Search Results for: First Amendment

The First Amendment of Brandon Raub By R Tamara de Silva August 22, 2012          The point of demarcation between political expression and dangerous dissent is being discerned in much the same manner the Romans augured the future by looking at the entrails of birds.  Enter social media, which has been flexing […]

Edward Snowden and the Meaning of the Espionage Act Post 9-11   June 25, 2013 R. Tamara de Silva   The point of demarcation between speech, whistleblowing and espionage has in some instances the aspects of a razor’s edge.  Edward Snowden’s criminal complaint under the Espionage Act was unsealed last Friday.  The Espionage Act has […]

  What the Drone Memo Means By R. Tamara de Silva February 7, 2013   [W]e are heirs to a tradition given voice 800 years ago by Magna Carta, which, on the barons’ insistence, confined executive power by “the law of the land.”  Justice Souter and Justice Ginsburg, Hamdi v. Rumsfeld 542 U.S. 507 (2004) […]

Oligarchy and Its Discontents-What Money Buys By R Tamara de Silva August 20, 2012               “The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The      pessimist fears it is true.”                                                 J. Robert Oppenheimer     Last week it was announced that the United States Department of […]

Chick-Fil-A, the Klu Klux Klan and the Mayor Emanuel by R. Tamara de Silva August 1, 2012        Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is understandably concerned by the wave of mostly gang-related shootings that have claimed in excess of 238 lives in Chicago this year. But he is also deeply bothered by the restaurant […]

Proposition 8 at the Supreme Court-Marriage Equality -Part I   By R Tamara de Silva March 27, 2013          The Supreme Court has not delved into marriage lightly, tending to defer to state governments.  While marriage is one of the most democratic and universal states shared across almost all cultures, socio-economic strata, […]

The President As Executioner; the Unconstitutionality of Targeted Killings of Americans on American Soil By R. Tamara de Silva March 6, 2013          In the 2004 decision of Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, the Supreme Court of the United States reminded President George W. Bush’s administration that, “we are heirs to a tradition given […]

  Prosecutorial Discretion, Cambyses and Aaron Swartz By R Tamara de Silva January 15, 2013   The Optimist thinks this is the best of all worlds. The pessimist fears it is true J. Robert Oppenheimer          The prosecutor of the late Aaron Swartz and Sisamnes have something to tell us about the […]

Bob Costas’ NFL Gun Speech Deconstructed   December 3, 2012 By R. Tamara de Silva “This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilised nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!”       […]

Drew Peterson’s Verdict, Appeal and the Cranes of Ibycus By R Tamara de Silva September 10, 2012            Every so often, Lady Justice allows in her hallowed halls occupants, making up in sheer bluster what they wholly lack in gravitas-seemingly more worthy of inhabiting a circus side show than the halls […]