In the United States freedom of expression is protected by the first Amendment to the United States Constitution. There are several exceptions to this general rule, including copyright protection, the Miller test for obscenity and greater regulation of so-called commercial speech, such as advertising The Miller test in particular rarely comes into effect.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is a part of the United States Bill of Rights. It prohibits the federal legislature from making laws that establish religion (the “Establishment Clause”) or prohibit free exercise of religion (the “Free Exercise Clause”), laws that infringe the freedom of speech, infringe the freedom of the press, limit the right to assemble peaceably, or limit the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
With that said here is part of the article in question:
A Web site operated by the Alabama Department of Homeland Security identified gay rights organizations and anti-abortion groups among those that could include terrorists.
That Web site has been removed from the Internet after the agency received complaints about the site.
It had listed different types of terrorists, including “Single Issue Terrorist,” which it said can come from groups that rally behind specific causes.
Those listed as possibly spawning terrorists:
Animal rights advocates.
Opponents of abortion.
Gay rights supporters.
Single Issue Terrorist
The term “Single Issue Terrorism” is broadly accepted as extremist militancy on the part of groups or individuals protesting a perceived grievance or wrong usually attributed to governmental action or inaction.1 Generally, three principal issues are regarded to fall under that definition: animal rights, environmentalism, and abortion. This paper addresses those issues, with the focus on activities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Now according to Alabama Department of Homeland Security the offending website has been removed from the internet but it does not mean that it does not exist! Think of it. According to the broad definition of the Department of Homeland Security each and every single individual or organization that has ever uttered a word against virtually any issue is considered to be a “Single Issue Terrorist”. According to Polling Report.com of those interview regarding the following question
“Looking back, do you think the United States did the right thing in taking military action against Iraq, or should the U.S. have stayed out?”
61% replied the U.S. should have stayed out of Iraq. So in accordance with the Department of Homeland Security does that mean that the 61% are now to be considered terrorist because they feel that the U.S. should have stayed out of Iraq? This would be categorized as a single issue!
What about all those anti-war bloggers ( many right here on WordPress ). Are they to be branded because they don’t agree with the war! What of all those politicians who have voiced opinions against the war, democrat and republican? Knowing the bureaucracy of such entities no doubt their mentality would be retroactive which would mean Vietnam war protestors as well. Why stop there, what about all those Japanese that were incarcerated during WWII! I am certain they have a “ Single Issue “ in mind. Does Hiroshima ring a bell to anyone? Take a good look at what was said in the article,” That Web site has been removed from the Internet after the agency received complaints about the site“. The web site might not exist but I am certain the list has not disappeared! I won’t even mention the word database!
The First Amendment prohibits the federal legislature from making laws that infringe the freedom of speech, infringe the freedom of the press.
Department of Homeland Security.
It must be me, it must be that I am extremely naïve but try as I do I can’t get around the fact that there is some huge contradiction in all of this.
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