Mugging the Minutemen

Forcibly silenced, an invited speaker at Columbia has not been invited back.

In both cases, that information was indeed classified, and Bush said that what these journalists had done was "shameful." And therefore criminal.

In Floyd Abram's address "The State of Free Speech" at Syracuse University (excerpted in the October 18 New York Law Journal), he argued:

"Anyone who covers the CIA, the Department of Defense, or the Department of Homeland Security is routinely provided classified information by people in and out of government. Only this permits any serious discussion of the government's most important acts." (Emphasis added.)

The students at Columbia University could learn a lot from Abrams, and not only about their peers' brutish shutting down of the Minutemen's freedom of speech.

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