Smallest Lie to Federal Agent Is a Crime, High Court Rules | They Can Lie All They Want

Obama Lies about lying

As you can see, this article was published  in the LA Times in 1998. So, apparently, this is how long this law has been in affect.

So let’s get this straight. Since 1998 it has been a felony to tell even a tiny lie to a federal agent. It doesn’t matter if you are NOT UNDER OATH… No matter when or where you fib to a federal agent, you are a criminal.

If a federal agent says, “Pardon me. I see you are hopping up and down on one foot and looking anxious. Perchance, do you need to use the restroom?” and you say, “No” because you’re in a hurry or something, or just don’t want to discuss your personal business with a complete stranger, well, you’ve just committed a felony.

The inverse of this law apparently does not apply to any federal agent. Obviously, they can lie to you all they want for any reason whatsoever or no reason at all. Obama can, and does, lie to the press, to congress and to you and there no penalty whatsoever. Presumably he might be in trouble if he lied under oath, but that’s only if the other parts of our federal government are organized and motivated and even care enough to do anything about it.

We are the peons that have no right to know any truth or facts or secrets of any governmental stuff at all. They are the all-powerful and god-like Oz.

Remember the fifth amendment and say nothing. That is totally legal and constitutionally protected. That’s the best policy according to law professors and any good attorney.

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Obama Lies about lying

Smallest Lie to Federal Agent Is a Crime, High Court Rules

January 27, 1998|DAVID G. SAVAGE

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a single false statement to a federal agent, including a simple “no” to an accusation, can be punished as a crime.

The justices refused to make an exception for a person who, when confronted by a tax agent or federal investigator, denies he has done anything wrong.

The law makes it a crime to utter “any false statement” to a federal agent, and “the word ‘no’ in response to a question assuredly makes a ‘statement,’ ” said Justice Antonin Scalia for the 7-2 majority.

Monday’s decision in Brogan vs. U.S., 96-1579, marks the second time in two weeks that the justices have said honesty is the only policy for someone who comes under federal investigation.

Last week, the court said the Constitution does not give public employees a right to deny accusations that later turn out to be true. That 9-0 ruling reinstated various punishments of five federal employees who initially denied wrongdoing.

By coincidence, the two rulings come amid the uproar over whether President Clinton lied about his relationship with a former White House intern. Neither decision is likely to have a direct effect on the president’s plight, because he has not been found to have lied.

However, the court’s opinions show that false statements of any sort can be punished, even when they are simple denials that are later shown to be untrue.

It has always been understood that a person who lies under oath can be charged with perjury.

Five years ago, the court went a step further and said anyone who lies on the witness stand and is later found guilty can get an increased sentence.

Justices John Paul Stevens and Stephen G. Breyer dissented.

Monday’s ruling arose when a union official in Boston said “no” when asked by federal agents whether he had accepted bribes. When the truth came to light, he was prosecuted for taking bribes and making a false statement to federal agents.

http://articles.latimes.com/1998/jan/27/news/mn-12599

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