Archive for the ‘Protest’ Category

Convention Material Can be Made Public

23 January 2007

A federal judge ruled recently that the NYCLU can release information regarding the policing of the 2004 Republican National Convention, during which mass arrests occurred, according to the NYCLU. The NYCLU has collected thousands of pages of city documents and testimonies, as well as videotapes.

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DoD Considering Breaking Strike

25 December 2006

The Department of Defense is currently considering whether it has the power to break a strike at tire plants, according to The Nation. The tire plant, Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant in Kansas, is part of a strike involving 17,000 members of the United Steelworkers union which has crippled 16 Goodyear plants in both the US and Canada since October 5. Because they supply the military, the US Army is considering forcing workers to return to work.

In 1952, when a similar situation arose, Harry Truman was asked by a reporter: “Mr. President, if you can seize the steel mills under your inherent powers, can you, in your opinion, also seize the newspapers and, or, the radio stations?” Truman replied that “Under similar circumstances, the President of the United States has to act for whatever is for the best of the country. That’s the answer to your question.”

In reality, the Constitution gives the Executive Branch no such power, so we can be absolutely sure that it won’t happen.

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