The federal government continues to display itself as against free speech and completely overstepping the bounds of the Constitution. Sixteen year old Justin Hallman put together a presidential campaign video of Texas Congressman Ron Paul for his American Government class. Not only did the video earn him an A+ and impressed his teacher, but it also raised the eyebrows of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and so they proceeded to go to Hallman’s house to question him.
When Hallman’s mother called the number on the card she was told by Bowman, “We need to talk to your son.”
The two FBI agents returned to the house and began to talk to Hallman about his interests and hobbies, a tactic Hallman saw as the FBI agents attempting to gain his trust.
The FBI agents then attempted to recruit Hallman to spy on Anonymous. “They wanted me to be an informant, to possibly put my life in danger, to help them arrest and gain intel on occupy protesters and hackers,” he writes.
The agents then began to question Hallman about his support for Ron Paul’s presidential campaign as well as a conversation he had conducted with his teacher about the Illuminati secret society.
“They also asked me why I had talked to my teacher about the Illuminati,” writes Hallman. “I told them it was just harmless talk about the 1776 Illuminati that formed from the enlightenment era. I said my teacher said they are/were terrorists and not to talk about them (this caused the FBI agents to look puzzled and they changed the subject very fast to Anonymous). In the end they finally left for an ‘important meeting.’”
The fact that they asked about his conversation with his teacher seems to indicate that the teacher had previously spoken about the video and Hallman. This should raise serious red flags to anyone who has their child in the public school system.
In his email to reporters, Hallman concluded, “So that’s my story, a teen from the suburbs who was questioned by the FBI about a harmless free speech protected video I made for school. My record forever scarred with the truth that the FBI questioned me. When getting a job they will see that, when getting a passport they will see that, when going to college they will see that.”
Whether you agree with Ron Paul or not, this is not an issue about him. This is an issue about the Constitution, the First Amendment and the Fourth Amendment.
Here’s what the FBI found serious enough to question a sixteen year old boy over: