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  •  No, a blogger is a journalist (0+ / 0-)

    By every definition.  They are publishing.  That counts.

    It is completely appropriate for the government to go after those who leak classified information to the press.  But the DOJ is trying to count the press as co-conspirators and that is not what the first amendment is all about.

    Now what the US does, and this certainly didn't start with President Obama but continues under him, is over-classify.  Basically if something may look bad for the US, it is classified even if it is not protecting state secrets.

    The FOIA mitigates this a little, but we need a different way to classify thing so an objective party can determine things that are just embarrassing but not classified or secret.

    Call your representative and senators and the white house (lack of capitalization intended) to STOP this crazy warmongering with Iran, please.

    by Indiana Bob on Sat May 25, 2013 at 08:23:03 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the link (0+ / 0-)

        I disagree with the ruling in this case, just as many others cited in the article have.  There are states that have criminal defamation laws, Montana is one of them, but there are not any Federal defamation laws.  So in this case it appears to be a civil matter since she is sued for money and not by the state for a crime.

        I hope she wins on appeal.

        Call your representative and senators and the white house (lack of capitalization intended) to STOP this crazy warmongering with Iran, please.

        by Indiana Bob on Sat May 25, 2013 at 11:24:32 AM PDT

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