Over the weekend, Jeffrey Epstein shed his mortal coil. Questions continue to swirl about the how and why… here’s what we know so far.
On Saturday morning, Epstein’s case got ‘called before a higher court’, so to speak. He won’t be sticking around with the rest of us to see how charges against him play out.
The official statements are that Epstein was alone in his cell (contrary to policy) and somehow managed to commit suicide.
There are all kinds of irregularities in this situation.
The autopsy of his body was completed already, but they are still awaiting ‘further information’.
The official story of ‘how could this happen’ is starting to fall into place.
One of the corrections officers was reportedly on his fifth straight day of overtime shifts, while another guard had been forced to work overtime, Serene Gregg, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3148, told the Washington Post.
“If it wasn’t Mr Epstein, it would have been somebody else, because of the conditions at that institution,” she told the newspaper.
“It wasn’t a matter of how it happened or it happening, but it was only a matter of time for it to happen. It was inevitable. Our staff is severely overworked.”
The regular checks that were supposed to happen did NOT occur.
As an inmate in the Special Housing Unit at MCC, Epstein should have been checked on by a correctional officer every 30 minutes, according to Bureau of Prison protocols. But sources told ABC News that protocol was not followed prior to Epstein’s death by suicide.
In recent weeks, the correctional officers’ union has complained of understaffing. Those gripes are now part of the investigation into whether the 30-minute checks were happening, sources said.
AG Barr railed against the prison for letting him die.
“I was appalled, and indeed the whole department was, and frankly angry, to learn of the MCC’s failure to adequately secure this prisoner,” Barr said.
He continued: “We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation. The FBI and the Office of Inspector General are doing just that.”
Barr also assured that Epstein’s case, and the cases related to his alleged sex crimes, will continue on “against anyone who was complicit with Epstein.”
To anyone who thinks the death of Epstein will have made life easier for the co-conspirators, he said this:
“Any co-conspirators should not rest easy,” Barr said. “The victims deserve justice and they will get it.”
Overall, there have been three main reactions to this story:
Accepting the official story as valid.
Government is a morass of inefficiency and incompetence. Things go wrong, we expect them to go wrong because it’s government. That’s not a ‘bug’ but a ‘feature’ of the system itself.
To find SNAFUs that result in the deaths of people in government care isn’t terribly surprising — look at the VA scandal from just a few years ago. In fact, this is one of the BIG reasons we do NOT want single-payer health care.
Not now. Not ever.
It was a conspiracy. The Left’s version — ‘Trump did it’. #TrumpBodyCount was trending.
Because everything finds its way back to Trump with these people — ‘Orange Man Bad’.
They argue that Trump has something to hide and that AG Barr somehow put the word out that this guy should die.
Details, about the how and why are (naturally) pretty sketchy.
It was a conspiracy. The Right’s version. ‘Rich and powerful co-conspirators got to him’ before he could turn informer.
Various theories may or may not include a Clinton ‘Arkancide’ component. #ClintonBodyCount was ALSO trending.
One of the most elegantly subtle examples of riffing off that idea looks like this:
I just got a bonus at work! pic.twitter.com/EUtH3PQmTx
— Epsteins Prison Guard (@EpsteinsGuard_) August 12, 2019
So… what do our readers think?
Was Epsteins’s death an inside job, or incompetence?
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