Alex Jones Is Innocent
By Walter E. Block
The Daily Bell
November 19, 2022
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Does this mean we should be free speech absolutists? That anything goes, verbally, or in writing? No. There is a class of statements that should be banned by law and heavily punished: threats.
If I say to you, give me $100 or I’ll shoot you, or kidnap you child, those are only words. However, I would be a criminal if I seriously said or wrote them to you.
But Alex Jones did nothing even widely approaching such a statement. Yes, he lied about a tragic historical event. But he didn’t even close to engage in libel or slander. Ok, he hurt feelings. That should not be considered a criminal act. He is entirely innocent of the charges laid against him.
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First, I’m not a fan of Alex Jones. And, he has a First Amendment right to publish his theories. And, I don’t think Sandy Hook was “crisis actors”.
But, I don’t understand how an FBI agents get 90M$ from Alex by any stretch of law or logic.
Hurt feelings aren’t a windfall opportunity.
I am horrifies by the tragedy.
The Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats failed the public in so many ways in this and other shooting cases. But they pay no penalty.
I don’t see how Alex Jones broke “the law”; maybe common decency or maybe common sense, but that’s about it.
I wonder if this will go to SCOTUS?