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Lance Armstrong doping campaign exposes USADA’s hypocrisy
The Washington Post ^ | August 24, 2012 | Sally Jenkins

Posted on 08/27/2012 8:22:05 AM PDT by luv2ski

First of all, Lance Armstrong is a good man. There’s nothing that I can learn about him short of murder that would alter my opinion on that. Second, I don’t know if he’s telling the truth when he insists he didn’t use performance-enhancing drugs in the Tour de France — never have known. I do know that he beat cancer fair and square, that he’s not the mastermind criminal the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency makes him out to be, and that the process of stripping him of his titles reeks. A federal judge wrote last week, “USADA’s conduct raises serious questions about whether its real interest in charging Armstrong is to combat doping, or if it is acting according to less noble motives.” You don’t say. Then when is a judge, or better yet Congress, going to do something about it? Quite independently of Lance, with whom I wrote two books, for a long, long time I’ve had serious doubts about the motives, efficiency and wisdom of these “doping” investigations. In the Balco affair, all the wrong people were prosecuted. It’s the only so-called drug investigation in which the manufacturers and the distributors were given plea deals in order to throw the book at the users. What that told us was that it was big-game hunting, not justice. It was careerist investigators trying to put athletes’ antlers on their walls. Meanwhile, the Fourth Amendment became a muddy, stomped-on, kicked-aside doormat. So forget Lance. I have so many problems with USADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) — which is supposed to be where athletes can appeal, only they never, ever win — that it’s hard to know where to begin.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: armstrong; cycling; governmentagencies; lancearmstrong; tourdefrance; usada
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Well said.
1 posted on 08/27/2012 8:22:16 AM PDT by luv2ski
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To: Baynative; Ready4Freddy; Vision; nutmeg; green iguana

Tour de France ping


2 posted on 08/27/2012 8:24:08 AM PDT by luv2ski
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To: Baynative; Ready4Freddy; Vision; nutmeg; green iguana

Tour de France ping


3 posted on 08/27/2012 8:24:19 AM PDT by luv2ski
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To: luv2ski

He’s a victim of an extended witch hunt by people who were P.O.’d at his victories.


4 posted on 08/27/2012 8:27:24 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: luv2ski

He’s a victim of an extended witch hunt by people who were P.O.’d at his victories.


5 posted on 08/27/2012 8:27:39 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: luv2ski
"I don’t know if he’s telling the truth when he insists he didn’t use performance-enhancing drugs...

There's only about 500 or so piss tests that SAY HE DIDN'T, but they don't count, huh?

6 posted on 08/27/2012 8:27:45 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Iron Munro

Yeah, I think he’s just tired of the fight. Giving it up doesn’t really mean anything because people have long since made their decisions about the man.


7 posted on 08/27/2012 8:29:20 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: luv2ski

Good article.


8 posted on 08/27/2012 8:29:42 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: luv2ski

Classic lawfare. Keep bombarding your enemy with lawsuits and investigations until they run out of money or just get worn down and give up the defense. Guilt or innocence is immaterial if you can just use superior wealth or resources to grind your enemy down into nothing.


9 posted on 08/27/2012 8:30:35 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: luv2ski

>>First of all, Lance Armstrong is a good man. There’s nothing that I can learn about him short of murder that would alter my opinion on that.

What a dumb thing to say...there is lots of things that I could learn about Lance, or anyone else, that would make me think someone is not ‘a good man’. Kind of makes anything else this dumb author has to say meaningless.

Don’t know if the charges are true or not, but declaring someone innocent/good - no matter what facts might come up - is more than a little moronic.


10 posted on 08/27/2012 8:31:40 AM PDT by qwerty1234
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To: luv2ski

The hate and envy in the some of the comments on that piece are eye opening.


11 posted on 08/27/2012 8:32:38 AM PDT by PogySailor (Obama is a SCOAMF)
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To: luv2ski
This is probably a minority opinion on FR, but here goes...I never have believed Lance Armstrong's denials of doping. I understand that it is a farce that cyclists can't dope when they almost all do, so I don't blame LA for doping. However, I do blame LA for more than a decade of lying about it. I believe the reason he's not fighting the charges anymore is that he knows that TEN witnesses who would give detailed testimony about how they doped with LA would destroy LA’s credibility.

As for the assertion that Lance Armstrong is a good man...I don't buy that. In addition to the lying, there's the fact that he divorced his wife when their children were very young and has since not married a girlfriend who bore his child. This is not “good” behavior. In a country where more than 50% of babies born to women under thirty are born out of wedlock, a sports hero who could marry the mother of his child, but doesn't, is not a good role model.

I'll bet much of the determination to dethrone LA does originate with anti-Americanism and envy of his success. However, I am 100% pro USA and pro-success and I think Lance Armstrong should indeed be dethroned.

12 posted on 08/27/2012 8:34:36 AM PDT by utahagen
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To: luv2ski
Should have hired Roger Clemen's attorney Rusty Hardin.
13 posted on 08/27/2012 8:38:30 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: utahagen

“TEN witnesses who would give detailed testimony”

Have they given that testimony?


14 posted on 08/27/2012 8:39:06 AM PDT by CodeToad (Anticipate their arrival...they won't.)
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To: leilani; commish; prisoner6; stayathomemom; PeteB570; Mom MD; CharlesWayneCT; Domandred; ...

TdF/ cycling ping


15 posted on 08/27/2012 8:40:10 AM PDT by luv2ski
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Lance is a good man? There are many in the cycling community who would disagree. Here is the latest example:

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/savoldelli-armstrong-made-enemies


16 posted on 08/27/2012 8:40:10 AM PDT by Third Person (I'm in my prime.)
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To: luv2ski

He’s a great athlete and an inspiration to millions. These corrupt sports bureaucrats did not erase his accomplishments. They just turned their own record books into a meaningless farse.


17 posted on 08/27/2012 8:40:49 AM PDT by DManA
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To: utahagen

Please provide documentation of one...just one test out of the over 500 he has taken that concludes he was doping.

Still waiting....


18 posted on 08/27/2012 8:45:03 AM PDT by Herodes
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To: luv2ski; Iron Munro; Slump Tester; cripplecreek; dragonblustar; circlecity; qwerty1234; ...

What was the sci-fi book about the global sport competition to the death where athletes had to choose to “boost” in exchange for earlier death?


19 posted on 08/27/2012 8:48:50 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: luv2ski
Another afflete upon a pedestal . . .
20 posted on 08/27/2012 8:53:58 AM PDT by uddaudd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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