Rent a Scooter, Sign Away Your Legal Rights

Electric scooter riders Dallas are learning — painfully — they may have little recourse against the rental companies for any accident-related damages and injuries. The companies have shielded themselves via novella-length payment agreements that users must accept to use the scooters.

The click-to-agree clauses, which can consume more than 250 cellphone screens to read fully, force riders to settle all disputes through confidential binding arbitration, effectively giving up their right to sue in court. Some of the user agreements say renters must take responsibility for all accidents and damage and must accept a $100 limit on the companies’ liability.

DallasNews.com

Former FBI Official: the FBI Tried to Keep ‘Progressives and Socialists Out of Office’ Long After Claiming Otherwise

A former high-ranking U.S. government official recently admitted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation previously worked to keep “progressives” and “socialists” out of government–years after the agency officially claimed they no longer engaged in such efforts.

LawAndCrime.com

Message to liberals: Maybe you should cool it with the FBI Lovefest, eh?

How Deep Does Israel Have Its Hooks in the U.S.?

A Texas Elementary School Speech Pathologist Refused to Sign a Pro-Israel Oath, Now Mandatory in Many States — so She Lost Her Job

The anti-BDS Israel oath was included in Amawi’s contract papers due to an Israel-specific state law enacted on May 2, 2017, by the Texas State Legislature and signed into law two days later by GOP Gov. Greg Abbott. The bill unanimously passed the lower House by a vote of 131-0, and then the Senate by a vote of 25-4.

Child language specialist, Bahia Amawi, is a U.S. citizen received an offer to extend her teaching contract for another year, but it required she sign a promise not to participate in a boycott of Israel (BDS).  She refused to sign because of the pro-Israel oath, was not re-hired, and is now suing over violation of her First Amendment rights.

At the time that Texas enacted the law barring contractors from supporting a boycott of Israel, it was the 17th state in the country to do so. As of now, 26 states have enacted such laws — including blue states run by Democrats such as New York, California, and New Jersey — while similar bills are pending in another 13 states.

The Intercept