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Seneca
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Originally posted by D.W.:
Freedom of Information act ties the hands of the state. If state law did not specifically protect this information and exempt it from FIA requests, I don't think it requires malice. Just sloppiness or a belief, as stated by many here who would not accept the characterization as malice, that the public "has a right to know."

You'd know better than I Pete. The only law I know well tends to be related to accessibility routes and fire code in new construction. [Razz]

One of the problems is that even in states where the CPL info is protected from disclosure by statute, we have zealous anti-gun activists within those governments who attempt to blow smoke and obfuscate these protections and pretend they don't exist, so then they can act quickly and disclose the info to an out-of-state media entity, and when the dust finally settles and the courts rule that the info shouldn't have been released, it is too late and there is no recourse and no way to get it back or unpublish it. This is actually being attempted right now in my state by Seattle's city attorney.
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The leader of a group of armed anti-Muslim protesters in Texas posted the addresses of dozens of local Muslims and “Muslim sympathizer(s)” to Facebook on Tuesday.

David Wright III was behind an armed protest Saturday outside of a mosque in Irving, Texas by a group calling itself the “Bureau on American Islamic Relations,” according to The Dallas Morning News.

Wright published a list of local Muslims and their supporters who opposed a law which would have forbidden Sharia Law (or any other religious court) supplanting civil authority.

Do the supportive of such publishing, who we can see upthread, still support it?

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What do you think?
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Pete at Home
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I would say that both publications are acts of terror, as public solicitation of violence.

I think the gun owner publication is more like to result in violence, simply because *known* gun owners are targets for burglary. (twits who ignore the "known",part of that last sentence may be subject to ridicule)

Nevertheless both acts of terror are equally criminal plus publishers should be liable for public disclosure of private facts (invasion of privacy) and for any damages and wrongful death resulting from the disclosure.

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Originally posted by D.W.:
And here I thought the NRA was worried about the goverment having the list. The press having the list, and what they would do with it, is a much more recent concern.

Releasing the list to the public is only one way the government could abuse such a list. It is, at present, the most likely abuse to occur.

Perhaps the next Tim McVeigh in our midst will target the publishers. Private counterterrorism is the most likely response to government-supported terrorism.

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