Interestingly, a few people have independently mentioned that the tale of the “Broadband Three” battling the U.S. Justice Department reminds them of the biblical tale of David and Goliath. It strikes us that the comparison is apt because Blogging Enron really is a story of private individuals fighting against the Goliath-scale resources of the U.S. Federal Government.
Author, Cara Ellison, makes this point in Blogging Enron in Chapter 1, titled “Bedtime Stories — Why I Write About Enron”:
"One of the things that has been frustrating about the Enron prosecutions is the way that the media and the public seem to think of the cases as the Enron Corporation against the federal government – this is simply inaccurate. The Department of Justice (DOJ) chose not to charge Enron, the corporation, of wrongdoing at all; instead, the DOJ, through its specially staffed task force, went after private individuals.
Therefore, in the Enron prosecutions, we had the bottomless resources of the federal government against private individuals. Some of these individuals were wealthy, but many were not – and even the resources of the wealthy defendants were negligible compared with the resources thrown into their prosecution by the Feds. And, with Enron, the press completely abrogated its historical role as a skeptical watchdog against government abuse and over-reach – the defendants in the Enron prosecutions really were presumed guilty by a hyper-aggressive group of prosecutors and a non-skeptical press and public.”
One big difference between David’s encounter with Goliath and the battle between the Broadband Three and the U.S. Justice Department is that David’s fight with Goliath was over in minutes. The struggles of the Broadband Three lasted for many years!
Blogging Enron: The Enron Broadband Story is available in paperback and eBook editions at Amazon.com and at the Rumble Press Book Store.