Author Topic: Artistic Expression/Freedom of Speech  (Read 358 times)

Offline Yawn

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Artistic Expression/Freedom of Speech
« on: December 10, 2012, 06:33:49 AM »
THIS is just plain scary.  By the name, he is clearly Arab, and likely Muslim, but THIS is clearly covered by the First Amendment.  Hopefully someone will take up this fight to the Supreme Court if necessary.  He could have been charged with more relevant charges but they chose this.  They (the city) needs to lose big on this kind of nonsense.

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Back in mid-September, the NYPD (and the city of NY) was embarrassed by the work of an artist who managed to install 100 posters in pay phone kiosks that appeared to show the city was using armed drones to control crime.

Last week, police finally arrested Essam Attia, the man they believe was at the center of the campaign. Mr. Attia has been charged with 56 counts of possession of a forged instrument — a fairly serious crime for someone who put up some posters that he claims were meant to spark a conversation about the troubling us of drones both domestically and abroad. In fact, shortly after he posted the signs, the artist told AnimalNewYork.com that he hoped the subject would “reach a mainstream level where we are talking about this at the dinner table.”  Source





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Re: Artistic Expression/Freedom of Speech
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2012, 07:09:59 AM »


I highly doubt much will come of it, but he did technically break the law.
However, he accomplished more than he had hoped for, he got world wide attention.

Hat tip to the guy for bringing the issue to the forefront.
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Re: Artistic Expression/Freedom of Speech
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2012, 07:17:45 AM »
Now had he included a small disclaimer at the bottom, the worst they could have charged him with would be petty vandalism of city and private property, assuming private parties were upset.
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Re: Artistic Expression/Freedom of Speech
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2012, 02:15:32 AM »
I hope this spawns tons of "copy cats"! :thumbup:

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Re: Artistic Expression/Freedom of Speech
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2012, 05:45:18 AM »
I hope this spawns tons of "copy cats"! :thumbup:
It definitely gives me ideas.
I was thinking of a sign that says "You are leaving Eldorado county, watch for drones beyond this point"
Then having the same sign he has up.
The county you enter when leaving mine is Sacramento county, the political Craphole of the state.

More appropriate would be a sign of Stalin and his minions.....
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