I’m not sure what forum this belongs in, so if a mod wishes to whisk it away to a more appropriate one, please feel free.
For those not in the know, Judith Miller is a New York Times reporter who was sentenced to 120 in prison for refusing to reveal her sources surrounding the leak of a CIA operative’s name. I’ve checked various news articles on the internet, but none of them say with what crime she was actually charged and convicted. Obstruction of justice? Contempt of court? I’m just curious – it’s a serious question and not a rhetorical one despite the rhetoric you’re about to read below.
Seems to me that this ruling was one of a purely personal agenda on behalf of the U.S. Government. There’s no obvious threat to national security or any other reason the Bush Machine can muster for jailing her. Yet no one seems to be calling “bullshit.” Is the new paradigm of the government agenda to threaten imprisonment of journalists for doing their jobs when the government doesn’t like what they write? This never, ever would’ve happened to Bob Woodward.
Keep your head up, Judy Miller. Some of us out here are rooting for you and your journalistic integrity. Maybe others will follow your example.