FBI, JTTF & US Marshals Are Reportedly Visiting Political Activists About a Thirty Year-Old Case

By: Friday July 4, 2014 10:45 am

Agents with the FBI, US Marshal’s Service and Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF) have reportedly been making visits to over a dozen political activists in Chicago, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area to ask about a case that is more than thirty years old.

The case involves Donna Borup, who the FBI believes was part of a “violent anti-apartheid demonstration at JFK International Airport in Queens, New York, on September 26, 1981.”

 

One of More Chilling Post-9/11 Political Prosecutions, Case of Sami Al-Arian, Appears to Have Ended

By: Wednesday July 2, 2014 2:23 pm

A political prosecution against a Palestinian-American activist and University of South Florida professor, which began in February 2003, appeared to come to an end on June 27 as the United States government announced it was dropping all charges against him.

Podcast: The Targeting of Free Speech & Activism Around Palestinians on University or College Campuses

By: Sunday April 6, 2014 9:14 am

Pro-Israel groups are engaged in a “fighting retreat,” as one professor at Columbia College Chicago, who had his academic freedom violated, puts it. They are confronting vibrant activism from students calling attention to the suffering of Palestinian people under Israeli military occupation, and, in trying to overcome the challenge they present to their worldview, they are engaged in the suppression of freedom of speech, freedom of association and freedom of assembly on college or university campuses.

Activists Who Took FBI Files in 1971 Praise Edward Snowden, Defend How He Blew the Whistle

By: Tuesday January 7, 2014 1:41 pm

Activists who raided an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, on March 8, 1971, while millions were tuned into a fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, have come forward to reveal their identities. A new book by Betty Medsger and film directed by Johanna Hamilton is being released on this courageous act, which helped lead to the unraveling of the massive system of surveillance created by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Thomas J. Healy, The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind—and Changed the History of Free Speech in America

By: Sunday August 25, 2013 1:59 pm

No right seems more fundamental to American public life than freedom of speech. Yet well into the twentieth century, that freedom was still an unfulfilled promise, with Americans regularly imprisoned merely for speaking out against government policies. Indeed, free speech as we know it comes less from the First Amendment than from a most unexpected source: Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. A lifelong skeptic, he disdained all individual rights, including the right to express one’s political views. But in 1919, it was Holmes who wrote a dissenting opinion that would become the canonical affirmation of free speech in the United States.

Why did Holmes change his mind? That question has puzzled historians for almost a century. Now, with the aid of newly discovered letters and confidential memos, law professor Thomas Healy reconstructs in vivid detail Holmes’s journey from free-speech opponent to First Amendment hero.

CIA Admits Spying on Noam Chomsky

By: Thursday August 15, 2013 3:45 pm

After multiple denials the CIA has finally admitted to what more or less everyone assumed was true – that the CIA had spied on Noam Chomsky. In theory Chomsky’s American citizenship and lack of being a threat to national security should have prevented this, but no.

Happy Fourth of July, Edward Snowden

By: Thursday July 4, 2013 11:45 am

The whistleblowing of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden appears to have ignited a movement to restore the Fourth Amendment, the fundamental right of people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, of which the NSA routinely violates through its warrantless collection of citizens’ personal data.

Late Night: By the Wings of Dreams

By: Tuesday May 7, 2013 8:00 pm

Listen to that whispered voice and remember the oppressed, the silenced, the fallen. Sanctify them. Dissent is a solemn and sacred dance, protest is a solemn and sacred dance, civil disobedience is a solemn and sacred dance. Solemn and scared dances of ultimate meaning and purpose.

Thoughts on Careless or Irresponsible Use of the Term “Anti-Semite”

By: Saturday December 22, 2012 7:45 am

Three recent events have brought an onslaught of hurling the term “anti-Semite” toward a number of people who certainly do not warrant such an epithet.

The last of these three instances has evoked an almost shocking level of vitriol directed toward a public figure who has been what most regard as a voice of sanity in the midst of crazed rhetoric toward Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas or the Palestinian people themselves, by uber Zionists.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Hannah Gurman, The Dissent Papers: The Voices of Diplomats in the Cold War and Beyond

By: Sunday July 8, 2012 1:59 pm

The Dissent Papers is that rare treat of scholarship that reflects careful research and close attention to lively, elegant prose. I recommend it highly to all interested readers. If this afternoon’s exchange is only half as rich as the book itself, we’ll all still walk away having been deeply enriched.

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