Free State Project early mover and now State Representative Amanda Bouldin has done a lot of good in her activist career. She created Shire Sharing, which for years, has fed hundreds of families in New Hampshire over the Thanksgiving holiday. She also created the Narcan bill that has helped save lives of opiate addicts across New Hampshire.
However, like many politicians, it turns out she’s a coward… and worse, a snitch.
You never know who is going to break under the pressure of the state. It could be your lover, your brother, or your “friend”. However, one might expect more from a libertarian, who should know better. One would be wrong.
In this case, the NH Attorney General’s office released an audio recording of Bouldin being interviewed by their agents. She consented to the interview after being given a “proffer letter’, which presumably offered her immunity for some minor possession charge if she’d testify against State Representative Kyle Tasker, the state house cannabis dealer arrested for victimless crimes earlier this year.
In the over hour-long interview (click for redacted PDF transcript) she throws Kyle, whom she describes as her “friend” under the bus and reveals much of what she knows about his cannabis-dealing business. She also gossips about various state reps, claiming Libertarian candidate for Governor Max Abramson is the most hated in the state house.
She rolls on fellow liberty state rep Pam Tucker, claiming that Kyle named her as one of the state reps he’d sold cannabis to, in addition to an unnamed elderly rep in the state house parking garage.
After talking about how she was his “friend” and wanted to help him she says this about Kyle:
“He seemed like he was trying to be more legitimate than it deserved to be. Is what I remember thinking about it. That he. Um. He seems to derive some. Um. For sense of self-worth from doing it. You know what I mean? Like, he felt important. And. He also felt, um, invincible. Like, um, when he was using his vape in the State House, they said – you can’t do that in here; you’re going to get in trouble. And, he showed me, like, on-line, um, like, on his IPad, or something, ah, the law. It apparently says that the State House is, like, this bubble of immunity. I don’t know. So. I was, like, okay. It’s not? So, Seth thinks that Kyle is really stupid. “
During the lengthy and revealing interview, the full audio of which is available on the NH1 site, she goes on in a moment of lucidity to tell the interrogators:
Now, I have a question. Does this mean that I’m going to have to go to be a witness? Because, I, I really don’t want to be part of the public record on this. And, I don’t want. I know that it’s important to be helpful, and that I’m compelled by law to be helpful. I just don’t want to be part of this. And, it feels. [Sighs.] It really sucks that people just talk to you
She’s not done. Later, the AG investigators ask her about the no-longer-a-secret activist club the Quill in Manchester. She not only talks about the club where she’s spent plenty of time, but further insults the members:
AV: What about, did he ever talk to you about a place called the Quill in Manchester?
AB: Um. I think he said he’d been there.
AV: Do you know what it is?
AB: Um, hmm.
AV: Anything about it?
AB: It’s a, just a gross place.
AV: What’s gross about it? Like, what is it?
AB: I don’t know. People’s personal, um, habits are gross.
AV: Is it a business, like, is it a business? Or, a flea market type place?
AB: I don’t know what its, um, official, like, legal entity is. I don’t know.
AV: Is it a Free State group where you, it’s like a membership?
AB: Um, Yeah. I guess. People have memberships that allow them to go there. Yeah…And, it’s supposed to be really family friendly. And, a lot of people bring their kids. The kids just run around and play. And, they have a lot of seating. And, people just talk. And, then, people go home. And, I go to that if I have, like, a reason to be there. Like. I don’t know. It was a. I mean, that’s not the only times I ever go there, for sure, ever. That’s just the only thing that ever makes me want to go there, sometimes lately. Like, in, within the past couple years. And, I still hardly even attend that. “
After volunteering to send screenshots of her phone text conversations with Kyle to the investigators, she says out loud what she should have done from the very beginning:
So, I’ll just shut up. I’m not making words right.
There’s a lesson to take away from this. Just because someone’s a libertarian doesn’t mean they won’t snitch you out to save their own skin. I’ve seen brothers ratting on brothers, and lovers telling on lovers.
Bouldin should have known better. She was surrounded by Cop Blockers in Manchester, but apparently never picked up any of their habits of, you know, not talking to the police.
Obviously, she was threatened, but that’s no excuse. Free Keene blogger Rich Paul was facing the rest of his life in prison for selling cannabis, but when asked by the FBI to wear a wire into the Keene Activist Center, he refused. He faced down the charges, ultimately being found guilty and sentenced to a year in the Keene Spiritual Retreat.
What was Bouldin so afraid of? She mentions in the interview multiple times, that she doesn’t want to get “in trouble”. The AG’s office at worst had circumstantial evidence that she’d bought cannabis at least once from Kyle. Okay, that’s a simple possession charge. People face that every day across the district courts of New Hampshire.
At worst, she’d face no jail time on a first offense, but she was so scared by the state gang that she “blabbered” to them, presumably on the advice of her attorney, Seth Hipple, who was there the whole time.
Many will make excuses for her, (and already are) as they can imagine that they too would crumble in similar, not-so-threatening circumstances. Bouldin deserves credit for the good things she’s done, and this blog has given it to her over the years. However, she’s not to be trusted and will sacrifice the freedom of her “friends” to save her own skin.
What would you do if you were in her position? Would you roll on your friends?