A Student Perspective

From the UMass Collegian: Every time a moderately controversial speaker comes to UMass, there seems to be no shortage of student protesters to accompany the event. The Republican Club knows that they cannot sponsor a lecture without some group somewhere on campus finding a relatively creative way to disrupt it. Maybe I haven’t been paying…

A War Run by Mercenaries

The Iraq war is the first American war to rely heavily on the use of mercenaries. Recent Iraqi accusations against Blackwater have highlighted this problem. Where once the US would have protected diplomatic personnel by use of soldiers, now it relies on mercenaries such as those managed by Blackwater. And the US has given them…

“A Classic Assault on the First Amendment”

Nat Hentoff on the forcible silencing of Andrew Meyer. Under First Amendment law, you can loudly question, disagree with, or heckle a speaker—unless you make it impossible for the speaker to continue. That’s called “the heckler’s veto,” and is not protected by the First Amendment. In this case, as the insistent Meyer’s own speech was…

An Under-reported Instance of Police Brutality

Sgt. Mark England got pulled out of a security line at the Las Vegas airport for having a bottle of Sprite. The TSA agent claimed to be an Army lieutenant. England asked him to show his ID; he refused. England went on to try to get on his plane, but it had left. He came…

Patterns of Police Insanity

In Utah, a great-grandmother tackled by a cop and arrested for not watering her lawn. Cop was cleared of any wrongdoing. She’s charged with a misdemeanor. Video. In another case, cops tased a 56 year old schizophrenic woman in a wheelchair ten times. She died.