Steve G.

Press Release: Todd Andrew Barnett praises Olsen for not cooperating with DEA

In Libertarian on August 11, 2008 at 7:41 pm

For Immediate Release
POC, Todd Andrew Barnett, BTP Vice-Chair
(586) 725-9218

New Baltimore, MI– Boston Tea Party Vice-Chair candidate Todd Andrew Barnett praises Hollywood actress Mary-Kate Olsen, twin sister of actress Ashley Olsen, for refusing to cooperate with the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) further investigation into the recent death of actor Heath Ledger. Barnett, who is currently the Party’s recently-appointed Vice-Chair, issues his comments hours after the former star of “Full House,” who recently portrayed Tara Lindman on Showtime’s “Weeds,” had requested immunity from federal prosecution via her attorney. She even has denied any involvement with the drugs that were found near his body after his death.

“Mary-Kate Olsen deserves a lot of credit for taking a stand against these vile and diabolical agents of the state who, if for no other reason, want to prosecute anyone for any reason whether they did have anything to do with Mr. Ledger’s death or not,” he said. “She’s absolutely doing the right thing by refusing to cooperate with them. She has already told them everything she knows regarding the circumstances behind his death. What part of “I’ve-already-told- you-what- I-know” don’t they understand?”

Olsen’s attorney Michael C. Miller issued a statement to the press on August 4, stating that he and his client have already cooperated with the government long enough. “We have provided the government with relevant information including facts in the chronology of events surrounding Mr. Ledger’s death,” he said. “[A]nd the fact is that Ms. Olsen does not kow the source of the drugs Mr. Ledger consumed.”

Heath Ledger, 28, was found dead in his Manhattan, New York apartment on January 22 by a masseuse who came over to give him a massage. A bottle of sleeping pills was found nearby. Later, the coroner at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York, who performed an autopsy on Ledger’s body, issued a report in which he documented evidence of an accidental overdose of a combination of painkillers, sleeping pills, and anti-anxiety drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine.

“What happened to Ledger was a tragedy; that’s a given,” said Barnett. “It’s been long accepted since the release of the coroner’s autopsy results that he died of a lethal yet accidental overdose of drugs that his body couldn’t handle. We can reasonably conclude that he was abusing those drugs, even though they were, except for two fake prescriptions, legally prescribed. But the truth of the matter is that, despite this horrible tragedy, it was Ledger’s fault for getting himself killed. He could have gotten help at any point in time before this happened. He’s to blame for his own death, not Mary-Kate Olsen or anybody else for that matter.”

Press reports indicate that a federal subpoena could strong arm Olsen into coming to court and stand before a grand jury if talks between the federal authorities and her attorney fail. Other witnesses, such as Ledger’s ex-girlfriend actress Michelle Williams, doctors, and others who were near his apartment at the time of his death, have cooperated with the government “voluntarily.”

“The fact that these federal goons want to coerce her to stand before a federal judge and a grand jury on the suspicion that she might have had something to do with his accidental death shows exactly how self-righteous and repugnant these people are,” said Barnett. “She had nothing to do with his death. There’s no evidence proving that she is somehow guilty of any involvement in his death. All the rumors and claims to the contrary are purely circumstantial.”

Barnett furthermore urges Americans not to cooperate with the cops by refusing to cooperate the same way Olsen has done. “Today’s cops in the United States and everywhere else are trained to arrest people whether they commit any crimes or not, not to keep the peace or provide assistance as they used to do decades ago,” he said. “Not only that, they are trained to use anything against you whether you’re under arrest or not. Also, their interrogation techniques are devised to make you incriminate yourself, whether you’re guilty or not. Mary-Kate obviously understands this; therefore, she deserves the accolades for her action there. I hope other Americans will do the same thing that she did.”

Aside from the obvious fact that Ledger was irresponsible with his out-of-control drug use, said Barnett, the state pursuing Mary-Kate Olsen is a clear-cut indicator of the War on Drugs gone mad. “The state’s obsession with Olsen is positive proof that the War on Drugs has become out of control, and it needs to stop,” Barnett said. “It’s time to end the War on Drugs at the federal, state, and local levels. This unnecessary further investigation of Ledger’s demise is not an investigation at all, but rather a government witchhunt against a Hollywood actress whom they think must be guilty because of her platonic relationship with Ledger and that she must have supplied him with the drugs. It’s time to pull the plug on this program now, once and for all.”

The Boston Tea Party is the fastest growing libertarian alternative. Formed in 2006, it bears the World’s Smallest Political Platform, which reads the following:

The Boston Tea Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.


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