If they want to get you, there is no difference.gnome wrote: ↑Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:08 pmI'm sure you are correct, and from that I take that the presence of an adjudicated violation is not enough information to evaluate the situation. All I would add is that in light of this, can a reasonably informed person do anything to distinguish a case of someone effectively "stumbling into noncompliance", or perhaps abandoning attempts at compliance due to the regulations' onerous nature, and separate them from someone who is in deliberate violation of what the regulation was intended to stop?ed wrote: ↑Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:17 pm
I think that if the people around Obama were investigated the way Trumps people are being investigated it would look about the same.
You can't reach that level of power and success without having done things which. to the ignorant, may appear dodgy. If you have never been at a senior level in business or, I suspect, government, you have no idea how it is played. I think most people try to hew to the law but regulations are so fucking complicated that I think that it is virtually impossible to ever be completely clean.
I'll give an example. This is ITAR
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internati ... egulations
It regulates trade in "dangerous thing". It regulates everything. Let me say that again: it regulates EVERYTHING.
You know what "dual use" is? "(of technology or equipment) designed or suitable for both civilian and military purposes." You think that snippet of code you sent to AC was only for boring accountancy? Hahahahahahahaha If it can be slipped into something less banal you might be in violation. AR grips? Foul weather gear? Surplus crap from WW2? Chemicals?
If you shipped anything overseas at any point in your lives I would make a money bet that I could ruin you financially if I had Mueller's powers. Fact is also that there are penalties for not registering as a supplier of ITAR stuff. Didn't know that it was ITAR? Fuck you, pay me.
It's political. Plain and simple.
eta most people have no idea of how onerous federal regulations are. Hey Bruce, give us a snippit would you? Now imagine this level of burocratic crap in every business. No way you can be pure.
I had a law firm in DC, big one (I say that becasue you would think a big firm would be buttoned up. right?). I recall asking my attorney about OSHA regs. He said that they were so complicated that his firm decided that paying fines was cheaper than trying to comply a priori. You think the founders would approve?
There is no way, in any universe, that an individual could summon up the recourses to confront a state actor. And when you are paupered and finally give up and plead guilty to "a lesser offense" you will be fucking guilty. Period end of story.
Check out Roger Stone
https://www.thepostemail.com/2019/01/23 ... wednesday/
Fact is he has been investigated for two (TWO!!!!) years and is virtually insolvent. Is that anything even remotely resembling justice?
What should happen is that the legal fees for people under investigation should come out of the JD budget.