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For those days you catch someone saying they are a Navy Seal that won the Medal of Honor during Desert Storm and he brags to his buddies about it. And then he gets on team speak and sounds like Elmo.
Too bad the "Stolen Valor" act doesn't apply to verbal statements. The law should be strengthened to include persons misrepresenting their service too.
Of course, now we have a legal challenge concerning the constitutionality of the Stolen Valor Act underway in the U.S. District Court in Denver, Colo. With an organization called Colorado Veterans Alliance and the Rutherford Institute, a Virginia-based civil liberties group, who joined in the case on Jan. 20, 2010. "Such expression remains within the presumptive protection afforded pure speech by the First Amendment," the Institute's attorney wrote. "As such, the Stolen Valor Act is an unconstitutional restraint on the freedom of speech."
All Military impersonation should be a crime in my mind. Michigan along with other states have or have pending, a bill that would provide a penalty for the misrepresentation of a person's current or former military status with the intent to defraud, obtain employment, or be elected or appointed to public office.
I'd like to see the law broadened even more, but civil liberties always come in to play on these laws. Lying is lying in my mind. People love to hide behind the "vague intent" of the Constitution.
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