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The speed at which information is available is difficult to comprehend. Like magic, an e-mail, text, or breaking news appears on our devices in a second or two.
Intel co-founder Gordon Moore noted in 1965 that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits doubled each year. “Moore’s Law” has since been broadened beyond semiconductors to encompass accelerating breakthroughs in digital electronics, memory capacity, sensors, A.I., and other technological fields.
Rapid-fire advances in television, computer, and telephone technology inundate us. By the time the consumer gets comfortable with his or her existing device, the “next big thing” is being advertised. Technology upgrades occur exponentially, not arithmetically, and the number of years between breakthroughs consistently grows smaller.
Unfortunately, Moore’s Law applies only to technology.
Non-technology, soft disciplines—our legal, political, and education systems—move glacially, like they always have.
This dichotomy creates a frustrating disconnect. In the hyperkinetic world of science and computers, all things seem possible. In the chronically vague and inexact world of law and politics, nothing can get done.
For example, in the cornucopia of scandals swirling in DC these days, we’ve seen that government or private technicians can recover emails and electronic communications between FBI and DOJ investigators, politicians, and government employees that the senders and recipients tried to delete or destroy.
However, Congressional committees investigating official wrongdoers are seemingly unable to force the DOJ and FBI to turn over non-redacted communications to which Congress is legally entitled to its oversight role. Congress has the right to the information, technicians can recover it, but DOJ and FBI dither and obfuscate, ignoring requests and subpoenas.
In the world of technology, it seems nothing is delayed. Enhancements pop out at us from all directions. In the world of law and politics, everything is delayed; nothing is certain.
Technology and science are precise. In law and politics, nothing is cut and dried. There are always qualifiers, explanations, and extravagant excuses.
In criminal cases, investigative tools have never been more effective. Astonishing enhanced DNA science can convict or exonerate with less physical evidence than ever before. Cell phone recovery technology enables law enforcement to track the exact whereabouts of offenders at the time of the offense. Powerful cameras on our streets and on satellites capture irrefutable evidence of criminals in the act.
Yet this powerful, direct evidence must be submitted to fact-finders and decision-makers operating within legal and political systems put in place centuries ago, systems that have changed little over time. The results are predictable.
IRS lawyer/bureaucrat Lois Lerner was caught red-handed in 2013 denying tax-exempt status to conservative groups. The evidence was put through the DOJ and Congressional meat grinder and in 2017, four years later, Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed his predecessor’s decision not to prosecute.
Nidal Hasan murdered 13 and wounded 30 in 2009 at Fort Hood in front of scores of witnesses. There was no question about his guilt. FOUR YEARS later, Hasan was convicted and sentenced to death. Eight years later, Hasan’s attorney continues to file appeals to overturn the verdict.
A phony “dossier” paid for by HRC and the DNC she controlled, compiled by an ex-British spy who never set foot in Russia to gather evidence, and manipulated by Deep State holdovers in the FBI and DOJ, resulted in the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller hired lawyers who were HRC donors and supporters to go to great lengths to prove Russian “collusion” by the Trump campaign.
After a year of intense scrutiny with cutting-edge technology at his disposal, Mueller and his anti-Trump minions have produced not one iota of evidence. Sadly, it is clear this zombie investigation will continue for the foreseeable future, at least beyond the 2018 Congressional elections.
Technology comes at us with a bang—law and politics with a whimper.Published in