Thursday, June 09, 2005
Democracies Die Behind Closed Doors 
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 
"Democracies die behind closed doors.

The First Amendment, through a free press, protects the people's right to know that their government acts fairly, lawfully, and accurately in deportation proceedings.

When government begins closing doors, it selectively controls information rightfully belonging to the people.

Selective information is misinformation.

The Framers of the First Amendment 'did not trust any government to separate the true from the false for us.'"

Kleindienst v. Mandel, 408 U.S. 753, 773 (1972) (quoting Thomas v. Collins, 323 U.S. 516, 545 (Jackson, J., concurring)).
[Detroit Free Press et al., v. John Ashcroft et al. >> Skimble's "Glimmers of hope in the war against Ashcroftism," >> Chicagoist]