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Author Archives: Gene Policinski

Inside the First Amendment: Privacy in the high-tech information age

Just how much should we worry about privacy? Near-daily incidents demand that we as a society redraw the line between our private lives and our public personas. The “public” is that part of us found in public records, subject to ...

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Gene Policinski: Teacher flunks First Amendment 101

In this contentious election year, it seems almost quaint to hear someone insist that it’s socially incorrect – and possibly illegal – to criticize the president of the United States as opposed to a candidate for the office. Quaint, except ...

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Gene Policinski: Arizona anti-bullying law imperils free speech

The First Amendment’s protection for free speech seems fairly unlimited — an unambiguous provision included in just 45 simple words that begin with “Congress shall make no law …” No intricate phrases, no flowery modifiers. We even have a common ...

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Gene Policinski: ’Tis the season for First Amendment tweetout

Give the First Amendment — and the nation — a unique gift this holiday season: On Dec. 15, “tweet” your support for this 220-year-old guarantor of our basic freedoms. And don’t stop there. Round out the holidays by making that ...

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Gene Policinski: ‘Occupy’ crackdowns limited by First Amendment

The comparisons have already started — police in Egypt attacking demonstrators with clubs and tear gas, and police in a number of U.S. cities breaking up “Occupy” camps with clubs and tear gas. If you’re a demonstrator in Cairo or ...

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Gene Policinski: ‘Occupy’ crackdowns limited by First Amendment

The comparisons have already started — police in Egypt attacking demonstrators with clubs and tear gas, and police in a number of U.S. cities breaking up “Occupy” camps with clubs and tear gas. If you’re a demonstrator in Cairo or ...

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