A proposed federal shield law that would grant journalists covered by the legislation a level of protection has passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee and moved to the full Senate. The shield law would likely protect reporters from subpoenas intended to force them to give up confidential information about their sources, but the protection national security journalists would be able to enjoy is debatable.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 13, 2013 11:05 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 6, 2013 9:35 am|
What is contained in the documents from Snowden is clear evidence of an unchecked surveillance state that threatens the liberty of citizens not just in America but around the world. There is a duty amongst journalists to inform citizens of what these intelligence agencies are doing and what powers they have and think they should have to invade privacy, whenever they deem it necessary.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 27, 2013 5:00 pm|
In a filing to a federal appeals court, the Justice Department argues that a reporter for the New York Times has no constitutional right to a reporter’s privilege in a case involving a leak allegedly committed by a former CIA officer.
|By: bmaz Sunday August 25, 2013 1:59 pm|
No right seems more fundamental to American public life than freedom of speech. Yet well into the twentieth century, that freedom was still an unfulfilled promise, with Americans regularly imprisoned merely for speaking out against government policies. Indeed, free speech as we know it comes less from the First Amendment than from a most unexpected source: Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. A lifelong skeptic, he disdained all individual rights, including the right to express one’s political views. But in 1919, it was Holmes who wrote a dissenting opinion that would become the canonical affirmation of free speech in the United States.
Why did Holmes change his mind? That question has puzzled historians for almost a century. Now, with the aid of newly discovered letters and confidential memos, law professor Thomas Healy reconstructs in vivid detail Holmes’s journey from free-speech opponent to First Amendment hero.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 23, 2013 2:15 pm|
A partnership between The Guardian and The New York Times on documents provided by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has been arranged so that reporting on British government intelligence agency, GCHQ, can continue to be produced.
|By: Dean Baker Wednesday August 14, 2013 6:24 pm|
The supporters of Larry Summers drive to be Fed chair are desperately trying to rewrite history so that this world class champion of financial deregulation was actually a prescient supporter of tighter regulation all along. Exhibit A in this historical rewriting is a report on predatory lending that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Treasury Department put out in 2000, when Summers was Treasury Secretary. The report is featured as an example of Summers’ commitment to regulation in a NYT article comparing Larry Summers’ and Janet Yellen’s record on regulation.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday August 13, 2013 8:15 am|
One of the most important new consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act is an annual out-of-pocket limit on all medical expenses. Insurance that doesn’t put some limit on your potential cost if you get very sick doesn’t really function as “insurance.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday August 8, 2013 9:30 am|
Snowden is accused by the United States Justice Department of violating the Espionage Act. The Justice Department has used this to pursue leakers or whistleblowers as if they are spies and that is the case here with Snowden. Media have interpreted this as Snowden being accused of spying.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday August 8, 2013 8:40 am|
I see nothing that would stop the NSA from creating whatever keywords they want to justify reading whatever emails they want. We already know for a fact that people at the NSA have previously abused their power to intercept Americans’ communications.
|By: DSWright Thursday July 25, 2013 12:10 pm|
Despite overwhelming evidence in opinion polls and election results rejecting right wing proposals to cut the budget at the expense of the poor and middle class, the New York Times is determined to frame austerity as the centrist position.