When I read in the Seattle Times about the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island, I was reminded about the stories of misconduct in Illinois that exposed and shamed corrupt individuals into resigning their positions, withdrawing from elections, and in many cases, put a fire under the state attorney general to dole out justice in a timely manner.
In recent years, the misconduct has repeated itself over and over, as if nobody learned the lesson from the last news expose. Falsely clocking overtime at work seems to be enabled by policies and procedures in Illinois and now in Washington. It's probably nationwide in American federal state, county and municipal government.
What could possibly enable that kind of behavior? Something must be protecting the thieves from justice. Hmm...
The news media report on these crimes and the public is led to believe the old quote "Sunlight is the best disinfectant," they believe that perpetrators are being hustled out the door to justice and public humiliation by the state's law enforcement community.
Unfortunately, something finally drove home a truth I've been denying for years. I learned that the primary job of the state attorney general is to defend the state, not weed out corruption. This is now the case for every federal, state, county and municipal bureaucracy. Any law enforcement is tainted by bias toward defense of fellow government union members.
Private citizens are all second class citizens now. Lulled into a false sense of justice by the news media exposes of government corruption. When you have been around as long as I have, and continue to see the corruption enabled by institutionalized roadblocks to justice, and the instrumental media-based social pacification, you will realize too late that you are not free.