Morocco has arrested American citizen Jesse Curtis Morton, who was charged as part of threats made last year to producers of the show "South Park," despite the lack of an extradition treaty between the two countries. Morton's group, Islam Policy, has protested the move as part of what it considers to be America's war on Islam.
In a jointly drafted statement for the group Revolution Muslim, convicted terrorist Zachary Chesser and Morton, threatened "South Park" producers with murder over illustrated depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. Although the pair claimed that they were not "advocating direct violence," they claimed that the "creators of South Park will indeed end up like [murdered artist] Theo Van Gogh."
"Otherwise we warn all that many reactions will not involve speech, and that defending those who insult, belittle, or degrade the Prophet Muhammad is a requirement of the region," their statement threatened, if the cartoons didn't stop and an apology wasn't issued. "As Osama bin Laden said with regard to the cartoons of Denmark, 'If there is no check in the freedom of your words, then let your hearts be open to the freedom of actions,'" they added.
While Morton, who now answers to the name Younus Abdullah Mohammad, may have believed that his comments were permitted under the First Amendment, the criminal complaint clarifies that "true threats" aren't protected speech. The complaint also takes into context Morton's previous declarations about "terrorizing the disbelievers," made in an interview with CNN, as well as his participation in disseminating al-Qaida's message on the group's web pages.