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Never Forget Why We Are Able to Have Freedom of Speech, and That it’s Always Threatened

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The populous is using the first amendment as their justification for violent upheaval, but frequently overlooks who protects their ability to do so.

As our nation grows more divided by the day, many of those who volley around first amendment protections, regardless of the extreme nature of their speech, should be reminded that it is due to the men and women serving this country on the front lines. These brave men and women are protecting our country from enemies who wish to stifle free speech. Make no mistake, there are forces that no American, regardless of their political affiliation, should discount as direct threats to the very protections insured to in the freedoms that started it all for our nation.

Brandon Blackburn

Brandon Blackburn is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and former CIA Counterterrorism Officer. During his time in the CIA, Blackburn served multiple tours in the Middle East; including Iraq, Jordan, and in Afghanistan. Since departing the agency, Blackburn co-founded Tip Of The Spear Productions and Consulting, where he and his team work on media productions aimed at telling the stories of law enforcement and military and also consults with law enforcement and private businesses on national security related issues. Additionally, he is a Consulting Producer for “Live PD” on A&E and co-hosts and produces the Talking Terrorism Podcast, along with reformed terrorist Mubin Shaikh. Blackburn also holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA with a concentration in International Business.

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