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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!”       […]

Federal Judge in Health Care Case Orders Executive Branch to Explain Speech By R Tamara de Silva April 4, 2012 It not typical in the course of oral arguments for a Federal Judge to assign the Department of Justice and the Attorney General a homework assignment. Yesterday, the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Suspension of Civil Liberties by Regulation in Colleges and Universities By R. Tamara de Silva August 20, 2011 The Obama Administration has dealt a solid blow to the civil liberties of all college and university students in America, and it has done so without fanfare or protest-in deafening silence, not even deemed ratings worthy […]