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FL: Libertarians to hold rally Saturday in support of jailed whistleblower

From a Jun 23, 2011 media release sent to IPR by the Libertarian Party of Florida:

LIVE OAK, FLORIDA – The Libertarian Party of Florida, in conjunction with the 1787 Network, is staging a rally to support whistleblower Bob Burton at the office of State Attorney Skip Jarvis on Saturday, June 25, 2011. The rally will be held at 100 Court Street SE in Live Oak beginning at noon.

Jarvis has been relentless in prosecuting Burton on wiretapping charges stemming from an incident where Burton recorded a phone conversation with a high-ranking state official who allegedly admitted to illegal activities being carried out by state agencies and members of the Florida Legislature.

Some of these alleged activities include Department of Environmental Protection employees dumping toxic waste into water reclamation areas, officials intimidating and coercing Florida land owners into selling to state-backed corporate interests, and state agencies unlawfully seizing private property.

In January, Burton’s home was raided by heavily-armed Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents, who executed a warrant to seize the evidence that Burton had collected, including his computer, cell phone, and video camera, as well as all copies of email correspondence with state officials. The FDLE also ordered to remove videos posted by Burton with supporting evidence.

Earlier this month, Burton was arrested and charged with illegally recording and disclosing a “private” conversation with Ryan Tyson, then the chief of staff for Florida Senator Charlie Dean. Tyson’s employment with Dean ended shortly after the conversation with Burton.

However, according to both the Florida Constitution and the Government in the Sunshine law, all conversations between Tyson and Burton are public record.

Burton was released from the Hamilton County jail on a $50,000 surety bond. The typical bond in Florida for this infraction ranges from $1,000 to $2,000, and the presiding judge did not cite reason for the unusually high bail amount.

Since his arrest on June 5, two judges have recused themselves from the Burton case without citing an official reason. Other government officials have privately expressed concerns that this case has the appearance of a political cover-up.

The rally is expected to draw crowds ranging from tea party members to environmental groups.

Related stories:

Whistleblower’s home raided by armed FDLE agents

Judges Dropping Like Flies In Whistleblower Burton Case, Official Calls Case “Politically Motivated”

Adrian Wyllie, Chairman
Libertarian Party of Florida
727-403-7735 or

One Comment

  1. Kleptocracy and You Kleptocracy and You June 25, 2011

    LPF deserves a THANK YOU for showing such courage in this endeavor. Mr. Burton earns a LARGE thank you also for his major effort standing up to power and needs the support of all HONEST freedom lovers everywhere !!! The corruption of this police state grows in size and ODOR.

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    First they came for the Jews, but I did nothing because I’m not a Jew. Then they came for the socialists, but I did nothing because I’m not a socialist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I did nothing because I’m not a Catholic. Finally, they came for me, but by then there was no one left to help me. – Pastor Father Niemoller (1946)

    “The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.” -H. L. Mencken

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