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NEWS FROM THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY

2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Suite 100

Washington DC 20037

World Wide Web: http://www.lp.org/

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For release: June 10, 1999

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For additional information:

George Getz, Press Secretary

Phone: (202) 333-0008 Ext. 222

E-Mail: 76214.3676@Compuserve.com

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Why no government murderers, robbers, or perverts on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list?
 
 

WASHINGTON, DC -- The most shocking thing about the FBI's new "10 Most Wanted" list is all the dangerous criminals who are not on it: The criminals who just happen to work for the federal government, the Libertarian Party said today.
 
 "From murder to kidnapping to sexual assault -- many government employees have committed what would be considered heinous crimes if perpetrated by ordinary citizens," said Steve Dasbach, the party's national director. "But curiously, none of those government desperados made it onto the FBI's list."
 
 On Monday, the FBI released the latest edition of its famous 10 Most Wanted list, which included a frightful line-up of murderers, international terrorists, robbers, and bombers.
 
 And that's good, said Dasbach: "Every person on that list who committed a crime of violence should be punished; justice demands it. But justice also demands that everyone who commits a crime of violence be treated equally -- even if they happen to be a politician, the head of a federal agency, or a government bureaucrat."
 
 With that in mind, Dasbach offered a Libertarian version of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list: Government criminals who weren't on the list, but should be.
 
 1. U.S. Customs Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Crime: Accessory to sexual assault. "Last year, U.S. Customs employees under Kelly's command ordered 2,797 international airline passengers to strip off their clothes at gunpoint, intimately groped them, and conducted humiliating body cavity searches," said Dasbach. "Ordinary Americans who behave this way are called sex criminals, but Customs inspectors who behave like perverts are given promotions."
 
 2. Justice Department Asset Forfeiture Division Chief Jerry McDowell. Crime: Grand larceny. "Last year, the Justice Department confiscated 42,454 cars, boats, houses, and other belongings -- valued at over $604 million -- from Americans who were never convicted of any crime," said Dasbach. "That's theft on a mind-boggling scale, and makes Jerry McDowell one of the criminal masterminds of the century."
 
 3. Marine Corporal Clemente Banuelos. Crime: Murder. "In 1997, Banuelos and three fellow Marines on an anti-drug patrol in Redford, Texas, gunned down 18-year-old Ezequiel Hernandez as he was herding goats near the Mexican border," noted Dasbach. "Why is cold-blooded murder not considered murder when committed by someone wearing a Marine Corps insignia?"
 
 4. President Bill Clinton. Crime: International terrorism. "Osama bin Laden made the FBI's list for killing 224 people in embassy bombings -- yet Clinton has killed literally thousands of innocent civilians during his undeclared and unconstitutional war in Yugoslavia," said Dasbach. "That kind of mass murder of innocents should not go unpunished by a civilized nation."
 
 5. Former NHTSA director Joan Claybrook. Crime: Accessory to murder. "As head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the 1970s, Claybrook forced automakers to install air bags, many of which have malfunctioned and exploded, killing 115 people," said Dasbach. "If Death-by-Regulation isn't a crime, it should be -- and Claybrook should be the first person prosecuted."
 
 6. Social Security Commissioner Kenneth S. Apfel. Crime: Investment fraud. "If an ordinary American did what Apfel and his Social Security co-conspirators do -- run a retirement program where the only assets are billions of dollars of IOUs -- they would be in jail faster than you can yell 'AARP!' " said Dasbach. "Why is the government's Ponzi Scheme, where new investors are paid with money from old investors, not shut down like any other criminal pyramid scheme would be?"
 
 7. Attorney General Janet Reno. Crime: Conspiracy to commit murder. "Not even the Mafia would do what Janet Reno ordered done on April 19, 1993: Assault a religious compound with tanks, military helicopters, and poison gas," said Dasbach. "Yet that's what happened in Waco, Texas -- killing 69 men, women, and children. Son of Sam is in jail for committing serial murder: Why isn't Janet Reno?"
 
 8. FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi. Crime: Murder. "In 1992, Horiuchi used a high-powered rifle to assassinate Vicki Weaver in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, as she stood in her kitchen holding her 11-month-old infant daughter," said Dasbach. "You may not like the political views of her husband, white separatist Randy Weaver, but that shouldn't have given government employees the right to declare open season on his family."
 
