They must be the same real killers that OJ is looking for

Legal Insurrection is reporting on a Rasmussen poll. His take is related to whether the Department of Justice is motivated by politics. I have a somewhat more pessimistic take:

This distrust of the feds carries over into views of a planned new federal database to track “misinformation” and hate speech on the social media site Twitter. Thirty-five percent (35%) believe the federal government will use the database to go after real criminals, but 53% believe it will be used to monitor law-abiding citizens instead. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.

We're talking about a federally-funded research project (on which I have previously commented) to track political "misinformation" and "hate speech" on twitter. Obviously, it will -- and almost certainly is intended to -- have a chilling effect on free speech. But the interesting thing here is the response to the poll; 35% of respondents believe the government will use the database to go after "real criminals", and 12% are not sure. I commend the 12% for admitting to being clueless, but the 35% who think the DoJ will go after real criminals?

There are no "real criminals" on twitter spewing "political misinformation" or "hate speech" on twitter. That is because speech is not a crime, and cannot be a crime under the 1st Amendment to the Constitution.

There are no real criminals.

And yet, 35% of the people responding to the poll are so absolutely fucking clueless that they respond approvingly to a suggestion that the federal government police the internet to punish people saying mean things in direct contravention of the founding principles of our nation and the literal written law of our Constitution.

This entry was published Fri Aug 29 18:44:34 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2014-08-29 12:36:25.0. [Tweet]

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