by Franklin D. López, former United Press International and The Associated Press journalist.
“Where the rule of law ends…Tyranny begins!”
The Challenges of all Federal law enforcement agencies in a territorial and colonial eco-system are as complex as sending a manned mission to Mars. The issues facing the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the USA Attorney are very complex because of the many variables and invisible spheres of influence interacting in the complex responsibilities of applying just and equal protection of the laws. The situation becomes a grave one when the agencies face the culture of the colonial territory that builds walls of mirrors and pathways leading to nowhere. Puerto Rico has had the pandemia of governmental corruption since the arrival of the first holocauster Christopher Columbus to our shores.
The economic structure of the territory of Puerto Rico where few families control important instruments of Public opinion and where there is an absence of tools of accountability and impunity reigns and a culture of gangs of corruption protected by the politicians of the moment since they receive through the osmosis of corruption providing the honey of money that will feed mostly their personal pockets and their political campaigns. I called these gangs that operate in the executive branch, the legislature, the judiciary, and in the board rooms of the few banks and subsidiaries of Wall Street Investments companies operating in Puerto Rico, “piñas”. Their members have their own “dark code” of protection and cover-up. They have successfully laundered billions of dollars of dark money through the local operation. In the financial district there financial consultants that know of the existence of an elite group of senior bakers in charge on facilitating the laundering of millions of dollars for a 20% fee. The bankers know that the Justice Department has been following the policy of Former Attorney General Lanny Breuer and Attorney General Eric Holder of “too big to jail” and instead agreed to follow the settlement of billions of dollars in fines to those responsible for the financial collapse. Alexis Goldstein wrote a revealing piece in the Bull MArket platform entitled “Make No mistake: Eric Holder Chose not to jail bankers”: https://medium.com/bull-market/make-no-mistake-eric-holder-chose-not-to-jail-the-bankers-eeb707e68564
“Some coverage ignored Holder’s legacy in (not) policing Wall Street altogether. Others mentioned the Justice Department’s lackluster record on policing financial fraud but focused instead on the headline-grabbing settlement numbers negotiated during his tenure. Others still, like John Dickerson on Slate’s Political Gabfest, had an eager, credulous view of Holder’s legacy, repeating the Administration’s view that while populist anger is righteous, the blood-thirsty mobs calling for banker justice just don’t have the law on their side.
This last point is most important to explore, as the Obama Administration wants us to believe that the Department of Justice really wanted to jail the bankers, but couldn’t. The Administration has forcefully maintained that a lack of clear legal authority, and blurred lines between unethical and illegal behavior during the crisis, thwarted their attempts. But despite the frequent invocation of this talking point, it remains wrong.” Therefore the Federal Bureau of Investigation had its hand-tied. What is appalling is the fact that Holder and Breuer after resigning their posts at the Justice Department, Became the lawyer for the banks that committed all kinds of frauds during the financial meltdown earning millions of dollars in legal fees at the law firm of Covington and Burling in Washinton, D.C.
It has taken the FBI decades of blood, sweat, and hard work to build the reputation of being the prime Law enforcement agency of any national or state government. But the FBI must learn from the blunders and mistakes made in the past in order to maintain its transparency and credibility with the people of the United States. Losing trust is not an option.
1) the Killing at Ruby Ridge
2) The arrest of Richard Jewel in Atlanta
3) The tampering with evidence at the FBI Washington laboratory
4) The disaster at WACO Texas.
and there are more at: https://listverse.com/2018/01/12/top-10-fbi-fails/
The FBI and the U.S. Attorney in Puerto Rico are doing what the territorial Department of Justice has failed to do; draining the corruption swamp of the territory. But in doing so the bureau is skating on very thin ice. Puerto Rico is a territory that has not effectively exercised its self-determination. Prosecuting cases where elective officials are involved may present grave and serious criticism against the Bureau and the Justice Department. Special Agent in charge Joseph Gonzalez must be conscious and sensitive in navigating stormy waters, in polarized and poisonous waters. In prosecuting cases with strong political overtones and with negative effects, over the politics and the upcoming election with a direct effect on the possible political status resolution. I know that those who commit electoral or Federal crimes must be prosecuted regardless of the effects on the election cycles. But the Bureau must do its best in maintaining a balance of prudence. In prosecuting cases affecting the three principal political parties in order to avoid the accusation of using the tools of justice to direct a specific result in political processes, Therefore, the Bureau must adhere to the Department of Justice’s Sensitive Policies guiding criminal prosecution during an election season.
For example, if the Bureau accuses two mayors belonging to the New Progressive Party and it has in its pipeline cases against the Popular Democratic Party logic suggests that their filing and public announcement must be done hand in hand in order to give the public perception of being biased against one political movement.
As I see it today in our turbulent and polarized political environment the case of corruption is being effectively used by the new political parties associated with the communist regimes in the region such as the Maduro Government, and the Cuban and Nicaragua government. The triumvirate of power has financed political parties in Puerto Rico in violation of Federal laws and regulations. If the case prosecuted are only from the NPP party this lack of political sensitivity may be the best fuel to dethrone the two-party system and provide the fertile ground for the election of the first communist-oriented territorial government promoting massive population exodus and the collapse of the territory’s fragile economic foundations.
Enforcing the rule of law must be the priority and foundation of building trust with the people of Puerto Rico but in doing so the Bureau must not cross into the political. Federal law enforcement agencies must do their best in obtaining the resources from Washington, DC to drain the house of corruption in the territory not later than mid-2023. Transparency in the administration of justice in fundamental in a democratic society.