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    Re: Should it be a crime for....

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    It would require an amendment. Then what would constitute a lie? As much as I would like to make it unlawful, there are too many complications with outlawing speech of any kind. I would suggest that instead of prosecuting them criminally they be subject to civil prosecution by citizens and the citizens can go for damages.
    Yes, and it depends on the circumstances. Lying under oath should be punished accordingly.
    But as a rule, citizens speak through elections. If we don't mind being lied to, as it so often seems, we have to live with the consequence of our choices.

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    Re: Should it be a crime for....

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Should it be a crime for an elected official to lie to the people on open airwaves, in person etc etc? Now I don't mean lying to other governments and what not. I'm talking about lying to US Citizens.
    It certainly should be defined, when it is criminal.

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    Re: Should it be a crime for....

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    and that brings up the question of how does one hold the CIA, or the government for that matter, accountable for telling lies?
    Sunshine. Nothing disinfects better. Put very strict limits on what can be kept secret, and make it that EVERY Representative and Senator, and the Judges of the Supreme court have access to any and ALL confidential information and that any Senator or Representative or Supreme court justice may access ANY government or government run facility at will. Its kind of hard to be able to Represent one constituents when one isn't able to access ALL of the information available.
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    Re: Should it be a crime for....

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Should it be a crime for an elected official to lie to the people on open airwaves, in person etc etc? Now I don't mean lying to other governments and what not. I'm talking about lying to US Citizens.
    No, largely because what is or isn't a lie is extremely hard to prove and it would be massively politicized. Absolutely not. M

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    Re: Should it be a crime for....

    Quote Originally Posted by Lovebug View Post
    Yes, and it depends on the circumstances. Lying under oath should be punished accordingly.
    But as a rule, citizens speak through elections. If we don't mind being lied to, as it so often seems, we have to live with the consequence of our choices.
    Unfortunately, we don't have a choice, the American system of government, as it stands now, is inherently corrupt. Not one person who gets elected remains pure, they cannot do their jobs without being corrupted by the procedure.
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    Re: Should it be a crime for....

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Should it be a crime for an elected official to lie to the people on open airwaves, in person etc etc? Now I don't mean lying to other governments and what not. I'm talking about lying to US Citizens.
    We would need to discern between lying and just not knowing WTH they're saying.

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    Re: Should it be a crime for....

    Depends on the circumstance, what if say for example during a situation like WWII a president lied to raise morale among the population?

    In a time like that if the president were to say the truth and demoralize the people the consequences could be bad.

    At the same time, a dishonest president is nothing good either.
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    Re: Should it be a crime for....

    As nice as it sounds, I had to vote no for the main reason that it's too hard to prove intent.

    Besides, plenty of politicians actually believe the crap they espouse.
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    Re: Should it be a crime for....

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    No, largely because what is or isn't a lie is extremely hard to prove and it would be massively politicized. Absolutely not. M
    I agree with this.

    As for proving a lie in court, and then keeping partisan crap out of it, good luck.
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    Re: Should it be a crime for....

    Of course not.

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