Does Freedom of Speech Get Abused?

From Thinking Outside the Boxe’s London Correspondent

Many Americans consider free speech to be one of the most important rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Under the 1st Amendment, citizens have the right to practice whatever religion they choose, print whatever they like, and say whatever they like, even if these words criticize the government or America itself, without any fear of prosecution. But do the same rules apply to foreigners in the U.S.? Although most people would agree that anyone living in the U.S. has free speech in principle, the issue has become a lot murkier since 9/11 and growing fears of terrorism and anti-Americanism within the United States. Does the right to free speech extend to foreign individuals inciting hate? Does it extend to the sentiments behind terrorist attacks? The facts may be unpopular, but legally, the answer is “yes.” Continue reading