1994-02-25 - Re: Clipper Death Threat

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From: Mike Godwin <mnemonic@eff.org>
To: lyled@pentagon-emh9.army.mil (LYLE, DAVID R.)
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UTC Datetime: 1994-02-25 21:30:36 UTC
Raw Date: Fri, 25 Feb 94 13:30:36 PST

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From: Mike Godwin <mnemonic@eff.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 94 13:30:36 PST
To: lyled@pentagon-emh9.army.mil (LYLE, DAVID R.)
Subject: Re: Clipper Death Threat
In-Reply-To: <2D6E9708@Pentagon-EMH9.army.mil>
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David Lyle:

> Good question... what exactly is a "right"?  To me, a right is something 
> that cannot be removed from any citizen.

In that case, we don't have any rights. 

> I would like to see privacy as a 
> right.  However, at what point do you draw the line?  When does privacy 
> interfere with someone else's rights?

Try reading the cases.

> Freedom of speech has never been a right.  A lot of people think it is.  But 
> go out on a street corner and try to incite a riot.  See what happens.  Or 
> threaten someone.  Or commit treason.  Speech is not a right.

You are defining "right" differently from the way it is defined in the
Constitution and elsewhere.

Now that I understand you to be using the word in a special, personal way,
I see no need to discuss it further on this list or elsewhere.