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18 U.S.C. §241

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Feb. 6th, 2017 | 03:53 pm

I said before that I should have been a lawyer. ;) I did a bit of legal research over the weekend, and I'd like to share some interesting findings with you.

You know, I can't recall ever posting on a political subject here, but as an old-school liberal who has staunchly supported personal liberty and freedom of expression all my adult life, I must say I was shocked and frankly appalled by the actions of the anti-free-speech demonstrators at U.C. Berkeley, who, last Wednesday, by means of concerted, collective intimidation, prevented gay conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos from exercising his right to freely express his opinions under protection of the First Amendment.

What I've learned is, the protesters' aggressive and riotous behavior violated a specific Federal civil rights law: a seldom-invoked statute which, rather ironically, was originally enacted in response to numerous notorious acts of conspiratorial violence perpetrated against blacks by the Ku Klux Klan.

On June 25, 1948, Congress passed and President Harry S. Truman signed into law Title 18, United States Code, §241: "Conspiracy Against Rights" a/k/a "The Civil Rights Conspiracy Statute."

To wit (with my emphasis added): "If two or more persons conspire to injure, OPPRESS, THREATEN, or INTIMIDATE ANY PERSON in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of ANY right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same–

They shall be FINED under this title OR IMPRISONED not more than ten years, or both; and IF DEATH RESULTS from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, OR AN ATTEMPT TO KILL, they shall be fined under this title or IMPRISONED FOR ANY TERM OF YEARS or FOR LIFE, or both, or may be SENTENCED TO DEATH."

Subsequent amendments altered some of the original language in the statute, but the substance and intent of the law itself remain unchanged, and in my opinion, 18 U.S.C. §241 is fully applicable to the intimidation tactics currently being employed by the Hard Left to suppress dissident political speech.

Finally, let me say this from my heart. The Berkeley Anti-Free-Speech riots totally crossed my personal "red line." That was the absolute last straw for me. It is crystal clear to me now who the REAL perpetrators of hate and enemies of free speech are in our country today, and it is my fervent hope that the new Attorney General of the United States will use 18 U.S.C. §241 and other civil rights statutes to prosecute any and all organized political thuggery (INCLUDING internet threat-making) to the fullest extent of the law.

The KKK Night Riders of yesteryear wore white hoods to hide their identities. Today's Antifas wear black hoodies, balaclavas and bandanas. Despite the superficial differences in their disguises, however, I see no difference whatsoever in the aims or tactics of both groups: to intimidate, silence and deny fundamental civil rights to people whom they hate, and desire to oppress.

https://www.justice.gov/crt/conspiracy-against-rights

 

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