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A shameful and despicable witch hunt

By Scott Tibbs, September 6, 2012

Years ago, Lance Armstrong's enemies began a so-called "investigation" of his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs, but that "investigation" has about as much credibility as a pro wrestling match. The outcome has been predetermined for years - Armstrong is guilty. The "investigation" was always going to continue until the "investigators" got what they wanted. This "investigation" was never legitimate and was never anything more than a witch hunt.

Now, Armstrong has decided he will no longer cooperate with the so-called "investigation" because it was never going to be conducted in good faith. John Fahey, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, said this about Lance Armstrong: "His failure to rebut these charges, these very serious charges, mean that he's effectively acknowledging that they had substance."

John Fahey is a liar.

The fact of the matter is that Armstrong has cooperated for years with this "investigation." He has submitted to literally hundreds of tests, none of which have ever determined he was doping. The reason he is giving up now is because it is more than clear that this is not, has never been and will never be a legitimate or fair "investigation" of doping. If this was legitimate, it would have ended years ago. If I said what I really thought about this despicable and shameful defamation of character, it would require a long string of obscenities that would be completely inappropriate for this or any other website.

The treatment of Armstrong is appalling. Here is a man who nearly died of cancer, and set up a foundation to help cancer patients. He fought back from the cancer, beating it and doing what should have been impossible. There was a very strong likelihood he would never be able to ride competitively at all. He not only did that, but he won the Tour de France - several times. Because of his personal courage, discipline and perseverance, he is an inspiration to millions around the world.

I don't know why there is such an unhinged vendetta against Armstrong, and frankly I do not care. But Armstrong's enemies need to drop it. This witch hunt has permanently tarnished the reputation of cycling and shredded the credibility of the various anti-doping agencies, much in the same way the thoroughly corrupt French so-called "judges" permanently destroyed the credibility of Olympic figure skating by accepting bribes a decade ago. This entire process is about politics, not justice.