Jake Wartel

August 16, 2019
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“Comply First […] Complain Later” Barr Touts Police As Soldiers Standing Between Civilization and Carnage, Attacks Police Reform Efforts in FOP Speech

“What stands between chaos and carnage on the one hand, and the civilized and tranquil society we all yearn for, is the thin blue line of law enforcement.”  Attorney General William Barr said this to the Fraternal Order of the
August 15, 2019

NLRB Threatens Scabby the Rat, Free Speech

The balloons come between 6 and 25 feet and in Chicago, the place they were founded, their use has become synonymous with workers on strike.
July 17, 2019

New Jersey bill would stifle criticism of Israel on campuses

A recent bill introduced in New Jersey aims to treat criticism of Israel as anti-semtitism in public schools and colleges. The bill would codify a controversial definition of anti-Semitism that includes some criticims of Israel. While preventing discrimiantion, including anti-semetic
July 17, 2019

Amazon, ICE, and FBI all moving towards larger focus on facial recognition technology as Congressional Hearings occur

Two recent House hearings have focused on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) use of facial recognition. This comes as Congress attempts to determine how to move forward with facial recognition as its use becomes more widespread. Recently, it was
July 12, 2019

Anti-Protest Bills, from National to State Level, Gain Ground

Following nationwide protests against pipelines, industry-backed legislation has been passed to crack down on protestors. 17 states have had bills criminalizing protests at pipelines with 7 states having passed bills. The situation escalated when Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao proposed
June 26, 2019
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Criminal Justice Reformers Seek to Use the Power of District Attorney’s Office to Tackle Mass Incarceration

In an upset, public defender Tiffany Cabán won the Queens District Attorney race on June 26th. Supporters of Cabán feel her victory promises a progressive shift in the enforcement of laws in Queens. Cabán has focused on “decarceration.” It’s also
June 24, 2019

House Rejects Amendment to Curb NSA Surveillance

Under so-called “backdoor searches,” agencies, including the FBI and DEA, search these communications without ever obtaining a warrant.
June 19, 2019
Protest at Department of Justice

Supreme Court’s Refusal to Hear Guantanamo “Forever Prisoner’s” Appeal Highlights Need to Repeal AUMF

In an upcoming minibus bill, a longtime opponent of the AUMF, Barbara Lee, has introduced an amendment to repeal the AUMF. A major step toward ending endless wars and forcing the issue of the “forever prisoners” would be repealing.
June 13, 2019

States Push Anti-Protest Bills In Response to Teachers’ Strikes

Throughout the states that saw major teacher strikes, retaliation has come in the form of threatening freedom of speech, assembly, and association. The goal of many of the laws are not only to make striking illegal, but to use the very communities that teachers struck for as political fodder.
June 10, 2019

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act threatens press freedom

On Wednesday June 5, a panel was held titled “Conspiracy to Hack: the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Free Speech, and Data Journalism”. The panel discussed theFirst Amendment implications of theComputer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) in light of the
June 3, 2019

Florida Law Threatens Students Activists By Treating Criticism of Israel As Civil Rights Violation

Last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB741, a bill intended to codify protections against anti-Semitic discrimination in public schools. However, activists and civil rights groups have warned that the definition used for anti-Semitism conflates criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism.