Question: What do the following people all have in common?
A law school professor and expert on constitutional and military law and evidence who taught a course on efforts to control domestic criminal activity and international terrorism with Supreme Court Justice Alito overseas last summer
Two brigadier generals (different service branches)
The officer-in-charge of the CENTCOM Intelligence Support Center--New Orleans
A Secret Service agent who works at the White House
A State Department employee
A retired federal Air Force judge who now serves as a local J.P. and attends the same legal conferences in Hawaii that cost former Judge Karl Prohl his job recently
Numerous current students and graduates of the various U.S. military academies
Answer: They are all from local "insider" families in the same small county in Central Texas (see earlier post entitled "Outside, Looking Inside"), and they are just a few examples. [The CENTCOM officer happens to be related to p.i. Ed Hodges of our case, by the way.]
Question: Is this important?
Answer: You betcha'!