Ricochet is the best place on the internet to discuss the issues of the day, either through commenting on posts or writing your own for our active and dynamic community in a fully moderated environment. In addition, the Ricochet Audio Network offers over 50 original podcasts with new episodes released every day.
It seems that a “gross mishandling” of information,” violation of “multiple policies,” “mishandling of evidence,” and essentially enabling a man who sexually abused at least 40 women and girls does not warrant trying to pursue criminal charges against FBI agents. Even though USA national gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar continued his heinous acts after the FBI was informed, the agents (except for one who was fired and one who retired) will not be held accountable for their actions (or lack thereof). Three times the authorities have tried to find reasons to prosecute and have failed each time.
In the case of Nassar, the FBI Inspector General was outraged by his actions, and the lack of response by the FBI. There has been handwringing aplenty and condemnation by legislators:
The inspector general’s office found that ‘despite the extraordinarily serious nature’ of the claims against Nassar, FBI officials in Indianapolis did not respond with the ‘utmost seriousness and urgency that the allegations deserved and required.’
When they did respond, the report said, FBI officials made ‘numerous and fundamental errors’ and also violated bureau policies. Among the missteps was a failure to conduct any investigative activity until more than a month after a meeting with USA Gymnastics. Agents interviewed by phone one of three athletes, but never spoke with two other gymnasts despite being told they were available to meet.
Unfortunately, the FBI is not regulated by a dereliction of duty clause, so their punishment will be limited to the recommendations of the FBI Inspector General.
Lawyers for Nassar’s survivors have said more than 100 young women or teens were assaulted after the FBI became aware of allegations against him. At least 13 are seeking $10 million each from the government.
John Manly, attorney for several of the survivors, said it’s ‘incomprehensible’ that agents and others will not be prosecuted.
‘The FBI agents who knew of Nassar’s abuse, did nothing, and then lied about their inaction in violation of their sworn duty and the law have been given a pass,’ Manly said.
Right. Ten million dollars apiece to the survivors should make up for a lot of abuse.Published in