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‘Blank this blank’ puts woman in jail

ACLU attorneys, who are fighting for her freedom, compare it to a customer’s frustration after a long wait at the Secretary of State’s office, or in the return line at the mall.

“Like any of us who’ve had frustrating experiences in a bureaucratic environment, she essentially muttered a swear word to herself,” Reynolds said.

But in this case, the attorneys say, it was in the clerk’s office at Berrien District Court in Niles, and it
was overheard by clerks.

Was this woman rude? Sure. Does she deserve to go to jail because she had a frustratingly difficult day? Not a chance.

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Fight for the Future and Access collaborated on this short, informative video about a serious threat to the free and open internet that could have devastating effects for human rights and free expression around the globe.

Find out more at What is the ITU?

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The clip shows activists Ashley Jessica and Jason Bermas handing out flyers warning travelers about the dangers of x-ray body scanners at Albany International Airport in New York.

Almost as soon as the activists begin to hand out the flyers, they are confronted by an aggressive airport official later named as Douglas I. Myers, the airport’s Director of Public Affairs.

Myers orders the activists to leave the top floor and later takes the unprecedented step of closing off the entire level and preventing families from meeting their loved ones. He subsequently claims the activists need a permit and a $1 million dollar insurance liability merely to film inside the airport, despite the fact that the TSA’s own website clearly states that TSA checkpoints can be filmed at any airport.

Myers’ attempts to get the activists in trouble with police are derailed when Sheriff Stan Lenic steps in to handle the situation, pointing out to Myers that they have a right to film under the First Amendment.

“Obviously this is your constitutional right, as far as we’re concerned you’re not breaking any laws,” Lenic tells Bermas.

When Myers asks the Sheriff to detain the activists, Lenic responds, “I can’t do that.”

Myers then asks for Bermas’ identification, to which Sheriff Lenic responds, “He doesn’t have to show you his identification.”

“I need to get it from you,” Myers tells the Sheriff as he winks at him, to which Sheriff Lenic responds “I can’t give you that.”

“Just so you know, he’s not doing anything wrong,” Deputy Lenic forcefully tells Myers, before quoting the New York penal law code.

“If I was to ask for his identification he does not have to give it to me because he’s not doing anything wrong,” adds Lenic.

Myers’ claim that Jessica is blocking the escalator is also dismissed by Lenic. Myers then claims the filming is illegal because it is “commercial” and could appear on the Drudge Report — which is a news aggregator and not a commercial website.

Lenic should obviously be commended for his fine job in upholding constitutional rights. If there’s an award for cop of the year, he should win it hands down. He is a shining example to other police officers who have completely failed to apply the law in similar situations.

Article from WYNT in Albany, NY.
Article from News10 in New York
Article from Times Union
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Several major ISPs have revealed how they intend to implement the new six strikes law that intends to curb piracy. It has some major flaws and questionable procedures that the ISPs believe will educate the casual pirate. The ISPs plan on accomplishing this in three phases.

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Fight for the Future and Access collaborated on this short, informative video about a serious threat to the free and open internet that could have devastating effects for human rights and free expression around the globe.

Further reading and resources.
Businessweek
The Sacramento Bee
CIO article
The official ITU site
Article by Adrian Kinderis who thinks the ITU should stay out of internet regulation entirely.

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