by ACE OF SPADES
“The First Amendment served us well for a time, but now it’s outdated.“
Remember reading that England had arrested a guy for anti-Muslim Twitter postings in the aftermath of the Woolwich slaughter? And remember thinking, “Well, this is America, that can’t happen here”?
US Attorney Bill Killian, Obama’s Attorney for the Eastern district of Tennessee wants you to know that if you say something untoward (negative) about Muslims, the Federal government may imprison you.
Killian and Moore will provide input on how civil rights can be violated by those who post inflammatory documents targeted at Muslims on social media. “This is an educational effort with civil rights laws as they play into freedom of religion and exercising freedom of religion,” Killian told The News Monday. “This is also to inform the public what federal laws are in effect and what the consequences are.” … Killian said Internet postings that violate civil rights are subject to federal jurisdiction.
The posting he offers as a “for instance” is an egregious one. And yet this country has long protected, absolutely, egregious speech, such as hardcore pornography, for a simple reason: Either you are at liberty to say what you will or you are not. If you are constantly double-thinking every word you might say, for fear of being prosecuted, you are self-censoring, in anticipation of a possible prosecution by the government.
Rather than having a system in which people were constantly worried about imprisonment for speech, our country has evolved a simple bright-line code: Speech of all kinds, with a few exceptions that can be counted on three fingers, is absolutely protected.
Remember, the importance of this bright-line, no-exceptions rule of free speech was preached to us, even when some of us might not have liked it so much, as when hardcore pornography was afforded absolute protection under the First Amendment. In the case of hardcore pornography, it was argued — successfully — that having each artist weigh the possibility of an obscenity prosecution was too much of a burden on his free speech rights, and would have, unavoidably, a chilling effect on speech.
That was the rule then, and that was the rationale.
But now comes the Obama Administration to tell you that Yes, you just might be imprisoned for something you say online, so you’d better Watch What You Say.
Remember when Ari Fleischer said that, without suggesting any kind of legal penalties? Remember how the media freaked out?
But now comes the US Attorney for the Eastern district of Tennessee explicitly telling you that you may be imprisoned if a political appointee decides your political speech has crossed a line.
Somehow, I don’t think Tim Robbins will be portentously howling us that a “chill wind” is blowing across our rights of free expression this week.
editorial footnote: We are arriving at the period of time in America when the herd will be thinned. We are asking ALL Americans to continue to post, write and distribute your thoughts as you please. Approaching us now are the days of the true warriors. Let the paper tigers fall and burn. It is easy to stand up for what you believe in when there are no consequences for your actions, but the true definition of boldness is standing up for what you believe in when you have everything to lose. If you are scared.. then, stand behind us.. because we are not going anywhere. Our rights and our freedoms were endowed to us by our Creator.. and with us they shall remain. – s. montague
In a Constitution Subcommittee hearing, Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) questioned Assistant Attorney General, Thomas Perez, over the Administration’s commitment to 1st Amendment rights. Franks’ questions were prompted by a Daily Caller article from late last year in which Perez was quoted as warmly embracing the proposals of Islamist advocates in a meeting at George Washington University, among them a request for “a legal declaration that U.S. citizens’ criticism of Islam constitutes racial discrimination.”
Perez reportedly ended the meeting with an enthusiastic closing speech and was quoted as saying, “I sat here the entire time, taking notes…I have some very concrete thoughts … in the aftermath of this.”
In this hearing, Chairman Franks asked Perez to affirm that the Administration would “never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?” Perez refused.
Army officers salute to one another near debris of burned buildings in Lashio, northern Shan State, Myanmar, Thursday, May 30, 2013. Many Buddhists and Muslims stayed locked inside their homes and shops were shuttered after two-days of violence in Lashio town, near the border with China, the latest region to fall prey to the country’s spreading sectarian violence. Credit: AP
by, Billy Hallowell
LASHIO, Myanmar (TheBlaze/AP) — More than 1,000 Muslims who fled Myanmar’s latest bout of sectarian violence huddled Thursday in a Buddhist monastery guarded by army soldiers as calm returned to this northeastern city, though burnt out buildings leveled by Buddhist rioters still smoldered.
The army transported terrified Muslim families by the truckload out of a neighborhood in Lashio where overturned cars and motorcycles that had been charred a day earlier left black scars on the red earth — the sectarian crisis clearly a grave one.
“We heard things could get worse, so we waved down soldiers and asked them for help,” said 59-year-old Khin Than, who arrived at the monastery Thursday morning with her four children and sacks of luggage along with several hundred other Muslims. “We left because we’re afraid of being attacked.”
