Perfidy by the Police and the Department of Justice
What makes this case outrageous is not merely that the motel owners are accused of no crime. It is not even that the basis for the case is a small fraction of one percent of the guests they have had, or that these few arrests of guests are stretched over twenty years.
The real outrage here is that the government would have prosecuted the motel owners if the owners had engaged in the kind of invasion of privacy necessary to prevent the arrests. If they had gone snooping in on their guests' privacy, listening to their phone calls, and otherwise undertaking the steps necessary to be sure that absolutely no illegal activity was happening there, they would be guilty of violating numerous laws.
The Federal government here is acting as what would -- if anyone but government did this -- be a criminal racketeering operation, allowing the local police to avoid state laws preventing this practice. For the local police, the sin is perfidy. They are flying the flag of state and local laws, which they have taken oaths to enforce. In fact, they are intentionally sidestepping those laws for their own profit.
By Grim on Thursday, October 06, 2011