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A day which shall live in infamy

Date: 16 June, 2000

By: Chief

Imagehough I borrowed the phrase from President Roosevelt's address to Congress December 8th, 1941, the date I am referring to is not 'Pearl Harbor Day'. Nothing of the sort. The date I am referencing is June 14th, 2000. At bare bones minimum, it is another day of infamy. And perhaps, just perhaps, worse than December 7th, 1941. But how? How could any day be worse than December 7th? The reason is such; on that fateful day in 1941, our country was attacked by naval units of the Government of Japan. A foreign power. On June 14th, 2000, an agent of the Government of the United States was found, by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, to be "acting within the scope of his duties at the time of the shooting of Vicki Weaver." As such, ruled the court, FBI Special Agent and sniper, Lon T. Horiuchi was entitled to "Immunity under the Supremacy Clause from state criminal prosecution. . .." An innocent woman, indeed, an innocent citizen lay dead on the floor of a cabin, her home. Her heinous crime? Being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

What of her redress of grievance? Does it matter? She is dead and gone. A citizen of this country, killed by a sniper who was in a hurry. "Had he hesitated for even a few seconds or called out a warning, Harris could have fled into the cabin, taking up a defensive, armed position." Yet the court, the second highest court in the land ruled the State of Idaho can not pursue involuntary manslaughter charges against the government agent. Hence, Horiuchi is free and clear. Free to kill another innocent woman, wife and mother — again. Who's wife, woman or mother will be the next victim? Could it be yours!?!

Yes, I can understand Horiuchi worrying about Harris getting inside the cabin and all that. However, is it not better to have let Harris get inside the cabin and just 'wait' them out? Why was taking that shot so important, so critical that (1) he missed and (2) his missed shot killed an innocent person? There were, from all accounts, approximately 150 - 200 cops of various denominations, helicopters and so on. In the vernacular, 'they had them surrounded'. So, I ask again, what was the hurry to fire that ill fated shot? I suspect we shall never know.

I find it most appalling that a court, any court, given all the facts, could rule in such a ludicrous manner. And it is this ludicrous decision that is most disturbing. For it is within the walls, the sanctity of the court, that is the final bastion of civil argument. The court room is the final venue to seek redress of wrong in a civil setting. When the courts fail, accountability fails, responsibility fails, We the People grow restless — vengeful — and the government grows stronger and more spiteful. When the courts fail, where do We the People turn for redress? If indeed the courts are the last bastion of civil argument, it stands to reason the next step is not at all vocal, let alone civil.

When agents of the government can kill with impunity, indeed, with immunity, I say there is a problem. I am not speaking about the constitutionality of the death penalty, that question has been asked and answered numerous times. No, what I am speaking about is what transpired up on Ruby Ridge. In Waco, Texas. In towns and cities all over our country. A cop or cops making a subjective, split second decision to take another persons life. There are, I'm sure, times when such action is called for. When taking a life is justified. However, this 'shoot first, ask questions later' mentality used by government agents is increasing with alarming regularity.

It is surely about due process. Yet Vicki Weaver received her due process from the muzzle of a .308 rifle. The Branch Davidians received their due process in a hail of gunfire and ... fire. Innocent men, women and children — dead. Dead at and by the hand of government. Not a foreign government. Not courtesy of a declared war. Oh no. Dead by the hand of their own government. Our government. The government of We the People. Whatever happened to due process of law? However it happened, it certainly appears that due process has been replaced with a saying from another Roosevelt "speak softly, but carry a big stick."

How We the People will respond to this latest abuse by government is unknown. I would, if I were an agent of the government, be very wary. Sooner or later We the People will have had enough. When that time comes, to say the least, our government shall receive a 'wake up' call from which ... it may never again — awaken.

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