Essay: Free Speech for Terrorists?

On Sept. 15 of last year the people in the Palestine Information Office in Washington received a letter from the State Department announcing that "the Department has designated the Palestine Information Office as a 'foreign mission.' " Their lucky day? Not exactly. The letter continued, as if daring Joseph Heller (Catch-22) to top this one: "Pursuant to the Designation of the Palestine Information Office as a Foreign Mission, the Department of State has determined that the Palestine Information Office shall be required to cease operation as a foreign mission." Then the Government ordered the office's electricity cut off, its phone disconnected...

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