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Federal Hate Crimes Activity: A Speck on the Edge of a Dime

In the first decade of the 21st Century, there was a great deal of hubbub about the declaration of “hate crimes” in national politics. The argument at the time was that federal hate crime laws were needed to protect the American population from acts of violence motivated by prejudice.

Federal arrest data released by the […]

Student Sit-In Movement for Fossil Fuel Divestment Hits Massachusetts and Virginia

Yesterday, the Green Man reported that students had begun a sit-in protest at Tulane University, pressuring the university’s administration to take endowment funds currently invested in fossil fuel extraction and invest them elsewhere. The idea is for universities to use their collective endowment weight to leverage change and make the energy sector more responsive to […]

Jul Creates a New Map of Occupy Arrests along with the Unemployment Rate

Jul has just created a new, updated map plotting […]

Occupy Movement Produces Petition for Waiver of Constitutional Rights… For the GOV’T to Turn In

Among the Facebook accounts associated with the Occupy Ithaca movement, someone’s had it with the tactics of the government officials of Ithaca, New York. When the occupation of Ithaca began, city representatives persistently asked Occupy Ithaca to file for a permit in order to be able to stay in Dewitt Park. Just file the paperwork, […]

Law Enforcement using Military Robots to Spy on You. It’s a Federal Crime with No Arrests.

The Posse Comitatus Act, a federal law in effect for over a century, says that the military can’t be used for domestic police purposes. It’s not just an administrative violation. It’s a crime:

Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the […]

Criminalizing Dissent: 5087 Arrests of Occupy Protesters Confirmed… and Counting

“Congress shall make no law… 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.” – First Amendment to the United States Constitution

Number of people confirmed to have been arrested in America, most for nothing more […]

Homeland Security: Lawful Protests against Wall Street are an Attack

The United States Constitution:

Amendment I. 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.

Silicon Angle, September […]

101st Way to Exasperate a Liberal: Skirt NonReligious Meeting Laws and Arrest Those Who take Them Seriously

School board administrators in Polk County, Florida have had a hard time keeping their religion out of the public schools. Last spring, a God-themed banner was placed outside one of its elementary schools, and last fall a Polk County citizen complained of persistent opening prayers at school board meetings dominated by Christian clergy and references […]

Political Donation: American Civil Liberties Union

When you buy a sweatshop-free t-shirt from Irregular Times, you do more than spread a liberal message across your chest. You help support liberal causes, too. For every shirt we sell, we donate a dollar to a worthy liberal cause.

In November of 2009, Antonio Musumeci was arrested and repeatedly harassed by Department of Homeland […]

After Hutaree, Obama to declare Islamic Faith and Arrest Millions

… at least that’s what you’d think if you took the assertions of some Americans seriously. This morning, after the announcement of a handful of arrests in the case of the militant Christian group called Hutaree, Pied Piper wrote to declare:

Anyone with a bible and a gun in there home will be cosidered to […]

Police Make Arrests in Britain to Shovel DNA into Database. See also “USA.”

The UK Human Genetics Commission reports on DNA database sweeps by the British police:

It is now the norm to arrest offenders for everything if there is a power to do so … It is apparently understood by serving police officers that one of the reasons, if not the reason, for the change in practice […]