Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has stated that this administration will prosecute journalists who publish “secret” information it deems important to national security (5/22, A-3).
Thomas Jefferson said, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” One function of the press in a democracy is to inform the public of its government’s actions: It is the press that makes that vigilance possible. If this government can escape accountability simply by enforcing the secrecy of policies that it doesn’t think would pass public scrutiny, America will pay the cost.
Our president and our attorney general need to realize that they don’t govern a banana republic, and that they cannot preserve our democracy by shredding our Constitution.
John Van Horn