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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    That One Guy (profile), 12 May 2014 @ 4:25pm

    Well there's your problem

    ...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.

    That's the thing though, they don't want there to be a discussion. If they thought they could get away with it, I'm sure they would have no problem at all flat out ordering not only those with security clearances, but everyone else, to stay silent on it all, likely using the standard excuses of 'National Security' and/or 'Because terrorists!'.

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