Bench Memos

Stuart Taylor on Harold Koh’s Threat to Free Speech

Stuart Taylor’s latest column, “Troubling Signals on Free Speech” (available here for a week or so), calls attention to various threats to free speech, including “a little-publicized October 2 resolution in which [Hillary] Clinton’s own State Department joined Islamic nations in adopting language all-too-friendly to censoring speech that some religions and races find offensive.”  Taylor sketches how “doctrines developed by legal academics including Obama appointee Harold Koh, the State Department’s top lawyer,” could lead to erosion of cherished First Amendment free-speech rights.  (Taylor also correctly notes that Koh, in his confirmation testimony, didn’t squarely acknowledge the “clear meaning” of his writings on this issue.)

My own series on Koh’s transnationalist threat is available here (with additional related posts here).

[Cross-posted on The Corner]