Archive for the 'Free Speech' Category

FREE SPEECH, FREE PRESS, FREE RAIF BADAWI…

March 30th, 2015

Note: newer, but less vital stories do appear lower down. For the eleventh day since 18 January when I first stuck this running post on Raif Badawi to the top of Have Coffee Will Write, there were no news updates to report on his case. This is very disturbing because it suggests that the world’s […]

WE CAN’T PICK AND CHOOSE… JE SUIS CHARLIE

March 17th, 2015

Censorship is wrong. Full stop. How many times do I have to say: the right response to objectionable speech is never censorship (or the threat of violence) but rather more speech. On 16 March, DC Comics released a statement saying that the Albuquerque cover was now not going to run—at the artist’s request—and said that […]

HOW TO FOIL THE PLUMBERS…

January 29th, 2015

People often tell reporters things their employers, or their government, want to keep suppressed. But leaking can serve the public interest, fueling revelatory and important journalism. This publication was created in part as a platform for journalism arising from unauthorized disclosures by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Our founders and editors are strongly committed to publishing […]

ANA RAIF BADAWI…*

January 17th, 2015

Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes [50 lashes a week for 20 weeks, JH] for setting up a website that championed free speech in the autocratic kingdom. His blog, the Saudi Free Liberals Forum, was shut down after his arrest in 2012. Cartoonist around the world, under the banner […]

SHIELD OFFENSIVE SPEECH OR SHIELD NO SPEECH…

January 15th, 2015

As pernicious as this arrest and related “crackdown” on some speech obviously is, it provides a critical value: namely, it underscores the utter scam that was this week’s celebration of free speech in the west. The day before the Charlie Hebdo attack, I coincidentally documented the multiple cases in the west—including in the U.S. – […]

NO ONE HIRES TROUBLEMAKERS…

September 20th, 2014

When Precious Daniels lay down in front of the Blue Cross Blue Shield building in Detroit on a chilly morning in November 2009, she wasn’t giving her future job prospects much thought. She was, however, thinking about all of the money the insurance company was spending on its lobbyists. A supporter of the Affordable Care […]

NO WALL BETWEEN PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL…

August 29th, 2014

Via Janine Gibson, Times executive editor Jill Abramson–at a meeting to convince the Guardian to collaborate on certain NSA stories–sent a message: Please tell Glenn Greenwald personally [but not officially or professionally, JH] that I agree with him completely about the fact that we should never have run the claim about China ‘draining’ Snowden’s laptops. […]

TRUST US, WE’RE THE WASHINGTON POST

July 7th, 2014

Among the most valuable contents — which The Post will not describe in detail, to avoid interfering with ongoing operations — are fresh revelations about a secret overseas nuclear project, double-dealing by an ostensible ally, a military calamity that befell an unfriendly power, and the identities of aggressive intruders into U.S. computer networks. A breakdown […]

JULIAN ASSANGE ON REDDIT: QUESTION NO. 5…

June 21st, 2014

Question: What is the information you hesitated most about revealing due to safety issues for people involved? What made you decide revealing it anyway? ASSANGE: The Penny report. The UK argued to us that it was a “serious nuclear proliferation risk”, but on further research, they were full of hot air. There were a lot […]

JULIAN ASSANGE ON REDDIT: QUESTION NO. 4…

June 21st, 2014

Question: What are your thoughts on cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin? ASSANGE: Here is a conversation from 2011 where I tell Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt about Bitcoin. Fortunately he didn’t listen, or else he’d own the planet by now.

HAS THE HOUSE ACTUALLY DONE SOMETHING…?

June 21st, 2014

Surveillance reform gained new congressional momentum as the US House of Representatives unexpectedly and overwhelmingly endorsed stripping a major post-9/11 power from the National Security Agency late Thursday night. By a substantial and bipartisan margin, 293 to 121, representatives moved to ban the NSA from searching warrantlessly through its troves of ostensibly foreign communications content […]

JULIAN ASSANGE ON REDDIT: QUESTION NO. 3…

June 21st, 2014

Question: First, what do you do to stop yourself going mental with boredom? From my understanding, you cannot leave the embassy or you’ll be arrested, so you’ve basically placed yourself under house arrest. What are you day to day activities? Second, (and I don’t mean this to sound inflammatory), why did you start a website […]

JULIAN ASSANGE ON REDDIT: QUESTION NO. 2…

June 21st, 2014

QUESTION: What advice would you give to ordinary citizens in regards to how they can have an impact? Many of us feel helpless, overwhelmed and small. We are screaming for change, but what steps can we take? ASSANGE: When we are aware of the world and the scale of its inhumanity and stupidity we feel […]

JULIAN ASSANGE ON REDDIT: QUESTION NO. 1…

June 21st, 2014

QUESTION: What is your opinion on Edward Snowden? ASSANGE: Edward Snowden performed an intelligent and heroic act. I and others had been calling for exactly this act for years. I am a trustee for his legal defense and co-ordinated his asylum. Our Sarah Harrison kept him secure in his path out of Hong Kong and […]

I SAY JOURNALIST, THEY SAY TERRORIST…

February 19th, 2014

On a court ruling this morning Glenn Greenwald writes: In sum, the U.K. Government wants to stop disclosure of its mass surveillance activities not because it fears terrorism or harm to national security but because it fears public debate, legal challenges and accountability. That is why the U.K. government considers this journalism to be “terrorism”: […]

WE HOLD THESE TRUTHISMS TO BE EVIDENCE…

July 8th, 2013

ALL YOUR BASE DATA ARE BELONG TO US…

June 6th, 2013

[Update at 1840: I’ve been thinking about this all day and here’s my bottom line. There is no good security reason to be doing what the federal government is doing unless the people at the top are so feckin’ clueless that they actually believe all the people who hate America are total idiots (like themselves) […]

PLAIN DEALER PAGE ONE THIS MORNING…

December 11th, 2012

Brandon Blackwell writes: Irony stung the Occupy Cleveland movement in October 2011 when about a dozen of its members were arrested in Public Square. Protesters were taken into custody for violating curfew near the statue of Cleveland’s 35th Mayor Tom L. Johnson — an effigy erected as a testament to free speech and assembly. But […]

OCCUPY WINS IN OHIO COURT OF APPEALS…

December 8th, 2012

I just did a quick search on the Plain Dealer’s website and not a peep about this story. From the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth Appellate District, County of Cuyahoga: {¶1} For purposes of this opinion, the appeals of both appellants Erin McCardle and Leatrice Tolls have been consolidated. 1 {¶2} Appellants Erin McCardle […]

I’LL SMACK ANYONE WHO MENTIONS FIRE…

September 16th, 2012

Glenn Greenwald writes: Does anyone doubt that if the Bush White House had “requested” in the wake of 9/11 that all anti-war or anti-administration videos be “reviewed” to see if they should remain on the internet – on the not-implausible ground that they might encourage attacks on American troops or personnel – that Democrats would […]

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