The same sources which claim an American Nuremberg is imminent now claim that, even though nothing is happening, something’s about to happen, because look at all those sealed indictments!
The claim, as it now stands (someone might want to take a screenshot of this), is:
- 1,077, normal number of annual sealed indictments
- 4,188, sealed indictments as of 11/22
- 9,274, sealed indictments as of 12/22
Let’s go Wehrmacht-style and attack two fronts at the same time.
First: Where does this “normal number of annual sealed indictments” come from? Checking the linked piece, we see the following fine print:
How many are normal? 1,077 in all of 2006 per 2009 report.
I trust that I don’t have to expound on the difference between “annual” and “happened in 2006” to this crowd. Nor the difference between “normal” and “happened once.” Somebody with better google-fu than I is welcome to look further, but my quick search for “number of sealed indictments in a typical year” turned up nothing but conspirazoid-looking sites linking back to this here .pdf, the source of the “1,077 in 2006” statistic.
So, for the second part of our investigation, let’s take a gander at said .pdf. The “method” section is enlightening, as it tells you just how the authors decided what counts as “sealed,” their various adventures in soliciting (and sometimes having trouble getting) responses from district court clerks, etc. It’s worth a skim.
There were 226 warrant-type cases: search warrants (10) and applications for wiretaps (19), sur-veillance devices (12), pen registers and trap and traces (151), telecommunication records (9), tax records (23), and other sources of information (2).
One is free to conclude that these types of things are all treasonous pizza-related, of course, but before doing so I suggest watching a few episodes of The Wire, particularly season 1.
- no basis for saying that 1,077 is a normal number of annual indictments;
- no basis for concluding that sealed indictments correlate to treasonous pizza, and;
- really, no basis for concluding anything at all, except that there are a lot more sealed indictments this year than there were in 2006.