James Risen Says Obama Is ‘Greatest Enemy Of Press Freedom’ Of This Generation

By: Tuesday March 25, 2014 8:13 am

James Risen of the New York Times has labeled President Barack Obama as the “greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation” for Obama’s repeated attacks on the First Amendment. Risen, currently fighting the Obama Administration in court over revealing a source, said that Obama wants to essentially destroy [...]

Barrett Brown’s Case Could Destroy Online Journalism

By: Friday February 28, 2014 8:46 am

It seems the more the public learns about the Barrett Brown case the more confusion and anger there is at the misuse of the justice system. Which is likely why prosecutors successfully sought a gag order against Brown – the more people learn the less they support the government’s case. The government is pressing charges [...]

Glenn Greenwald Plans Return To United States To Test Press Rights

By: Friday February 7, 2014 5:56 am

One of the three reporters at the center of NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks is planning to enter the country that charged Snowden with espionage. Glenn Greenwald plans to “force the issue” by returning to the United States despite the possibility that he may be arrested. Recent comments by government officials have made the situation [...]

Chevron Granted Sweeping Subpoena Of Critics’ Internet Data

By: Friday July 12, 2013 7:35 am

A federal judge has granted Chevron a broad and sweeping subpoena for data related to the $18.2 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuador. The subpoena is trying to gain information on journalists and activists who may have been critical of Chevron. After more than eight months of silence, U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan recently [...]

Department Of Justice Confirms Wikileaks Investigation

By: Tuesday June 25, 2013 5:41 am

After years of ducking questions and some questionable congressional testimony it appears the Justice Department has finally confirmed that its War on Journalism does include Wikileaks. According to the New York Times the investigation is extensive. Interviews with government agents, prosecutors and others familiar with the WikiLeaks investigation, as well as an examination of court [...]

AP Says Government Seizure Was Unconstitutional And Has Terrified Sources

By: Monday May 20, 2013 5:57 am

The CEO of the Associated Press said the government’s unprecedented actions to seize phone records of reporters from the news organization was both unconstitutional and has had a chilling effect on sources. The president and chief executive officer of The Associated Press on Sunday called the government’s secret seizure of two months of reporters’ phone [...]

Judge Temporarily Blocks Contraceptive Mandate in Health Care Law

By: Saturday July 28, 2012 8:28 am

A federal court has temporarily blocked the Obama Administration’s contraceptive mandate for one Colorado air conditioning company, in the first of what promises to be several legal fights over the regulation, ultimately winding up at the Supreme Court. The ruling comes in a case brought by Hercules Industries, which argued that they should not have [...]

The Disturbing Silencing of the Press in Last Night’s OWS Raid

By: Tuesday November 15, 2011 2:10 pm

I’ve heard legal theories that the city of New York has the right to impose restrictions on the time, place and manner of the exercise of free speech. This will obviously play out in a court of law. I don’t know how anyone can reasonably look at the laws and say that the wholesale shutdown [...]

“The Constitution Doesn’t Protect Tents”

By: Tuesday October 18, 2011 6:20 am

I hope somebody does a Michael Bloomberg approval poll sometime soon, because from this vantage point, he’s squandering whatever’s left of his credibility: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, speaking Monday as Occupy Wall Street protesters celebrated the passage of a month encamped in Zuccotti Park, said he was trying to strike a balance between protecting protesters’ [...]

The Supreme Court: Hero to the Downtrodden Powerful

By: Thursday June 30, 2011 8:10 am

Ian Milhiser has done a great service with a review of the Supreme Court’s session, showing that the court under John Roberts has become a powerful champion of the big guy over the little guy, the powerful over the people, and the free speech rights of corporations. But perhaps the scariest manifestation of this was [...]

Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona Public Financing Law

By: Monday June 27, 2011 10:15 am

The Supreme Court, reflecting their continuing unwinding of all campaign finance laws in America, today struck down a decades-old Arizona law that enables public financing for legislative elections. The decision was predictably 5-4, with the court’s conservative wing arguing that the Clean Elections Law, which provides matching funds for challengers who accept public money, “substantially [...]

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