A WhiteHouse.Gov petition asking for Antifa to be declared a terrorist organization has exceeded the number of signatures that in theory mandates the White House to respond. It is riddled with misunderstandings of the First Amendment and US anti-terrorism law.
The bizarre assertion of blue racism is a new low, but it plays on a similar theme we’ve seen time and time again.
On Thursday, August 24, 2017 Chief Judge Robert E. Morin issued a ruling from the bench that DreamHost must turn over information from DisruptJ20.org to prosecutors. This warrant stems from the unconstitutional prosecutions of J20 protesters. As a result, it has the potential to broaden an ongoing witch hunt. Even if this weren’t the case, given the chilling effect the government’s request will have on speech the warrant should have been rejected.
Lawmakers who push bills removing liability for “accidentally” running over political protesters do so with a wink and a nudge. Responding to a nonexistent problem, these bills are about communicating a murderous disdain for political protests. While given the seriousn nature of the charges against Heather Heyer’s murderer, it is unlikely that bill protecting those who unintentionally run over protesters would have offered him much protection. It is also impossible to deny what message singling out those who injure or kill protesters for special protections sends.
Both the FBI and Trump have a troubling intolerance for dissent. Trump during his campaign called for widespread surveillance of mosques and the FBI already has confidential informants crawling throughout the Muslim community.
Although the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” was first introduced in March, in the last 48 hours it has spawned widespread media attention and outrage.
Many of the Senators were concerned with the eroding of public trust in the FBI and how to restore business as usual to the agency. But it is precisely business as usual at the FBI we should be concerned about.
Safe Coalition NC scored an important victory in Charlotte, North Carolina. This Monday the city council voted unanimously to accept the coalition’s proposed administrative revisions to the Citizens Review Board
. While any FBI surveillance of dissent offends civil liberties, the FBI’s collusion with private corporations raises deeply troubling questions for our democracy.
Trump’s firing of the man overseeing an investigation concerning himself and his associates oozes Nixonian vibes. In spite of the objectively terrifying nature of these facts, Comey should not be lionized.