The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

29 November 2005

In the Hinrichs files

Michelle Malkin has been sifting through the unsealed documents from the Joel Hinrichs case, and she didn't find much therein:

None of the hundreds of e-mails in Hinrichs' account accessed by the FBI/JTTF are included in the release. Nor are the names or URLs of any of the websites he visited from his home computer or any of the nine campus computers searched by the FBI/JTTF. The last line of Hinrichs' suicide message is reported, but not the rest of the text document. So, was he simply a troubled soul, a freelance Islamist bent on mass murder at the OU football stadium, or something else? The unsealed papers neither prove nor disprove any of these theories.

I have serious doubts about "freelance Islamist," but I suspect "troubled soul" doesn't fully explain it either.

An FBI spokesman told Malkin that the investigation was not complete, but was nearly so.

Posted at 5:48 PM to Soonerland

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Having followed the trackback, I fear the Subjective Scribe is falling prey to the "Cui Bono?" fallacy -- which normally manifests as the notion that whenever something unusual happens, it's invariably the fault of whoever benefits most from however it all ultimately played out.

The Scribe is coming at it from a different angle, but it's still a conspiratorial mindset.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:25 AM on 30 November 2005

In this day and age, it's always a conspiracy; for every Karl Rove there's a George Soros.

Maybe the fabled razor of William of Occam is becoming dull due to disuse?

Posted by: CGHill at 8:46 AM on 30 November 2005

Bravo oh Great One! ... man o man you ARE well read Chaz! I haven't heard talk of Occam's razor since a philosophy class I took 2 years ago.

Occam's razor is also called the principle of parsimony (a word I like :). Sometimes the simpler explanation is much more likely to be correct though not as well received.

Posted by: Ron at 10:57 AM on 30 November 2005

I haven't heard talk of Occam's razor since a philosophy class I took 2 years ago.

Wow. I've seen Occam and his razor trotted out more frequently in the blogosphere, than I did while taking courses on philosophy as an undergrad.

Posted by: McGehee at 5:36 PM on 30 November 2005

ahhh ... I been living in a cave :)

Posted by: Ron at 8:20 AM on 1 December 2005