The Espionage Act of 1917


CONSTITUTION THURSDAY

The Espionage Act of 1917



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On this day, Yom Hashoah, we recall the millions who died as a result of a legal process and we ask the question, could such things ever happen here in the United States?

The Espionage Act of 1917 was used to silence opposition to the Governments policy of War with Germany. In 1799 the Alien and Sedition Act was used to silence critics of the Government in the United States. But by the 1960’s attitudes about dissent to Government war efforts had changed significantly. But what would it take to change them back and restore a scenario where “dissent is [not] patriotism?”

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Posted on April 16, 2015, in 1st Amendment, American, Constitution, History, Religion, WWI and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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