How White House's 'No Commenting' On Media Leaks Policy Makes Life Difficult For Professors

from the making-life-difficult dept

Last week, we wrote about the Obama administration's bizarre decision to ban any current or former intelligence community officials from even discussing media reports of leaked documents. The whole thing, coming from James Clapper, seemed bizarre (and likely unconstitutional). It's also just stupid. Denying people the ability to talk about information that is publicly being discussed serves no good purpose. And the impact is being felt in a variety of places. Famed crypto expert Matt Blaze is talking about how he's now in a tough spot, because if he assigns students to read content concerning media leaks, he puts intelligence community students in an "untenable position." And that's ridiculous. Denying the students the ability to even discuss very relevant, timely information that everyone else is discussing seems like a dangerous restriction -- especially on people who you should want to be involved in those discussions.

Filed Under: intelligence community, james clapper, matt blaze, odni, surveillance


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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 12 May 2014 @ 4:08pm

    How to tell which of your friends have an active clearance

    START DISCUSSING SNOWDEN STORIES.

    Your friends who will not discuss it have active clearances.

    It used to be difficult to identify those with clearances. Now they've been told to excuse themselves from the conversation and leave. That's as hard to spot as a croc in an alligator pep rally. (credit: FamGuy.)

    Ehud "I have many friends with DoE Q and DoD TS clearances and now I can make the party end early just by saying Snowden Snowden Snowden" Gavron

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