“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:32 – King James Version
Now that Louis Freeh, the former FBI Director is on the Sandusky case, perhaps joy can soon return to Happy Valley. After all, at stake is a football program that has raked in 100 million dollars per year. That’s a huge cash cow that must be preserved, taking whatever actions necessary, so credibility can be quickly restored. The image that a FBI man is on the case is certainly intended to focus upon restoring the brand and putting to rest the sordid 100 million excuses for a decade’s worth of amnesia and why it took so long to call out the alleged Penn State pedophile. Could it really be like much of what goes on in America – money and politics?
Perhaps if the University wants to Freeh itself, it should start looking at its own house beginning with Wendell Courtney. Courtney was the legal counsel for The Second Mile Foundation. Courtney was also the legal counsel for Penn State University. So if Sandusky is raising money for The Second Mile Foundation, and is able to use Penn State facilities and Penn State connections, and Courtney benefits as their legal counsel, what would Sandusky need? Who should impartially negotiate this deal? Oops! Turns out Courtney negotiated on behalf of the University the Jerry Sandusky retirement package. Now remember, that retirement package included an office and phone, the title Professor of Physical Education, with emeritus status, and allowed Sandusky the full use of University facilities. The retirement package was approved by the Penn State board of trustees.
Now we come to Gary Schultz, the Senior Vice President of Business and Finance for Penn State. Just so happens that Schultz oversaw the University Police Department. So hypothetically, if someone comes in and says (Mike McQueary for example) that Jerry Sandusky is raping kids in the Penn State showers, Schultz has quite a dilemma on his hands. He knows that there are 100 million dollars coming in every year and since he is the Vice President of Business and Finance, or more aptly known as the “money man”, what does he do? As the old saying goes, and too sadly in this debacle, “Money talks, and bullshit walks.”
Schultz now retired from Penn State for a couple of years, is charged with failing to report a criminal act against a child and is currently out on bail. However, it was Schultz that heard the statements from McQueary and Joe Paterno in 2002. Was that because of his role as the Vice President of Business and Finance, or because of his oversight of the University Police Department? Either way, his testimony was not convincing enough to avoid being charged. And the excuses were still being counted.
So when Louis Freeh gets started will he A. Be exploring the potential cover-ups at Penn State, B. Explore the potential cover ups with the police and/or C. How will he be investigating the potential political cover-ups? Freeh, slated to lead Penn State’s investigation stated he would, “leave no stone unturned.” If he is true to his word, then he will face a rocky road.
The possible political connections also appear excuse laden. When in 2009 even more allegations were brought against Sandusky, it was then Attorney General, Tom Corbett who put off the case. Essentially, little was done. Was that because Sandusky’s Second Mile charity donated over $600,000 to Corbett’s political campaigning. Corbett is now Pennsylvania’s governor. Hmmmmm. Penn State University also sold land to the The Second Mile charity, which was also approved by the Penn State board of trustees. Did we mention that Tom Corbett was on the board? Maybe there’s more than 300 million excuses for Freeh to ferret out, now that he’s working for the board of trustees.
If that weren’t enough politics, in 2002 Sandusky was awarded the “Angels in Adoption Award” by none other than Senator Rick Santorum. Apparently, Sandusky’s previous departure from Penn State at the early age of 55 and other issues (of course not proven) didn’t matter. Santorum said he did not know Sandusky personally. If that were true, on what basis was the award made? Or was that more of America’s politics as usual among an elite group?
Freeh is going to have his work cut out for him, shoveling through the 14 year pile of excuses. And you can bet Freeh’s firm isn’t performing their work for Penn State for free. Yet, Freeh will not be ultimately responsible for seeking out the truth. That will fall to the prosecutor and his investigation. That other prosecutor, hasn’t been seen since 2005. With so much money at stake, which truth will prevail? Will it be the truth as touted by a University board of trustees and their FBI front man, Luis Freeh? Will it be the truth as spewed forth from the mouths of the accused and their attorneys? Or will it be the truth put forth by political interests, that have their own necks to protect? An ugly situation will get uglier.
And IF, just what IF Sandusky was not the alleged lone wolf and he was running a child pedophile ring of young boys for the rich and perverted. Think it couldn’t happen. If not, check out the Conspiracy of Silence and the articles that were printed in The Washington Timesin the late 1980′s about the child sex ring used for the rich and politically well-connected. Some dirty little secrets could probably be kept in Pennsylvania as well as in D.C.
Getting to the truth, given the extraordinary circumstances, will be a daunting task. The journey won’t be completely a Freeh ride. And that’s a good thing. However, if the truth has any chance of coming out, then the truth, what little may surface in the halls of justice, may set some tortured young souls free.