Another Shot at Ruby Ridge

Kimberly Atkins, a reporter for the Boston Herald, called me yesterday regarding Deval Patrick, the Democratic candidate for governor in Massachusetts.  Patrick played a notorious role in the Ruby Ridge scandal, overruling a Justice Department panel regarding FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi.   Horiuchi  was the guy who gunned down Vicki Weaver as she held her baby in the cabin door on an Idaho mountaintop in 1992.  Patrick decreed that applying the death sentence was not “excessive force.” 

Atkins quoted & tagged me:  “It was obscene,” said author James Bovard, an outspoken critic of federal officials’ handling of the case. “There was no need for the excessive force the FBI used in gunning down a mother holding her baby.”

It is refreshing to see this issue being raised again.   Let’s see if Massachusetts liberals give a damn about excessive force.


6 Responses to Another Shot at Ruby Ridge

  1. lawhobbit November 3, 2006 at 10:41 am #

    Our host scibeth thusly: “Let’s see if Massachusetts liberals give a damn about excessive force.” To which I respond (and get bonus points for the first comment) so: “Oh, you big kidder you! For a Liberal, no force is ‘excessive’ when it’s being used in a Just Cause! These were Certified Right Wing-nuts Who Were Defying The State. The survivors should be thankful that their house wasn’t burnt down with them still inside!” That being the typical thinking on either wing of the Warbard Party when someone gets in their way. I think I’m going to adopt a motto of “Elect Republicans – tney’re marginally less likely to pillage and murder at home.”

  2. lawhobbit November 3, 2006 at 10:42 am #

    That should be “scribeth” up there – that’s what happens when you type before the caffeine kicks in.

  3. Jim November 3, 2006 at 10:48 am #

    It is always amusing to see a lawyer gone idealistic.

    George H. W. Bush was president when the feds gunned down Sammy & Vicki Weaver. The GOP was in control of the initial coverup, which was then carried on devotedly by liberal Democrats for years.

    As for Republicans being less likely to pillage at home – that may have been true in Calvin Coolidge’s time….

  4. lawhobbit November 3, 2006 at 11:19 am #

    Better than going to plaid.

  5. Original Steve November 4, 2006 at 4:39 am #

    Isn’t it remarkable how quickly things are forgotten after a few days? This is a good example of ADD in the public….

  6. americanintifada November 6, 2006 at 8:01 am #

    In regard to excessive force and short-term memory loss in Massachusetts, didn’t a certain legal-eagle from Braintree (now Quincy) by the name of John Adams defend the British soldiers who were accused of gunning down radical protesting colonists in the Boston Massacre?

    Since modern-day Americans have reverted to a pre-Enlightenment mindset, the political atmosphere in New England hasn’t really changed that much! Long live our Maine-man-in-chief, King George III. Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!