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Ruby Ridge, the FBI, and Louis Freeh – My 1995 Cover Story

Here is my all-time favorite magazine cover story – my 1995 tribute to FBI boss Louis Freeh.  This story came out five months after Freeh publicly denounced me in a letter to the Wall Street Journal. Freeh was outraged over a piece I did on the FBI’s killing at Ruby Ridge.  One of Randy Weaver’s […]

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Ruby Ridge Killings 27 Years Ago

Playboy July 1995 Artist Amy Crehore Twenty-seven years ago today, a U.S. Marshal shot and killed 14-year-old Sammy Weaver in the back.  The boy was leaving the scene of a firefight that erupted after camouflaged marshals shot and killed his beloved family dog.  The following day, an FBI sniper killed Vicki Weaver as she stood […]

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William Barr, Patron Saint of FBI Snipers

The American Conservative William Barr’s Connection to Ruby Ridge, Defending FBI Snipers Trump’s AG pick was top cop during the federal siege and killing of Randy Weaver’s wife and son. By James Bovard • January 16, 2019 (Washington Post) The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Attorney General nominee William Barr have focused heavily on Barr’s […]

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Counterpunch: Why Ruby Ridge Still Matters

Counterpunch posted an updated version of my FFF piece on Ruby Ridge.  Here’s an image with the key message from the article: (illustration on the left is by Amy Crehore for a Playboy piece I did in 1995) Here’s a jpeg of most of the final paragraph: And here’s the full piece: Why Ruby Ridge […]

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Enraged Readers Cheer Federal Killings of Gun Owners

My Hill oped, “Fed’s misconduct in Cliven Bundy case stems from Ruby Ridge,” has spurred more than 600 comments.   Some commenters mistakenly asserted that the Bundys or their supporters had fired upon the feds.  Didn’t happen – but that assumption sufficed to justify advocating preemptively killing many people.  Some commenters believe the federal snipers should have slain any private citizen touting […]

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The Hill: Ruby Ridge Spurred Feds’ Bundy Bollixing

The Hill, January 14, 2018 Fed’s misconduct in Cliven Bundy case stems from Ruby Ridge by James Bovard  Federal judge Gloria Navarro slammed the FBI and Justice Department on Monday, Jan. 8, for “outrageous” abuses and “flagrant misconduct” in the prosecution of Cliven Bundy and sons, the Nevada ranchers who spurred a high-profile standoff with […]

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FFF: Why Ruby Ridge Still Matters

Future of Freedom Foundation Why Ruby Ridge Still Matters by James Bovard In the wake of violent clashes between protesters last August in Charlottesville, many people demanded a federal crackdown on suspected dangerous extremists. The federal government has previously carried out similar heavy-handed suppression efforts with disastrous results. Rather than intellectually purifying the nation, such […]

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