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The First Amendment to the US Constitution makes a venerable promise: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Alas, advances in government surveillance technology have impinged on journalists’ ability to exercise freedom of speech and to report grievances. But according to legal analyst Trevor Timm, technology is emerging to protect the press and the whistle-blowers who put themselves at gross personal risk to reveal nasty truths. getAbstract recommends Timm’s enlightening report to all US citizens, who have a civic duty to stay informed on this topic.

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Activist and legal analyst Trevor Timm is a co-founder of Freedom of the Press Foundation.



In 2006, New York Times journalist James Risen wrote a book, State of War, which contends that the US National Security Agency (NSA) was bugging the phone calls of American citizens. One chapter within Risen’s exposé revealed that a botched US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operation resulted in Iran obtaining detailed construction plans for a nuclear weapon. For eight years, the US government demanded that Risen testify against one of his purported sources. However, the First Amendment to the US Constitution protects the right of...

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