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  •  Indeed. His "crime" was speech. (1+ / 0-)
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    Speech, which, under the SCOTUS decisions in Brandenburg and Hess, was Constitutionally protected. Propaganda is not a crime. Even advocating for people to conduct a criminal activity at some unspecified future time is protected speech, which was decided, explicitly, in Hess.

    You are, in effect, advocating for a "government says so" exception to the law. i.e., that, because the government says he's a terrorist, the regular Constitutional protections go out the window.

    That's a dangerous precedent to set, especially when the result is the president acting as judge, jury and executioner, with no judicial oversight.

    "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

    by Hayate Yagami on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:04:18 PM PST

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