The first ten Amendments to the Constitution, were introduced to the first U.S. Congress , in 1789, by James Madison, before he became our Fourth President.  Those Amendments, which are collectively known as the “Bill of Rights”, were ratified in 1791.  The very first of those Amendments guarantees the Freedoms of:  Religion; Speech, Press and Assembly.

During the turmoil that resulted after the shooting of an unarmed Black Man by a Police Officer in Ferguson a week ago, the rights to a Free Press and the Assembly were infringed upon.  Ferguson Police Officers, on Wednesday night: arrested two credentialed reporters, who were sitting in a McDonald’s; told media cameramen to stop filming the nights’ activities; fired tear gas at peaceful bystanders and tried to enforce a non-existent curfew. A more comprehensive discussion can be found in this Blog’s prior three Posts, and the linked article from the Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/08/16/v-print/4291771/leonard-pitts-jr.html.

These Freedoms are cherished by Americans and have withstood a considerable amount of case law, when challenged in Court, except in situations where public safety would be jeopardized.  Leonard Pitts sums-up the whole importance of Freedom of the Press in the last sentence of the linked column: “If this (is) how some cops behave when the whole world is watching, can you imagine what they are like when the whole world is not.” Social media and mobile cameras truly are game-changers!


  1. #1 by Alexandria on September 9, 2014 - 6:51 AM

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    • #2 by cheekos on September 9, 2014 - 3:18 PM

      Alexandria, I am the last person to ask about anything technological. Plug and Play was designed for people like me. Take it out of the box, plug it in, turn it on and…Voila!

      Frankly, I always felt that the Technological Age just ushered in a loss of courtesy–when I had clients join me for lunch and make one call after another. Colleagues sit-down together–supposedly to meet–and each put their Smart Phones on the table. So, what were they doing: meeting to discuss some business topic–or to impress each other with the latest and the greatest?

      Perhaps you could check with friends who Blog. Might their be a Blogger chat room? Send a letter-to-the-editor of an on-line computer magazine. Do you know a Teacher who could potentially put you into touch with a Computer Science Teacher who might also be a Blogger, or otherwise a Tach Nerd?

      Perhaps anther reader of this Blog might know. So, follow-up on any responses to your question.

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