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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Feds Would Like to Know if You Enjoyed That Video


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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