The violence in Lashio this week highlights how anti-Muslim unrest has slowly spread across Myanmar since starting last year in western Rakhine state and hitting the central city of Meikhtila in March. President Thein Sein’s government, which inherited power from the military two years ago, has been heavily criticized for failing to contain the violence.
In Lashio on Thursday, Buddhist monks organized meals for the newly arrived refugees, who huddled together in several buildings in the monastery compound.
Residents walk past smoking debris of a charred building in Lashio, northern Shan State, Myanmar, Thursday, May 30, 2013. Many Buddhists and Muslims stayed locked inside their homes and shops were shuttered after two-days of violence in Lashio town, near the border with China, the latest region to fall prey to the country’s spreading sectarian violence. Credit: AP
Although a few Buddhist men could still be seen Thursday riding motorbikes with crude weapons such as sharpened bamboo poles, no new violence was reported. Several banks and shops reopened as residents emerged to look at destroyed Muslim shops. Trucks of soldiers and police crisscrossed main roads. They guarded the ruins of Muslim businesses that were reduced to ashes on Tuesday and Wednesday, erecting roadblocks from twisted debris.
At one corner, where the charred remains of a three-story building still smoldered, Muslim residents sorted through rubble for anything salvageable. One family packed electronics from their shop into the back of a truck.
A woman who had fled a mob a day earlier was still in a state of shock.
“These things should not happen,” said the woman, Aye Tin, a Muslim resident who slept overnight in a local Red Cross compound. “Most Muslims are staying off the streets. They’re afraid they’ll be attacked or killed if they go outside.”
An injured Shan Buddhist man lies in bed at Lashio Hospital on May 29, 2013. Myanmar’s government called for calm Wednesday after mobs burned down a Muslim orphanage, a mosque and shops during a new eruption of religious violence in the east of the country. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
The rioting began Tuesday after a Muslim man splashed gasoline on a Buddhist woman and set her on fire. Buddhist mobs responded by burning down several Muslim-owned shops, a mosque and an Islamic orphanage. Roving motorcyclists continued the violence on Wednesday, leaving one person dead and four injured.
Presidential spokesman Ye Htut said 25 people had been detained so far. He said all those arrested were from Lashio.
Buddhists on a motorcycle armed with sticks patrol in the streets in Lashio, northern Shan State, Myanmar, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Hundreds of Buddhist men on motorcycles waved iron rods and bamboo poles and threw rocks in a northeastern Myanmar town on Wednesday, a day after a mosque and a Muslim orphanage were torched in a new wave of violence targeting the religious minority. Credit: AP
The violence is casting fresh doubt over whether Thein Sein’s government can or will act to contain the racial and religious intolerance plaguing a deeply fractured nation still struggling to emerge from half a century of military rule. Muslims, who account for about 4 percent of Myanmar’s roughly 60 million people, have been the main victims of the violence since it began last year, but so far most criminal trials have involved prosecutions of Muslims, not members of the Buddhist majority.
At an operation of Turkish police to al-Nusra Front conducted at Adana, Turkey; 4.4 pounds of Sarin gas has been found. At the operation related to Reyhanli explosions, and possible future explosions at Adana province by al-Nusra, 12 militants were taken into custody. 5 of them were released by now and interrogation of the remaining 7 is still ongoing. Militants stated that they would be smuggling the gas into Syria. The question how they acquired / received the gas is still unknown.
editorial footnote: This is a very important story on many levels. The first one being that these chemicals were located in Turkey, which is funding, supplying weapons and foreign fighters to the FSA Rebel Terrorists in Syria, which is working together in the same manner by the Obama administration. Second point: When captured, the militants admitted during interrogation that they were going to “..smuggle the gas into Syria..” Last point: Remember not long ago when chemicals were released in Syria and the Western Nations supporting the FSA Terrorists falsely accused Bahar al-Assad and the Syrian Army? Remember the UN Findings? The UN sent in a team of investigators and discovered that chemicals were found in the possession of the FSA Rebels and those chemicals matched the strain of the chemicals released. The world is being lied to in the Main Stream Media (MSM). Please do not be a sheep.
Thank you to Lacilir
Just another example of how most muslim men treat women…
Notice that the police are trying to hold back the muslim attackers while the English Gents are having a peaceful demonstration. Seriously, how disrespectful and utterly callous can some people be? Absolutely.. no respect! Pure Savages!
Thank you to BNI for this video.