More from the Brazilian justice beat that I am so intimately familiar with:
CNN is reporting: "Two U.S. air marshals who arrested the wife of a Brazilian judge on a flight to Rio de Janeiro -- and were themselves arrested and had their passports confiscated by Brazilian authorities -- fled the country using alternate travel documents rather than face what they believed to be trumped-up charges, sources said.
The incident has impacted air marshal operations on flights to Brazil, officials said, and air marshals contacted by CNN said the case raises questions about Brazil's willingness to support future law enforcement actions by U.S. officials on international flights. ..."
Developing, as they say ...
On the subject of Brazilian justice, I might add that just two weeks ago, a process server hired by a New York law firm working for a Brazilian court showed up at my house in the dead of night to serve me with papers from Brazil notifying me that I am the subject of a criminal proceeding, for the crime of causing "insult" to Brazil. The real offense, as anyone who has followed my case knows, is that I reported accurately and aggressively on the ongoing attempt by Brazilian authorities to scapegoat and criminally prosecute the two American pilots in the 2006 mid-air collision over the Amazon that killed 154.
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, as is well known, found that systemic and operational errors by Brazilian air traffic control were the probable cause of that catastrophe, in which I was one of seven survivors.
The charges against the pilots are trumped-up, as I have reported from day one. So are the charges against me.
In the air marshals' case, the U.S. State Department told CNN that is has "broad deep relations with Brazil" etc. I can tell you from personal experience that in the mid-air collision case, the U.S. State Department was worse than useless, doing everything it could to enable the outrages the Brazilians perpetuated against the Americans after the crash.
Also developing, in the book ...