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Is providing support to foreign terrorist groups a constitutional right?

The constitution provides for freedom of speech and association.  Does it protect American supporters of foreign terrorist groups?

 

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Yes, it is/does

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depends: if the so called "terrorist group" actually has done less to hurt people then the ones calling them terrorists then calling them terrorists does not strip them of the right of somone speaking for their cause, whatever it may be.

In other words, constitutional rights should not be rewoked just because some dumb people (the bush administration) deemed someone a "terrorist" or "evil doer" just so they could get passed laws they didint feel the need to go by

Side: Yes, it is/does

Thank God someone chose this side. For a second there I didn't think anyone would. Now we can pick on you ;)

Side: No, it's/does not
PungSviti(552) Disputed
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you want some, come and get some :)

Gimme your best shoot

Side: Yes, it is/does
aveskde(1935) Disputed
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depends: if the so called "terrorist group" actually has done less to hurt people then the ones calling them terrorists then calling them terrorists does not strip them of the right of somone speaking for their cause, whatever it may be.

This debate isn't about what constitutes a terrorist however. It's about our (lack of) right to aid foreign governments in destabilising our own.

Side: No, it's/does not
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If you support a terrorist group and you're vocal about it, it's your first amendment right to do so.

If you provide them with weapons, than of course you're breaking the law. If you're a legal arms dealer and you didn't know that you were providing terrorists with weapons (let's say they had fake credentials or were not on the watch list), than it is not your fault.

Over all, supporting a terrorist group is a constitutional right, but providing them with the means to hurt innocent people (on purpose) is being an accomplice to terrorism.

Side: Yes, it is/does
aveskde(1935) Disputed
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If you support a terrorist group and you're vocal about it, it's your first amendment right to do so.

The first amendment doesn't condone sedition.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedition#United_States

Side: No, it's/does not
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No. Simple answer, but this is because we're not really talking about a pure bill of rights issue hear. Even in a completely secular, humanist democracy perfect freedom of speech and freedom of association doesn't exist. The bill of rights enumerates these liberties, but they have what could be called fine print attached to them (or more specifically, bills and laws which amend them). Of chief importance here is sedition, and treachery. US citizens aren't granted the right to aid foreign governments in harming their government.

Side: No, it's/does not
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I think you make a good point and a disturbing one at that. Although America is strong militarily, it is intellectually weak. This is precisly were we are losing the battle and our freedom. When we think foreigners have rights and privileges in our country, especially rights to plot our demise, we can no longer defend ourselves. Because we become more concerned about protecting them instead of us. Political correctness will kill us and the process has already started. I hope we as a people wake up before its to late because ideas do have consequences.

Side: No, it's/does not

No, it conflicts with other people's right to life and liberty and is therefore nullified.

Side: No, it's/does not

Sometimes the answer to a question is so obvious.... but then you get people voting on the other side and you wonder how we've gotten this far ;)

Side: No, it's/does not