Operation Backfire: This pocket-sized booklet describes how environmental and animal rights activists have been targeted by the government and branded as the top threat to domestic security by new federal legislation written to charge them as terrorists. It also provides information on recent prosecutions under these laws.
How Corporate-Crafted Legislation Brands Activists as Terrorists: A policy paper showing the influence of model legislation drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative group of state legislators, on state legislation around the country. Federal legislation passed in 2006, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), was largely drafted by ALEC and has drawn a […]
Policing Political Speech: Constraints on Mass Dissent in the U.S. The National Lawyers Guild has released its third comprehensive report on government violations of First Amendment rights on the one-year anniversary of the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh. “The Policing of Political Speech” documents how police over-reaction to protected speech has informed unlawful police tactics at […]
Punishing Protest: Government Tactics that Suppress Free Speech (2007) is report from the Guild’s then-executive director Heidi Boghosian examining a hierarchy of government threats to the exercise of political speech. Read the report below or download the PDF. Download the PDF file .
The Case of Lynne Stewart: A Justice Department Attack on the Bill of Rights (National Lawyers Guild: 2005) Download the PDF file .