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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Happy Bill of Rights Day … Are There Any Left?

Today is Bill of Rights Day in America.

Happy Bill of Rights Day!

This post explains the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – and provides a scorecard on the extent of the loss of each right.

The 1st Amendment protects speech, religion, assembly and the press:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging thefreedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The freedom of the press is under massive attack in America today 

For example, the powers-that-be argue that only highly-paid corporate media shills who will act as stenographers for the fatcats should have the constitutional protections guaranteeing freedom of the press.

A Harvard law school professor argues that the First Amendment is outdated and should be abandoned.

And the government is treating the real investigative reporters like criminals … or even terrorists:

Obama has gone after top reporters. His Department of Justice labeled chief Fox News Washington correspondent James Rosen a “criminal co-conspirator” in a leak case, and for many years threatened to prosecute Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times journalist James Risen

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Went to Denny's a little while ago to get some food with a relative. We got there well before any drunks showed up but two plainclothes state cops were in there staring everyone down. They seemed to be wanting to have trouble. After we left we sat in parking lot and watched them One approached a black man and was talking to him. Have no idea why. Cop walked away and the black man remained. When we left two cop cars near the fountains with lights on blocking the street.

I can appreciate them being there to keep people from causing trouble but it seemed like the cops wanted to start some.