Dear AG Lynch: About That Free Speech Thing *Open Thread*

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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:

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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.

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25 Responses to “Dear AG Lynch: About That Free Speech Thing *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Any doubt that AG Lynch was nothing more than a clone of AG Holder is in her remarks after the San Bernardino massacre. She, like her boss, is far more concerned about the Muslim Community than about the people being killed.

    I don’t know how we got to this place but we had better get out soon or there won’t be a country to worry about.

    Funny isn’t it, that after all these years Nikita Khrushchev is proven right, we are losing from within.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You said it, Marge. I was DISGUSTED when Lindsey Graham voted for her to become AG despite the things she said – or DIDN’T – during her hearing. And now look where we are – worse than before, if possible…

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Homeland Security Secretary: If You Don’t Know Muslims Want Peace, You Don’t Know Islam

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/2015/12/8/homeland-security-secretary-if-you-dont-know-muslims-want-peace-you-dont-know-islam

    This is a prime example, if you needed another, of how the Obama Administration, and most of the left, has more concern for the group the terrorists came from than for the victims and their families. I don’t understand that kind of thinking and I find it contemptible. Especially coming from an arrogant as@#*%#@*le like Jeh Johnson.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Ohmygosh, I am not a fan of Johnson’s at ALL, and this apology does not help my impression of him one bit…

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Stop Tying Terrorist Attacks to Unrelated Issues

    Traumatic national events often lead promoters of various causes to attempt a product tie-in. The terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, was no exception.

    The agendas may be worthy of support, but trying to Scotch-tape them onto only vaguely related circumstances comes off as phony. This is done across the political spectrum, but in the recent tragedy, the left has gotten especially sloppy.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2015/12/08/stop_tying_terrorist_attacks_to_unrelated_issues_128959.html

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It makes me nuts that the Dems are trying to tie the most recent mass shootings to the San Bernardino terrorist attack. I know they are trying to add more to their “evidence” of their cause, but it is indeed, “sloppy.”

      Thanks for this, Marge!

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Columbia Student in Anguish Because She Has to Read Books by White People

    Take the case of this poor, wilting flower. Nissy Aya is now in her fifth year of undergraduate study at Columbia University. She was supposed to graduate last year with the rest of her class, but finds herself — totally not her fault — on track to graduate next year.

    Ms. Aya says that she has experienced much angst and anguish while taking Columbia’s Core courses, studying the greatest, the most powerful, the most tolerant civilization in the history of the human race — Western civilization. It seems that Ms. Aya has feelings of inadequacy when reading all these books by dead white males.

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/2015/11/20/columbia-student-in-anguish-because-she-has-to-read-books-by-white-people/?singlepage=true

    I could not possibly invented anything this foolish.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, my dear lord. You have GOT to be kidding me with this, Marge. Seriously. WTH is wrong with these young people?! She has “feelings of inadequacy” when she reads brilliant writing so she is traumatized?

      No – she is disturbed. IMO, that is. Sadly, too many seem to be like her these days…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Until College Administrators and Presidents grow a pair and a spine these little losers will continue to throw their temper tantrums.

        As said so very well by Dr. Everett Piper, President Oklahoma Wesleyan University, “This is Not a Day Care. It’s a University! “

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Indeed. Oh, my, I wish we had more like Piper and (former Gov.) Mitch Daniels, too. Yep – they could teach these other Administrators a thing or two…

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      Sad very Sad. :facepalm:

    • mcnorman Says:

      I could not stand kids like this in my class. They would dramatically change the mood for the entire class. The Me Me My Way attitude should never have been allowed into college. They are still having 2 year tantrums.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        That is it exactly, mcnorman – they act like toddlers stamping their feet and demanding their way, demanding that no one says anything to offend their delicate sensibilities, all of that. Just ridiculous..

  7. lyn Says:

    Lynch has no problem with hate speech against conservatives.

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    It’s a start, and long overdue anyway: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/262529-house-votes-overwhelmingly-to-restrict-visa-waivers-for-travelers

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