I don’t know how much more of this is coming. It could go on and on. I think the US Attorney has a point that it can’t just be prosecution after prosecution. Something in the culture has to change.
Maybe we should focus on the courts. Especially the Appellate Divisions, who set the tone, pervasive in the state from top to bottom, that the law just doesn’t matter.
Beyond that, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when I read this quote from Preet Bharara, though:
“What has been perhaps most disheartening is the deafening silence of the many individuals who over the course of this investigation and other investigations saw something and said nothing. They learned of suspicious and potentially criminal activity being conducted in the halls of the Capitol and elsewhere and they said nothing. Noone made a call. No one blew the whistle. No one sounded the alarm. Rather, too many people looked the other way. And what does it say about the culture and accountability of our system of government when officials are aware of criminal conduct around them and they remain silent?”
Well, Preet, I’ve been noting the same thing, in a very personal and pointed way, for almost a decade and have been met with nothing but the same kind of “deafening silence” – including (maybe especially) from judges, and of course from feds such as yourself. And no one’s protecting me. And I’m not on anyone’s payroll.
It’s a nice speech with the right bromides, but you don’t know what you are asking. If anyone else came to me with a corruption problem wondering what to do about it, how could I in good conscience advise them to “blow the whistle”, given what my family and I have been through? You can’t expect anyone to do anything when the price is so high. Approaching infinite, really, in earthly terms.
In other words, your diatribe might be apt, but it all seems a bit facile to me when you have a powerful office and the resources of the federal government behind you. The people you exhort to “blow the whistle” don’t have that luxury.