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|User Info||The Rank, Outrageous Double Standard; entered at 2018-09-13 11:21:36|
NOTE: I believe that the fed gov't is basically just a den of crooks, and I am NOT trying to defend/justify the outrageous double standard, only to set it in context as it might apply in Musk's case.|
Something like this is nothing new. There have been many "wink, wink, nod, nod" exceptions made to laws that have been made specifically "for the convenience of gov't". When the issues have come to light, they are generally given legal approval ("legal" according to courts, NOT necessarily right or just)
Some examples: lots of known criminals not arrested or prosecuted who act as informants to the FBI (e.g., in the Whitey Bulger case and many others), former AG Eric Holder stating that major corporations (and/or their executives) could not always be held to full account for their transgressions because doing so could cause undue economic harm, not just to the firm but to the greater economy, Wernher von Braun (and other Nazis known to be or suspected of being war criminals) allowed to stay in country and not face any legal consequences because of the "importance" of their work to the gov't, Reinhard Gehlen (and members of his org) working for the CIA following WWII because of the value of their intelligence compiled about the SU, etc.
It is just possible that Musk will be given a pass just because of the perceived value of SpaceX to the gov't and the belief by some that SpaceX would fall apart without him. I personally don't believe it would, but there appear to be a lot of Musk fanbois within the gov't.