Category Archives: Constitutional Law

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 »

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 »

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 »

Pardon From Obama Not Likely for Manning

Unlikely that Obama will pardon Private Manning Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was sentenced to 35 years in prison on August 21, 2013. Now, Pvt. Manning and his attorney David Coombs are moving for a pardon from President Obama. Manning was convicted on 20 of 22 charges, 6 of which were charges under the Espionage Act. On September 4th, Manning formally appealed to President Obama for a pardon.… 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 »

Boycott Florida; The Right Thing to Do

Why Florida boycott makes sense Ever since the controversial verdict was handed down in the George Zimmerman trial, there has been a nation-wide, public outcry that justice had not been served for the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The potential for a boycott and much more was imminent. Even Marcia Clark, former prosecutor for the O.J. Simpson murder trial, felt that the “jury had enough for a manslaughter conviction.” There… Read More »

Chomsky: Interview About US Current Events

  A Firebrand Central interview with Noam Chomsky Below is the recording of my telephone interview with emeritus professor of MIT, world-renowned intellectual, and political dissident Noam Chomsky. This was my first interview for Firebrand Central and my first interview of a public figure of this magnitude. Needless to say but I was in awe and little nervous, to say the least. This interview was conducted on February 1st, 2013.… Read More »

Clarence Thomas; Enemy of Thurgood Marshall

Clarence Thomas is no Thurgood Marshall On October 15, 1991, Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 52-48 vote by the Senate. This was the narrowest margin of confirmation in over a century. Thomas is the second African-American to be appointed to the Supreme Court. Justice Thomas’s confirmation did not come without controversy; the Senate hearings where Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment nearly… Read More »

Gun Rights: Giving Them Up the Answer?

Abolishing gun rights may not be the answer To all liberals or progressives who think taking away guns from citizens is the answer: You’d better think again. In light of the Sandy Hook School Massacre in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 26 innocent people, many politicians, pundits, and average citizens are calling for new gun control laws. There is a bigger sense of urgency for gun control than there has been… Read More »