posted on Dec, 16 2020 @ 03:31 PM
originally posted by: CIAGypsy
Talk about your coincidences.... ATS poster 'Nerbot' brought up DPR on another thread yesterday. Thought that was odd because it sort of came out of
left field for the topic being discussed.... Then, low and behold, guess who is in the news today....
Trump considering pardon for Silk Road
Now, for my personal opinion....
Do I think Snowden or Assange should get a pardon? Yes. Without question.
Do I think Ulbricht should get a pardon? Hell to the no.... First of all, not only did this guy delve into all kinds of trafficking of drugs,
weapons, people, etc....but he attempted to have people MURDERED to protect his empire. Why on earth would you PARDON someone like this??? Crazy.
Do you have any opinions on the role the DEA had in alleged entrapment of Ulbricht regarding the murder for hire charges (the idea of killing another
person was planted in Ulbricht's mind and continually reinforced/pushed by an undercover agent corresponding with Ulbricht), the plundering by DEA
agents of Bitcoin wallets associated with Ulbricht and other Silk Road members, and other various disgusting actions by DEA agents directly and
peripherally involved in the case?
I do think Ulbricht should serve a representative sentence for his assent in the murder for hire scheme. He agreed to the faked killing, and there's
no way around that. But to me, the filth and swampy behavior of the DEA infests this case, and presents inescapable moral quandaries for me.
We all know that the hammer came down on Ulbricht for the role he played in getting one of the major Darknet markets off the ground, and his
involvement in the ascension of Bitcoin and demonstrating how it could be used at not only a vehicle for black market transacting, but a path forward
in allowing people to exchange value with minimal use of the almighty $dollar$.
The murder for hire beef was a manufactured pretext to put this guy in jail and throw away the key. I really don't care one way or another, not an
Ulbricht fan myself, there are probably more worthy folks for a presidential pardon. I just find it curious that this guy was essentially railroaded
for being involved in a black market drug scheme, with the main offense being use of Bitcoin to underwrite the operation, for which he was made an
example of, put down HARD to show what could come from dabbling in cryptocurrency for illegal activities.
Anyone who's curious should read up (IIRC) the piece Wired did on the whole seedy affair. Ulbricht in no way should have escaped with minor charges,
but IMO several DEA members should be sitting in a cell right next to him.
The DEA and FBI would a nice place to start if we/when the time comes to start "drastically reducing" (i.e. relieving of duty and possibly remanding
to custody for trial) government overreach.
edit on 16-12-2020 by SleeperHasAwakened because: (no reason given)