The above link is to a piece on Salon a few days back reporting the indefinite detention of citizen journalist Roger Shuler of Shelby county, Alabama. Shuler is being held in the Shelby county jail indefinitely for charges related to terrorism. Shuler These charges stem from various posts Shuler placed on his blog exposing corruptions involving high level republicans in Alabama -some of which were apparantly not entirely factual. I haven't had the time to delve deeply into the story but, of the research I have done, it is becoming more clear the real reason for Shuler's run-in with the law is he was exposing connections former governor Bob Riley's (R) -AL) son has and that the Riley's and the AL republican party are trying to keep quiet.
The content of the stories Shuler published is not what I am at odds with. It doesn't really matter YET what Shuler wrote, but that he has the right to say & write what he wants -whether as a journalist or just opinion. The judge in this case -whose name escapes me- ordered "prior restraint" to Shuler for any future stories he may learn of Riley -whether they happened prior to the hearing or incident or after.
This man is being held without bond or being charged with a crime because he exercised his constitutional right to free speech -specifically, he was reporting the activities of individuals who have very much power & influence over what our tax dollars are spent on here in Alabama.
I hope this story finds its way to air, Thom. It's not been mentioned on the corporates and I've sent it to every alternative site I know to no avail yet.