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ACLU Slams Covert Assault on Civil Rights

by Scott Ott · 1 Comment

(2005-12-30) — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) today published a report detailing a privately-funded covert operation in which U.S. journalists were paid to uncover and reveal highly-classified national security information.

The report describes a secret program run by non-governmental organizations, like The New York Times and The Washington Post, that was designed to boost circulation figures, but that could ultimately deprive U.S. citizens of their civil rights.

The ACLU denounced the covert program, which relied on a network of anonymous sources from within the U.S. intelligence community.

“These news media psy-ops,” an ACLU spokesman said, “may protect the privacy of some government insiders, but they run the risk of robbing the rest of us of our most treasured rights — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Privacy is of little value to the dead.”

The editors and publishers of the Times and Post could not be reached for comment. They remain at large.

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  • 1 basil's blog // Dec 30, 2005 at 12:52 pm

    Picnic: 12-30-2005

    Interesting items I found while perusing my blogroll

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