Archive for October 7th, 2005

Guess who’s threatening our freedom of dissent? You are, if you report your fellow citizens to the Secret Service!

Oct 07, 2005 in Current Events

Things like this make me very concerned that our freedoms are being eroded under Bush and his sympathizers. A high school student’s anti-Bush photo was confiscated by the Secret Service after the photo department at the local Wal-Mart contacted police about it. The photo was part of a class assignment where students were encouraged to express their right to dissent guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.

This is not the first time something like this has happened. Far from it. Last year, a 15-year-old boy’s anti-Bush drawings were confiscated for similar reasons. Another student was investigated over an anti-Bush t-shirt. A girl was investigated over a post in her LiveJournal. And there’s many more that have never made the news.

The Secret Service is obligated to investigate any “threats” against the president, and they dutifully follow up on all reports they receive. But a person who expresses dissent against the president, no matter how tasteless that expression may be, does not automatically mean that person is a threat to the president.

If you have to report someone to the authorities simply because you disagree with their constitutionally protected political expression as it relates to the president, then you are a fucking pussy. You don’t like what that person is saying, so you’re going to subject them to questioning and harrasment by the Secret Service. Ultimately, it does little to make the president or our country safer, and it erodes our guaranteed right to free speech by instilling a climate of fear and intimidation.