unconfirmed. The survivors of the Fort Brendle caravan ofmilitary and medical officers, also known as the Facility AlphaSurvivors, offer mixed information. Some have stated theyentered the region of Sundara on March 27, but did not enter thetown until three days later. Others report different dates. Whatis known is that on March 31, 2012, a mayday was intercepted byofficers at Fort Beston, a Green Zone military instillation inBeston, Pennsylvania, reporting that the residents of Sundarawere under attack. It was not until June of 2012 that anyofficials were able to venture to Sundara, but when they arrivedthey found that over two hundred infected had been dispatched,along with half that number of uninfected.This, ladies and gentlemen, is the case before us. As Ihave already expressed, it is a strange and difficult case. Weare tasked with the discovery of facts, facts that until nowhave remained elusive to all those seeking the, and I quote,“true story” of what happened in Sundara.Many have questioned why, after the horrors that we as anation have survived, any government officials or bodies woulddeem it necessary to examine such a case, rather than letting itrest, presumably as the citizens of Sundara, in peace. The
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has accused us of “dredging up a dirtystory in order to maintain some illusion that law and justiceare, in some way, in any way, the same as they used to be beforeI-X.” Other national news outlets have accused us of the same.But the problem is that this story cannot rest in peace.The residents of towns like Sundara do not rest in peace, notuntil as sure a form of justice as we can afford them has beenreached. And make no mistake, this is not merely an attempt tomaintain an illusion of law and justice. This is nothing moreand nothing less than a return to justice. In these days ofrebirth and renewal it is essential that we ensure justice forall. It is essential that we not let heinous criminal acts gounpunished, lest we fall into yet another, albeit different,state of chaos. It is essential that we either indict orexonerate those who stand accused. It is essential because it iswhat allows us to move forward, to continue to rebuild, and toensure such things do not happen again as they have in the past.I must stress to you all, as I have reminded myselfconstantly in the days leading up to these proceedings, that ourduty here is to judge not these men and women but their deeds.This, I believe, is an important distinction. While we might saythat we empathize with the people involved, which is perhapsonly human, our determinations are not based on our sympathiesbut on our knowledge of the law and of what is right and wrong.Perhaps, in the end, it can be determined that the actionsundertaken in the events of Sundara were ultimately correct.