FEPP Archives - Issues - Political
on Trial: The Story of 3 Landmark
(Winter 2002) - The trial that freed James Joyce's Ulysses; the case that broke the Catholic Church stranglehold over American movies; and the McCarthy Era case that ended teachers' loyalty oaths.
on Fire: Book Censorship in
(March 13, 2003) - At the opening of Boston's Words on
Fire festival commemorating the 70th anniversary of the first Nazi book
burnings, a survey of book censorship in America today.
Impact of the USA PATRIOT Act on Free Expression
(May 5, 2003) - FEPP Senior Research Fellow Nancy Kranich
surveys the chilling effects of the government's broad, new, secret surveillance
and the Constitution
(August 19, 2003) - David Cole and James Dempsey's
new book gives sobering background on the "USA Patriot Act"
and on America's habit of sacrificing civil liberties in the name of national
on the Perils of the "USA PATRIOT Act"
(August 27, 2003) - An update from Senior Research Fellow
Nancy Kranich on the chilling effects of the government's new surveillance
and the New Surveillance States
(October 16, 2003) - Senior Research Fellow Nancy
Kranich describes the perils of our newest data-mining technology.
Democracy and the First Amendment
(November 14, 2003) - Why government regulation to break
up media conglomerates advances democracy and the First Amendment.
Court Upholds the Campaign Finance Law
(December 10, 2003) - Recognizing that influence-peddling
and political corruption are undermining our democracy, the Supreme Court
has turned back a constitutional challenge to the major provisions of
the McCain-Feingold law.
the "USA PATRIOT Act" is Unconstitutional
(January 27, 2004) - Court rules that ban on "expert advice
or assistance" to groups branded as "terrorist" could easily include "unequivocally
pure speech and advocacy protected by the First Amendment."
and Corporate Censorship
(May 21, 2004) - What's the real problem with the Walt
Disney Company's refusal to distribute Michael Moore's film, Fahrenheit
Strengthens Cheney's Hand
(June 24, 2004) - The justices guard government secrecy
against potentially "vexatious litigation."
Free Expression Issues
(September 10, 2004) - How the copyright system, media
regulation, and government funding affect free speech.
Attack on Science
(December 7, 2004) - From environmental hazards to sex
education, the federal government in the past several years has been twisting
science to political ends.