Thursday, July 23, 2009


Governor Kaine, how much more has to come to light before you will recognize the Review Panel looking into the Virginia Tech tragedy was a bumbling failure? Governor Kaine, if you do not reopen the investigation, you may go down in history as having a singular lack of courage to find the truth surrounding this nation’s worst school shooting. You have a chance to do something really great before you leave office, but you are not. If you are counting that people will forget—you are wrong.

We now learn that Cho’s records were removed (probably in violation of the law) from the Cook Counseling Center by its then-director Robert Miller. Furthermore, according to university spokesperson, Mark Owczarski, the school asked Miller if he know the whereabouts of Cho’s records, and he reportedly said he did not. I totally agree with the words of Michael Pohle (whose son was killed by Cho), “The words that come to mind are cover-up, collusion, obstruction.”

The Governor’s Review Panel never interviewed Miller. That’s right, the Review Panel investigating the crime, never interviewed the head of the counseling center where Cho sought help. (See pages B-2 and B-3 of the report where listing the names of those at Virginia Tech who were interviewed.) That is just down right sloppy investigation.

We also know that the timeline in the Review Panel’s report was not correct. That flaw alone warrants a new investigation—a timeline is the most basic part of a crime analysis. The report repeatedly uses passive voice sentences in a concerted effort to avoid placing blame. And the review panel never had subpoena power. Without being questioned under oath, many people fail to tell the whole truth.

The report never identifies mistakes in judgments and who made those mistakes. Key players such as the state police, the ATF, and the gun dealers refused to turn over critical documents to the panel. (Subpoena power might have gotten them.)

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