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Re: [BKARTS] Patriot act, et.seq.



Right Arm Jack.

Bruce


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jack C. Thompson" <tcl@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date:         Thu, 10 Jun 2004 02:48:30 -0700
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [BKARTS] Patriot act, et.seq.

> Steven Kurtz is simply the latest in a long line of individuals
> whose rights under the U.S. Constitution/Bill of Rights have been
> abrogated by the U.S. Government.
>
> Sometimes, we've (as in 'It's our government, right or wrong') freely
> given smallpox-contaminated blankets to our red brothers (Native Americans);
> sometimes we've herded Chinese to the docks at San Francisco, Portland,
> and Seattle, so they could return to the celestial kingdom, once they
> had finished laying track for our railroads (not simply because they were
> willing to work hard enough on the tailings of the white guy's gold/silver
> mines to make a living); we've protected our shores when we sent Japanese
> Americans to concentration camps during WW-II (and, by the way, purchased
> their property for cents on the dollar, except for the bits which we simply
> stole); then Tail-gunner Joe (Joe McCarthy, who never gunned a tail in his
> life) found Communists, where there were few, if any, to be found; when...
>
> Never mind how uncomfortable(?!) it was to be German in the U.S. during
> WW-I & WW-II.
>
> Waco was mentioned.  Bad news, indeed.  But what about Ruby Ridge?
>
> The U.S. Congress did not apologize for Waco, but Randy Weaver and his
> surviving family from Ruby Ridge were apologized to, and the survivors
> were paid by the U.S. Congress for F.B.I. mistakes.
>
> And there was punishment.  An F.B.I. executive was not promoted....
>
> Will Brandon Mayfield and his family survive a mistake by the F.B.I.?
>
> They have been as destroyed as Steven Kurtz.
>
> A more realistic tale is told by a current judicial determination in
> Portland, Oregon.
>
> A man named Andrew A. Wiederhorn was this week sentenced to 18 months in
> prison.
>
> In 1997, he was recognized as Portland's 'Entrepreneur of the Year.'
>
> He denuded some pension funds of some $350 million dollars; he was
> also a principle in a related firm which lost $160,000,000.
>
> In addition to 18 months in prison, he was fined $25,000, and was ordered
> to pay $2,000,000 in restitution.
>
> His firm has agreed to carry him on the payroll at full pay and allowances,
> while he is in prison, AND has agreed to pay him a one-time fee of $2,000,000.
>
> His annual salary is, and remains/continues: $350,000 per annum.
>
> Don't get me started on Enron....
>
> And some of you folks seem to be worried about a little bit-O-shit.
>
> Sometimes I despair. But I do vote.
>
> Jack
>
> p.s.  Vote early and often.
>
> 'And that's all I have to say about that.'
> Forrest Gump.
>
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