The Persecution Of Justin Carter And The Consequences Of Fear-Mongering: If This Doesn’t Make You Angry, Something’s The Matter With You

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Here I was, naively thinking that the threatened jailing of a student for resisting a teacher’s efforts to make him remove his T-shirt with the image of a rifle on it was the most shocking proof of how imperiled free thought and expression are in today’s fearful, dim-witted and child abuse-rationalizing America. Then this jaw-dropping story came across my screen, and I realized that the situation is far worse than I imagined or could imagine—and I have a pretty good imagination.

Now the question is, I think, this: what are we going to do about it?

Nineteen-year-old Justin Carter has been in prison, since March. You will not believe why, or perhaps, being both paranoid and right,  you will. A Facebook friend and video game pal described him in an exchenge as “crazy” and “messed up in the head,” and Carter replied, with sarcasm detectible by anyone who isn’t an SS officer. “Oh yeah, I’m real messed up in the head, I’m going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts. lol. jk.” A Canadian busybody read the exchange, and decided to report Justin to the Austin police, who then arrested him–he was 18 at the time—searched his family’s house, and charged him with making a “terroristic threat.”

In its post about the case, calling for Carter’s release, the National Review notes that “Carter’s joke was witless and flippant.” No, no, no!! Don’t muddle the issue with that kind of gentle equivocation. It was on Facebook. He was sarcastic. He was joking. He SAID he was joking. This is supposed to be a free country. This is supposed to be The United States of America. He did nothing wrong, and he should not feel he did anything wrong, admit he did anything wrong, or have anyone claim he did anything wrong.

The people who have done something terribly, unforgivably wrong, in fact, are President Obama, Vice President Biden, the hysterical exploiters of Newtown, the Justice Department, the IRS, the NSA, the members of Congress and the media who make excuses for the secret and excessive gathering of personal private data to “keep us safe,” and every other voice urging a nation founded on individual freedom and liberty to give up that core element of the American soul in cringing capitulation to fear that death is lurking around every corner.

“Justin was the kind of kid who didn’t read the newspaper,” his father told reporters. “He didn’t watch television. He wasn’t aware of current events.  . . . These kids, they don’t realize what they’re doing. They don’t understand the implications. They don’t understand public space.” Stop it! Just stop it—Justin understood public space just fine—what he didn’t understand is the relentless advancement of the disgusting, negligent, arrogant and indecent betrayal of the Constitutional rights in this government presided over by an alleged “Constitutional scholar.”  I didn’t understand it either. I didn’t think what happened to Jared Marcum—the teen in the NRA T-shirt—could happen in this country without immediate and near unanimous outrage, much less what has happened to Justin Carter. Did you?

Justin’s father also is warning other parents about the dangers of social media comments saying they “can and will be used against you.” Don’t warn them. Tell them to resist the creeping totalitarianism, indoctrination, speech and thought control seeded and harvested by this “progressive” government—it is progressive to throw teenagers into jail for making jokes to friends, you see, because poor Gaby Giffords reads a script saying “Something must be done…too many people have died” to Congress—to stop saying “Be careful,” to spread the story of the persecution of Justin Carter far and wide, and to start saying….

“We refuse to accept what you are trying to do to our spirit, our children, and America.”

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Pointer: Daily Caller

Sources: National Review, 9 news

 

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34 responses to “The Persecution Of Justin Carter And The Consequences Of Fear-Mongering: If This Doesn’t Make You Angry, Something’s The Matter With You

    • zoebrain

      Josh Pillault was arrested last October for threatening to kill people and destroy buildings. At the time of his arrest, he was 19-years-old, and an avid video game player.

      The threats were made while he was playing “Runescape,” an online multiplayer fantasy game. Another player began antagonizing him, and eventually told him to kill himself.

      Irritated, Pillault said he would kill not just himself, but also take out the local high school. He also mentioned Columbine — the name of an infamous school shooting — according to reports.

      It was the response that the other player had been hoping for, according to Pillault’s mother.

      “His gleeful last words to Josh were ‘Knock, knock!’ which is a reference to the feds he sent our way,” wrote Stacey Pillault in an email to TheDC News Foundation.

      Federal authorities raided the Pillault home a few days later, arresting Josh. He has been in jail ever since.

      Josh turned 20 in December — behind bars. As of next week, his incarceration will have lasted 9 months.

      That’s not the worst of it though. This is.

      Josh was adamant about maintaining his innocence, but the family eventually decided that the odds of a conviction were simply too high. On June 20, Josh plead guilty, hoping for a lighter sentence. He is now awaiting transfer to a federal prison, where medical experts will evaluate his mental condition. Sentencing should take place a few months from now. Josh could get 10 years in prison, and a fine of $250,000.

