Friday, July 12, 2013

Careful With That Speech, Eugene

Ken White over at Popehat wrote a cogent article of how our society has been affected by fear mongering, how overreactive we've become, and how acquiescent we are when the state overreaches.

A nineteen-year-old has been jailed since March 27, 2013. He's been beaten — by other inmates, allegedly. He's been subjected to solitary confinement, sometimes stripped naked. The authorities have rejected calls for his release on a reasonable bail his family could possibly afford. All of this has happened because he wrote something online that concerned or offended or enraged the state.  

What's that? Syria? Saudi Arabia?  

No. Texas.
A nineteen-year-old has been in jail for three and one-half months for speech that is obviously not a threat.

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