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[–] bobroland 4 points -4 points (+0|-4) ago 

So, I agree with you in general...however, I can't help but think of a personal hero of mine. Mayor Frances X. Schwab of Buffalo. Now, Schwab was a brewer who was raided by the feds during prohibition. The jury refused to convict, and he waged war against prohibition. Prohibition was a progressive movement, and one of the main players was the Klan, defending the "good" people of Buffalo from those filthy immigrants.

The Klan would raid speakeasies. Looking out the window of the distillery I work at is a bowling alley that was serving hooch against the law. When the Klan found out they stormed the Place. Schwab and some Irish police he trusted fought back, clubs flying, noses blooded.

He then sent in a cop to infiltrate the Klan. After finding out where their records were kept, the house was "robbed" by people unknown. Next day, the list of Klan members started appearing tacked to sign posts. Schwab figured if he couldn't touch them with the law, he would touch them with shame. It worked.

Oh, I might be against the public statements of this sort of thing...on the other hand, sometimes you fight with the weapons you can get your hands on. Ethics are rarely black and white.