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7526 Re: 7507: Re: Re: 7438: Haiti violence spreads to provinces (fwd)
<< Any attempt to arrest Gore would have provoked the rise of a
legion of civil rights lawyers, and international human rights advocates --
including yours truly -- and unrepentant activists, all of us ready and
willing to protest loudly the suppression of freedom of expression, assembly
and opinion. What Haiti needs is a little more political maturity and an
abiding devotion to respecting human rights, including the right to express
an opinion contrary to that held by those in power and to communicate that
opinion to the public. >>
I find it difficult to accept that usurpation of the tittle of President of
the Republic, an act which violates the Haitian constitution, is speech.
Besides, even in the American constitution, not all speech is protected by
the first amendment. To yell "fire" in a crowded theater is not. To me, to
usurp that tittle goes far beyond yelling "fire" in the theater. It is the
equivalent of setting it on fire.