There is, in the community in America, over here, in Canada, Australasia, South Africa and around Europe, deep anger and resentment of what the powers that be are doing, at the rampant lies and corruption, at the total lack of concern for the ordinary person.
It comes out in so many issues from the NHS to gun control and takes it beyond the issue itself into sheer callousness and outright lying. In the media, including the blogosphere, on the one hand are the ordinary thinking people and you can see many of these in my blogrolls – that’s why they’re there, because they are ordinary thinking people.
Then there are the PTB shills and trolls, those who would coerce us and aren’t too fussy how it’s done, hiding it all behind feelgood buzzwords like equality, diversity and labelling everyone opposed using -isms and -phobias. My respect for such people tends to zero.
Possibly being involved in all this for so long, one sees humbug coming, from the type of people pushing it to the shrill manner and scant regard for the facts.
And this is what stands out a mile with Knox and Sollecito.
For someone not involved in the Meredith Kercher case, observing it from a distance, all one has to rely on is:
1. A pretty young girl a lot of people said had been wrongly maligned.
Let’s face it, a young girl in tears moves even the most curmudgeonly heart and many supporters of Knox, in the nature of their words, are indignantly supporting, in a chivalrous sort of way, a defenceless young maiden, or so they think. The real defenceless young maiden who had her throat slit as she was raped does not seem to come into it.
She’s gone, the current cutie is alive and writing books, doing interviews now.
2. A vicious prosecution who acted like the West Midlands police did, or so people supposed. The fact that from 19 to 30 justices reviewed the whole case and concluded as the first trial did doesn’t come into this external perception of the prosecution which has been debunked over and over. They did not contaminate evidence, they did not bungle it. It’s all on the record in painstaking detail.
3. The PR machine set in motion by Knox’s parents and the American media which turned it into an America versus Italy issue, which it patently wasn’t.
It was two students and a ne’er do well who raped and slit the throat of another student. That’s all this case is about. The bells and whistles, the incredible hoopla surrounding it, comes to nothing when the totality of the evidence is actually read and internalized.
One of the most frustrating aspect is that it is not even in question, it is not mere opinion – the evidence, in totality, leaves no other conclusion than that three people, as the Supreme Court concluded, murdered this girl and at least one of those rearranged the body later.
One aspect which had alarm bells ringing for me, quite apart from the evidence in the case and the demeanour and documented lies of the defendants, was the scurrilous and simply wrong statements being made by supporters of Knox. Interesting that there are no parallel “supporters of Sollecito” or “supporters of Guede” movements.
Why not? Because Knox is a cutie and everyone is only interested in the cutie on an emotional basis.
One of the worst purveyor of untruths is a man named Bruce Fischer. There are others too like Candace Dempsey but he’s one of the worst. The Machine has done a fisking of this man at TJMK, in this sort of detail:
Bruce Fischer’s claim that Amanda Knox repeatedly told the truth is complete and utter nonsense. Even a simpleton could understand that Amanda Knox’s repeated claims that Diya Lumumba killed Meredith are not true and that it’s not possible for her to be in two different places – Sollecito’s apartment and the cottage on Via della Pergola – at the same time.
Judge Micheli, who presided over Rudy Guede’s fast-track trial and sent Knox and Sollecito to trial, noted that they had given multiple alibis and had lied in attempt to cover for each other. The mobile phone records, the data recovered from Sollecito’s computer and the corroborative eyewitness testimony provide irrefutable proof that she lied repeatedly.
Judge Massei outlined numerous examples of these lies in his report: she falsely claimed she received a text message from Diya Lumumba when she was at Sollecito’s apartment (322); there are various discrepancies in her statements about the time she and Sollecito ate dinner (78); her claim that she and Sollecito had a peaceful night of continuous and prolonged sleep is contradicted by Sollecito’s activity on his computer, the turning on of his cell phone and the testimony of Marc Quintavalle (85).
Even Amanda Knox’s lawyer, Luciano Ghirga, conceded that she had given conflicting accounts to the police:
“All of the lawyers have imposed on Amanda the gravity of her situation, and the gravity of accusing other people. They have all told her that she needs to tell the truth because there have been differences in the statements.”
It’s a very long post.
Does it matter that all these people are lying through their teeth? Does it matter that prime time television allowed Sollecito on to promote his book and similar is happening with the Knox book?
In terms of your everyday life and mine – no. But I’d suggest that that could also be said of the political arena. Is it going to help any if we take the PTB to task over their lies and distortions?
Only en masse. What we seem to be doing at the moment is merely assuaging our deep anger and resentment. Yet if someone is literally getting away with murder, surely that should be publicized, even if it means muttering in the corner on our own blogs?
And watchdogs do watch and note the level of resistance on various issues, the better to alter their direction and come at it another way. They did that with Lisbon and the regional assemblies.
As for Knox, the massive American “get behind our apple pie girl and vilify Italy” campaign can only be counterproductive and various participants in the drama in Italy have stated their resentment of the defence and media tactics. One would like to think it would not affect the Supreme Court in its current deliberations [judgement to be handed down in late March] but it’s certainly not going to help the Knox case.