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A Citizens Statement

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A GOP Congressman has called upon the Attorney General to prosecute the New York Times for treason for revealing another one of the Bush administrations illegal spying programs. This is more than an attempt to inflame a failing political party base; Representative Peter King has officially requested the investigation and prosecution of the NY Times.

This is my response.

The freedom of the press to report a perceived government abuse is critical to the country we live in today, for we are not a Democracy, but a Republic; without the freedom of the press, it becomes impossible for the republic to make informed decisions about who they choose to run our government. Lest we forget, the President of the United States is an elected representative himself; elected by the people, and ultimately answerable to the people. Never forget that the most powerful man in the world works for us, not the other way around.

An informed public is not simply an option, it is an undeniable right. While some believe that a time of war means it is not only acceptable, but preferable to have an uninformed public and a silent press, I believe that it is during these times that it is more important than any other that we the people have the information we need to hold our representatives responsible for their actions, for they are not our masters, but our leaders.
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