Lt. Col., USA, Retired
Member, Law Enforcement Alliance of America
While Clinton's anti-terrorist bill is waiting in the wings to emasculate several of the amendments of the Bill of Rights and to give more power to federal law enforcement officers, one of his executive agencies is handing out medals for excellence and exceptional heroism in murdering U.S. citizens.
An article in the March 13, 1996 Wall Street Journal over the by-line of James Bovard (author of the excellent book, Lost Rights) reports that the United States Marshals' Service has given its "highest awards for valor" to the heroic marshals of the infamous shoot-out by Ruby Ridge, Idaho, including awards to Marshal Larry Cooper, who shot 14-year-old Sammy Weaver in the back, killing him, and to Marshal Arthur Roderick, who initiated the Ruby Ridge gunfight by deliberately shooting young Sammy's dog.
According to the Wall Street Journal column, U.S. Marshal service director Eduardo Gonzalez dubbed the men "heroes" and made the awards for "their exceptional courage, their sound judgment in the face of attack, and their high degree of professional competence during the incident."
This is sounding more and more like Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia, where it was not unusual for official murders to be rewarded with medals for the murderers.
Next I suppose we may expect some sort of Presidential Medal of Valor to be given to FBI Director Judge Freeh to his FBI sniper for his heroism in the face of danger for his one-shot explosion of the head of Vicki Weaver, Sammy's mother, while she was standing in the doorway with an infant in her arms. And then perhaps more medals for exceptional heroism for the mass murderers who incinerated the 80-some victims at Waco, and a Congressional Medal of Honor for their chief, Attorney General Janet (Baby-Killer) Reno.