A federal judge has ruled that a city law imposing a buffer zone on abortion protesters violates free-speech rights and has ordered the city not to enforce it. The law — enacted in October after someone set fire to the Presidential Women's Cen
Senate Bill 1425 - Emergency Confiscation of Firearms; Prohibition
New York City may be known as a centre of artistic expression, but a judge dismissed a lawsuit that argued people have a constitutional right to recreationally dance in any bar or restaurant. [So much for the 1st and 9th Amendments.]
But Officer Caviness said he "didn't even realize it was a political sticker." He said he just noticed the final 4 letters. "I wasn't even going to write a ticket," Caviness said. "I was just going to tell her it'
More evidence that the US government is justifying surveillance of political dissidence under the guise of monitoring "terrorism" has recently come to light. Early this March an FBI agent's presentation at the University of Texas law sc
A year after Florida became the first state to allow citizens to use deadly force against muggers, carjackers and other attackers, the idea is spreading. South Dakota has enacted a similar law, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels plans to sign such a m
The "Public Expression of Religion Act" introduced by Rep. James Hostettler would amend a portion of the US Code and disallow fees from attorneys who successfully represent individuals or groups litigating many First Amendment issues.
In 5 internal reports made public as part of a lawsuit, NYC police commanders candidly discuss how they had successfully used "proactive arrests," covert surveillance and psychological tactics at political demonstrations in 2002, and recomm
A U.S. academic accused the FBI on Friday of trying to silence his criticism of Bush administration policy toward Venezuela, further straining ties between Washington and the major oil supplier.
Homeland Security is all about defending those in power, the NeoCons and their sleazy friends. They all share one goal, to install into American life a perpetual income stream. They suck while sellingIt is as if Dracula sunk his teeth and never lef
Bush didn't nominate members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board until 6 months after the panel was created. The chair of the board is Carol Dinkins, a former law partner of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. They are not funded
Feingold spent 34 minutes sharing the document with his fellow Senators, stopping to repeat the Fourth Amendment, which he feels the law violates.
But he has found support from campus leaders. "The reaction from the administration has not been one to shut these people down but to let students exercise these rights," says Andrew. And that's a lesson this student hopes to take all t
In a civil disobedience protest against the war in Iraq, 7 peace activists were arrested holding a banner that read, “God Forgive America" in front of the White House. Charged with the federal misdemeanor of demonstrating without a permit, fined
Dozens of unpublished images (see story link) from Birmingham spanning decades of history of the early to mid 20th Century discovered in a closet at The Birmingham News. A good way to end Black History month. Interesting.
As you read this our government is ramping up a campaign of oppression against the heartland of America. Operation Cyber Storm, aimed directly at the right of free speech, is ready to be deployed against all of us. We need to come together and ta
As Americans confront the grasping machinations of George W. Bush in regards to their rights we must recall why the Constitution would not have been ratified without each of those Amendments, but most especially the First Amendment.
“This is the first time in my 45 years judicial career where chivalry has been used as a defense,” Judge Faircloth quipped prior to issuing a guilty verdict and sentencing. “I don’t buy the chivalry defense. I consider this a grievous offense.”
52% agreed that a president should never be able to "suspend the constitutional freedoms of people like you." Another 25% said constitutional freedoms should never be suspended unless authorized by a court or Congress.
The US government is developing a massive computer system that can collect huge amounts of data and, by linking far-flung information from blogs and e-mail to government records and intelligence reports, search for patterns of terrorist activity.
Following a wave of negative publicity and pressure from the government, several Web sites that peddled people's private phone records are calling it quits. The Federal Trade Commission conducted a sweep of 40 sites known to have been selling pri
In Attention Deficit Democracy, Bovard explains how supposedly free citizens have bought into the lies and frauds offered by the political class. A fair-minded account of what has gone wrong in America rather than a partisan attack.
While President Bush was lauding democracy and freedom, there was a man in attendance whose rights were infringed upon. A prominent businessman from Florida who works with the Defense Department and has a security clearance.
The demonstrators arrived angry, departed furious. The police had herded them into pens. Stopped them from handing out fliers. Threatened them with arrest for standing on public sidewalks. Made notes on which politicians they cheered and which ones t
Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald is raising the possibility that records sought in the CIA leak investigation could be missing because of an e-mail archiving problem at the White House. [burn the tapes]
Capitol Police dropped a charge of unlawful conduct against antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan and apologized for ejecting her and a congressman’s wife from President Bush’s State of the Union address for wearing T-shirts with war messages.
A new provision tucked into the Patriot Act bill now before Congress would allow authorities to haul demonstrators at any "special event of national significance" away to jail on felony charges if caught breaching a security perimeter
Federal appeals courts on opposite sides of the country declared the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional, saying the measure lacks an exception for cases in which a woman's health is at stake. Unusually sharp dissent by Judge Chester
Beverly Young, wife of Rep. C.W. "Honest Injun" Bill Young of Florida, chairman of the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee—was removed from the gallery because she was wearing a T-shirt that read, "Support the Troops — Defending
A federal judge plans to decide this week whether she will allow Israeli intelligence agents to take the witness stand in a Chicago courtroom and testify using aliases and wearing disguises.