This morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration is planning to crack down on leakers and potentially prosecute journalists for not giving up their sources in a desperate attempt to deal with the endless flow of embarrassing leaks coming from inside the White House.
That unconstitutional attack on our free press was met with a mixture of defiance and derision from many from both sides of the aisle. Chuck Todd of MSNBC’s Meet the Press said he was “looking forward to ignoring that subpoena;” deplorable rape apologist and “Pizzagate” conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich declared that he was willing to “go to jail” to protect his “sources” – though why the Justice Department would be interested in subpoenaing the hobgoblins that live in woods behind Alex Jones‘ house is beyond us.
But it was Chelsea Clinton who offered one of the best responses to the disturbing news. No fake bravados or grandstanding about the noble profession of Journalism; just four simple words that describe a simple, yet powerful act:
The American Civil Liberties Union, always a stalwart defender of our rights and a guardian of our liberty, has risen to the forefront of the resistance to an increasingly authoritarian and discriminatory Trump administration – and they were quick to respond to the news from the Justice Department.
Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project warned us all about the dangers posed by Sessions’ threat in a powerful statement this morning:
“Every American should be concerned about the Trump administration’s threat to step up its efforts against whistleblowers and journalists.A crackdown on leaks is a crackdown on the free press and on democracy as a whole.”
Nobody is better equipped to take the government to court and fight for our free press than the ACLU – and that’s why it’s critical that they stay well-funded.