Friday, January 17, 2014

The US Government: Misinformation vs Disinformation

Researching this case, I have become aware of a few different observations.  a. People will believe in an Elvis or extra-terrestrial sighting before they question press statements of the local government. b. Even with proof of the civil rights and privacy violations of the NSA, people don't believe their corrupt city council member would ever lie to them. c. If the government can't simply explain something, they use ambiguous terms to confuse the masses. ex: The Fast & Furious debacle is officially called a "gunwalking" operation. Gunwalking? It almost makes it sound like the guns themselves are in control of walking to the bad guys, doesn't it. Another good set of terms are "disinformation" & "misinformation"
This is good. I had to dig into this to understand. Misinformation is used to describe the intelligence info that is inadvertently incorrect. Disinformation is used to describe intelligence info that has been intentionally laid out to deceive.
It appears the cases of intelligence with respect to covert government actions like the Fast & Furious are wrought with misinformation as well as disinformation on the organizations that are supposed to be at the heart of the intelligence (or lack there of) coup that was supposed to track the guns.
Enter Hugh Wiggins, a known gun runner, caught with a small arsenal of weapons and known connection to Los Zetas as well as the Gulf Cartel. In order to try to save their asses in this misinformation & disinformation faux pas, the feds cut him a deal for the correct info he is able to give them about his associates.  The catch is the man is a murderer. 
This is the dilemma of the law enforcement agents in this case, FBI, DEA, and local officials. The FBI & DEA have what they want out of this set of circumstances.  Now what do prosecutors and sheriff supposed to do? They have made too many statements to national news outlets. They have released all the evidence in press releases. Search warrants, transcripts of the statements given to police by a number of people.  The biggest issue is that just about every statement wording to the effect of  "Patrick was the shooter" or "Patrick planned and killed those people".  Now these documents were accessed by a number of people within the county. There is no question that Patrick is the shooter based on these forms. Here's the problem. These are ALLEGATIONS. It was presented to the public as fact. The prospective jurors are being told that Patrick is the murder without a doubt.
This nullifies the jury pool. They are presented with non-facts as facts. Then you have Sheriff Morgan shaking jurors' hands saying "I did my part. I trust you will do yours in putting these people away." This is another thing that sounds like the Sheriff is directing the jurors as to what they "should" do. This is all tainting the opinions of the jurors. This is highly improper.
Is there any wonder why Patrick was convicted in just 3 days??