Media Matters (with video) (via ):No joke, but at least they aren’t resorting to Orwellian language. Two juicy quotes from
KILMEADE: Not crushing — preserving our freedom by preserving our secrets because war is not a free thing. […]
HILL: What about — in the past, we have had, at times, an Office of Censorship, where people review what is about — is something that was — it’s going to be big, you’ve got to run it through and say, “OK. Does this hurt our country or is it of, you know, news value?
If it’s anything like the rest of these highly politicized bureaucracies, we’re looking at some drooling lapdogs wanting to move this in the direction of emulating Chinese dissent laws. I can see guarding information that is critical to the role of troops in the field, but I don’t buy the notion that because some media outlets are shining light on some questionably secret programs, we have to vet news through the military to comply with arbitrary patriotic standards.
Conceivably, reporting any news that critiques government programs that are in any way related to the gigantic umbrella of “homeland security” could be censored. Got a tip on rendition torturing of prisoners? That could negatively affect the goodwill of our allies, and by extrapolation, help our enemies. What about merely protesting these acts in public? Censor it, go to the dissent pens!
Censorship is a slippery slope that absolutely should not be seriously debated in this country, as it eventually curbs our right to petition the government for redress of greivances. The role of the military is uphold our constitutional rights, not help the government trample them further.