‘Criminalizing Speech’ to Fight ‘Terror’

Reporting on New York’s Javed Iqbal receiving a 69-month prison sentence for “assisting Hezbollah… by providing satellite television services that included broadcasts by the party’s television station, Al Manar,” Peter Daniels (World Socialist Web Site, 4/27/09) mentions that the broadcast packages included “Christian evangelists as well as Hezbollah” before explaining how the law under which Iqbal was charged had been amended by the Patriot Act after the September 11. The revised statute was used to target individuals accused of providing aid to organizations designated as terrorist by the U.S. State Department. Iqbal’s prosecution had the effect of criminalizing speech and […]