One of the most egregious violations of civil liberties took place on October 2013, when Ross Ulbricht, the founder and operator of the online market Silk Road, was arrested for being the mastermind of this website where drug transactions took place.
In 2015, he would later be sentenced to a double life sentence plus 40 years without parole for conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to commit computer hacking, conspiracy to traffic fraudulent identity documents, and conspiracy to traffic narcotics via the Internet.
Since then, civil libertarians and people across the pro-free market spectrum have called for the release of Ulbricht.
During a congressional hearing last week, Massie stood up Ulbricht and called for his release. On Twitter, Massie stated “Ross Ulbricht’s (@RealRossU) sentence is the greatest violation of the Eighth Amendment that I’m aware of in the United States today. The Eighth Amendment prohibits the federal government from exacting cruel and unusual punishment.”
In this hearing, Massie called for the executive branch to grant clemency to Ulbricht. The likelihood that the Biden regime will listen to Massie’s reasonable request is virtually zero. The Feds are committed to incarcerating an individual like Ulbricht on trumped up charges. Moreover, Ulbricht never even committed any of those activities.
Ulbricht’s arrest represents one of the most egregious violations of liberties on the Internet and establishes a bad precedent for individuals who want to set up alternative marketplaces on the Internet.