Muslim Woman Sues Police For Forcing Her To Remove Hijab

By: Wednesday January 28, 2015 9:00 am

The Dearborn, Michigan area is home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the United States, so this can’t be blamed on some small-town cops ignorant of the law. Of course, since that “law” is actually the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantee of freedom of religion, even that is not much of [...]

 

Terrorist Prosecution Fail, Taxpayers Eat it for $25,000+

By: Monday January 26, 2015 11:00 am

Here’s another reason to be even more skeptical when you see those statistics about how the United States has arrested or detained 1,200,761,324 terrorists or whatever. A former college student, Nicholas George, was detained in 2009 for hours at Philadelphia International Airport because he was carrying Arabic flashcards and thus suspected by the TSA of [...]

Barrett Brown Went to Jail for My Sins

By: Friday January 23, 2015 9:02 am

Peter Van Buren writes about the Barrett Brown case, arguing this was a test case for a US government seeking to find ways to deal with sites like WikiLeaks that publish classified information.

I Wonder What Dr. King Would Say

By: Monday January 19, 2015 9:00 am

There will be many, many articles today speculating what Dr. Martin Luther King would say about this event or that. There is much to talk about — the police killings of young black men, crippling economic inequality (today the 85 richest people on the planet have the same wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion combined), [...]

Journalists, Former Inmates Sue to Block Pennsylvania Law Which Could Be Used to Silence Them

By: Thursday January 8, 2015 4:00 pm

A group of journalists, publications, advocacy organizations and individuals who were formerly incarcerated for crimes committed in Pennsylvania are suing to block the enforcement of a state law, which they argue violates their due process and First Amendment rights because it could be used to suppress their speech. In October, the “Revictimization Relief Act” was [...]

Monitoring and Criminalizing Online Speech, Social Media

By: Thursday January 8, 2015 9:00 am

Citizens, you have an obligation to remain silent. What you say online, once upon a time an arena of free speech, can and will be used against you. Here are two creeping examples. In the UK Six British soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, what the Prime Minister called a “desperately sad day for our country.” [...]

Grand Juror Sues St. Louis County Prosecutor Over Lifetime Gag Order in Officer Darren Wilson’s Case

By: Monday January 5, 2015 6:00 pm

A person who served on the grand jury that did not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown has sued St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch and argues a lifetime gag order violates his or her First Amendment rights. The lawsuit being brought by the American Civil Liberties Union chapter in Missouri [...]

St. Louis Man Faces Charges for Allegedly ‘Making Terrorist Threats’ on Twitter Against Police

By: Thursday January 1, 2015 6:00 pm

A thirty-five year-old black man from the St. Louis area has been charged with ten felony counts of making “terrorist threats” on Twitter against police. Prosecutors filed the charges against Jason Valentine on New Year’s Day. They stem from messages he tweeted between December 3 and December 14, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. [...]

Patriots’ First Amendment Fail Over “The Interview”

By: Monday December 29, 2014 9:00 am

A handful of ragtag, plucky patriots defended their own misguided understanding of free speech by seeing the Seth Rogen-James Franco assassination bro-movie The Interview on our most American of holidays, Christmas. God Bless The Interview At the Austin Alamo Drafthouse (Remember the Alamo!) a few, proud moviegoers stood before the film ran to sing Lee [...]

In Aftermath of Executions of NYPD Officers, Police Crack Down on Extreme Anti-Cop Speech on Social Media

By: Wednesday December 24, 2014 12:00 pm

Police departments throughout the United States have escalated the vigilance in which they monitor speech on social media. Multiple people have been arrested and accused of threatening officers, as part of a law enforcement response to the execution of two New York Police Department officers. Ismaiiyl Brinsley shot NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu [...]

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