reply to post by SonicInfinity
That would totally depend on where you're being arrested and charged.
If it's China, then you got almost no hope of having any say or even coming away with a clean slate.
In the Uk, the best you could do is charge the arresting officers/force with wrongful arrest. You might get some form of compensation from the CCB
(Criminal Compensation Board). There is the slim chance you could sue them in a court of law in UK, but you'd have to be real sure that the topic you
blogged about wont upset the court/judges
As far as the states goes, well, the majority already know you can be sued for the slightest things these days.
IMO, suing is not the answer.
The legal systems make examples of convicted criminals with the sentences they receive. If your blog/post/.thread has upset some big wig in government
and he wants you arrested for 'terrorism/treason/blasphemy/slander/heresy/name-your-poison, and then you are arrested, yet go free later, then not
only should the force be responsible for not following/understanding the law correctly, but the person who brought about the request for arrest should
also get some form of punishment.
I think that would stop a lot of 'gonna sue you' cases and make some people a bit happier about the law system.
But there seems to be a major point we're all missing here.
DimensionalDetective spoke out about how this is the start of it...and it is..this is the start of the end of blogs and free speech and sites like ATS
(though ATS is gonna be one heck of a big nut to crack).
This is the start of the TPTB getting more systems to scan blogs and ATS for topics that go against the system. This is the gradual progression of
"Is your neighbour online a lot?..are they involved in blogging?.. please inform your local anti-terror squad if you suspect someone of blogging"
It's the start of such sites being monitored 24/7/365...every word. Laws will be made..people convicted and made criminals...
All because they had something to say.
Well, now I got something to say...
You will not win..we will speak freely and openly..our voices will be heard..we will spread the message.. we will shout from the hills and the
rooftops ... and if needs be, we will scream our message from the cages you put us in... We will, of course, not be criminals. We will be feared by
you. Your weakness is the people you believe you have power over.
Long live freedom.
Long live ATS.
[edit on 16-6-2008 by Extralien]