We’ve all seen it: a member of the media trying to get the story from a police or FBI spokesperson only to be told that “the police, the FBI, do not comment on open investigations.”
Yes they do; they’re called leaks.
The defense complained about them continuously over the course of months leading up to the trial. The judge they complained to said nothing and did nothing to make them stop.
But if the “official” response is that police and FBI do not comment on open investigations, how did National Geographic manage to not only make a documentary on the bombing of the Boston Marathon, how did they get numerous police and FBI agents to appear in it, speaking for themselves on camera at a time when the bombing was far from being a closed investigation?
They didn’t even bother to use the “I-love-Kellogg’s-cornflakes-and-I-don’t-care-who-knows-it” voice-from-the-shadows approach: FBI and law enforcement made their statements in full view of the cameras.
Aren’t documentaries supposed to be about the facts?
And aren’t SAMs supposed to be about ensuring public safety and national security?
An affidavit by Tsarnaev family relatives has revealed that representatives of the defense team were still traveling to Russia up until two weeks prior to the start of the trial in an effort to get extended family to agree to pressure Dzhokhar into pleading guilty. This was happening at a time when the accused was already under SAMs – SAMs that clearly left extended family out in the cold when it came to communicating with him.
I have no doubt if one of those extended family members had been able to be “turned,” thereby agreeing to pressure Dzhokhar into pleading guilty, suddenly the SAMs would have been modified to allow this most-important conversation to take place.
SAMs are not about national security and we all know it. SAMs are about convenience. SAMs are about getting the job done for the prosecution. SAMs are about unfairly stacking the deck to ensure a conviction. SAMs are about cruel and unusual punishment and this nation excels at it.
While flipping channels in a post-New Year’s Eve fog today, I happened upon some Criminal Minds reruns. This TV series employs the regular use of quotes as part of the narrative. This one from psychoanalyst Walter Langer got my attention:
“People will believe a big lie sooner than a little one, and if you repeat it frequently enough, people will sooner or later believe it.”
Langer may have said it, but the FBI lives by it. Many Americans fell for it, firmly believing when Boston said “we got him.”
And sadly, many are still falling for it.
To hide in plain sight means to be unnoticeable by staying visible in a setting that masks presence.
The truth often hides in plain sight. How is this possible? How does the truth become unnoticeable by staying visible in a setting that masks presence?
By offering it alongside a big lie often enough apparently.
The truth of the Bible stands in stark contrast to the lies men regularly tell themselves and one another. The Holy Spirit has been given to lead us into all truth.
When negative reports come regarding Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his ongoing defense, I am not moved, for, like Job, I know in Whom I have believed.
When Almighty God Himself is telling you things like the following Bible passages, you don’t tend to care what mere mortal man has to say:
“In indignation You marched through the earth; in anger you trampled the nations. You went forth for the salvation of Your people, for the salvation of Your anointed. You struck the head of the house of the evil to lay him open from thigh to neck. You pierced with his own spears the head of his throngs. They storm in to scatter us; their exultation was like those who devour the oppressed in secret.” Habakkuk 3: 12-14
If you don’t get a sense of how big, how powerful, how unable to be resisted our God is when He comes to make war with His enemies… there is nothing more I can say. You will just have to wait and see this play out in the course of human history.
As for me, I will rest in peace while I await the day and hour of Dzhokhar’s vindication and release, no matter what the headlines try to tell me.
“Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.” Habakkuk 3: 17-18
I can’t think of a better way to spend the first day of the new year, rejoicing and trusting in a God Who knows the end from the beginning, a God Who has promised that the end, in this case, will be a good one for Dzhokhar.