Arrest at Ground Zero Proves Free Speech is Dead
September 13, 2011
A disturbing video from the 10th anniversary of 9/11 shows a man being arrested for simply speaking out on the streets of New York City. Not speaking inside the tightly controlled pit where only those with media credentials were permitted for the event, but in the neighboring blocks of downtown Manhattan on public streets.
While some in the crowd tried to hush the man who was speaking loudly, but calmly, “When will we be allowed to know the truth about 9/11?,” a “rookie cop” decided to arrest him instead. Apparently he determined that free speech protected under the 1st amendment didn’t apply and that a ‘public disturbance’ had taken place. However, police merely held back an angry man shouting in his face ‘You’re not f***** welcome’ who was far more disruptive, while isolating and cuffing the outspoken truther.
Clearly, free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech, not just statements that the crowd approves of.