It is now illegal to "watch something in order to cultivate your desire, your ideology.”
Six years ago Newt Gingrich said the nation needed to “look seriously at a level of supervision that we would never dream of if it weren’t for the scale of the [terrorist] threat.” America needed to “break up their capacity to use the Internet, break up their capacity to use free speech,” he declared – recognizing that such efforts would require to “a serious debate about the First Amendment.” Gingrich’s comments – made at, of all places, a free-speech awards banquet – provoked an uproar...
...if the case of Tarek Mehanna is any guide, it appears he is finally getting his wish. Mehanna – a U.S. citizen born in Pittsburgh – recently was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for providing material support for terrorism. Mehanna did not send al-Qaida lawyers, guns, or money. He was indicted for engaging in criminal conspiracy by doing such things as “watching jihadi videos” and “[seeking] out online Internet links to tribute videos.”
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