Big Brother really is watching
Occasionally … during more than 40 years of doing this commentary … I have been critical of our national government. I’ve tried to point out the good and the bad of every president and their administrations since Richard Nixon. Have my phones ever been tapped?
I realize I am a very small media fish, compared to the Associated Press and Fox News. But every reporter and commentator in America must have cringed over recent revelations that the U-S Department of Justice has been listening to media phone calls in the interest of national security. The government’s been trying to identify employees leaking information to reporters.
I, for one, am not satisfied with President Obama’s response to all this; rather weak, in my opinion. Government should not be spying on news people … at least, not in the United States of America.
I understand the need for national security and the defense of state secrets. But I think the D-O-J crossed the line with the A-P and Fox News.
Our thought for today is from William Proxmire:
“Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous.”