Sami Omar Hussayen was acquitted yesterday of charges that he used his computer expertise to foster terrorism. Hussayen was acquitted on all three terrorism counts, as well as one count of making a false statement and two counts of visa fraud. Jurors apparently took the judge’s instructions about the First Amendment to heart. “Juror John Steger, 68, a retired forest service engineer, said in a telephone interview that the jury was guided by instructions on the First Amendment from U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge. The jury, he said, concluded that ‘you can print material that advocates illegal action [and] if by printing it doesn’t cause people to take imminent action, you are protected.'” But this verdict should not be read only as a weakness in the evidence in this particular case, but as a failure of the USAPA law under which the case was brought. The law itself tries to take traditionally innocent behavior and make it criminal if it relates to alleged terrorism. As a Heritage Foundation lawyer opines in the article, fighting with or sending money or guns to terrorist groups are fairly clear and easy examples of illegal support. “This is new and different,” he said. “Computer support or other unusual forms of support that are not traditionally conceived of as criminal activity — it’s not like he provided guns.” Web sites = guns or web sites = speech?