Re: “Did Army employee spy on protesters on his own time?” (editorial, 2-1).
If the Pierce or Thurston County prosecutors believe this Army employee committed a crime, under the Posse Comitatus Act or otherwise, then let them go forward with the charges.
However, some of The News Tribune editorial board’s remarks are disturbing, particularly in regard to the Army’s claim that Towery was acting on his own time: “We hope they have proof to back that up in a court of law” and “the Army bears the burden of proof that this didn’t happen in our back yard.”
When did the burden of proof shift to the accused? I have to ask, are you really serious? Was there a fundamental change in our legal system that we didn’t hear about?