A favorite Facebook page of mine is “Stolen Valor,” which ousts those who have falsely claimed military service. With nearly half a million fans, the public is clearly appreciative of the work the page creator is doing.
We need more private citizens like the man behind Stolen Valor exposing the truth, because the legal system CERTAINLY isn’t going to holding anyone accountable. As FOX reported:
A federal appeals court has tossed out an Idaho veteran’s conviction in a “stolen valor” case. The judges ruled that the First Amendment protects a person’s right to wear a military medal even if that person did not earn it.
A specially convened 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the First Amendment allows people to wear unearned military honors.
Elven Joe Swisher of Idaho was convicted in 2007 of violating the Stolen Valor Act, which made it a misdemeanor to falsely claim military accomplishments. President George W. Bush signed it into law in 2006, but the U.S. Supreme Court struck it down in 2012 as a violation of free speech protections.
The silver lining is that fake veterans at least cannot profit from their lies:
After the Stolen Valor Act was struck down, Congress passed a new law making it a crime to profit financially by lying about military service. President Barack Obama signed it in 2013.
Our men and women in uniform risk their life to protect our Constitutional rights – and free speech is a sacred right. Those who steal valor are indebted to our veterans for their right to do so.
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