The First Amendment

About: Finding My Voice: Pressing Issue ...


This is a good sample of political thinking re "about the whole Bill Keller/New York Times/SWIFT disclosure brouhaha".

source: Pressing Issue ...by Beth

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
" The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it."
" Edward R. Murrow
...
I shudder, I truly do, that we're headed toward the same fate. Now, more than ever, we need the press, all press, to keep the public informed of the goings-on in the White House and Congress. And I would assert that no matter what animal, elephant or donkey, held the highest office. It's not about being anti-Bush, it's about being against any politician who abuses his office and attempts to wrest too much power from the delicate system of checks and balances.


Beth's article it is well worth reading the entire article to the end.  Let's face it, if the press discolses something that embarasses the government, then it is not surpriseing that they scream treason and compromised security.  Sorry, we cannot just take the government's word for it.   In a free society close examination of the governments actions by the people is imperative.   It is our inalienable right.  In fact our forefathers thought it so important that they put it as number one.  What now becomes so important that we must sacrafice that right?  Fear?  

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Comments


Mark de LA says
I would ask her if she believes in the rule of law, also.  There are laws against publishing classified information. There are penalties  for doing same - the ultimate is death.  The very definition of classified information is that info which if disclosed can cause harm to the the United States of America & it's treasured First Amendment. The person who originally classified the information is the one who determines what the classification is - NOT REPORTERS!  It is not a game! when someone who has some classified info speaks to a reporter the reporter & his/her editors are NOT safe from the laws at first base like in baseball.  Again, as with most things, there are trade-offs. In this case the the trade-offs  are between the transparency of the government & the protection of the strategies & tactics that we must use to defeat the enemies of our cherished freedoms. 


louie vuitton says
good web!

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