Tweet Smell Of Suppress

It’s the United States of Iran!

From CBS News:

Twitter and Facebook are now essential tools for protest movements. And as Tony Guida reports, law enforcement agencies are monitoring the social media giants and using what they find to make cases against demonstrators.


This is all about Occupy Wall Street’s occupying the Brooklyn Bridge last October, which led to 732 arrests for “disorderly conduct, which is neither a crime or a misdemeanor, but a violation, like loitering.”

Which makes the Twitterveillance by the New York District Attorney (a.k.a. the subpoenaing of OWS protesters’ Twitter accounts) “smashing a gnat with a sledgehammer,” according to an OWS defense lawyer.

And which leads to comparisons with Twitterveillance in Iran and elsewhere.

Paging the First Amendment. Paging America’s First Amendment.

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8 Responses to Tweet Smell Of Suppress

  1. Curmudgeon says:

    If someone wishes to admit his violation of the law in a publicly accessible place, why shouldn’t law enforcement be able to see it?

    The individual has not presumed right to privacy if he spills all willingly to anyone who wants to take the time to read what has been published.

    Being sorry that they put their lives in the spotlight, doesn’t give them a mulligan on life.

    Has nothing at all to do with free speech…

  2. Exactly. And if an individual wants to read things that law enforcement claims leads to violations of the law, or “supports terrorism” as claimed by a government that has neither to define it nor obtain a warrant, they shouldn’t presume privacy, either.

    Let’s be honest: only those who hate America distinguish between “committing a crime” and “looking at stuff.” The First Amendment, The Bill of Rights, and the Freedom of Association are not a suicide pact.

    It boils down to this: a few foreign nationals with box cutters hijacked some planes and killed a lot of people — which means the only possible way to guarantee the safety of The United States is to sharply curtail individual liberties of US citizens, because the Framers never envisioned the country having enemies with sharp knives.

    There is absolutely no truth to the notion that what’s really at work here is a bunch of halfwit fascists who like to tell everyone what to do because only the obedience of others alleviates the deep-seated fear that stems from their well-deserved feelings of personal inadequacy — in exactly the same way that their racism stems from their fears of penis-sized-related sexual inadequacy, and in exactly the same way that their homophobia stems from suppressed same-sex attraction as described here:

    Remember the words of J Edgar Hoover: “Justice is incidental to law and order.” It is NOT the other way around, despite what a bunch of egghead Constitutional scholars might tell you. They hate America, too.

    • Campaign Outsider says:




      So you’re really more concerned about a group of people who couldn’t organize a two-car funeral than a federal government that puts the hammer on them?

      This isn’t about what the government CAN do – it’s about what the government SHOULD do.

      It’s about proportionality – and governmental propriety.

      P.S. You guys should be careful what you say in your comments. Big Blogger is watching.

    • Curmudgeon says:

      As long as you continue to support having kids stay on their parents’ health insurance until they are 85, I’ll go along with you.

  3. You should know that if it comes down to it, I’ll turn you all in to save myself. USA! USA!

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