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Response to gejohnston (Reply #110)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 10:40 AM

122. Okay, I believe you and apologize for equating you with the Ayn Rand cult of Ron Paul

Your language just reminded me of that.

The whole practice of sting operations is a little dicey for a number of reasons. I am not sure how I feel about it. There is a balance to be struck here and if it was a well-intentioned effort to curb Mexican drug lords then I have to give the benefit of the doubt to law enforcement efforts. I don't expect them to be perfect as that is an unreasonable standard.

I also recognize that there is a balance to be struck between accountability of law enforcement officials and the very real need for secrecy with respect to their investigations. Law enforcement officers have an incredibly difficult job. There is certainly a lot of potential for abuse. I reserve my judgment until I have more evidence than the thin case you have presented. As I said, the source of this inquiry--rank partisan Republican hacks in the form of Darrell Issa--is not an inspiring one.

And finally I cannot see how you fault Thom Hartmann. As I said, his theory is mainstream enough and it is certainly a reasonably objective one. He is not a reporter and makes no effort to claim that he is one. Your criticism of him is grossly unfair, IMHO, given the fact that your version of the possible malfeasance is so full of holes that you could drive a dozen Mack trucks through them.

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