posted on Jun, 26 2006 @ 09:40 PM
Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Peaceful Assembly, Freedom of Worship and Freedom to Petition the Government are all protected by
the First Amendment of the Constitution. No one on this board will debate that nor should anyone debate these freedoms. But at what point does
responsibility come into account?
It is irresponsible and quite illegal to yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater when there is no fire. Is your free speech infringed?
Should the Klu Klux Klan “peacefully” assemble before a burning cross in Harlem?
Should a Satanic cult freely practice a human sacrifice on the steps of the National Cathedral in DC?
Should have Al Gore shot George W. and the Supreme Court Justices because they denied his 531st (or so ) Petition to recount the votes in Florida
again? (Although forcing recounts in other states might have given him the electoral votes needed, just a FYI)
As simply as I can put it, the freedoms that we have as individuals must always bear in mind the freedoms of others. Nowhere in the editor’s letter
was there any mention of consideration to the soldiers and officers that now may have to risk their lives for how much ever longer because of this
article. He barely acknowledged the civilian lives of NYC and DC that may now be jeopardized.
I personally would love to grab this guy by the scrotum and take him on a one month trip across country to show him that there are a multitude more
people in America than just NYC and DC. And after he has full opportunity to eat and talk and heaven forbid play a game (baseball, checkers, hungry
hungry hippos) he might find that they tend to be of a better caliber of people than what he is used to being around. Sadly, the people of the small
towns and cities are the most vulnerable to attack should a terror campaign begin in earnest.
I am sure he saw the fear and desperation, the confusion and anger in the eyes of many thousands of people (if only in photographs) during and after
9/11. I have to sit and wonder if he remembered all that before he decided to publish.
So let us say that the War on Terror must last only one extra day (an unrealistic estimate I assure you) because of the damage done by making this
information public. I ask, was it worth it? Stan Lee summed it up best in Amazing Spiderman “With great power comes great responsibility.” This
editor showed no effort of forethought in my opinion, hopefully his final punishment will be on par with that of Prometheus.