A large number of federal agents in Denver, Colorado raided the home and business of outspoken tax opponent, 2nd Amendment activist and former Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Rick Stanley. Stanley has pushed the limits of legal boundaries many times — wearing holstered firearms to rallies (wearing firearms is legal, but rallies are expressly prohibited) and challenging the constitutionality of the federal income tax — and this does not mark the first time he has been jailed or charged. But it does set a different precedent, it is the first time that a constitutional activist has been raided by a bevy of agents from the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and may be charged under provisions of the notorious USA PATRIOT Act. Rocky Mountain News has part of the story in:
Federal officials were tight-lipped about the raid.
“A court-ordered search warrant was executed as part of a criminal investigation being conducted by the FBI and the IRS and other members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force,” said Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the Colorado U.S. attorney’s office.
He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2002 as a Libertarian candidate.
During the campaign he contended that the incumbent and ultimate victor in that race, Republican Wayne Allard, should be tried for treason – and hanged if convicted – for voting for the federal Patriot Act after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
That statement and some of Stanley’s actions alarmed some Libertarian Party members, and the party censured Stanley.
Ironically, Stanley — a man bent on restoring the Constitution to it’s former prestige — seems to be falling under the same sword that is supposed to be reserved for capturing terrorists who are bent on usurping it.
[Rocky Mountain News]