Daveed Gartenstein-Ross ups the ante in his “friendly” sparring with me on the Mukhtarov arrest:
Foust argues that “just because Mukhtarov said some scary things on the Internet, that doesn’t mean he committed any traditionally-defined crimes in doing so. To criminalize this sort of correspondence veers dangerously close to creating thought-crimes.”Again, the correspondence wasn’t criminalized — see the above-referenced case of Youssef al Khattab, which we also mentioned in our initial post, as it is instructive about the latitude individuals are given to “say scary things on the Internet,” in Foust’s parlance. Muhtorov’s arrest, rather, is based on multiple factors: what he said on the Internet about his desire to join the IJU, along with the fact that he immediately began searching for tickets to Turkey upon doing so, along with telephone conversations that further clarified his intentions with respect to the IJU, along with telling his daughter that she would never see him again except in heaven, along with quitting his job before finally purchasing his plane ticket to Turkey.
And blah blah blah. Since Daveed can’t be bothered to quote me accurately (or even reference the times posting things to the Internet WAS declared a crime) in his no-longer theoretical evisceration, like the multiple times I did not limit my complaint about the Mukhtarov case to things said on the internet or the phone (“he allegedly got ideas from a website and bought a plane ticket”), I really don’t feel the need to play into his gambit of insulting my intelligence, reading skills, or honesty. Think I’m exaggerating?
[W]e assume it is the latter, both because it’s always best to assume good intentions in one’s debating opponents, and also because we have not known Foust to be purposefully dishonest in his previous writings…this post hopefully clarifies for Foust the distinction between crimes and acts that his previous posts misapprehend.
If that’s how he plays a friendly debate, he wins all debates on all topics, Forever. I’d suggest he declare victory and go home, but he already did that. Well done.