I offer props of inspiration to Powerline.
I think this is a bit biased. Unless this is some kind of conservative-leaning blog where we all have to have some kind of negative opinion of Obama to share our opinion, let me give mine.
Those police officers are PROTECTING this man’s right to free speech because there are a few extremists trying to deprive him of it. The protests against America overseas have little to nothing to do with Obama in terms of the film itself. How Obama responds to it is something you guys have the right to criticize, however.
I’m not voting for Obama, but I just wanted to get this out there. Don’t straw man Obama when the thing had nothing to do with him.
Why yes, of course the officers were “protecting” this man – that’s why they brought all the media with cameras along, to make sure that his photo could be seen around the world by mobs of Muslims who want to cut his head off. Sure, that makes sense.
I think there are certain other facts you should consider. I spent nine years in law enforcement and since this incident have talked to active-duty officers I know well. First, if Nakoula needed to be questioned regarding a potential probation violation, there is absolutely no reason:
(a) to bring the media along
(b) to go to his house at midnight
(c) for the FBI to be present for any reason. The FBI is entirely irrelevant to the putative reason Nakoula was detained. The FBI has nothing to do with probation violation matters, including violations arising from federal convictions. That FBI agents were present means that they were specifically ordered to be there by the Justice Dept. The question is, Why?
The Obama administration’s record on protecting the First Amendment against encroachments by Islamists is dismal to the point of disappearing. SecState Clinton was already on record of stating that the administration would employ extra-judicial means “to use some old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming, so that people don’t feel that they have the support to do what we abhor.”
In other words, intimidation and public displays of “shaming” to make American citizens toe the administration’s line.
The fact is the pretense of the “questioning” of Nakoula is just B.S. Suppose that all his prior transgressions were the same, the conditions of his probation was the same. Then suppose that instead of the anti-Islam movie he had made a children’s cartoon of butterflies and unicorns.
Sure, of course the same armed squad of deputies and federal agents would have hauled him off in the dead of night, with all the reporters and cameramen alerted and brought along to record it.
To claim that Nakoula’s detention “had nothing to do with” Obama is frankly incredibly blind, whether from ignorance or willfulness only you can answer, but in either case inexcusable, considering what is at stake.
Obama vs. the First Amendment
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