Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The Official Secrets Act is back

Congress may be on its way to making a (yet another) huge error. The Official Secrets Act, with all its potential awful ramifications, is back, introduced this time around by Sen. Christopher Bond (R-Mo.) and that walking brain fossil, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), among others.

This bill contains the exact same language that Bill Clinton vetoed in 2000, meaning there is a good chance it won't get vetoed this time around if it gets through Congress.

The bill would subject those convicted of leaking to up to three years in prison.

Yes, the government should be allowed to torture people and be protected by law from people finding out. Yes, the government should be allowed to authorize illegal snooping, and as long as that illegality is stamped "classified," exposing it should be a crime. What a crock.

This is a really bad bill that would result in witch hunt after witch hunt. It should be killed.

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