1.22.2006

Not Aiding And Abetting

From Mexico City (see below), Robin writes:

Various news entities frequently ask the question, "What do you say to those who say you are simply aiding and abetting criminal behavior?"

We're tired of this question, and it hurts us. Therefore, when this question is asked in interviews in the future, we will ask a few questions in return: Who specifically has made that charge? On what basis? Do they have evidence? Facts? Are you aware that your question implies we knowingly break the law? If that's what you believe, can you please be so kind as to show us evidence?

The questioner would be well advised to remember that the United States judicial system is not based on guilt by inference. Absent specific charges by specific person(s), the question merely spreads inuendo. Printing or broadcasting such accusations may be intentionally defanatory and thus slanderous or libelous.

Beyond that, and even to the degree to which we accept that the question is legitimate hypothetical inquiry, if we really were aiding and abetting criminal behavior, the following things would also be true.

First, the United States Border Patrol agents who frequently ask us for water would have to quit using our water stations for fear of being invtestigated by the Office of Inspector General for using illicit water.

Second, the United States would have to revoke permits negotiated by the Department of Justice and the Department of Interior, signed by the Solicitor of the United States which explicitly authorize the operation of Humane Borders water stations on federal properties.

Third, anyone bringing a specific charge would have to find an applicable jurisdiction and set about trying to reverse the requirements made by federal property managers exercising administrative discretion to require Humane Borders, Inc. to conduct a public education programs in Spanish, in Mexico, notifying migrants of our water station locations.

Finally, any prospective prosecutor would have to be reminded by the prospective jurisdiction and authority that what Humane Borders, Inc. is doing is protected by the First Amendment's guarantee of the free exercise of religion.