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  •  who should it be up to? (5+ / 0-)

    If the Nebraska Weekly Pro-Life is publishing the names and confidential medical information of girls who went to planned parenthood is this, in principle, exactly the same as Daniel Ellsberg publishing the Pentagon Papers?

    If Ken Starr is publishing secret grand jury testimony is this the same as Peter Altgeld criticizing the Governor of New York?

    If Bill Casey is leaking the details of rescue missions to the Iranian Secret Service or, for that matter, to the NYTimes, is that the same as a reporter revealing torture at Abu Grhaib.

    There is a distinction between whistleblowing and leaking that is important to remember.  And yes, it's up to the executive, courts, congress and public to make the judgement case by case. You can't escape the need for people to make moral judgments. What Radio Rwanda did was exhort genocide. It should have been shut down.  The common use of such excuses to shut down dissenting voices doesn't change anything. One might as well argue that rape prosecutions shouldn't happen because sometimes people make false accusations.

    self-appointed intellectual cop

    by citizen k on Sat May 18, 2013 at 08:54:54 AM PDT

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