Greg H. 
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Re: “Vet-poser has First Amendment defense

Since when was it "OK" to lie about anything?

Simply put, it's never ok to impersonate a police officer, a fire fighter, or any profession that has people risking their lives for the sake of others, including solders - devaluing the actions of those that do indeed risk their lives, and if the 1st Amendment protects that, then I or any other person who is not a police officer are similarly protected if we claim that we are in fact a police offer - where does it stop?

How about when someone walks into a crowded theater and yells " Fire !" or walks into a bank and says " This is a stick up! " or even yells " I'm going to blow up the next plane " at the airport - yes, you can say those things even if they are not true, but there is nothing that says that you should be protected from the consequences of doing so.

Someone saying that they earned the Purple Heart is saying something that is specifically calculated to cause others to be sympathetic and opens them up to believe other lies - it is simple and outright fraud, and that is not protected by the 1st Amendment.

Someone who has actually earned the the Medal of Honor, should not have to prove it just because others lie about it.

Posted by Greg H. on 01/21/2010 at 3:36 PM

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