Sens. Arlen Spector and Joe LIbermann have teamed up to bring legislation before the Congress that needs our support.
In today's Wall Street Journal's Op Ed page is a marvelously encouraging summary of "the Free Speech Protection Act of 2008."Our bill bars U.S. courts from enforcing libel judgments issued in foreign courts against U.S. residents, if the speech would not be libelous under American law. The bill also permits American authors and publishers to countersue if the material is protected by the First Amendment. If a jury finds that the foreign suit is part of a scheme to suppress free speech rights, it may award treble damages.This is much needed legislation ...HT: Black Kettle
Our Constitution is one of our greatest assets in the fight against terrorism. A free-flowing marketplace of ideas, protected by the First Amendment, enables the ideals of democracy to defeat the totalitarian vision of al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.
That free marketplace faces a threat. Individuals with alleged connections to terrorist activity are filing libel suits and winning judgments in foreign courts against American researchers who publish on these matters. These suits intimidate and even silence writers and publishers.
Let's contact our senators and congressmen and put our support where it is needed. This one area of a free press I can get behind.