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May 08, 2007

Digby, Fallows, Wales and McKay

Digby has an incredible post up - with quotes from James Fallows of the Atlantic Monthly - on U.S. Prosecutor Tom Wales' murder in Oct. 2001 and the total lack of assistance that John McKay and the Seattle prosecutors office received from the feds.  The Seattle Times had learned early that law enforcement officers in Seattle had a pretty good idea who the killer was.  Problem is that Tom Wales was likely killed because of his involvement in gun control efforts. 

Bottom line.  The feds would not do anything that the NRA didn't want them to do.  Worth the read.

Posted by Lynn Allen on May 8, 2007 at 06:04 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink


The investigators have long thought that Wales' murder could be related to his work for Washington Cease Fire. Unfortunately, five and a half years is a long time to go without an arrest, especially in a case where the motive *seems* so obvious, and when they have been distracted by silly interferences like letters suddenly popping up from Las Vegas claiming to be from Wales' "hit man".


It's important to remember that the pilot has been the "person of interest" for all this time, and yet...he was NOT targeted by Wales for a gun violation. He was targeted by Wales for fraud. And his tussling with Wales over that fraud case was well known in law enforcement circles. If we knew the suspect's name, we could go digging into the details of the fraud case.

Personally, I always thought it was strange that the Seattle FBI office never appeared to have its act together. The lead special agent cut her team's number in half (from 4 down to 2) and then she was replaced by someone who has a lot more experience. Too bad the Seattle investigative office had to be shut down and taken over by the Portland office. One would think it's a lot easier to investigate a Seattle murder case from... Seattle.

Posted by: shoephone | May 8, 2007 7:44:25 PM

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