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5th Circuit upholds Texas law forbidding social media ‘censorship’ — again – POLITICO


Internet radio host Hal Turner arrested | KansasCity.com Prime Buzz

Acorn didn’t get arrested when bus loads of them stormed the AIG employees homes to harass them. 

Internet radio host Hal Turner arrested | KansasCity.com Prime Buzz.

(c) 2009, The Hartford Courant

 Internet radio host Hal Turner — accused of inciting Catholics to “take up arms” and singling out two Connecticut lawmakers and a state ethics official on a Web site — was taken into custody in New Jersey late Wednesday after state Capitol police in Connecticut obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Turner, who has been identified as a white supremacist and anti-Semite by several anti-racism groups, hosts an Internet radio program with an associated blog. On Tuesday, the blog included a post that promised to release the home addresses of state Rep. Michael Lawlor, state Sen. Andrew McDonald and Thomas Jones of the State Ethics Office.

 “Mr. Turner’s comments are above and beyond the threshold of free speech,” Capitol Police Chief Michael J. Fallon said in an e-mail announcing the warrant. “He is inciting others through his Web site to commit acts of violence and has created fear and alarm. He should be held accountable for his conduct.”

 The remarks on the blog were a reaction to the recent controversy over a Connecticut bill that would have changed the way the Roman Catholic Church is governed, taking power away from church officials and turning it over to lay members. It was pulled in mid-March following an outcry from Catholics across the state and questions about its constitutionality.

 Last week, the controversy flared again when the Diocese of Bridgeport filed a federal lawsuit against state ethics officials, who are investigating whether church officials violated lobbying laws by organizing a rally at the state Capitol to protest the measure earlier this spring and not registering as lobbyists. 

The blog of the “Turner Radio Network” recounted the matter, then included the following remarks in a section labeled “commentary“: “It is our intent to foment direct action against these individuals personally. These beastly government officials should be made an example of as a warning to others in government: Obey the Constitution or die.” 

The post continued: “If any state attorney, police department or court thinks they’re going to get uppity with us about this, I suspect we have enough bullets to put them down, too.” 

Turner has been branded a racist by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Elsewhere on the blog, the recent fatal shooting of a Kansas abortion provider is called “a righteous act.” 

The blog said the “Hal Turner Show” would publicize the home addresses of the Connecticut officials Wednesday night, but Turner, 47, of North Bergen, N.J., was taken into custody before that could happen.

Turner was accused in the warrant of inciting injury to persons or property and will be presented in a New Jersey courthouse Thursday for extradition to Connecticut.

Bishop William E. Lori of the Bridgeport diocese issued a statement on his blog Wednesday that thanked parishioners for supporting the lawsuit and denounced violence.

“We deplore and condemn hateful language and advocacy of violence of any kind,” Lori wrote. “Such speech is contrary to the civil and respectful discourse that reflects the Christian values we hold so dear.”

Submitted by Bill Dalton on June 4, 2009 – 2:59pm.

The Death of Free Speech: The New Media Journal | Research, Analysis & News

The New Media Journal | Research, Analysis & News.

The White House has expanded the ban on lobbyist oral communication with elected officials concerning specifics of the Recovery Act (Stimulus Bill) to include rank and file American citizens.

Public Now Restricted from Orally
Redressing Government on Stimulus

The New Media Journal (Hat-tip to Ace of Spades HQ)
In a May, 29, 2009 posting on the WhiteHouse.gov website by Norm Eisen, Special Counsel to President Obama for Ethics and Government Reform, it is disclosed that the public will be included in a restriction barring lobbyists from having oral communications with government officials about specific Recovery Act Projects. Instead, the public is limited to redressing their government through the written word. “I am writing with an update on the President’s March 20, 2009 Memorandum on Ensuring Responsible Spending of Recovery Act Funds. Section 3 of the Memorandum…barred registered lobbyists from having oral communications with government officials about specific Recovery Act projects or applications and instead required those communications to be in writing…First, we will expand the restriction on oral communications to cover all persons, not just federally registered lobbyists…We concluded this was necessary under the unique circumstances of the stimulus program.” The new restriction, although it does not transgress the rights of the American people to redress their government — the option of writing elected officials or visiting their offices in person to register a complaint or comment is still available to the public — severely limits public accessibility to elected officials on matters of governmental performance.