13 Dems Propose Bill to Study Hate Speech on the Internet “Outside Zone of First Amendment Protection”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Nothing creepy about that. Can we also get a bill to study leftist advocacy to commit harassment, conduct illegal protests and engage in environmental crimes “outside the zone of first amendment protection”?

Thirteen House Democrats have proposed legislation that would require the government to study hate speech on the Internet, mobile phones and television and radio.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and 12 other House Democrats, would look at how those media are used to “advocate and encourage violent acts and the commission of crimes of hate.”

Jeffries says the NTIA needs to see how hate speech is transmitted over the various new modes of communication that have sprung up over the last two decades.

“The Internet is a wonderful vehicle for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship,” he said. “But it can also be used as a platform to promote hate and target vulnerable individuals.

“This legislation will mandate a comprehensive analysis of criminal and hateful activity on the Internet that occurs outside of the zone of the First Amendment protection.”

While acts of violence are obviously illegal, various incitement provisions can be and are used to muzzle speech that offends someone on the loosest theory that such speech is linked to violence.

Some of the most tenuous forms of this argument have come into play in Europe where critics of Islam have been charged with crimes for acts of violence committed by Muslims or that might have been committed by Muslims outraged by their speech.

If a crime has been committed, then it should be prosecuted. If there is a conspiracy involved, it will come out in investigating the crime. But that’s not hate speech. It’s conspiracy to commit an act.

This bill isn’t necessary for the investigation of individual crimes. Instead it is targeting speech first and crime second, at best. It’s looking at speech that advocates something, not speech as part of a criminal conspiracy. And that makes this a dangerous First Amendment fishing expedition.

  • SoCalMike

    The definition of hate speech is whatever Democrats (small or large d) don’t like. politics is their religion and they are religious zealots conditioned to worship the state.

    • laura r

      this doesnt look good. do you think our days are numbered? how would the “state” view this paper? michael savage pam geller robert spencer are banned from the UK. maybe this kind of banning will happen here, & then some. what are they really looking @?

  • Alan

    Wonder who is bankrolling this politician called Hakeem? sounds like a Muslim name. maybe Barak Hussein Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood is behind this. Wanting to target free speech so they can define as “hate speech” the truth spoken against the 1435 year jihad and apartheid of muslims and their Islamic religion against all non-muslims. “It’s not Islamophobia if they really are trying to kill you”. Free and democratic America is being played like a fiddle by well funded Global Islamics and left wing liberals influence operations. Under Obama, America is rapidly coming under the dictatorship of leftist/muslim brotherhood agenda.

  • truebearing

    This bill is an indirect admission by the Left that it is losing the battle on the internet. They control the mainstream media, but can’t compete effectively on the internet because it is so easy to fact check their endless lies. Alinsky warned the Left to avoid an open debate, for which the internet is the ultimate forum. They have to muzzle free speech on the internet, or ultimately lose every debate.

  • Ace Boogie

    Apprehend, Defeat, and Destroy liberals before they finish destroying the country!!

    • Race_Dissident

      If Hakeem and his multitudinous Leftist buddies had their way, you’d now be locked away in a dank cellar on the outskirts of Newark undergoing “investigation.”

      • Ace Boogie

        LOL!! Don’t you know it…

  • Veracious_one

    banning free speech will definitely open the doors to the introduction of enforcement of Muslim blasphemy laws … and we known how Muslims apply their blasphemy laws and to whom they will apply to….

  • Veracious_one

    leave it to the Democrats to propose restrictions on our constitutional rights of free speech…

    • Race_Dissident

      This is old hat on campus, where Leftist speech codes have been in effect for decades.

  • cxt

    Wonder how they would like it if THEY were charged with “hate speech” because of the statements made by people on the Left?
    The Left seems to have a childlike belief that if they crack down on what people say then they will be ONLY ones able to “message” to the masses.
    Instead what history shows is that attempts to silence the critics almost always rebound in largely unpredictable ways—-and often result in reactions against the very people that promulgated the idea in the first place.
    Most of the planet does not have First Amendment and many Dems/Leftist are largely ignorant of why such an outlook is so crucial to the functioning of a civil society.
    I would suggest that they would have a much different opinion when people start parsing their statements for “hate speech.”

    • Drakken

      I am reminded of a old quote, Today they try silencing the peoples voices, tomorrow they will hear the sound of rifles in response.

  • veritaseequitas

    Will that mean we can’t say how freakin’ piss poor Obama is and how much we hate him?

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Hate Speech, or speaking out against filthy oppression?

  • glpage

    Just another attempt to control the thought of those who do not agree with them. I think fascism is another word for it.

  • WalterBannon

    Democrats = Nazis

    • Drakken

      Democrats=communist.

    • Drakken

      Democrats=communist.

  • Captain_Hunch

    Conformity thru thuggery.

  • http://orach24463.wordpress.com/ CJ

    Seems to me the most hate speech comes out of the mouths of Democrats: NY Governor Cuomo says conservatives who are pro life, 2cod amendment supporters and believe in traditional marriage should be banned from the State of NY. http://beforeitsnews.com/politics/2014/01/ny-gov-cuomo-d-says-extreme-conservatives-not-welcome-in-new-york-2590052.html

    Chief of NAACP Chief smears black GOP Senator Tim Scott http://youtu.be/SOtDZAHg9pQ

  • Minicapt

    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus?

    Cheers

  • Tish

    Why spend the money, here I;ll save the tax payers a bundle I HATE DEMOCRATS and LIBERALS !

  • Hard Little Machine

    It will be 100% directed at the slightest mention of Islam by anyone. Everyone knows that. This is a sharia law and it has at least some chance of passing.