Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Senator Lindsey Graham Thinks He Should Be Able To Read Your Mail

Kevin Woster thought Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was correct to assert that bloggers have less right to expect First Amendment protections than traditional reporters. I wonder if he agrees with Graham about censoring snail mail.
Sen. Lindsey Graham would propose censoring Americans' "snail" mail if he thought it would help protect national security, the South Carolina Republican said Tuesday. But for now, he says he doesn't think it's necessary.
Faced with questions about the disclosure that the National Security Agency has been collecting phone and email records of citizens, Graham pointed to a World War II-era program in which the federal government censored mail. He said it was appropriate at the time and that he would support reinstating the program if it aided security efforts.
"In World War II, the mentality of the public was that our whole way of life was at risk, we're all in. We censored the mail. When you wrote a letter overseas, it got censored. When a letter was written back from the battlefield to home, they looked at what was in the letter to make sure they were not tipping off the enemy," Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters on Capitol Hill. "If I thought censoring the mail was necessary, I would suggest it, but I don't think it is."
Graham says, "The First Amendment right to speak is sacrosanct, but it has limits," I would guess nearly everything conceived by humans has limits. The only thing that seems limitless is Graham's desire to limit civil liberties.

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