A Timid Sheriff Keeps his "Gang" on the Streets

by Will

Liberty Minute June 23 2014

Darrion Holiwell is a self-described gang leader who is accused of serious offenses. After learning that he was being investigated by the King County, Washington Sheriff’s Office, Holiwell concealed his substantial arsenal and sent a text message containing undisguised threats of violence.

Holiwell, it would seem, is the kind of hyper-violent criminal suspect for which SWAT teams were invented. As it happens, Holiwell is a SWAT team commander and the department’s chief firearms instructor. He is accused of using his estranged second wife as a prostitute, providing steroids to fellow police officers, and stealing a substantial amount of ammunition for re-sale to local gun dealers.

In a television interview several years ago, Holiwell described the King County SWAT team as a “gang”: “Bad guys, we’re a gang, too…. As soon as they unleash us, go hide; guaranteed, we’re coming to get you.”

The indictment describes Holiwell as a significant threat to the community. The same is true of any colleagues who abetted and collaborated with him. Sheriff John Urquhart admits that his SWAT team, which is deployed, on average, about twice a week -- is compromised. Yet the sheriff insists that Holiwell’s government-licensed gang will be “operating as normal” until the investigation is completed.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

Salutatorian Defies Soviet School Administrators

by Will

Liberty Minute June 20 2014

As salutatorian of his class at California’s Brawley Union High School, Brooks Hamby was invited to address the audience at the graduation ceremony. He was required to submit a draft of his speech prior to the event – and he went through three rejections before school district officials settled on a version they considered acceptable.

Hamby’s speech was regarded as controversial because of his insistence on crediting God for his success as a student. After two versions of his speech were turned down, Hamby and his parents received a notice that if he “interjects religious content, the sound will be cut off, and a disclaimer to the entire audience must be made explaining the district’s position.”

Hamby eventually delivered a speech in which he described how three drafts had been ruled out because of his determination to share his experience as a Christian believer. He also invoked God’s blessings on the audience, and shared a brief excerpt from the Sermon on the Mount – which was described as a passage from “the biggest-selling book of all time.”

Their bluff called, officials did not cut off his microphone.  The fact that they were prepared to so illustrates the extent to which the US education system has come to resemble that of the former Soviet Union.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

Murderers Jerad and Amanda Miller Were Police Informants

by Will

Liberty Minute June 19 2014

Jerad and Amanda Miller were among many hundreds of people who traveled to Bunkerville, Nevada to support rancher Cliven Bundy in his confrontation with the BLM. They may well have been the only volunteers who were asked to leave because of concerns regarding what was described as their “aggressive nature and volatility.”

During their brief visit, however, Jerad was interviewed by the local NBC affiliate, which meant that he was depicted as representative of the people who had rallied to the Bundy family’s cause.

A few weeks later, the couple murdered three people, including two Las Vegas police officers who were having lunch.  Critics of Cliven Bundy and his supporters insist that they share collective responsibility for that crime, even though they expelled the Millers from the protest area.

Significantly, the Millers worked as informants with Nevada law enforcement agencies prior to the June 8th shootings in Las Vegas. Jerad Miller, who was mired in the probation system because of narcotics convictions, was precisely the kind of person whose vulnerabilities make him valuable as an informant and provocateur.

Rather than being radicalized by so-called anti-government extremists, Jerad Miller could be seen as a living example of “blowback” in the government’s war on drugs.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

Police Seek to Suppress Social Media Criticism

by Will

Liberty Minute June 18 2014

 

Most establishment media outlets are reluctant to devote critical attention to abuse and corruption on the part of law enforcement agencies. Social media such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have offered activists the means to document and publicize police misconduct. 

Thus it’s not surprising that many law enforcement officers are seeking to ban Facebook pages that they characterize as anti-police. They have established Facebook pages of their own, such as Stop the Cop Haters, and Night of Blue Lights that encourage police and supporters to troll pages that are critical of police abuses. This is done to provoke comments that can be construed as “threats” or “incitement” and then used to demand that Facebook suspend or ban the targeted pages.

“FACEBOOK IS ON BOARD WITH US!” exulted a cop in a comment to a page entitled “Evolution of a Police State.” Another cop boasted that he had “trolled” Cop Block’s Facebook page and expressed the hope that “more people report them and they too get the Facebook ban hammer.”

“Let’s not delay,” urged yet another officer, “we need a new page to destroy.”

All of this underscores the fact that police too frequently see the public as an enemy to be subdued, rather than people whose rights should be protected.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

They Don't Even Pretend to Obey the Law

by Will

Liberty Minute June 17 2014

 

When summoned to testify before Congress regarding allegations that her agency had singled out conservative non-profits for special scrutiny, Lois Lerner – who headed the IRS's non-profit division – asserted her innocence and then invoked the Fifth Amendment.

 

Every citizen who files a tax return is expected to waive his protection against self-incrimination, and when the IRS accuses a taxpayer of fraud, those accusations are heard in a court the agency controls.

 

Congress issued a subpoena for official e-mails in which Lerner discussed agency policies dealing with conservative non-profit groups and other critics of the Obama administration. While being questioned by Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz several months ago, the IRS Commissioner claimed that all of the relevant emails were archived. Now the agency claims that they were lost in a hard drive crash.

 

Even if this were true, a reasonably competent IT professional could recover the lost emails very quickly. Then again, since the National Security Agency is keeping records of practically all emails and telephone communications, why couldn't that agency provide copies of the missing IRS emails?

 

Those ruling us don't offer any pretense that they're ruled by law. Why should we continue to pretend that they are, in some sense, public servants?

