By Rady Ananda
Is a Supreme Court brief ever gut-splitting funny? It is when satirist P. J. O’Rourke writes it.
Having served as a paralegal for a couple decades, and later as a writer who follows Supreme Court decisions on food and other matters, like most of the public, I’ve found their rulings inordinately dry, even amid their life-changing effects. So, when a friend passed on a link to a Friend-of-the-Court (amicus) brief in a recent First Amendment case against an Ohio law that criminalizes political lies, I expected more snooze material.
I was delightedly wrong. O’Rourke, who’s often a guest on NPR’s Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me, was assisted in the amicus brief by the CATO Institute, which promotes “individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.”
This is an action for violations of the First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments to the U.S.Constitution. This is also an action for violations of privacy, including intrusion upon seclusion, freedom of expression and association, due process, and other illegal acts.
Oakland Use of Illegal Force
Why Wall Street Is Not Enough, This is War
By Gordon Duff
The disease is police forces in a nation of laws violating those laws, those who are supposed to protect the public safety making it more than clear to us here at VT that they are willing to stoop to criminality to work for the 1%.
My point? It isn’t just the banks. We are no longer a nation of civil law, no longer a nation of accountability, and those who would limit OCW (Occupy Wall Street) to demonstrations against banks may very well be working for the other side.
Posted in Constitution, Economy Economics, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Resistance
Tagged 1st amendment, 2A, 2nd Amendment, constitutional rights, occupy, ows, police brutality, police training, protest
…the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Tonight marks the two-week anniversary of Occupy Oakland. Police have brought in sound cannons and have hit the crowd with tear gas, arresting several.
Regularly updating this piece with new video as it becomes available:
Defying the orders of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Albany mayor Gerald Jennings, New York state troopers and Albany police refused to enforce a park curfew where an estimated 700 Occupy Albany protesters are camped, reports The Times Union.
By The Real News Network
Michael Ratner: “There is a North America-wide strategy to take away the right to mass protest.”
Posted in Censorship, Constitution, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Military, NWO, Obama and Company, Resistance
Tagged 1st amendment, false arrest, Hell No: Your Right to Dissent in Twenty-First-Century America, michael ratner, north america, protest, right to assembly
By David Makarewicz
Last week, Bryan McCarthy, the 32 year old operator of ChannelSurfing.net, was arrested on charges of criminal copyright infringement. ChannelSurfing.net was one of the streaming sports sites that had its domain seized by federal authorities shortly before the Super Bowl as part of the “In Our Sites” program, run by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Prior to the seizure, McCarthy reportedly made more than $90,000 from advertisements on his site.
This arrest has once again raised questions about the In Our Sites program, in which the Government has seized thousands of domains accused, but not convicted, of copyright infringement, illegal streaming of sporting events, selling black market goods and distributing child pornography. Critics ranging from bloggers to individual rights advocates to Senators have questioned the constitutionality of these seizures.
Posted in 4th Estate, Censorship, Constitution
Tagged 1st amendment, 4th amendment, 4th Estate, 5th amendment, Censorship, civil vs criminal law, copyright infringement, dhs, Due Process, freedom of the press, ice, Rule of Law, site seizures, tyranny
By Tesha Miller
Julian Assange’s creation of Wikileaks and its subsequent release of hundreds of thousands of classified US War and Diplomatic documents has become one of the most controversial journalistic undertakings of the day. The release of this sensitive material has spurned a global debate about the role of journalism in contemporary times and what level of information is appropriate for individual consumption. The amount of knowledge that the public has on national and international affairs depends directly upon the legislative outcomes to these new information challenges and ultimately, how we decide to protect journalists, whistleblowers and news media organizations.
Posted in 4th Estate, Constitution, Region: Iceland, Whistleblowers
Tagged 1st amendment, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, free speech, iceland, iceland press, obama censorship, Whistleblowers, wikileaks
United resistance pushes back against FBI raids and grand jury
By Linda Averill
War on terror? Nope, it’s a war on dissent, as the feds raid anti-war groups’ offices and homes and open a grand jury witch hunt. And, since the FS went to press, the government has delivered subpoenas to nine additional Midwest activists – bringing the total to 23. For more information, click here.
