-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 My understanding is that she only went to jail because of a federal law passed in the early 80's designed to protect undercover federal agents.
Maybe I'm misunderstanding, but I was under the impression that were it not for that law, there would be no need for a "shield law"...just stronger clarification of that law. Did this issue go before the supreme court...have they ruled that the law is constitutional? Freedom of the press should protect a reporter from prosecution fromt he reporting of ANYTHING. Reporting about a felon is fine(i don't think current laws dispute this). If in addition to that, the reporter is breaking ANOTHER law by shielding a felon, thats another issue altogether. We're talking freedom to report things, not freedom for a reporter to do anything they wish. Shawn Duffy wrote: > Unfortunately, it's not as simple as protecting a source. > > Most shield laws, or proposed shield laws, as I understand them, > protect a journalist from revealing a source who is exposing > wrongdoing that is in the public interest. This is not the same > thing. The act of leaking the identity of Ms. Plame is, itself, a > crime, not the exposing of wrongdoing. Now, sending her to jail > certainly betrays the spirit of shield laws, but freedom of the press > does not necessarily protect a journalist who is shielding a felon. > > > > On 10/19/05, Chris Clymer <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > You're just trolling, right? > > "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or > prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of > speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to > assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." > > Sending a reporter to jail for not revealing her source sure sounds like > its infringing on freedom of the press to me. The issue isn't HER. The > issue is that if I'm someone that wants to blow the whistle on > something, I'm going to be less likely to do it if the reporter I tell > might reveal me as her source. And of course, reporters might be less > likely to cover such stories if they may end up choosing between > protecting the source and jail. > > "On July of 2005, Miller was jailed for contempt of court by refusing to > testify before a federal grand jury investigating a leak naming Valerie > Plame as a covert CIA agent. Miller did not write about Plame, but is > reportedly in possession of evidence relevant to the leak investigation. > According to a subpoena, Miller met with an unnamed government official > ? later revealed to be "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's Chief of > Staff ? on July 8, 2003, two days after former ambassador Joseph Wilson > published an Op-Ed in the Times criticizing the Bush administration for > "twisting" intelligence to justify war in Iraq. (Plame's CIA identity > was revealed by political commentator Robert Novak on July 14, 2003.)" > > That woman went to jail for not revealing the source, on a story SHE > NEVER EVEN WROTE. Thats dedication. > > Major Variola (ret.) wrote: > >>So this dupe/spy/wannabe journalist thinks that journalists >>should be *special*.. how nice. Where in the 1st amendment is the class >>journalists mentioned? She needs a WMD enema. > > >>LAS VEGAS (AP) -- New York Times reporter Judith Miller defended her >>decision to go to jail to protect a source and told a journalism >>conference Tuesday that reporters need a federal shield law so that >>others won't face the same sanctions. > >>http://wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=1104064 > > > > -- > Chris Clymer - [EMAIL PROTECTED] > PGP: E546 19B6 D1EC 47A7 CAA0 8623 C807 398C CD27 15B8 > - -- Chris Clymer - [EMAIL PROTECTED] PGP: E546 19B6 D1EC 47A7 CAA0 8623 C807 398C CD27 15B8 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.2.7 (GNU/Linux) Comment: Using GnuPG with Thunderbird - http://enigmail.mozdev.org iD8DBQFDVo3MyAc5jM0nFbgRAtKQAJ427wj//CP8W7eyV4zzzlytFX1RZwCfd3Zi pmfTHmDlqSqLwMNAlZs++gY= =MAHe -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----
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