  1. Steve

    These prosecutors need to be held accountable for their political decisions to charge weak or nonexistent cases, even if they are cleared or acquitted later there is real damage being caused. They seem to be more concerned over the court of public opinion then justice. These are nuisance cases brought by the state, this is not justice it is thuggery. Many of these cases are held up and applauded as social justice and “progress”, in reality it is a symptom of America in decline. The fear perpetuated by the press and government serve only to enslave the populace, to make them pliable and open to government “security”.

  2. Jj

    NRA Tee shirt boy is his father’s misguided proxy.
    And while your example of Justin Carter is extreme, it does point to a much more insidious and common problem with social media… YOUR potential employer checks out your twitter, FB, instagram whatever.. And may decide not to hire you on that basis alone.

    And don’t you think it is somewhat hypocritcal to be up in arms about singular examples of government overreach, when everyone is silent on long prison sentences for drug abusers… All that does is produce better criminals, at taxpayer expense.. That’s the real crime.

    • Wow.

      “Don’t you think it’s hypocritical to be up in arms about evidence that Americans will be thrown in jail for constitutionally protected activities like speech, when individuals who have intentionally and knowingly violated drug laws and are caught, tried and convicted get the sentences legally and democratically determined by elected legislatures?”

      No. What a silly statement.

      It’s neither hypocritical not relevant, actually. X is worse than Y is not a justification for Y, especially when Y is, in fact, exponentially worse than X.

    • Steve

      YOUR potential employer checks out your twitter, FB, instagram whatever.. And may decide not to hire you on that basis alone.

      And the problem is? If you identify yourself as a POS on your FB and your potential employer see it, it remains that you’re a POS.

  3. I like to think that my Facebook and Twitter account are just my little contribution to pushing back this creeping sense of “don’t say anything that might hurt feelings”.

    As if you folks couldn’t tell from my comments here. 🙂

    • zoebrain

      I’d noticed. Now that I know your motive, I’m seeing your posts in a new light. Normally I’d condemn rudeness and hysteria, but you’ve made a good case that it has its place.

      I wish it were not so, of course, but it’s reality.

      My own contribution will be to subject you to the abecedarian insult, in ALL CAPS as I believe is customary in such cases.

      SIR, YOU ARE AN APOGENOUS, BOVARISTIC, COPROLALIAL, DASYPYGAL, EXCEREBROSE, FACINOROUS, GNATHONIC, HIRCINE, ITHYPHALLIC, JUMENTOUS, KYPHOTIC, LABROSE, MEPHITIC, NAPIFORM, OLIGOPHRENIAL, PAPULIFEROUS QUISQUILIAN, REBARBATIVE, SAPOTENT, THERSITICAL, UNGUANDINOUS, VENTRIPOTENT, WLATSOME, XYLOCEPHALOUS, YIRNING ZOOPHYTE.

      I trust you will take suitable offense.

      Best regards,
      Zoe

      • Put the thesaurus away, Zoe. You aren’t impressing anyone. 🙂

      • In all seriousness…

        I consider “rude” language to be a fabulous addition to the English language. While I will frequently attempt to moderate my words, I have frequently found that my more entertaining insults and dismissals are about 3 grade-levels over the head of most people I end up dealing with.

        There is great pleasure to be found in an excoriating insult, but only if the person on the receiving end isn’t a mouth-breathing moron and can understand it.

        And so we dip into my bag of fucktards and bumblecocks for something they at least have a chance at understanding.

        And then there are those special and delicate flowers, those who ascribe to a certain mindset I like to call the Religion of Butthurt (reorganized) – those folks who cry out at the slightest of offenses, who shriek at the notion of hurting someone’s feelings… These people I don’t even bother with the polite words.

        Because some people are so eager to take offense, you just want to do whatever you can to help them out.

      • And really, when you think about it, half the reason some of these idiots screeching about “the 1%” and “the corporations, man” and, frankly, “Big anything” only hold those idiotic, moronic notions because everyone from their parents to their teachers have always validated how they felt, and never bothered to tell them that their ideas are, in fact, fucking retarded.

      • Zoe, thanks for sharing that wonderful insult.

        Just one question: Is the lack of a comma after “PAPULIFEROUS” intentional?

  4. Will

    What can be done about this, Jack? Some of the coverage that I have seen seems to relegate this story to “news of the weird,” rather than raising an alarm about the violation of free speech. Can we mount a protest against this prosecutor? Against this judge?

    • I don’t know—insurrection? I’ve been critical of paranoid-style ranters like Mark Levin darkly hinting at the looming need for revolution if the Obama administration keeps chiseling away at basic rights, and encouraging other government entities to do the same. I still think its dangerous and unjustified rhetoric…but I have to say, my resolve is eroded by stories like this. A responsible media would be screaming about this on every front page and news broadcast, and a populace not willing to shrug away its freedom would demand it.

      • Michael R.

        Nope, we don’t have the option of insurrection anymore. The Obama administration bought all the ammo. Just try to go to Wal -Mart and buy some. The scarcity is making the price go up enough that ammo is the new gold.

