First Amendment

School District To Student Body President: STFU Or Get Out
When 13-year old Maia Wu spoke up about a decision to fence in her school, she got an unexpectedly authoritarian response. Read more...
Alabama's Corrupt Politics Strand Blogger In Jail -- Indefinitely
Judicial corruption abounds in Alabama, and Roger Shuler is living testimony to that. Read more...
Hypocritical Wingnuts Take Aim At Melissa Harris-Perry
Free speech seems to be partisan these days, as the right rages over remarks which Harris-Perry already apologized for. Read more...
Blogging About Republican Officials Is A Crime In Alabama
Why did Alabama jail a local blogger? He wrote about the wrong people. Read more...
Filmed September 17th, 2012, during Occupy Wall Street’s first anniversary celebration action, details 10 arrests that took place over the span of 87 minutes. While at first glance many of the individual arrests appear to be arbitrary, careful analysis from the videographers illustrates a larger picture wherein the NYPD’s actions are calculated and designed to derail the protestors ability to effectively assemble. Read more...

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Founder of service reportedly used by Edward Snowden said he would not be complicit in 'crimes against the American people' Read more...
Fourth Circuit Guts National Security Investigative Journalism Everywhere It Matters
The Fourth Circuit just ruled that journalists who are witnesses to alleged crimes (or participants, the opinion ominously notes) must testify in the trial. Read more...
Jeff Olson, the 40-year-old man who is being prosecuted for scrawling anti-megabank messages on sidewalks in water-soluble chalk last year now faces a 13-year jail sentence. A judge has barred his attorney from mentioning freedom of speech during trial. Read more...
Google wants to talk. The Internet giant has filed a petition with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for permission to publish top-secret details of FISA requests—the gagging of which, the company claims, violates its First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Read more...
During a Thursday rant about news that the National Security Administration (NSA) had been collecting phone records from millions of Americans, Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) seemed to be a little confused when he proclaimed that freedom of the press is "granted in the Second Amendment." Read more...