The 'Heroic' Louis Freeh and His Legacies

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Standing before
the podium with his reading glasses perched on his nose in a Really
Serious Position, former FBI Director Louis Freeh read the summary
of his damning report on what happened at Penn State University.
The university, he intoned, was directly responsible for permitting
Jerry Sandusky, the former football team defensive coordinator and
now a convicted child molester, for preying on young "troubled"
boys.

So far, the
media response has been lockstep not only in its condemnation for
Penn State and the late Joe Paterno, the legendary coach who won
more games than any other NCAA Division I football coach in history,
but also in its praise for Freeh. (I include links from the New
York Times
, ESPN,
and CBS
Sports
.)

Not being familiar
with the details of the report or the Sandusky case and the role
of Penn State officials in trying to hide what they feared was happening,
I will ask readers to judge the accuracy and tone of Freeh's report
and make their own assessments. However, before the media and legal
world goes on to paint Louis Freeh in the most heroic terms, I would
remind readers that probably any one of us could have written that
report and made the same damning comments made by Freeh and his
underlings. It hardly is heroic to come upon a situation after the
fact and to write those things which apparently were obvious in
hindsight.

No, I am writing
in order to let readers know that this "heroic" Louis
Freeh has some serious baggage of his own, baggage that includes
covering up murders, whitewashing the most hideous domestic massacre
since Wounded Knee, publicly making wrongful accusations, and further
turning the Federal Bureau of Investigation into an entity that
James Bovard accurately has called, "A
Stasi for America
." Louis Freeh does not deserve our praise;
indeed, he does not even deserve our scorn. Instead, he deserves
to be sitting in a cell at the federal Supermax Prison in Colorado,
as the crimes he committed during his years at the FBI pale in comparison
to anything done by Paterno, whose legacy Freeh has destroyed, or
even Sandusky ever did.

If the charges
for which Sandusky was convicted are true, then the man truly was
a monster and needed to be caught. His victims will be scarred for
life — but they will be alive and can seek healing. However, one
of the victims of Louis Freeh, Katherine Andrade, cannot seek healing
because she was incinerated at Waco in 1993 as a result of the direction
actions by the man who now stands in judgment of Joe Paterno.


Katherine
Andrade While She Lived


Katherine
Andrade after Receiving "Assistance" from Louis Freeh

Bovard explains
what Freeh, who apparently did not have the same concern for the
children trapped at the Branch Davidian residence as he did for
the children whom Sandusky abused, had his underlings do on the
final day of the 1993 Waco siege:

…CS gas was
delivered via 54-ton tanks driven by FBI agents. The tanks smashed
through much of the Davidians' home and intentionally collapsed
25 percent of the building on top of the huddled residents. The
FBI knew the Davidians were lighting and heating their residence
with candles and kerosene lamps and had bales of hay stacked around
the windows. The FBI also knew that "accumulating [CS] dust
may explode when exposed to spark or open flame," as a U.S.
Army field manual warned. Six years after the assault, news leaked
that the FBI had fired incendiary tear gas cartridges into the
Davidians' home prior to a fire erupting. Attorney General Janet
Reno, furious over the FBI's deceit on this key issue, sent U.S.
marshals to raid FBI headquarters to search for more Waco evidence.
From start to finish, the FBI brazenly lied about what it did
at Waco — with one exception. On the day after the Waco fire,
FBI on-scene commander Larry Potts explained the rationale for
the FBI's final assault: "Those people thumbed their nose
at law enforcement."

Freeh's assault
killed 80 people in broad daylight, but Freeh and his agents had
something that neither Sandusky nor even Paterno never had: control
of the legal process that ensured no one from the FBI that committed
crimes that day would have to face even a hint of justice. That
is because Freeh was able to use his powers as FBI director to block
inquiries, cover up any wrongdoing, and control the direction of
congressional investigations that followed.

Following allegations
made during the Oscar-nominated documentary, Waco:
The Rules of Engagement
, that the FBI had fired live ammunition
into the Davidian residence along with launching incendiary devices,
Freeh's FBI staged a re-enactment. As James
Bovard explains
, this was not an ordinary re-enactment:

On April
19, 1993, FBI agents relied on commercial, off-the-shelf ammo
— the type that would be used by any hunter or shooter.

For the March
19, 2000, (Sen. John) Danforth-FBI reenactment, the FBI used military-issue
ammunition that had a special chemical coating on the gunpowder
to reduce muzzle flash (helpful in preventing soldiers from being
detected in combat). The military ammo thus had a built-in flash
suppressant. Since a key issue was the length of the muzzle flashes,
using flash-suppressing ammunition ensured that the reenactment
would be a farce.

The Danforth-FBI
reenactment further biased the test results by having the FBI
agents use weapons with 20-inch barrels — instead of weapons with
14-inch barrels which agents carried on April 19, 1993. The longer
a weapon's barrel, the less muzzle flash will be shown from each
shot.

This is a
tricky way to do an accurate reenactment. But the reenactment
produced the politically correct result, and Danforth proceeded
to denounce the American people for thinking bad things about
their federal masters.

