Most investigations or research involve digging for facts and putting them together in a logical way in order to arrive at a conclusion. At least this is the way we’d expect the process to work. That is unless you are in official Washington, or the Obama administration to be be exact. In that case, you decide what conclusion is desired and then collect, or if necessary, invent “facts” in order to support your predetermined conclusion.
This supports the idea that politics has a corrupting influence on whatever it touches that must be guarded against. One you realize this tendency, you’re half way there. The rest just involves paying close attention and remaining skeptical of the conclusions that come out of a political process.
Want an example? We can take the painfully familiar Clinton email scandal. Let’s work through it in light of recent news.
The Democrats’ goal is to find a reason for Hillary’s ignominious loss to Donald Trump that exonerates Hillary and the DNC from any responsibility for the electoral disaster. That means the blame must be put elsewhere. So the conclusion to be supported is that Hillary was a great candidate who got cheated out of the presidency. With that predetermined, all that’s left is to conjure up something to pass off as an explanation.
Russian hacking of Democratic servers and the dumping of damaging emails on the internet via WikiLeaks is chosen as at least one part of the reason for Hillary’s loss. Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter if the Russian theory is true or not. It just needs to be made believable. And with so many Democratic politicians plus John McCain talking in support of that theory, it looks like it might work.
But then we learn that, “the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has made a shocking announcement about their investigations into those same DNC email servers, which caused so many problems for Team Clinton. The FBI now admits they never looked at the server before placing blame on Russia!”
When the nation’s top law enforcement agency allows itself to be politicized, it’s a disaster.
The report continues: “Six months after the FBI first said it was investigating the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s computer network, the bureau has still not requested access to the hacked servers, a DNC spokesman said. No US government entity has run an independent forensic analysis on the system, one US intelligence official told BuzzFeed News.”
What this means, of course, is that the FBI never investigated the “scene of the crime” which consisted of DNC servers to determine if there was, in fact, any crime committed. So accusations against Russia actually remain unproven.
Note that this supports the theory of predetermining the outcome before conducting the investigation that we just discussed: “This suggests the FBI and the Obama administration already came to the conclusion that Russia was behind the hacking (or phishing) long before evidence was examined.”
So what do we know? Donald Trump won the election on his on merits. Hillary lost because she was a defective candidate running a defective campaign. Russia remains innocent until proven guilty. And you’ve just seen a mini-tutorial on political skepticism.
Source: The Political Insider