The Privacy Crisis – The Perfect Excuse To Restrict Freedom of the Press

by Oletta Branstiter Are you a “media influencer”?  If so, the U.S. government is very interested in your online activities. The Department of Homeland Security needs a private contractor to provide “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to “identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.” from Forbes.com Hmmm. Couldn’t anything be considered a “particular event”? Haven’t we all become “bloggers”?  According to the Forbes article, “the United…

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Understanding the First Amendment and the Protection of the Bill of Rights

by Dena Leichnitz What people do not understand about the First Amendment could fill up the Grand Canyon and what the current administration doesn’t understand about it could fill up to infinity and beyond, as Buzz Lightyear used to say. I wrote this statement about a Bill of Rights I wrote for my school, but it holds even more truth for the actual Bill of Rights: No one fights for words on a page, they fight for ideals, they fight for what is right, it has to mean something. So…

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