FROM Ken White
Why Is the DOJ Going After Libertarian Trolls? The federal government wants Reason magazine to reveal all it knows about anonymous bloggers who've attacked a federal judge. Even after Ross Ulbricht admitted running the online drug site Silk Road , Judge Katherine Forrest threw the book at him and gave him the maximum sentence of life in prison. That infuriated bloggers on the website of Reason, a libertarian magazine . "Agammamon," said, "Judges like these should be taken out back and shot." "Cloudbuster," added, "Shoot them out front, on the steps of the courthouse." Now the Justice Department has subpoenaed Reason, demanding that it turn over information on the identities of those two and four other users. Former federal prosecutor Ken White, now a defense attorney in Los Angeles, writes about First Amendment law for the blog PopeHat.com . He calls it an attack on free speech.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?