Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, June 16, 2008
With Michael Reagan set to offer his "apology" today to Mark Dice, for whom last week he all but put out a contract on his life for sending 9/11 truth material to U.S. troops, some are asking whether Reagan should be made an example of by the FCC and the courts in order to put a halt to a culture of Neo-Con intimidation that is chilling free speech in America.
|If Mark Dice chooses to dig in and help set a precedent for the protection of free speech by making an example out of Reagan via the right channels, then he can count on the full support of an army of truth activists who are sick and tired of being threatened, harassed and intimidated simply for exercising their first amendment rights.|
Last week on his nationally syndicated show, Reagan stated, "We ought to find the people who are doing this, take them out and shoot them. Really. You take them out, they are traitors to this country, and shoot them. You have a problem with that? Deal with it. You shoot them. You call them traitors, that’s what they are, and you shoot them dead. I’ll pay for the bullets.”
Why do Neo-Cons think they can solicit murder against Americans for their political beliefs, as well as advocating terrorist attacks and get away with it?
Imagine if Alex Jones encouraged on-air assassinations of Neo-Con figureheads. He’d be SWAT teamed quicker than you can say "double standard".
Neo-Cons claim that our free speech should be restricted because we are expressing radical opinions yet they think its perfectly within the remit of their free speech to advocate lining people up in front of firing squads and blowing their brains out.
Anti-war activists and 9/11 truth demonstrators go to great lengths to emphasize the fact that they are non-violent and are simply peaceably trying to educate people, and the track record of their behavior bears that sentiment out.
Yet we are the ones constantly demonized, smeared and castigated by the establishment media as a vile irritant at best and at worst – terrorist sympathizers.
Imagine if someone like Keith Olbermann or an Air America radio host had openly called for the murder of "conservative" activists and volunteered to fund the contract hit. The FCC would shut them down in an instant, the FBI and Secret Service would descend and the corporate media would be all over the story.
Yet nearly a week after Reagan’s disgusting comments and not one single mainstream media source has covered the issue. Just one "liberal" blog – Raw Story – has mentioned the story.
As we have documented, Reagan has quite clearly broken the law. His comments fit perfectly California’s Penal Code 422 description for terroristic threats.
"Punishment for (Terrorist) Threats Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person with the specific intent that the statement made verbally in writing or by means of an electronic communication device is to be taken as a threat even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out which on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made is so unequivocal unconditional immediate and specific as to convey to the person threatened a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family’s safety shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed one year or by imprisonment in the state prison."
Whether Reagan genuinely regrets his comments or not, he is ostensibly set to apologize to Mark Dice today in an attempt to offset criminal charges.
Is an apology enough? She Reagan be made an example of to put a stop to the culture of Neo-Con intimidation tactics that are chilling free speech?
Some say that Mark Dice should simply cease communicating with Reagan and pursue the FCC and FBI route that he embarked upon immediately after the comments were made.
Why isn’t this enough?," writes Sherry Baker, "Death threats are not a trivial thing. He wasn’t joking. He offered to buy the bullets for some crazy to do the job. He described in detail how Dice should be killed (no blindfold.. let’s add some extra torture the neocons are so fond of to the scenario is Reagan’s creed, apparently)."
"Reagan and Dice both live in California and California law enforcement needs to get off their collective butt and do something. "I want you to imagine if Dice went on a national radio show and said Reagan should be killed and went on to explain in detail how serious he was and how it should happen."
"Do you think for one minute Reagan wouldn’t be all over Dice with lawyers and threats and outrage shrieked on every stupid Fox News program he could waddle onto and blither, jowls quivering in outrage?"
Over at 9/11 Blogger, "Reprehensor" reckons Dice is only doing Reagan a favor by going on his show.
"If you go on Reagan’s show tomorrow, you will legitimize him, and possibly jade the judgment of the FCC, who must decide if they will act against Reagan."
"We couldn’t do anything about Geraldo’s conflation of 9/11 Truthers with terrorists, because FOX News is primarily a cable broadcast, it doesn’t go out over public airwaves, and the FCC normally doesn’t do anything about cable broadcasts."
"Reagan is different. Let him be hoisted by his own petard, his big mouth."
"Don’t set a precedent by giving Reagan a way out. If rabid radio jocks are going to suggest that people get shot, they must answer to the FCC."
The final decision is ultimately down to Mark Dice. If Dice feels that Reagan is genuinely repentent then the temptation to accept his apology and discontinue legal action just to avoid the hassle would be there for all of us in a similar situation.
However, if Dice chooses to dig in and help set a precedent for the protection of free speech by making an example out of Reagan via the right channels, then he can count on the full support of an army of truth activists who are sick and tired of being threatened, harassed and intimidated simply for exercising their first amendment rights.
Judging by Dice’s update to his press release, the latter option looks more likely.
"While I understand different political opinions can result in heated arguments, Reagan’s statements are completely unacceptable, un-American, and extremely dangerous. Reagan has elevated the hate and rhetoric aimed at those who disagree with this war to new and unprecedented level. He must be fired immediately and no other radio or TV network should let his voice be heard, or his face be seen," writes Dice.
"Despite Reagan’s apology, the Pandora’s box that he opened can never be closed. The ramifications of his threats and suggestions are enormous and frightening. In an age where a few clicks of a keyboard can result in anyone’s home address being found, Reagan’s comments open the door for stalking, vandalism, and worse. Any threats made will be forwarded immediately to the FBI and the appropriate legal action will be taken," he concludes.
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