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Ex-FBI director Freeh named to Penn State investigation

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Nearly two weeks after announcing a complete investigation into the policies and actions — or inaction as the case may be — in place at Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal, details into just who will be a part of that probe began to emerge Monday.

The school’s board of trustees announced this morning that former FBI director Louis Freeh will be a part of the special investigative committee that will attempt to answer several questions that have arisen in the past two-plus weeks, including the university’s response to allegations at least some officials had become aware of as far back as 1998 involving Sandusky and the sexual abuse of minors.  Freeh said during today’s press conference that the scope of the investigation will reach back even further, with the committee looking into activities that go as far back as the mid-seventies.

Sandusky, the former Nittany Lions defensive coordinator, was indicted by a grand jury earlier this month on 40 counts related to the sexual abuse and rape of eight boys.  Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier have already lost their long-time jobs as head coach and president, respectively, while athletic director Tim Curley is on paid administrative leave after being arrested on charges connected to the Sandusky case.

On Nov. 8, the trustees announced that the special committee had been “commissioned to determine what failures occurred, who is responsible and what measures are necessary to insure that this never happens at our University again and that those responsible are held fully accountable.”

The 61-year-old Freeh served as the director of the FBI from 1993 through 2001.  In May of this year, he was hired as an independent investigator into the bribery scandal that rocked international soccer body FIFA.

In addition to Freeh, former astronaut and Penn State graduate Guion Bluford was named to the panel.

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12 Responses to “Ex-FBI director Freeh named to Penn State investigation”
  1. iownyou2 says: Nov 21, 2011 11:53 AM

    Still can’t believe these board members still have jobs. If you start a house cleaning start with yourselves instead of promoting yourself into postions, such as AD. You have already prematurely fired a coach before proper investigation so please leave your positions. Hopefully this guy will get to the bottom of everything so people can REALLY know who is responsible, instead of assuming Paterno raped kids.

  2. jameswestphal says: Nov 21, 2011 11:57 AM

    Freeh ran the Bureau during the most ineffective and disgraceful period in it’s history. The idea that anyone of prominence in the intelligence community during that time period is indicative of just how far we fall short as a society. Unreal.

  3. eagleswineagleswin says: Nov 21, 2011 12:10 PM

    Might as well have Paterno investigate this incident. Oh that’s riight he did not know anything about it…..

  4. usmutts says: Nov 21, 2011 12:51 PM

    This is nothing more than the cover-up of the cover-up. The more I read about this awful situation the more I’m becoming convinced that absolutely nothing will come of it – not even a conviction of Sandusky.

    The voluteer chair of the investigative committee is none other than Ken Frazier, CEO of Merck, who was largely responsible for the cover-up of the deadly dangers of Vioxx, which has killed an estimated 65,000 – 80,000 people. He is a cold-hearted fact-denier of the worst kind. His job is not to reveal truths but to conceal them. His job is made easier by the fact that Penn State’s President ( now dismissed ) in 2007 persuaded the legislature to pass a law excuding the school from the public records law ( after Sandusky’s vileness was well known by him, the head coach, the assistant coach, and many others in charge ). So there will be no documentation of wrong-doing to be found. All buried, along with the innocence of children entrusted to the care of Penn State predators and their enablers.

  5. killerstiller says: Nov 21, 2011 1:34 PM

    Sandusky was no Ass-tro-not!

  6. frug says: Nov 21, 2011 1:50 PM

    @jameswestphal

    Exactly. Freeh is the most incompetent FBI director in the country’s history. The idea that he should the investigation into anything would be laughable if it wasn’t so tragic. Frankly I’m just waiting for him to release a statement saying that Richard Jewel was responsible for the whole thing.

  7. bozosforall says: Nov 21, 2011 2:38 PM

    ALL 32 Board of Trustees members should resign immediately, as this happened on their watch. Them having ANY say in the “investigation” of this scandal is nothing short of ludicrous and reeks of cronyism.

  8. killerstiller says: Nov 21, 2011 2:56 PM

    In bad taste I know. Just couldn’t help my sick little self.

    Bozo, I agree. Everyone associated with the Football program, except the players, should be fired! The only way to save any face for PSU is to shitcan everyone not academically employed by the university. No serverance. Nothing!

  9. smokehouse56 says: Nov 21, 2011 3:46 PM

    Paterno is a staunch conservative. Nominated George H. W. Bush. PSU is a liberal cesspool. They ignored Michael Mann and his fraudulent “global warming hockey stick” and his dealings in the global warming email scam in England. Look for Paterno to be the fall guy. ESPN and their liberal sycophants (see Rush Limbaugh) and the liberal media brutalized Paterno for the obvious reason. They have hated him for years. For me, I’ll side with JoePa any damn day of the year vs that liberal cesspool at State College. The State College police knew about this for years. Louis Freeh investigating this is a farce.

  10. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Nov 21, 2011 7:26 PM

    His FIFA investigation appears to be a complete failure to date. He also fired John O’Neill from the FBI, the “one who knew”.

  11. lookatthefarside says: Nov 21, 2011 8:49 PM

    This whole sick tragedy reminds me of the screenplay for 8mm. McQueary is, “The Machine”. Why do powerful people do sick things? Because they know they can get away with it.

  12. steelerchicken says: Nov 22, 2011 3:40 PM

    Why are they having an investigation? There was a cover up by the AD! Use the money on something important!

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