International law grants governments the ability to temporarily suspend most civil rights during a state of emergency. That’s how state governments in the U.S. can issue lockdown orders — essentially suspending the first amendment right of free assembly — during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s relatively easy to see how preventing unnecessary deaths can justify temporarily […]
In late October, The Daily Beast ran a story exposing the political connections of Whitefish Energy, an obscure company that somehow secured a $300 million contract to restore electricity in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. The contract was canceled a few days later, amid an explosion of public outrage and criticism from members of Congress. The journalist who reported and wrote […]
Sue Udry, Executive Director of the Defending Dissent Foundation and Acting Director of Bill of Rights Defense Committee, discusses the proposed congressional bill S.754 – Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, and how it provides personal information to the government and may reduce government transparency via the Freedom of Information Act.