Taking Louis Freeh’s Word

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Without comment, here are some facts on former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who conducted an investigation on Penn State dating from November to July:

From Bloomberg Businessweek

Bin Hammam’s Life Ban From Soccer Overturned by Sports Court

-Louis Freeh was asked to investigate an allegation that Bin Hammam bribed FIFA voters to support him during his campaign to become the president of FIFA. The allegations came in May of 2011.

-Freeh found Hamman to be guilty of the accusations and FIFA handed down a lifetime ban to the former head of Asian soccer.

-Just this month, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said there was “insufficient evidence” for soccer’s governing body to expel Hammam, saying “The CAS has upheld Mr. Bin Hammam’s appeal, annulled the decision rendered by the FIFA Appeal Committee and lifted the life ban imposed on Mr. Bin Hammam.”

-The CAS stated that “it is a situation of ‘case not proven’, coupled with concern that the FIFA investigation was not complete or comprehensive enough to fill the gaps in the record.” That investigation, again, was conducted by former head of the FBI, Louis Freeh.

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From Business Insider

Penn State Investigator Louis Freeh Accused of Heading a Massive Cover-Up As Director of FBI

-The FBI and Department of Justice launched a campaign in the 90′s, headed by Louis Freeh and Janet Reno, to investigate flawed, forensic evidence that could have convicted innocent people.

-”After nine years of working in secret, the unit neither published its reviews of specific cases nor informed potentially innocent defendants or their attorneys.”

-Ex FBI Agent C. Fred Whitehurst: “While I was reporting issues at the FBI crime lab, FBI Director Louis Freeh was doing every thing he could to shut me down including coming at me with proposed criminal charges, referrals for fitness for duty (psych evals), destroying my career, moving me around the lab like a rag doll, ruining my wife’s career…”

-The FBI and Dept. of Justice has re-opened the investigation of those same cases that may have involved flawed evidence as well as the initial task force headed by Freeh and Reno.

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From The American Free Press

This was essentially a smear piece on Freeh, but some quotes are worth noting.

-Charles R. Smith of Newsmax in 2002: “FBI Director Louis Freeh oversaw the longest run of FBI public disasters in its entire history.” Smith further explained how Freeh’s compromised role ate away at the very core of this bureau, altering it “from a federal law enforcement agency into a political joke.”

-Howard Gleckman of Business Week: , “[Freeh] has overseen a bureau that has bungled investigations of high-profile criminal cases and repeatedly misled probers and judges in legal procedures.”

-In the 1995 OKC bombing, it was Louis Freeh’s FBI that immediately and intentionally confiscated every videotape from the Alfred P. Murrah federal building after explosions partially destroyed the structure. To this day, they’ve refused to release this crucial evidence that would show who precisely exited the Ryder truck that morning which was parked in front of the building. The most fundamental piece of evidence in this case has been concealed since 1995.

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  • fireside2004

    So what do you really doubt?

    Do you doubt that Jerry Sandusky molested boys and often did so in the PSU football facilities and as part of PSU’s bowl entourage?

    Do you doubt that Joe Paterno was aware of it. This is the same Joe Paterno that athletes recruited at my high school were warned would know if they farted at the dinner table. They were told he watched everything in his program like a hawk.

    Seriously, you are embarrassing yourself. Why don’t you trot out the planes on 9/11 were missiles fired by George Bush theories? How about the rumors our government is run by space aliens? Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno’s actions hurt the PSU program. Don’t blame those that are holding the program accountable for its part in the abuses perpetrated by Jerry Sandusky.

    • http://www.facebook.com/timtolley.vbr Tim Tolley Vbr

      I simply questioned the idea that there was a mass cover-up to protect the football team, as so many now believe.
      I’m sorry about your reading comprehension.

      • fireside2004

        I comprehend the article quite well. Another piece of propaganda. Did you consult Baghdad Bob on this piece?

        • Ron A

          So where is your proof that Paterno knowingly orchestrated a cover-up for Sandusky? Paterno did his duty, as he notified the authorities. ( albeit a day or to later than he should have )

          The police ignored the Sandusky issue. The blame belongs mostly to them.

