"Seditious libel is the doctrine that flourished
in England during and after the Star Chamber.
It is the hallmark of closed societies throughout the world.
Under it criticism of government is viewed
as defamation and punished as a crime."
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A Worthy Tradition: Freedom of Speech in America, 1988
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 -- Mike, Norwalk      
Thank God for the 1st Amendment.
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    And here in America... King George rides again...
     -- Anonymous     
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     -- Annette, Los Angeles      
    The Patriot Act has created just that. People are held in secret without charge indefinitely. Pre-emptive justice has become widely accepted as necessary for the common good. If you are not with us, you are against us, thus there is a chance that you may hurt us one day, so we will arrest you now to make sure that doesn't happen. (We've come a long way, baby.)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    So????
     -- Dick, Fort Worth     
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    I publish criticism of our government constantly. Some people are paranoid.
     -- David L. Rosenthal     
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    Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you. But seriously, we are not living in a fascist state, George Bush is, in fact, not Hitler, and the Patriot Act did not create a Star Chamber or secret concentration camps for seditious liberals who would do anything for power, including ensuring our defeat at the hands of Islamonazis. On the other hand, never trust government.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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