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Massachusetts man arrested for calling neighbor a “terrorist”


Jose Ortiz called his neighbor of Turkish descent a “terrorist.” Jose Ortiz may be a lout. Jose Ortiz may be a creep. Jose Ortiz may be obnoxious. Jose Ortiz may even be a racist, bigoted “Islamophobe.” But to arrest him for calling his neighbor an unkind name? That’s illegal now? Can I get Ibrahim Hooper of Hamas-linked CAIR arrested for calling me a hatemonger? Can I get the hard-Left propaganda group known as the Southern Poverty Law Center arrested for saying I’m a hate group leader? Or are only certain kinds of false charges and unkind names arrest-worthy?

If this is the full story of what Jose Ortiz did, then there is no way that it is an offense worthy of arrest — and the fact that he was arrested is another indication of how seriously the freedom of speech is challenged in the U.S. today.

“Man charged after calling neighbor a ‘terrorist,’” WCVB, July 15, 2015:

LUDLOW, Mass. —Police arrested a western Massachusetts man on civil rights and other charges after they say he called his neighbor who appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent a “terrorist.”


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