Some time ago it came to light the “reason” that U.S. Attorney Paul K. Charlton was “fired” was that he somehow screwed up the FBI’s procedures for (not) taping witnesses.
The Tuscaloosa news reports it like this:
The F.B.I., in documents defending its policy, argued that taping was not always possible, particularly when agents were on the road, and that it was not always appropriate. Psychological tricks like misleading or lying to a suspect in questioning or pretending to show the suspect sympathy might also offend a jury, the agency said.
“Perfectly lawful and acceptable interviewing techniques do not always come across in recorded fashion to lay persons as proper means of obtaining information from defendants,” said one of the once-secret internal Justice Department communications made public as part of the investigation into the dismissals of the United States attorneys.
So, get it straight lay people. When the FBI tricks one of you into confessing, they are not going to tell a jury of your peers what the tricks were. After all, juries really don’t have a role in deciding what confessions are credible. Right? I am sure that this will all play out in court, but it goes to show that it isn’t people like me who are the real elitists.
And, let’s face it, people, lots of jurisdictions do tape. If highway patrol men can carry small tape recorders, so can FBI agents. Real elitists see jury trials not as the ultimate equalizer of class and education, but rather the capstone of a long period of tricks, class-warfare, and general trickery. Real elitists don’t let their clients get into positions where they can be tricked by FBI agents. You can read the documents (from the House JC's server) here, here, and here.
The even bigger irony is that if you were born after Watergate you probably know Jeremy for his comedic roles, in which he plays a parody of himself.
You can tell the First isn't up to anything good.