“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility.” — Professor Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Discourse in the Age of Show BusinessRead more . . .
National Security Letters: A method used to gag 143,000 Americans The following text was copied from History Commons on 10 October 2008 as a contribution to the rule of law. The original text provides direct links to primary sources. The … Read more . . .
My National Security Letter Gag Order Friday, March 23, 2007; Page A17 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/22/AR2007032201882.html?referrer=emailarticle It is the policy of The Washington Post not to publish anonymous pieces. In this case, an exception has been made because the author — who would … Read more . . .
Gag orders extended; library consortium must remain silent Vol. 6, No. 20 GAG ORDERS EXTENDED; LIBRARY CONSORTIUM MUST REMAIN SILENT The U.S. Court of Appeals extended a gag order on a library consortium that received a National Security Letter (NSL) … Read more . . .
Bush wins deal on anti-terror law Key US senators have agreed to back a controversial anti-terror law which the Bush administration has spent months struggling to have renewed. BBC, Friday, 10 February 2006http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4699564.stm The Patriot Act gave the government new … Read more . . .
Expansion of "National Security Letters" Gives Unaccountable Power to FBI by Kim Zetter First published January 6, 2004 by Wired.com While the nation was distracted last month by images of Saddam Hussein’s spider hole and dental exam, President … Read more . . .
Gag orders hide truth about Ashcroft’s Spying By HENRY SILVERMAN, July 7, 2004 http://www.lansingcitypulse.com/040707/features/index2.asp “No question: John Ashcroft is the worst attorney general in history.” So wrote Paul Krugman last month in a New York Times column titled “Travesty of … Read more . . .