Congress Attempts to Silence Opposition: Proposes Licensing of “Legitimate” Journalists


by Laura Rambeau Lee

Our individual rights of free speech and freedom of the press guaranteed in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America are under attack.

In May of 2013, Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer (D-NY) sponsored S987: The “Free Flow of Information Act of 2013,” shortly after the news came out about the Justice Department’s monitoring of Fox News reporter James Rosen. The DOJ obtained a search warrant of his personal emails, traced phone calls, and used security badge access records to track his comings and goings from the State Department. The warrant indicated there was evidence Rosen violated the law and labeled him a “co-conspirator” for making arrangements to obtain information on North Korea’s nuclear program from a State Department contractor. These actions by the Department of Justice upset journalists everywhere and all across the political spectrum.

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