Federal Court Blocks Some of Alabama Immigration Law, but “Papers Please” Here to Stay (For Now)

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 7:35 am

Federal courts have consistently trimmed back attempts by states to write their own immigration laws. The Supreme Court overturned much of the Arizona immigration law in June, and federal judges have done the same to parts of laws in several Southern states. We saw another example of this yeterday, when the 11th Circuit Court of [...]

Executive Order Could Stifle Dissent Against US Policy in Yemen

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 1:40 pm

A strange executive order by the White House would seemingly apply to anyone, including US citizens, who in the executive’s view “threatens the peace, security, or stability of Yemen.” The order would seek to freeze the assets of individuals engaged in this behavior. Here’s an excerpt from the EO: All property and interests in property [...]

Bank of America’s Protection Detail

By: Saturday May 5, 2012 1:23 pm

To protect Bank of America from inconvenience, Charlotte, North Carolina has directed its police officers to harass and arrest protesters. Unconstitutionally, in my opinion. Charlotte Sides With Bank of America Over People Charlotte has imposed special rules on a 2 block by 2 block square for 12 hours on Wednesday (May 9) to protect the [...]

UN Envoy Sharply Criticizes US Local Governments for Repressive Actions Against OWS Protesters

By: Monday December 5, 2011 12:20 pm

I’ve seen all kinds of hand-wringing over how the focus on Occupy encampments holding onto or getting driven out of their physical space has unwisely shifted the focus away from their core message of inequality and an economy that doesn’t work for anyone but the top 1%. This is true to a certain extent, although [...]

First Step in Eviction of Occupy Wall Street Advanced

By: Thursday October 13, 2011 10:54 am

Late yesterday, New York City officials announced that they would move to clear Zuccotti Park of Occupy Wall Street protesters Friday morning. Mayor Michael Bloomberg informed the protesters himself at the park. “Mayor Bloomberg went to Zuccotti Park to talk with the protesters himself and inform them that on Friday morning Brookfield Properties will clean [...]

FCC Looking Into Internet Switch-Off By BART

By: Tuesday August 16, 2011 8:50 am

The FCC has begun an investigation into the shutdown by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) of mobile and data communications in advance of a rumored protest last week. Now the FCC is taking an interest, a spokesman for the federal agency said Monday. “Any time communications services are interrupted, we seek to assess the situation,” [...]

Koch Industries Executives Call Unnecessary Attention to Themselves

By: Friday February 25, 2011 6:14 am

MADISON, WI (FDL) – You would think that Koch Industries would want to keep a low profile after being such a rallying point for the demonstrators in Wisconsin who are fighting the budget repair bill and the stripping of worker’s rights. You would be wrong. Two senior executives at the conglomerate talked to National Review [...]

Conservatives Turn on Petraeus Over Koran-Burning Comments

By: Tuesday September 7, 2010 6:50 am

Gen. David Petraeus may be trying to sabotage the transition effort in Afghanistan, but he is at least sensitive to the fact that a large demonstration of burning Korans in America wouldn’t have the greatest effect on his efforts to win hearts and minds: The top US commander in Afghanistan has warned that troops’ lives [...]

Google Pulls Their Bricks From The Great Firewall

By: Tuesday January 12, 2010 5:16 pm

Google has lent its Web services for use in China, despite that country’s policy of Internet censorship. Now, a cyber attack, targeted at the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists, has led Google to threaten to pull up stakes in the world’s most populous nation. Google made this public in a blog posting from [...]

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