Good to see someone is stickin’ it to The Man. The family of late newspaper columnist Jack Anderson Scalia’ed the FBI when it came knocking and asking for Anderson’s files, dating back 50 years.
The family of the late newspaper columnist Jack Anderson yesterday rejected a request by the FBI to turn over 50 years of files to agents who want to look for evidence in the prosecution of two pro-Israel lobbyists, as well as any classified documents Anderson had collected.
Kevin P. Anderson, son of the storied Washington-based writer, said the family is outraged at what it calls government overreaching and “a dangerous departure” from First Amendment press protections, a stance joined by academic and legal experts.
Fighting back and resisting are strategies for ending government abuse of power. Kudos to the Anderson’s for not caving. Here’s more:
First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams noted “a disturbing logic” to government efforts first to target the receipt of information that journalists have historically discussed without any threat of sanction, and then to track down documents “which even the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover would not have taken steps to obtain from Anderson.”
Steven Aftergood, director of the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy, said the executive branch’s increasingly aggressive effort to control publication even after documents have been disclosed “is a profoundly dangerous step.”
“It is both ironic and somehow fitting that Jack Anderson should again be at the center of a controversy like this,” Aftergood added. “What the FBI couldn’t do during his lifetime, they’re now seeking to do after his death, and I think many Americans will find that offensive.”
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