Judicial scrutiny becomes particularly important when executive officials assert that individual rights must yield to national security and foreign policy imperatives.
The Charlie Hebdo attack was a strike against free speech. So why is the response more surveillance?
The speed at which politicians praised free speech out of one side of their mouths, while moving to curtail rights out of the other, has been quite breathtaking.
The fact is that, for the Fourth Branch -- the national security state -- this remains the age of impunity.
Journalism is about the public’s right to know what our government is up to. The National Security State is about preventing us from knowing what it is up to.