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Posted by Albert Gedraitis at 7:13 AM
Israel's Prime Minister is in a t+t spot with USA Prez Barack Obama. Israel's Netanyahu meets the American with a propaganda barrage launched under the slogan "Israel is not the problem." And, by implication, the situation in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, supremely as evidenced in the Syrian débacle which has given way to clear-cut genocide. Then there's Egypt. Then there's Turkey. Then there's Lebanon with its Hezbullah. Don't forget Hamas and its alliance with Fatah within the Palestinian Authority. Then there's Iran locked into deep sanctions via its tied-up banking industry. But we're not done yet — are we? Can we scoop up into one concept Libya, Iraq, and Afgthanistan? How about Yemen? Perhaps only Kuwait and Qatar remain friendly to the Western Alliance articulated in NATO (where Turkey holds membership and hosts the nascent Free Syria military). Israel is not the core problem in the Middle East as made vividly clear in the reaction of the Organization of Arab States which sawt to censor Syria at the UN, failing due to Russia's and China's refusal to back the initial effort to bring the veto-holders on the UN Security Council around to explicit censuring of Syria for genocide at Homs, and Iran for pursing nuclear power that may give life to the nuclear missile power the prospect of which threatens the Western Alliance, as it shoud indeed. Propaganda meets anti-nuclear diplomacy. Israel is not the core problem.
Posted by Albert Gedraitis at 6:38 AM
Law scholar Eugene Volokh documents the decision by which the Supreme Court of Nevada struck down the conviction of a Mr Rosales who tried to create an open season on law officers:
Does Mr Rosales therfore go free? Dr Volokh leaves us hanging in suspense, while we are of course grateful that an imprecise charge did not result in a guilty verdict, even for this criminal. Yet, why did the lower court think a guilty verdict was meritorious and just? Surely, the graffiti monster of Reno will not simply waltz off, with the courts unable to reach him due to the standard against double jeopardy.
Posted: 01 Mar 2012 02:32 PM PST
(Eugene Volokh)The case is Rosales v. State (Nev. Sup. Ct. Feb. 28, 2012) (unpublished 3-judge opinion). An excerpt:
“Criminal anarchy is the doctrine that organized government should be overthrown by force or violence, or by assassination of the executive head or of any of the executive officials of government, or by any unlawful means.” NRS 203.115(1). To convict Rosales of criminal anarchy, the State had to show either that Rosales’s graffiti and other writings advocated the “overthrowing or overturning organized government by force or violence,” NRS 203.115(2)(a), or that his writings justified the killing of executive officers “with the intent to teach, spread or advocate the propriety” of the doctrine that organized government should be overthrown by force or violence. NRS 203.115(2)(c).Note that the court affirmed Rosales’s conviction for threatening Gammick, under a separate “aggravated stalking” statute. And Rosales’s speech does seem to consist of constitutionally unprotected “true threats.”
Posted by Albert Gedraitis at 5:28 AM