JMH's post yesterday was well intentioned, it was not intended for people to pick a side and pledge their allegiance but for people to openly discuss both sides of the coin without fear of attack. It was supposed to encourage people who believe Justin is innocent and Trista is guilty to present their case and for all to try to look at a different perspective on the case in the event we were missing something and vice versa.
Initially the discussion seemed to be going well but somewhere it took a detour and it ended up in a place that we did not intend and it also seemed to make people think they had to choose a side. We did not want that to happen, nor did we intend to make anyone feel bad for stating their opinions or with what opinions were stated. We have always respected everyone's right to their opinion and have been one of the only blogs that do not require people to pick a username nor do we delete comments unless they are totally out of line. We have always felt that in order to have a fair and balanced discussion that was important. We do not delete comments because they do not go along with what we believe, for anyone to think that or even suggest that shows they have not read all the comments on any given post.
I think it bears repeating that the name of this blog is JUSTICE FOR AYLA. I have made no secret in my belief that Justin is guilty. I did not always have such a rosy view of Trista, however when she backed up her words with proof, I had less reason to disbelieve Trista and more reason not to believe Justin. I personally believe that Justin is responsible for what happened to Ayla. I have asked more than once for someone who is positive he is innocent to urge him to answer questions that are on everyone's mind and their responses have ranged from "You Suck" to "He doesn't owe the public answers to any questions". Until someone gives me a viable alternative theory that is backed with proof in the form of evidence or even statistics then I will continue on the road I am on. Wanting Justice for Ayla does not mean that I have turned a blind eye to the possibility that Trista took Ayla or that I have failed to look at that side of the coin. In my opinion, I think that statistically it is unlikely that Trista took Ayla and kept her hidden this long. I have said before she does not have the means to pull this off. I have looked at what evidence and statistics are available and until something new is brought to the table, I am confident in my belief that Trista is not responsible. I do not think it is productive to pick Trista apart when I do not think she is guilty. I have been supportive of Trista because I believe she is a mother who has made some bad decisions, was working to better herself to make a better life for her children when her daughter went missing. Does that make me a Trista Supporter? Apparently in some people's views it does. I am not ashamed of that title although it is counterproductive to what I am trying to accomplish here. I have stated many times that I prefer to be an Ayla Supporter.
As far as the responses I have read about responding to JSTL and trying to get to the bottom of their identity, I think that anyone who uses an innocent missing toddler to play a game or to make a point is an injustice to Ayla and they should be held accountable and therefore have been discussed on this blog before and may possibly be discussed on this blog again. If you do not accept that, I will apologize once now but I will not apologize again. Whether or not it provides me some sort of satisfaction in exposing that blogger is irrelevant. Jeff also made a great point on his blog The Path For Ayla, Justin will not talk to MSP or LE but will release information to an anonymous blogger from Kileen, TX. Why? Uncovering that why is also in line with our mission of Justice for Ayla so unfortunately to those who don't see the relevance, in my opinion it is relevant.
Even though there are five people who work on the blog only three of us are able to moderate comments and edit all of the posts, with full time jobs and families of our own, sometimes we are not able to be on a lot during the day or even at night, we have tried to set up schedules to some degree that one person is at least online for each part of the day but sometimes we can't be so if we do not address a question or concern right away that is why. We also have to split that time up by moderating comments, researching blog posts, and responding to emails. We are doing our best to stay on top of things and appreciate your understanding on that issue. Yesterday was one of those days. We were online earlier but were not able to be on last night to see the comments and the direction they were going or else one of us would have stepped in before things got completely out of hand. With that being said, we have uncovered some pretty interesting things in the past few days regarding the DiPietros and the type of people they are and will have some posts ready soon.