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Originally posted by gnosis111
reply to post by SlovenlyGhost
BUT!!!! There was NO threat made. That is the point. He said "he'd like to fight Obama" not that he was going to attack him. And he said "someone should knock some sense into him".
Sawani asked who Volkmann wanted to fight next. He answered. He then went on to vent on why. It is a complaint not a threat.
Originally posted by Kayzar
BUT!!! there was no legal action the secret service talked to him. He was not hauled off in the middle of the night by the CIA nor was he imprisoned in a FEMA camp. He was not even given a 5 dollar fine. They just talked to him.
TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 41 > § 871
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§ 871. Threats against President and successors to the Presidency
(a) Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits for conveyance in the mail or for a delivery from any post office or by any letter carrier any letter, paper, writing, print, missive, or document containing any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States, the President-elect, the Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President of the United States, or the Vice President-elect, or knowingly and willfully otherwise makes any such threat against the President, President-elect, Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President, or Vice President-elect, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by many state constitutions and state and federal laws. Criticism of the government and advocacy of unpopular ideas that people may find distasteful or against public policy, such as racism, sexism, and other hate speech are generally permitted. There are exceptions to these general protection, including the Miller test for obscenity, child pornography laws, speech that incites imminent danger, and regulation of commercial speech such as advertising. Within these limited areas, other limitations on free speech balance rights to free speech and other rights, such as rights for authors and inventors over their works and discoveries (copyright and patent), interests in "fair" political campaigns (Campaign finance laws), protection from imminent or potential violence against particular persons (restrictions on fighting words), or the use of untruths to harm others (slander). Distinctions are often made between speech and other acts which may have symbolic significance.