Friday, June 08, 2012

Free Speech Of Bloggers Is Under Assault...Take Action

This will be my only post today, as several bloggers are participating in National Day of Blogger Silence, which was an idea of blogger Ace of Spades.

Michelle Malkin has the details behind the assault on the First Amendment, whose attackers were emboldened by a retired judge in uber-liberal Montgomery County, Maryland last week.
Free speech is under fire. Online thugs are targeting bloggers (mostly conservative, but not all) who have dared to expose a convicted bomber and perjuring vexatious litigant now enjoying a comfy life as a liberally-subsidized social justice operative. Where do your elected representatives stand on this threat to our founding principles?

On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) bravely stepped forward to press this vital issue. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Chambliss decried the “harassing and frightening actions” of Internet menaces who have recently gone after several conservative new media citizen journalists and activists. (VIDEO here.)

GOP Rep. Ken Marchant of Texas also added his voice, telling Holder in a statement that he is “very afraid of the potential chilling effects that these reported actions may have in silencing individuals who would otherwise be inclined to exercise their Constitutional right to free speech.” And the American Center for Law and Justice, a leading conservative free speech public interest law firm, announced it was providing legal representation to the National Bloggers Club – a new media association that has provided support and raised funds for targets of this coordinated harassment. (Full disclosure: I volunteer on the National Bloggers’ Club board of directors.)

The ACLJ described the importance of the case very simply: “Free speech is under attack.”

For background, you can read the following story which finally appeared on ABC News' website Wednesday.

Among those who have been attacked, Mandy Nagy (aka Liberty Chick), Aaron Walker, Patrick Frey (aka Patterico), Erick Erickson, and Robert Stacy McCain, and now National Blogger's Club President Ali K. Akbar, whose mother's home in Ft. Worth, TX was publicly disclosed.

This is a serious assualt on the First Amendment, and citizen journalism.

Never in the eight years that I have worked as an independent blogger have I seen such a concerted threat to the fundamental right of citizen journalists to speak their minds freely and without fear of bodily harm. As former Justice Department official Christian Adams points out, it is a federal violation of 18 U.S.C. §241 to conspire to deprive someone of his “free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States.”

Members of Congress swore an oath to uphold the Constitution — all of it. Who means it?


Who to call:

GOP House Speaker John Boehner
Online contact form
Phone: (202) 225-0600
Fax: (202) 225-5117

GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor
Web form
Phone: (202) 225-2815
Fax: (202) 225-0011

Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Web form
Phone: (202) 225-4965

GOP Rep. Frank Wolf (Va.) – Ask him to investigate Kimberlin-related charities.
Phone: (202) 225-5136
Fax: (202) 225-0437

GOP Rep. Darrell Issa
Web form
Phone: 202-225-3906
Fax: 202-225-3303

US Department of Justice
Office of the Attorney General Public Comment Line – 202-353-1555

You can also send contributions to the National Bloggers Club here, to help the targets of this Left-wing assault on free speech.

In the end, this affects all Americans. Will you be too afraid to speak out on an issue by signing a petition or sending a contribution because some liberal website put your name and your employer's name on a website? This is what's at stake here.

Speak out!

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