 

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Iraq Pays for Washington's Sins -- And We Will, Too

by Will

Liberty Minute June 16 2014

 

When Napoleon unwisely executed a political foe, his adviser Talleyrand said that it “worse than a crime – it was a blunder.”

 

The Iraq war was a world-historic crime. It was also one of the worst strategic blunders in recorded history. At least, that is the most charitable assessment that can honestly be made of the policy decisions that led to the unfolding regional catastrophe.

 

Prior to the US invasion in 2003, a handful of al-Qaeda cells found a haven in areas of Iraq not under Saddam's control. After Saddam was removed from power, and the Iraqi Army was disbanded, an authoritarian Shiite regime was installed – with predictable results: Its abuse of the Sunni minority inflamed sectarian conflicts, creating a breeding ground for al-Qaeda.

 

Over the past several years, Washington has been actively supporting al-Qaeda elements in Libya and Syria, while simultaneously funding and arming the Shiite regime in Baghdad. Now al-Qaeda-aligned radicals have seized control of major Iraqi cities, the Iraqi army has disintegrated, and Iran is poised to intervene to prop up the government Washington installed.

 

John Adams warned: “Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.” Iraqis are once again paying for Washington's sins, and we eventually will, as well.

 

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Lynching Bowe

by Will

Liberty Minute June 13 2014

Owing to a severely restricted information diet, millions of Americans believe that Bowe Bergdahl is a collaborator who was cynically exchanged for five hard-core jihadists and war criminals. Many of them likewise believe that Bowe’s father uttered a Muslim victory prayer at the Rose Garden, thereby claiming the White House on behalf of Islam.

Bowe abandoned his post, but was apparently captured by Taliban forces while using a latrine. He fought his captors and sought to escape on several occasions, and was reportedly tortured by them as a result.

The former Gitmo detainees released in exchange for Bowe were actually considered allies or potential allies at one time by the CIA. Retired Colonel Morris Davis, the former chief prosecutor at Gitmo, considered them to be unremarkable and points out that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prosecute them.

The supposedly cryptic phrase uttered by Bob Bergdahl at the White House is a familiar Arabic prayer used by Muslims and some Arab Christians. A description of God’s compassion and mercy, the phrase is quite similar to Psalm 145:6-9. And the phrase was spoken on several occasions in the presence of President George W. Bush.

Those indicting or convicting Bowe on the basis of rumor and innuendo display the ethics of a lynch mob.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

The Government's Lethal Lessons in Lawlessness

by Will

Liberty Minute June 12 2014

 

Josh Horowitz of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence invoked  the recent murder of two Las Vegas police officers and an armed citizen to demand that the Regime conduct a nation-wide purge of “insurrectionists,” who are supposedly cultivating lawless behavior.

Ironically, Jerad Miller, who allegedly murdered Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo, may have been influenced by the actions of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department.

Over the past three decades, Metro Police Officers have been involved in hundreds of lethal force incidents involving death or injury to innocent people. The rigged shooting inquest system has found every killing – no matter how egregious – to be justified.

Last year, the Metro PD’s intelligence division staged a false-flag operation in which a hapless fellow named David Allen Brutsche was recruited into a supposed plot to kidnap and murder police officers in order to start a “revolution.”

In a case dealing with unconstitutional wiretapping nearly a century ago, Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis described government as “the potent omnipresent teacher…. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law….”

The lessons in lawlessness taught by the Metro PD may well have influenced the people who just murdered two of their own officers.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

Life in Prison For Using a Gun in Self-Defense

by Will

Liberty Minute June 11 2014

Ronald Williams fired his gun in what he described as self-defense without injuring another human being – yet he was sentenced to 80 years in prison.

Williams fired five gunshots well above the heads of four gay men he believed were threatening him. His intention was to scare them away, not to injure them. Nevertheless, six years ago, he was convicted of four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, each of which carried a mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison.

Even if one assumes that Williams committed a crime, it’s not clear that his offense could be construed as assault, rather than reckless endangerment or unlawful discharge of a firearm. Furthermore, even if the assault charge were considered valid, nothing in Florida statutes requires that the sentences be served consecutively, rather than concurrently. If the latter option had been chosen, Williams would be facing twenty years in prison.

Williams is not the only Florida resident serving prison time for an act of armed self-defense. Marissa Alexander is currently serving three concurrent 20-year terms for firing a warning shot over the head of a man who had abused her.

Cases of this kind illustrate how the US wound up with the largest prison population in history.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

Neither "Authority" nor "Revolution" Can Justify Murder

by Will

Liberty Minute June 10 2014

Three human beings were murdered in Las Vegas on June 8. Two of them were officers with the Metro Police Department, whose names have been widely publicized, and whose deaths will be the focus of an elaborate public ritual of state-focused mourning. The third, whose name has not been disclosed, was described as a “civilian,” which means that his violent death will not be similarly commemorated.

All three of the victims were irreplaceable human beings made in the image of our Creator, and were loved by their now-bereaved families. One of them, Officer Alyn Beck, was distantly related to me by marriage. Before killing themselves, the murderers reportedly described their crime as a revolutionary act.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval properly referred to the killings as an “act of senseless violence.” That description applies just as appropriately to scores of incidents in which officers of the Metro PD have killed or mutilated innocent people – and have never been held accountable for those crimes.

The act of murder arises from violent impulses innate to fallen, unredeemed man. It cannot be justified by invoking authority, or revolutionary designs. Just as all individuals are irreplaceable, all acts of murder are reprehensible.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

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