Ohio Man Threatens Lives of US Military and American Citizens Using So

Ohio Man Threatens Lives of US Military and American Citizens Using Social Media

December 09, 2015

Ohio Man Threatens Lives of US Military and American Citizens Using Social Media

The Justice Department indicted an Ohio man Tuesday on charges of using social media to solicit the murders of U.S. military members. The Ohio man, who claimed allegiance to ISIS, also called for extremists to murder Americans here in the United States.

Terrence McNeil was arrested last month and faces as many as 75 years in prison if he is convicted.

"We owe it to our servicemen and women to protect their safety at home after they fought abroad to protect our freedom," U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said Tuesday. "The defendant is charged with urging harm to our men and women in uniform and will now answer for those threats."

McNeil is accused of using three different popular social media sites - Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr - to boast of his support for Islamic State. He also used Tumblr to publish the names, photographs, and addresses of 100 purported U.S. military personnel, including one who he says killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

McNeil allegedly encouraged other extremists to behead the Americans in their own homes and stab them to death in the streets, claiming the United States is at war with Islam.

The Justice Department says while it aggressively defends the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees the right of free speech, McNeil went "far beyond free speech."

(Article Courtesy of Voice of America)

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3 Responses

The voice of reason
The voice of reason

February 22, 2016

We are free to be accountable for actions that are meant to incite violence. We cannot solicit murder and call it protected speech.

Gerald Buck
Gerald Buck

February 22, 2016

Yes, we are guaranteed free speech, but this is a threat of and an act of terrorism against military, veterans and the families of same. What he did is NOT covered by that amendment. I remember reading that a law was passed making hate speech illegal here. It is the same as killing someone, as it incites and inflames others to carry out the suggested act.

Rick Eagleheart
Rick Eagleheart

February 22, 2016

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