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Agent Kaiser says, "I believe the Bureau has a moral duty to the people of this parish – the black people, mainly, to close the cases we failed to solve back in the 1960s." Do you agree? What impediments stand in his way?

Created: 10/14/16

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davinamw

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Agent Kaiser says, "I believe the Bureau has a moral duty to the people of this parish – the black people, mainly, to close the cases we failed to solve back in the 1960s." Do you agree? What impediments stand in his way?

Referring to the sordid past of the Double Eagles, on page 66 FBI Agent John Kaiser says, "I believe the Bureau has a moral duty to the people of this parish – the black people, mainly, to close the cases we failed to solve back in the 1960s." Do you agree? When he says it this seems an impossible task. Discuss the impediments that stand in his way.


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ginnyb

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RE: Agent Kaiser says, "I believe the Bureau has a moral duty to the people of this parish – the black people, mainly, to close the cases we failed to solve back in the 1960s." Do you agree? What impediments stand in his way?

Yes, I do agree with Kaiser's statement, particularly his reference to "the black people, mainly," with the emphasis on "mainly." I think it is relevant that he does not refer "only" to the black people, as opposed to 'mainly.' If the lawlessness and Jim Crow laws of the past are to change, the white inhabitants of Natchez had to be made to understand the moral & legal consequences of their passive acceptance of the status quo and of their failure to hold their elected authorities accountable, both to them and to the law. This was the very thing that occurred during reconstruction following the Civil War. Reconstruction failed to exist when southern white citizens & authorities chose to ignore the laws and instead instituted the Jim Crow laws that to all intents and purposes kept the uneducated former slaves in bondage to white landowners. Kaiser clearly felt deeply about the failures of the FBI during the Civil Rights Era and wanted to participate now in a moral reckoning that would undo those failures & subsequent injustices perpetrated on the African-American citizens of Natchez.


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dianem

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RE: Agent Kaiser says, "I believe the Bureau has a moral duty to the people of this parish – the black people, mainly, to close the cases we failed to solve back in the 1960s." Do you agree? What impediments stand in his way?

Agent Kaiser was right. Many of the events and killings would have remained hidden and unsolved.Most of the people were afraid of retribution if they knew what happened even in the current day. It was morally right to get justice and close the cases.


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rebeccar

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RE: Agent Kaiser says, "I believe the Bureau has a moral duty to the people of this parish – the black people, mainly, to close the cases we failed to solve back in the 1960s." Do you agree? What impediments stand in his way?

Yes, Agent Kaiser was right. All one has to do is watch the current news and see all of the cell phone videos to wonder - - and how many things used to happen that were covered up!


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Suzanne

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RE: Agent Kaiser says, "I believe the Bureau has a moral duty to the people of this parish – the black people, mainly, to close the cases we failed to solve back in the 1960s." Do you agree? What impediments stand in his way?

There have always been unsolved cases, not just in the '60s. Shouldn't all cases be closed? But, of course, Kaiser was much more involved with the parish cases of this time period. There was so much conspiracy it's hard to believe he could ever uncover any truths.


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alycet

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RE: Agent Kaiser says, "I believe the Bureau has a moral duty to the people of this parish – the black people, mainly, to close the cases we failed to solve back in the 1960s." Do you agree? What impediments stand in his way?

Yes because a lot of cases are closed as a cover-up. They need to be reopened if there is any hint of a "rush to Judgement" or if new evidence is found.


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dianaps

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RE: Agent Kaiser says, "I believe the Bureau has a moral duty to the people of this parish – the black people, mainly, to close the cases we failed to solve back in the 1960s." Do you agree? What impediments stand in his way?

I liked that Kaiser felt that way. Him and Sexton would have made a hell of a team!! He's going to need proof to solve and close these cases. That had proven to be evasive. I'm hoping that people will realize how serious he is, and knowing that so many people have died in all the current chaos they will come forward and provide testimony.


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MarieA

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RE: Agent Kaiser says, "I believe the Bureau has a moral duty to the people of this parish – the black people, mainly, to close the cases we failed to solve back in the 1960s." Do you agree? What impediments stand in his way?

How refreshing that Agent Kaiser embraces his moral duty--a duty he has vowed to uphold. He takes his role as an FBI agent seriously and to heart. Therefore he feels responsible to close cases not solved in the 1960's. He will face opposition from those who will benefit from the cases remaining unsolved. The integrity of the FBI has always been an important asset to the people of the United States. If its integrity is questioned or proves to be lacking or absent, its trust becomes eroded.


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keizerfire

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RE: Agent Kaiser says, "I believe the Bureau has a moral duty to the people of this parish – the black people, mainly, to close the cases we failed to solve back in the 1960s." Do you agree? What impediments stand in his way?

I do agree that the cases of the past that are unsolved should be followed up and solved if possible. I grew up in the deep South, and there are definitely pockets of the land where there are still some folk living in the past. There are still moonshiners, and others occupying the land that are willing to shoot first, ask questions later. I worked the 1980 census there, and it was quite the experience. Many people in the south do not want old stories opened up again, and want to let old dogs lie.


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nanl

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RE: Agent Kaiser says, "I believe the Bureau has a moral duty to the people of this parish – the black people, mainly, to close the cases we failed to solve back in the 1960s." Do you agree? What impediments stand in his way?

I agree that Agent Kaiser is right in believing that there is a moral duty to investigate the crimes that were covered up in the 1960s. There can be not reconciliation in a community where these old wounds fester. Until the victims of the past are dignified with honest attempts to solve the crimes against them, the whole black community continues to be marginalized. The impediments are that the power remains in the hands of white institutions that has a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.


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