Writing in The New York Times, James C. Goodale, one of the attorneys who represented the New York Times Co. in its legal battle with the Nixon Administration over the Pentagon Papers, says President Barack Obama is on track to “pass President Richard Nixon as the worst president ever on issues of national security and press freedom.” He writes:
The government's subpoena of The Associated Press's phone records was bad enough. But the disclosure of the search warrant in the [Fox News reporter James] Rosen case shows President Obama has delved into territory never before reached by previous presidents....
Until President Obama came into office, no one thought talking or emailing was not protected by the First Amendment. President Obama wants to criminalize the reporting of national security information. This will stop reporters from asking for information that might be classified. Leaks will stop and so will the free flow of information to the public.
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