Clearly, lying is bad.
But doesn't it seem like a terrible idea for Congress to make it illegal to lie -- just lie to other people, not to government officials, mind you? That's right: Illegal. As in punishable by a major fine and a trip to the big house.
Yes, I get that the nitwit covered in this New York Times article is lying about something profoundly important to some very important people. But this is probably something a few military types could take care of on their own, without the law getting involved, ifyaknowwhatImean.
On the other hand, maybe this is just a sneaky way for Congress to punish people for being complete and utter morons -- this guy would obviously meet the requirement -- but they just didn't want to phrase the law that way. Now, that's something I could get behind.