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Falsely claiming an award is no longer a crime under the Stolen Valor Act.

Overshadowed by the recent health-care ruling, the Supreme Court also ruled June 28 that it was OK to lie about military awards and decorations. The court ruled that freedom of speech allows people to claim they have won awards for valor in the military, even when they have not.

I think this ruling is bad for national security. If the nation does not value the integrity of its awards, why should the recipients?

Tom Sutherland

Augusta

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dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/08/12 - 01:22 pm
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It's okay Tom. As an old

It's okay Tom. As an old Vietnam vet I understand your position but free speech is apparently permission to be a low life liar and scumbag. That's why I'm telling everyone that I was a Senator from Hawaii (they will apparently verify anything) before President Reagan appointed me to the Supreme Court. But I decided to retire from that to take the job as the Director of the CIA. At least that's what I am putting on my resume to apply for the newly created job of Chief Justice Roberts' Constitutional Interpreter. Be all you can be.

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Little Lamb 07/08/12 - 04:00 pm
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Freedom of Speech

I find those who falsely claim military honors they did not earn to be despicable; I still must tolerate their right to lie. We must defend the first amendment by tolerating egregious and hateful speech. We can certainly point out the falsehoods and denounce those who abuse freedom of speech by lying. Of course, that would include a lot of politicians.

Gary Ross
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Gary Ross 07/10/12 - 12:16 pm
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False claims are indeed lies

I knew of an incident where a man went into a Scout store, wanting to buy all the awards that an Eagle Scout has to earn. His reason, to hang in his office to impress his co-workers and clients. Thank God the folks who run the Scouting program didn't allow it, and the integrity of the Eagle Award has been preserved. The man left the store visibly upset. Unfortunately, this is becoming the norm in America these days. Nixon, then Clinton, and now Obama is taking this to new levels. The USA should return to the values that Scouting never left.

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