Afraid of Freedom?

Backtracking on warrantless surveillance, president still scorns privacy rights.

"If damage has been done . . . and these newspapers continue to publish the critical documents and there results the death of soldiers [and] the prolongation of the war . . . then the Nation's people will know where the responsibility for these sad consequences rests."

As George W. Bush continues to act, and believe, in the "inherent power" of the commander-in-chief, the John Roberts Supreme Court will, in time, decide whether Hugo Black's understanding of the First Amendment prevails or whether Harry Blackmun, Alberto Gonzales, and Commander Bush speak for the nation as the press becomes strictly controlled for a long time to come.

Hugo Black once insisted: "We must not be afraid to be free." What will the public's answer be if there's another 9-11?

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