BC Beat

SKeletons Unearthed

6/26/2007 02:57:15 AM

I am eagerly anticipating the upcoming release–sometime this week–of CIA documents unearthing a bunch of skeletons in their closet.

Among the attempted assassinations and the various general rights-deprivations in the name of national security are apparently some phone-tappings of journalists.

It will be interesting to see who shows up, particularly around that early 1970’s time frame when the Nixon administration had its presidential knickers in a twist over reporting by CBS and The Washington Post in particular.

The power of the federal government to intimidate a free press from the shadows is another reminder of whay a federal shield law is needed to protect journalists from more open intimidation.

By John Eggerton

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