The Supreme Court refused to review the case of a high school cheerleader who was kicked off the squad for refusing to cheer for the basketball player she said had raped her. And as a lovely parting gift, the girlâ€™s family must now repay the school $45,000 in legal fees for what a lower court termed as a frivolous lawsuit.
The United States has been very vocal in its condemnations of Middle Eastern countries who use aggressive tactics on their protestors. When Iran cracked down on citizens the White House â€œstrongly condemned the Iranian governmentâ€™s organized intimidation campaign and arrests of political figures, human rights defenders, political activists, student leaders, journalists, and bloggers.â€ When Iraq imprisoned 300 journalists, intellectuals, and attorneys in order to quell belligerent protestors, the U.S. was strangely silent.
Prosecutors investigating the disclosure of thousands of classified government documents by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks have gone to court to demand the Twitter account activity of several people linked to the organization, including its founder, Julian Assange, according to the group and a copy of a subpoena made public late Friday.
“The Pasadena Police Department would like to inform the public that buying gold is against the law unless you are licensed by the California Department of Justice,” the statement said.
Amnesty International warns about new Net Neutrality Law – Save the Internet from Corporate Censorship
We all know how important the Internet is for sharing news, information, and strategy about human rights abuses around the world. From satellite images of Darfur to reports documenting Shell Oilâ€™s involvement in human rights abuses in the Niger Delta, from correspondence among country specialists to online urgent actions in support of Aung Sun Suu Kyi, the Internet is critical to our work. But today, the Internet as we know it is at risk.
In the view of the US government, many of the WikiLeaks documents are still classified, and even though the documents have been published for all the world to see, reading the classified documents without clearance is illegal. Some US government warnings issued to several governmental groups have suggested that a federal employee would be breaking the law by reading the leaked cables of classified State Department documents published on the WikiLeaks website.
Twenty nine U.S. based BitTorrent tracker and peer-to-peer file sharing sites disappeared in the blink of an eye. Dutch anti-P2P group â€œBREINâ€, with assistance from the MPAA, set their sights on domain names of 29 United States based BitTorrent sites that allegedly make copyrighted material available to citizens of the Netherlands.
Credit card companies that prevented card-holders from donating money to the secrets outlet WikiLeaks could have their operating licenses taken away in Iceland, according to members of the Icelandic Parliamentary General Committee. Representatives from Mastercard and Visa were called before the committee Sunday to discuss their refusal to process donations to the website, reports Reykjavik Grapevine.