Today’s CNN web piece (click here) about recent U.S. governmental requests for censorship of certain internet information should raise great concern for each of us (regardless of one’s political party). Our First Amendment freedom of speech is among the most important and essential constitutional rights that absolutely must preserved.
As a coincidental and related aside to this CNN piece, just last week my wife and I watched a film called “The Most Dangerous Man in America.” Click here for a link to this film. It is about the Vietnam war, Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers, and the resulting and related 1971 U.S. Supreme Court opinion (New York Times Co. v. United States; click here for a copy of the opinion).
Now, before you quit reading this post on the notion this Ellsberg film is nothing more than old Vietnam War-era history, the powerful notion this film conveys is timeless as to the substantial importance of our First Amendment and the courage of individuals (including the compelling persistence and courage of Daniel Ellsberg) who stand out in history in helping us fight to preserve our rights and freedoms.
This Ellsberg film is one of many memorable beacons that can help guide us with our own response to current First Amendment issues, as with today’s CNN piece about internet censorship.