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 >>
As we reported earlier, there's a racist "tweet" war waging against re-elected President Barack Obama. The words "nigger" and "monkey" are popular slurs directed at the president by presumably white morons who are upset that they must endure four more years of Obama (gasp!).But many of these racist ... More >>
The military tribunal -- where alleged 9-11 master-mind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other alleged 9-11 conspirators will be tried -- is expected to rule at a pre-trail hearing today on the government's request to censor testimony. The government filed the motion back in April, requesting that ... 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 >>
Yesterday, the Voice reported on pending legislation in Albany that would ban anonymous online speech. We took the time to catch up with New York State Sen. Thomas F. O'Mara and Assemblyman Dean Murray, who sponsored the bill, to see what they had to say. Quickly put, their basic idea is that the pr ... More >>
While those following Occupy Wall Street have their eyes focused on the resurgence of action this month, few have been following a legal case dating back to the famous November eviction at Zuccotti Park -- a case which the city is now commenting on through a brief it filed in the courts last week ... 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 >>
Today the Transport Workers Union, which last week voted unanimously in support of Occupy Wall Street, went to court to fight against the city's use of city bus drivers to transport arrested protesters. Following the Brooklyn Bridge arrests on Saturday, the Union said the NYPD had commandeered numer ... More >>
Avery Doninger, at the age of 16, wrote on her blog that her school's administrators were "douchebags" because they were messing with an upcoming battle of the bands called Jamfest, and she urged her readers to bombard Superintendent Paula Schwartz with emails and calls "to piss her off more. ... 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
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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
A recent court ruling opens the gates for the censorship of college papers
Do Columbia professors abuse free inquiry when they intimidate disagreeing students?
A conservative libertarian targets Ashcroft and Mueller for violating First Amendment
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
Koppel Says Yes to Military Censorship in Iraq
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
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