Tag Archives: First Amendment rights
“We are not worthier victims just because the fourth estate works to uphold democracy. It’s our job. And we’d do well to focus on those who don’t have the opportunity to write 800 words about their own importance afterward.”
DN!: “Financial Censorship Is Still Censorship”: Edward Snowden Slams Justice Dept. Lawsuit Against Him
“The White House is trying “to make the conversation not about the allegations,” …“They want to talk about the whistleblower rather than the government’s own wrongdoing.”
“You know, the way First Amendment rights have been eroding, this jury at least believes that the government has been too restrictive with speech.”
Two significant free speech victories in Minnesota courts.
Guilty by Association in the Age of Trump. Comparing Charlottesville to J20: A Case Study in Hypocrisy.
Repression, Harsh Sentencing and Sexual Assault.
What his bill does in essence, in addition to criminalizing BDS in this country, is trying to legitimize the existence of Israeli settlements.
A program that he exposed was later confirmed by the NSA to have been a waste of over a billion dollars.
In Minnesota, following the police shooting death of Philando Castile, protests caused part of a highway to shut down. …Minnesota legislators drafted bills that would punish highway protestors with heavy fines and prison time and would make protesters liable for the policing costs of an entire protest if they individually were convicted of unlawful assembly […]
The pattern is clear: Federal and local law enforcement target the First Amendment-protected activities of social justice movements because they pose a political threat, not a violent one.
…the groups note, “documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that the FBI continuously invokes counterterrorism authorities to monitor groups it admits are peaceful and nonviolent.”
Glenn Greenwald: UN Report Finds Mass Surveillance Violates International Treaties and Privacy Rights
“The hard truth is that the use of mass surveillance technology effectively does away with the right to privacy of communications on the Internet altogether,” the report concluded. By Glenn Greenwald The Intercept First Look Media 15 October 2014 The United Nations’ top official for counter-terrorism and human rights (known as the “Special Rapporteur”) […]
We did it! Fort Benning officials and the Columbus police tried to shut down the November Vigil by attempting to limit the number of participants and by denying SOA Watch a permit to set up a stage and sound system, but justice prevailed. We will return to the gates of Fort Benning from November 21-23. Following a […]
The Assange case goes beyond just simple political asylum and issues of sovereignty. It is matter of principle in a time in which information and secrecy have become ever more the tools of the most powerful. Justice must be done for those who have sacrificed their liberties to warn us of these dangers. Eva Golinger, […]
“We’re finding police have a lot of capacity to set a tone,” Adams said during a recent radio interview with Sacramento’s KFBK. “When police show up in riot gear you get a different kind of interaction than when they show up in their regular uniforms.”
Activist, Chalker, Blogger talking about the surveillance state in Minnesota. In September 2011, Melissa Hill was the first person arrested in connection with Occupy MN protests. Following a lawsuit claiming she was wrongfully arrested for trespassing on what was public property, she received a $15,000 settlement for her trouble. Hill now has a blog, “Track the […]
Verizon has big plans for the Internet. And if that doesn’t worry you, it should. by Timothy Karr Published on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Save The Internet. Posted on CommonDreams.org The company is trying to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order, which prevents Internet service providers from blocking, throttling or otherwise discriminating against online content. […]
Sometimes James Risen feels like Jean Valjean, the beleaguered protagonist of “Les Miserables,” hounded for years by the authorities. By MARGARET SULLIVAN July 27, 2013 New York Times “They just keep coming at me,” Mr. Risen, a Times reporter in Washington, told me by phone last week. It has been 10 years since he learned of a […]
Dissenting opinion: Our country’s Founders established the First Amendment’s guarantee of a free press as a recognition that a government unaccountable to public discourse renders that essential element of democracy — the vote — meaningless. By Stephen Aftergood July 19, 2013 Secrecy News Categories: Leaks, Secrecy In a new ruling with ominous implications for national security reporting, an appeals […]
Justin Carter met the american police state in Texas, then he was tortured. William Boardman Sunday 14 July 2013 Nation of Change.org On the Fourth of July – Independence Day – The Journal ran a freedom-oriented story with a headline that began: “Teen Jailed for Facebook Posting….” In Texas last winter, a working 18-year-old was […]