First Five: Edward Snowden via video chat, the First Amendment and students, #ParisAttacks, John Kasich and Syrian refugees

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Inside the First Amendment

WANT TO TERRORIZE A TERRORIST? TRY A BIT OF ‘FREEDOM’

Gene Policinski, Newseum Institute
Want to know how to terrorize a terrorist? Read the 45 words of the First Amendment – preferably aloud. Or simply go out to a cafe in Paris for a relaxed evening of conversation, free of government or despotic controls on your opinions, your music or your ideas. ISIS can’t handle that.


Panel Discussions

SECRET SOURCES: WHISTLEBLOWERS, NATIONAL SECURITY AND FREE EXPRESSION

Newseum Institute & PEN America
Last week, Susan Glasser of Politico moderated a discussion with NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Raddack of the Whistleblower & Source Protection Program at ExposeFacts, and New York Times reporter James Risen. Edward Snowden joined the event from Russia via video chat.


THE FIRST AMENDMENT AND STUDENTS: SPEAK UP OR SHUT UP?

Newseum Institute
Author and law professor Catherine Ross discusses her new book which explores the state of free speech for students in America’s public schools. The book documents an increasing clamp-down on speech even off-campus, and explores how even well-intentioned efforts against bullying and hate speech violate students’ rights.


Commentary

THE ATTACKS IN PARIS ARE A CLARIFYING MOMENT FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Peter Scheer, Huffington Post
The terrorist attacks in Paris, for all their horror and barbarity, are a clarifying event. Freedom of speech, we can all see, is the ultimate soft target, as vulnerable as it is precious.

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IS “FREE SPEECH” BECOMING THE NEW “ALL LIVES MATTER”?

Michelle Goldberg, Slate
Last week, The Young Turks and the Newseum Institute assembled a panel to discuss media coverage of the 2016 presidential election for millennials.

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IN THE NEWS

FREE SPEECH ALIVE EVEN AS PART OF PARIS DIES

M.D. Kittle, Watchdog
The world’s sense of security may have taken another brutal beating from conscienceless terrorists, but free speech is alive and well.


REP. KEITH ELLISON DEFENDS MUSLIM SYRIAN REFUGEES’ FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS

S.A. Miller, The Washington Times
Rep. Keith Ellison, who in 2007 became the first Muslim member of Congress, on Wednesday cited the Constitution’s protection of freedom of religion to blast his colleagues’ proposals to allow Christian Syrian refugees into the U.S. refugees but not Muslims refugees from that country.


JOHN KASICH CALLS FOR NEW AGENCY TO PROMOTE ‘JUDEO-CHRISTIAN’ VALUES TO THE WORLD

Huffington Post
Republican presidential candidate John Kasich says he’d set up an agency with a “mandate” to promote what he calls “Judeo-Christian values” overseas to counter Islamist propaganda.


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