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Mon May 4, 2015, 08:05 PM

12. Some Pretty Damning Stuff....

that Kelly and Baroni will have to skirt around. I don't think that they can...

The Bridgegate outrage that nobody is talking about

Much has already been made of the indictments last week of three former Chris Christie allies on federal corruption charges. However, one thing that has thus far not gotten sufficient recognition, whether in the media or in the indictment itself, is that the criminal conspiracy to engineer a major traffic jam as political payback depended on causing entirely avoidable chaos on one of the nation’s top terrorist targets, not just on any day, but on the anniversary of September 11.

So far the focus on the indictments of Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly, as well the guilty plea of David Wildstein, has zeroed in on the their alleged plot to wreak havoc for Fort Lee parents and students on their first day of school. In a touch of irony, both Wildstein and Baroni were with Governor Christie at the solemn memorial service at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2013, even as their diabolical scheme was in it’s third day.

Millions of people use the Port Authority’s tunnels, bridges and airports and, as we saw in the horrific events of September 11, confidence in the legitimacy in the righteous authority of the police is critical to getting compliance from the public in what can be life-or-death situations, in which there is no time to wonder if a police command has ulterior motives.

Eugene O’Donnell is a former police officer and prosecutor who teaches police science at John Jay College. He says all that a police agency has, short of force, is the public perception that it is impartial and non-partisan. “Police are unique public employees in that they have a quasi-judicial role. [They] have to have a non-political approach to maintain the public’s confidence,” O’Donnell says.

When asked if it should be considered an aggravating factor that the pro-Christie plotters used one of the nation’s top terror targets, the George Washington Bridge, which is protected by the Port Authority police, on the anniversary of September 11, when the risk of an actual attack was elevated, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said, “It is not actually an element of any of the crimes that are charged.”

In reviewing the testimony and evidence gathered by the New Jersey’s legislature’s Select Committee on Investigation, the role of the Port Authority police is described in great detail, both in the planning of the closures, and their execution. According to Port Authority Police Lt. Chip Michaels, David Wildstein, the former Port Authority official who pled guilty to corruption charges on Friday, asked Michaels in the first week of September 2013 what impact the closures of the lanes in question would have on traffic. Michaels told the legislature’s investigators that he told Wildstein it would be a “fucking disaster.”

Read the rest here: http://www.salon.com/2015/05/04/the_bridgegate_outrage_that_nobody_is_talking_about/

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