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Free speech again quashed at Harvard
It should come as no surprise to readers of “Freedom Watch” that yet another instance of political, intellectual, and academic censorship has sprung up at Harvard, the self-touted pinnacle of higher education.
| October 21, 2009
The Gates case isn't about race
Doesn't Matter If You're Black or White Dept.
The weeks-long hubbub over the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr. by the Cambridge Police Department has centered on race, understandably, for two reasons: 1) the African-American population has suffered inequitably in its relations with law enforcement across this country, and 2) a race story is easier for the media to tell — and to sell.
| August 05, 2009
Muzzle Awards: Collegiate Division
New England campuses muzzle free speech
In a 1957 Supreme Court decision upholding the free-speech rights of university professors ( Sweezy v. New Hampshire ), Justice Felix Frankfurter quoted prominent South African scholars on the importance of academic freedom.
| July 10, 2009
Guilty until proven guilty
The US Supreme Court's June 18 decision denying prisoners access to DNA testing — a procedure that could reliably prove innocence — adds to the high court's decades-long shameful record on criminal-justice issues.
| June 24, 2009
Stephen Breyer may be the right man at the wrong time
Judge Stephen Breyer, Bill Clinton's latest pick for the Supreme Court, has attracted support so broad that it spans ideological and political differences.
| June 11, 2009
Sotomayor's mixed message on free speech
Minutes after President Barack Obama announced that he was nominating appellate judge Sonia Sotomayor for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, battle lines were drawn on the pre-scripted questions of "post-racial" America.
| June 03, 2009
Sunshine on the ACLU: a mea culpa
"Standing up to your political enemies is easy, fun, and often profitable," writes Barney Frank, on the lead jacket blurb for Worst Instincts: Cowardice, Conformity, and the ACLU.
| May 06, 2009
From Caligula to Bush...er Obama: Bruce Fein watches them all.
| November 24, 2008
Since Harvard came out
It was a typical Harvard alumni event, but not a typical, self-congratulatory Crimson “glory days” fest.
| October 02, 2008
Are universities selling out to oil nations?
As big bucks beckon, Gulf campuses of American universities are booming
As Academia searches for elusive dollars in a downward economy, oil-rich nations are enticing American schools to open satellite campuses in the Gulf.
| September 25, 2008
A legal setback for Charlie
Free speech has won in the struggle between the MBTA and three MIT undergrads who claim to have uncovered flaws in the T’s electronic fare-collection system.
| August 20, 2008
Parody flunks out
Political humor is no longer welcome in Academia as administrators choke the life out of parody
Artist Barry Blitt’s brilliant illustration — which sought to satirize the naysayers who portray Obama as a flag-burning, unpatriotic Muslim and his wife as a black-power radical — cut to the core of today’s political paradox.
| July 30, 2008
Habeas-corpus rights restored to enemy combatants
One of our most important civil-liberty victories to date
This past week, the Supreme Court rejected the Bush administration’s astonishing claim that it had the power to detain suspected “enemy combatants” at Guantánamo Bay — potentially for life — without fair proceedings or meaningful access to the federal courts.
| June 18, 2008
More police, less Harvard
The Harvard Crimson reported this week the arrest of two non-student demonstrators at a student-organized protest in front of Holyoke Center.
| April 16, 2008
The Gray Lady, the FCC, and indecency
Phoenix readers must think I’m obsessed with four-letter locker-room words, but I’m really not.
| March 26, 2008
The briefly indecent Boston Globe
It was startling to see the Boston Globe ’s online edition publish a Reuters wire-service article on Monday, March 17, containing the words “fuck” and “shit.”
| March 19, 2008
Newspapers censor Bono’s ‘fucking’ gaffe
The FCC’s ‘broadcast indecency’ rules: Still, well, bullshit
Why does our ostensibly “free” press insist on acting like prudes or cowards when reporting stories for which it’s vital that readers learn someone said “fuck” rather than an undefined “expletive”?
| March 12, 2008
Truth and illusion
The Big Dig settlement
There is a word for when a private party threatens to get someone indicted unless money is paid: extortion.
| January 30, 2008
Ring of fire
The deadbeat FBI fails to pay its phone bills and jeopardizes its wiretapping program
An ugly squabble between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the nation’s biggest phone companies has, in one nasty blow, recast the image of all the entities involved.
| January 23, 2008
Bush-administration lawyers could be nailed for their role in destroying evidence in the CIA scandal, thanks to a quiet Connecticut child-porn case
Did the Bush-administration lawyers, and the CIA operatives they advised, commit obstruction of justice by destroying the now-infamous CIA-interrogation videotapes?
| December 16, 2008
The DEA’s bad-faith war on pain doctors
Things haven’t been going well as of late for Needham-based chronic-pain specialist Dr. Joseph Zolot.
| September 26, 2007
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[freedom watch] Taking the Pledge in Brookline
Was Bulger ad campaign an FBI ploy?
The case for capturing bin Laden alive: we’re a nation of laws not bullets
DOJ turns on Turner, First Amendment
Tyler Clementi: What's hate got to do with it?
Burning the other guy's holy book
The degradation of the press, of the polity, of nearly everything
Why we 'need to look forward'
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