I'm an American too - but Americans only have the illusion of free speech.
It's not an illusion. Do you think if I said something similar to what I said above in China or Iran that I'd still be here chatting with you?
let me ask you, of all the talk of Osama bin Laden that was happening, how many major American news sources actually played the videos or showed the transcripts of bin Laden's addresses to the American people? There are so many examples of this. Americans are only told that they have freedom, freedom of speech, etc., so they believe it.
I'd venture to say that none of the 'name brand' news sources played it. They're just as corrupt as the government and probably in their pocket as well. The press are supposed to be 'the fourth estate' of government, but that hasn't been true for a long time--just as we are supposed to be a constitutional republic where the government obeys the 'rule of law'.
The big question now is what are 'the citizens' going to do about it?