like the Bureau and Democrats keep screaming: the EffingBI is doing that all by itself.
The government response also reveals that Oregon State Police SWAT
troopers at the scene, ordinarily required to wear body cameras, didn't that day at the request of the FBI. The FBI did obtain video from FBI
surveillance planes flying above the scene.
State police detectives also normally record interviews of officers
who might be involved in a shooting, but they didn't that night when
questioning the FBI Hostage Rescue Team members, again at the FBI's
request. A follow-up interview with the hostage team members also came
with unusual conditions, prosecutors note.
Why, whyever would honest cops have such a problem with the incident being recorded? Especially in such a politically-sensitive matter?
Unless they maybe planned/considered doing things they didn't want there to be a record of, at least in someone else's hands?
Three other members of the FBI hostage rescue team who were at the
roadblock on U.S. 395 also said they hadn't taken any shots, according
As a result, "evidence that would otherwise have been gathered and
preserved was not,'' Astarita's weapon wasn't seized, examined or
secured and an FBI shooting investigation wasn't initiated, prosecutors
On Feb. 6, 2016, two state police detectives reinterviewed Astarita,
but by then the hostage rescue team agents knew there were
unaccounted-for gunshots and missing shell casings. The agents set
conditions for the interview: They could only be interviewed as a group,
the interview couldn't be recorded and their lawyer could be present on
The state police detectives found those conditions "particularly an
unrecorded group interview - odd and problematic, but reluctantly agreed
to them, believing that the alternative would be no interview at
all,'' prosecutors wrote.
This is utter bullshit.
B.M., the leader of Astarita's team, served as the "spokesman'' for the
group and did most of the talking. The hostage rescue team agents
conveyed individually and through their spokesman that they didn't fire
Astarita has been charged, which is good; what about the other Very Special Agents? They lied. Repeatedly. Why aren't they being charged for that?