From my understanding, USADA refused to let the doping charges drop after the federal investigation went nowhere. According to an article on The Blaze, "The federal probe was closed in February, but USADA announced in June it had evidence Armstrong used banned substances and methods – and encouraged their use by teammates. The agency also said it had blood tests from 2009 and 2010 that were “fully consistent” with blood doping."
So, I have a couple of questions..... First, just who is the USADA? According to my research, USADA is recognized by Congress as the official anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the United States. According to Wikipedia, it is a non-profit organization and is not a government entity. However, the agency is mostly funded ($9 million) by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), with its remaining budget generated from contracts for anti-doping services with sport organizations, most notably the United States Olympic Committee. Maybe I'm just a little confused, but how does USADA, which is funded by a formal cabinet level component (ONDCP) of the President of the United States have any jurisdiction over the Tour de France?
And in essence, since the US Anti-Doping Agency is funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and is under the auspices of the "Drug Czar", we the taxpayers have been paying for this somewhat murky investigation. The National Drug Control Budget, proposed by our current Administration, is asking for $340 million in funding, and the hiring of 98 full-time employees at salaries of over $105,000/year. With all the drug problems we have crossing our southern border, is Lance Armstrong where our taxpayer dollars should be going?
article, Armstrong has said in court documents that he has never had "a single positive test" in the 500 to 600 drug tests he's taken in his more than two decades in cycling.
"From the beginning, however, this investigation has not been about learning the truth or cleaning up cycling, but about punishing me at all costs. I am a retired cyclist, yet USADA has lodged charges over 17 years old despite its own 8-year limitation."
So what is really going on? I am not here to pronounce guilt or innocence on Lance Armstrong. I haven't seen or heard all the evidence. To some he is a hero; a champion of the underdog and a warrior for all cancer victims. There can be no disputing all the good his Foundation has done for others.
Then there are those who will never believe that he accomplished all those titles without performance-enhancing drugs. I'm not sure we will ever know who is telling the truth. That is the job for someone more qualified than myself. But here is what I do know: Once again, it appears to me that a government agency has used its' unqualified and unlawful power to overstretch its' authority. And that's a dangerous precedent. If the USADA can take down the top athlete in a sport, without proving their case in court, then where does the tyranny stop? And the worst part about it? We're not only watching this intimidation and "guilty until proven innocent" campaign; we're paying for it. Will the abuse of tax-payer dollars never end?
Job 10: 15-16 "If I hold my head high, you stalk me like a lion and again display your awesome power against me. You bring new witnesses against me and increase your anger toward me; your forces come against me wave upon wave."