Ruby Ridge: 27 Years Ago This Week

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Twenty-seven years ago today, a U.S. Marshal shot and killed 14-year-old
Sammy Weaver in the back.  The boy was leaving the scene of a firefight
that erupted after camouflaged marshals shot and killed his beloved
family dog.  The following day, an FBI sniper killed Vicki Weaver as she
stood in her cabin door holding her baby.  That sniper was never held
liable for gunning down that mother on a north Idaho mountaintop. 
William Barr was Attorney General when Ruby Ridge occurred and after he
left office, he spearheaded legal efforts to assure total immunity for
the sniper who killed Mrs. Weaver and any federal sniper who behaved
similarly.

Below are some articles I wrote on this case in 1995 and a 2017 USA
Today piece. Also included is the counterattack on my Wall Street
Journal piece from FBI director Louis Freeh, who claimed that I “grossly mischaracterized” the details of the FBI’s killing of Vicki Weaver.  And first off is my January piece on William Barr’s nomination. The questions at the end of that piece unfortunately remain relevant: Does William Barr still endorse “wartime rules” and a “007 standard” that absolve federal agents for questionable shootings of Americans?  Does Barr consider “illegal government killings” to be an oxymoron? Best of all, can Barr explain to us his understanding of the phrase “government under the law”?

Ruby Ridge Killings 27 Years Ago – The Libertarian Institute

Twenty-seven years ago today, a U.S. Marshal shot and killed 14-year-old Sammy Weaver in the back. The boy was leaving the scene of a firefight that erupted after camouflaged marshals shot and killed his beloved family dog. The following day, an FBI sniper killed Vicki Weaver as she stood in her cabin door holding her …

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