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State intimidation of political opponents, again

(UPDATE: David Bernstein at Volokh has an excellent point.  Following his example, I’m putting my money where my mouth is and putting the controversial “Hunter” ad right here on the blog.  You’ll see embedded YouTube video below the break.  Let ’em come after me.  Now on to the post…)

On the heels of the Democratic Party threatening to release the IRS hounds on the organizers of the anti-Ahmadinejad protest earlier this week if they didn’t personally snub Sarah Palin as a speaker, here comes Barack Obama’s lawyer threatening to release the FCC hounds on any TV station that dares to air an anti-Obama issue ad released by the NRA.

If shutting down TV stations weren’t bad enough, officers of the court and law enforcement in Missouri, prompted by the Obama campaign, are gearing up to prosecute for libel anyone the campaign says “lies or misleads” about Sen. Obama.  Fabulous idea:  a political candidate formulating his own standard of libel and recruiting officials with the power of the state to enforce it.

It’s tough to type while I’m clenching my fists in white-hot anger, but details are indeed below the break.

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