Friday, March 10, 2006

The War on Journalists

Two posts in one day, I think there is something wrong with me. I think I just don't want to study for the MPRE tomorrow.

More to the point, the title link goes to a website that makes some outlandish claims against the Bush administration. The original muse for this diatribe was a story on Chicago Public Radio that I can't seem to locate at the moment. Regardless, the site does detail a whole hearted assault on the freedom of information. The President is charged with upholding the Constitution. It bothers me that the President is so willing to diminish the freedom of the press, guaranteed by the First Amendment. Robert A. Heinlein once wrote "secrecy begets tyranny." How true this statement really is. The press is vital informing the public of what the government is doing, but not telling us. Current examples: CIA leak and NSA domestic spying for starters. Historically: Watergate. The Supreme Court stated in Lovell v. City of Griffin that the right of the press is one enjoyed by every individual, from the New York Times to the lone pamphleteer. I wonder, does this right extend to the lone blogger? Media sources come from everywhere, and this assault on not only the press, but the First Amendment, is not deserved, and should not be tolerated by the public. If the President is so willing to violate this right, what would keep them from so willfully violating others...Fourth Amendment (NSA domestic surveillance). This is the road to the end of our democracy, be wary. While I won't go as far as saying what the title link does, its important to know how our rights are being steadily eroded. Food for thought.

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