The Espionage Act of 1917-Extreme DangerSubmitted by JohnGalt300 on Thu, 12/23/2010 - 02:41
As many of you know, the US government is considering prosecuting Julian Assange under the 1917 espionage Act.
It is amazing that this act is still on the books. It essentially criminalizes any criticism of US foreign policy or the military.
The legacy of the the worst president ever, Woodrow Wilson, the act was used to jail people who criticized the war, opposed US interventionism, or even gave speeches were they said they didn't hate the enemy soldiers personally.
The Atlantic has an excellent piece on the ugly history of this act.
The act could even be used to prosecute those who simply discuss the content of the leaks.
If this legislation starts being enforced, it is essentially the end of free speech in America. I feel this really confirms Assange's points he was making in the interview posted earlier. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/assange-charges-shock-joc...
Joe Lieberman has been cheerleading the revival of the espionage act, including his proposed SHIELD act which would modify the espionage act to specifically target wikileaks.
This has become about much more then one whistle-blowing website. Regardless of how you feel about wikileaks or Assange, bringing back enforcement of the Espionage Act is an unacceptable blow to liberty in this country, as it makes illegal criticism of US interventionism. (Pretty much all of us on this website, as well as Ron Paul himself are technically criminal under this act.)
I say it is high time we get this Wilson era monstrosity of the books, and we should start calling our representatives to demand a full repeal of the Espionage Act.
(A selling point to Tea Partiers/Glenn Beck fans could be that it was part of the Wilsonian progressive agenda.)