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The freedom of the press is an essential part of a democracy.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe.
Yeah, but, but what did Jefferson know about computers!
They had a few of our government's secrets!!
Goddammit they broke the law!!!
Our secret courts making secret laws; are the law!!!!
Call me an anarcho-libertarian for all I care, but I believe in a full and open [transparent] democracy.
I better stop there otherwise I'm going to go all Godwin n'all
However sometimes history can be most enlightening when it comes to studying just what some people can get up to when given the license to behave badly.