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    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.
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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.
    You would first have to show that the intension was to intentionally decieve. There is a difference in being wrong and lying. Also, do you go after the person who said it, or where it orginiated from . For example if politician A gets information from their intelligence agency that was a lie, is he at fault for it or is the agency that originated the lie in trouble here under that new rule?

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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 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.
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    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.
    how would this crime be punished?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    You would first have to show that the intension was to intentionally decieve. There is a difference in being wrong and lying. Also, do you go after the person who said it, or where it orginiated from . For example if politician A gets information from their intelligence agency that was a lie, is he at fault for it or is the agency that originated the lie in trouble here under that new rule?
    I'm talking about intentionally lying. Being wrong is understandable. Flat out lying is not. So if the CIA gives X politician false info then that is not the politicians fault. And yes, if the CIA operative gives intentional false information they should be held accountable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    how would this crime be punished?
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    Re: Should it be a crime for....

    I think it should be a crime for publically elected officials to lie to the public at all, with the exception of keeping national security secrets. Transparency ought to be expected in every transaction with the American people. Of course, that would end politics as we know it, which is a really good thing.
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    Re: Should it be a crime for....

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    I'm talking about intentionally lying. Being wrong is understandable. Flat out lying is not. So if the CIA gives X politician false info then that is not the politicians fault. And yes, if the CIA operative gives intentional false information they should be held accountable.
    and that brings up the question of how does one hold the CIA, or the government for that matter, accountable for telling lies?
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    Re: Should it be a crime for....

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
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    The immediate removal from public office and the inability to run for any publically elected office for at least 10 years? Of course, the entire government would find itself on the streets in about 3 minutes.
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    Re: Should it be a crime for....

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    I'm talking about intentionally lying. Being wrong is understandable. Flat out lying is not. So if the CIA gives X politician false info then that is not the politicians fault. And yes, if the CIA operative gives intentional false information they should be held accountable.
    Well still you have the trouble of proving intentional deceit and how or even whom will you get to decide that? I'm not dogging your idea only continue it on for further discussion and possible pitfalls.

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