Thursday, September 21, 2006

Which amendment is first?

Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams were sentenced to 18 months in jail today by a federal judge because they refused to testify who leaked grand jury testimony to them in the case regarding steroids, BALCO and Barry Bonds.

The Constitution was trampled today because a the government cares more about the letter of the law than the spirit of the country which that law founded and protects.

Thomas Jefferson spun in his grave like a turbine in Niagara Falls today because two underpaid newspaper reporters could do their job a gazillion times better than probably dozens of government investigators looking into the steroids/BALCO/Barry Bonds case.

Two hardworking over-aged idealists protected their integrity and honor today because they believe in the value of a promise.

Two families were ordered by the state to endure 18 months of worry, fear and heartbreak today because the government decided that the most fundamental right of this nation's history should take a backseat to cover-your-ass law enforcement.

Refusing to cave in to governmental intimidation, Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams were sentenced to 18 months in jail today for protecting their confidential sources in the government's case against regarding steroids/BALCO/Barry Bonds.

In defiance of law, but in line with their personal integrity, two reporters for the San Francisco Chronicle refused to name their sources for grand jury testimony from the BALCO case earning and 18-month jail sentence.

I'll have more to say soon and I'm sure that I'll cite others who are far better with words than I am.

But should this country continue down this road of persecuting the truth seekers, it shall be a black matter for us all.

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