Sources close to the Mark Foley investigation indicate that the disgraced congressman "...is unlikely to face criminal charges for sending sexually explicit e-mails to teenage boys."
I'm starting to believe this scenario has been deliberately leaked to test the public reaction should Foley walk away from behavior witnessed by the entire world.
At this point--I'm ashamed to say--not too many people seem real concerned.
Although Alberto Gonzales--himself the most unethical law enforcement officer in the most need of an Internal Affairs review--paints the Internet as the Big, Bad Boogeyman out to Bait America's Children, his former colleague, Mr. Foley used just about every bit of technology available to him as a way to seduce, solicit, lure, entice or attempt to seduce-teenage pages placed under the supervision of the U.S. Congress.
That same government refuses access to Foley's computers. The same government that holds themselves above the same laws that in a heartbeat would not just jail-- but ruin--a teacher, coach, airline pilot, financial advisor, firefighter, police officer for the same behavior exhibited by Mark Foley.
Listen up, FDLE--you know and I know--you can charge Foley with something. Take the infamous telephone of his--are phone records--especially of the interstate communication call variety that Foley made from Florida to lure pages living out of state--basic Investigation 101--
Is Congress blocking access to those as well?
Are you telling me--FDLE--that you've got nothing--squat--zilch?
Highly doubtful. I'm not buying it. And for the record..I'm OUTRAGED. So file that in your test of public opinion.
Unfortunately, many bloggers--especially political bloggers--see the sex offender laws as a single issue, the type that brings political parties down. Concentrating as a whole to get the right guys into office will effect real change is the mantra.
This issue is far too polarizing for that sort of thinking.
Many lawmakers will tell you off the record--these laws are wrong...but to do anything about it?
Also, the Dems would likely prefer Foley just go away. Having tipped the midterms with his behavior to make the Dems the majority--they simply don't need him anymore.
It's all about Them, not Us. It certainly isn't about doing what is right.
For those same Pie-in-the-Sky bloggers, in a Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds political world--if Foley walks--this could give lawmakers an out to do the right thing.
Hold Congressional hearings--listen to the everyday families who suffer the collateral damage of the Adam Walsh Act and all the "extra" laws every municipality in this country choose to use as a sure "protect the children" vote-getter.
Ask the big question--why all of a sudden is America crawling with sex offenders?
Then investigate the illegal use of the sting to make these easy arrests that have turned a Nancy Grace society into shuddering sheep while their leaders stand by and shaft them at every opportunity.
Thank you to those bloggers who have stood up with the Frog for what is right.
Many thanks, PixelMarx!
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