Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Innocent Man Smeared in Dallas Police Shooting

Innocent Texas Man Smeared without Vindication from Dallas Police Shooting This story of the Dallas Police Shooting makes me sad and angry simultaneously. Mark Hughes, a legal gun owner, carried his AR-15 rifle during the BLM protest in Dallas, Texas. In theory, he has that right in open carry Texas. His brother, Cory, is a leader in the movement. When a sniper began shooting and killing police, Cory wisely told… Read More »

Truth has No Name; Truth has No Face

The truth can be nameless and faceless through social media Truth; The first obligation of journalism. The obligation to truth has been heavily neglected and discarded through the death of editorial independence, since corporate media’s primary goal appears to be the ‘bottom line’ and political access rather than presenting truthful reporting to the public. Disinformation brings profits and maintains the status quo. Platforms that empower the public to transcend mainstream… Read More »

Second Amendment’s Real History

The Second Amendment was ratified to preserve slavery. Here’s the proof. I found an article on the website Truthout, written by Thom Hartmann, and it made it very clear on the intent of the ratification of the Second Amendment. According to Hartmann, “The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says ‘State’ instead of ‘Country’ (the Framers knew the difference – see the 10th Amendment), was to… Read More »

Joe the Plumber May Be Right About Gun Control

Joe the Plumber may be right for being against new gun control legislation Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, famously known as ‘Joe the Plumber,’ had some choice words for Richard Martinez whose son was one of the fatalities in Elliot Rodger’s shooting massacre in Isla Vista, California, along with the parents of the other five students who were shot and killed. In “an open letter” to the parents of the victims murdered… Read More »

Warrantless Searches of Vehicles OK in PA

  PA Supreme Court rules police can conduct warrantless searches of vehicles Warrantless searches of vehicles by police are now legal in the State of Pennsylvania. On May 14th, Eric Boehm of the PA Independent reported that “The state Supreme Court ruled last week that police are allowed to search vehicles without a warrant. The state General Assembly, meanwhile, is moving forward with a bill that would give cops the… Read More »

Nigeria: Where’s the Feminist Outrage Now?

The absence of the feminist outcry over girls kidnapped in Nigeria Since 200 plus schoolgirls have been kidnapped in Nigeria, along with the threat of more Nigerian girls being taken captive and sold, why is it that I have heard no outcry from so-called “feminists” or “women’s rights” groups in the US that claim to be for women’s rights throughout the world? Why aren’t there any protests be conducted by… Read More »

Defamation: Truth Not Absolute Defense

Cases where courts found defamation for truthful speech I was reading a blog by Itai Maytal that was about a defamation claim, where a blogger was ordered to pay $60,000 in damages to a plaintiff over truthful information. From my knowledge, the First Amendment protects all speech that is based upon “truth.” Maytal confirmed my assertion of  speech rights in the following statements: One of the first things I learned… Read More »

Glenn Greenwald: Can He Save Journalism?

Glenn Greenwald to bring investigative journalism to the forefront Glenn Greenwald is on fire. He now has the resources to bring social justice and investigative journalism to the frontline. Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar has submitted $250 million to journalist Glenn Greenwald, for the prospect of a news organization to help defend press freedoms. Omidyar stated in his blogpost, “I developed an interest in supporting independent journalists in a way that leverages… Read More »

Feinstein: An Enemy of Journalism

Senator Feinstein pushes to end real journalism Senator Dianne Feinstein thinks that Congress has the authority to decide who and what a ‘real journalist’ is. Along with supporters such as Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill), Senator Feinstein has proposed an amendment to the Media Shield law that would define who a journalist is and not what they do. This is an attack on the First Amendment and creates a limitation as… Read More »

Wyden Exposes Obama’s NSA Reform Proposal

Ron Wyden says president’s reforms for NSA don’t go far enough Ron Wyden, democratic senator of the State of Oregon, has been on the front line for quite some time, when it comes to addressing Civil Liberties violations in connection with surveillance programs. Senator Wyden has also worked with Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) in the fight to stop NSA spying on American citizens. In Wyden’s recent comments about President Obama’s… Read More »

NSA Powers Must Be Curtailed by Congress

Congress must fight to rein in powers of NSA On Sunday, American author Naomi Wolf posted a message on Facebook, referring to an article by The Guardian that was posted on August 2nd. Wolf also posted a similar message on Twitter: CALL every lawmaker about the push to legislate NSA spying out of our nation – especially JUSTIN AMASH & RON WYDEN: http://t.co/QYFNRujrGl — Naomi Wolf (@naomirwolf) August 4, 2013… Read More »

Bradley Manning Not Guilty of Aiding and Abetting

Bradley Manning found not guilty of ‘aiding and abetting’ The acquittal for aiding and abetting (Espionage Act) presents a major victory for journalism in the U.S., including Bradley Manning, despite him being convicted on other charges. Prvt. Bradley Manning was found guilty on 20 counts, 4 of which were his lesser included pleas. Manning still faces over 100 years in prison. He was also found guilty of 5 counts under… Read More »

‘War on Whistleblowers’ Continues

Obama’s embittered attack on whistleblowers continues With the controversial verdict in the Trayvon Martin Shooting trial of George Zimmerman, the mainstream media has flooded the public with the trial and the dramatic developments throughout, and even stoked the flames of stereotypes and racial hatred, and has caught the attention and emotions of the general public. Moving forward, we must not allow the mainstream media to distract us or make us… Read More »