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Hinkle: Warning - free speech ahead

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Posted: Saturday, March 22, 2014 4:00 pm

Any day now, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a free-speech case that could cement a dangerous precedent — one establishing a de facto double standard in government’s favor.

The case stems from the election season of 2004, when a group of 200 or so protesters showed up near a Jacksonville, Ore., restaurant where George W. Bush was eating. They started chanting about Bush’s polices on war and the environment. After 15 minutes or so, the Secret Service decided that was enough anti-Bush speech for the day. Agents instructed local law enforcement to move the demonstrators — which was done, with riot police firing plastic bullets.

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