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FBI: Retweeting a Terrorist’s Tweet Could Land You In Trouble

Aug 09

An anonymous reader writes: Twitter has become a valuable tool for U.S. law enforcement agencies in their fight against terrorism. It’s been used as evidence in trials, it’s provided useful intelligence, and it has helped them figure out who is involved with these groups. But ACLU lawyer Lee Rowland is trying to make sure they don’t take it too far. In April, a 30-year-old man was charged with providing “material support” to the Islamic State. The FBI’s probably cause? He retweeted some of the group’s tweets. FBI director James Comey says a person’s intent is the heart of the issue: “Knowing it was wrong, you provided material support for a terrorist organization or some other offense. That is the bulwark against prosecuting someone for having an idea or having an interest. You have to manifest a criminal intent to further the aims prohibited by the statute.” Rowland points out the obvious First Amendment concerns. He adds, “… there’s also the question of intent there: repeating speech is not automatically an endorsement. … So a RT alone is certainly not an endorsement and in many situations may be a criticism of the original speaker, and that’s particularly true with terrorism, because I believe many people may believe terrorism is self-evidently immoral.”


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