Monday, February 08, 2010

Stolen Valor is Libel

The Washington Post just wrote about a First Amendment challenge to the Stolen Valor Act, which makes it a Federal crime to lie about having earned medals or honors during military service.

While the statute apparently includes criminal penalties including fines and prison time, we understand that the vast majority of these cases have been punished with community service, to include in veterans facilities. Shaming these clowns in public seems to be appropriate, though we'll leave the details to legislative judgment.

We do take exception to one of the First Amendment arguments, namely, that no genuine medal recipient is injured by someone who, not for compensation or financial gain, falsely claims military honors. Here's why:
Some assclown who falsely claims a military honor not only claims to be like the genuine heroes;

He also claims that the genuine heroes are like him.

And that's libel.


At 12 February, 2010 10:37, Blogger robash141 said...

Well if the law is struck down by the Supremes(which wouldn't be a suprise, given the puzzling nature of some of thier recent decisions)

You can soon expect to see Rush ,Hannity and O Reilley showing up on thier shows with a whole bunch of fruit salad on thier chests

At 15 February, 2010 11:59, Blogger robash141 said...

Maybe the Supreme Court will rule that wearing fake military decorations is freedom of speech. And then further grant mulinational corporations the right to award themselves the Congressional Medal of Honor


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