May 23, 2006, - 11:10 am
By Debbie Schlussel
To all those who whine that the media focuses only on missing persons who are cute young White girls, your theory is proven wrong.
Jimmy Hoffa was neither female nor young. And not cute either. But our media’s fascination with his disappearance and government’s obsession with finding his body is unmatched by any Natalee Holloway hype.
In Michigan, searches and digs for Hoffa’s body are as common as Paris Hilton’s sex tapes and bed partners. And equally as fruitful, since despite all the tips of his whereabouts, Hoffa’s body has never been found. It’s the boy who cried wolf with a giant sinkhole of taxpayer dollars to go with it.
Whether or not authorities find Hoffa’s body, how will that benefit anyone? True, Hoffa’s children want to know what happened to that father. But so do many other relatives of missing persons. And they never get the gazillions in tax money in pursuit of that quest. It is simply not in the budget.
This time it’s a little different. Instead of Michigan law enforcement running “the dig,” it’s the Federal Bureau of Investigation. At least 50 agents have been brought from Detroit, Chicago, and Washington to prod and poke every inch of the ironically named Hidden Dreams Farm in Milford. They expect to spend two weeks of taxpayer resources–an estimated $1 million–on this extravaganza.
I like a good mob story as much as the next person, but this is a ridiculous waste of tax dollars and an expanded FBI budget meant by Congress to fight Islamic terrorism.
FBI Director Robert Mueller, stung by pre-9/11 ineptitude, repeatedly claims counterterrorism is now his agency’s number one priority. Last year, Michigan’s FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel D. Roberts said the same in news stories justifying his quest for a new $65 million Detroit FBI palace.
Fighting terrorism should be the priority. But is it really? The massive, no-holds barred Hoffa dig says otherwise.
Hoffa disappeared 31 years ago from Machus Red Fox. And like the home in Detroit, the backyard swimming pool at a house in central Michigan, the end zone at Giants Stadium, and assorted other locations, the FBI will probably fail to find Hoffa’s body during this latest search. It’s an endless chase with no pay-off even if there is a pay-off. Even if they find his body, what purpose is served–30 years later–in doing so?
For starters, a lot of glorious FBI PR in the name of Cosa Nostra folklore. The agency’s image has suffered a lot, lately. At Zacarias Moussaoui’s terror trial in April, FBI Agent Harry Samit testified about how he tried 70 times to get permission to search Moussaoui’s hard drive and belongings, which might have uncovered the 9/11 plot. FBI supervisors testified that they still had not read Samit’s 25-page memo documenting his fear that Moussaoui was connected to a hijacking plot, which we now know was the case. Little has changed.
In Detroit, several indicted individuals with alleged ties to Hezbollah, long ago fled the country, under the not so watchful eyes of the FBI and Department of Justice. Going over every inch of a farm in quest of the Holy Grail of Hoffa’s corpse, gets our minds away from that. The Hoffa disappearance is a sexy story, but worthless in terms of justice served. It’s not the job of taxpayers to fund the FBI’s wish to superimpose itself on “The Godfather” long after that age has ended.
USA Today reported that Cosa Nostra organized crime families in America are dying out and largely impotent. Which is a bigger threat to our safety, today: another 9/11 attack and nuclear weapons from Iran OR the deceased Anthony “Tony Jack” Giacalone, Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano, and assorted other now-elderly or -dead mobsters who might have assassinated Hoffa?
Since the FBI–with this search–has sent the message that it doesn’t know the correct answer to that question, we should all be worried.
The Jimmy Hoffa goosechase should end. It’s time for it to be relegated, forever, to American mob mythology and the professionals who write “The Sopranos.”
America cannot afford to solve every mystery. Real life is not “Sex & The City.” You can’t always get “closure.”
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