Thanks for the interest in my opinion.
I saw a great deal of this sort of thing in regards to Vietnam. The Vietcong always dealt out judicial punishments; they were just a bunch of freedom loving folk, fighting for their rights. The government, of course, was always quite villainous. When disquieting rumors would surface about these "freedom-lovers", it would be swept up under the Big Red Rug. Anything negative about the government, here or there, was the gospel truth by default. So we thus had the hedging of Chomsky, and the boat people, and other non-events. And so on.
Some pertinent points I take from this missive (which we can safely assume is fairly biased):
1) Dan Mitrione (whoever he was) apparently acted effectively to s