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Broken promises

December 21, 2007 by

The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

The F.B.I. Oath of Office:

I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Is it too much to ask FBI agents to keep their word?

{ 11 comments }

Byzantine December 21, 2007 at 11:38 am

Not to mention the Supreme Court justices who upheld such abusive laws over centuries of common law precedent. A self-sufficient old man and his wife who aren’t harming anybody. Disgraceful.

Ron December 21, 2007 at 11:44 am

Wow. I wonder if I could be any MORE disgusted by the contempt the State has for ordinary citizens.

severin December 21, 2007 at 12:39 pm

Does anyone actually believe this government is fair and just? Can anyone actually defend these kinds of government action? Stories like this pushed me over the edge from being merely a small government libertarian to a market anarchist.

Brent December 21, 2007 at 12:56 pm

Pure Evil – no wonder the State is so anti-religion… its agents would be prime candidates for eternal damnation.

dc December 21, 2007 at 1:34 pm

seems like the best way to get the money back would be to call attention to the matter. I suggest Neil Cavuto, who I am certain will be eager to get the appropriate official on television for an interview and ask why the ‘tainted’ money will not be returned to its source.

Jayel Aheram December 22, 2007 at 12:10 pm

Are there any legal or ethical consequences for oath-breaking? You would think that would be.

Curt Howland December 22, 2007 at 3:22 pm

Jayel, those who profess religion, so it seems to me, would be prone to keeping their oaths. Most people do state that they believe in a god, take an oath like that, and yet they still do these awful things.

Legal consequences? Indeed yes, there actually is a statute for punishment for any agent depriving an individual of their rights under color of law. The problem being that it is the government itself which enforces that law.

Roderic Long had a nice talk, the 2004 Mises University “round table” discussion of anarchy, where he goes into the issue of “being the judge in your own case”. Indeed, we have a government that is judge and prosecutor against its own agents. Are you surprised that there is little or no legal/ethical consequences for government agents who act as thugs?

Peter December 22, 2007 at 5:06 pm

Jayel, those who profess religion, so it seems to me, would be prone to keeping their oaths.
I wouldn’t mind being on the other side of that bet!

MIKEF December 23, 2007 at 6:22 am

Police agencies now have, by law, actual cash incentives for preying on the people. Can no one in Washington see how terribly wrong this is?

Curt Howland December 23, 2007 at 10:10 am

Peter, sorry, I forgot the {irony} tags.

Keith December 24, 2007 at 7:19 am

Qoute from MIKEF: “Police agencies now have, by law, actual cash incentives for preying on the people. Can no one in Washington see how terribly wrong this is?”

Haven’t you ever read the 16th Amendment: “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.”

It seems to me the plundering of this guys money is completely Constitutional.

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