As Usual, the Criminals Are Outside the Bars
Free Eric Echols!
by William L. Anderson
One of my constant writing themes over the past several years has been the outright lawlessness of government authorities at all levels, from federal to the local police and magistrates. I must admit that I am at the point in my life where I expect the police, prosecutors, and judges to break the law, and to give the rest of us the middle finger.
There are many reasons for this lawlessness, but it seems to me that immunity that the courts and legislatures have conferred on police, prosecutors, judges, and others in the “justice” system is the root cause of the problem. People who know they can lie, break the law, fabricate false evidence, and not have to face legal sanctions are not going to feel constrained to act in a trustworthy manner. (What the courts and legislatures are saying, ironically, is that police, prosecutors, and judges should not be subject to the same legal procedures that are imposed upon the rest of us. As in Orwell’s Animal Farm, some animals are more equal than others.)
Instead, they are more likely to feel as though they are Masters of the Universe and do what they want without fear of consequences. This brings us, then, to the strange and unbelievable case of Eric Echols, who is facing felony witness tampering charges in Catoosa County, Georgia.
Echols, an African-American and an ex-Marine, is a serious and stand-up guy. I have seen his work as a private investigator, and he is good, but also very professional, and I would not hesitate for a moment to hire him. In fact, he was arrested while doing his job and doing it legally.