Sunday, April 19, 2015

THE CULT OF THE EXPERT…




The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.
 The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death.
“These findings are appalling and chilling in their indictment of our criminal justice system, not only for potentially innocent defendants who have been wrongly imprisoned and even executed, but for prosecutors who have relied on fabricated and false evidence despite their intentions to faithfully enforce the law,” Blumenthal said.
-Washington Post, April 18 2015 ‘FBI ADMITS FLAWS IN HAIR ANALYSIS OVER DECADES’
We scoff at the idea of witch doctors but, really, “experts” have, in fact, become our witch doctors. Be they lawyers, politicians, scientists, judges, historians, psychologists, doctors, etc, etc, the “expert” knows all and is impervious to basic human qualities such as malice and deceit.

And of course the diploma and (or license) is a mystical piece of paper that bestows magical powers of objective truth and applied knowledge on the recipient.

It’s all magic!