  5. ByTheFarmstead

    Social media are not free speech and that was evident before FB arrived on the scene. Unfortunately the government is the ringleader, but not the only party demanding that speech and speech alone be punished. I’m beginning to think it will require a concerted drive by citizens across the spectrum that privacy that is slightly implied by search and seizure and self incrimination become a more explicit right…

    But I fear both sides are too attached to the power the current system allows.

  6. Isn’t there a point, though, where “threat speech” must be taken seriously and is legitimately “actionable,” and is not within the meaning of “free speech?” I mean, no matter how strongly circumstances might suggest a presumption of sarcasm or other reason to conclude “non-actionable,” do we really want a world full of unaccountable, unrepentant Alec Baldwins? I am confident that even a homophobe like me, in my moments of greatest rage, would not say, write, tweet or think such Baldwinisms.

    • Sure. Genuine threats are not protected speech. But a statement that neither is intended as a threat nor taken as one by the intended recipient or any other rational human being isn’t a threat, so the question doesn’t apply here.

      • Well, it seems like the current “rule” is for “taken as one by the intended recipient” to trump “not intended as.” The result seems to be the Olympic Gotcha Games (Democrat-/leftist-/commie-/U.S.-hater-favoring rules).

    • Speaking of Alec Baldwin: I am convinced I am not alone in my perception, so, like Neal Boortz, “Somebody’s gotta say it.” Baldwin is looking way too much like John Wayne Gacy these days. That should be enough to make anybody who knows about that story feel threatened – not by me, but by Baldwin. Even if Baldwin doesn’t wear a clown suit.

      • My problem with people like Baldwin is that I have a really horrible reaction to threats…

        See, they don’t cause fear, they cause rage, so I usually invite whoever is making the threat to come for a visit and try to make good on it.

        Never had a single person take me up on it – apparently a guy eager for you to come prove what a tough guy you are is a mite bit unsettling and worrisome to internet tough guys.

        • I like how you react to threats. Like I do. Society should re-instate duels.
          (With guns or knives, or just MMA – wouldn’t matter to me.)

          • Steve

            Society should re-instate duels.
            It certainly would make life a great deal more interesting. It would reduce the lies and distortions a great deal. Too many in power just don’t have any honor.

  7. Beth

    It’s lazy and inaccurate to blame Obama for this — gun control has received significant national attention ever since the Brady Bill and then got new steam with Columbine and Moore’s subsequent movie. I am not, and will never be, a fan of guns, but we can’t point the finger at the current administration — this has been building for 30 years now. I started high school in the late 80s and, when I was a freshman, kids could leave their rifles in their cars during hunting season. By the time I was a senior, no one could bring guns at all. This was absolutely a sound policy, but when it comes to speech we have gone too far — no question. Jail terms for speech? (On another note, I also remember the asinine school dress policy — skirts had to be a certain length. I would roll up my skirt to be too short so I would deliberately be sent home on days I wanted to skip but didn’t want to incur an absence. Then I would roll my skirt back down on the way to my car. Idiots.)

  8. Sadly these are the days we live in. What he did was perhaps irresponsible and stupid, but it was general, and even if taken literal does not constitute a threat. I will kill someone is not a threat, I will kill YOU is. I will blow something up is not a threat, I am going to blow up the So and So School is.

    While I may find his post objectionable, I can not find it any different then the numerous “comments” (read – threats) that I have received online while posting comments and writing articles. We need to stop trying to ‘set examples’

  9. Ulrike

    Well, I guess the prison industry lacks inmates. It’s a profitable empire – may be the real crimes don’t result in enough prison sentences anymore. And may be the sweat shops behind bars need more young healthy men in the workforce…

  10. T. Bird

    I just read the kid has been beat in jail and also in solitary confinement nude – his father said it was because he was depressed. $500,000 is his bond and the boy who beat my niece had bond set at $2500 so was released by his grandparents immediately under restraining order and has since been able to postpone his trial 4 times so he could finish his college semester while my niece has missed 4 days of work to arrive at the courthouse only to be told the trial was postponed AGAIN. Now I am comparing a boy who physically assaulted another human being and was easily released to live a mostly normal life pending trial versus a kid who made an extremely tasteless and poor judgment in typing a joke on facebook while all caught up in the moment of a game? What teenage boy hasn’t let something inappropriate slip from his mouth of typing fingers in the form of a seriously bad joke? Teens can be idiots – that is their right of passage. Since when is being idiotic a crime? How is that even close to actually physically assaulting someone? This just doesn’t make sense to me. I am left with the feeling something is seriously wrong with our judicial system.

  11. Coretta

    Incarceration is extreme and wrong, but a mental health evaluation should be the course of action for these types of threats. Threatening to massacre a school, even in jest is disturbing. It is in no way funny, not remotely.

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