Apr 082017
 

04/08/2017

The War in Syria is six years old.

Sec. State Tillerson plans to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday, 4/11 to discuss the removal of Assad from Syria who has been a lot of trouble for the Russians. No doubt Putin would welcome a better partner and Trump would too. then Russia and America together can battle to remove the rebels and get the Syria War under control.


Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the nation’s support for Assad is not unconditional and that Russia expects an investigation of the attack, the Associated Press reported.

There are three sets of people involved in the War in Syria. Assad, the rebels and the Syrian people who are caught in the middle. About 11 million Syrians are on the run and 13 million inside Syria need humanitarian assistance or aid. The war has killed almost 500,000 people.
Assad is a War Criminal of epic proportion. He’s bombed hospitals and public parks. He’s barrel bombed, tortured, starved and gassed civilians.the rest of the world should help remove him. .

Apr 082017
 

Is there a limit to the retaliatory use of force against religion based fighters and terrorists? 

Religion is the most protected behavior in existence. America enshrined religious protection in the Constitution which preserved the founding principal of protection of each individual when it wrote: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

But it violates the responsibility of each individual to do no harm to any other individual when any person or group who seeks to harm or actually harms anyone in the name of their religion. At that point they become outlaws to America and to individual Americans. They cannot claim their harmful behavior is protected because their religion requires them to harm certain people. Members of any such group cannot claim the protection of America law because they are admitted outlaws who no only must not be protected, they must be brought to justice.

From Justia: The Supreme Court has cited three “reasons why threats of violence are outside the First Amendment”: “protecting individuals from the fear of violence, from the disruption that fear engenders, and from the possibility that the threatened violence will occur.”980 In Watts v. United States, however, the Court held that only “true” threats are outside the First Amendment.981 The defendant in Watts, at a public rally at which he was expressing his opposition to the military draft, said, “If they ever make me carry a rifle, the first man I want to get in my sights is L.B.J.”982 He was convicted of violating a federal statute that prohibited “any threat to take the life of or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States.” The Supreme Court reversed. Interpreting the statute “with the commands of the First Amendment clearly in mind,”983 it found that the defendant had not made a “true ‘threat,”’ but had indulged in mere “political hyperbole.”984

In NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Co., white merchants in Claiborne County, Mississippi, sued the NAACP to recover losses caused by a boycott by black citizens of their businesses, and to enjoin future boycott activity.985 During the course of the boycott, NAACP Field Secretary Charles Evers had told an audience of “black people that any ‘uncle toms’ who broke the boycott would ‘have their necks broken’ by their own people.”986 The Court acknowledged that this language “might have been understood as inviting an unlawful form of discipline or, at least, as intending to create a fear of violence ….”987 Yet, no violence had followed directly from Evers’ speeches, and the Court found that Evers’ “emotionally charged rhetoric . . . did not transcend the bounds of protected speech set forth in Brandenburg… An advocate must be free to stimulate his audience with spontaneous and emotional appeals for unity and action in a common cause. When such appeals do not incite lawless action, they must be regarded as protected speech.”988 While holding that, under Bradenburg, Evers’ speech did not constitute unprotected incitement of lawless action,989 the Court also cited Watts, thereby implying that Evers’ speech also did not constitute a “true threat.”990
980 R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul, 505 U.S. 377, 388 (1992).

981 394 U.S. 705, 708 (1969) (per curiam).

982 394 U.S. at 706.

983 394 U.S. at 707.

984 394 U.S. at 708.

985 458 U.S. 886 (1982). Claiborne is also discussed below under “Public Issue Picketing and Parading.”

986 458 U.S. at 900, n.29. See id. at 902 for a similar remark by Evers.

987 458 U.S. at 927.

988 458 U.S. at 928.

989 Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444 (1969). Brandenburg is discussed above under “Is There a Present Test?”

