Where's ACLU in Fort Gordon case?

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With the stolen valor cases making headlines in recent weeks, the American Civil Liberties Union defended the practice of wearing bogus military uniforms by those not authorized.

The ACLU position is that, "It is a First Amendment protection, and who does it hurt?" Nothing is wrong with some dude wearing a general's uniform with a chest full of medals for valor when the closest he ever came to a fort was a "play fort" in his yard.

Now that this Anthony Saxon case involving Fort Gordon is headed for court as soon as the psych exams are over (this may take a while), where is the ACLU?

The harm and peril was made clear by Saxon. The fact is that when one wears a military uniform, he is usually passed with cursory investigation. Saxon has now forced the military to expend more time and cause more delays and aggravation as it tries to make sure that a guy in a master sergeant's uniform is not just some nut case looking for weapons and aiming devices.

Allen W. Johnson

Augusta

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lsmith
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lsmith 07/23/10 - 03:36 am
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Hmmmm if it's harmful for a
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Hmmmm if it's harmful for a person to impersonate a law officer ie: with uniform, badge and other official attire, why wouldn't it be just as harmful to impersonate a soldier of the United States Army. The ACLU, a disgusting organization. Always on the wrong side of every issue.

justus4
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justus4 07/23/10 - 06:09 am
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Understanding the exact
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Understanding the exact purpose of the ACLU in a civilized society requires a significant understanding of individual freedoms and limits. My personal views are against the ACLU on this particular case, but my complete understanding of history appreciates the work that such groups do. Now the guy at Gordon was once a soldier, so him wearing false stripes and having explosives present a different situation entirely. In fact, it apples v. oranges. Stolen Valor mainly addresses statements made falsely about military awards, combat events, or even being in a branch of the service to gain a monetary benefit or job preference. Not the case at all with Saxon because his acts appear more sinister and criminal. And the ACLU mostly focuses on civil harms. Of course we know the facts don't really matter any more because this victory by the ACLU is a victory for the First Amendment, thus abiding by the Constitution. This decision should be a win for the right, but because of blind bias and wrong info, they can only see the ACLU. How backwards can one be?

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Dixieman 07/23/10 - 06:45 am
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Where is the ACLU in the Fort

Where is the ACLU in the Fort Gordon case? Where it always is, being whiny ingrates protected by soldiers for whom they have no gratitude or respect.

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constitutionnow 07/23/10 - 09:54 am
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For once I agree with justus.

For once I agree with justus. While it infuriates me to see these people who wear pieces of the uniform in public, we live in a country where you can be as stupid as you want to be as long as it doesn't infringe on the rights of others. Saxon put himself and others at risk with his lies and playacting so it was correct to prosecute him if possible. While I'm not well versed in all of the details of the Stolen Valor case, simply lying about one's service record is very common and, while despicable, is protected by the first amendment. We can't have our cake and eat it too.

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dichotomy 07/23/10 - 10:38 am
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Yep. Lying, while despicable,

Yep. Lying, while despicable, is legal. I think the best thing that could happen when one of these wannabe warriors is outed is to let a few old vets beat the snot of them and claim temporary insanity under PTSD. Any good liberal jury should vote to release them to the VA for "treatment" and to draw disability for their PTSD and give them some mello drugs. The ACLU? Well, they are kind of like the unions. They have outlived their time and now are a solution looking for a problem.

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corgimom 07/23/10 - 12:33 pm
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Why would the ACLU be

Why would the ACLU be involved in this? He committed crimes.

"The seven counts issued against him include impersonating a soldier, which could lead to three years' imprisonment. He was also indicted for theft of government property, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of an unregistered silencer, possession of an unregistered short-barrel rifle, theft of a firearm from a federally licensed firearms dealer and possession of explosives by a convicted felon."

This has nothing to do with Stolen Valor.

Where do people come up with this stuff?

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grouse 07/23/10 - 01:03 pm
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It would be nice if people
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It would be nice if people did a little research on their own. The judge who ruled in the case (remember the ACLU doesn't rule on the law) is an appointee of George W. Bush. The case centered on the flaws in the law. It is not against the law to lie in an of itself unless some harm can be proven.

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