Assertions Are Not Evidence

     I have a grueling day before me, so I must dash off a quickie and bid my Gentle Readers a good day. However, we do have a newsworthy story before us.

     Concerning the death of accused teen-sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, Justice Department Inspector-general Michael Horowitz has issued a “report.” It does nothing to substantiate the “official” story that Epstein hanged himself. It cannot, for a simple reason:

There is no conclusive evidence.

     Moreover, I think if he were cross-examined, Michael Horowitz would be compelled to admit this.

     Like many documents intended to evade or soften damning admissions, Horowitz’s “report” is thousands of pages long and delves into total irrelevancies without reason. It mentions that “staff allowed Epstein to hoard extra blankets, linens, bedding and clothing, even though he had tried to hang himself earlier.” You say Epstein tried to hang himself earlier? Is there video? No – just as there is no video of his death, despite the requirement for both live and video monitors.

     The report cites the guards on duty as having been asleep, or surfing the Internet. But when Epstein died, were they physically present at his cell? Were they even nearby? Apparently not. So there is no eyewitness to testify to the event, who could be cross-examined for veracity.

     And there is this: the event is now four years in the past. Four years is a long time. Much that might have been discoverable then can no longer be known with certainty. Even the data about hoarded blankets and guards’ absence or misbehavior could be challenged at this point.

     I’m inclined to dismiss the Horowitz report for those reasons among others. The IG’s “report” might announce its “conclusions” in the firmest of tones…yet it amounts to nothing more than a reaffirmation of the official line. Its principal effect is to insulate virtually everyone involved – everyone who might have had a hand in killing Epstein, or coercing him into killing himself – against further scrutiny. As Horowitz remains a federal employee, that renders his “conclusions” nothing more than the statements of a federal employee unsupported by adequate evidence.

     Perhaps Jeffrey Epstein did commit suicide. We cannot know for certain. None of what has been presented as evidence leads conclusively to that verdict. The possibility, however dubious it seems, exists, just as does the possibility that he was coerced or “helped” to die, or was murdered outright. And that is the way the matter stands, and will be forevermore.