Tuesday, May 14, 2013

DOJ First Amendment Violations : A Valid Concern

I just called, and I was told that the FOIA request I sent to the Department of Justice hasn't been tracked into their computer system. I left a voicemail after being transferred twice. It's interesting to learn yesterday about the DOJ getting phone records of the Associated Press, a clear violation of the First Amendment. The FOIA request I submitted on April 30, 2013, was about the government arresting activists. Among the information I requested was whether the DOJ considered First Amendment rights, among other rights, when prosecuting cases. Based on how the DOJ treats the First Amendment rights of the press, it concerns me that the First Amendment rights of activists may not be being protected.

2013-04-30 Lt Daniel Choi DOJ FOIA Request Louis Flores by Connaissable

“I am part of a global civil rights and human rights movement,” Lt. Daniel Choi declared shortly before his conviction, according to RH Reality Check. He spoke in favor of non-violent civil disobedience as a form of free speech : “I feel that the First Amendment is on trial today.”

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