The Insurrection Act of 1807. The Anti Riot Act of 1968. What are these tools, and when can our government use them against us, the people?
In an opinion piece today in the New York Times, Federal Public Defenders Lisa Lorish and Juval Scott trace the history of these provisions and warn us about their reach. AG Barr has threatened to criminally charge protesters under the Anti Riot Act---a law that one district court has found substantially infringes on the constitutional rights to free speech and free assembly. Take heed, defenders, and get ready.