How is that material support, though? "Material" rather implies, I dunno, material support -- that is, giving them stuff.
I thought it meant material as in significant or relevant.
Saying "I think you should do terrible thing Y" sounds like protected speech to me.
It sounds to me like he did a lot more than that. He gave them specific information calculated to be useful in furthering their plans for terrorism. You could argue that that's protected speech too, but it's not just advocating something terrible.
Tweeting about Bitcoin and saying that ISIS needs a website is a crime? ...it seems like a pretty slippery slope to argue that teaching people how to use Bitcoin or saying that ISIS needs a website rises to the level of "material support for ISIS" by itself... If you disagree with US policy for dealing with ISIS and say so -- at what point does it cross over the line? ... But jailing an American teenager over his tweets seems... excessive.
Whether intentional or not, I think you've badly mischaracterized this person's actions.
- By describing it as tweeting you imply that it was just short messages, and how bad could that be? But the tweets weren't the problem, the blog post was. - You summarize the post as "teaching people how to use Bitcoin" while leaving out the fact that he was specifically teaching ISIS how to use Bitcoin to further their terrorist agenda. - Then you throw in some (apparently) completely unfounded speculation that this could be used to criminalize dissent, which is not what this case was about.
I'm glad you wrote about this and I certainly respect your position, but I found your summary very slanted. However in Techdirt fashion you provide extensive excerpts and links to documents so readers can judge for themselves, so well done there as always.
there is not 11 years worth of jail time between these two statements:
Horrible Organization X should use technology Y so they can move money without being tracked.
If horrible Organization X used technology Y they can move money without being tracked.
It sounds like what he said was "Hey Horrible Organization X, here is how to do A B and C that will make it easier to do Terrible Thing Y, which I think you should do, without getting caught". If the description here is accurate it kind of sounds like material support for a terrorist organization. I don't know about 11 years but this doesn't sound like a ridiculous prosecution.
The thing about sayings like that is that they exist because they are true.
No, sorry, sayings don't exist because they are true, they exist for any of a number of reasons, only one of which is being true. Some exist because they feel like they are true (but aren't). Some because they are witty or memorable. And so on.
The other day I saw a guy riding what looked like a miniature Segway with no handle. Just a base and two wheels.
Saw one of those at Seattle Center and then saw the same thing but with one wheel! I had never seen or heard of such a thing. The guy was standing on little platforms on either side of the wheel and apparently controlling in by leaning just like these other devices.