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In Landmark Ruling, UK Court Affirms “Journalism Isn’t Terrorism”

By Nadia Prupis Common Dreams January 19, 2016   In Landmark Ruling, UK Court Affirms “Journalism Isn’t Terrorism” Court rules in favor of David Miranda, detained for nine hours at Heathrow airport in 2013 while transporting journalist documents on NSA revelations     In a landmark ruling, a British appeals court on Tuesday found that the […]


Error 451: A New Dystopian Internet Code With a Very Important Meaning

By Nadia Prupis Common Dreams December 23, 2015   Error 451: A New Dystopian Internet Code With a Very Important Meaning ‘If your government does that, it sends a strong message to you as a citizen about what their intent is.’     A new internet code inspired by the dystopian writings of Ray Bradbury […]

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How the Government Made Me a Dissident

By John Kiriakou OtherWords November 23, 2015   How the Government Made Me a Dissident Nothing helps you appreciate our constitutional rights like being robbed of them.   I sometimes say the government turned me into a dissident — after I spent 14 years at the CIA and two more at the Senate Foreign Relations […]


When You’re Popular, You Don’t Need Freedom of Speech

By Andrew Syrios Mises.org November 11, 2015   When You’re Popular, You Don’t Need Freedom of Speech   Free speech is not something that people would normally see as a realm of economics, but in many ways, an economic understanding of the support and opposition to free speech can shed a lot of light on what’s […]

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Sheep Led to the Slaughter: The Muzzling of Free Speech in America

By John W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute September 2, 2015   Sheep Led to the Slaughter: The Muzzling of Free Speech in America   “If the freedom of speech be taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”—George Washington The architects of the American police state must think […]


Academic Fascism II

By Walter E. Williams LewRockwell.com August 21, 2015   Academic Fascism II   Last week’s column highlighted college campus absurdities and the ongoing attack on free speech and plain common sense. As parents gear up to fork over $20,000 to $60,000 for college tuition, they might benefit from knowing what greets their youngsters. Deceitful college […]

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Academic Fascism

By Walter E. Williams LewRockwell.com August 11, 2015   Academic Fascism   George Orwell said, “There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.” If one wants to discover the truth of Orwell’s statement, he need only step upon most college campuses. Faculty leaders of the University of California consider certain […]


The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech

By John W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute June 29, 2015   The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech   “If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such […]

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Battlefield America

By RPI Staff Ron Paul Institute June 29, 2015   Battlefield America   Our phones are tapped by the government, the police are militarized and viewing us as the targets, our free speech rights are being trampled daily. Is there any hope to return to a constitutional government that does not have the power to […]


China’s Internet Police Launch ‘Speech Inspections’, Chill Critical Voices

By Oiwan Lam Global Voices June 4, 2015   China’s Internet Police Launch ‘Speech Inspections’, Chill Critical Voices     Chinese Internet Police Units from 50 municipal governments began conducting “speech inspections” on social media platforms on June 1. According to a statement from the Ministry of Public Security, the Internet Police will be patrolling […]

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Free Speech, Facebook and the NSA: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By John W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute June 2, 2015   Free Speech, Facebook and the NSA: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly     “A person under surveillance is no longer free; a society under surveillance is no longer a democracy.”—Writers Against Mass Surveillance THE GOOD NEWS: Americans have a right to freely express […]


Free speech on the run, even in the home of the brave

By Neil Macdonald CBC News May 25, 2015 5:00 AM ET   Free speech on the run, even in the home of the brave You can offend, sure, and the courts will protect you, but there are consequences     Legally protected speech, no matter how offensive, is a glorious and uniquely American invention, a […]

Then and now. Students at the University of California in Berkeley, where the free speech movement on campus began just over 50 years ago, sit in front of a commemorative mural at the Free Speech Movement Cafe. (The Associated Press)