[Rushtalk] William Barr's connection to Ruby Ridge--defending FBI snipers

John Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Sat Jan 19 10:42:15 MST 2019

/*Barr seems to have a history of gun-grabbing, too.............*/

On 1/19/2019 9:38 AM, Carl Spitzer {C Juno} wrote:
> *Published: Jan 16, 2019*
> *Author: James Bovard*
> *Trump's AG pick was top cop during the federal siege and killing of 
> Randy Weaver's wife and son.*
> *(Washington Post)*
> *The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Attorney General nominee 
> William Barr have focused heavily on Barr's views on Special Counsel 
> Robert Mueller. But nobody is asking about Barr's legal crusade for 
> blanket immunity for federal agents who killed American citizens.*
> *Barr received a routine questionnaire from the Judiciary Committee 
> asking him to disclose his past work including pro bono activities 
> "serving the disadvantaged." The "disadvantaged" that Barr spent the 
> most time helping was an FBI agent who slayed an Idaho mother holding 
> her baby in 1992. Barr spent two weeks organizing former Attorneys 
> General and others to support "an FBI sniper in defending against 
> criminal charges in connection with the Ruby Ridge incident." Barr 
> also "assisted in framing legal arguments advanced... in the district 
> court and the subsequent appeal to the Ninth Circuit," he told the 
> committee.*
> *That charitable work (for an FBI agent who already had a 
> federally-paid law firm defending him) helped tamp down one of the 
> biggest scandals during Barr's time as Attorney General from 1991 to 
> early 1993. Barr was responsible for both the U.S. Marshals Service 
> and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, two federal agencies whose 
> misconduct at Ruby Ridge "helped to weaken the bond of trust that must 
> exist between ordinary Americans and our law enforcement agencies," 
> according to a 1995 Senate Judiciary Committee report.*
> *After Randy Weaver, an outspoken white separatist living on a 
> mountaintop in northern Idaho, was entrapped by an undercover federal 
> agent, U.S. marshals trespassed on Weaver's land and killed his 
> 14-year-old son, Sammy. The following day, FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi 
> killed his wife, Vicki, as she was standing in the cabin doorway. 
> Horiuchi had previously shot Randy Weaver in the back after he stepped 
> out of the cabin. The suspects were never given a warning or a chance 
> to surrender and had taken no action against FBI agents. Weaver 
> survived. Advertisement*
> *After an Idaho jury found Weaver not guilty on almost all charges, 
> federal judge Edward Lodge slammed the Justice Department and FBI for 
> concealing evidence and showing "a callous disregard for the rights of 
> the defendants and the interests of justice." A Justice Department 
> internal investigation compiled a 542-page report detailing federal 
> misconduct and coverups in the case and suggested criminal charges 
> against FBI officials involved in Ruby Ridge.*
> *Barr told the New York Times in 1993 that he was not directly 
> involved in the Ruby Ridge operation. Two years later, the Washington 
> Post revealed that "top officials of the Bush Justice Department had 
> at least 20 [phone] contacts concerning Ruby Ridge in the 24 hours 
> before Vicki Weaver was shot," including two calls involving Barr.*
> *In January 1995, FBI director Louis Freeh announced wrist slaps for 
> the FBI officials involved, including his friend Larry Potts, who 
> supervised the operation from headquarters and who approved the 
> shoot-without-provocation orders that "contravened the constitution of 
> the United States," according to the Justice Department internal 
> report. When Attorney General Janet Reno later nominated Potts for 
> deputy director of the FBI, top newspapers and members of Congress 
> protested but Barr told the New York Times that his friend Potts "was 
> deliberate and careful, and I developed a great deal of confidence in 
> his judgment... I can't think of enough good things to say about him." 
> A few months later, the FBI suspended Potts after suspected perjury 
> regarding Ruby Ridge. (Potts was not charged and retired two years 
> later.)*
> *The Justice Department paid $3 million to settle a wrongful death 
> lawsuit from the Weaver family. But when Boundary County, Idaho filed 
> criminal charges against Horiuchi, Barr sprang to action seeking 
> immunity for FBI snipers. He spearheaded efforts to sway the court to 
> dismiss all charges because holding a sniper liable would "severely 
> undermine, if not cripple, the ability of future attorneys general to 
> rely on such specialized units in moments of crisis such as hostage 
> taking and terrorist acts."*
> *8 Questions Senators Must Ask William Barr on Executive Power*
> *When the Justice Department won an initial appeals court victory in 
> the case in 2000, federal judge Alex Kozinski warned in a dissent of a 
> new James Bond "007 standard for the use of deadly force" against 
> American citizens. The same court reversed that decision the following 
> year. Kozinski, writing for the majority, declared:**/"A group of FBI 
> agents formulated rules of engagement that permitted their colleagues 
> to hide in the bushes and gun down men who posed no immediate threat. 
> Such wartime rules are patently unconstitutional for a police action."/*
> *Does William Barr still endorse "wartime rules" and a "007 standard" 
> that absolve federal agents for questionable shootings of Americans? 
> Does Barr consider "illegal government killings" to be an oxymoron? 
> Best of all, can Barr explain to us his understanding of the phrase 
> "government under the law"?*
> *James Bovard is the author of Lost Rights, Attention Deficit 
> Democracy, and Public Policy Hooligan. He is also a USA Today 
> columnist. Follow him on Twitter @JimBovard. *
> *https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/william-bar 
> rs-connection-to-ruby-ridge-defending-fbi-snipers/ 
> <https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/william-barrs-connection-to-ruby-ridge-defending-fbi-snipers/>* 
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