In a massive blow to the 1st Amendment, the Department of Homeland Security has announced that they are going to begin tracking hundreds of thousands of journalists and independent bloggers with a national database. These journalists will be categorized by their “intent” and political leanings, and there’s no telling what Homeland Security could or would do with this information. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced