Tighten the Web on Flash Mobs

We sometimes need to give up a bit of freedom for security, including restricting social networking sites that facilitate violence and general mayhem.  When online or cell phone communications such as tweets and instant messages point to imminent lawlessness, authorities must intervene before flash crowds degenerate into flash mobs. Social media-incited disorder has erupted spectacularly across Britain, and flash mobs that loot and plunder are rampant in the U.S.  In response, authorities on both sides of the pond have sought restrictions upon social media, reigniting the perennial debate about the appropriate balance between security and freedom in a stable democracy. ACLU lawyers and libertarians like to invoke the wisdom of our founders to ensure the balance is skewed toward freedom.  A favorite quote comes from Benjamin Franklin: "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety," but those were the...(Read Full Article)

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