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"We urge caution against any legislation that could weaken the principles of free expression vital to a democratic society or hamper online freedoms," the groups declared in an open letter to Congress.
Government officials "have rashly proposed legislation that could limit the free speech of legitimate news reporting agencies well beyond Wikileaks,"...
They outlined a series of legal precedents that Congress should consider before potentially criminalizing what WikiLeaks has done. They are:
• Publishers have a First Amendment right to print truthful political information free of prior restraint, as established in New York Times v. United States.
• Publishers are strongly protected by the First Amendment against liability for publishing truthful political information that is lawfully obtained, even if the original disclosure of that information to the publisher was unlawful, under Bartnicki v. Vopper.
• Internet users have a First Amendment right to receive information, as repeatedly endorsed by a series of Supreme Court cases, including Stanley v. Georgia.
• The public has a First Amendment right to voice opinions about government activities. This is core political speech, which receives the highest protection under the Constitution.
Originally posted by Whereweheaded
Only bad thing is, that most media outlets whom wish to cry foul, are only rehearsing, and regurgitating what they were told to by their respective gov.t's. So NOW, all of a sudden they want to preach the 1st Amendment? Sounds kinda fishy to me.
Originally posted by Stewie
reply to post by soficrow
People, especially young people, need to get used to fighting for their freedoms. That should be the word on the street, fight, fight, fight, to protect your rights.
We can win this thing.
Originally posted by whaaa
Knowledge is power. That is why the Gate Keepers are ****** bricks right now and trying their damnedist to squelch this movement.