Justice Dept response to San Bernardino? Prosecute free speech!


In the aftermath of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA., members of Congress immediately took steps to get to the bottom of what happened, and what could be done to prevent such tragedies from happening again in the future. So, what action is the Obama administration considering in order to help America reach that goal?

Well, when they aren’t working to void the Second Amendment, they are putting an action plan together to prosecute free speech.

Just one day after the massacre in California, where Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik shot and killed 14 people and wounded another 21, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch assured Muslims of her support by threatening legal action against any “anti-Muslim rhetoric” that “edges toward violence.”

Lynch didn’t speak directly of the San Bernardino shooting at the event, but expressed a concern for a “very disturbing rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric” across America since the Paris shootings three weeks ago.

Hey, didn’t Obama justify his desire to seize our guns by saying that mass shootings only happen in America?

In the speech given at a dinner held by the Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy group, Lynch also announced that the Justice Department would conduct an investigation of the Irving, TX. police department that arrested the 14-year-old boy who brought a device to school that looked like a bomb. Ahmed “Clock Boy” Mohamed was never charged, but according to Lynch, she was asked to conduct an investigation by “several” members of Congress.

Assuring the pro-Muslim group that “we stand with you,” Lynch reinforced her commitment to use the resources of the Justice Department to protect Muslims from “violence” and discrimination and vowed to prosecute anyone guilty of what she described as violence-inspiring speech. And she further stated that such speech is not protected under the Constitution:

“The fear that you have just mentioned is in fact my greatest fear as a prosecutor, as someone who is sworn to the protection of all of the American people, which is that the rhetoric will be accompanied by acts of violence. My message to not just the Muslim community, but to the entire America community, is: We cannot give in to the fear that these backlashes are really based on.

When we talk about the First Amendment we [must] make it clear that actions predicated on violent talk are not American. They are not who we are, they are not what we do, and they will be prosecuted.” (emphasis mine)

Not content to shred the Constitution, she also encouraged Muslim parents to contact the Justice Department and the Department of Education if they believe their kids are being bullied at school.

So how serious is this threat, and what will it look like in practice? As was noted by the Daily Wire:

“It is painfully clear that, like her predecessor Eric Holder, Lynch is far more concerned with promoting the social justice agenda than protecting the constitutional rights of American citizens. What exactly is speech that ‘edges toward violence’? What exactly are ‘actions predicated on violent talk’? In the end, it is whatever she decides it to mean.”

Gee, I’m sure glad Mitch McConnell and his crew confirmed this idiot.



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