In other words, if our federal investigators, border agents and securities markets overseers cannot tell the difference between the truth and a lie, a legitimate story and a fraud, how many criminals have walked away -- or across our borders and into our country -- right under our protectors' noses? Or even with apparent government approval -- the equivalent of a "good housekeeping seal of approval"?
And if they cannot tell the difference between what's bogus and what's real, who's lying and who's telling the truth, how many totally innocent people (like small business owners, and others) have been wrongfully investigated, prosecuted, threatened and even convicted and jailed? And all that, because of government agents' inabilities or incompetence? (See this recent, appalling story.)
Eric Dixon is a New York lawyer. He has helped investigate instances of suspected corporate wrongdoing and other malfeasance. He is available for comment at 917-696-2442 and edixon@NYBusinessCounsel.com.