990 Claiborne, 458 U.S. at 928 n.71.

In Planned Parenthood v. American Coalition of Life Activists, the en banc Ninth Circuit, by a 6-to-5 vote, upheld a damage award in favor of four physicians and two health clinics that provide medical services, including abortions, to women.991 The plaintiffs had sued under a federal statute that gives aggrieved persons a right of action against whoever by “threat of force . . . intentionally . . . intimidates any person because the person is or has been . . . providing reproductive health services.” The defendants had published “WANTED,” “unWANTED,” and “GUILTY” posters with the names, photographs, addresses, and other personal information about abortion doctors, three of whom were subsequently murdered by abortion opponents. The defendants also operated a “Nuremberg Files” website that listed approximately 200 people under the label “ABORTIONIST,” with the legend: “Black font (working); Greyed-out Name (wounded); Strikethrough (fatality).”992 The posters and the website contained no language that literally constituted a threat, but, the court found, “they connote something they do not literally say,” namely “You’re Wanted or You’re Guilty; You’ll be shot or killed,”993 and the defendants knew that the posters caused abortion doctors to “quit out of fear for their lives.”994

The Ninth Circuit concluded that a “true threat” is “a statement which, in the entire context and under all the circumstances, a reasonable person would foresee would be interpreted by those to whom the statement is communicated as a serious expression of intent to inflict bodily harm upon that person.”995 “It is not necessary that the defendant intend to, or be able to carry out his threat; the only intent requirement for a true threat is that the defendant intentionally or knowingly communicate the threat.”996

991 290 F.3d 1058 (9th Cir. 2002) (en banc), cert denied, 123 S.Ct. 2637 (2003).

992 290 F.3d at 1065.

993 290 F.3d at 1085.

994 290 F.3d at 1085.

995 290 F.3d at 1077.

996 290 F.3d at 1075.

Judge Alex Kozinski, in one of three dissenting opinions, agreed with the majority’s definition of a true threat, but believed that the majority had failed to apply it, because the speech in this case had not been “communicated as a serious expression of intent to inflict bodily harm….”997 “The difference between a true threat and protected expression,” Judge Kozinski wrote, “is this: A true threat warns of violence or other harm that the speaker controls…. Yet the opinion points to no evidence that defendants who prepared the posters would have been understood by a reasonable listener as saying that they will cause the harm…. Given this lack of evidence, the posters can be viewed, at most, as a call to arms for other abortion protesters to harm plaintiffs. However, the Supreme Court made it clear that under Brandenburg, encouragement or even advocacy of violence is protected by the First Amendment….”998 Moreover, the Court held in Claiborne that “[t]he mere fact the statements could be understood ‘as intending to create a fear of violence’ was insufficient to make them ‘true threats’ under Watts.”999

997 290 F.3d at 1089 (emphasis added by Judge Kozinski).

998 290 F.3d at 1089, 1091, 1092 (emphasis in original).

999 290 F.3d at 1094.

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Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Apr 082017
 

Syria is an outlaw nation. Any free nation had the right to invade Nazi Germany and, today, has the right to invade Syria or any other slave pen. Whether a free nation chooses to do so or not is a matter of its own self-interest, not of respect for the non-existent “rights” of gang rulers. It is not a free nation’s duty to liberate other nations at the price of self-sacrifice, but a free nation has the right to do it, when and if it so chooses. See Ayn Rand, 1964.

MORALITY / A MORAL CODE.

A moral code is a set of abstract principles; to practice it, an individual must translate it into the appropriate concretes—he must choose the particular goals and values which he is to pursue.
Why does mankind need a code of values? To grade the choices and actions available, according to the degree to which they achieve or frustrate the code’s standard of value. The standard is the end, to which man’s actions are the means. America’s moral code is the primacy of the free individual. Keeping each individual safe is President Trumps first job. When bashir al-Assad used Sarin gas he showed how dangerous he is. His danger extends to each person on earth which includes Americans. Assad is an outlaw.
Any free nation, any commander can order military action to eliminate al-Assad or to stop him from acting. Trump followed good morality and good moral law in punishing al-Assad for using Sarin gas.
The question is: where is the rest of the world? .