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The DOJ’s escalating criminalization of speech – Salon.com

In a September 4, 2011 op-ed featured on salon.com, Glenn Greenwald critiqued the Justice Department's decision to prosecute Jubair Ahmad, the 24-year-old Virginia resident who was recently charged with providing material support to a designated terrorist organization. Originally from Pakistan, Ahmad was charged with providing material support to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba after he uploaded a YouTube video featuring clips of violence and messages of jihad.

Greenwald argues that by prosecuting Ahmad, the federal government infringed on Ahmad's First Amendment right to free speech. In his op-ed, Greenwald makes reference to a U.S. Supreme Court case, Brandenburg v. Ohio, where the Court overturned the conviction of a Ku Klux Klan leader who made threatening remarks in a public speech. Comparing Brandenburg to Jubair Ahmad's case, Greenwald argues that what is depicted in Ahmad's video is not nearly as extreme as the remarks that were protected in Brandenburg.

Furthermore, Greenwald notes that several prominent government officials, including Rudy Giuliani, have supported and received funds from MEK of Iran, a designated terrorist organization. In stating this claim, Greenwald alludes to the difference in the way the law is applied to the powerful and "ordinary citizens." Consequently, Greenwald goes on to state that "Terrorism means nothing other than what the U.S. Government wants it to mean at any given moment."

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