First Amendment


The Government Is Still the Enemy of Freedom

By John W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute March 13, 2017   The Government Is Still the Enemy of Freedom   My friends, we’re being played for fools. On paper, we may be technically free. In reality, however, we are only as free as a government official may allow. We only think we live in a […]

America’s Reign of Terror: A Nation Reaps What It Sows

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War on ‘Fake News’ Part of a War on Free Speech

By Ron Paul Ron Paul Institute December 12, 2016   War on ‘Fake News’ Part of a War on Free Speech   A major threat to liberty is the assault on the right to discuss political issues, seek out alternative information sources, and promote dissenting ideas and causes such as non-interventionism in foreign and domestic […]


Assange Statement on the US Election

By Julian Assange WikiLeaks.org November 8, 2016   Assange Statement on the US Election     In recent months, WikiLeaks and I personally have come under enormous pressure to stop publishing what the Clinton campaign says about itself to itself. That pressure has come from the campaign’s allies, including the Obama administration, and from liberals […]

Assange Statement on the US Election

‘We the Prisoners’: The Demise of the Fourth Amendment

‘We the Prisoners’: The Demise of the Fourth Amendment

By John W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute June 30, 2016     “Our carceral state banishes American citizens to a gray wasteland far beyond the promises and protections the government grants its other citizens… When the doors finally close and one finds oneself facing banishment to the carceral state—the years, the walls, the rules, the […]


Controversial Free Speech Zones Finally Being Banned From College Campuses

By James Holbrooks UndergroundReporter.org June 2, 2016   Controversial Free Speech Zones Finally Being Banned From College Campuses     Amid long-running debate in Iowa about the Constitutionality of “free speech zones” on college campuses, the Governor of Arizona recently signed new bills that will effectively turn campuses, themselves, into zones of free speech in that […]

Controversial Free Speech Zones Finally Being Banned From College Campuses

Shame on the U.S. Supreme Court for Making a Mockery of the First Amendment

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By John W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute May 16, 2016   Shame on the U.S. Supreme Court for Making a Mockery of the First Amendment       “The vitality of civil and political institutions in our society depends on free discussion… It is only through free debate and free exchange of ideas that government […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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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, Property, and Provocations

By RPI Staff Ron Paul Institute May 12, 2015   Free Speech, Property, and Provocations   After the recent shootings in Garland, TX, what are the limits of free speech and what does the First Amendment of the US Constitution really mean when it prohibits Congress from making any law restricting speech? Most of these […]

Ron Paul Liberty Report takes on the issue of free speech and its limits

Shredding the Constitution: Obama’s War on Whistleblowers

By Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall Veterans Today March 27, 2015   Shredding the Constitution: Obama’s War on Whistleblowers Whatever Happened to the First Amendment?       Robert Greenwald’s 2015 documentary War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State details the cases of four US whistleblowers who experienced brutal government retaliation after exposing […]