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A downward trend for free speech

10 Sep 2008, 09:46 UTC
A downward trend for free speech
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From the First Amendment of the United States Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The entire First Amendment has been increasingly ignored in recent history, and things have become especially worse during the Bush administration. This is no surprise, considering what President Bush himself blatantly revealed of what he thought about the Constitution of the United States:

Stop throwing the Constitution in my face! It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!

Here I would like to concentrate on the erosion of the latter half of the First Amendment. The sarcastically named “free speech zones” were bad enough, with the way it eroded the people’s right to peaceably assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances. But the recent overly aggressive suppression of protesters during the Republican National Convention is a sign of how bad things have become.

The interview of Jeff Guntzel by Glenn Greenwald highlights how the police aggressively suppressed protesters indiscriminately, even ending up arresting journalists ...

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