The "Ruby ridge hearings" convene in the Senate.
This says it all.
In their opening statements members of the Subcommittee, joined by Senators Larry Craig (R-ID) and Charles Grassley (R-IA), expressed their amazement that Weaver's "minor crime" of selling two sawed-off shotguns would inspire a federal manhunt lasting over a year, costing more that $2 million and resulting in the loss of three lives.The story of Ruby Ridge has become a battle cry for anyone who feels the government is crushing their rights.
Sen. Grassley denounced the "militarization" of law enforcement: "There is no room for this culture in law enforcement.... It needs to be stopped and stopped now." In contrast to the House hearings on Waco, the federal law enforcement officials who testified here were on the defensive, and subjected to sometimes harsh and skeptical
questioning by senators.
When it was all over. When he was found innocent, the state did not even say "sorry" for crapping on his rights, killing his wife and son, perjury, or the any of the other long lists of crimes. But they now have very mean letters of reprimand in their files. Scary right?