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May 16, 2017
Weekend Rallies Protected by First Amendment, Including Torch Burning

The First Amendment, at its core, protects all forms of speech. That includes hate speech. So while people are taking issue with the rallies this weekend in Charlottesville over the Robert E. Lee Statue, under the First Amendment, those rallies are protected even from city permits. "Under the First Amendment, free speech is free," explained John Whitehead from The Rutherford Institute. Whitehead said the creation of the First Amendment was to empower people to speak up, and protect people from their own government. "The government cannot target one specific group or several groups and say 'You don't have the right to speech because we don't agree,'" he said.

March 03, 2017
Sending Off Nat Hentoff, With Memories and Jazz

The memorial celebration for Hentoff, the prolific journalist, jazz critic, and Voice columnist for more than 50 years who died last month at age 91, featured music, remembrances, and a panel discussion.

January 27, 2017
VIDEO: John W. Whitehead on the Government of Wolves

John W. Whitehead appears on the Hagman Report to discuss the police state, surveillance, free speech and more.

January 26, 2017
VIDEO: John W. Whitehead Speaks to a Visiting Delegation From Mongolia About the Plight of Freedom

John W. Whitehead speaks to a visiting delegation from Mongolia about the plight of freedom in America.

January 18, 2017
Audio Interview: John Whitehead Dissects Obama’s Legacy

John Whitehead, author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People and founder of The Rutherford Institute joins The Corbett Report to discuss his retrospective of the Obama administration, “We All Lose: Obama’s Legacy and What It Means for a Trump Presidency.”

December 05, 2016
SWAT PTSD: Albemarle Police Sued for False Imprisonment

How many cops does it take to check on a man when his employer is concerned that he hasn’t shown up for work?

December 01, 2016
Why John W. Whitehead Should Be U.S. Homeland Security Director would make perfect sense to consider Mr Whitehead (constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute) whose seminal book “Battlefield America: The War On The American People” is an extraordinary treatise, in-depth study, and detailed analysis of just what went wrong with the hasty enactment of the DHS after the suspicious circumstances of September 11, 2001.

October 31, 2016
VIDEO: John W. Whitehead and Ron Paul Discuss "Will the Deep State Win the Election?"

John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, joins Ron Paul on the Ron Paul Liberty Report to discuss the "shadow government," an unelected permanent government that continues to push towards dictatorship.

October 19, 2016
Campaign Trail: Spy Center Backs off Trump Sign Ban

Mike Sienda already felt aggrieved when his boss at the National Ground Intelligence Center’s Rivanna Station told him in early September to not show up on grounds with his giant Trump-Pence signs on the side of his box truck. When he was told he couldn’t park on the federal property with a smaller Trump 2016: Make America Great Again sign in the back window of his Jeep, Sienda contacted the Rutherford Institute, a local civil rights org. And within two days of its attorneys writing NGIC October 12, he was told, uh, never mind, the smaller sign is just fine.

October 19, 2016
Gov't Silences Pro-Trump Worker, but Not for Long

A prominent conservative organization has discovered another instance of the weakening of First Amendment rights that has recently taken place in America, and its attorneys are now taking action steps to remedy the problem before certain freedoms become a thing of the past.

October 13, 2016
Former Attorney for Clinton Acccuser Paula Jones Weighs In

John W. Whitehead, an attorney who represented Paula Jones in a sexual harassment suit against former President Bill Clinton in the mid-1990s, says he's not happy the decades-old accusations are taking center stage in the current presidential election cycle.

October 13, 2016
School Officials Psyched Out Over G-Word

A New Jersey high school student was suspended and told he would have to undergo a psychological evaluation after he handed in an anti-gun-control project.

October 03, 2016
Trademark Protection Case Could Impact Redskins Name

The United States Supreme Court will take up a trademark protection case that The Rutherford Institute says could impact the Washington Redskins.

September 02, 2016
U.Va. Limits Protests During Finals Weekend, Raises Free Speech Concerns

Local civil liberties organization says parts of policy "pose a threat to basic First Amendment freedoms"

August 15, 2016
Authorities Wield 'Noise Ordinance' to Silence Pro-Life Speech

A fight has erupted in Oklahoma over a noise ordinance being used by authorities to target a pro-life activist who is scheduled for trial in October on a charge of making too much.

July 14, 2016
Metro gets $50,000 legal bill after musician successfully sues to play near stations

To Metro’s list of woes, add another: A court ruled Monday that the agency must pay more than $50,000 in attorneys’ fees to counsel for a musician who successfully sued for the right to play near Orange Line stations.

July 11, 2016
VIDEO: John Whitehead on the Coy Barefoot Program

Award-winning journalist Coy Barefoot talks with civil liberties attorney and award-winning author John Whitehead, the founder and CEO of the Rutherford Institute.

June 27, 2016
Legal Expert Weighs in on Constitutionality of Proposed Gun Law

Attorney John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, says placing individuals on the "no fly list" or barring them from buying a weapon before going through the full legal process violates that constitutional right.

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