posted on Sep, 9 2009 @ 11:53 AM
While I was doing some research of federal crimes for a project I am working on I came across the Federal crime of "sedition".
This caught my eye because the definition of the crime seems to encompass the intent of several posts I've seen here on ATS.
Sedition is a term of law which refers to overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by the legal authority as
tending toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontent (or
resistance) to lawful authority. Sedition may include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws. Seditious words in
writing are seditious libel. A seditionist is one who engages in or promotes the interests of sedition......Sedition is the stirring up of rebellion
against the government in power....Sedition is encouraging one's fellow citizens to rebel against their state,
Now as it relates to ATS: Admittedly there is a great deal of mistrust of the government by members of ATS. That is generally why many are drawn to
sites like this. It is not uncommon to see posts accusing the President or other politicians of all manner of crimes against the people and even
against humanity. There have been countless posts accusing the PTB of orchestrating 911, Katrina....and countless other catastrophes. Some accusing
the government of purposely poising people by means of chem-trails, chemicals in food, and even using mind control techniques.
My question is this: When does free speech become sedition? Some seem to openly advocate a overthrow (violent if necessary) of the current
According to the definition, sedition may even include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws. This can take the
form of writing as in the example of Laura Berg, a nurse at a United States Department of Veterans Affairs-run hospital in New Mexico was investigated
for sedition in September 2005 after writing a letter to the editor of a local newspaper, accusing several national leaders of criminal negligence.
Fortunately for her the charges were eventually dropped.
Is anyone concerned that the line between free speech and Sedition has been crossed by many of the more passionate posters on this and other websites,
(who happen to be US citizens) that seem to desire and advocate rebellion against the US government?
I worry that some day the liberating anonymity so many seem to enjoy here will vanish and the free wheeling posts advocating revolution will come back
to bite them.
I welcome your thoughts and comments.