When President Obama was elected in 2008, many expected an unprecedented age in journalism: an age of increased access to information and protections for journalists and their sources. When candidate Obama spoke at a 2008 AP luncheon, he heralded his support for a federal shield law, and his campaign materials touted a promise of protection for… [Read More]
The U.S. border is vast – almost 20,000 miles around. But it’s actually even bigger by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) standards, which claim a 100 mile wide zone stretching into the country along the entire border. Add to that every international airport as entry-points into the U.S. and we’re talking about a huge number… [Read More]
In the Streets Shortly after the first of the Snowden leaks, The Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition, along with DDF and with the support of other national groups quickly organized the first protest at the Capitol against NSA’s mass surveillance. There were also rallies in other major cities across the country on an ad hoc… [Read More]
Published by The Rutherford Institute “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”― Martin Luther King Jr. As one who came of age during the civil rights era, I was profoundly impacted by the life and… [Read More]
It all started with the AEPA – the Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992. The brilliant lobbyists were able to convince congress that animal enterprises – mink farms, slaughterhouses, factory farms and the like – were under siege and in need of special protections. The bill created enhanced penalties for criminal activity aimed at animal… [Read More]
Today, a broad coalition of 86 organizations and Internet companies – including the Defending Dissent Foundation, Electronic Frontier Foundation, reddit, Mozilla, and the American Civil Liberties Union – sent a letter to Congress demanding swift investigation and reform in light of the recent revelations about unchecked global surveillance. The letter was accompanied by the launch… [Read More]
My kids never made me check under the bed for monsters, but I will bet Peter King and Joe Lieberman’s moms had a hell of a time getting them to sleep. They are crazy afraid of “homegrown Muslim radicalization” and “homegrown terrorism,” and they are determined not to rest until they are all rounded up… [Read More]
HR347, officially titled the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act, tweaks a part of the criminal code that gives the Secret Service authority to restrict access and secure buildings and areas where the President, Vice-president and other officials under their protection are.