  • Mark

    Fireside, he just told you what he doubted you clown. He doubted that Joe Paterno never actually “covered it up.” He reported it to his superiors. Whether or not you think he should of done more, he point argues that a cover up never took place.

  • fireside2004

    Well, Joe Paterno said that he never knew about the 1998 incident but there is record of emails saying that Paterno was eagerly awaiting the latest on the incident.

    So instead of facing the facts, you call people names and claim there is no evidence. People have been put away for life in prison with a lot less evidence than we see here.

    • catalacjack

      The emails did not say “Paterno” was eagerly awaiting. It said “coach” was eagerly awaiting. these are the types of lies you make up to make your case. Do your research before you open your mouth or type on here.

      • http://www.facebook.com/timothy.singo Timothy Singo

        Oh, I am sorry, at Penn State, it clearly meant the ice hockey coach. Everybody knows how concerned the president of the university would be in informing the hockey coach of what went on. David, does anything in Joe Paterno’s reputation as being on top of everything happening in his program suggest to you that his longest serving successor being investigated for child molestation would escape his attention? Really? Nobody ever mentioned it to Paterno, is that really the story you choose to believe?

  • mark

    You are right, he did know about the 1998 incident–the incident that was dropped by local authorities. In order words, professionals who have been trained to investigate these type of cases claimed that there was nothing “criminal.” FACT

  • fireside2004

    Mark, FACT, Sandusky was in fact convicted of crimes related to that incident. Just shows how tainted that decision was. The Paterno family wants a full and fair hearing? Just wait until the lawsuits. It will have discovery, under oath about all of this. They can have their day in court. People surrounding the program are starting to sound like Holocaust Deniers.

    • catalacjack

      My only question to you is… When The Paternos win their lawsuit. What does the NCAA do to compensate PSU fans, football coaches, and football players? Are they going to make those players who transferred from PSU come back and make them finish out their original scholarships. All it would have taken was the NCAA and everyone else to settle down and do a thorough investigation before handing out punishments. If this is an unsuccessful season for PSU and the NCAA loses it’s lawsuits I can see damage suits for tens of millions filed against the NCAA.

      • http://www.facebook.com/timothy.singo Timothy Singo

        Do you really think that the Paterno’s would win a lawsuit. What exact set of facts is going to overturn Penn State’s sanctions? I know your first line is the Freeh report is unfair and makes assumptions, but it is based on emails and meeting notes interpreted in light of Paterno’s reputation as a micromanager. What documents do you have that contradict that? It’s kind of like Sandusky claiming he is innocent but didn’t want to get on the stand when his own son finally stepped forward and admitted what happened. Actually, as a survivor, I welcome this lawsuit because I know the human behaviors behind this. If you think that 1998 was the first Paterno knew about Sandusky you are in for a rude awakening the further PSU and the Paterno’s push this.

  • Mike

    Its absolutely funny that people calling for everyone associated with PSU are clearly blind by the fact that the sanctions against PSU are baseless at this point. They don’t want to see it, fireside2004 go join your witchhunt and turn a blind eye to common sense and go with your sensationlism that this country has come to love and endur.

  • fireside2004

    Baseless, how? Paterno stripped of all the wins since he first learned of serious allegations of Sandusky’s actions and not only failed to take action to prevent it allowed Sandusky to continue to use the program to attract and silence victims. As for the “innocent” player, even Lavar Arrington has admitted to being used as a reward for sexual favors. How many of the players appealing saw something and said nothing? How many posed for pictures for Sandusky with 2nd Mile Kids and noted the oddly angry attitudes. How many PSU boosters were intimately involved in 2nd Mile? News for you, since they are questioning facts, corroborating facts are fair game. Incidents that the victims know of that various players saw other crimes will come to light and are fair game in the proceedings. Keep dragging it out and more will be revealed. Given that victims have come forward from the 70s, do you really think that Paterno and other players didn’t know anything or see anything until 1998, 2000 and 2001?

    The point of the sanctions is that from now on, players and coaches who see inappropriate behavior (such as sodomizing or sexually assaulting little boys) will have no question of their responsibility to act.