Yesterday I wrote about an event, sponsored by the American Muslim Advisory Council, which is to take place next week in Tennessee. U.S. Attorney Bill Killian is supposed to “educate” us and the American Muslim community on the (criminal) legal consequences for posting material online (read that: in personal blogs, on FaceBook or other social networking sites) which is offensive to Muslims. You can find my prior post here.
Well, now. I did some research at the United States DOJ Civil Rights Criminal Division website and read some of the civil rights statutes, convictions of which can result in imprisonment or death.
I’m not a lawyer and don’t render legal opinions. However, as a career police officer I had to understand the criminal law sufficiently to be able to know which statutes applied to different criminal complaint situations. Ergo, here’s one law I found, which is Title 18 Section 241, U.S. Code, that could very well be used to prosecute bloggers or private citizens for posting Islam-offensive articles, columns, essays or opinions online:
If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or
If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured—
They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
Generally, in order to initiate an investigation of a crime, it takes a credible complaint from a victim(s) to set the wheels of the justice system into motion. From the vagueness of this law, it seems to me that any Muslim group or individual could claim to be be feeling oppressed or intimidated by a particular published criticism of Islam and thereby initiate an investigation and/or a prosecution. Of course, to establish the existence of a conspiracy, bloggers’ emails or phone calls would have to be collected and searched. That idea is not far-fetched. According to a recent CNN report, all phone calls and electronic communications are already collected, recorded and stored by the NSA.
My conclusion? In the pro-jihad climate fostered by the current administration, don’t be surprised when there are such prosecutions forthcoming.
And here’s even more troubling evidence of the DOJ’s ultimate intentions:
During August of 2012 www.Breitbart.com presented a harbinger of what’s ahead for us here. You’ve got to watch the video to get the full effect of U.S. Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez’s refusal (four times) to answer House Judiciary Committe member Representative Trent Franks’ straightforward question about the possible future criminal prosecutions of people who speak against any religion. Breitbart’s William Bigelow wrote:
Just last week, Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division, was asked this question by Trent Franks (R-AZ), a member of the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution: “Will you tell us here today that this Administration’s Department of Justice will never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?”
Perez refused to answer. Four times.
That was then. This is now. We’re ten months further into the encroachment of sharia onto our freedoms.