January 8, 2020
At time of writing, it is unclear if we’re headed to open war with Iran, though it is seeming more and more likely by the hour.
So, I feel the need to remind everyone that they need to be careful not to commit sedition.
In wartime, sedition can be a very serious crime.
Largely, we have not had people in the United States going to jail for anti-war protests since the World Wars, but a war with Iran will be the biggest war the US has been involved in since World War Two, and there is going to be a lot of opposition to it, so it is probable that there will be actions done to chill speech by making examples of people who protest the war too hard.
Basically, what you don’t want to do is get in a situation where you’re openly supporting Iran over the United States. This would include actively celebrating the deaths of American soldiers, and might even include saying things like “I hope Iran wins.”
People who are putting up Iranian flags in their profiles on Twitter are probably simply trying to say “I’m against the war,” but as soon as this turns into an actual war, such individuals will be subject to potential harassment by the state on grounds of “sedition.”
It’s not something that is worth getting done up over, so probably err on the side of caution when it comes to dealing with these things, and do more blaming of the Jewish aggressors than praising of the Iranian victims of this aggression.
There’s no way to know how serious censorship and prosecution of dissent is going to get when the war breaks out, but there’s good reason to believe that before leftists/communists and even before Moslems themselves, it will be right-wingers getting harassed over resistance to the war.
So be aware and be careful.
This is one area of “speech crimes” in which the US government has an extreme amount of leeway.
With Iran having struck back, and Trump on the verge of striking back against their strike-back, we could be considered “in a war with Iran” already.