FROM Ken White
Why Is the DOJ Going After Libertarian Trolls? The federal government wants Reason magazine to reveal all it knows about anonymous bloggers who've attacked a federal judge. Even after Ross Ulbricht admitted running the online drug site Silk Road , Judge Katherine Forrest threw the book at him and gave him the maximum sentence of life in prison. That infuriated bloggers on the website of Reason, a libertarian magazine . "Agammamon," said, "Judges like these should be taken out back and shot." "Cloudbuster," added, "Shoot them out front, on the steps of the courthouse." Now the Justice Department has subpoenaed Reason, demanding that it turn over information on the identities of those two and four other users. Former federal prosecutor Ken White, now a defense attorney in Los Angeles, writes about First Amendment law for the blog PopeHat.com . He calls it an attack on free speech.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?