Tuesday, May 18, 2010

No free speech for supporters of terrorism

We read:
"As everyone knows, the First Amendment guarantees the fundamental right of freedom of speech from infringement at the hands of U.S. officials. But ever since 9/11, there has been an important limitation placed on such freedom. While Americans are still free to condemn U.S. aggression abroad, the U.S. Empire does not permit Americans to exhort foreign citizens to resist U.S. foreign aggression with violence. If U.S. officials suspect that an American citizen is exhorting foreigners to resist U.S. aggression abroad, they wield the power to do one of three things to that citizen:

1. Treat him as a criminal defendant by indicting and prosecuting him in U.S. District Court for supporting terrorism. If they can establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant encouraged foreigners to resist U.S. aggression with violence, they can secure a criminal conviction that will result in a mandatory life sentence in a federal penitentiary.


The above is written by a libertarian who opposes U.S. wars abroad, as the majority of libertarians do and as American conservatives traditionally did. So the language is a bit inflammatory. But he does point out an important truth: That SOME limits on free speech have always been accepted. You are not free to libel people for instance.

And all countries that I know of do not allow support for the enemy in time of war. And America is clearly at war with fundamentalist Muslims, even if Eric Holder refuses to say so. As with Pearl Harbor, America did not seek the war but the 9/11 attacks clearly were a declaration of war and the continuing hostility is clearly limited only by Muslim stupidity and limited ability to wage hostilities.

And America is in fact fighting on behalf of the developed world generally. Many Britons, Australians and Spaniards have also been killed by Jihadi bombs. Those who propose to let the Jihadis run riot simply lack cojones or live in their own delusory version of reality, as most Leftists and some libertarians do.


Anonymous said...

One of the reasons America is involved in a religious war with radical Islam (even though we don't realize it) is because we don't seem to know how to mind our own business. We have the audacity to go around the world telling others how they should live, when for the most part, we can't even live up to the standards we set for them. Before you tell your neighbor how to care for his lawn, you had better make damned sure yours is perfect!

Think about this. Do you realize that if we stopped our policy of "global welfare", (we call it foreign aid) meaning, giving away our money to everyone in the world, including our enemies, simply to buy friends, every American citizen could be a millionaire! And what do we get in return for our misguided compassion? 9/11, with more to come!

We are now a country ruled by a totally out of control government. This happened because the American people have become weak, mindless, sheep who care more about some phony TV shows than they care about their country or their own futures. Do you know what happens to sheep in the end?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, that's right. It's our fault Muslims attacked us. How dare we think that freedom and democracy are better than oppression and socialism? And damn! what were thinking being generous with our aid!No wonder everyone in the world along with anon 3:45 hates us!

Anon 3:45 said...

In spite of your sarcasm you're right.

1. Muslims attacked us because of our "curious" support for Isreal and our constant interference in the Middle East. Why is our support for them curious? The last 5 "major" spying cases in this country were people caught spying FOR Isreal.

2. The "freedom and democracy" you speak of are nothing more than illusions. If they were not, how is it that we have no control over what this govt. is doing? You are only free to do what the govt. says you can do.

3. Socialism? Perhaps you should pay closer attention to what the govt. has been doing, and continues to do. (socialized medicine, nationalized private companies, nationalizing private land, regulating and outlawing private, "legal" behavior etc.)

4. Our generosity? That's seen around the world as perhaps our greatest weakness, since most of what we give away is to people and nations that hate us. And what do we get in return? What is the value of a friend that you have to buy?

"No one is as blind as he who chooses not to see"

Anonymous said...

Get real: "foreign aid" is to facilitate present or future business. Even emergency aid when from the US government is to create a good impression and create or continue a good environment for business. The US has got rich on imperialism in one form or another, and has simply taken over what the europeans lost in their suicidal world-wars. The arab world hated it when the euopeans took advantage of their decadent rulers and now the US has joined them to quench the West's thirst for oil. Islamic terrorism is simply the expression and symtom of resentment against the West's exploitation.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anon 3:45,

No I am wrong about almost everything I wrote. Only a moron would blame us for being attacked by Muslims. Only a completely delusional individual could claim that our cluture of freedom and democracy is no better than the oppressive regimes that hate us. Only a selfish hater would claim generosity as a weakness.

But, I was right about one thing. You definitely hate this country!

Anonymous said...

Every country in history that meddled in foreign ones to extend its power and influence may have had short term benefits especially if it succeeded in building an empire of some sort, but in the end it became counter-productive and too expensive. It happened most recently to the european nations and to say Japan, and now the United States of America will learn the lesson of History!!!