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Monday, August 30, 2010

It's OK For State Thugs To Lie

This story was amusing. The FBI gave a test to FBI agents, to verify they knew the rules. Many FBI agents cheated on the test!

One of the questions was "Did you cheat on this test?" The cheaters all lied.

Embarrassingly, it was an "open book" test. The FBI agents were allowed to look up the answers during the test. Even with those lenient conditions, they still cheated.

Of course, the cheating FBI agents will not be punished. If you lie to an FBI agent, that's a serious crime. If FBI agents lie, that's OK. For example, Martha Stewart was not convicted for securities fraud. She was convicted for lying to a State thug.

As another example, undercover cops are explicitly allowed to lie, if someone asks "Are you an undercover cop?" Many State thugs work under fake names, in case a "customer" decides to retaliate. Asking for a name and badge #, doesn't mean you'll get a useful answer!

There are two legal systems, one for insiders and one for non-insiders. The FBI cheating scandal is a clear example. State insiders are protected by sovereign immunity. It's OK for State insiders to break their own rules.

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