Saturday, August 15, 2009

Patrick Fitzgerald Protecting America

U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald doesn't fool around...

Hal Turner, a right-wing shock jock and blogger, had railed against a federal decision that had gone against the National Rifle Association on his radio show.

Outrageous harm, no foul; it's a free country.

However, the next day, the Washington Post reports, the idiot nutwing opined on his blog that the three judges merited to die.

"Let me be the first to say this plainly", he wrote. "These [j]udges deserve to be killed." You see, according to Turner, blood was required for the tree of liberty to be replenished. It seems it needed the same nutrient the guy with the 9 mm pistol strapped to his thigh outside the Obama town meeting was trying to use. And surely a little blood was "[a] small price to pay to assure freedom for millions", Turner reasonably reasoned.

Just in case his readers needed any help in carrying out justice, the good blogger posted pictures of the judges, a map of the courthouse where they worked and an even more helpful guide to where those nasty "anti-truck bomb barriers" were placed for security.

Of course, the FBI was not amused or pleased; and they proceeded to arrest Mr. Turner.

Oops, I "meant no harm", he told them. I wasn't serious, cross my lips and hope to die.
U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald and his prosecutors...charged Turner, a blogger admired by white supremacists, with threatening the lives of three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit: Frank Easterbrook, Richard Posner and William Bauer.
Thankfully, the death-dealing sap "is now [safely] behind bars awaiting trial, accused of threatening the judges." A U.S. magistrate wisely ruled that he "was too dangerous to be free."

Nah, ya think??

Another American Released

In breaking news, Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia has secured the release of American prisoner John Yettaw from Myanmar.

Yettaw had been convicted of illegally breaking the immigration law that requires Burmese officials be notified whenever a guest stays overnight. Back in May, Yettaw swam "across Inya Lake" to Nobel Prize winner Suu Kyi's house and stayed two days after claiming exhaustion.

While in Myanmar, Webb also met with Kyi who was recently sentenced to an additional eighteen months of house arrest. Just last month, acccording to Wikipedia, "UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon...arrived in Myanmar on a journey seeking the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and to press the junta for democratic reform" but to no avail. Guess Webb has more starpower...

Yettaw had been sentenced to seven years, four in hard labor after being convicted of " illegally entering a restricted zone [and] illegal swimming.

Webb will be bringing Yettaw with him to Bangkok on Sunday.

Go Webb!!

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