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.

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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Donald Trump and His War against Dissent

Facing up to 75 years in prison, 135 Inauguration Day protesters are refusing to collaborate with the prosecution.

Source: The Police State Can Come After Trump Protesters, But It Can’t Make Them Cooperate – In These Times

Donald Trump and His War Against Dissent

Even though the mainstream media seems to have ignored them, over 200 people still remain in custody after protesting against Donald Trump. These protests took place during the January inauguration of President Donald Trump, in Washington DC. This group of people is known as the “Disrupt J20” protesters. Some of them face up to 75 years for a variety of charges, most of them greatly embellished.

In a statement of unity, the group is quoted as saying, “We will not cooperate against any of our co-defendants, nor accept any plea deals that cooperate with prosecutors the expense of other codefendants”. This statement was signed by 135 of 200 still in custody. They also say, The people in custody also say that they “will refuse to accept that any of the charges or actions of law enforcement were necessary or justified…. We will not say anything publicly or privately that has the possibility of individual defendants or defendants as a group”.

This latest effort by Donald Trump and his entire administration seem to be part of the trend to suppress protesters and dissent in this country. In other words, they just want people to lay down and accept whatever bullshit the federal government hands down, without question, no matter how unconstitutional or immoral it may be. Even though this effort has gotten more pronounced under Donald Trump, it has been ongoing for 6a few years,

Any people, or group of people, that organize to disagree with the “status quo” are labeled as criminals or even “potential terrorists”. If you take a look at the situation, you can clearly see that the government has started cracking down on all dissenters, no matter how noble or just the cause may be that dissenters represent. Unfortunately, as usual, the “mainstream media” refuses to see, report on, or even recognize this trend against those who disagree with whatever Uncle Sam says or does.

One only has to look at various movements, such as The Black Lives Matter movement to the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline by the Standing Rock Sioux to see that the harshness against protesters has risen beyond the point of brutality to downright abuse by police and other authorities. Unfortunately, as long as most people in this country allow themselves to be distracted by everything from their iPhone to their various sporting events, I can see things changing that much. Change only happens if people have the courage to make it happen.