posted on Jul, 18 2004 @ 07:56 AM
1) Threatening to kill or injure someone has never been considered "protected speech" in the United States. It is a violation of federal law to
threaten to kill or injure the President. Under various statutes, it is also illegal in all 50 states to threaten to kill or injure anyone, not
just the President.
2) These laws have nothing whatsoever to do with the Patriot Act and have been on the books for many, many years.
3) I disagree with a great many of President Bush's policies, am not afraid to say so anywhere and do so frequently in public discussions both on and
offline. Doing so does not violate any U.S. or state laws, and I have never seen anything to indicate that anyone in the U.S. has been prosecuted for
expressing a non-violent, non-seditious political opinion in recent years (it actually used to be worse than it is now. See the Alien and
Sedition Acts for an early, but by no means unique, example.).
4) A grand jury investigating the ties of a criminal to a political group, when the criminal appears to have been motivated to commit that crime for
political reasons, is reasonable and responsible. The grand jury would have been wrong not to investigate this connection. A grand jury subpoena is
not a judgment or sentence, but a tool for investigating possible crimes, which is what grand juries do. The grand jury process is required by the
Constitution in certain cases as a right to protect the defendant. It is not considered a tool of oppression.
5) Humphries was found guilty by a jury of his peers.
ladyspiritguide: That sounds like quite an experience. I guess interest in that website must have waned, because that is the very same website
I downloaded my own copies of those very same documents from about 8 months ago. So far, I have seen no indication of interest in me by law
enforcement. Apparently, priorities in law enforcement have shifted.
It is the duty of every American to keep an eye on his government. The founders of our country urged us to never trust our leaders. No matter
how skeptical you may be about the motives of politicians, you are not skeptical enough.
Part of this responsibility includes being accurately informed about what is going on, including understanding how our legal system works. It is easy
to throw our hands in the air and run around in circles shouting "tyranny!", but doing so in cases that are not tyranny is
Rather, it is better to be well-informed enough to see the true danger when it arises, and danger, as always, abounds.