September 29, 2012
PANDERING TO RADICAL ISLAMISTS: The arrest of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (aka “Sam Bacile”), the producer of the Mohammed video, is an affront to the First Amendment. The feds nabbed him for an alleged parole violation. Even if true, it seems improbable that Nakoula would have been apprehended in the absence of his association with the video. If this is correct, it suggests that the Obama Administration is willing to use its vast power to jail people for publishing “offensive” material — particularly material offensive to the radical Islamists.
Would it be alright for a President to instruct federal prosecutors to create a “black list” of, say, communists/Republicans/tea partiers — pick your own least favorite group– and target them for investigation and arrest for any matter disinterred? Surely this would be viewed as an abuse of power, and an affront to the First Amendment. Talk about a “chilling effect” on free speech!
This is getting scary, folks.