ALEXANDER: JOURNALISTS HAVE “NO STANDING” ON NATIONAL SECURITY
General Keith Alexander – the poster soldier for the incineration of your most fundamental American liberties – is at it again.
This time the head of the National Security Agency (NSA) is voicing his support for the suppression of the media’s First Amendment right. Specifically, he’s asking America to follow the lead of the United Kingdom in restricting what subjects the media is allowed to cover.
“Journalists have no standing when it comes to national security issues,” Alexander said of the British standard, which he wants to apply in America. “They don’t know how to weigh the fact of what they’re giving out and saying, is it in the nation’s interest to divulge this.”
Government – and specifically the military operators of America’s Orwellian domestic spy program – should decide what reporters can (and cannot) write about.
This isn’t the first time Alexander has spoken out about his desire to silence the media. The architect of government’s “collect it all” spy state has repeatedly argued in favor of suppressing the First Amendment.
“We ought to come up with a way of stopping it,” he said last fall, referring to media coverage of the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden. “I don’t know how to do that. That’s more of the courts and the policymakers but, from my perspective, it’s wrong to allow this to go on.”
So it’s okay to spend billions of dollars secretly monitoring, intercepting and storing the confidential communications of American citizens … but question such a usurpation of freedom is “wrong?”
Wow … America has truly come full circle, hasn’t it?
“You don’t need to be a card-carrying member of the ACLU to see how dangerous this perspective is,” writes Michael Krieger of the Liberty Blitzkrieg blog. “To endorse this notion that ‘journalists have no standing when it comes to national security issues,’ is to effectively make illegal one of the most important free speech rights in any democracy. This sort of attitude represents the antithesis of American values.”
We concur …
This website has previously called for the incarceration of Alexander – who is a traitor of the first order.
“Keith Alexander and his fellow domestic spies are spending billions of dollars each year on blatantly unconstitutional domestic surveillance – while their civilian bosses lie to the American people about what they are doing,” we wrote. “He should be in jail.”
Or shot on sight …
Monitor that, asshole.