The Militant Libertarian

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

War Brings Out Our Best...

War, especially prolonged, senseless war, brings out the best in us. We know this from past experience. World War II was not, for most Americans, a senseless war. Vietnam was. Look at the extreme differences in how those who participated in those two conflicts acted during the war, immediately after the war, and now, years later view their war. Both WWII vets and Vietnam vets served their country when called to do so. But that is where the similarities end.

We are, once again, engaged in a senseless war that most Americans do not support. So the experience of those fighting this war are similar to those who fought in Vietnam. This short expose' of video clips and commentary shows that:

Viewer note: some of what is contained in these videos is hard to watch. I am an animal lover and have a dog and cats. I nearly got sick watching these videos...

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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Leniency Is For the Powerful

If you're a veteran police officer who beats, chokes, and sexually assaults a prisoner in the State of Idaho, you can anticipate a wrist-slap so trivial as to defy detection by the human nervous system.

If, on the other hand, you're a law-abiding, 66-year-old retired nun, who -- in the sanctuary of the jury room -- expresses the view that a juror's first allegiance is to God and the truth, you can expect to be charged with felonious perjury.

You can expect the same state Attorney General who displayed torpid indifference in prosecuting the abusive police officer to pursue you hammer and tongs. You can anticipate that the AG will make it a priority to put you in prison for the supposed crime of behaving like a conscientious citizen and carrying out the fundamental duty of a juror: Forcing the State to prove its case against a defendant, and voting to acquit if you're honestly convinced that the case hadn't been made. And if that AG had his way, you would probably spend the rest of your life in prison.

Kevin Buttars, formerly of the Montpelier Police, didn't escape punishment entirely for his March 2007 assault on Jared Finley. He will spend about two weeks in the local jail, and was stuck with a $500 fine and court costs of about $75. He will also be on probation for a year. This sentence -- imposed for a crime that involved physical battery and a sexual assault -- is much lighter than what the typical Idahoan would receive for driving with a suspended license.

To understand the magnitude of the break Buttars was cut by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, one need only learn that the prescribed sentence for the crime of "unnecessary assault by a police officer" -- which is a misdemeanor (!) -- is a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

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