Biden and Bowser administrations change their tunes on last summer’s riot response

The Hill

After the Lafayette Park operation, Bowser declared that “if you are like me, you saw something that you hoped you would never see in the United States of America.” Now, her government is arguing not only that the protesters’ claims should be dismissed but that the district did and can continue to use tear gas in such situations, even to enforce a curfew.

In the meantime, the Biden administration agrees that the case should be dismissed entirely. The Department of Justice (DOJ) maintains that “Presidential security is a paramount government interest that weighs heavily in the Fourth Amendment balance.” The DOJ’s counsel, John Martin, added that “federal officers do not violate First Amendment rights by moving protesters a few blocks, even if the protesters are predominantly peaceful.”

Source: https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/556263-biden-and-bowser-administrations-change-their-tunes-on-last-summers-riot

Trump vows to designate antifa a terrorist group. Here’s why DOJ officials call that ‘highly problematic’

ABC News

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In particular, current and former government officials have repeatedly worried that officially designating a U.S.-based group as a terrorist organization could have significant First Amendment consequences.

The First Amendment protects the rights of Americans who like spewing “hateful speech” and “assembling with others who share the same hateful views,” so “unless an organization engages solely in unprotected activity, such as committing crimes of violence, any designation of a (U.S.-based) organization as a terrorist organization … would likely run afoul of the First Amendment,” Mary McCord, the former head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, told a House panel in January.

Source: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-vows-designate-antifa-terrorist-group-heres-doj/story?id=70999186

In the J20 trials, the feds said they went after “bad protesters.” That just means another crackdown on dissent.

The Intercept

Federal prosecutors dropped all remaining felony charges against the protesters in the J20 trials.

Source: https://theintercept.com/2018/07/14/inauguration-protest-prosecutions/

Charges dropped against 129 Trump inauguration protesters -” but dozens still face prison

The Intercept

Charges Dropped Against 129 Trump Inauguration Protesters — But Dozens Still Face Prison

Among those who still face decades in prison, a journalist has filed a motion for the court to dismiss his charges.

Source: theintercept.com/2018/01/19/charges-dropped-j20-trump-inauguration-j20-aaron-cantu/

A brief history of Donald Trump’s mixed messages on freedom of speech

Washington Post

A brief history of Donald Trump’s mixed messages on freedom of speech

Trump’s attack on protesting football players is part of a long record of opposing some kinds of speech.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-brief-history-of-donald-trumps-mixed-messages-on-freedom-of-speech/2017/09/28/dd44160c-a3b6-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html