Earlier this week, we went down to Occupy Wall Street's second anniversary, where things were a little quiet. Sure, there were a couple of arrests, some shouting, some ludicrous attempts by the cops to make protesters stand on some "First Amendment steps," identical to another set of steps three fe ... More >>
Occupy Wall Street's terrible twos began this morning with a familiar set of scenes: protesters holding signs. Protesters glaring at cops. Cops glaring at protesters. Dozens of metal barricades lining the streets between them. Everyone pausing to look in unison at the Hipster Cop and his improbably ... More >>
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is having a rough week so far. For one thing, new Quinnipiac poll shows the mayoral front-runner's numbers hitting a five-month low. She's also facing a new attack ad paid for by a coalition of labor and animal-rights groups. The ad got some media attention earl ... More >>
[UPDATE]: Testimony at the 9/11 military tribunal trial at Guantanamo Bay will be subject to censorship, according to court documents released yesterday. Judge Col. James Pohl ruled last week that the testimony of the defendants, including alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, could conta ... More >>
The question being argued in federal court in Lower Manhattan yesterday boiled down to this: Is a law authorizing the indefinite military detention of American citizens with only the barest recourse to civil courts constitutional? The lawsuit against the Obama administration was filed in January by ... More >>
Since Wednesday, we've been following news of pending legislation in Albany that would make illegal anonymous online commenting in certain contexts. That proposed piece of law would require the removal of any comments posted on a website by an anonymous poster "unless such anonymous poster agrees ... More >>
The Voice's Steven Thrasher just brought this to our attention. Legislation is pending in Albany that would make illegal anonymous online commenting, City & State tweeted this morning. Looks like Wired was among the first to report on the measure. The bill's backers, according to the mag, want ... More >>
In an unprecedented move, House Republicans had a filmmaker arrested yesterday after he showed up to a public congressional hearing. The House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment was meeting to discuss the controversial topic of hydraulic fracturing, colloquially known as "fracking." When Joshua ... More >>
Nick PintoOWS legal team after the ruling.Judge Michael D. Stallman of the Supreme Court of New York just issued a ruling denying Occupy Wall Street's request for a temporary restraining order that would allow them to return, sleeping gear and all, to Zuccotti Park. Two most interesting par ... More >>
Westboro celebratesFresh off of their semi-win against the hacker collective Anonymous, Fred Phelp's Westboro Baptist Church, the hate group behind "God Hates Fags" and "Thank God For Dead Soldiers," got the good end of a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, who ruled today that their provocat ... More >>
Credit: Kyle T. Webster The outrageous behavior of Amazon, Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal directed at WikiLeaks represents a much greater threat to America than any of the alleged security breaches from Julian Assange. These companies moved to cut off WikiLeaks' ability to collect donations and dist ... More >>
• The imam behind the proposed Islamic center near ground zero, Feisal Abdul Rauf, speaks out in an op-ed in the New York Times. "We are proceeding with the community center," he says. It will include separate prayer spaces for Muslims, Christians, Jews, and people of other faiths, he write ... More >>
The recent death of a former Air Force officer brings back a familiar fight for freedom
Will President Ahmadinejad invite President Bollinger to speak in Tehran?
Questions about the proposed film regs? Juliana Luecking breaks it down. Fed-up New Yorkers will rally at Union Square at 6:30 pm on Friday to protest against yet another piece of proposed legislation that aims to squeeze even more of the freedom and creativity out of our increasingly sterile yet s ... More >>
The NYPD hasn't had much to say about the arrest of the Rev. Billy for reciting the First Amendment through a bullhorn at the Critical Mass gathering at Union Square last Friday. But Billy and Norman Siegal, the civil rights attorney, say its a false arrest, and the second degree harassment charg ... More >>
Bush's war on the disloyal press climaxes in a trial on classified information.
Extra prison time for what Nicholas Minucci said during physical assault with a bat
Imprisoned by the Supreme Court, Ralph Ginzburg and First Amendment survived
Watching the detestable scenes of thousands of pissed-off Muslims destroying lives and property over a mere cartoon, it's tempting for 'Mericans to saddle-up the high horse, what with our Western values of tolerance and all. Indeed, if there's anything worth fighting over, the freedom of expression ... More >>
A recent court ruling opens the gates for the censorship of college papers
Do Columbia professors abuse free inquiry when they intimidate disagreeing students?
Protesting at the GOP convention? Legal observers have your back.
Really F-word-deleted brilliant: If anyone gets annoyed by anything, it's profane!
Classified FBI Bulletin Reveals Tactics at Protests
You Can't Dance if You Want To
Does God Need Tax Money to Teach?
Will God Set the Curriculum?
Has the Attorney General Been Reading Franz Kafka?
Miseducating the Young on Freedom
We Could Be Heroes
Are They Africans or Americans?
The GOP and Campus Rights
Showtime Exhumes the Mapplethorpe Trial
In 2000 the Media Takes It From All Sides
Howard Safir I Am the Law!
The Dangers of Defending the KKK
Jockeying for Position in the Culture Wars
'We were penned in like animals.'
Is Time Up for Times Square Porn?
Why Were the Champions of Free Speech in New York Silent?
Writing About Chelsea Cost a Stanford Daily Reporter His Job
No Exceptions in the First Amendment for Bigotry and Racism