By: T. F. Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings
Cross-Posted at Right Wing News
Diane Feinstein and a few other well meaning Senators are in the process of defining who qualifies for 1st Amendment rights, or privileges as she put it, as the Senate Judiciary Committee attempts to iron out a “shield law for reporters or journalists” from having to divulge their sources.
This rush for an immediate fix regarding the press has nothing to do with a recent scandal in which the NSA ran rough shod over individual rights or private records and which the Justice Department claimed to have no knowledge; no there’s no connection, move along. My Jedi mind tricks used to be more convincing.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
So, Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; hummmm, Congress shall make no law abridging a God given or natural right which includes an individual’s freedom of speech or of the press.