Monday, August 20, 2007

Free speech curtailed

No Dissent Allowed
Originally uploaded by inkswamp.
Interesting essay at Slate by Dahlia Lithwick about a lawsuit recently settled:
Late last week, the federal government settled a lawsuit with a pair of Texans who were arrested in 2004 for wearing anti-Bush T-shirts at a Fourth of July event in Charleston, W.Va. That's right, friends, $80,000 (of your taxpayer dollars) will be paid out to Jeff and Nicole Rank, whose suit against Gregory J. Jenkins—former deputy assistant to the president and director of the White House Office of Presidential Advance—has been dismissed.
One of the best bits in the her essay is the link to the Presidential Advance Manual which outlines how to take care of people who voice or express dissent anywhere near the President. That's right: no dissent allowed anywhere near President Bush.

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