06 November 2010

“The culture of suspicion’s most dangerous feature is the termination of due process after an agency declares a question to be settled by a particular institution’s reading of the security imperative. The fundamental dangers include imprisoning people without recourse to a court and excluding information from a trial that might be important in the creation of a defense.”
– Todd Gitlin, CLS’s “Privacy in the Age of National Security” conference, Nov. 14, 2007

The Obama administration and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle appear to be gearing up to change the course of free speech law as we know it. Under this rapidly emerging paradigm, speech is a potential weapon, and improper use of it can be a crime or even an act of war.