War on Press Freedom in the US

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
War on Press Freedom in the US

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Cops on US streets are instruments of state power.

Serving and protecting privileged interests at the expense of the public welfare, they follow orders from higher authorities in their departments, handed down from the ruling class at the federal, state and local levels.

Though mandated by the Constitution's First Amendment, speech, press, and academic freedoms are threatened in the US.

Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange are Exhibits A and B. They're not alone.

In a post-9/11 climate of fear-mongering, dissent is increasingly considered a threat to national security.

Losing or otherwise compromising this fundamental right jeopardizes all others.

Historian/anti-war activist Howard Zinn called dissent "the highest form of patriotism."

Thomas Jefferson once said "(w)hat country can preserve its liberties if th
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