In a 5-4 decision in the case of Berghuis v. Thompkins
, the Supreme Court has ruled that suspects must explicitly assert their right to remain silent
under the 1966 Miranda v. Arizona
decision. [more inside]
A bunch of writers
(42 to be exact), having decided civil liberties are important, have launched a website with poems, essays, and short stories protesting the extension of the pre-charge detention period in the UK from 28 to 42 days. Of course, Not everyone thinks it's a good idea. [more inside]
"KNOCKING opens the door on Jehovah's Witnesses.
They are moral conservatives who stay out of politics and the Culture War, but they won a record number of court cases expanding freedom for everyone. They refuse blood transfusions on religious grounds, but they embrace the science behind bloodless surgery. In Nazi Germany, they could fight for Hitler or go to the concentration camps. They chose the camps." View Trailer
, a surprisingly well-reviewed
documentary about Jehovah's Witnesses, which airs tonight in most cities
on PBS's Independant Lens.
The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro
Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave and abolitionist, was asked to give a Fourth of July speech while slavery still existed. His fiery talk is what this section is about: People within America recognizing that the American promises ring hollow.
Bush tells CBC he's 'unfamiliar' with Voting Rights Act
Also see: LCCR Disappointed that House Failed to Vote on Voting Rights Act Reauthorization Bill
"No President has ever done more for human rights than I have."
George W. Bush
Under an agreement signed between Ireland and the US last week, US investigators, including CIA agents, will be allowed to interrogate Irish citizens on Irish soil in total secrecy
. Suspects will also have to give testimony and allow property to be searched and seized even if what the suspect is accused of is not a crime in Ireland.
John Perry Barlow's trial commences
and is commented upon by Seth David Schoen. A most interesting paragraph was:
"First follow-up question: If you think a bottle contains an improvised explosive device, is it appropriate to shake it?
No, that's almost the worst thing you can do.
Second: Is it appropriate to open the bottle?
No, that's the worst thing you can do.
The defense then argued that Ms. Ramos could not really have believed that the ibuprofen bottle in question contained an improved[sic] explosive device, because she had testified that, on removing it from Barlow's bag, she became suspicious of it, then shook it, and then opened it. These actions were the most dangerous actions she could possibly have taken if she really believed that the bottle might contain explosives..."
Followup for this post
A thorough analysis of the Patriot Act's effects on civil liberties by author Elaine Scarry.
"Ashcroft dismissed the idea that the Justice Department could conceivably care about librarians or library records... [however,] a University of Illinois study
... found that by February of 2002 (four months after the Patriot Act was passed) 4 percent of all U.S. libraries, and 11 percent of all libraries in communities of more than 50,000 people had already been visited by FBI agents requesting information about their patrons' reading habits." [via Harper's
can be forgiven for suspecting that legal sanctions against
vice are not
the concern of normal, healthy human beings
. They are the concern
. And busybodies, for the record, are people who spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about what other
people do in private
. They hatch plans to catch their victims, engage
as they peep into windows, and then break
into homes and businesses
to arrest their prey with the help of professional“busybody
”(pdf) called vice
Say goodbye to personal liberty
if this bill
gets passed. A bill aimed at fighting drugs on and off line will limit your freedom of speech, allow police to enter your house with a warrant but not telling you what it's for. One step closer to the Police state. And one heck of a supreme court case in the wings.