German-Bulgarian author Ilija Trojanow, who has been highly critical of the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance apparatus, was blocked from taking an American Airlines flight from Salvador, Brazil, to a conference with German academics in Denver.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 1, 2013 5:25 pm|
|By: bmaz 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday May 1, 2013 1:05 pm|
The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to conclude that a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer “has no First Amendment right to publish the information at issue” in a memoir he penned at on his service in the war in Afghanistan. They maintain information the officer wants to publish is “properly classified” and the government is “entitled to substantial deference” that its publication would result in harm from disclosure.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday April 1, 2013 6:30 pm|
An environmental activist, who was prosecuted by the Justice Department for engaging in acts the department considers to be terrorism, has found out through a lawsuit of which he is a plaintiff that he was transferred to a prison in Marion, Illinois, and held in isolation for his political speech.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 21, 2012 8:45 am|
Federal courts have consistently trimmed back attempts by states to write their own immigration laws. The Supreme Court overturned much of the Arizona immigration law in June, and federal judges have done the same to parts of laws in several Southern states. We saw another example of this yeterday, when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the state of Alabama and its draconian immigration law. However, the precedent set by the Supreme Court on Arizona did hold, and the “papers please” parts of immigration laws in Alabama and Georgia were upheld for the time being.
|By: Thomas P. Davis Friday August 17, 2012 1:29 pm|
Today we witness a landmark event in freedom of speech and ability to question the objectives of orthodox religion abroad. As the debate over religious freedom and freedom of speech has gained prominence during the past year in the United States, concern for religious relevance and the right to articulate that concern is not unique to America in 2012.
In the early hours of June 11, members of Russia’s “Investigative Committee,” made their way onto the balcony of Maria Alykhina’s apartment, “turned on an electric circular saw, and threatened to cut the door down,” before ransacking the apartment, leaving with her computer, books, political materials, and a trove of family photos.”
|By: Kit OConnell Monday August 13, 2012 7:30 pm|
Sometimes occupiers take risks, but none of us expected to be arrested that evening for chalking on a sidewalk.
|By: Abigail Caplovitz Field Saturday May 5, 2012 6:00 pm|
To protect Bank of America from inconvenience, Charlotte, North Carolina has directed its police officers to harass and arrest protesters.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday December 6, 2011 3:16 pm|
We now have a United Nations special envoy for freedom of expression is making the obvious point that many would rather avoid, that the responses to Occupy Wall Street and other protests go against the universal right of freedom of expression.
|By: David Dayen Thursday October 13, 2011 7:15 pm|
Late yesterday, New York City officials announced that they would move to clear Zuccotti Park of Occupy Wall Street protesters Friday morning. Mayor Michael Bloomberg informed the protesters himself at the park.