Even Chen Shui-bian Considers 3/19 Shooting Incident Unsolved
United Daily News editorial (Taipei, Taiwan, ROC)
March 19, 2012
Summary: Tomorrow is the eighth anniversary of the 3/19 Shooting Incident. Chen Shui-bian recently wrote Annette Lu, saying "I implore you. Call on President Ma. Persuade him to re-open the 3/19 Shooting Incident case, Uncover the real truth. After all, the Ma administration has been in office for over four years. Yet it still has no explanation for what took place."
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Tomorrow is the eighth anniversary of the 3/19 Shooting Incident. Chen Shui-bian recently wrote Annette Lu, saying "I implore you. Call on President Ma. Persuade him to re-open the 3/19 Shooting Incident case, Uncover the real truth. After all, the Ma administration has been in office for over four years. Yet it still has no explanation for what took place."
Even Chen Shui-bian says he considers the 3/19 Shooting Incident unsolved. Even he says the truth remains unknown. That is why he wrote a letter to Annette Lu, imploring her to persuade President Ma to reopen the case. That is why Chen complained that the Ma administration has no explanation for what took place, even though it has been in office for over four years.
Without the truth, there is no president. The 3/19 Shooting Incident led to the complete and utter discrediting of DPP rule and the Chen Shui-bian regime. It was one of the main reasons the Democratic Progressive Party was unable to restore public trust in its governance. Eight years later, Chen Shui-bian has the temerity to make an about face, and demand that the case be reopened so that we may uncover the truth. His gesture is absurd and shameless. After all, the Chen regime ruled for four years following the 3/19 Shooting Incident. It dismissed the incident as "water under the bridge." It offered "no explanation for what took place."
Let us click the rewind button. Consider the results of the report issued by the Chen Shui-bian regime's ad hoc investigative group. Consider the actions of the Chen Shui-bian regime's "fact finding group," eight years ago.
On August 17, 2005, the fact finding group announced the results of its investigation. It identified the murderer as Chen Yi-hsiung. It claimed he fired two rounds. One bullet struck one person. The other bullet struck another. That same day, President Chen Shui-bian issued a comment. He said, "The ad hoc group took over a year to investigate the case. It expended enormous manpower and materiel. It aggressively pursued the matter. It made use of forensic techniques to examine the evidence and question the witnesses. It did the best job it could, I, Chen Shui-bian, respect the investigators' findings. I hope the community will respect the findings of the ad hoc group's professional, objective, and independent investigation."
This was how Chen Shui-bian spun the incident seven years ago, Later he often cited the group's findings. He said it proved he was innocent of any wrongdoing. Now however, he repudiates this "professional, objective, and independent" investigative report. Now he wants the case reopened.
Does Chen Shui-bian really want to uncover the truth? Consider his attitude eight years ago. Blue Camp legislators established a "3/19 Shooting Incident Fact-Finding Group" within the Legislative Yuan, to be headed by Wang Ching-feng. No sooner had they begun to investigate, then the Chen regime asserted an "executive right of resistance." It stonewalled completely, obstructing any effort to investigate. In October 2004, when Su Jia-chyuan was Minister of the Interior, he argued that "Civil servants have a 'executive right of resistance' to illegal and unconstitutional demands. They can refuse to comply." Eight years ago, Chen Shui-bian asserted an "executive right of resistance." Eight years later, Chen Shui-bian wants President Ma to re-open the case and uncover the truth. Are we supposed to believe that Chen Shui-bian experienced a Pauline conversion, on the Road to Damascus?
Even Chen Shui-bian has repudiated the results of the 3/19 Shooting Incident Report. The case may remain unsolved. The case was riddled with problems from the start, from the traces of ointment and blood on Chen Shui-bian's abdomen. In particular, the assertion that "one gunman fired two shots from one gun" was incredible. According to the report, the two rounds were light loads with only half the amount of powder. The round loaded with a copper jacketed bullet was slightly more powerful. It could wound a human target. But it was fired through the windshield. It lost much of its energy after penetrating the windshield. The round loaded with a plain lead bullet was less powerful. It merely scratched the skin. It was the one that grazed Chen Shui-bian's abdomen. If the two bullets had been reversed, then the lead bullet would not have penetrated the windshield. The copper plated bullet would have inflicted more damage on the person struck. Most incredible of all, the report, purportly based on "forensic science," alleges that the two rounds were fired within 0.63 seconds of each other. Anyone can simulate this scenario by pulling a trigger twice in 0.63 seconds. It is extremely difficult. Furthermore, the recoil from the first round would elevate the muzzle. Could one really aim the second round accurately enough to merely graze Chen Shui-bian across the belly?
We can be certain of only one thing about the 3/19 Shooting Incident: one copper jacketed bullet penetrated the windshield and wounded Annette Lu in the knee. This however, does not prove that Chen Shui-bian's wounds were inflicted at the same time and at the same location. This does not prove that "two rounds were fired from one gun" within 0.63 seconds of each other.
For years, the catechism about the 3/19 Shooting Incident report has been: "Believers remain believers. Skeptics remain skeptics." But Chen Shui-bian once insisted that the report was "professional, objective, and independent." Now he openly repudiates the report, and wants the case re-opened, to uncover the truth. Now he argues that the report was utterly incredible. Chen Shui-bian has in effect, affirmed the skeptics who never believed the original report.
The most suspicious aspect of the 3/19 Shooting Incident was its role Chen Shui-bian's "re-election." This suspicion discredited DPP rule and Chen Shui-bian's second term. The conclusions of the report were suspicious. The Chen regime invoked an "executive right of resistance" to obstruct any investigation. It deepened public suspicion of Chen Shui-bian, and inspired contempt for the Chen regime. The lesson of the 3/19 Shooting Incident is: Without the truth, there is no president.
The report claimed that two rounds were fired within 0.63 seconds of each other. But people who have been asked to duplicate the feat own their own find it difficult to believe. Chen Shui-bian is the last person who ought to give any credence to the report. Now, even he has declared that he does not believe the report. As far as the world is concerned, the 3/19 Shooting Incident investigation is back to square one.
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