Free Speech vs Verbal assault

Write a comment If you want to see the problem in its starkest terms, lets assume that the DOT document is real. Military personell are told "Should you be approached by any individuals expressing anti-government/anti-war sentiments, or any other types of direct verbal assault, immediately notify your local police jurisdiction." On its face this suggests a police state where any dissent is suppressed. Any individual in America is perfectly free to express anti-government or anti-war sentiments to any other person, and doing that is in no way a "direct verbal assault" or anything the police should be interested in or respond to. They should, however, respond to verbal threats made to military personell, or harassment of any individual by physically impeding them, or to reports of people creating a public nuisance by loud or boisterous behavior on the Metro or in any other public place. Lets assume that these extremes are what is meant to be reported, and hope for the best. To our leaders let me say that public opinion is increasingly strongly against your war, and the way you are conducting it, and if the reported incidents are true, you are causing further collateral damage to the people in the military by persisting in illegal and unsuccessful tactics. Give it up.
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