Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Sliding down the slippery slope

Here's an example of why I'm so worried about the NSA's call database: ABC News is reporting that the government is tracking some of its reporters' phone calls, according to an FBI source. If someone could explain to me how this wouldn't have a chilling effect and therefore diminish our First Amendment rights, please let me know.

The Columbia Journalism Review has been reporting on the suspicion that the government has been tracking journalists' phone calls since the beginning of the year. Here's a quote from their reaction to today's news:

"What is somewhat surprising is that everyone is so shocked about this latest revelation. As CJR Daily has been reporting since January, the latest twist has been hinted at before -- and downright alleged in two lawsuits against the Bush administration -- but memories have proved exceedingly short."