No doubt
Danforth, the FBI, and others will continue to insist that there
was no gunfire by FBI agents on April 19, 1993. But if the feds
are innocent, why have they gone to such absurd lengths to conduct
the tests in such a manner?

This is what
the ancients once might have called a "cover-up." Notice
that Freeh never had to worry about being cited for doing what essentially
is criminal activity (called "obstruction of justice")
even as he has accused Penn State officials of obstructing investigations
into what Sandusky was doing. The difference is that the now-dead
Paterno has a tarnished legacy, Sandusky is in prison, and two Penn
State officials face criminal charges for allegedly hiding information
about crimes that were committed.

Freeh's legacy
of hiding murder and mayhem does not begin and end with Waco, however.
The 1995 murder of Kenneth Trentadue in the Oklahoma City federal
lockup also has been legally covered up, thanks not only to Freeh,
but also to the Clinton administration's legal "fixer,"
Eric Holder, the present U.S. Attorney General who now stands accused
of covering up crimes related to the "Fast and Furious"
program that has exploded in his face.

In the aftermath
of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the FBI actively was searching
for the "John Doe Number Two" who supposedly accompanied
Timothy McVeigh, and when Trentadue was arrested by federal officials
in California ostensibly for violating probation, the FBI sent him
to Oklahoma to be further questioned. Shortly after arriving at
the federal lockup, officials supposedly found
Trentadue dead in his cell
after allegedly hanging himself with
a bed sheet.

Not surprisingly,
even though Freeh's FBI engaged in a vigorous cover-up and denials
that the death was due to anything but suicide, Trentadue's brother,
Jesse, an attorney in Utah, realized
immediately that the FBI story was not true
. Paul Craig Roberts
writes
:

The victim
was Kenneth Michael Trentadue.  At 7 AM on August 21, 1995,
officials from the Oklahoma Medical
Examiner
‘s office arrived at the new Oklahoma City Federal
Transfer Center for the body of a man recently picked up for parole
violation who allegedly was a suicide by hanging. The astonished
state officials saw a body with scalp split to the skull in three
places, throat slashed, and a body completely covered in blood,
bruises and burns.

As law requires,
the officials asked to see the cell in which the alleged suicide
occurred. Federal officials pulled rank and refused on the grounds
that a federal investigation was underway.

A federal
investigation was not underway.

The state
officials told the prison officials that the body’s condition
required FBI notice and protection of the cell as an undisturbed
crime scene. Associate Warden Max Flowers, however, ordered the
cell to be cleaned before any investigation could be done. Flowers
claimed that medical staff informed him that Trentadue was HIV-positive
and that it was urgent to remove the infectious blood.

Trentadue
was not HIV-positive.

Because this
is a case with many twists and sidetracks, one should listen to
Lew Rockwell's interview with Jesse
Trentadue available here
. Once again, we see how Louis Freeh
and his underlings were able to get away with a number of serious
crimes ranging from murder to obstruction of justice.

Compared with
murder and covering up the crime, a false accusation from Freeh's
FBI would seem to be minor, but the way that Freeh and the FBI handled
matters in the 1996 Olympic Park bombing demonstrated the outright
criminal mindset that seems to govern that organization and is part
of Freeh's enduring legacy of lies and incompetence. Following the
bombing in Atlanta during the Olympic Games, the FBI quickly fixated
itself upon security guard Richard Jewell, who was the first to
suspect that the backpack left alone under a bench might contain
a bomb.

The bomb exploded
with one person killed, but in the aftermath, Jewell was a hero
for having acted quickly. However, the FBI decided via one of its
vaunted "profilers" that the pudgy guard was the person
who made and planted the bomb. Not surprisingly, the
FBI began to leak
to the media that Jewell was their man, and
he was subjected to the horrors of the media rush to judgment, something
that seems to be a permanent fixture in U.S. culture.

Jewell,
who died in
2007
, ultimately was exonerated but not before the FBI and its
Progressive media allies had ruined his reputation. While Freeh
denied having anything to do with the leaking of false information,
nonetheless he was in large part responsible for the lawless culture
of the FBI which encouraged agents to act recklessly and dishonestly.

As Louis Freeh
presently basks in the media adulation that he does not deserve,
one should remember the man's own legacy, one that never will be
tarnished because the Progressives that control the media and this
country's politics will never permit such a thing to happen. Freeh
no more deserves to be on a podium criticizing the “culture” of
Penn State University than would John Edwards deserve to give a
sermon condemning adultery.

What happened
at Penn State was wrong and it should not have been allowed to continue.
However, what Freeh did while heading the FBI makes the worst abuses
at Penn State look to be a pleasant walk in the park. If anything,
the fact that Louis Freeh is permitted to stand in judgment of others
is proof that our present political culture is so broken that it
is beyond repair.

July
16, 2012

William
L. Anderson, Ph.D. [send him
mail
], teaches economics at Frostburg State University in Maryland,
and is an adjunct scholar of the Ludwig
von Mises Institute
. He
also is a consultant with American Economic Services. Visit
his blog.

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