More Aruba…

Ξ July 17th, 2005 | → 3 Comments | ∇ Whatever |

I received a comment this AM on my Aruba rant… Lily comments, “Do you really think a judge in training has so much power? GIVE ME A BREAK, don’t let fox think for you my friend.”

Well if you think I allow anyone to think for me… it is pretty clear you haven’t read too many posts. Also, I have never heard Fox voice this opinion. I own this, and I base it on the fact that I have lived long enough to know exactly how the system works, especially in small countries.

While this guy is a “judge in training”, he is a hugely powerful man in Aruba. Hugely powerful men (or I guess women as well) wield hugely powerful influence in any country, but more so in island Carribean nations. They have the ability to make problems “go away”.. for themselves or for their children. This is true in any country of course, including the USA. Remember Bill Clinton, Mayor Richard J Daley (the father, not the son),or less successfully, Richard Nixon? I mean really… can you imagine how different our government in the US would be if the Kennedy boys (most specifically Teddy) were made to actually be responsible for their actions?

In small countries as Aruba (or Costa Rica), these families are interconnected in business, society, the works. They strive to cover each others backs at all cost. I am of the opinion that this is exactly what happened in Aruba.

Baring the incredibly remote possibility that this girl met the love of her life that night and eloped (and is now to scared or ashamed to surface), I believe the more likely scenario is that she likely hooked up with these boys, tried or was given a bit of ecstasy and had a bad reaction or perhaps was slipped a roofie, or maybe forced to do something against her will, resisted and was killed.

Stop and think for a moment how hard it is to make a body disappear, especially given the (now) huge number of people searching with dogs and sophisticated equipment on a very small island.

I doubt her remains are still on the island. I think she was taken out to sea, and that her remains will not be found. I hope I am wrong. I also think her remains were on the island the day after her disappearance. Someone made them go away.

Questions I have:

  1. If the body was placed in the ocean, how did the body get out there? It is my understanding that tides were incoming, so just dumping her would not be a safe option that night… had to be done later.
  2. Who took the body out to sea?
  3. When?
  4. Who would have the resources to get a boat to do it?
  5. Who would have the resources cover up using a boat to do this?

The authorities incredibly arrested and released these boys after but a cursory interview. Why? While the laws of countries vary tremendously, basic law enforcement and investigation do not. Naw… I don’t buy it.

I believe the Aruban government made, at best, a lackluster attempt to find both her and those connected to her disappearance. I believe they made the decision to show the world an all out effort to find out what happened to her in order to save their tourist trade. I believe they made a big show of trying to find her body, but did little. I am suspicious of arresting and releasing these boys. In general, I believe they stalled the process until the media (Fox excepted as they seem fixated on this) lost interest or until other news items (i.e. London or Karl Rove) became the top stories.

I believe they were 100% successful.

Now… after all this… I also believe there has been simply too much coverage on this whole thing. Too much commentary (including mine). Too much Natalee. There are other things more important going on in the world, and Natalee has received way more than her 15 minutes of fame. I am still not going to Aruba for the honeymoon as I really do believe what I wrote above and I refuse to support a system like that.

And if ever so remotely, Natalee is sitting on a beach somewhere knocking back some tropical drink with a little umbrella on top and dreaming of the time when she and her lover can re-surface… I say to you… “You go girl! You got us all”.

I am also done with Natalee postings. Two were probably two too many.

With some real justification… there are of course anti Natalee blogs. Here are one or two that I liked. One is a bit brutal, but makes his point.



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  1. lily said,

    on July 17th, 2005 at 11:53 am

    your opinions are based on things you assume, so everthing you assume must be the truth? what happened with staying openminded in this world. because one too many places are corrupted it means everywhere is the same. They made a few mistakes, yes i can accept, but i do stay openminded and i still believe in the option that they were and are trying their best to solve this.
    I have been to aruba and i live on one of the dutch antilles islands, we have the same laws. the goals is the same, to steps to get to it may be a lil different. If this judge had so much power he would make sure that the 2 blacks would get the blame for this and that his son was never jailed.
    I want you to think about something. The FBI went to aruba, they could only observe. why?–> because they dont know the dutch laws and gathering evidence not following these laws can mean they cant be used against these boys. its the same in the us and everywhere else. But, the FBI, did get to observe. DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT IF THE FBI SAW A WAY TO SOLVE THIS, THAT THEY WOULDNT TELL THE ARUBAN OFFICIALS? DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT IF THE HAD PROVE ‘BLACK ON WHITE’ THAT THIS IS A COVER UP THAT THEY WOULDNT TELL? what are they, idiots?….no i dont think so. if you trust american laws, trust the FBI too.

  2. admin said,

    on July 17th, 2005 at 6:48 pm

    I am afraid you are just not understanding… so I’ll try to be patient here.

    First, this has NOTHING to do with LAWS. It has everything to do with basic police investigative technique. Police 101 if you will. To say “They made a few mistakes” is about the understatement of the year. So we are left with two choices. 1. They are the dumbest bunch of cops anywhere in the world (which I do NOT believe for a second) or 2. The fix was in.. which I do.

    Yes the FBI was there, only to observe. WHY?

    Here you have maybe one of the two best investigative agencies in the world (the other being Scotland Yard), and the Aruban government asked only that they observe! WHY? To say they didn’t know Dutch law is silly! AGAIN, this is not about LAWS. It is about the proper way to investigate, interview suspects and generally be successful at finding out what happened. Laws are irrelevant and come into play only after the investigation has been done and arrests are to be made. THEN is the time for Dutch law to be enforced. The FBI was not permitted to be part of the process and THAT was the choice of the Aruban officials.

    Again I ask WHY?

    As for trusting American laws, I do! While not perfect, I have yet to find a better system to protect the aggrieved and the bad guys. In fact, I think we protect the bad guys a lot more than we should.

    As your loyalties here are clear, I doubt if my arguments wil make even a dent in your opinion… but clearly, you should think about your own statement “…so everthing you assume must be the truth? what happened with staying openminded in this world.”

  3. lily said,

    on July 18th, 2005 at 9:46 pm

    you say laws are irrelevant?? Go tell that to a lawyer and see how he drops on the floor and laugh you out. so you rather have joran walk free if he is guilty cause evidence was optained not following the dutch laws? this is what bothers me the most….you can not follow other steps to convict him cause otherwise he will walk out not guilty out of this. Did they make misstakes, yes i believe they did….is it a cover up, is see not black on white proof about this. Can the FBI take it over, NO. no country would accept that, cause it can jeopardise the trail later on. Can you be realistic? let me know.

    thank you for your patience. as you see its a friendly debate cause i dont intend to offend you cause of your opinions, nor i intend to make you believe something you dont want to.

    As far as my loyalties, learn a lil more about the ducth antilles and kyou will know if these islands are loyal or not.

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