Freedom of speech is no longer a civil liberty

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September 18, 2012 by Julia

By now, we’ve all seen this photograph of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula being taken away for “voluntary questioning”:

Credit to the LA Times

Because sure, it’s TOTALLY NORMAL to be asked to submit to “voluntary questioning” for alleged probation violations at midnight by at least five cops.  Yup, happens all the time.  Okay, who am I kidding?  It rarely, if ever, happens, and the probation narrative is complete BS.  Dude was hauled in for questioning because the feds didn’t like how he used his free speech–which is the ENTIRE REASON we have free speech rights to begin with, of course.

Now, this post wasn’t supposed to be about Nakoula.  No, no, it was supposed to be about how the lapdog media is not even hiding their shameless lies anymore, and maybe even about how Jay Carney and Susan Rice have also told us blatant lies this week.  That is, it was supposed to be about lies until I saw this:

Taken September 18, 2012 at 12:30 a.m. EST

(Photobucket is being weird, so here is the direct link)

This, my friends, is a screencap of the ACLU website from early this morning (or late last night, depending on your perspective).  As you can see, there is NO MENTION WHATSOEVER of Nakoula or the video.  None.  The White House asked a private company to remove a privately made video . . . no mention.  Our top military official besides the commander-in-chief calls a private citizen to ask him to stop speaking . . . no mention.  To be fair to the ACLU, I checked all five “News & Updates” stories – nothing.  The Constitution Day story?  It’s all about how evil schools may ask children to think critically, and how terrible that would be.

How about the Facebook page?  Nope, not there either.  Apropos of this post, though, I did find this nugget:

In a poll commissioned by the National Constitution Center, only six percent of poll-takers could name “the four rights” guaranteed by the First Amendment. Can you?

The answers are kind of sad (multiple people answered “right to remain silent,” for instance, or left out religion altogether), although some people raised the valid points that “petition” and “assembly” may be considered two different rights, and “free exercise” and “establishment” are two different rights as well, meaning that there are six and not four rights.  On top of that, the ACLU seems to have completely abandoned our right to free speech, so maybe its “four rights” read something like this:  “establishment clause, petition, assembly, press.”  No free speech, no free exercise of religion . . . and probably only “free press” because it’s in the tank for the Left.

And what about Twitter?  I’m all about fairness, so I headed over to Twitter to see if maybe the ACLU simply didn’t get to put a statement on its page yet (which it updates every day, but whatever).  I read all of the tweets back through September 11, since this wasn’t an issue before that date.  Any mention of Nakoula?  A big fat NO–the main topics are drone strikes, privacy, voting, women’s “health,” HIV, and the Occupy movement.  To the ACLU’s credit, I did find this one tweet on a relevant topic:

KKK?  Sure, free speech.  Dude who makes a video that some Muslims and our president don’t like?  Fuck ‘im.  (for the record, both the KKK and Nakoula have free speech rights, which should be obvious to everyone).  This is made all the more ironic when you see what the ACLU has to say about Occupy:

Which received only one reply:

On the case? I’m going to guess no.

But what IS the the ACLU doing, if not defending free speech?  Forcing schools to ban father-daughter dances.  Keep fighting the good fight, ACLU. 

If you still have any capacity to be horrified, read what Mother Jones has to say about this, especially the comments.  These are liberals!  Aren’t they supposed to be our allies in opposing police states and restrictions on free speech?  What in the world is happening here?

Shame on you, Left.  Shame.  On.  You.

I’ll leave you with an example from Zombie’s great collection of the best Quickmeme results for the Nakoula photo (check out the whole collection).

4 thoughts on “Freedom of speech is no longer a civil liberty

  1. Stuart the Viking says:

    Here’s my take on it. Wrong or right? Who knows.

    The ACLU started out as a classically liberal organization dedicated to defending the civil liberties of all Americans. Then, as happened to many of the classically liberal organizations, they swayed left and slowly became a progressive organization. As such, instead of defending ALL civil liberties, they now pick and choose which ones they defend (choosing those that fit their progressive ideals*).

    It’s not surprising that the ACLU isn’t stepping up to defend Nakoula. Nakoula’s video (supposedly) caused the type of problem that Obama isn’t good looking good while handling. Since Obama is the progressive Jesus (for now, they’ll throw him away as soon as he is no longer useful) the ACLU isn’t going to get involved. Nakoula isn’t worth defending to them.

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    * The sole exception to this is the KKK. They continue to defend the KKK in order to keep their “All Civil Liberties” cred in case someone calls them on it, and because they have historically defended the KKK’s right to speech from when they were really out to defend everyone’s civil liberties. Stopping now would be conspicuous. Lets face it. The KKK is the perfect tool for this use, what little help they give the KKK really amounts to nothing because the KKK no longer has any relevance or power.

    • Julia says:

      Besides, the KKK is an organization founded by the Democrats, so at least the ACLU doesn’t have to defend icky Republicans. That’s what villainous groups like FIRE and the Alliance Defense Fund are for.

      I’ve heard that the ACLU used to be a credible civil liberties organization, but by the time I got into politics and public policy, they had narrowed their efforts to getting plastic Christmas and Hanukkah displays thrown out of government buildings and suing schools because they dared to admit Christian students (okay, maybe not yet, but I kind of feel like that’s coming some day–they really aren’t subtle about their goals).

      • Ish says:

        I actually joined the ACLU in high school, but cut my membership card in half and mailed the local office the scraps — along with a sternly worded letter — in the wake of D.C. v Heller. I joined years prior to becoming a shooter and even after I became very active in the gun rights sphere, I had no problems with justifying membership in both the ACLU and NRA: “One for each of the first two Amendments.” was my naive thought on the matter… but then D.C. v Heller came around, and the ACLU had the unmitigated gall to write horseshit like this:

        The ACLU interprets the Second Amendment as a collective right. Therefore, we disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision in D.C. v. Heller. While the decision is a significant and historic reinterpretation of the right to keep and bear arms, the decision leaves many important questions unanswered that will have to be resolved in future litigation, including what regulations are permissible, and which weapons are embraced by the Second Amendment right that the Court has now recognized.

        It has been four years, yet my blood still boils when I read those words.

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