Demented and sad, but social:
“Just after midnight Saturday morning, authorities descended on the Cerritos home of the man believed to be the filmmaker behind the anti-Muslim movie that has sparked protests and rioting in the Muslim world.”
When taking office, the President does not swear to create jobs. He does not swear to “grow the economy.” He does not swear to institute “fairness.” The only oath the President takes is this one:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
By sending — literally — brownshirted enforcers to engage in — literally — a midnight knock at the door of a man for the non-crime of embarrassing the President of the United States and his administration, President Obama violated that oath. You can try to pretty this up (It’s just about possible probation violations! Sure.), or make excuses or draw distinctions, but that’s what’s happened. It is a betrayal of his duties as President, and a disgrace.
Actually, the authorities involved were not Feds trying to trample on the 1st Amendment, but people looking into whether he violated his terms of probation:
Federal probation officers interviewed Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a California filmmaker responsible for creating an anti-Islam film that sparked protests in more than 30 countries, late last night and released him.
Nakoula was questioned for about 90 minutes, and then was taken to an undisclosed location, where he was released, officials said.
“He is gone. We don’t know where he went,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said. “He said he is not going back to his home.”
The man, who served 21 months in prison on fraud and identity theft charges, could face more prison time if it is determined his involvement in the film was a violation of his probation, which barred him from either owning or using devices with access to the Web without prior approval from his probation officer.
I guess Glenn Reynolds, faux libertarian and full time Republican, isn’t in the “Law and Order” wing of the GOP.
I made a joke the other day on twitter, but I didn’t realize how accurate it would be:
I guess we can add law school profs Reynolds and Althouse to the list of the 90% of morons. Apparently, the 1st amendment protects everyone from parole violations. Who knew?