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The Steps to War Part I

Know your limitations. On the field of battle, you have a certain topography to work with. You have no control over
this topography. It defines the absolute limit to what you and your enemy can do. Since our battlefield is shaped by
ideas and their expression in language, these terms are of grave importance to the participants. Be aware that the law
(our topography) may change through the course of the battle, much like hills can be leveled by bombing runs, or rivers
can be crossed by building bridges.
Hate Speech Law & Legal Definition

Hate speech is a communication that carries no meaning other than the expression of hatred for some group, especially in
circumstances in which the communication is likely to provoke violence. It is an incitement to hatred primarily against a
group of persons defined in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and the like.
Hate speech can be any form of expression regarded as offensive to racial, ethnic and religious groups and other discrete
minorities or to women.
Free Speech [Libel] Law & Legal Definition

Free speech means the right vested on a person where by s/he can speak freely. Free speech also includes the right to
write and publish ones own sentiments.
The following is an example of a state statute (Wisconsin) defining free speech.
According to Wis. Const. Art. I, § 3, every person may freely speak, write and publish his sentiments on all subjects,
being responsible for the abuse of that right, and no laws shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of speech or of
the press. In all criminal prosecutions or indictments for libel, the truth may be given in evidence, and if it shall appear to
the jury that the matter charged as libelous be true, and was published with good motives and for justifiable ends, the
party shall be acquitted; and the jury shall have the right to determine the law and the fact.
Libel Law & Legal Definition

Libel refers to a false written and seen communication made about a person with the intention to defame that person. It is
a written representation conveying an unjust and unfavorable impression prepared with the intention to damage a
person's reputation. If the defendant is able to show that the defamatory statement is essentially true, then the plaintiff's
claim for libel will fail.
Civil Causes of Action - Libel Law & Legal Definition

Libel is published material meeting three conditions:
1. the material is defamatory either on its face or indirectly;
2. the defamatory statement is about someone who is identifiable to one or more persons; and,
3. the material must be distributed to someone other than the offended party; i.e. published, as distinguished from
slander.
Criminal Libel Action Law & Legal Definition

Criminal libel is a crime and can be prosecuted in a criminal court like any other crime. The procedure is known as the
criminal libel action. In a criminal libel action the state is the accuser and the punisher. Any person convicted in a
criminal libel action can be imposed with a fine or with imprisonment.


This is the ground we make war upon in the United States. Be sure to check your own country's laws, paying particular
attention to past case law concerning all the above. KNOW your terrain. If you do not, then I guarantee you that no
matter how embarrassed you may feel for falling into a mud-flinging contest with your opponents, it will pale in
comparison to having the Officials of the State knock upon your door to serve you a summons for a costly legal
battle...or worse, to serve you a pair of handcuffs and a ride to the nearest gulag to await trial for real or imagined
threats.