Criminalizing Dissent. July 27, 2007

by Will

Will Grigg's Liberty Minute

July 27, 2007

In May 1918, while Americans were dying in the battlefields of a European war that was none of our nation's business, Congress passed the Sedition Act, which imposed fines of up to $10,000 and prison terms of up to 20 years for those convicted of saying or publishing ?any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the form of government of the United States.? Although still on the books, that law is rarely enforced. This might soon change.

On July 17, George W. Bush issued an executive order permitting the expropriation of people deemed to ?threaten stabilization efforts in Iraq.?

Under that order, property and financial assets can be seized from anyone determined by the Secretaries of Treasury, State, and Defense to have any role in undermining the war effort. While obviously directed at those who provide material aid to guerrillas fighting against US occupation forces, the order could also apply to those who seek to bring an end to the war through peaceful and legal means.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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