first amendment

The Transparency Problem: The Government will not tell you why it’s Legal to Kill You

By Madison Ruppert     Editor of End the Lie

President Barack Obama has leveraged heavy rhetoric on the subject of transparency for some time now, even going as far as to publish on the official White House website that his “Administration is committed to an unprecedented level of openness in Government.”

If this is open government, I can’t begin to imagine what a closed government is.

After Anwar al-Awlaki was allegedly assassinated in Yemen, the New York Times sought to find out the legal basis for the Obama administration’s secretive “kill list” which apparently can now include United States citizens.

Filming and Photographing the Police (Guides and Spy Files below)

Taking photographs and video of things that are plainly visible in public spaces is a constitutional right — and that includes the outside of federal buildings, as well as transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties.

However, there is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs or video in public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply.

The ACLU, photographer’s groups, and others have been complaining about such incidents for years — and consistently winning in court. Yet, a continuing stream of incidents of illegal harassment of photographers and videographers makes it clear that the problem is not going away.

>> Know Your Rights: See more essential resources from the ACLU

Sat 12/17: Occupy Eureka Celebrates OWS 3 Month Birthday with New Free Speech Kiosk

Occupy Eureka invites you to the Humboldt County Courthouse to attend our unveiling of our new information kiosk as we call out for justice and equality for the 99% through the exercise of our first amendment rights. This event is part of a movement-wide call to "re-occupy" in the wake of coordinated attacks and subsequent evictions of occupations across the nation and around the world.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WALK OUT TO PROTEST WAR!!!! [Arcata, CA]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!! Sunnybrae Middleschool Walkout  March 18, 2011

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WALK OUT TO PROTEST WAR!!!!

Arcata, CA: Twenty five Sunny Brae Middle School students walked out of class today to demonstrate their opposition to war and to the Navy’s proposed weapons testing in the Pacific off the North Coast. At least one student also voiced solidarity with the Union organizers in Wisconsin. Today’s rally coincided with the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and was part of a nation-wide day of action against war.  At two o’clock students emerged from their classrooms and gathered in the eighth grade basketball courts. One rally participant said that they chose this location, which was on school grounds, to prevent being mispercieved as just an excuse to cut class.

Participants also said that the rally would have been larger but some students were kept from participating by teachers who prevented them from leaving class.  Although they did not participate, other students and even staff showed solidarity and support for the rally.

Center for Constitutional Rights Stands with Copwatch Groups to Ensure Their Right to Monitor Police Activity

Copwatch groups are made up of concerned community members, who take action to lawfully monitor local law enforcement activity in their neighborhoods. Copwatch groups are proactively working to reduce police violence and misconduct in exercising their right to hold the police accountable for their actions. Many Copwatch groups use video recording to document police misconduct, thereby shifting the balance of power between law enforcement agencies and the communities they patrol, and in some cases affecting changes in police practices and policies.

Mississippi ACLU Sues City of Jackson On Behalf of Man Arrested For Watching Police and Requesting Badge #s

For Immediate Release September 14, 2010

JACKSON, MS - The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi announced today the filing of a civil lawsuit on behalf of a Jackson man who was unconstitutionally arrested and imprisoned after exercising his first amendment right to observe a police interaction in a public parking lot and then asking for the officers' names and badge numbers.

 

"We do not have secret police in the United States," said Nsombi Lambright, Executive Director of the ACLU of Mississippi. "Observing police in public are fundamental rights, protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Individuals must know that they can exercise this right without fear of arrest."

 

Austin Mother of Five Gets FBI Visit for Exercising First Amendment: VIDEO included

Kurt Nimmo
Infowars.com
June 11, 2010

In his book Friendly Fascism, author Bertram Gross argues that when fascism comes to America it will be “friendly” and lack the overt brutality of the classic varieties of German and Italian fascism.

Richard Nixon once said that average American is like a child in the family.

Nixon was merely expressing the dominant opinion of the ruling elite who consider us contemptible children in need of adult supervision. Hitler, too, considered the German people children in need of adult supervision.

For the elite, a political activist is the worst sort of unruly child, one that directly challenges the authority of the father who represents the state. In order to modify the behavior of a rebellious child the state must instill fear. It must intimidate but — as Gross noted — it must do this with a friendly face. It must uphold the pretense of “democracy.” A frog must be boiled slowly.

“No truly sophisticated proponent of repression would be stupid enough to shatter the facade of democratic institutions,” wrote Murray B. Levin.

Cussing at Cops is Not A Crime

Excerpts from the Ruling of the Supreme Court of South Dakota:

"...Marcus J. Suhn was convicted of disorderly conduct for yelling profanities at a passing police car in Brookings, South Dakota. He appeals his conviction and contends that his utterances are protected speech under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. The State argues that Suhn’s utterances fall under the “fighting words” exception to First Amendment protection. We hold that Suhn’s words are protected speech and reverse."