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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Freedom of the Press Under Attack

“All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” -- Voltaire



Government Begins Tracking Phone Calls of Journalists

“And they do this, they say, legally. What that means is they use a provision in the PATRIOT Act — which is designed to go after terrorists, but they're using it to go after reporters — what they call a national security letter. Essentially, it’s a letter an F.B.I. agent writes, takes it to a phone company — or anywhere, really — but takes it to a phone company, and the phone company is then required under the provisions of the PATRIOT Act to turn over the information, and also a phone company is required not divulge to the customer, me or anybody else, that the records have been sought by the government.”

http://www.coanews.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=917

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