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The First Amendment Applies to Foreign Service Officers, Too

The First Amendment Applies to Foreign Service Officers, Too

By Kate Wood, Fellow, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 1:12pm
Today, the ACLU told the State Department that public employees don't give up their First Amendment rights in exchange for a job with the government. We sent a letter to the State Department on behalf of Peter Van Buren, a State Department employee who is being punished for publicly criticizing the U.S. reconstruction effort in Iraq. He has written extensively on the program's problems, and is now in the process of being fired. Our letter advises the State Department that its actions violate Mr. Van Buren's freedom of speech and urges the department to reverse course immediately.
In Court Today: Protecting the Right to Protest the President

In Court Today: Protecting the Right to Protest the President

By Kate Wood, Fellow, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 10:25am

People who disagree with the president have as much a right to be heard as those who wish to praise him. Today at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, the ACLU will be defending the free speech rights of presidential protestors who were…

Supreme Court Rejects Government’s Attempt to Criminalize Lying

Supreme Court Rejects Government’s Attempt to Criminalize Lying

By Kate Wood, Fellow, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 4:36pm

Last week the Supreme Court rejected another attempt by the government to carve out an exception to the First Amendment. It struck down the Stolen Valor Act, a law that makes it a federal crime to lie about receiving medals for military service. In…

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