posted on Aug, 22 2009 @ 10:14 PM
Here are some more reasons.
During a lawsuit, the parties go through a phase called discovery where they are able to look at any evidence the other parties have or could possibly
have. Discovery in the US is liberal and pretty much allows any party in a lawsuit to snoop into the other parties business. If secret societies
like freemasons filed lawsuits, defendants could use discovery to obtain secret ritual books, membership lists, and all sorts of other inoformation
the societies would like to keep secret.
2. Free Speech Issues
Under the first amendment, most defamation lawsuits filed by secret societies will be thrown out. According to the US supreme court, the first
amendment requires that the plaintiff in a defamation suit show the defamatory statements were intentional falsehoods or made with a reckless
disregard for the truth.
Here, many statements made about secret societies concern issues of public concern like world domination or mass brainwashings. The only way the
Masons would prevail is if they could prove the people making these statements willfully lied or were reckless with regards to the truth. Since many
conspiracy theorists are not intentionally lying, the masons would have a difficult time prevailing.
Furthermore, many states have anti- SLAPP suit laws. SLAPP suits (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) are defamation suits that people
file to get people to shut up. An example of this is when Beef farmers sued Oprah because she did a piece on mad cow disease. The Beef farmers knew
they would not prevail, yet they insisted on engaging in a long, drawn out lawsuit with Oprah so others would be deterred from saying bad things about
If freemasons or other secret societies filed suits against conspiracy theorists, they could be subjecting themselves to penalties under anti-SLAPP