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https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/usao-ne/legacy/2012/04/27/Civil%20Rights%20Book-NE-2.pdf
Richard Blumenthal ‪@SenBlumenthal‬
As a former federal prosecutor, I know how important press freedom is to responsible criminal justice
Richard Blumenthal ‪@SenBlumenthal‬
DOJ threats to the independent press are chilling to First Amendment freedoms
Richard Blumenthal ‪@SenBlumenthal‬
DOJ review of rules threatens our free independent press—which is more vital now than ever to holding power accountable

The government may limit speech based on its content only when it has a compelling interest, such as when the speech presents a clear danger to public safety. This is a difficult standard for the government to meet. In New York Times Co. v. United States (1971), Daniel Ellsberg, a former national security employee, intended to interfere with the Vietnam War by releasing to the New York Times information critical of government policy. The Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protected the right of the New York Times to print the materials. The Court found that the government had not set forth compelling evidence of a danger to the public.”
https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/usao-ne/legacy/2012/04/27/Civil%20Rights%20Book-NE-2.pdf

Trump administration goes on attack against leakers, journalists
Posted:Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:23:25 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, taking up an issue that has infuriated Republican President Donald Trump, went on the attack against leaks on Friday, warning of a possible crackdown both on reporters and their sources inside the federal government
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/uNEaobYIrXA/us-usa-trump-sessions-leaks-idUSKBN1AK1UR

President James Monroe stated at the founding of our country that “[i]t is only when the People become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty. Let us, by all wise and constitutional measures, promote intelligence among the People, as the best means of preserving our liberties.” (Deborah R. Gilg U.S. Attorney District of Nebraska )

Additional info on Russia’s hacking of the US election became available in April and the Trump Administration classified it? Why would they want this hidden? https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3766950-NSA-Report-on-Russia-Spearphishing.html Reality Winner is in jail-going to be tried for leaking it, but there is nothing that should be Top Secret in it. So, an Administratiin can classify info strictly to protect themselves?

The statement below “In some” should read In many (or even most) “countries, individuals can be prosecuted for criticizing the government or voicing unaccepted minority beliefs.”



https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/usao-ne/legacy/2012/04/27/Civil%20Rights%20Book-NE-2.pdf

A few related posts:
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/trump-tells-russians-that-firing-fbi-director-comey-took-pressure-off-trump-disses-comey-in-white-house-meeting-nyt-trump-illegally-shared-intell-with-russia-at-same-meeting-from-which-us-media-e/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/russiagate-us-ag-sessions-to-testify-today-in-open-hearing-of-us-senate-intel-committee-at-230-pm-edt-us-doj-foot-dragging-re-releasing-documents-related-to-sessions-recusal-in-russian-investigat/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/france-muzzles-free-speech-public-debate-frighteningly-it-is-not-alone-in-europe/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/06/03/authors-stand-up-for-free-speech-and-canadian-forests-threatened-by-resolute-forest-products-and-trump-lawyer/

The First Federal Congress, 1789
Allyn Cox Oil on Canvas 1973-1974
Great Experiment Hall
Cox Corridors
Meeting in New York at Federal Hall, the first federal Congress initiated the committee system, levied taxes and imposts, and enacted a judicial system. The Senate exercised its powers of advice and consent. Most important, the Congress passed the first ten amendments to the Constitution, which became known as the Bill of Rights. Shown in the mural are (from left to right) James Madison (standing), speaker Frederick Muhlenberg (seated), Elbridge Gerry (standing, foreground), and Fisher Ames (standing, rear).
Left: A preacher conducts an open-air service, symbolizing the freedom of religion that is assured by the First Amendment to the Constitution.”
Right: A printer at work represents another First Amendment right, freedom of the press.
” link-https://www.flickr.com/photos/uscapitol/6238252701/in/album-72157627879779804/
Architect of the Capitol