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Manassas Park: Fire For Effect

By Greg L | 23 January 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 6 Comments

I’m hearing that later on this week the Manassas Journal-Messenger is going to begin running a multi-part story on the Dave Ruttenberg Scandal by Alex Granados. Alex has spent weeks working on this story, and from who he’s talked to and the information he’s gotten, this should be a stunning expose of corruption in Manassas Park.

It’s pretty courageous for a local paper to dig into a story like this, as they do depend on the availability of local officials in order to cover local stories. Rooting out local corruption is a delicate matter for a paper like this, and there’s been a lot of concern that the story be absolutely solid before it goes to the press. It’s also a tremendous amount of work to dig through interviewing several dozen people, reviewing the hundreds of pages of documents Dave Ruttenberg has amassed, and looking through a public record that spans over ten years.

As much as I throw rocks at the MJM for the times it falls short of what I would hope it’s reporting should be, I’m pretty hopeful about this story. If what I’m hearing turns out to be true, our local paper is going to finally provide extensive, in-depth coverage of a critical local story and perhaps establish itself, and this reporter may make his career. I’m thrilled that they’ve decided to dig into this, and am certain that the more sunlight that gets shed on what’s happened here, the better our opportunity to have a higher quality government in Manassas Park.

Keep an eye out for this article, which has been pending for weeks, and may finally be ready for the press. The City of Manassas Park may never be the same after this goes to the presses.

Note To Readers: for those of you without the benefit of a military background, “fire for effect” is the command used by forward observers to tell an artillery battery to change from adjusting the impact of artillery rounds onto the target, and instead fire the entire battery on target to achieve the desired results of the bombardment. This article will probably achieve the “effect on target” that a few of us bloggers have been trying to prepare for with our stories.

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  1. Anonymous said on 23 Jan 2007 at 3:00 am:
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    Can you say “Pulizer Prize”?…yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Batson D. Belfrey said on 23 Jan 2007 at 6:44 am:
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    I hope it’s true, but I have been disappointed before.

  3. Dave said on 23 Jan 2007 at 8:25 am:
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    In reading your posts concerning this ongoing oppression and tyranny against Mr. Ruttenberg , I am consistently appalled not in the corrupt, illegal and just plain evil dictates of the Manassas park officials who send out their uniformed thugs to do the work they are not man enough to do themselves; it is the police officers themselves who disappoint me the most. They MUST know, unless they are of the most common simpleton variety (and thus unfit to carry the responsibilities of their job), that what they are doing is a systematic deprivation of a citizen’s rights and thus no better than well-armed, paid bullies.

    So which of the two are you, officers?

  4. Pokerwolf said on 23 Jan 2007 at 4:00 pm:
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    We don’t know what the officers have been told by their superiors. It is entirely possible that the rank-and-file has been misled about Rack and Roll. Until evidence can be presented that all of the officers know about the reasons behind their actions, it is impossible to implicate them all fully in the matter.

    Having said that, the actions of the officers themselves, especially those who have tried to set up false narcotics charges should be screamed about and dealt with harshly.

    There’s a lot of things we don’t know about the whole situation involving Rack and Roll. Hopefully, due to the MJM article, we’ll learn more than we do already.

  5. Loudoun Insider said on 23 Jan 2007 at 6:58 pm:
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    Good job as usual, Greg.

  6. AWCheney said on 1 Feb 2007 at 1:32 am:
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    Well, it would appear that Alex Granados and the Journal Messenger have absolutely no interest in a Pulitzer nomination for investigative reporting…or any real interest in the community, for that matter. It’s been weeks since they claimed that the story would be released. I guess that they prefer to stay under the radar. Do you think that they’ll publish when the FBI starts handing out subpoenas and indictments?

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