DOJ’s THOUGHT POLICE
In another frightening sign that people who run the government in D.C. have no idea what is in the Constitution, Jeff Sessions’ “thought police” arrested a woman who, in January, at Sessions’ Senate confirmation hearing, laughed at a statement made by someone else.
Senator Richard Shelby (R., Alabama) made a lugubrious speech extolling the virtues of Attorney General nominee Sessions, propounding that Sessions had “an extensive record of treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented.”
Despite herself, Desiree Fairooz, an attendant at the hearing, laughed out loud.
Over-eager and unrehearsed capitol police therefore quickly had Ms. Fairooz on her feet and hustled her from the hearing room. Later, they charged her with disorderly, disruptive conduct and obstructing conduct and passage on U.S. Capitol grounds.
This, for laughing at a comment someone else made. To say Ms. Fairooz disagreed with Senator Shelby’s characterization of his old pal and crony Sessions is understatement.
Worse, Ms. Fairooz was later convicted by a jury.
This particular scenario is precisely the kind of event wherein chicken-shit observers did nothing to aid Ms. Fairooz, and hundreds ignored the scene altogether, allowing her to be carted off for involuntarily exercising her First Amendment rights…i.e., free speech.
Apparently it’s o.k. to criticize Sessions but not to laugh at him.
Ms. Fairooz’ conviction was reversed three times but Justice pushed and a new trial will be held.
Yes, it’s entertaining copy but also Yes, what was done to her was entirely unconstitutional and a dangerous step towards totalitarianism.
This is truly Orwellian. Ms. Fairooz did not speak (until she was being forced to leave the room). She merely couldn’t withstand the shock to her sense of humor. She herself made no denigrating statement about Sessions. She was simply, and humanly, reacting to the statement of Senator Shelby. In effect, she was arrested for thinking something someone else said was funny.
Keeping in mind that Sessions is now the chief policeman in the Trump administration, charged with maintaining law and order, we think he needs some lessons in exactly what his duties are, and quickly.
Or else we are already over the line between democracy and fascism.
What can we do? Keep our eyes and ears open for other instances of this kind of disciplinarian behavior by agents of the U.S. government who have no understanding of what freedom of speech entails. If and when other incidents occur, it is our duty to yell like hell, set up defense funds, sue the Justice Department (although that as a ploy may no longer be possible.)
If Mr. Sessions’ thin-skinned ego cannot allow criticism without prison, we’re all in trouble.
Free speech means exactly what it says. No post-truth. No truthiness.
“Post-truth equals pre-fascism.”
Stay tuned. Please. For all our sakes.