Thursday, June 02, 2005

Yearbook caption threatens President Bush

I ran across this blurb scanning the news today:
Friday, May 27Widefield - Mesa Ridge High School recalled yearbooks after receiving complaints about a photo caption reading most likely to assassinate President Bush. The caption caught the attention of the Secret Service, which said that all threats against the president must be investigated. The captions were marked over and the books redistributed.

What happend to freedom of the press? I certainly concede there are limits to freedom of speech, like you can't yell fire in a crowded theater, but only because it violates the property right of the other patrons to view the movie. I'm not sure how the student voted most likely to assassinate President Bush violates anyone's property right let alone qualifies as a threat against the president. After all, its not as if this person actually made the threat, they were merely the individual voted most likely to engage in such action by their peers.

I think going to such a fuss is ridiculous. What do you think? At what point do investigating potential threats to the president turn into oppressing freedom of speech?

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