(INTELLIHUB) — Rapper Mayhem Mal from the group Ghetto Superstar Committee has been charged with “terrorism” after the group uploaded a song titled Fuck the Police to YouTube and Facebook which apparently constitutes a “true threat.”
The bombshell news posted by the Rutherford Institue unveils the reality of the matter.
A segment of the shocking report reads:
By refusing to hear the case of rapper Jamal Knox (a.k.a. “Mayhem Mal”), who was charged with making terroristic threats after posting a song critical of police on Facebook and YouTube, the U.S. Supreme Court has approved the government’s expansion of the definition of “true threats.” In asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case, The Rutherford Institute in conjunction with CATO Institute, had argued that allowing the government to expand its definition of what constitutes a “true threat” could have significant chilling effects on online communications and controversial art forms, including expressive activity shared through social media such as Facebook and YouTube, particularly in an age when the government engages in unprecedented monitoring of new and ever-changing forms of expression, online and otherwise.
“Instead of targeting terrorists engaged in true threats, the government has turned ordinary citizens into potential terrorists, so that if we dare say the wrong thing in a phone call, letter, email or on the internet, especially social media, we end up investigated, charged and possibly jailed,” said constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People. “This criminalization of free speech, which is exactly what the government’s prosecution of those who say the ‘wrong’ thing using an electronic medium amounts to, is at the heart of every case that wrestles with where the government can draw the line when it comes to expressive speech that is protected as opposed to speech that could be interpreted as connoting a criminal intent.”
Even though the old-school rap group N.W.A., featuring Eazy-E and Dr. Dre, released a song back in 1998 that had a similar title (Fuck tha Police), Americans in the year 2019 are not granted the same privileges, according to the new ruling.
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