The Department of Justice Poses Grave Danger to the First Amendment

The Department of Justice is threatening the First Amendment rights of six protesters arrested during a protest, on Inauguration Day last year.

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DOJ is making the most insane argument that protesters and journalists should go to jail

The Department of Justice Poses Grave Danger to the First Amendment

The Department of Justice is threatening the First Amendment rights of six protesters arrested during a protest, on Inauguration Day last year. The six protesters were protesting against incoming Pres. Donald Trump, which is perfectly understandable for any reasonable person. This attempt by the DOJ to convict six protesters, some of them journalists, poses a grave danger to future protests and the First Amendment six rights of free speech if they succeed in their ridiculous quest to put away since people for expressing their displeasure against Donald Trump.

Leading the US government’s case representing the Department of Justice is Assistant US Attorney Rizwan Qureshi offered no arguments that the defendants had committed any type of violence or destroyed property. Instead, he likened them to “getaway drivers” at a robbery, which is nothing less than a huge stretch of one’s imagination. In this so-called “arguments”, Qureshi makes reference to a “sea of black” because many of the protesters were wearing black. However, he doesn’t specify whether any of these defendants themselves were wearing black. He presented absolutely no evidence that they have committed any other crime than being part of a crowd where many people were wearing black. Qureshi is suggesting that these defendants acted as some type of “shield” for other protesters who may have committed a crime. Thus, the “getaway car” analogy.

Even though he offers no arguments saying that these six defendants, he still try to have them sent to jail for committing a crime. A person should only be sent to prison if they actually committed a crime. In this case, the DOJ offers no evidence proving that these defendants were guilty of any wrongdoing or crime. This begs the very obvious question, “why does the Department of Justice, a branch of the US government, want to put these people away?

The answer should be very obvious. The US government, in this case, the Department of Justice, wants to scare people into submission, no matter what reckless policy or injustice a person may be protesting against. With this ridiculous case, it is very obvious that the DOJ is making this a test case to see what they can get away with, especially silencing dissent in the United States.

This entire case by the Department of Justice also proves to be a great irony, albeit a bitter irony. Why doesn’t the DOJ get so bent out of shape when members of the Tea Party, and other advocates of the Second Amendment, show up at a public event like a town hall meeting openly wearing firearms? After all, it is illegal to openly carry a weapon in a public place.

Where is the Department of Justice, who are supposed to be the guardians and protectors of the U.S. Constitution with these lawbreakers, openly carrying firearms in their attempt to squelch the First Amendment rights of those people who may disagree with them? If this isn’t selective law enforcement, I have never seen it.

This entire case is nothing but bullshit and I strongly suspect that Department of Justice knows it.

 

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Author: Blane Beckwith

I was born on December 22, 1955, in a small Pennsylvania town named Corry. I was raised in Bear Lake, Pennsylvania. I graduated from Corry Area High School in 1973. After that, I attended Edinboro State College from 1977-79. I moved to Berkeley, California in 1980, in search of an independent life. In 2006, I graduated from Berkeley city College with two degrees, one in English and the other in Liberal Arts. I have been active in the disability rights movement for well over 20 years.