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OldHippie
Nov 25, 2011

So what do you think about Senator Lieberman's request that Google add a terrorist label to Blogger?

ITWorld's front page had an article about Joe Lieberman sending a request to Google that it add a terrorist flag so that readers can label content as "terrorist" on Blogger. The Senator, of course, claims that it's for the good of the country to do so, and unless Google adds terrorist flags, it is "adversely affecting our ability to counter violent Islamist extremism..." http://www.itworld.com/cloud-computing/227991/senator-lieberman-asks-goo...

How do you feel about this? Do you think Americans can't sleep well at night unless we label speech as terrorist or non-terrorist? Are we going to have to be careful of what we say on other blogs and message boards to make sure that we are not mistakenly labeled terrorist bloggers or posters?

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pcaulfield
11/28/2011

Well, it's hard to add much to Jimlynch's answer!  That pretty much sums it up.  The thing about America is freedom of speech means freedom of offensive speech too.  Sure, you can't yell fire in a crowded theater, but repugnant groups like the KKK and Nazis have the right to say what they wish.  The idea is that in the marketplace of ideas, the stupid ones don't fly.  Most of us, hopefully, don't need a "terrorist" flag to identify statements that promote stupidity.  And what is the definition of Lieberman's "terrorist" anyway?  It might not be mine.  If there was a terrorist button added to blogger, how long do you think it would take for people to just go through and click EVERY blog as terrorist?  I'm betting no more than a couple of days.  If that.  The thing that bothers me beyond hostility to freedom of speech is the constant fear mongering - some politicians seem to desire nothing more than a nation of sheep cowering in fear, hoping our wise older statesmen like Joe Lieberman can keep us safe.  Pffffttt!   

jimlynch
11/26/2011
He's a corrupt, ignorant, doddering old fool who remains utterly clueless about free speech. What other things does he want labeled as "terrorist?" Where will this end???

Hopefully this will be his last term in office and we'll be rid of him. Now if we could just get rid of the other ones like him then perhaps we can replace them with people who have a clue.

Ugh.
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