So many of the principles to which our country has, by consensus, adhered for decades, through Republican and Democratic Administrations, are being attacked and destroyed by this Administration. This process is inexorably changing the kind of country we are and the system of government under which we live. That is the very definition of "radical," and that term applies to this Administration as much as it applies to anything.- Glenn Greenwald commenting on the Bush administration's efforts to prosecute journalists under espionage laws
The administration's plans to prosecute journalists under the Espionage Act represents an attack on the fundamental concept of democracy itself. The administration considers the press, whose job is to assure that the public has "knowledge ... of the characters and conduct of their rulers" which is essential to the presevation of liberty, as enemy spies. This is an attack on the public's right to know, on the right to hold leaders accountable for their actions.
If the press is an enemy spy, and the press is the public watchdog, that makes us, We the People, the enemy.