by Ryan McMaken
Former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert probably deserves to be in prison more than many people who are already there. But the way he’s going to get there spells bad news for ordinary, peaceful Americans.
Today, Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison for the made-up “crime” of structuring, which is a situation in which a person withdraws cash from a bank in amounts designed to not trigger mandatory reporting on the withdrawals to federal agents.
In other words, it’s a crime to comply with the law in America. If you change your activities to adhere to the letter of the law, that’s a crime.
The only way you would know this, however, is to read today’s articles on Hastert’s sentencing very, very carefully.