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  •  I wasn't aware of a think-tank exception to the (2+ / 0-)
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    milkbone, Cofit

    1st amendment.  Could you point it out for me?

    A PBS mind in a Fox News World | -1.75/-4.00

    by Crookshanks on Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 01:17:16 PM PST

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    •  Deliberately lying to the public (2+ / 0-)
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      erratic, synductive99

      as an insider to the master plan is a crime, not free speech.  

      •  I remember from my Comm Law class (2+ / 0-)
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        erratic, BigAlinWashSt

        that there have been times in US history when speech has been censored when it is found to undermine a US military effort, I think when it has revealed classified information or used blatantly false information.

        Interestingly, I don't think anybody has ever had speech censored or been prosecuted for supporting the government's actions by exaggerating or lying about the reason's behind the government's actions.

        This is all hypothetical, but it is fascinating to think about from a legal perspective.

        Could a public figure be prosecuted for supporting the government if the government was found to not be telling the complete truth, whether purposely or not? I seriously doubt it.

        What I aim for: no personal insults, no snark

        by StanMO on Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 01:47:36 PM PST

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