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Apr 30 2014

“Hate Crime Reporting Act” to Destroy Free Speech

I Can't Speak

Obama’s Department of Justice may soon be scouring the internet, TV, and radio in search of “hate speech” and doling out punishments as judge, jury, and executioner.

At least that is the intent of a new bill introduced by Senator Ed Markey, D-M.A., and Representative Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y. S.2219 would require the Department of Justice, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Commission, and the United States Commission on Civil Rights to search the internet, television, and radio for speech “encouraging hate crimes based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation,” write a report, and create recommendations for stopping this alleged free speech atrocity. In Markey’s press release, Jeffries also argues that the Internet has the largest influence on hate crime and discrimination.

S.2219 would target internet and television speech in an effort to stop hate crime, despite hate crime already being illegal. The bills defines hate speech as any speech which “encourages violent acts” or “acts of hate.” Therefore, the “hate speech” or speech “encouraging violent acts” which may be uttered by broadcasters and bloggers is open to interpretation. Could government then use this bill to silence dissent and opposing views?

The idea may not be so farfetched. Let us not forget the IRS scandal in which the agency deliberately targeted Tea Party and conservative groups, nor the fact that U.S. administrations have been using the IRS to attack opponents for decades. There was also the FCC study in which the Federal Communication Commission was going to send researchers into newsrooms to determine how and which stories should be published. The study was leaked by the FCC Commissioner himself, and later scrapped for revision due to public outrage. There’s also all those government documents labeling everyone with an opinion as a domestic terrorist.

The Southern Poverty law center has already asked Amazon to blacklist those with opposing views who utilize Amazon and PayPal services. The Obama administration has already created social media task forces to address various types of “hate speech.” Obama’s campaign in 2011 also founded Attack Watch, a website on which supporters could report “smear campaigns” against the President.

If passed, Markey’s bill will effectively destroy free speech, despite that pesky First Amendment Congress seems to be forgetting. The bill claims that it will act within the parameters of the Amendment, but Markey and friends may have overlooked the part of the Constitution that says “Congress shall make no law.” The bill was inspired by a Kansas shooting in which an ex-KKK leader shot several people outside of two Jewish community centers the day before Passover. The shooter happened to have a white-supremacy website.

2 comments

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  2. Shannon

    I think we need to remember that proverb about our tongues are able to light forests on fire… Or wtf. Lol i know mine needs an extinguisher! So it should be a misdemeanor “at least” to provoke people to violence with our mouths. Therefore if you can talk the talk, dont be afraid of the glock! People need to say in todays situation, that ” free speech” is the english language!! Sounded funny… I guess!! Bye

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