The Assault On Free Speech, Judicial Overreach Edition (Part 8796)

The heavy hand of the judiciary, in the form of a subpoena followed by a gag order, descended upon the great Reason magazine early this month. The story, thankfully, has been widely covered by the alternative internet press (nary a byte, the last time I looked, from such legacy outlets as the New York Times) beginning with the redoubtable and amusingly named Popehat (which also has a roundup here). The background: the U.S. government, in the person of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, demanded that Reason magazine turn over all the identifying information they had about six people who left hyperbolic Website comments sparked an online story about the conviction of Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht. The object of the commentator’s rage was Judge Katherine Forrest, who, going beyond what the prosecutors asked, sentenced Ulbricht to life in prison.

  • Millie_Woods

    The U.S. looks sketchier all the time. NSA, DHS, prosecutarial overreach, congressional and house uniformity, militarization of police, a partisan IRS, election fraud, school boards with swat teams, presidential edicts, environmental fear mongering, race politics….. etc etc.

    They’re on the road to serfdom.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Prosecutors are more interested in looking good to their political enablers than in seeing that actual justice gets done.

    • Alain

      True which says the system is broken in my opinion.

  • Maggat

    Very scarey, the result of liberals in charge of a country, especially a country such as the USA.