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JOURNALISM IS NOT A CRIME!

suppression of journalist and of the truth, isn’t something that is just happening in foreign countries that we really don’t give a damn about, it is starting to rear its ugly head right here in the good old U.S.A. If you don’t believe it, just read about how the whistle blower protections are being stripped away in the name of national security.

In recent years, whenever someone invokes National Security as a reason for keeping something secret, it usually means that our government is doing something that is unethical or borderline criminal. If someone dares to reveal the ugly truth either inside the system, or from outside of the system, they are denounced as a traitor or for endangering american lives. with the exception of Carl Rove who actually outed a CIA Agent Valerie Plame Whistle blowers from Richard Maven and Samuel Shaw to Daniel Elsberg have been vilified ridiculed and criminalized. Now it is journalist who are increasingly coming under government scrutiny simply for reporting the truth. The First Amendment states,

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.

It sound reasonable and simple enough to understand, but for some reason our government just doesn’t get it. The Supreme Court, the same SCOTUS that gutted the 1963 civil rights act and affirmed Mitt Romney’s assertion that corporations are people too, made an equally bad call in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garcetti_v._Ceballos that in effect states, that free speech guarantees for government employees does not extend to the work place while performing their duties. In other word keep your mouth shut and don’t rock the boat or else. Thank you Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and thank you Chief Justice John G. Roberts. Let’s not forget conservative tie breaker Anthony Kennedy.

Here are a few links to take you down the rabbit hole.

http://www.spj.org/shieldlaw.asp

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/news-organizations-concerned-new-government-limits-journalist-protections/

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/13/us/politics/senate-committee-approves-protections-for-journalists.html?_r=0

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/first_amendment

https://www.aclu.org/united-states-bill-rights

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