Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The ACLU challenges Idaho's ag-gag law

See this story. It's on the same theme of freedom of speech that regressives hate if it reveals the facts. ID passed a law making it illegal to take photos or videos of animal farms without the owner's permission. This was enacted because said photos and videos exposed the incredibly inhumane practices at these farms. So the law in effect says that one cannot expose a crime via free speech without the criminal's permission.

Animal farmers argue that exposing their crimes amounts to "unfair and biased investigations." It's so unfair to expose crimes, can't you see? Then you might think they are criminals! And this might destroy their business. No, it will let you keep your business, but you'll just have to give up the criminal behavior. I know, a very tough one for those who think that crime is necessary to any proper business model.

And government should stay out of their criminal behavior. The ag industry learned this after all from the banks, who won on that score. But if you expose their crimes then you're the criminal and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Perfectly logical, see?

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