Thursday, August 21, 1997, was a sad day in American history. Since five years earlier, the United States government has tried three time to kill Kevin Harris, first in a firefight with U.S. Marshals who had been trespassing on the property of his friend Randy Weaver, secondly through the services of the U.S. Government paid assassin (euphemistically called a "sniper") Lon Horiuchi, and last by putting him on trial for his life.
The firefight with U.S. Marshals occurred on August 21, 1992. These were not ordinary U.S. Marshals but members of a "special operations group", whom one would expect to be better trained and better disciplined, a bad assumption as it turned out; these U.S. Marshals were equipped with night vision equipment and fully automatic weaponry (including at least one suppressed sub-machine gun). They had had the Weaver residence under surveillance for 18 months and were fully aware that the Weavers responded to intrusions (whether by animals that could be taken for food or by trespassers of the two-legged variety) with appropriate weapons in hand, as was their (and our) right under the Constitution of the United States and the laws of the State of Idaho. Despite their intimate knowledge of how the Weavers reacted to such possible intrusions, they irresponsibly threw rocks at the cabin to see what it would take to arouse their dogs -- and they succeeded. Kevin Harris, 14-year old Sammy Weaver, and the dog Striker set off in pursuit of what they thought was probably a deer -- food for the winter. As the dog Striker caught up with U.S. Marshall William Degan, the dog was shot in plain view of 14-year-old Sammy Weaver who, apparently thinking he would be shot next, returned fire. U.S. Marshall William then shot Sammy Weaver in the arm; as Sammy Weaver turned to run, the 14-year-old boy was shot in the back and murdered by U.S. Marshall William Degan. (Let's see, at this point the U.S. Marshals have committed criminal trespass, destruction of property -- Striker -- and first degree murder, by any reasonable accounting of their actions). Kevin Harris then shot and killed William Degan in a justifiable act of self defense. Would you trust someone in camouflage gear who just shot in the back and murdered a 14-year-old boy? I wouldn't! Five years later, not one of surviving U.S. Marshals have been called to account for their crimes.
Shortly thereafter, a team of paid F.B.I assassins surrounded the cabin with orders to shoot on sight. Such orders are clearly illegal -- the U.S. constitution provides that no one shall be deprived of life or property without due process of law. Paid F.B.I. assassin Lon Horiuchi shot and murdered Vicki Weaver as she was holding her infant daughter in her arms, in plain view of her two older daughters; he also seriously wounded both Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris. These cold-blooded shootings were preceded by no warning and no request for surrender. Five years later, F.B.I. director Louis Freeh is still praising the actions of the assassin Lon Horiuchi.
Eventually, with the help of Bo Gritz, Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris were persuaded to surrender and place their faith in our legal system, which did not let them down. Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris were place on trial for their lives for the alleged murder of William Degan. The prosecution's case was so weak that when it came time for Randy Weaver's defense attorney, Gerry Spence, to present his case, Gerry Spence simply rested; the U.S. Government had proven nothing but its own ineptitude. Kevin Harris was acquitted of all charges. Randy Weaver was found guilty only of not appearing in court and of violating bail conditions; he was acquitted of all serious felony charges. The conduct of the U.S. Government in altering and fabricating evidence was so reprehensible that Judge Edward Lodge took the almost unprecedented step of ordering the prosecution to reimburse the costs of the defense and to apologize before the court.
In 1995, the U.S. Government agreed to pay Randy Weaver and his surviving daughters $3.1 million in damages.
So what did we, the taxpayers who are the presumed beneficiaries of all government largesse, get for our money?
For a long time it appeared that the only hope for justice in the Ruby Ridge case lie with the local prosecutors in Boundary County, Idaho, which brings us to August 21, 1997. On that date Boundary County prosecutor Denise Woodbury announced that she is bringing charges against two people:
The injustice continues!
Unless Americans act promptly, loudly, and decisively, Kevin Harris will once again be on trial for his life because he protected his own after he witnessed the cowardly murder of 14-year-old Sammy Weaver. And assassin Lon Horiuchi will get, at best, a mere slap on the wrist for the slaughter of Vicki Weaver, holding her child in her arms, and the wounding of two others that the Federal Government never should have bothered in the first place.
Who will they come for next?
We have to act now to see that justice is done and that these transgressions are not repeated!
For the time being, the main purpose of this web page will be to provide names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail links to people who might influence the outcome of this case. Specifically, my objectives are as follows:
For those who have neither to time nor inclination to compose their own letters, I will try to place form letters on line for your use. Personalized, individual letters are always preferable, but form letters are better than nothing.
I have subscribed to both local weeklies (the Bonners Ferry Herald and the Kootenai Valley Press), the primary regional paper (the Spokane Spokesman Review) and the principal statewide paper (the Boise Idaho Statesman), and I will try to maintain a "Media Updates" section of the web page once the papers start arriving. There will undoubtedly be a lot of local news that the networks and wire services don't pick up on.
In the long term, I hope to use the specter of Ruby Ridge to promote my agenda for the restoration of constitutional government in America, but that's for future.