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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

As time goes by

It's been nearly four months now since they raided that Portland police officer's home, where someone apparently had some sort of drug operation going. The officer was suspended at that point. Any word in our local media about what it was all about?

Nope. Still nothing.

Comments (8)

This reminds me of the big liberal cities i came from: chicago and boston....

We are getting there...

As I mentioned last time Hythum was brought up, I knew him in college, and I know he's not the kind of guy that would get involved in some of the stuff being suggested. I suspect that there's not much news as the bureau needs to go through all of its internal processes before putting him back on the street (or cutting him loose).

Even if an officer is innocent, being brought up in these sorts of situations can do a lot of harm to their career. When one key part of a cops job is to take the stand, if needed, to testify in a defendant's trial as to their guilt, it's never good to have the whole "remember when you were being investigated for xyz" discussion before the jury with the prosecution's main witness.

All I can say is that I know Hythum well enough to say that I'm confident he's done nothing wrong and I wish him the best in his future.

Oh, and nice picture from his ad-lib comedy group in town. Hythum is, among other things, hilarious.

All that's needed is for the truth to be aired -- whatever it may be.

This underscores our assertion at www.theprotectionracket.com that it's not what the media (both mainstream and alternative media) tell us that's significant. It's what they don't tell you that's significant.
When you buy a used car do you think the salesperson is going to tell you about all of the problems? Of course not. Likewise with the media sources. They tell us only what they want us to know - not what we need to know to take the proper actions to protect our rights and freedoms. I can cite many examples if you're interested.

Of course, if there's nothing at this time to report, for whatever reason, how is that compelling in the infotainment biz? Why devote airtime or page space to "nothing new to report"?

If there had been an indictment, or a firing, or anything significant, I would imagine that would have been reported. In this case, I'm guessing no news simply means no news.

no news simply means no news.

That's the problem in Portland. If there were a critical mass of actual journalists working here, someone would be digging out what actually happened rather than waiting months for the cops to cover everything up and present a sanitized version for the sheep.

Jack,

To be fair, let me ask you this question: Are you assuming that the officer did something wrong?

I ask because I wonder if the media presents a story that essentially says that after an inquiry he was found not to have engaged in any wrongdoing, would that satisfy you? Or would you automatically assume a whitewash?

Let's be clear here. You don't know what happened here. I don't know what happened here. And, as we both know, the police will not tell what actually happened here. To assume that they are engaging in a cover-up simply because they aren't being transparent can lead one to believe things that may or may not be true.

Of course, the Bureau risks that when they don't make full disclosure. But, at the same time, I'd expect an educated person such as yourself to understand the danger of jumping to your own conclusion without any facts to back it up.

And, since I'm a Hythum apologist, having been a friend of his in the past, I know that I'm susceptible to a "assuming he's innocent without knowing the facts is dangerous itself" sort of argument. But, between the two of us, I at least know someone involved in the story, and even if it ends up putting egg on my face, I'll bank on Hythum's character, because I believe in him.

If they found some sort of drug operation in the basement of my owner-occupied home, I would think the public would be entitled to an explanation of how I wasn't responsible for it. And I'm not even a public employee, much less a cop.

A quick look around the internet shows that this fellow appears to have a restaurant, some sort of neon sign business, real estate in Texas, and who knows what all else, going on on the side. And he was suspended from his job, which does not immediately indicate his innocence. There are some questions here that need to be asked, but the media either isn't asking them or is not reporting the answers.


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