Journalist: Subject to the law?

Tim Rutten of the LA Times has, to quote OKIE on the LAM, his “panties in a wad” because he has just realized that journalist are subject to US law. In a near panic he has asked “Does it matter to anyone outside the news media that, in papers filed in connection with its prosecution of two pro-Israel activists last month, the Justice Department actually argued that journalists who obtain or publish classified information are liable for prosecution under the Espionage Act of 1917?”

To answer you Mr. Rutten, it does matter to some outside the media that National Secrets not be transmitted to potential future enemies of the United States. It matters that those secrets not be communicated to present enemies of the United States. It matters that anyone who transfers National Secrets during a time of war be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Yes Mr. Rutten, it matters a great deal.

Thank you OKIE on the LAM – In LA for a great post. Reading you illustrates “What’s got ol’ Tim’s panties in a wad.”

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