DNA is not just a brief marker of identity. It is a powerful tool that belongs to the person it has encoded. It is therefore not at all a reasonable thing for the police, or any other government agency, to seize, to hold and to use in perpetuity. [...]
You read that right. Over the weekend five people were arrested on charges related to the practice and coverup of U.S. government torture, and three of those people were jailed.
What did these five people do? They stood on the sidewalk outside the White House protesting the practice and coverup of torture by the U.S. [...]
Will anyone at the Republican National Convention even apologize for this illegal arrest of journalists attempting to cover the event? I’m not expecting to hear any such admission of wrongdoing. [...]
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom 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.