A man was arrested for a comment…

November 30th, 2007

…he left at the Wisconsin blog Boots & Sabers.

Keep that in mind when you’re commenting on posts here! ;)

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  • 1. Dean  |  November 30th, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    Stupid people seem to be coming out of the woodwork anymore.

  • 2. capper  |  December 1st, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    What I find so ironic is that when a person does issue actual threats to a person, there isn’t even a condemnation. But write what appears to be a idiotic attempt at sarcasm, and you get arrested. Am I the only one thinking that there is something more to this story?

  • 3. Sancho  |  December 2nd, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    Nope, your not the one. When I was a teen, my teachers encouraged us to write whatever was on our mind. Was there an actual threat? Was it only sarcasm? I haven’t seen the comment, so I can’t say. But I’d be bothered if someone was arrested for just being an idiot who can type. Could the “something more” be pettiness?

  • 4. Sancho  |  December 2nd, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    I finally got around to reading the illegal comment, sounds like alot of blog posts out there these days, on the right AND left…

  • 5. Chris  |  December 2nd, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Thought crime coming to a blog near you.

    Scary stuff when they can arrest you for what you say and think not your actions but what do we expect when we have “Hate” crimes because it is worse to murder say a gay person than straight guy.

    When we started buying into the idea of Hate Crimes we started down the slippery slope to stupid arrests like this.

  • 6. Tim  |  December 2nd, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Chris, should we then not arrest people like Abu Hamza al-Masri who is serving a prison term for “inciting murder and race hate”? Should we not do anything about these Islamic clerics who preach violence against the West to their followers? After all, it is a slippery slope when we start arresting people for what they say and not their actions.

  • 7. Elliot  |  December 2nd, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    I’ve always felt like we should err on the side of too much free speech rather than less.

    In the U.S., inciting to violence is an actual crime that the Supreme Court does not extend First Amendment protection, too. (I actually think it should, but I’m crazy that way.)

    But the commenter never actually incited anyone…at least not realistically.

  • 8. hermes  |  December 3rd, 2007 at 9:10 am

    ha ha! Owen is a moron.

    but i agree Elliot, it is better to err with too much free speech rather than too little, so i think it’s a travesty that someone can get arrested for incendiary blog commenting. especially because i would agree with his comments in a sense… those Columbine boys shouldn’t be outright villified because they did serve to draw attention to important issues of bullying, power in schools, and speech issues.

  • 9. Chris  |  December 3rd, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    Leave to Tim to take the Jihadist side

    And Tim when did we start talking?

    I left political blogging because of one person YOU so why would I interact with you now?

  • 10. Tim  |  December 3rd, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    I am sorry that I was the reason you left political blogging. I thought you were the one who was taking the side of Jihadists by talking about unlimited freedom of speech even when they are threating violence or encouraging other people to engage in violence.

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