On This Week
, Gonzales (AGAG) said that he thought the US government would be able to prosecute journalists for releasing classified information
"There are some statutes on the book which, if you read the language carefully, would seem to indicate that that is a possibility," Gonzales said told ABC's "This Week," when asked if the government could prosecute journalists for publishing classified information.
The domestic spying program allows the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on the international phone calls and e-mails of U.S. citizens without first obtaining a warrant, while pursuing al Qaeda suspects.
Critics say the program raises constitutional concerns and violates the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a 1978 law requiring court warrants for all intelligence-related eavesdropping inside the United States.
Well, ain’t that some shit?
The ability of the Press to provide information to people is one of the greatest safeguards against government abuse. This administration, this Bush(Republican) administration, wants to expand its powers to the point that they could even silence the one thing - since the other branches seem to be bitches - that keeps them in check.
This next part confirms that they are giving this some serious thoughts:
"I will say that I understand very much the role that the press plays in our society, the protection under the First Amendment we want to promote and respect, the right of the press. But it can't be the case that that right trumps over the right that Americans would like to see, the ability of the federal government to go after criminal activity," he said.
I wonder why everyone
doesn’t notice this.
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