Sunday, October 14, 2012
Will Lance Armstrong Now Face Prison?
The USADA said the 41-year-old Armstrong, who won the Tour de France seven times, was part of the "most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen".
From 1998 until now, Lance Armstrong has pummeled anyone who dared intimate that he used performance enhancing drugs.
here on Emma O'Reilly
"If you say I used, I will sue you" was not an idle threat. Armstrong's massive fortune allowed him to go ahead with these threats and file suits in which those named could not afford to defend themselves in prolong litigation. It was a tactic of the wealthy.
While witnesses were tied up in court, he had his people slander their names and make sure their livelihood was threatened.
He told Greg Lemond that he would pay 10 riders to say they saw him drug. This, after threatening his life, his wife, kids, and business.
Armstrong donated a fortune to the cycling body that oversaw drug testing so they could 'purchase' sophisticated equipment to catch users. In return, he had flunked tests thrown out, and always had ample time to take saline to balance his test results out. Whether it was an hour's advance notice of a "random" test, or secret payoffs and silence that was both broad and deep, Armstrong's money allowed him to bully and pummel his critics into oblivion.
Will he now face law suits?
Take a look at the comments regarding David Walsh's book at Amazon where "book reviews" show that the writers did not read the book, yet decried the book as fraudulent.
What may be of interest to readers here is this:
Lance Armstrong earned his money off the suffering he caused others. He lied, repeatedly, but then went to the "next step" of lying which reveals a certain character:
We have seen this before.
The deceptive person can bear all sorts of insult. "Druggie, immoral, neglectful..." and so on, but cannot bear being revealed as a liar; therefore, they strike back, even if it means their own demise.
The sociopathic liar will file suit against the exposer, even if it means his (or her) ruin under oath: perjury, or worse, being forced to admit guilt.
Someone accused of murder, for example, who appears to have 'gotten away with it' is seen as a drug addict, immoral, vile deviant. No problem.
expose her lies and...she threatens law suit. Should she go forward with a lawsuit, she would be forced to answer questions under oath, while law enforcement listens carefully, ready to pounce in the murder case.
She may cut off her nose to spite her face.
So it is with Lance Armstrong.
He was not content with denying allegations with lies and unreliable denials. He had to go further. He had to vilify and malign anyone who dared speak out against him.
He did not stop there.
It was not enough to say "he's already a convicted liar and a user", Armstrong had to go further and use his money bought influence to harm his accusers' ability to earn a living.
He would 'tear the legs off' his rivals; on the bike and off.
This is indicative of a sociopathic personality where one cannot bear being seen as deceptive.
Will those he sued, pummeled, punished, and maligned now file law suits against him.
I think so. Next:
Will Armstrong face jail time?
*Used Federal money (USPS) for drugs
*sought others to perjure
*transported drugs across state lines
*international drug across national borders
The federal prosecutors who suddenly dropped the case are now red-faced: how do they defend their decision when:
11 Teammates gave eye witness accounts, including Armstrong's best and closest friends?
The drug tests, themselves, can always be challenged as tainted. This was successfully done by Ryan Braun, the major league baseball player who continues to benefit from the muscle built by drugs. (see statement analysis of his 'denial'.)
Marion Jones went to jail, and so could Lance Armstrong.
Donates went up in the days following the announcement, but may now, with the release of the 1,000 page document, change dramatically as the ugliest of details and the depth of deception is seen.
Perjury, alone, could give Armstrong 5 years in prison, but it is difficult to, at this time, even number the crimes that he is alleged to have committed or conspired to commit, nationally and internationally.
Among investigators, including the Dept. of Justice, Armstrong will face insurance fraud investigators, due to payouts made on the premise that Armstrong was not using.
The cost of deception? The drive to be number one?
The USADA said the 41-year-old Armstrong, who won the Tour de France seven times, was part of the "most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".
This could lead to sophisticated, professional and ultimately successful investigation into doping in sports that we have ever seen.