Archive for May 9th, 2007

What the Government Knew

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Records have surfaced showing the exploding tanker truck carried extra gasoline — more than is legal — on past delivery missions on four separate occassions. This new information adds a new wrinkle to our understanding of 4/29. It’s very possible that when it crashed, the tanker truck had been illegally overloaded with yet-another cargo of dangerous, freeway-destroying gasoline.

But why? Who would want the highways to be travelled by a flammable truck stuffed with extra gasoline — and driven in a truck with a history of brake problems?

Look at the facts. Government agents had already spotted the truck and the extra gasoline it carried. But the California Highway Patrol had also once identified the exploding tanker truck’s brakes as so dangerously faulty, they’d immediately ordered it not to return to the highway.

But then new brakes were mysteriously delivered and installed at the inspection site — and the doomed tanker continued on towards its catastrophic destiny.

Earlier we noted that the driver, a repeat felon, would be an easier target for pressuring from a rogue official or agencies intent on coercing cooperation. But even if they’d found their man, who would pull the strings to waive the obvious safety regulations to put this plan into action?

It’s not just the driver who was vulnerably living under a cloud. His trucking company had already been scheduled for an official review. And while the California Highway Patrol flagged a continuous string of violations — at least 60 over the last three years — instead of improving, the trucking firm’s record suddenly got dramatically worse. They’d failed one out of every four inspections up until this last year, when they began failing a whopping 75% of all safety inspections.

These are questions that won’t be asked by people blinded by the “official” story — but there’s a pattern here, and it can’t be wished away. The highway re-opens, the sun shines, and Californians blindly continue on with their lives, imagining a public safety which may no longer exist.

So the trucking firm racked up violations, they tell themselves nervously, and in three out of every four inspections, and for an entire year. The government will protect us, right? Any bad people would never be allowed to hurt us and our vital highways. The California Highway Patrol will act against that trucking firm belatedly — right?

“We may not,” their chief confided to a reporter in Arizona.

What possible reason could he give for not acting against a company with an obvious record, over three years, of violating the public safety?

“If we find this is a string of bad luck.”