the other day in the Trentadue case(thank you, Anony, why I didn't check there I have no idea). The opening pretty much covers it, and causes my bullshit meter to just about knock the peg out:
In a response filed yesterday to a federal judge’s order May 11, an FBI official offered no denials about the existence of video images captured by more than 20 surveillance cameras operating prior to 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, in the vicinity of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. Instead, he explained that officials at the bureau merely cannot find the tapes and raised the possibility that they “might have been misfiled and thus could be located somewhere other than in the OKBOMB file (though it would be impossible to know where).”
One of the things I remember from the KTOK reports was that the FBI official said they'd done an 'electronic' search, but it's possible the tapes(if they exist) are in a warehouse full of evidence and it could take a year-and-a-half to look for them...
What The HELL?
What was, until 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in the US in history, videotapes that may or may not show the whole thing and they expect us to believe THEY DON'T KNOW IF THEY EXIST? OR WHERE THEY ARE?
I'm a firm believer in that adage "Do not look for treason or treachery where incompetence or stupidity will explain"; I cannot apply that here, because neither incompetence or stupidity of this level is believable.
This comes across, to me, as "We don't want to actually lie to the judge(with some of the documents already on record it WOULD be a lie) and say there were none, so we'll play dumb and say "Duh, we don't know, Your Honor, maybe we should look further? It'll only take a year(or two, or three, or...)."
If this IS the unbelievable, this level of incompetence should get some of those Special Agents fired. AND their supervisors. There is flatly no excuse whatever for failing to keep track of such evidence. And if it's not incompetence, then the FBI doesn't want those tapes to be seen and has lied to the judge and said "Beats me, no idea if they're around."
As Quint said, it's enough to piss off the Good Humor man.
And I do wonder why the story isn't on the KTOK website; hell, the repeated it at least half-a-dozen times yesterday.