intention of turning over this evidence to the authorities, we do not know which of them we can trust.
We have reliable information that elements of law enforcement in Tennessee are themselves being investigated for participating in child sex trafficking, as are elements of federal law enforcement. Having failed so far in identifying absolutely trustworthy cops, all of them are our potential enemies as far as we know. (I trust our local deputies out here, but that doesn’t help us outside this jurisdiction.) I am haunted by the possibility that whatever we do turn over to the police or federal prosecutors will be buried, lost, or destroyed like in that last scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
This puts us in a perilous position. The laws surrounding the kinds of crimes with which we think we are dealing require us to report those crimes to the authorities, otherwise we might find ourselves being charged with obstruction of justice. At the same time, other laws prohibit us from coming into possession of certain types of evidence, otherwise we might find ourselves charged with possession of contraband. All the while, there is the distinct possibility that we are being set up by someone, whether within the government or outside it, to be charged with crimes we have no intention of committing.
So far we have avoided falling into any of these technical traps, but it really frustrates me that the laws and the true state of affairs are making it so difficult for us to be good citizens.
I have had to keep reminding myself that you’re not really paranoid if everyone truly is out to get you.
Groove of the Day
I have been contacted by two readers who received e-mails purporting to be from WordPress, which hosts this blogsite, asking these individuals for their e-mail addresses and other information. As I said above, we have been under very sophisticated cyber-attack from malevolent persons. If you receive such an e-mail, DO NOT RESPOND. Trash it. It is not from WordPress.