June 17, 2007
Subject: Jeffrey MacDonald - Article
Date: Sun, June 17, 2007 11:48 pm
You have some legal errors in this article pertaining to the Posse
Commitatus Act. You state that the Army investigators had no legal authority to
investigate the case after MacDonald left the service; however, you are in error.
The case occurred within their physical jurisdiction (on Ft Bragg) which allowed
them to conduct the investigation whether it involved a civilian or not. If you
think about it the initial assertion by MacDonald was that civilian "hippies" did
it, yet CID was conducting the case even then. Further, service members may be
returned to active duty for prosecution for offenses that are found after they leave
service and military law enforcement is allowed to investigate these crimes. The
actual apprehension of an identified suspect who has left service will normally be
conducted by a civilian law enforcement official. PC absolutely does not apply in
this instance and your citing it erroneously tends to imply a bias of thought.
Dear M. Eaves,
Do you fancy yourself a scholar on the law? If so, you leave a lot to be desired. Here are the facts:
The Army CID's attempt to indict MacDonald FAILED. He was more than exonerated. The officer in charge of the 1970 Army hearing said that the CIDS's charges against Macdonald were 'UNTRUE'. That ruling implies INTENT on the part of the CID to KNOWINGLY accuse MacDonald of a crime that they KNEW he didn't commit (in case you haven't read it anywhere, the chief CID investigator at the crime scene was up to his elbows in local drug corruption and KNEW the members of the cult who had killed the MacDonald family. The idea was to frame MacDonald to cover up the investigator's involvement with the cult and the bigger picture of drug running into Fort Bragg -involving some members of the SAME cult- using the body cavities of returning dead soldiers from Vietnam)
Therefore , once MacDonald left he Army, the Army had ZERO authority to pursue a NEW indictment against him.
You also seem to be under the illusion that someone who goes into the military is forever under the military's judicial authority. Once your reserve obligation with the military is completed, the military is no longer able to exercise ANY authority over your life and would have to turn to civilian law enforcement to obtain an indictment for something alleged to have happened while in the military.
YOUR bias is rather glaring when you fail to mention that the FBI was the proper authority to investigate the crime as indeed it involved civilians. The CID was anxious to remain in charge, otherwise they couldn't have framed MacDonald so handily. If the FBI had handled the huge volume of evidence that established that outside intruders were at the crime scene, MacDonald would never have gone through the trial in 1979 and could have lived a normal life in freedom.
I can only hope that people like you-who cannot think or examine evidence with intelligence- are confronted with a similar instance of injustice in your life so that you too, should experience just a tiny fraction of the pain and distress that comes from false accusation and false imprisonment.
Don't bother replying. I get enough dumb mail from twits.
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