 9. Drug czar Barry McCaffrey. Crime: Kidnapping, false imprisonment. "Under McCaffrey's direction, 695,200 people were arrested in 1997 for marijuana offenses, 87% of whom were accused of mere possession," noted Dasbach. "For this victimless crime, these people were arrested at gunpoint, dumped into jail cells, and deprived of their liberty -- while millions of violent criminals were allowed to run free. That's the real crime."
 
 10. U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum (R-FL). Crime: Illegal telephone tapping. "Last year, McCollum inserted a roving wiretap provision into the Intelligence Authorization Act of 1998 -- giving federal agents the power to eavesdrop on anyone's phone calls without a court order," said Dasbach. "Unauthorized eavesdropping is a crime: Let's prosecute Rep. McCollum for it."
 
 So, do Libertarians think any of these government "criminals" will ever end up behind bars?
 
 "Perhaps not," admitted Dasbach. "But it's nice to dream about an America where equal justice under the law is a reality. And if nothing else, if would be nice if some of these most wanted criminals became some of America's least wanted politicians."
 
 

Oh Well.....I don't guess we "the people" can do anything now...(sigh).

 

This just in 7-25-2002


To: announce@hq.lp.org
Subject: LP RELEASE: Outrageous military spending

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NEWS FROM THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY
2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Suite 100
Washington DC 20037
World Wide Web: http://www.LP.org
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For release: July 25, 2002
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For additional information:
George Getz, Press Secretary
Phone: (202) 333-0008 Ext. 222
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Thousands spent on strippers, golf memberships
shows Pentagon spending is out of control, Libertarians say

WASHINGTON, DC -- Quiz question: Which of the following items have been
charged to the taxpayers recently by military personnel wielding
government-issued credit cards?

(a) $38,000 for lap dancing at strip clubs near military bases.

(b) $3,400 for a Sumo wrestling suit and $9,800 for Halloween costumes.

(c) $7,373 for closing costs on a home and $16,000 for a corporate golf
membership.

(d) $4,600 for white beach sand and $19,000 worth of decorative "river
rock" at a military base in the Arabian desert.

(e) all of the above.

"Incredibly, the answer is 'all of the above,' said Steve Dasbach,
Libertarian Party executive director. "Thanks to the federal
government's policy of doling out credit cards with no questions asked,
the military has launched a raid on your wallet."

The shocking revelations are contained in a General Accounting Office
audit released last week that uncovered $101 million in "seemingly
unneeded expenditures" made by the Air Force and Army in 2000 and
2001. The purchases were made possible by the federal government's lax
credit card policy: At least 1.4 million Defense Department employees
carry credit cards, and last year they used them to splurge on $6.1
billion in goods and services, the audit found.

In one case, a group of 200 soldiers used their military IDs and
government-issued travel cards to get cash at adult-entertainment bars,
then spent the money there. The clubs charged a 10 percent fee to
supply the soldiers with cash -- then billed the full amount to their
travel cards as a restaurant charge, the GAO found.

"Are these warriors really fighting terrorism while frolicking in a
strip club, or defending our country while wearing a Sumo wrestling
suit?" asked Dasbach. "Americans who support a bigger defense budget,
take note: The Pentagon frequently behaves like any other bloated,
reckless government agency. It promises your money will be spent on the
worthiest of causes, then squanders it on things you could never even
imagine."

Other spending uncovered by the audit included $45,000 for luxury
cruises, $1,800 for executive pillows, and $24,000 for a sofa and
armchair at a military installation in the Middle East, Dasbach noted.
 
Some military employees actually defended the purchases, the audit
noted, by saying that recreational items such as golf memberships can
be "a useful tool for building good relations with a host country"
such as Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates.

Not surprisingly, Dasbach said, the audit found "little evidence of
documented disciplinary action" against those who misused the cards,
so taxpayers may end up paying the tab.
 
"It's time to impose a little military discipline on these deadbeat
Defense Department workers, and force them to personally reimburse
taxpayers for every penny of improper spending," he said.
 
"Then cut the Pentagon's massive $379 billion budget to help guard
against such wasteful spending in the future. Perhaps that's one way to
force the Pentagon to spend its resources defending the country,
instead of offending the taxpayer."



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