To Laugh or to Cry

This is a both hilarious and sad illustration of why we are losing the “war on terror”:

Whitey Bulger has found himself at the center of another “mandatory kill,” though this one was ordered by a photo agency seeking to delete an image from their archives. The alert was prompted by the F.B.I.’s admission that they misidentified a German couple vacationing in Sicily as the reputed Boston crime boss and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig.

Despite no apparent problems with the law, the couple somehow evaded the F.B.I.’s global manhunt for months. Indeed, they delivered themselves to the authorities after seeing themselves on Aktenzeichen XY … ungelöst, a German show about fugitives that preceded “America’s Most Wanted.”

After seeing one of their best leads dissolve, the F.B.I. remained determined. “We’re going to continue our worldwide media outreach to arrest Mr. Bulger and his companion,” Gail Marcinkiewicz, a spokeswoman, told The Boston Globe. An alleged audio clip of Mr. Bulger speaking on the phone to “Tammy,” who dialed the wrong number, and others was released in January.

Emphasis added.

For those of you who don’t know, James “Whitey” Bulger is the Boston crime boss who served as the basis for Jack Nicholson’s character in “The Departed”.

What can you say?  The F.B.I. misidentified a random German man as one of its ten most wanted criminals, and then couldn’t find this innocent German man who wasn’t trying to hide from them for six months, and only eventually found him because he turned himself in.

At this point, I’m thinking we’re going to find the Lindberg baby before Osama bin Laden.


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  1. for the ‘wrong number’ audio clip.  hmmmm…???

  2. … oy.

  3. That German couple was far more trusting in the Bush administration than I would have been. I certainly would not have “delivered” myself to the authorities without be accompanied by a lawyer or two.

    Perhaps the reason why America has a “war” instead of a criminal investigation against bin Laden is because we can still blow stuff up good, but when it comes to old-fashioned police work, we stink.

    So that lessens my fear of a police state, but increases my fear of martial law.

  4. I’d be willing to bet the beach ranch that Mr. Bulger no longer even looks like the Mr. Bulger they are looking for.

    Nor do his finger prints.

    Of course, that would be common sense, which is not being used here.

  5. …that they water-boarded him and he confessed to setting the fire at the reichstag…


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