By now, you have no doubt heard that our new AG, Loretta Lynch, responded to the recent attack by ISIS members/sympathizers, by threatening the Free Speech of all Americans with prosecution should anyone have the audacity, the lack of political correctness, to say anything mean about Muslims.
Yep, she did, all summed up succinctly and perfectly by the brilliant cartoonist, Branco, from Legal Insurrection:
I think that nails it, don’t you?
Of course, AG Lynch is now trying to walk back those comments some, but I am not buying what she is selling. I have no doubt her attempts now are political, but what she said initially, she meant. She is Obama’s AG, after all, and what she said is not all that different from what Obama has said and done since he got into office. His affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood alone indicates his ideology. So, yeah – I think she meant what she said in the first place, and is now engaging in CYA.
Oh, wait a minute – that makes me worried for Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul after he came out with this bombshell about ISIS. Should he be worried about a little visit from the DOJ? This is what McCaul said, from The Hill:
Ontelligence officials have determined that Islamic extremists have explored using the refugee program to enter the United States, they told the head of the Homeland Security Committee.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) revealed portions of a classified letter from the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) on Monday, which offered new claims not previously disclosed by the Obama administration.
The disclosure could give ammunition to critics of the White House’s refugee plans who have warned that the program is vulnerable to infiltration by adherents of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The NCTC has identified “individuals with ties to terrorist groups in Syria attempting to gain entry to the U.S. through the U.S. refugee program,” the intelligence agency told McCaul in a letter.
“The refugee system, like all immigration programs, is vulnerable to exploitation from extremist groups seeking to send operatives to the West,” the agency added, noting that a small number of Iraqi refugees were arrested on terror charges in 2010.
McCaul disclosed the NCTC’s analysis during a speech at the National Defense University. He initially claimed that ISIS, in particular, had considered taking advantage of the refugee program, though his office later called that a “misstatement.”
“That was very courageous for them to come forward with this, to tell me about this personally, given the political debate on the Hill,” McCaul said on Monday.
The White House would not confirm or deny McCaul’s claim, which he was initially reluctant to link to the NCTC. (Click here to read the rest.)
Oh dear. Sure hope this doesn’t bring the full weight of the DOJ down on Chairman McCaul for implying that there are some bad Muslims trying to get into the country via the Refugee program.
And I am really concerned about Sen. Ben Sasse after he came out with these remarks, supportive of the Muslim Community, to be sure, but he argues for the rights of ALL Americans, and calls out Islamic extremism for what it is:
Unfortunately, that kind of thing is now extremely likely given the AG’s initial comments, and her decision to support only a small group of Americans over the rest of Americans. Silencing Free Speech, thwarting the Bill of Rights, seems to be something she is all too ready to do lest the feelings of the Muslim Community are hurt by someone’s speech. She could stand to watch Sen. Sasse’s speech a few times and maybe LEARN something she should have already known, certainly before becoming the top law enforcer in the nation.
Of course, many people have taken umbrage at this assault on our rights as Americans besides Sen. Sasse. One such response is below, an “Open Letter” to Loretta Lynch from BizPacReview:
Ms. Lynch I write this letter knowing it is far too late for your boss but praying that by some miracle you can still be reached.
On Wednesday, 14 Americans died at the hands of radical Muslims who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State rather than to the United States of America.
A day after that attack in San Bernardino, California you said your “greatest fear” was anti-Muslim speech that led to violence or “violent talk.”
“I think it’s important that as we again talk about the importance of free speech we make it clear that actions predicated on violent talk are not America,” you said in front of a room full of Muslims. “They are not who we are, they are not what we do, and they will be prosecuted.”
Go ahead and prosecute. Perhaps then a court can teach what freedom of speech means and how you and your boss cannot override it at your whim.
Not only does the First Amendment allow Muslims to practice their religion freely but it also gives every American the right to openly speak out against that religion, or anything else they choose.
The Founders put the Second Amendment in place because their “greatest fear” was an administration like yours who would take the First Amendment , and other freedoms, away from us.
And our “greatest fear,” unlike your fear of anti-Muslim speech, is a clear and present danger to our way of life.
We fear an administration that either doesn’t understand the Constitution or believes it doesn’t apply to them.
You know, things like not being allowed to insult Islam or Muslims. The things you threatened to prosecute and persecute Americans for.
Mainly, however, what we fear is a government so inept, so incompetent and useless that they cannot adequately protect us in a time of war. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
The author raises some good points, does he not? Most important of which is that we have the RIGHT to say what we want, when we want, without fear of prosecution, except in a very few number of instances, like yelling, “Fire!” in a theater.
But that is not what Lynch was saying at all. She wants to curtail free speech of most Americans, and that cannot stand.
At least that’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.