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Necessary Secrets by Gabriel Schoenfeld
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Jun 11, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: national-security, law, intellectuals, media, privacy, constitutional-law, cia, 20th-century, us-history
Read in March, 2011

Fascinating review of the relationship between national security secrets and the press. Contra current understanding, the First Amendment has never been a license for the press to print what it wants, and Schoenfeld makes a convincing case that the modern press is nearly dererlict in duty given their cavalier attitudes towards national security programs. The modern roots of today's press is a familiar story, but here is an excellent discussion of relevant law and history.
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