Hmmmmm said:Has Lance kept everyone quiet for this long? Or do SOME people choose to be quiet as long as the system is working for them in one form or another. At one point in time someone might experience fear. But as time marches on, hindsight sheds light on things and the fear of something starts to dwindle and you can claim some ownership of a situation regardless of the pressure from other people.
This whole thing reminds me of smoking pot. It's illegal, but a lot of people still do it. You hang with people who do/did it, you know people who do/did it, but you don't say anything. Until you get caught, or you have to pass a lie detector for a clearance, or something along those lines. Then you start pointing the finger. Mom, that's not my bong! It's Charlie's. Or, officer, I don't know how that marijuana got in my car. It's not mine! Omerta is all over the place.
I worked as a software engineer for years and we would shoot for a bug free product but there were always bugs and we had to deliver or ship at some point. So what does everyone do, keep their mouths shut! Until a problem comes up and people notice. Then you kick into damage control mode. Until that point though, there is money on the line and everyone does the same ol' song and dance as the bucks roll in. If someone steps out of line or speaks up, you dismiss it, point out previous and current successes. Point out the steps taken to rectify past mistakes. Anything but address the current problem - but addressing the current problem is going on in some form or another. Hell, you might just cheat and introduce more bugs just to cover up the current publicly known bug! Anyways, I'm just rambling....
You're not rambling at all. What they are engaged in is something that occurs throughout society. And who has any stake in stopping it? The fans? Sort of, but not really. And what clout do they have? They keep coming back, so there's your answer. Your software customer? They knew danm well if they rejected your software they would get just as buggy software from the next sw company. Or they'd get nothing waiting for perfection that never comes. And they couldn't afford to do that.
Again, Who has an interest in clean racing? Some guy who got dropped from his squad for not doping and could be the next Greg Lemond? What leverage does he have? None. Zilch. All of the power is in the hands of those who benefit from doping.
The cops know pot is illegal, but given their priorities, they aren't going to waste resources on some yokel with a 1/4 oz.