Gov. Rod Blagojevich should have anticipated his arrival. After all, when a diversion/subversion of facts about crimes are called for on a national level, good old Patrick is pleased to join in.
As assistant U.S. attorney in 1994, Fitzgerald prosecuted the 1993 WTC bombing and FBI patsy Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman.
This began Fitzgerald's run as a 'war on terror' warrior or as a front man for ratcheting up the al-qaeda myth and setting the stage for 9/11 blame, depending on your point of view.
Becoming the National Security Coordinator in 1996 for the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, he served as chief counsel in prosecutions related to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. (source)
In New York, Mr. Fitzgerald participated in the prosecution of United States v. Usama Bin Laden, et al., in which 23 defendants were charged with various offenses, including conspiracy to murder United States nationals overseas and the August 1998 bombings of the United States embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Four defendants went on trial in January 2001 in New York and four months later a jury returned guilty verdicts against all four. The defendants were sentenced to life in prison.
Mr. Fitzgerald also participated in the trial of United States v. Omar Abdel Rahman, et al., a nine-month trial in 1995 of 12 defendants who participated in a seditious conspiracy that involved the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and a plot to bomb the United Nations, the FBI building in New York, and the Holland and Lincoln tunnels, as well as a conspiracy to assassinate President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt. He also supervised the case of United States v. Ramzi Yousef, et al., the 1996 prosecution of three defendants who participated in a conspiracy in the Philippines in late 1994 and early 1995 to detonate bombs simultaneously on 12 American airliners. In 1993, Mr. Fitzgerald participated in the six-month trial of United States v. John Gambino, et al., the prosecution of a Gambino crime family capo and his crew for narcotics trafficking, murder, racketeering, jury tampering and other charges.(source)
Don't forget he was the 'outside' investigator for the Valerie Plame case which resulted in fall guy Scooter Libby taking the heat for Dick Cheney. Appearing to be neutral, he works the inside cover ups well.
Fitzgerald, according to media reports, wants to be the one who prosecutes bin-laden for his role in the miraculous 9/11 attacks. Look him straight in the eye in a federal courtroom and get a conviction.
The problem is that propping up Osama's long rotted corpse on the witness stand and getting it to speak will prove to be a problem.
So when Patrick rides in before the cameras and says he has his man, the public had better stand back a bit. The smell may be overwhelming.
Thanks to Twelfth Bough for use of the BS detector.
It comes in handy at press conferences.