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Bernie on the line for civil rights

Bernie arrested

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by | February 22, 2016 · 10:55 am

Since the Pope has mentioned the death penalty…

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by | September 25, 2015 · 4:57 pm

Free speech means free for all

Letter from Karen Porter, Daily Local News, 9/1/15 (not online at their site)

I probably disagree with Lincoln University’s Prof. Kaukab Siddique on most issues. In fact, his publicized opinions on many issues are odious to me.

However, I disagree just as much with State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams’ call for Lincoln University to discipline Prof. Siddique. Sen. Williams’ words are just as dangerous as Prof. Siddique’s opinions. We can dismiss the professor’s opinions as absurd. However, Sen. Williams is a public official elected to a position of public trust and a position in which he should protect our freedoms, not try to take them away.

We live in the United States, not some totalitarian country with no civil or human rights. Sen. Williams’ call for discipline of this professor frightens me more than Prof. Siddique’s often absurd easily dismissible opinions. For a public official to call for squelching anyone’s First Amendment freedom – a freedom so many have fought and died for – is a travesty and a disservice to the senator’s constituents. I teach a graduate course in International Communications Law (and I have taught it both here and in Russia), and a huge part of that course is First Amendment freedom – and the lack thereof in many parts of the world. Sen. Williams would do well to take my course.

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Citizenfour Director Laura Poitras Sues US Over ‘Kafkaesque Harassment’

By Ben Child, Guardian UK at Reader Supported News, 14 July 15

Film-maker whose documentary about Edward Snowden won an Oscar says she has been held for hours at a time by airport officials, told she was on a no-fly list and threatened with handcuffs for taking notes

he Oscar-winning documentary film-maker Laura Poitras is suing the US government demanding to know why she has repeatedly been subjected to “Kafkaesque harassment” at airports across the world.

Poitras, 51, said she had been held at borders more than 50 times between 2006 and 2012, often for hours at a time. At various times she alleges being told by officials that she was on a “no fly” list, having her electronic equipment confiscated and not returned for 41 days, and being threatened with handcuffs for taking notes. The latter incident took place when she was working on a film about the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Poitras said she was launching the legal action, which demands the release of all documentation held on her tracking, targeting and questioning by agencies over the six year period, following the failure of a 2013 freedom of information request.

“I’m filing this lawsuit because the government uses the US border to bypass the rule of law,” said the film-maker in a statement….

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