There is nothing wrong with questioning authority and demanding that they remain honest. As a matter of fact, it can be argued that doing so is a civic duty. To neglect such vital questioning is to see the power structure created by the people abusing the people and neglecting their rights.
News from the Oregonian shows us today just how important it is that this is understood. According to them, prosecutors say that “witness testimony, audio, and video evidence, plus bullet trajectory analysis” shows that “FBI agent W. Joseph Astarita lied about firing two shots at the truck of refuge occupation spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum in 2016” after he hit a snowbank.
Astarita wanted his case dismissed but “a 32-page government response“ to that request seems to vividly show that it is not going to happen. Just the same, he has “pleaded not guilty to three counts of making false statements and two counts of obstruction of justice.”
The agent’s lawyer called the evidence “junk science” and he holds that his client is getting a raw deal.
The FBI was told to not use body cameras, something that also reeks of a cover-up before the SWAT team even began their work, so the attorney has his work cut out for him.
FBI surveillance teams in the skies captured some of the footage, but that in no way justifies just what they allowed. State police did not question the FBI Hostage Rescue Team members who shot the suspect, either. This is something that always happens, but on that night, the FBI requested that it not.
The details all seem to find each party contradicting the other and there is even debate about when shots were fired and why. That is the outrage is so extreme in this case.
There is no reason whatsoever for body cameras to not be on, active, and recording at all times. When such purposeful negligence is observed, the people lose faith in the institutions which they once trusted to protect them.
Trust is very hard to earn and terribly easy to lose, yet the FBI seems as if this is their main goal. They have become a political puppet for the left and are painfully biased against the current White House. Now we are finding out that they are no fairer to those who they are firing weapons at, at least if this case is to be believed.
If something is not done to change this, there won’t be much trust to lose, moving forward.