All of these institutions:
- The Hammer of Witches and the Great Inquisition of the Catholic Church;
- The seditious libel crimes for criticism of the government;
- The FBI characterization of "frivolous" lawsuit of civil rights plaintiffs expressing certain viewpoints ("They clog up the court system with frivolous lawsuits and liens against public officials to harass them"); see also here;
- federal courts repeatedly sanctioning civil rights plaintiffs and their attorneys for novel arguments in constitutional litigation - have the same goals:
In my previous blog post I described how the FBI targets certain types of speech, by certain groups of population, as a form of domestic terrorism.
Specifically, I showed that based on the content of viewpoint and legal argument, certain civil rights lawsuits and arguments, branded as "frivolous" by courts, have been also branded by the FBI as a form of "domestic terrorism" that puts individuals who file and litigate such "frivolous lawsuits" "on the radar" of the FBI (of course, as a lip service of its constitutional duty to the public, the FBI invites the public BOTH to report, as "suspicious activity", the filings of "frivolous lawsuits" by civil rights litigants of a certain viewpoint, and to report "civil rights violations", which are mutually exclusive requests.
I also wrote that that particular political philosophy, the so-called "sovereign citizen" philosophy, is, according to a study, increasingly adhered to by African Americans, adding racial profiling and discrimination overtones to the FBI attempts to prosecute free speech and even free political thought as a form of domestic terrorism.
The 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits discrimination based on views, and especially based on political views.
The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld the right to criticize the government in the most unattractive ways, to the point of falsehood.
Here are at least some of the most prominent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the subject.
In New York Times v Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964) the U.S. Supreme Court provided that
"[The U.S. Congress] did pass the Sedition Act in 1798, [n3] which made it a crime -- "seditious libel" -- to criticize federal officials or the Federal Government. As the Court's opinion correctly points out, however, ante, pp. 273-276, that Act came to an ignominious end and, by common consent, has generally been treated as having been a wholly unjustifiable and much to be regretted violation of the First Amendment. Since the First Amendment is now made applicable to the States by the Fourteenth, it no more permits the States to impose damages for libel than it does the Federal Government."
The court stated further that:
"We would, I think, more faithfully interpret the First Amendment by holding that, at the very least, it leaves the people and the press free to criticize officials and discuss public affairs with impunity."
In United States v. Eichman, 460 U.S. 310 (1990) the U.S. Supreme Court has struck on free political speech grounds a criminal prohibition to burn an American flag in front of onlookers that was clearly offensive and upset the onlookers.
The court's reasoning was that the burning of the flag is permitted to dispose of old flags, but is criminalized as a form of political expression, and that is an unconstitutional violation of the 1st Amendment.
The Year 2012. The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirms that the government lacks the power for unrestricted content-based regulation of speech about the government, and that truthful arguments in the public forum are enough to rebut false arguments.
In United States v Alvarez, 567 U.S. __, 132 S.Ct. 2537 (2012), the U.S. Supreme Court has struck the Stolen Valor Act criminalizing false claims of military awards.
The court has reasoned that:
"...some false statements are inevitable if there is to be an open and vigorous expression of views in public and private con-versation, expression the First Amendment seeks to guarantee. See Sullivan, supra, at 271 (“Th[e] erroneous statement is inevitable in free debate",
"The remedy for speech that is false is speech that is true. This is the ordinary course in a free society. The response to the unreasoned is the rational; to the uninformed, the enlightened; to the straight-out lie, the simple truth. See Whitney v. California, 274 U. S. 357, 377 (1927) (Brandeis, J., concurring) (“If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence”). The theory of our Constitution is “that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market,” Abrams v. United States, 250 U. S. 616, 630 (1919) (Holmes, J., dissenting). The First Amendment itself ensures the right to respond to speech we do not like, and for good reason. Freedom of speech and thought flows not from the beneficence of the state but from the inalienable rights of the person. And suppression of speech by the government can make exposure of falsity more difficult, not less so. Society has the right and civic duty to engage in open, dynamic, rational discourse. These ends are not well served when the government seeks to orchestrate public discussion through content-based mandates."
Thus, quashing criticism of ANY kind against the government save a direct call to physical violence against particular individuals, is an acknowledgement by the government that the government's arguments that are opposing the quashed and punished argument will not win if tested by the "test of truth" and will not be "accepted in the competition of the market".
Blunt suppression through power is an easier way - short-term, of course - to eliminate unwanted speech, and criticism of the government at all times was at the top of unwanted speech - at least, for the government of any kind, church or secular, and in any country, democratic or tyrannical.
Yet, that is not a democratic, or even a legitimate way where the government suppressing that speech, is itself the servant to the sovereign (We the People - see the Declaration of Independence), and where all members of the government take their office through an oath to uphold, protect and enforce the U.S. Constitution and every part of it, including the much disliked 1st Amendment.
Therefore, all attempts of the government to achieve uniformity of thought through punishing people for "thought crimes", for their viewpoints, for their legal opinions, for the contents of their civil rights lawsuits, is unconstitutional in this country.
The thought control was recently exacerbated by the President of the United States announcing, through its Justice Department, to use political speech screening and control to target people for contents of their political speech, lumping together as "anti-government" anybody who criticizes or sues the government (of course, by manipulating on people's fear of terrorism).
At the same time, President's spouse made a "Pavlik Morozov" speech at a high school graduation calling upon youngsters to spy on and police the speech of their family members - albeit with good intentions of eradicating racism.
So, the FBI - the arm of the President - under the guise of fighting "sovereign citizen" movement as a type of "domestic terrorism", fights African-Americans, see here.
On the other hand, Michele Obama, under the guise of fighting racism, instills into youth the necessity to fight within their own families, as did the (fake) Russian "pioneer hero" Pavlik Morozov (I still remember his story being pounded into my childish brains in school) and the "child heroes" of George Orwell's "1984".
We need to come to a consensus to agree to disagree.
All speech on political subjects, no matter how offensive, no matter how disliked by the "mainstream" establishment - whatever it is - is permissible unless it calls for acts of violence.
That is what the 1st Amendment is for.
And government officials - from the FBI to attorneys working for the government to federal judges - should well remember their own oaths of office, and should well remember that their vicious pursuit of civil rights plaintiffs and their attorneys for "frivolous lawsuits" OF ANY KIND - fighting race discrimination of blacks against whites, fighting "reverse race discrimination" of whites, fighting misconduct of any public officials including judges, equates them with those who administered the infamous
- Hammer of Witches and
- seditious libel laws
That's NOT a good company.
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"To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free, when men are different from one another and do not live alone— to a time when truth exists and what is done cannot be undone:
From the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude, from the age of Big Brother, from the age of doublethink— greetings!
He was already dead, he reflected. It seemed to him that it was only now, when he had begun to be able to formulate his thoughts, that he had taken the decisive step. The consequences of every act are included in the act itself.
He wrote: Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime IS death."
Orwell, George (1983-10-17). 1984 (p. 74). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.