Podcast: The Targeting of Free Speech & Activism Around Palestinians on University or College Campuses

By: Sunday April 6, 2014 11:26 am

Pro-Israel groups are engaged in a “fighting retreat,” as one professor at Columbia College Chicago, who had his academic freedom violated, puts it. They are confronting vibrant activism from students calling attention to the suffering of Palestinian people under Israeli military occupation, and, in trying to overcome the challenge they present to their worldview, they [...]

Activists the US Military Targeted & Spied Upon Were Designated ‘Domestic Terrorists’

By: Tuesday June 25, 2013 7:08 pm

Activists who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by attorneys with the National Lawyers Guild have learned that they were listed in a national domestic terrorist database after being targeted and spied upon by the United States Army and Coast Guard, a Washington Fusion Center and police departments in the state of Washington. Brendan Dunn [...]

Beginning of the End of FBI National Security Letter Gag Provisions?

By: Monday March 18, 2013 6:54 pm

On RT America, I discuss the recent court ruling in a lawsuit where an unnamed telecommunications company (believed to be Credo) challenged the gag provisions in FBI national security letters. A US district court in California found in a decision made public on Friday that  Nondisclosure or gag provisions of National Security Letters “significantly infringe [...]

Free Speech, The Onion & the Facebook Reaction to a Vile Tweet on Quvenzhané Wallis

By: Monday February 25, 2013 2:14 pm

Last night, as the Academy Awards was wrapping, a message on Twitter quickly began to circulate as people were outraged that The Onion, a satirical newspaper, had called 9-year-old Oscar-nominee Quvenzhané Wallis a “cunt.” The message about the star of Beasts of the Southern Wild was outrageous, but more outrageous was the fact that hundreds of people [...]

ICE Officers Detain Oscar-Nominated Palestinian Filmmaker & Threaten to Deport Him

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 1:05 pm

Emad Burnat is the Palestinian director of the Oscar-nominated documentary, “5 Broken Cameras.” He is the first Palestinian to be nominated for an Academy Award. He traveled to the United States this week because the Academy Awards ceremony is this weekend. It is common for nominees to be in attendance. But on Tuesday night, US [...]

Secret Service Agents Granted Immunity in Free Speech Case

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 8:44 am

A man who confronted then-Vice President Dick Cheney over the Iraq War and was arrested by Secret Service agents for “assaulting” Cheney had his appeal to the Supreme Court unanimously rejected. The man, Steve Howards, had filed a lawsuit asserting the agents had violated his First Amendment right to free speech by arresting him for [...]

Peter Van Buren & the State Department’s Suppression of Free Speech

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 11:15 am

The State Department has taken action against one of its employees, which the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) believes is in retaliation for criticism of the State Department’s reconstruction efforts in Iraq. The ACLU sent a letter that highlights the adverse measures taken against State Department employee, Peter Van Buren, because he published a tell-all [...]

BART’s Protest Position Does Not Withstand Legal Scrutiny

By: Saturday August 20, 2011 3:30 pm

BART Protest (Civic Center Station, San Francisco, California: August 15, 2011) Image credit: The Examiner – Transit agency head defends cell service shutoff Guest post by Jay Leiderman of Leiderman Devine LLP [ @LeidermanDevine ]. Also available on Paste2. On Tuesday, 16 August 2011, BART [ @SFBART ] spokesperson Linton Johnson [ @BARTChiefSpokes ] held [...]

The Criminalization of Palestinian Solidarity Activism by the US, Israel

By: Friday July 15, 2011 5:50 pm

(photo: gnuckx) Earlier in the week, it was reported that Israel passed a law punishing people who advocate for a boycott of the settlements. The law is definitely not only a blow to freedom of speech in Israel but also another act of repression against Palestinian solidarity activism in Israel. Also, this week the Committee [...]

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