1) In his manifesto, alleged copkiller Christopher Dorner states that he had a TS/SCI clearance. News reports indicate that he was a Naval Intelligence officer. If so, then the FBI --not the LAPD --needs to investigate Dorner's claims about the LAPD. If Dorner's claims about being framed are true, then LAPD's management has deliberately damaged national security and needs to be held accountable. Because they may have provoked Dorner into giving classified information to our enemies. Moreover, the FBI needs to intercede and prevent Dorner from being killed outright by the LAPD before he can be interrogated and the damage determined.
2) If Dorner had a TS/SCI clearance, then it gives credence to --but does not prove -- his claims. I have had four of the clearances in the past. They require a deep background check and strict standards for character -- what many people would consider minor infractions can be the basis for denial.
They also require periodic polygraph tests and that would have put Dorner in a deep bind if his claim that his LAPD supervisor Sgt Evans kicked the suspect was true. He had to prepare --and sign --the report of the arrest. Submitting a false and deceptive report -- even if encouraged by LAPD culture -- would have caused him problems on the poly and --once revealed -- could have cost him his clearance.
Security officers in the Intelligence Community have a strong intolerance of deceit and dishonesty -- for the lower ranks at least. News report, for example, indicate that in 2002 Dorner turned in a bag of $8000 cash that he had found on a highway (he was not a policeman at the time.)
3) Conversely, having to sustain a TS/SCI clearance would have strongly deterred Dorner from filing a false report against Sgt Evans -- the offence for which LAPD fired him. Such a false report would also have shown up on the poly and been grounds for revoking the clearance on which his service in the Navy Reserve depended.
4) Police officers are also subject to polygraphs and the FBI should administer them to Sgt Evans and to the LAPD commanders/officers cited by Dorner as part of its investigation. After all, the LAPD would certainly pressure any criminal suspect to take the polygraph exam and the FBI demands the same of any suspect in a national security investigation.
5) People who argue that investigating Dorners claims is supporting a murderer are wrong. Christopher Dorner is a dead man -- he will either die from a bullet "resisting arrest" or he will die from the needle after a trial. I see nothing that can stop that.
Dorner will be held responsible for his actions -- but his LAPD commanders should be as well. This is a man who was apparently honest and who gave almost a decade
of his life to protecting his fellow Americans --both as a police officer and in Iraq as a Navy officer. To have met the standards of those demanding professions -- at the same time -- called for a lot of hard work and dedication.
If he was put in an impossible situation and driven insane by bureaucratic deceit, then
the people responsible need to pay. Conversely, if LAPD is innocent then they deserve to have their name cleared by an independent investigation.
6) Those of us here at Daily Kos have a moral obligation to ask our political leaders to have the FBI look into this. We work to elect Democratic politicans and some of those politicans voted for an unnecessary war that pulled Dorner out of his civilian police job shortly after he left the Academy and sent him to Iraq. His reentry to LAPD under probation --after a year's military service -- is reportedly what made him vulnerable to Sgt Evan's alleged intimidation.
LAPD commanders thought that also gave Dorner incentive to file a false claim against Sgt Evan --which may be true. However, neither LAPD commanders nor the California court judges who heard Dorner's case apparently know what strong compulsions are placed on TS/SCI holders to be honest.
7) Currently returning Iraq veterans are rewarded for their service with a 9.1 percent unemployment rate-- military service provides few skills valued by the commercial marketplace. That rate will probably soar in the coming years with the massive cuts planned for the military.
Since Dorner is a black male, his situation upon losing his Navy career due to LAPD's firing was even more bleak -- black unemployment has been around 16% in the four years since we elected a Democratic President and gave the Democratic Caucus a huge majority in the House and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
Dorner was unlikely to find another police job after being fired by LAPD and police work is one of the few job areas in which military veterans can find employment.