It’s ironic to listen to the FBI complain about conspiracy theories as a hazard to public security, but see the officialdom, and even the press, deal with the premature demise of Jeffrey Epstein in a fashion nearly assured to maximise salacious curiosity and hypothesis.
The explanation we’re straying from our regular matters of curiosity to debate Epstein is that the overarching mission of this web site is to advertise crucial pondering. Should you’ve been being attentive to information, it too typically feels as in case you’ve entered an informational corridor of mirrors. Not solely is the spin so heavy that it takes cautious studying to separate data from innuendo, however with the rise in social media, the response to a information story typically overwhelm the underlying occasion. As an illustration, witness the consternation about Bernie Sanders making an affordable commentary in regards to the Washington Submit’s protection of his marketing campaign, that it’s biased towards him and Jeff Bezos’ possession of the Submit might need one thing to do with that. The indignant howls had been a reminder of the place the category pursuits of the press now lie.
With Epstein’s obvious suicide, it’s hanging how not one of the accountable adults have tried to handle the press. Usually, in at least 36 hours after an occasion like this, Somebody Official holds a press convention. Even when they wind up saying nearly nothing substantive, they make solemn reassurances about They Will Get to the Backside of Issues, and higher but, with some element in regards to the course of (“The post-mortem will likely be carried out by the workplace of X. We count on to obtain a report by Y date, and to make key particulars public by Z date.”) Why hasn’t a such a fundamental transfer occurred? It definitely means that the DoJ was caught with its pants down, and maybe additionally that there was severe turf battle among the many events chargeable for Epstein’s custody. (Legal professional Normal William Barr did make some transient feedback on the Epstein matter at a beforehand scheduled “legislation enforcement convention” in New Orleans).
There are extra anomalies that replicate poorly on the caliber of reporting on this case, and we’ll spotlight just a few within the hopes that readers will talk about others. The protection has had an epic stage of opinion and fluff on the expense o gumshoe work to get at details. Right here it’s, 4 days after Epstein’s demise, and there’s no timeline, no schematic of the jail, no particulars about what his cell was like. The closest now we have is a single-source story from the New York Submit, from a former inmate in the exact same “9 South” cellblock for high-profile instances. This account curiously didn’t seem to result in additional investigation of those claims by Submit or different venues. They need to be verifiable or debunkable with interviews of different former inmates or guards, or alternatively, the slower route of FOIAs on the jail’s design and insurance policies. Key elements of the August 10 article, which ran lower than 12 hours after the time Epstein was discovered unresponsive in his cell:
There’s no method that man might have killed himself. I’ve executed an excessive amount of time in these items. It’s an impossibility.
Between the ground and the ceiling is like eight or 9 ft. There’s no method so that you can connect with something.
You will have sheets, however they’re paper stage, not sturdy sufficient. He was 200 kilos — it could by no means occur….
Might he have executed it from the mattress? No sir. There’s a metal body, however you’ll be able to’t transfer it. There’s no mild fixture. There’s no bars.
They don’t offer you sufficient in there that might efficiently create an instrument of demise. You need to write a letter, they offer you rubber pens and perhaps as soon as every week a chunk of paper.
Nothing exhausting or fabricated from steel.
This supply additionally stated these cells had one or two occupants, and he was skeptical of the concept that a man like Epstein would have been housed with anybody else. So if this account is correct, it makes the thought of taking Epstein off suicide watch look like much less of a stretch as a result of there weren’t suicide makings in an everyday cell or with common jail garb. However the lack of digital camera monitoring of the cell correct (reported by the Submit) lends itself to hypothesis about different situations…just like the jail model of assisted suicide.
It’s necessary to be skeptical of single sourced accounts, in addition to recognizing that extra detailed accounts are seen as extra credible, so the Submit instance is especially interesting. However the place are the opposite accounts? Why the dearth of press probing into the routines for that jail? Has the New York Instances deserted its custom of getting reporters begin out on the Metro Desk, doing gumshoe work on issues like fires and infants in dumpsters?
One other hanging anomaly got here when the New York Instances reported that one of many two Epstein guards was a temp assigned from one other job on the facility. The Instances had earlier reported on this apply as a response to under-staffing:
One of many two individuals guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he apparently hanged himself in a federal jail cell was not a full-fledged correctional officer, and neither guard had checked on Mr. Epstein for a number of hours earlier than he was found, jail and law-enforcement officers stated….
No correctional officer had checked on Mr. Epstein for a number of hours earlier than he was discovered, though guards had been purported to look in on prisoners within the protecting unit the place he was housed each half-hour…
This story has a single supply reporting that Epstein hung himself with a bedsheet.
Immediately the Instances reported that the 2 guards had been sleeping for 3 hours and falsified data and the Related Press added that the surveillance cameras confirmed the guards didn’t makes the rounds.
That is high quality so far as it goes, however it’s awfully skinny gruel relative to the questions swirling over the weekend, like why the obvious appreciable hole of time (by the requirements of emergencies) between when Epstein was discovered and when he was wheeled into to the hospital an hour later?1
After which there’s the weird present of the raid on Epstein’s island. Was that displacement exercise? If it was an necessary goal, why after he was useless and never earlier?
It is a long-winded method of claiming that I hope readers will determine different points with what the general public is aware of and doesn’t find out about Epstein’s demise, with consideration to the caliber of the data behind what the press has reported and the place there are gaps. If the federal government needs to place paid to a number of the wilder theories, like Epstein’s demise was a Mossad rendition (both on website or by way of extraction), coughing up extra data can be a superb place to begin.
1 I’m placing this in a footnote as a result of its speculative nature. A colleague who claims to know the operation of the Downtown Hospital says emergency arrivals by no means go on this method. The ambulance backs up and the gurney is hauled out and there’s no vantage level for a shot like this one. The distinguished indicators would make one assume this contact has it incorrect, so I’ll depart this for any readers accustomed to this facility to pipe up.