Ken Avidor on Dean Zimmerman
In a recent post, Greg Laden noted that I do “not like Dean [Zimmerman] at all, and I think this has to do with the Personal Rapid Transit issue.” In this post, I’d like to respond to Greg Laden’s remark and expand on my position regarding Dean Zimmerman.
It’s not a matter of liking or disliking Zimmermann any more than I like or dislike Congresswoman Bachmann or former Representative Mark Olson. Bachmann is a public figure, an elected official. Olson is out of office, and I have ceased blogging about him. Zimmermann is back in the public arena promoting PRT, and it’s rumored that he plans to run for office again…he’s sure acting like it.
I do not believe people are all good or all bad. I don’t deny that those three elected officials have done some worthwhile deeds now and then…that’s besides the point.
I began writing and blogging about those three people years ago because they were elected, public officials promoting the PRT boondoggle. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. The more I researched PRT, the more bizarre stuff I discovered about all of them.
Although Zimmmermann was a Green, his environmental record was often more Republican than Green (see this link).
I know Zimmermann committed the crime for which he was found guilty because I saw the FBI surveillance tapes (I also interviewed the chief witness, Gary Carlson). The tapes revealed a different person than the Zimmermann I thought I knew. By looking at the expressions of other people in the courtroom, I could tell they were shocked as well.
From Laden’s writing at ScienceBlogs, it is clear that he knows that religious belief (for example, belief in miracles described in the Bible) cannot be proved scientifically because there is no evidence. Let’s examine the belief that Zimmermann was persecuted and unjustly convicted…that fact can be proved or disproved by observing the tapes and the other evidence revealed in open court…a jury did that and found Zimmerman guilty on three counts of accepting gratuities (bribes). There were reporters at the trial who did not find fault with the verdict. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that verdict unanimously.
If anyone doubts (and some people do) Zimmermann’s verdict, the burden of proof is on them. It’s for them, not me, that I have requested the FBI tapes. If you want to have the same access to information that the people in that courtroom had, please ask Zimmermann to sign the waiver to release the tapes.
It’s a matter of belief vs. knowing the facts and assuring access to those facts for everyone who wants to see them.
Zimmermann and his supporters need to stop insisting that he is innocent and stop saying the FBI, the DFL and his opponent framed him, because the facts don’t back that up.
The following is a video interview with the chief witness in the trial of Dean Zimmermann speaking about how the media covered the trial.
This is a video of former FBI Agent Coleen Rowley on government corruption.
An additional video on Zimmerman can be found at this link.
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