posted on Dec, 7 2010 @ 04:33 PM
In many respects, information has never been so free. There are more ways to spread more ideas to more people than at any moment in history. Even in
authoritarian countries, information networks are helping people discover new facts and making governments more accountable.
But amid this unprecedented surge in connectivity, we must also recognize that these technologies are not an unmitigated blessing. These tools are
also being exploited to undermine human progress and political rights. Just as steel can be used to build hospitals or machine guns and nuclear energy
can power a city or destroy it, modern information networks and the technologies they support can be harnessed for good or ill. The same networks that
help organize movements for freedom also enable al Qaeda to spew hatred and incite violence against the innocent. And technologies with the potential
to open up access to government and promote transparency can also be hijacked by governments to crush dissent and deny human rights.
This challenge may be new, but our responsibility to help ensure the free exchange of ideas goes back to the birth of our republic. The words of the
First Amendment to the Constitution are carved in 50 tons of Tennessee marble on the front of this building. And every generation of Americans has
worked to protect the values etched in that stone.
For someone who advocates the First Amendment, Clinton's Actions speaker louder than words....
Oh the hypocrisy!