One would have thought the US was on the verge of an invasion by North Korean or Chinese hackers hellbent on shutting down the American press. This threat would have to be bigger than the threats faced by Americans in the Revolutionary and Civil wars not to mention our battle with the Nazis and the Japanese in World War II. All these wars constituted truly grave threats to America's press freedom. But Mr. Trump described this one as the "gravest...in American History." Even in the Trumpian world of "truthful hyperbole," this claim deserves a place in the "Guinness Book of Records" for presidential deception. Mr. Trump was issuing an executive order which could restrain freedom of speech under the First Amendment because Twitter flagged two of his tweets for being "potentially misleading." … [Read more...] about Trump’s new executive order is as phony as his Twitter feed
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The court unanimously overturned a state appeals court decision in 2018 that allowed the city of Hayward to charge the National Lawyers Guild more than $3,000 for copying and assembling body camera videos from Hayward police after a December 2014 protest march in Berkeley against police violence, in which some protesters were injured. Much of the cost was for identifying and deleting footage on personal police information or tactics that the city determined did not have to be disclosed under state law. … [Read more...] about Obtaining police body camera videos and other electronic records just got easier
“Our process is to, first and foremost, educate and inform our community of the health order. If there are ongoing violations, we will provide verbal and written warnings, and as a last resort, when necessary, enforce the law,” Navarro said. “We ask our community to continue voluntary compliance with the order.” … [Read more...] about Sonoma County sheriff criticizes county’s health order, says he won’t enforce it
Of course, the irony here is that Trump’s perceived victimhood has produced an order that itself seeks to infringe on valid speech under the First Amendment. Trump is not a private citizen; Twitter is. But more concerning is the apparent reality that a cadre of federal public servants — including lawyers who passed the bars of their respective states and entered the federal government pledging to serve the interests of the public — researched, drafted, polished and signed off on this troubling missive. … [Read more...] about What does Trump’s latest executive order say about him?
President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE's executive order that aims to strip certain legal protections from social media companies like Twitter and Facebook is making political waves, but legal experts say the measure is mostly toothless and vulnerable to court challenges. … [Read more...] about Trump social media order starts off on shaky legal ground