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Free Speech And National Security

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There was an article saying that in 2007, the government subpoenaed amazon.com to obtain book purchasing records of amazons customers. Judge Stephen Crocker said that, “ the subpoena is troubling because it permits the government to peek into the reading habits of specific individuals with out their knowledge or permission. It is an unsettling and un-American scenario to envision federal agents nosing through the reading lists of law-abiding citizens while hunting for evidence against somebody else.” This article brings into question the constitutional rights of the 4th and 9th amendments, of warrants and privacy of citizens: should the government be able to look into private records showing purchases and other private businesses of citizens without a warrant?
Adams, Mike. "Big brother u.s. government subpoenaed amazon.com to obtain book purchasing records of customers." Web.

A recent article says that trijicon, inc. a company that makes combat rifle sights for the u.s. military will be sending kits to the military to remove the bible inscriptions that were put on to the gear. The company originally melted these bible inscriptions into the metal, but has decided to remove them when the rifle sights raised concern in Iraq and Afghanistan. I think that this article is an issue about the first amendment, establishment clause, and free exercise clause: should a company that is providing products to the government be able to display religious texts upon its products? Nbc news. "Defense contractor to remove bible references." Web.

A recent article says that in Minneapolis, a man put up posters near a mosque and a Somali-owned store, showing anti-Muslim images. Two Minnesota prosecutors have decided not to press charges, because the posters are protected under the first amendment, free speech clause: should someone be able to put up very offensive and anti-Muslim images near a mosque? Associated press. "Anti-Muslim images are protected speech, Minn. officials say." Web.

A recent article states that superbowl-style ads could soon be coming to your TV. This means that independent corporations could advertise for a political candidate on TV. Now, the question here is should corporations be able to advertise for political candidates? Associated press. "Super bowl-style corporate ads for candidates?" Web.

An article says that the supreme court has dismissed a case of a soldier at fort riley when he says he was rights were violated when prayers were made at fort riley regardless of soldiers religions, or the fact he was atheist. The question is that should forts be able to hold religious prayers regardless of soldier’s religions? Associated press. "Court dismisses atheists suit against pentagon." Web.

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hook - Imagine that someone puts up posters that a very offensive and critical of your religion, next to a place of worship for your religion. Well a man in Minneapolis put up some anti-Muslim posters near a mosque and a...

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