Posted in 4th Estate, Constitution, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Military, Obama and Company, Resistance, War and Peace
Tagged 1st amendment, Censorship, Constitution, criminal government, criminalizing dissent, free speech, human rights, peace, protest
By Glen Ford
Black Agenda Radio
With the “compromise” on Internet neutrality, President Obama has betrayed another campaign promise, and this time has no excuse that the Republicans made him do it. The outcome was really never in doubt, since Obama named as his FCC chairman a man who helped make radio and television into a corporate wasteland, under Bill Clinton’s administration.
By Signs of the Times
Starting yesterday, 16 December 2010, Yahoo decided to return all 276 E-mail Editions sent to our subscribers who signed up with a Yahoo e-mail address.
In the past, we would receive returned messages because we are part of Yahoo’s “spam feedback loop”. This means that if someone labeled the E-mail Edition as junk, we would be notified. We would then promptly remove their e-mail address from the mailing list.
In addition, we received other detailed error messages from Yahoo explaining the reason why our E-mail Edition was rejected for a particular address.
This time, we got: “554 Content not allowed ”.
By Michael Deutsch
In late September, the FBI carried out a series of raids of homes and antiwar offices of public activists in Minneapolis and Chicago. Following the raids, the Obama Justice Department subpoenaed 14 activists to a grand jury in Chicago and also subpoenaed the files of several antiwar and community organizations. In carrying out these repressive actions, the Justice Department was taking its lead from the Supreme Court’s 6-3 opinion last June in Holder v. the Humanitarian Law Project, which decided that nonviolent First Amendment speech and advocacy “coordinated with” or “under the direction of” a foreign group listed by the Secretary of State as “terrorist” was a crime.
Amazon, PayPal, VISA and Mastercard allow the Ku Klux Klan in, but not WikiLeaks
By Dissident Priest
I would ask something of you. I would ask that you join with Anonymous in fighting the companies, industries, and individuals that would like to control the information available to you. That IS what the Anonymous attacks are all about. There really IS a concerted effort taking place to censor the Internet, and decide what YOU are allowed to know and experience. How does that make you feel? Personally, it makes me retch.
Posted in 4th Estate, Censorship, NWO, Whistleblowers
Tagged 1st amendment, 4th Estate, boycott amazon, boycott MasterCard, boycott PayPal, boycott VISA, Censorship, wikileaks
By Greg Glaser, Attorney at Law
Center for Advanced Medicine and Clinical Research
(Also at Scribd)
Constitutional Law Analysis 2010
Pandemic Response Project
Brief Excerpt from Introduction: Is it lawful for government powers in a Republic, like the United States, to force vaccination or quarantine in the event of declared martial law, war, outbreak or pandemic? No, in a Republic, the individual rights of humans to be “peacefully natural” categorically defeat a government‘s emergency powers, unless the government can lawfully establish any of the following….
To: Professional Panel of the Pandemic Response Project
From: Greg Glaser, Attorney at Law
Date: October 15, 2010
Posted in Big Pharma, Bioweaponry, Constitution, FDA, USDA, Genetic Engineering, Healthcare, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Military, NWO, Obama and Company, Prisons, Privacy, Slavery, Swine Flu H1N1
Tagged 1st amendment, 4th amendment, 5th amendment, Due Process, forced vaccines, freedom of religion, human rights, Martial Law, natural law, natural rights, pandemic, Privacy, self quarantine
Double standards: You Tube targets the Alex Jones Channel for showing a brief segment of a video that appears on hundreds of other You Tube channels, including Russia Today and CBS News.
You Tube freezes Alex Jones Channel as web censorship accelerates in frightening early salvo of move towards tiered Internet system that favors large corporations while strangling independent voices
Paul Joseph Watson
In a damning new lurch towards web censorship, Google’s news aggregator has blacklisted Prison Planet and Infowars despite the fact that both websites are internationally known and now attract more traffic than many mainstream media websites, while Google-owned You Tube has frozen the Alex Jones Channel based on a spurious complaint about showing Wikileaks footage that has been carried on hundreds of other You Tube channels for months.
Veterans’ 25 x 17 banner tells it straight to Obama at 555 PA Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. Photo by Ellen Davidson (Click here for larger image.)
By David Swanson
War Is a Crime
Today at 1:00pm eastern time, U.S. military veterans hung an enormous banner on the front of the Newseum, wrapping their message around the First Amendment chiseled in five stories of limestone.
Opposed to the wars and occupations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Palestine, the vets’ message said loud and clear: “MR. OBAMA: END THESE FUCKING WARS! WAR IS THE OBSCENITY.”