An Incredible Threat to First Amendment That No One Is Talking About

How in the world could the Americans with Disabilities Act become a suppressor of free speech? What are those most feared words in the American language? They are: “I’m here from the government, and I am here to help.” I have also heard it said that if you want government help real bad, you will get real bad help. In this case, the University of Berkely had one of its free programs shut down by the Department of Justice. The program involved free classroom learning using videos from the university classes. The crime was that there were no subtitles. The cost to rectify this would run in the millions of dollars. The solution, of course, was to delete the video program.  Have you ever heard of LBRY? You mauy want to follow that clue.

As Written By John Stossel for Fox News:

A third threat to free speech at University of California, Berkeley has led to more censorship than political rioters or college administrators.

It’s the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Berkeley is expensive. Out of state students must pay $60,000 a year. But for five years, Berkeley generously posted 20,000 of its professors’ lectures online. Anyone could watch them for free.

Then government regulators stepped in.

The Americans with Disabilities Act stipulates, “No qualified individual with a disability shall … be denied the benefits of … services.”

As with most laws, people can spend years debating what terms like “denied,” “benefits” and “services” mean.

President Obama’s eager regulators, in response to a complaint from activists, decided that Berkeley’s videos violated the ADA. The Justice Department sent the school a threatening letter: “Berkeley is in violation of title II … (T)he Attorney General may initiate a lawsuit.”

What Berkeley had done wrong, said the government, was failing to caption the videos for the hearing impaired. The ADA makes it illegal to “deny” deaf people services available to ………


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